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Windy City Times 2020-04-15
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Midsommarfest moved to August

Midsommarfest moved to August

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) will postpone the 55th annual Andersonville Midsommarfest, originally scheduled for June 12-14, to the weekend of Aug. 21-23. This decision was made with consideration in light ...
COVID-19 Hookups during a medical crisis and
an official's take on them

COVID-19 Hookups during a medical crisis and an official's take on them

Even as LGBT Chicagoans, like so many Americans, have adopted social distancing and self-isolation tactics in order to contribute to "flattening the curve" of new COVID-19 transmissions, some community members are still looking to hook up—or ...
Barack Obama backs Joe Biden for president

Barack Obama backs Joe Biden for president

On April 14, former President Barack Obama offered a video endorsement of his close confidant and friend, former Vice President Joe Biden. "Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ...
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Appeals panel: Park District must pay after bias claim

A federal appeals panel has ruled that Chicago Park District must pay $300,000 to an employee, who is lesbian, who sued the District on the grounds that she was both surveilled and terminated as a result ...
ELECTIONS 2020 HRC notes Wisconsin pro-LGBTQ victories

ELECTIONS 2020 HRC notes Wisconsin pro-LGBTQ victories

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) celebrated Mayor Tom Barrett's re-election and Assemblywoman JoCasta Zamarripa's historic win in her race for Milwaukee alderwoman as well as Judge Jill Karofsky's victory in the Wisconsin ...
PASSAGES Oak Park activist Alan Amato passes away

PASSAGES Oak Park activist Alan Amato passes away

Activist Alan Amato, who was instrumental in a number of LGBT-rights pushes in Oak Park and the western suburbs, passed away April 8. Amato, who was living in Berwyn at the time of his death, had ...
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COVID-19 Lightfoot stops demolition, initiates investigation

Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Chicago's building department to stop any non-emergency demolitions this week after the April 11 demolition at the Crawford Coal Plant (by Northbrook-based Hilco Redevelopment Partners) sent a cloud ...
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COVID-19 Pritzker announces telehealth programs, mental-health hotline

Expanding on efforts to protect the physical and mental health of Illinois communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker announced the launch of a new Remote Patient Monitoring Program and mental health support line. Illinois ...
COVID-19 Lightford announces expansion of testing in Black communities

COVID-19 Lightford announces expansion of testing in Black communities

Senate Majority Leader and Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) Chair Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) is backing Gov. JB Pritzker's efforts to expand COVID-19 testing in African-American and other minority communities ...
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COVID-19 First cases confirmed at ICE facility in Illinois

Chicago, IL — In response to the news of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Pulaski County Detention Center, community organizers with Organized Communities Against Deportations offered the following statement. "It was only a ...
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LGBT Community Fund announces grant recipients

The LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust—an endowment-based fund that strategically supports non-profit organizations that provide essential services to Chicago's LGBT community—recently completed its second round of community ...
Lesbian icon Phyllis Lyon dies at 95

Lesbian icon Phyllis Lyon dies at 95

Activist Phyllis Lyon—who spent more than five decades fighting for LGBTQ rights—died of natural causes. She was 95. CNN.com reported that California Gov. Gavin Newsom shared the news of Lyon's death in a post on Twitter ...
COVID-19 Nonprofits can apply for Charitable Trust grants until April 30

COVID-19 Nonprofits can apply for Charitable Trust grants until April 30

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced that nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants through the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund now have until Thursday, April 30, to submit their paperwork. ...

  News

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Idaho anti-trans law challenged

A lawsuit was filed April 15 challenging Idaho's recently passed law that bans women and girls who are transgender as well as many women and girls who are intersex from participating in school sports, according to ...
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Planned Parenthood of Illinois launches telehealth service during pandemic.

