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Windy City Times 2020-02-19
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wct 2020-02-19

Applications open for Chicago community advisory councils

CHICAGO— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) today launched an open call for applications to fill vacancies in several community advisory councils, including the ...
wct 2020-02-19

Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy in wake of sex-abuse lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy as it deals with approximately 300 lawsuits from men who say they were sexually abused as scouts, media reports stated. With high-profile sex-abuse scandals in organizations such ...
Candace Gingrich endorses Warren at LGBTQ event

Candace Gingrich endorses Warren at LGBTQ event

Activist Candace Gingrich announced her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren for President at a Chicago LGBTQ and allies Come Out for Warren happy hour Feb. 13 at Sidetrack. Ahead of the event, Gingrich told Windy City Times ...
wct 2020-02-19

Local deportation defense group calls for vigilance, reporting ICE, border patrol activity

Chicago, IL - This afternoon reports announced the Trump administration's intent to send Border Patrol tactical units from the southern border to sanctuary cities in order to support internal immigration enforcement operations. In response to this ...
wct 2020-02-19

Reports: Tactical border agents to deploy to immigrant-welcoming cities

CHICAGO (February 14, 2020) — The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is issuing the following response to the New York Times report that the federal administration will deploy tactical border agents to communities like ...
wct 2020-02-19

EI announces legislative endorsements, including 13 LGBTQ legislative candidates

CHICAGO - Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans, today announced endorsements of a record number of LGBTQ candidates for seats in ...
wct 2020-02-19

Equality Illinois endorses Kim Foxx for Cook County State's Attorney

CHICAGO - Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans, today announced its endorsement of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx ...

  News


ELECTIONS 2020:
ILLINOIS STATE REP (5TH DISTRICT) Lamont Robinson on past accomplishments, future goals

ELECTIONS 2020: ILLINOIS STATE REP (5TH DISTRICT) Lamont Robinson on past accomplishments, future goals

Lamont Robinson, Jr.—a Chicago business owner and insurance agent who became the first openly gay Black state legislator in Illinois history—is running for a second term representing the 5th District in the Illinois House. According to ...
wct 2020-02-19

Exhibit examines works of refugee, immigrant writers

The American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., celebrates refugee and immigrant writers with its newest exhibit, "My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today," which explores the influence of modern immigrant and refugee writing on our ...
Census official talks LGBTQs' relevance

Census official talks LGBTQs' relevance

According to Timothy P. Olson, associate director for field operations for the U.S. Census Bureau, it is imperative that members of the LGBT community fill out their census data in the upcoming months. "The results of ...
Suburban district settles anti-trans lawsuit

Suburban district settles anti-trans lawsuit

After more than four years, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 settled a lawsuit brought by transgender former student Nova Maday, who alleged discrimination. The Daily Herald reported that the district decided to pay Maday and her ...
Affinity says goodbye to executive director Imani Rupert-Gordon

Affinity says goodbye to executive director Imani Rupert-Gordon

Staff and supporters of Affinity Community Services sent off departing Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon with a celebration at its South Loop headquarters on Feb. 13. Rupert-Gordon had led the agency, which primarily serves LGBT persons of ...
LGBT-procurement goals make up main part of MWRD meeting

LGBT-procurement goals make up main part of MWRD meeting

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's (MWRD's) Committee on Affirmative Action held an informational study session on LGBT procurement goals and other pending issues Feb. 6 at MWRD's headquarters. MWRD Vice ...
wct 2020-02-19

'Drag Them to the Polls!' Feb. 20

"Drag Them to the Polls!"—a voter education effort to get out the LGBTQ+ vote in the Chicago area by celebrating the city's history of drag art and activism—will take place Thursday, Feb. 20, 7-9 p.m., at ...
wct 2020-02-19

ELECTIONS 2020 Early voting info; election judges needed

Early voting for the March 17 primary elections will take place March 2-16. From Feb. 19 through March 1, early voting will be offered ONLY at the new Loop Super Site at 191 N. Clark St. Any ballots that voters cast ...
Panel talks lesbians, feminism in Chicago during the '70s and '80s

