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Windy City Times 2020-05-13
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wct 2020-05-13

Wis. Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order

Voting along party lines, the Republican-led Wisconsin Supreme Court, on May 13, struck down the state's stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic as "unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable" after finding that ...
Biden camp gears up for 'unprecedented' campaign

Biden camp gears up for 'unprecedented' campaign

A representative from former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign told supporters from Illinois' LGBT community they'd be running "a campaign that nobody has ever seen before" as they pivot to general-election ...
Trans-rights advocate Aimee Stephens dies

Trans-rights advocate Aimee Stephens dies

Aimee Stephens—the Michigan transgender funeral home worker whose firing led to a U.S. Supreme Court case that could decide the employment rights of millions of transgender and gender-nonconforming people—has died at age 59. According to NBC ...
COVID-19 South Side non-profit partners with Lyft to provide free rides

COVID-19 South Side non-profit partners with Lyft to provide free rides

South Side nonprofit Social Change announced that it is partnering with Lyft to #LyftUp people in need by helping them get to where they need to go. Specifically, as a result of this partnership, Social Change ...
PASSAGES Rock icon Little Richard dies at 87

PASSAGES Rock icon Little Richard dies at 87

Little Richard—a founding father of rock 'n' roll who was known for his flamboyant style and pompadour as well as hits such as "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally"—has died at age 87. People.com said that ...
wct 2020-05-13

COVID-19 Lightfoot unveils five-phase plan for reopening Chicago

On May 8, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health, announced the "Protecting Chicago" framework that the city will be using to guide Chicago's reopening process amid ...
Illinois Restaurant Assoc. opposes Pritzker plan

Illinois Restaurant Assoc. opposes Pritzker plan

The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to reconsider the timing provisions outlined in the Restore Illinois plan he recently presented. President and CEO Sam Toia said in a statement on behalf of ...
wct 2020-05-13

PASSAGES Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, dies at 75

Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy—the duo whose magic tricks with big cats astonished millions until Horn was critically injured in 2003 by Montecore, one of the act's famed white tigers—has died of coronavirus complications, media ...
wct 2020-05-13

COVID-19 Andersonville reveals recovery campaign, safety measures

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) has launched a COVID-19 recovery campaign, #AlwaysAndersonville: Small Business Made. A digital tool kit has been created and provided to the chamber's businesses. The ...
COVID-19 Forum explores virus' impact on the disenfranchised

COVID-19 Forum explores virus' impact on the disenfranchised

Chicago advocates gathered online the morning of May 8 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities. The meeting was part of a series organized by the Chicago House advocacy and was moderated by activist ...
wct 2020-05-13

COVID-19 Lightfoot, BACP unveil more measures to help businesses

On May 7, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) introduced an ordinance to provide additional regulatory and financial relief measures to Chicago's businesses ...
40+ Chicago media outlets launch joint fundraiser

40+ Chicago media outlets launch joint fundraiser

Unprecedented collaboration includes community and ethnic media from across the city

CHICAGO — Facing drops of revenue as high as 85 percent, 43 independent Chicago media outlets have joined forces to raise funds in a monthlong campaign in May. The for-profit and nonprofit organizations represent a wide ...
Germany's parliament bans conversion therapy

Germany's parliament bans conversion therapy

Germany's parliament passed a law banning so-called "gay conversion therapy" for young people nationwide, media reports noted. The legislation is intended to stop groups offering the service—which claims to be able to ...
Market Days hockey tourney postponed

Market Days hockey tourney postponed

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) has decided to postpone its CGHA Market Days Classic hockey tournament as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The tournament had been scheduled for Aug. 6-9. In a note at ...
wct 2020-05-13

Chicago foundations announce $425,000 in grants to local media covering COVID-19

CHICAGO, May 7, 2020 — The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in collaboration with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, and the ...

