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Windy City Times 2020-04-29
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Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a virtual town hall on April 28. Clinton touted Biden as a "friend" and a figure who has been "preparing for this moment his entire life," ...
Anne Steele, Kelli Carpenter raise funds for meals. Online concert April 29

Anne Steele, Kelli Carpenter raise funds for meals. Online concert April 29

Lesbian singer/ songwriter Anne Steele decided to start online concerts to lift the spirts of her fans, friends and family. While playing the "couch concerts" every Wednesday on Facebook Live, her wife, Kelli Carpenter, a travel ...
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COVID-19 Details of Pritzker's extension of stay-at-home order

Based on data from scientists and health experts and after consulting with stakeholders across the state regarding COVID-19, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that he will sign a modified version of the state's stay-at-home order that ...
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Ruling blocks Illinois stay-at-home order

A judge ruled against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on April 27, issuing a restraining order over the extension of the state's stay-at-home order, putting the statewide plan in jeopardy, NBC Chicago reported Clay County Circuit Court ...
League fights to help save Chicago venues

League fights to help save Chicago venues

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to devastate businesses and communities around the world, the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) has continued to fight for the survival of Chicago's independent music venues, and is expanding its ...
NU professor among academy's new members

NU professor among academy's new members

Performer, author and Northwestern University professor E. Patrick Johnson is among an esteemed group of individuals named as the newest class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The members were elected by 276 artists, ...
COVID-19 Howard Brown Health launches free safe-sex kit delivery

COVID-19 Howard Brown Health launches free safe-sex kit delivery

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Howard Brown Health has launched a program to deliver free safe sex kits to encourage people to stay home. The kit is the brainchild of Howard Brown Health Sexual and ...
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Report: Trump aiming to remove protections for LGBTQ patients

The Trump administration is moving to remove an Obama-era policy that protected LGBTQ patients from discrimination, Politico reported. The health department is close to finalizing its long-developing rewrite of Obamacare's ...
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COVID-19 Lightfoot granted coronavirus spending power

On April 24, Chicago aldermen approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot's coronavirus spending ordinance by a vote of 29-21 despite objections of critics who say she is giving herself too much authority to make big purchases using public ...
COVID-19 Gov. Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through May

COVID-19 Gov. Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through May

Based on data from scientists and health experts and after consulting with stakeholders across the state regarding COVID-19, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that he will sign a modified version of the state's stay-at-home order that ...
Chicago Pride Parade organizer discusses postponement decision

Chicago Pride Parade organizer discusses postponement decision

Chicago Pride Parade organizers announced April 22 that their planned June 28 event would be postponed, following similar announcements for parades in New York City and San Francisco, as the community reels from the COVID-19 crisis. ...

  News

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Supreme Court decisions in Title VII cases will impact millions

US Supreme Court decisions in employment discrimination cases will impact millions of LGBT workers. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its decisions in the coming weeks on three cases that address whether Title VII ...
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Morrison, Asian group launch census PSAs

Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison and the American Association of Retired Asians (AARA) launched "Everyone Deserves to be Counted," a series of video PSAs in six different languages—Urdu, Gujarati ...
AFC adopts new logo, brand identity

AFC adopts new logo, brand identity

After a year of research and development, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is proud to launch its new brand and identity. In early 2019, AFC engaged People Who Care—a Chicago-based consultancy ...
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MOMBIAN: COVID-19 pauses family-building for many LGBTQ people

Nina Willbach and her wife, a Philadelphia couple, have been trying to get pregnant since last June via assisted insemination. In March, they were told that their most recent attempt didn't work—and they couldn't try again ...
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LETTER In praise of Pritzker

To the Editor: Illinois physicians and hospitals commend Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his steadfast leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day he faces tough choices and he is clearly making decisions with the interests of Illinoisans ...
ELECTIONS 2020 Southern exposure: Gay man running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

ELECTIONS 2020 Southern exposure: Gay man running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

U.S. Senate candidate Jimmy Ausbrooks stands out for several reasons in his Kentucky, whether it's because of his mental-health background—or because he's the only openly gay person running in a Democratic primary field of 10. (The ...
WORLD China couple, Finland adoption, Pride masks, Morocco influencer

WORLD China couple, Finland adoption, Pride masks, Morocco influencer

A Chinese lesbian couple's landmark court battle over the custody of their two children has stirred debate over LGBT rights and put a spotlight on the absence of a same-sex marriage law, Reuters reported. Shanghai resident ...
No Pride during the pandemic? Buffalo Grove steps in

