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Windy City Times 2020-05-27
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Summer weather draws crowds, and criticism, to Andersonville

Summer weather draws crowds, and criticism, to Andersonville

Numerous Chicagoans emerged from isolation over Memorial Day weekend looking to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. Many residents and visitors in Andersonville reportedly did not practice social-distancing guidelines, eschewing ...
LGBT giant Larry Kramer dies at 84

LGBT giant Larry Kramer dies at 84

The groundbreaking writer and outspoken LGBT- and AIDS-rights activist Larry Kramer died May 27 in New York at age 84. His husband, David Webster, said Kramer died of pneumonia. Kramer co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis ...
COVID-19 Preckwinkle vetoes release of patient addresses

COVID-19 Preckwinkle vetoes release of patient addresses

In a rare move, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle exercised her veto power—in this instance, to overrule county board commissioners who voted, by a narrow margin, to release the addresses of confirmed COVID-19 patients to ...
COVID-19 LGBT nursing personnel discuss pandemic experiences

COVID-19 LGBT nursing personnel discuss pandemic experiences

Thousands of healthcare professionals in Chicago, many of them members of the city's LGBT community, have been thrown into the frontlines of America's struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Tony Amberg, a psychiatric nurse ...
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COVID-19 Lightfoot, CDPH bolster contact-tracing efforts

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced, on May 26, a plan to expand contact tracing for COVID-19 cases at the community level. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
IML officially cancelled for 2020

IML officially cancelled for 2020

The annual International Mr. Leather (IML) global convention—pushed back from its usual Memorial Day weekend to Sept. 25-27 because of the coronavirus pandemic—has been officially cancelled for 2020. On the ...
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Driver-service facilities to expand hours June 1

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office's reopening plan —starting June 1—with the first two months focused on serving ONLY new drivers, customers with expired driver's licenses/ID cards ...

Costa Rica celebrates marriage equality

Costa Rica celebrates marriage equality

As of midnight on May 26, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America (and the 28th United Nations member state) to legalize same-sex marriage after a groundbreaking court ruling came into effect. Reuters reported ...
Global panel looks at impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI people

Global panel looks at impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI people

Following the release of OutRight Action International's report "Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People," the United Nations (UN) LGBTI Core Group hosted a virtual panel "The Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ ...
On Memorial Day, LGBT monuments honor those who have died

On Memorial Day, LGBT monuments honor those who have died

Memorial Day is a time to honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery—located in Elwood, Illinois—is the site of the first ...
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Lightfoot gets win with passage of casino bill

Pulling off a feat that her mayor predecessors could not accomplish, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot scored a win when Illinois legislators, on May 23, approved a Chicago casino, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Illinois Senate approved ...
Phase 3 guidelines for reopening of businesses/workplaces are unveiled

Phase 3 guidelines for reopening of businesses/workplaces are unveiled

Governor JB Pritzker released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe reopening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are on track ...
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COVID-19 Lightfoot: Chicago on track to open in early June

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced May 22 that Chicago is on track to be ready to move to phase three of its reopening framework in June, given the ...
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Buffalo Grove residents all-in on Pride displays after complaint

A family whose activism was crucial to bringing a Pride parade to suburban Buffalo Grove were admonished by an anonymous neighbor who inferred that their frontward signage was too flamboyant. But supporters have largely pledged to ...
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U.S. Supreme Court backs Idaho trans woman's reassignment surgery

The United States Supreme Court denied Idaho's application to stop a transgender inmate's reassignment surgery, East Idaho News reported. The court order said that two justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, would have granted the request ...
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Trevor Project releases report on mental health of trans, non-binary youth

The Trevor Project's research team has published a new peer-reviewed article titled "Understanding the Mental Health of Transgender and Nonbinary Youth" in the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH). Among the ...
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Lawsuit urges speedy release of prisoners

Civil-rights attorneys filed an amended suit in a class-action case, now called Richard v. Pritzker, demanding that state officials speed the release of Illinois prisoners who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19, according to a press release ...