CHICAGO—Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is launching a new telehealth service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service allows patients to access high-quality, affordable health care through a private ...
wct 2020-04-15

30 Under 30 Awards moved to October

Windy City Times' annual 30 Under 30 Awards usually held in June will be moved to October (LGBT History Month) this year. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place Wed., June 24, at Polo Cafe. The deadline ...
wct 2020-04-15

LETTER Administrative errors

Dear Editor: For war against an unforeseen enemy, we need a war administration. If the framers of the Constitution had foreseen the current lack of steady and effective leadership, they surely would have included a mechanism ...
wct 2020-04-15

OP-ED: COVID-19 LGBTQs, minorities disproportionately affected

These are some truly historic times. And in what may come as no surprise to many, the coronavirus pandemic is adversely affecting many more people in marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQ demographic and racial minorities. ...
wct 2020-04-15

THE AMAZON TRAIL A giant

"We lost a giant today," tweeted California state Sen. Scott Weiner, who is chairman of the LGBTQ caucus. A giant is exactly what the ninety-five-year-old Phyllis Lyon was, along with her partner Del Martin, who died ...
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Local attorneys among those receiving LGBT Bar honors

The National LGBT Bar Association (LGBT Bar) announced 2020's Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40—and several Chicagoans have been included. Among the Chicagoans recognized this year are: —Kara Ingelhart, a staff ...
ELECTIONS 2020 INDIANA Lesbian attorney Sabrina Haake aims for Congressional seat

ELECTIONS 2020 INDIANA Lesbian attorney Sabrina Haake aims for Congressional seat

Sabrina Haake (pronounced "hake") is a lesbian attorney who wants to represent Indiana's 1st Congressional District. Among her core issues are the climate and environment, mental health, racial justice, job and LGBTQ rights. Windy City Times: ...
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Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news

—Volunteer-run nonprofit The Puerto Rican Agenda and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center have teamed with Puerto Rican restaurant Nellie's, 2458 W. Division St., to deliver authentic Puerto Rican lunches to more than 30 households in the ...
WORLD Canada and COVID-19, Indonesia incident, Panama policy

WORLD Canada and COVID-19, Indonesia incident, Panama policy

The organization Egale, partnering with INNOVATIVE Research Group, presented a timeline that shows the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Canada's LGBTQI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and two-spirit) ...
NATIONAL Virginia's pro-LGBTQ moves, trans teen, Dr. Fauci, AIDS Quilt

NATIONAL Virginia's pro-LGBTQ moves, trans teen, Dr. Fauci, AIDS Quilt

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a law requiring the state's Department of Motor Vehicles to offer a non-binary option on driver's licenses, according to The Washington Blade. The governor signed Senate Bill 246, which now offers ...
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Texas abortion providers take case to Supreme Court

On April 11, Texas abortion providers—represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Lawyering Project and Planned Parenthood Federation of America—asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take emergency action regarding ...
Humanities Festival postpones and goes digital during crisis

Humanities Festival postpones and goes digital during crisis

Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has shifted its strategy in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, rescheduling spring programs for later in the year and moving some events to digital platforms. Three digital programs are already confirmed with ...
COVID-19 Virtual mental-health forum on April 15

COVID-19 Virtual mental-health forum on April 15

On Wed., April 15, 10:30-11:45 a.m., state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, along with state Reps. Ann Williams and Yoni Pizer, will host a virtual forum focused on mental health and wellness during the pandemic. The mental-health experts ...
Night Ministry webinar focuses on COVID-19 and the homeless

Night Ministry webinar focuses on COVID-19 and the homeless

The Night Ministry hosted a Q&A webinar April 9 to address issues that affect people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-profit organization, according to its website, "compassionately provides ...
wct 2020-04-15

REPORT Evening TV news gave less than 20 minutes to anti-trans violence in 2019

Amid what the American Medical Association called a "disturbing pattern of violence toward black transgender women," a new report from Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog, of corporate evening broadcast and cable TV news ...
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HIV leadership gets focused COVID-19 news to people living with HIV

April 9, 2020 (Nationwide) — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 national, community-centered HIV service & advocacy organizations partnered to create a resource guide focused on supporting people living ...
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Trump administration suspends asylum processing, elected officials respond

Washington, D.C. — Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) issued the ...
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NCLR mourns loss of civil rights and LGBTQ icon Phyllis Lyon, 95

