Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13



NATIONAL Political candidates, flag controversy, HRC gala, New York Times, Disney
by Andrew Davis

This article shared 13286 times since Fri Mar 29, 2024
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

In California, of the historic 30 LGBTQ+ legislative candidates who ran in the March 5 primary, more than half are moving on to the fall ballot, The Bay Area Reporter noted. Based on the still unofficial primary returns in the various races, the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus is pretty much assured of seeing its current 12-person membership increase when the winners of the fall races are sworn into office in early December. The seven current members standing for election this year will likely win their races; also, five of the newcomers appear poised to easily win their races, with another three are seen as having strong chances of prevailing in November. However, three of the current caucus members will be leaving this year. Lesbian senators Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) are termed out, and gay Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Cupertino) sought an open U.S. House seat instead of another term.

President Joe Biden agreed to ban U.S. embassies from flying the LGBTQ pride flag as part of a $1.2-trillion spending deal to keep most U.S. government agencies open through Sept. 30, per The South China Morning Post. House Speaker Mike Johnson has been promoting the flag prohibition, which was folded into the funding agreement, as a victory for Republicans. In a statement, the White House's budget office endorsed the overall deal and urged swift passage. Some conservatives have criticized the embassies' display of the pride banner and Black Lives Matter flag—which the provision also bars—as politically divisive. A Democrat familiar with the funding deal said the provision bans displaying any flag other than an approved U.S. flag, so it also would prevent embassies from flying Confederate or Trump-themed "Make America Great Again" flags. However, there is no ban on embassy officials' personal use of Pride flags.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) brought together more than 650 LGBTQ+ advocates and supporters for its annual Los Angeles Dinner on March 23, per a press release. The event honored advocates including Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy Award winning actor/producer Sterling K. Brown; and Tony, Grammy and seven-time Emmy nominated actress Jean Smart. Longtime LGBTQ+-rights advocate and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden delivered the keynote speech, addressing the growing rise of anti-LGBTQ+ political attacks and the path forward towards full equality. (Her speech was disrupted by protestors calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, Variety noted.) In part, Biden said, "Yes, the MAGA extremists are seeking to erase these hard fought gains. Trying to unwind all the progress that we've made. They want us to be afraid. They want to take our victories away. But, we won't let them. And we will win, today, tomorrow and all of the days after—until all of the people in all of the places can live freely, surrounded by love."

A new report from Media Matters and GLAAD concluded that The New York Times excluded the perspectives of trans people from two-thirds of its stories about anti-trans legislation in the year following public criticism for its handling of the topic, per a Media Matters release. Media Matters previously reported that the Times helped fuel a right-wing anti-trans panic in 2022 by platforming anti-trans extremists, among other things. Also, the report said that 18% of the articles quoted misinformation from anti-trans activists without adequate fact-checking or additional context. The full release is at

Disney and allies of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit over who controls Walt Disney World's governing district, WESH reported. The development ended almost two years of litigation that was sparked by DeSantis' takeover of the district from Disney supporters following the company's opposition to Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" law. As punishment for Disney's opposition, DeSantis took over the governing district through legislation passed by the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature and appointed a new board of supervisors; in turn, Disney sued DeSantis and his appointees, claiming the company's free-speech rights were violated for speaking out against the legislation.

Joan Gibbs—a NYC activist and attorney who fought HIV/AIDS and advanced racial justice, women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights—died on March 14 at the age of 71, Gay City News reported. Gibbs said she joined ACT UP, an activist group fighting to end AIDS, beginning in the 1980s when she attended a demonstration on Wall Street. Also, she was a founding leader of Dykes Against Racism Everywhere (DARE), which launched in 1979 in response to the murder of demonstrators in Greensboro, North Carolina who were protesting racism.

In Atlanta, the Total Life Care Center clinic has opened, occupying several floors at the NAESM organization building, WABE reported. The clinic is designed to be a one-stop location that offers HIV care and PrEP as well as prevention and testing services for sexually transmitted infections, along with assistance with housing, health insurance and other patient needs. "Who we target, who we prioritize, who we were created for are Black gay, bisexual, same-gender loving men. And because we reflect that population we really are a home for them, a medical home for them, and a social service home for them," NAESM CEO/Executive Director Alvan Quamina said. "They don't have to explain themselves. They don't have to apologize." However, a large number of women patients also visit for HIV and STI testing.

Police had to evacuate a public library in Pennsylvania as well as two surrounding residential blocks after bomb threats were made and a package was found in the run-up to a planned Drag Queen Story Hour event, PinkNews noted. The LGBTQ+ organization Lancaster Pride posted on social media that "Drag Story Hour with Miss Amie" had been canceled, adding "the safety and well-being of our community are of utmost importance to us." The event had been protested by a large group who held a prayer vigil outside the library the night before; also, there had been angry scenes at a recent county commissioners meeting.