Panel talks lesbians, feminism in Chicago during the '70s and '80s

Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times

Lesbians and Feminism in Chicago in the 1970s and '80s was the focus of a panel discussion Feb. 12 at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart). The event took place in conjunction with Gerber/Hart's current exhibit, "Lavender ...
ELECTIONS 2020 ILLINOIS STATE REP (9TH DISTRICT) Candidate Ty Cratic on LGBT issues, campaign challenges

ELECTIONS 2020 ILLINOIS STATE REP (9TH DISTRICT) Candidate Ty Cratic on LGBT issues, campaign challenges

Political consultant TyJuan "Ty" Cratic, who is openly gay, is one of several candidates vying to fill the vacancy left from the stepping-down of longtime state Rep. Arthur Turner. Among his competitors, in fact, is Turner's ...
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDGES (COGHLAN VACANCY) James Derico Jr. on current judgeship, church, LGBTQ history

ELECTIONS 2020 JUDGES (COGHLAN VACANCY) James Derico Jr. on current judgeship, church, LGBTQ history

Cook County Circuit Court Judge James Derico Jr.—a member of the LGBTQ community—finds himself in the position of several of his colleagues in which he's a sitting judge running for a vacancy. His qualifications would impress ...
NATIONAL Legislators walk out, hit-and-run arrest, lawsuits, Dan Reynolds

NATIONAL Legislators walk out, hit-and-run arrest, lawsuits, Dan Reynolds

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia's legislature walked out as a Republican-invited pastor delivered a prayer that condemned homosexuality, LGBTQ Nation reported. Robert Grant Jr. of the Father's Way Church in Warrenton ...
WORLD Marriage in Mexico, European report, arrests in journalist's murder

WORLD Marriage in Mexico, European report, arrests in journalist's murder

The Congress in the Mexican state of Sonora is now getting pressure from federal legislators to approve a measure allowing for same-sex marriages, Fronteras reported. More than six months have passed since that measure was introduced ...
wct 2020-02-19

30 Under 30 Awards to be held June 24

Windy City Times will again mark Pride Month with its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 24. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. ...
Reeling co-director stepping down

Reeling co-director stepping down

Richard Knight Jr. is stepping down from his role as co-programming director of the annual event Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. In a note sent to Windy City Times, Knight said, "Reeling: The Chicago ...
Howard Brown Health unveils expansion plans for North and South sides

Howard Brown Health unveils expansion plans for North and South sides

Howard Brown Health announced a multi-year expansion plan that it says will better serve its current and future patients. Howard Brown's new projects will result in health and wellness programs extended to as many as 15,000 ...
NEA supports dozens of Chicago arts organizations

NEA supports dozens of Chicago arts organizations

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced that organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects ...
PASSAGES Gordon Lewis Smith

PASSAGES Gordon Lewis Smith

Gordon Lewis Smith, age 68, of Chesterton, Indiana, died January 14, 2020. On that day, he'd taken the train to Chicago as always, but shortly after arriving to work, he collapsed. It was his heart. At ...
Mary Griffith, Champion of LGBTQ rights, has passed away

Mary Griffith, Champion of LGBTQ rights, has passed away

LOS ANGELES—Mary Griffith, iconic crusader for LGBTQ equality, passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at her home in Walnut Creek, CA. She was 85. She is survived by her husband, Robert; ...
wct 2020-02-19

March 7 fundraiser set for Elgin's first Pride Parade and Festival

Organizers of the first Elgin Pride Parade and Festival will be holding a benefit for the summer event on Saturday, March 7. The Big Queer Variety Show and Fundraiser takes place at The Martini Room, 161 ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-02-19

'Judy & Liza' tribute March 5-April 5

The tribute show "Judy & Liza—Once In A Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert" will be presented at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., March 5-April 5. Shows will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at
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SocialWorks' Black History Month Film Festival through March 1

SocialWorks' Black History Month Film Festival through March 1

SocialWorks' 3rd Annual Black History Month Film Festival will run at Showplace Icon Theater, 1011 S. Delano Ct., through March 1. Throughout February, SocialWorks is screening Black movies like Hollywood Shuffle, with Robert Townsend; Set It ...
wct 2020-02-19

'...Love Is Queer to Stay' throughout Feb.

