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Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire; groups urge Biden to increase court's diversity
Report: Taliban targeting LGBT Afghans
Gilead: Patients received fake HIV drugs
LGBTQ+-rights activist Jim Obergefell announces political run
Texas' anti-trans youth sports law goes into effect
Mayor Lightfoot tests positive for COVID-19
Chicago Public Schools to reopen Jan. 12
Ahmaud Arbery's killers sentenced to life
WCT EXCLUSIVE Trans woman searches for justice, healing after gun violence

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Former Iowa Mr. Leather and computer programmer Ken Ballard dies at
Former Iowa Mr. Leather, computer programmer and gay Chicagoan Ken Meverick Ballard died Jan. 11 in his Lake View home at the age of 43. The cause of death is currently unknown. Ballard was born July ... more


PASSAGES Pansy Kings performance artist, education advocate Murray McKay


Plaintiff in historic Florida marriage-equality lawsuit found dead


WORLD Archbishop demoted, Israel ruling, Denmark petition, tennis icon


SPORTS Bulls and Blackhawks both lose


Blackhawks win fourth straight; Bulls lose third consecutive game


James Beard dinner rescheduled for March 15
Chef Cedric Harden—of the River North restaurant River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St.—will participate in the James Beard Foundation's 2021-2022 Taste America culinary series in collaboration with featured guest Chef ... more


With her sexual orientation called a motive to kill, she's now appealing for clemency


Former WCT 30 Under 30 honoree appointed human-rights commissioner


Smollett to be sentenced March 10


Local burlesque dancer tells stories through movement


Museum program 'LGBTQ+ Life and Death Under the Nazi State' on Feb. 3

   Nation & World

HRCF releases Corporate Equality Index; dozens of Chicago companies score 100
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which is celebrating 20 years of measuring company policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. This year ... more


Pope Francis: Parents should support gay children


GLSEN announces new executive director


Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire; groups urge Biden to increase court's diversity

   Film / TV / Gossip

Billy Masters: Adele, 'Pam & Tommy,' and more
"Yes, it is true—for over a year, we have been trying to film a script called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. What is also true, we are not filming; when we get film insurance, we are going to Greece to ... more


Smollett to be sentenced March 10


Trans Jeopardy! champ's win streak ended by Chicago-area librarian


WORLD Namibia ruling, crimes, LGBTQ+ film festival, blogger sentenced

   Theater / Dance

Local burlesque dancer tells stories through movement
When words can't describe how Jenn Freeman feels and thinks, she turns to movement. In the studio, she dances to a mixtape of music, spoken word and historical speeches. As her body moves, Freeman asks herself, ... more


DANCE Alvin Ailey company at Auditorium Theatre on March 2-6


THEATER August Wilson's 'Gem of the Ocean' at Goodman through Feb. 27


THEATER "The world keeps spinnin' 'round and 'round" for Andrew Levitt in Hairspray


SHOWBIZ 'The Gay Agenda,' Elliot Page, actress dies, sports items, Rock
Netflix has launched The Gay Agenda, a podcast that looks at the lives of LGBTQ creatives at the top of their fields across different industries, NBC News noted. The goal, the streaming service said, is to ... more


Recording Academy partners with GLAAD to foster LGBTQ+ inclusion in the music industry


MUSIC Aimee Mann to perform April 29-30 at Old Town School of Folk Music


SHOWBIZ Music festivals, Murray Bartlett, Reese Witherspoon, author David Sedaris

   Books / Art

Illinois organizations included in NEA's $33M grant dispersal
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2022, with 1,498 awards totaling nearly $33.2 million, a press release stated. Grants for Arts Projects funding spans ... more


WORLD German official, museum items, cake case


Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building launches new website, ticketing for spring productions


ART DePaul exhibition to explore themes of torture, reparations


COMEDY Trans comedian River Butcher performing March 11
Non-binary trans comedian River Butcher will perform on The Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Friday, March 11, at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from ... more


Trans Jeopardy! champ's win streak ended by Chicago-area librarian


Indiana Court of Appeals denies trans teen's birth certificate gender-marker change


ICYMI: NCAA Facilitator quits in protest of NCAA's failure to protect trans athletes

   AIDS & Health

VIEWPOINT: FDA must lift discriminatory blood-donor policy
With the nation's blood supply at its lowest point in a decade, and the American Red Cross declaring its first-ever national blood crisis earlier this month, it is time for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... more


COVID All states still on Chicago's travel advisory


COVID Chicago's top doctor 'hopeful' vaccine mandate will end by spring


Abortion Rights Panel marks 49th anniversary with demand to defend historic Roe v Wade


WORLD Archbishop demoted, Israel ruling, Denmark petition, tennis icon
Pope Francis demoted Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, the number-two official in the doctrine office, due to the belief that he is responsible for the controversial document that bars blessings for same-sex couples, according to Newsweek. Morandi is ... more


POLITICS Laura Ricketts co-chairing Valencia's finance committee


PASSAGES Veronica Drake


'Real Housewife' Julia Lemigova talks about Miami Housewives, miniature cattle


SPORTS Chicago Bears hire Matt Eberflus as newest coach
Matt Eberflus will be the 17th head coach of the Chicago Bears, The Chicago Tribune reported. In his first move as Bears general manager, Ryan Poles hired Eberflus from a group of finalists that included Dan ... more


SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks prevail


Talks begin for new Near West Side major league soccer training facility


Chicago Bears hire Ryan Poles as general manager


Chicago Public Schools to reopen Jan. 12
Following a deadlock that spanned four school days, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) approved a proposal for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to resume in-person classes Wed., Jan. 12, The Chicago Tribune reported. The delegates also voted ... more


LGBTQ+ and BIPOC Youth Led Study on Youth and Young Adult COVID-19 Vaccination Finds Surprising Results


Laws targeting TGNC youth already proposed in several states


Monks separate from school after it hires coach in same-sex marriage
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