  News

Man working to help LGBTQ seniors

Man working to help LGBTQ seniors

Danny Beers is working to help LGBTQ seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. Five days a week, Beers has been collecting donated food and essential supplies, and working with Andersonville establishments Vincent restaurant and Lady Gregory's to ...
wct 2020-05-13

Harris, Robinson to talk intersection of COVID-19, HIV epidemic, marginalization

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris and State Rep. Lamont J. Robinson will headline a public online conversation this Friday surrounding the intersections of COVID-19 and the HIV epidemic, two diseases that create ...
COVID-19 Healthcare inequities come to foreground during pandemic

COVID-19 Healthcare inequities come to foreground during pandemic

In mid-April, when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called attention to the disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths among the City's Black residents—about 70 percent of deaths related to the virus were ...
wct 2020-05-13

LETTER Handling the pandemic

Dear community: How is our community responding to the coronavirus pandemic? The key seems to be a social-distance approach that many of our medical and political leaders are counseling. Our religious communities are putting the people ...
Arts funding faces challenges in new landscape

Arts funding faces challenges in new landscape

Equality Illinois invited local advocates to address the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the state's arts community for a May 5 online discussion. The talk was part of Equality Illinois' weekly town hall meetings series, ...
wct 2020-05-13

OP-ED: Census 2020 is complicated for LGBTQ people, but it counts

By now, everyone should have received a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau to get counted. I have complicated feelings about the census. While the census is critically important to ensure a fair allocation of funding ...
WORLD Blood-donation ban, Kenyan refugees, trans activist, club COVID-19 outbreak

WORLD Blood-donation ban, Kenyan refugees, trans activist, club COVID-19 outbreak

The top court in Brazil ruled the country's ban on men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood is unconstitutional, The Washington Blade noted, citing Reuters. Seven of the 11 judges who sit on ...
NATIONAL Early release, Zara settlement, arrests in Puerto Rico, D.C. gay bars close

NATIONAL Early release, Zara settlement, arrests in Puerto Rico, D.C. gay bars close

U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy J. Shea, the city's lead prosecutor, informed his office's Hate Bias Task Force that he objected to a decision by a judge to grant the early release of ...
wct 2020-05-13

Planned Parenthood opens new center in Lake County

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is building on its 100-year history of providing essential healthcare by announcing the opening of a new, state-of-the-art health center in Waukegan that will enhance ...
ART EXPO CHICAGO pushed to 2021

ART EXPO CHICAGO pushed to 2021

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, will present its ninth edition from April 8—11, 2021 at Navy Pier. The decision to move the fair from its traditional September 2020 time slot to ...
wct 2020-05-13

Sexual minority adults twice as likely to have experienced homelessness

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds an estimated 17% of sexual minority adults in the U.S. report having experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, compared to 6% ...
wct 2020-05-13

'Drag Up the Census' Zoom event on May 12

Illinois state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) is joining Chicago Alds. James Cappleman and Michele Smith via Zoom on May 12 at 12:30 p.m. for "Drag Up the Census"—a virtual community forum focused on census participation and ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-05-13

FILM Eric Rosen, from About Face to the movie 'Netuser'

Eric Rosen is entering the world of movies with his short-film thriller, Netuser. However, theater fans in the Midwest, and especially Chicago, will remember Rosen from his time as co-founder and artistic director of About Face
...
VIRTUAL VIBES LGBTQ bar events online

VIRTUAL VIBES LGBTQ bar events online

Support your favorite LGBTQ bar events online. Physical distancing, social togetherness. Virtual Music Monday-Show Tunes Trivia Join Sidetrack Monday, May 18, at 8 p.m., for a Sidetrack Show Tunes Trivia experience with your Facilitator of Fun, ...
wct 2020-05-13

'Teenage Dick' to now run 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 ...
wct 2020-05-13