The Laughing Stock Theatre production The Masquerade; Or, Love Is Queer to Stay presents a queer spin on classical tropes, and will run at the Crowd Theater, 3935 N. Broadway, on Feb. 22 and 29 at ...
MUSIC 
Mykal Kilgore: Out singer on NAACP award nod, $2 wine and Billy Porter

MUSIC Mykal Kilgore: Out singer on NAACP award nod, $2 wine and Billy Porter

Mykal Kilgore definitely marches to the beat of his drum. The singer certainly possesses talent (as witnessed by his current NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist, which pits him against Ari Lennox, Mahalia, Lucky ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I thought, 'Why does he have to do that?' I mean, it seemed like he was living a fine life. Everyone who knew him knew he was gay."—Dame Joan Collins discusses UK personality Phillip Schofield coming ...
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Actress brings Da'Vine performances to various roles

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Actress brings Da'Vine performances to various roles

Performer Da'Vine Joy Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and studied musical theater in school. This led to a Tony-nominated performance in the musical Ghost, in which she played Oda Mae Brown. She landed television roles in ...
NUNN ON ONE COMEDY Zach Zimmerman bringing 'Fabulous' tour to Chicago

NUNN ON ONE COMEDY Zach Zimmerman bringing 'Fabulous' tour to Chicago

Out comedian Zach Zimmerman's first comedy album Clean Comedy debuted at number one on the iTunes Comedy charts. He's a Princeton University graduate that performed in Chicago with The Second City Theatricals. He took his act ...
CONCERTS Grammy Awards; Super Bowl's halftime; Yola and Amythyst; Deadmau5

CONCERTS Grammy Awards; Super Bowl's halftime; Yola and Amythyst; Deadmau5

January and part of February felt like springtime in Chicago, with intermittent snow showers, clouds of fog and the rare sunny day. For music fans, the weather could hardly put a damper on things and it ...
THEATER REVIEW The Boys in the Band

THEATER REVIEW The Boys in the Band

Playwright: Mart Crowley At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: WindyCityPlayhouse.com Price: $75-95. Runs through: April 19 In Windy City Playhouse's immersive interpretation of Mart Crowley's iconic The Boys ...
OPERA REVIEW The Queen of Spades

OPERA REVIEW The Queen of Spades

Score: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Libretto: Modest Tchaikovsky; after Alexander Pushkin. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $39-$299. Runs through: March 1; sung in ...
THEATER REVIEW Roan @ The Gates

THEATER REVIEW Roan @ The Gates

Playwright: Christina Telesca Gorman At: American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-$39. Runs through: Feb. 29 Have you heard the story of the woman who put duty to country and truth ...
THEATER REVIEW Emma

THEATER REVIEW Emma

Playwright: Paul Gordon (book, music & lyrics) At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Tickets: 312-595-5600; ChicagoShakes.com; $35-$90. Runs through: March 15 This new musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma has ...
THEATER REVIEW Lipstick Lobotomy

THEATER REVIEW Lipstick Lobotomy

Playwright: Krista Knight At: Trap Door Theater, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: $20-$25; Trapdoor.ticketleap.com. Runs through: March 21 Home, goes the adage, is where they have to take you in, but if you're an adult female ...
ART Vaginal Davis talks storied career at Art Institute event

ART Vaginal Davis talks storied career at Art Institute event

A packed house greeted renowned artist Vaginal Davis as she took the stage for her one-woman show, No One Leaves Delilah, Feb. 5 at the Art Institute of Chicago's Fullerton Hall. Davis, a founding member of ...
Joffrey Ballet announces 2020-2021 season

Joffrey Ballet announces 2020-2021 season

February 18, 2020 (Chicago)— Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces the Company's 2020-2021 inaugural season at Lyric Opera House, featuring a ...
ShOWBIZ 'Drag Race' judges, Dwyane Wade, 'Porgy,' Of Montreal, Cirque du Soleil

ShOWBIZ 'Drag Race' judges, Dwyane Wade, 'Porgy,' Of Montreal, Cirque du Soleil

RuPaul Drag Race's season-12 guest judges consist of film, music, television, fashion and political figures such as Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Leslie Jones, Normani, Jeff ...
wct 2020-02-19

Black Ensemble Theater opens Season of Change with Legends the Musical

CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater opens its 2020 Season: Season of Change with Legends the Musical: A Civil Rights Movement, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie ...
'Lipstick & Lyrics' Feb. 22, 28-29