And in a related matter, an April book reading in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, featuring author Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff and Falls Church News-Press owner/editor Nick Benton was canceled following the bomb threats targeting the Lancaster Public Library, the Blade reported. "I am disappointed by the cancellation but it was the right call given the recent threats targeting the LGBTQ community in Lancaster," said Naff. "MAGA Republicans must dial back their rhetoric and their attacks on our community; they are dangerous and draconian and will cost lives."

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5462—which requires public schools in Washington to create a curriculum including the histories, contributions and perspectives of marginalized communities, KGW reported. "LGBTQ identities were erased in schools and, largely, in most places they still are," said Ken Shulman, the executive director for the LGBTQ+ youth center Lambert House. ""t's considered too controversial to mention to kids that Thoreau was gay, or Walt Whitman was gay,. Alan Turing—who invented the first computer, helped serve the Enigma code and win World War II—was gay." By June 2025, state education leaders will revise a model policy; by October 2025, all public schools in Washington will have to put the new curriculum in place.

The state of South Dakota issued an apology letter and a $300,000 payment to the transgender advocacy group The Transformation Project for the abrupt cancellation of a Department of Health contract in 2022, per The South Dakota Searchlight. The group had a contract with the state, paid for with federal funds, to provide community health worker services to the LGBTQ+ community from its Sioux Falls headquarters. The cancellation happened shortly after a conservative news outlet contacted Gov. Kristi Noem to ask why the state had signed the $136,000 contract.

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut)—who had served first as a longtime Democratic senator and then declared himself an independent winning re-election in 2006—died at age 82 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital due to complications from a fall, per The Washington Blade. Lieberman viewed himself as a centrist Democrat, solidly in his party's mainstream with his support of abortion rights, environmental protection, LGBTQ+ rights and gun control, the Washington Post noted. Lieberman said the effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in Congress was one of the most satisfying experiences he had as a senator.

In Michigan, as Ann Arbor celebrates its 200th anniversary, city leaders are making plans to honor the city's trailblazing history of LGBTQ+ rights, per MLive. The Michigan Historical Commission has granted the city permission to erect an official historical marker outside city hall, the state informed the city in a letter. The final text will read, in part, "In October 1973, the Ann Arbor City Council debated the city's failure to prosecute lesbian and gay discrimination under its landmark 1972 Human Rights Ordinance. Council members Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck came out as lesbian and gay, respectively, in order to emphasize the importance of active enforcement under the law. They were the first elected officials holding public office to come out as LGBTQ+ in the United States." Along with the historical marker, the city is making plans to erect a statue of Kathy Kozachenko—who became the first openly gay person elected to public office, at age 21—in front of city hall later this year as part of the city's bicentennial celebrations.

Democratic Delaware Gov. John Carney endorsed his former State Housing Authority Director and cabinet member Eugene Young over Delaware state Sen. Sarah McBride—the nation's first openly transgender state senator—for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the state's Sept. 10 Democratic primary, per The Washington Blade. Carney's endorsement of Young came one day before the Delaware Building and Construction Trades Union announced it and 20 of its local unions from across the state have endorsed McBride for the congressional seat. A public opinion poll of likely Democratic primary voters conducted last September showed that McBride was leading Young 44 percent to 23 percent.

West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler canceled a charity drag show planned to be held by student-led organization Spectrum WT for the second time, per The Hill. This move followed a recent denial by the U.S. Supreme Court of students' request for emergency action to let the show go ahead. Wendler canceled a similar charity drag show last year that the group had organized..He said drag shows are "derisive, divisive and demoralizing misogyny, no matter the stated intent" and compared drag to blackface in an email to the university community.

Billionaire philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon head Jeff Bezos, announced she would donate about $640 million to more than 300 charities nationwide, the Los Angeles Blade noted. Just a few of the community-led nonprofits receiving gifts include ACLU of Alabama, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, Women Helping Women, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Equal Rights Advocates, EverThrive Illinois, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center and Center for Black Women's Wellness. The full list is at

Don Lemon told Tamron Hall that he went on antidepressants after he was fired from CNN last summer, per Page Six. Lemon—whose new show was just axed from Elon Musk's platform, X—also admitted that he has experimented with alternative drugs to treat depression—under the supervision of his doctor. A source said that he "was crying and happy to see how Tamron rebounded after NBC." Hall exited NBC News and MSNBC in 2017 after a decade at the network after her show, Today's Take (with Al Roker), was canceled.