No Pride during the pandemic? Buffalo Grove steps in

by Randy Stern, Gaywheels.com

What if we told you that a new kind of pride celebration will be happening in a suburb of Chicago? And it's one that fits within the framework of what we are dealing with during this health crisis. Last year, the ...
OP-ED The media needs to stop reporting about Queen Latifah's sexuality

OP-ED The media needs to stop reporting about Queen Latifah's sexuality

Does the media's cat and mouse game of chase with Queen Latifah lead many of us—especially in the LGBTQ+ community—to another "Gotcha!" moment of her coming out- that ain't!? A recent Zoom version of Red Table ...
NATIONAL Colorado governor, Texas judge, trans woman killed, Indiana, festivals

NATIONAL Colorado governor, Texas judge, trans woman killed, Indiana, festivals

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis defended his decision to lift some restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the coronavirus and permit some businesses to reopen, Politico reported. In an interview on CNN's State of the Union, ...
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One in four LGBT people experienced food insecurity in the past year

Nearly 27% of LGBT people, an estimated 3,029,000 adults, experienced food insecurity in the past year, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Women, people of color, young adults, and those with low ...
Professor receives honor named after local LGBTQ historian

Professor receives honor named after local LGBTQ historian

Caroline Radesky, visiting assistant professor in the University of Iowa Department of History, received the Organization of American Historians' 2020 John D'Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award, the university noted. The ...
COVID-19 Howard Brown, TaskForce announce collaboration in Austin neighborhood

COVID-19 Howard Brown, TaskForce announce collaboration in Austin neighborhood

Howard Brown Health and TaskForce Prevention & Community Services (TaskForce) announced a collaboration to provide expanded medical services in Chicago's Austin community, offering free, confidential risk assessments for COVID-19. The ...
Local leaders: COVID-19 heightens community inequities

Local leaders: COVID-19 heightens community inequities

Elected officials and as well as community advocates gathered the morning of April 24 for an online conversation about how inequities further complicate efforts to contain transmission of COVID-19. Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, Illinois Comptroller ...
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AMA announces new COVID-19 health equity resources

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced a new online resource hub aimed at shining a light on structural issues contributing to and exacerbating health inequities amid the ...
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Federal court orders social distancing at Cook County jail

CHICAGO - A federal judge today ordered Sheriff Thomas Dart to implement social distancing measures for people incarcerated in Cook County Jail. With few exceptions, Judge Matthew Kennelly's order dictates that people incarcerated in the jail ...
Virtual talk on Chicago's gay history April 27

Virtual talk on Chicago's gay history April 27

Local tour company Chicago Detours will present a 20-minute virtual presentation on Chicago's gay history Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m. as part of its ongoing "Historic Happy Hour for Curious People" series. In the talk, ...
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Judge tosses Smollett prosecution lawsuit

On April 22, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall dismissed a suit by embattled actor Jussie Smollett in which he alleged he was the victim of a malicious prosecution over his allegedly staged January 2019 hate-crime ...
'Together in Pride' GLAAD event April 26

'Together in Pride' GLAAD event April 26

The "Together in Pride: You are Not Alone" livestream event will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on GLAAD's YouTube channel and Facebook Live. Kesha and Melissa Etheridge will perform ...
COVID-19 Emanuel drops off self-care kits at hospital

COVID-19 Emanuel drops off self-care kits at hospital

On April 23, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dropped off self-care kits for our clinical staff at Swedish Hospital, 5145 N. California Ave. Anthony Guaccio—president/CEO of Swedish Hospital, a part ...

  Entertainment

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ART Terra announces COVID-19 relief fund

The Terra Foundation for American Art announced an $8 million commitment to emergency funding and ongoing relief for visual arts organizations impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides emergency support to Chicago, the United
...
'Teenage Dick' virtual run extended through May 17

'Teenage Dick' virtual run extended through May 17

Chicago's Theater Wit announced another two-week extension of its current, critically acclaimed virtual production of Teenage Dick. It now runs through Sunday, May 17. Wit has sold more than 1,000 remote view tickets since launching its ...
Karlin's memoir reflects on heyday of Chicago LGBT media

Karlin's memoir reflects on heyday of Chicago LGBT media

Fort Lauderdale-based author Rick Karlin, a native Chicagoan who for many years wrote about food and entertainment, among other topics, for LGBT papers in the Windy City, said that the machinations of the local gay media ...
10 Questions with Vic