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights mourns the loss of a beloved friend and LGBTQ civil rights icon. Phyllis Lyon, 95, passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-04-15

Billy Masters

"If you're gonna wear a mask—and you MUST wear a mask — it better say something."—Original "Dreamgirl" Sheryl Lee Ralph makes her entrance on "Billy Masters LIVE" wearing a black mask encrusted with crystals that spelled
...
BOOKS Jen Manion talks 'Female Husbands' and writing process

BOOKS Jen Manion talks 'Female Husbands' and writing process

In their new book, Female Husbands: A Trans History, Jen Manion illuminates the stories of people assigned female at birth who transed gender to live as men and also marry women in the United Kingdom and ...
EVENTS Welz Kauffman on what Ravinia will (hopefully) bring this summer

EVENTS Welz Kauffman on what Ravinia will (hopefully) bring this summer

It's not a Chicagoland summer without Ravinia, with its multitude of concerts and other attractions (including the opening of RaviniaMusicBox, an immersive experience that is slated to open with two ...
REVIEW 'Tiger King' rules television

REVIEW 'Tiger King' rules television

Netflix had perfect timing when the media company released Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on March 20. Because of a pandemic that trapped television viewers at home like animals in cages, audiences had time to ...
Chicago dancer discusses battle with COVID-19

Chicago dancer discusses battle with COVID-19

When Joseph Hutto—a Chicago dancer who performs locally under the stage name Ben D. Mann—got sick in late March, he assumed that he had somehow contracted food poisoning. "I couldn't figure out what this was, because ...
Victory Gardens cancels 'Forgotten,'will stream 'Fun Home'

Victory Gardens cancels 'Forgotten,'will stream 'Fun Home'

Victory Gardens Theater is cancelling Right To Be Forgotten, which is written by Sharyn Rothstein and slated to be directed by Devon de Mayo. Right To Be Forgotten, scheduled to play May 29-June 28, was the ...
BOOK REVIEW An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex

BOOK REVIEW An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex

Coming out was difficult enough. Even if everyone supported you and very little changed, you changed; still, though you had doubts and fear, it was something you had to do. Now read the new book An ...
wct 2020-04-15

Virtual reading of Terrence McNally work on April 16

In honor of Terrence McNally, who recently passed away at age 81 of complications from COVID-19, four actors—each participating from a remote location—will perform a live online reading of Mothers and Sons on Thursday, April 16 ...
NUNN ON ONE THEATER Jordan Dell Harris strikes up the 'Band'

NUNN ON ONE THEATER Jordan Dell Harris strikes up the 'Band'

The production The Boys in the Band is a lesson in gay history. Set in 1968, a party is held for a group of friends where one of them is having a birthday. A game of truth or dare, at the ...
wct 2020-04-15

Bolshoi cancels June performances

The Bolshoi Ballet's performances of Swan Lake at the Auditorium Theatre, originally scheduled for June 10-14, have been postponed as a result of COVID-19. The Auditorium Theatre is working closely with the company to schedule new ...
SHOWBIZ 'Call Me by Your Name,' Heath Ledger, superheroes, gay singer

SHOWBIZ 'Call Me by Your Name,' Heath Ledger, superheroes, gay singer

Director Luca Guadagnino confirmed that a sequel to his 2017 film Call Me by Your Name is in the works, although the project is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, NewNowNext.com noted. "Before coronavirus, ...
36th annual Printers Row Lit Fest put off to 
Labor Day weekend

36th annual Printers Row Lit Fest put off to Labor Day weekend

CHICAGO (April 10, 2020) Out of an abundance of caution, and prioritizing the safety and well being of its guests, authors and vendors, the Near South Planning Board has postponed this year's Printers Row Lit Fest ...

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SAVOR Cuisine professionals talk about the impact of COVID-19

SAVOR Cuisine professionals talk about the impact of COVID-19

DISH Dining Guide

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the global food scene, Windy City Times asked local food/cuisine professionals (from chefs to PR people) how their lives have changed and what their feelings are. Here are what a few ...





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