Nebraska state Sen. Steve Halloran, a far-right Republican, is being investigated for sexual harassment after using a colleague's name while reading a graphic rape scene on the legislative floor, The Advocate noted. Halloran attempted to restrict Alice Sebold's critically acclaimed memoir Lucky by reading a passage he claimed was inappropriate for students. Halloran recited the scene, which featured a detailed depiction of sexual assault, while replacing the victim's name with that of fellow lawmaker Machaela Cavanaugh—a Democrat who has consistently opposed book bans and supported LGBTQ+ rights. Through tears, Cavanaugh denounced Halloran's actions as "beyond the pale" and "disgusting." Halloran apologized for invoking the name but defended his reading of the passage.

This article shared 13286 times since Fri Mar 29, 2024
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By


Gay News

Center on Halsted looks ahead to New Horizon's at annual Human First Gala
New Horizon's was the theme of this year's sold-out Center on Halsted (The Center) annual Human First Gala April 20 at The Geraghty in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Ahead of the awards ceremony, the Center's Board of ...

Gay News

Legislation to increase HIV testing, Linkage to Care Act passes Illinois House with bipartisan vote of 106
--From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Thursday night, House Bill 5417, the Connection to HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Act, or the HIV TLC Act, championed by State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) passed the Illinois House of Representatives with ...

Gay News

HRC continues call for Title IX rules that protect transgender student-athletes
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced it has finalized a Title IX rule that clarifies the scope of nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity throughout educational activities ...

Gay News

New Title IX rules protects LGBTQ+ a point
New Title IX guidelines finalized April 19 will protect the rights of LGBTQ+ students by federal law and further safeguards of victims of campus sexual assault, according to ABC News. But those protections don't extend to ...

Gay News

WORLD Nigeria arrest, Chilean murderer, trans ban, Olivier Awards, marriage items
Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's (EFCC's) decision to arrest well-known transgender woman Idris Okuneye (also known as Bobrisky) over the practice of flaunting money has sparked questions among several ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Ohio law blocked, Trevor Project, Rev. Troy Perry, ICE suit, Elon Musk
In Ohio, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Holbrook temporarily blocked a Republican-backed state law banning gender-affirming care (such as puberty blockers and hormones) for transgender minors from ...

Gay News

BOOKS Frank Bruni gets political in 'The Age of Grievance'
In The Age of Grievance, longtime New York Times columnist and best-selling author Frank Bruni analyzes the ways in which grievance has come to define our current culture and politics, on both the right and left. ...

Gay News

Hunter leads resolution declaring April 2024 as Minority Health Month
--From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — To raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular health, particularly among minority communities, State Senator Mattie Hunter passed a resolution declaring April 2024 as Minority Health Month in ...

Gay News

Supreme Court allows Idaho ban on gender-affirming care for minors
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a request by Republican Idaho Attorney General Raul Labrador to lift a lower court's temporary injunction preventing the state from enforcing its felony ban on gender-affirming care for minors, The ...

Gay News

THEATER Blue in the Right Way's 'Women Beware Women' offers feminist, trans take on a troubling Jacobean tragedy
"Problematic" is a great go-to adjective to describe Women Beware Women. This 1621 Jacobean tragedy is by English playwright Thomas Middleton, who is probably best remembered as a collaborator with William Shakespeare on their pessimistic tragedy ...

Gay News

City Council passes Lesbian Visibility Week proclamation
Chicago alderwomen Maria Hadden (49th) and Jessie Fuentes (26th) introduced a resolution at Chicago's April 17 City Council meeting to declare April 22-28 as Lesbian Visibility Week in Chicago. This is part of a nationwide effort ...

Gay News

Morrison to run for Cook County clerk (UPDATED)
Openly gay Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison has decided to run for the Cook County clerk position that opened following Karen Yarbrough's death, according to Politico Illinois Playbook. Playbook added that Morrison also wants to run ...

Gay News

Appeals court overturns W. Va. trans sports ban
On April 16, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with teen trans runner Becky Pepper-Jackson and overturned a West Virginia law that banned transgender athletes from competing on girls' and women's sports teams in ...

Gay News

Fed appeals panel ruling helps trans athlete
A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday (April 16) that West Virginia's law barring transgender female students from participating on female student sports teams violates federal law. In a 2 to 1 decision, the panel ...

Gay News

NAIA votes to ban trans women from athletics, affecting Chicago conference
The National Association of Intercollegiate College on April 8 released a new policy on transgender athletes, banning trans women from competing under its jurisdiction. The new policy, which is set to go into effect Aug. 1, ...


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.