10 Questions with Vic

Even with two back to back hit singles, 'Ladies Night' and 'Countdown,' Hollywood Holland is still a midwestern girl in a big city. Holland earned the nickname "Hollywood Holland" after packing up everything she owned in ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Wow. OK, that's really ignorant!"—Anderson Cooper's response when Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said, "This isn't China. This is Las Vegas, Nevada." In her defense, Las Vegas has an Eiffel Tower, but it sure ain't Paris. ...
MUSIC Trent Crews on his new song, coming out and Jennifer Lopez

MUSIC Trent Crews on his new song, coming out and Jennifer Lopez

Trent Crews is a singer with several tunes to his credit—but some may know him best from reality TV. Crews made history when he appeared on season eight of Love & Hip Hop: New York, in which he was the boyfriend ...
GLAAD digital event raises $225,000

GLAAD digital event raises $225,000

On April 26, GLAAD hosted a digital event to highlight the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and to raise money for CenterLink and local LGBTQ centers affected by COVID-19. "Together in Pride: You are Not Alone", hosted ...
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Trans actress' dreams come true on 'Supergirl'

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Trans actress' dreams come true on 'Supergirl'

Actress Nicole Maines represents a new generation of transgender activists who are growing both artistically and publicly. Maines was assigned to being male at birth and at three years old showed that was incorrect. Later in ...
TELEVISION Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones on season two of 'The Politician'

TELEVISION Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones on season two of 'The Politician'

The quirky Netflix dark dramedy The Politician teems with scandalous satisfaction from the moment rich kid Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) invites viewers into his Santa Barbara, California, mansion. Born into a poor family and adopted by ...
SHOWBIZ Elton John, TV actor comes out, Adam Lambert, 'Queer as Folk'

SHOWBIZ Elton John, TV actor comes out, Adam Lambert, 'Queer as Folk'

Sir Elton John postponed the remaining North American dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour due to the coronavirus, Rolling Stone noted. John's farewell trek previously postponed its tour dates from March 26 through May ...
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Nominations announced for 47th annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards

April 28, 2020 — Chicago — With the conclusion of the 2019-2020 Chicago non-Equity theater season, the Jeff Awards announces the nominees for the 47th annual awards for theater excellence that include 120 theater artists across ...
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'10% Show' panel talk on April 30

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives will host a virtual panel discussion involving The 10% Show on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The 10% Show was a cable access Chicago-based LGBTQ monthly newsmagazine which ran 21 episodes ...
Out comedian joins Humanities event

Out comedian joins Humanities event

On April 16, comedian Cameron Esposito joined the Chicago Humanities Festival for its first virtual event of the spring 2020 season. During the live-streaming conversation—moderated by Kristen Kaza, co-founder of Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams for Queer ...
Ravinia's production of Bernstein's 'Mass' on PBS on May 15

Ravinia's production of Bernstein's 'Mass' on PBS on May 15

Ravinia's 2019 presentation of iconic conductor Leonard Bernstein's little-seen music theater masterwork Mass will be shown as an installment of the PBS series Great Performances on Friday, May 15, at 9 p.m. on PBS (including on ...
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Tim Gunn on his new show that's a 'Cut' above

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Tim Gunn on his new show that's a 'Cut' above

Television personality Tim Gunn continues to take over the world of reality shows with a brand-new offering on Amazon Prime Video called Making the Cut. Many will recognize the openly gay fashion advisor from Project Runway, ...
Steppenwolf holding online gala May 9

Steppenwolf holding online gala May 9

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is replacing its 2020 gala with a special online event, "Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soiree," celebrating the power of theater and raising vital funds. Ensemble member Audrey Francis will emcee this festive ...

  Outlines

VIRTUAL VIBES

VIRTUAL VIBES

Support your favorite LGBTQ bar events online. Physical distancing, social togetherness. Virtual Men's Room Wednesday Insta Live Sidetrack brings the men right to you. How's that for service?! Check-in with Team Sidetrack ...
Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news

Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news

—Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the official launch of the City's Emergency Food Coordination Center at Malcolm X College in partnership with The Salvation Army and the Greater Chicago Food Depository ...
SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup

SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup

DISH Dining Guide

As with practically all businesses at this time, restaurants are fighting to survive—and have had to adapt by, among other things, getting creative with curbside/delivery offerings since dine-in service is currently shuttled. Here are a few ...
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City officials speak on COVID-19 progress

Two key officials from Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration took part in Equality Illinois' weekly town hall meeting to discuss the city's progress addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and field questions from community members ...





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