'Lipstick & Lyrics' Feb. 22, 28-29

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will present "Lipstick & Lyrics: All In The Family,"—a live-singing drag show on Feb. 22, 28 and 29 at 8 and 10 p.m. each night at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 ...
wct 2020-02-19

'Butches Who Cook'on March 15

The Facebook group LezInColor is hosting its first cooking competition, "Butches Who Cook," Sunday, March 15, 1-6 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, 6351 S. Cottage Grove Ave. According to the press release, "10 (masculine-centered women) of ...
FASHION 2020 Sneaker Gala shares message about local human trafficking

FASHION 2020 Sneaker Gala shares message about local human trafficking

Sneakers brought together fashion enthusiasts at the 2020 Sneaker Gala this year, hosted at Loft on the Lake. The purpose of the fifth annual sneaker ball, however, wasn't just about who won best sneakers that evening. ...
THEATER REVIEW Roan @ The Gates

THEATER REVIEW Roan @ The Gates

Playwright: Christina Telesca Gorman At: American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-$39. Runs through: Feb. 29 Have you heard the story of the woman who put duty to country and truth ...
At 20 years of The Laramie Project, call goes out for submissions

At 20 years of The Laramie Project, call goes out for submissions

The Laramie Project, a play by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project, had its world premiere production at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2000. This month the Matthew ...
wct 2020-02-19

OUTspoken at Beverly Arts Center to Place LGBTQ Stories in the Spotlight

The Beverly Arts Center presents an evening with LGBTQIA storytelling collective OUTspoken on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be hosted by Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez and features ...
Steppenwolf for Young Adults offers I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter events

Steppenwolf for Young Adults offers I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter events

CHICAGO (February 13, 2020) — Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) is proud to announce two additional public performances of the world premiere of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, based on the New York Times ...

  Outlines

PHOTOS Jackhammer

PHOTOS Jackhammer

No one does it harder than Joe Whitaker's FuKr party. Joseph Stevens Photography ...
PHOTOS Sidetrack

PHOTOS Sidetrack

Feeling the love of Sidetrack's Valentine's Day party. Joseph Stevens Photography ...
Chicago Gay Hockey Association participating in Blackhawks Pride Night

Chicago Gay Hockey Association participating in Blackhawks Pride Night

The CGHA (Chicago Gay Hockey Association) is participating in the first official Chicago Blackhawks Pride Night at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. CGHA athletes and select individuals will be playing in a friendly game ...
Yarbrough officiates special Valentine's Day wedding

Yarbrough officiates special Valentine's Day wedding

On Valentine's Day, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough officiated the wedding of Bronzeville couple Ivan Bujan, 34, and Charles Long, 40, in the Cook County Clerk's Vital Records Bureau office downtown. Their marriage date fells on ...
BUSINESS Entrepreneur works with Beyonce's parents on 'Diverse Perspective'

BUSINESS Entrepreneur works with Beyonce's parents on 'Diverse Perspective'

Entrepreneur Rhett Lindsey has created a news and social platform so unique that even Beyonce's parents were eager to be involved. According to the website, The Diverse Perspective is "a place where culture and content meets ...
wct 2020-02-19

Women to report, produce Blackhawks match on March 8

International Women's Day is on Sunday, March 8—and NBC Sports Network will celebrate by using an all-female crew to broadcast and produce game coverage of the match between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, Deadline ...
Four Red Stars players invited to SheBelieves Cup camp

Four Red Stars players invited to SheBelieves Cup camp

The United States Women's National Team announced its 26-player roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup training camp. Chicago Red Stars defenders Tierna Davidson, Julie Ertz and Casey Short, as well as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, were invited ...
SAVOR Doc B's; The Dandy Crown

SAVOR Doc B's; The Dandy Crown

DISH Dining Guide

I first had a taste of the offerings at the River North location of Doc B's Restaurant + Bar (55 E. Grand Ave.; DocBsRestaurant.com) last year during a tour of restaurants at The Shops at North ...
Make a pit stop in Indy for a gay ol' time

Make a pit stop in Indy for a gay ol' time

Approximately three hours outside of Chicago, Indianapolis, Indiana has a lot to offer travelers in terms of cuisine, history and nightlife. Start off by staying at the Conrad Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis to be centrally located ...





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