Brown Paper Box announces final season

After 10 years, 16 venues and six Jeff Award recommendations, Brown Paper Box Co. (BPBCo. ) announced that the upcoming 10th season will be its last. In a statement, artistic director Kristi Szczepanek said, "With staff ...
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 ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Billy, you are a new find of mine. I'm now your biggest fan."—Paul Shaffer—yes, THAT Paul Shaffer—after showing up to surprise my guest, the legendary Darlene Love. Yet another typical episode of "Billy Masters LIVE!" I'm ...
MOVIE REVIEW 'A Secret Love' shines for a new generation

MOVIE REVIEW 'A Secret Love' shines for a new generation

Netflix's new documentary A Secret Love is the story of a relationship between two lesbians named Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel that began in the late '40s. For almost seven decades, even some of their family ...
'Seize the Stage' benefit May 21

'Seize the Stage' benefit May 21

"Seize the Stage: A Musical Revue Benefit for Epilepsy" is back for its ninth year, but in a different form—online, via Zoom—and the event's fundraising focus will be the theatrical community. "Seize the Stage" (STS) will ...
Comedian Cameron Esposito's new memoir digs into queer liberation, Catholic upbringing

Comedian Cameron Esposito's new memoir digs into queer liberation, Catholic upbringing

Catherine Buck

Cameron Esposito's new memoir, Save Yourself, is the story she needed when she was younger. The lesbian comedian tracks the story of her Catholic upbringing and queer liberation, including an early interest in the priesthood and ...
NUNN ON ONE DRAG Eureka O' Hara,'Here' and now

NUNN ON ONE DRAG Eureka O' Hara,'Here' and now

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, David Huggard transformed into drag personality Eureka O'Hara and began performing in the local gay club called New Beginnings. Competing in the pageant system around town prepared them for a future ...
MOVIES Young gay filmmaker debuts LGBT romantic drama

MOVIES Young gay filmmaker debuts LGBT romantic drama

A gay Massachusetts-based filmmaker will release his new LGBT-themed feature film, which he produced for the unheard-of sum of $400, to YouTube in late May. Director Josh Cox, 20, based the new film, Summer of Mesa, ...
wct 2020-05-13

Gene Siskel Film Center to host virtual movie trivia

CHICAGO—As the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago continues to offer streamed programming through its Film Center from Your Sofa streaming series and virtual Q&As through Screen to Screen, ...
SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, Quibi shows, Alexandra Billings, 'Queer Eye,' podcasts

SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, Quibi shows, Alexandra Billings, 'Queer Eye,' podcasts

Lady Gaga announced that her sixth studio album, Chromatica, will be released Friday, May 29, via Interscope Records, a press release noted. The album features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Elton John and Blackpink, and is executive-produced ...
BOOKS New book explores life of astronomer-turned-activist Kameny

BOOKS New book explores life of astronomer-turned-activist Kameny

Dr. Eric Cervini—a Harvard and Cambridge-trained historian sometimes known as the "Hunky Historian"—reveals the secret history of the fight for LGBTQ rights that began a generation before Stonewall in his new book, The Deviant's War: The ...
wct 2020-05-13

Mercury Theater Chicago remote video content to include "On the Road to Priscilla"

Chicago, IL — L. Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today an ongoing lineup of three video series featuring past and present Mercury talent, to include actors, musicians and members of several creative ...

  Outlines

Billie Jean King, LGBTQ icon talks Chicago ties, tennis, out athletes

Billie Jean King, LGBTQ icon talks Chicago ties, tennis, out athletes

Billie Jean King could easily rest on her laurels as one of the greatest tennis players ever—and she's one of the few to have a movie made about her (the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes, ...
2Bears Tavern Group prepares community meals

2Bears Tavern Group prepares community meals

When you're here, you're family ... Twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, the staff of 2Bears Tavern Group distributes community meals at Meeting House Tavern, 5025 N. Clark St., 2-6 p.m. The effort began immediately after ...
SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup (Part II)

SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup (Part II)

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. ...





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