  News

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UChicago research shows uninsured, undocumented undertested for COVID-19

CHICAGO — As Illinois seeks to reduce COVID-19 positivity rates as part of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois recovery plan, new research by the UChicago Poverty Lab finds that communities with high shares of residents who are ...
Chicago artists virtually unveil mural honoring LGBTQ community

Chicago artists virtually unveil mural honoring LGBTQ community

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago artists Andy Bellomo and Sandra Antongiorgi have virtually unveiled a new mural that highlights queer artists of color who use their life's work to improve community well-being and create social change. "Rebirth" ...
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Planning your legacy: VA benefits for LGBTQ veterans and servicemembers

Dear community: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stands strong in supporting our LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. As members of the LGBTQ community, we understand you may face many challenges. The last thing you need to ...
Buff Carmichael reflects on his life and downstate activism

Buff Carmichael reflects on his life and downstate activism

In this series, Windy City Times talks with activist Buff Carmichael regarding various issues and life developments. Activist Buff Carmichael has been active in downstate LGBT issues, as well as myriad other progressive causes, since the ...
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THE AMAZON TRAIL Is there a doctor...

It's that time again. I need to find a healthcare provider. I live in a rural community where there is a large turnover of medical professionals and a constant shortage of qualified staff. The health organization ...
NATIONAL 'Drag Fest,' eating disorders, journalist attacked, NCLR event

NATIONAL 'Drag Fest,' eating disorders, journalist attacked, NCLR event

Political activist/New York City drag staple Marti Gould Cummings and The Only Productions announced the largest digital drag festival during Pride 2020, a press release noted. More than 100 performers are scheduled to appear during Pride ...
WORLD New HIV news, Catholic event, conversion therapy, Hungary anti-trans bill

WORLD New HIV news, Catholic event, conversion therapy, Hungary anti-trans bill

A global trial stated that a new HIV drug injected every two months effectively reduces the rate of infection, and provides longer and stronger protection, than taking pills, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The four-year trial—conducted ...
Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4

Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4

Lambda Legal will hold a virtual town hall, "HIV and COVID-19 in Illinois: Ensuring State Responses Protect Everyone Living with HIV," on Thursday, June 4, 2-3 p.m. CT. Lambda Legal Counsel and HIV Project Director Scott ...
MAP releases report on LGBTQ equality in the South

MAP releases report on LGBTQ equality in the South

The nonprofit think tank The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) has released a report, "LGBTQ Policy Spotlight: Mapping LGBTQ Equality in the U.S. South." The report is being released in partnership with a new PBS series, Prideland, ...
Chicago House forum looks at coronavirus, HIV overlaps

Chicago House forum looks at coronavirus, HIV overlaps

Illinois state Reps. Lamont Robinson and Greg Harris joined local advocates for an online discussion about the intersection between coronavirus pandemic and the HIVAIDS epidemic the afternoon of May 15. The discussion, the third part in ...
Forum examines 2020 election preparations

Forum examines 2020 election preparations

In the opening moments of a May 19 discussion about maintaining the integrity of the 2020 Illinois elections, Equality Illinois Policy Director Mike Ziri stressed the importance of state residents being vigilant about "the preservation of ...
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NCLR honors SF 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers, comedian Gina Yashere

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The National Center of Lesbian Rights (NCLR) today announced that they will be honoring San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers with their Trailblazer Award ...
Brave Space Alliance announces board of directors

Brave Space Alliance announces board of directors

Brave Space Alliance—a Black- and trans-led "LGBTQ center on the South Side of Chicago that is dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South ...
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Affinity to mark 25th anniversary virtually

Co-chairs and the Affinity Community Services board of directors recently announced that Affinity's 25th-anniversary event will be a virtual experience taking place the weekend of Oct. 9-11, with the centerpiece event on Saturday, Oct. 10. Co-chairs ...
Chicago Pride Fest going virtual

Chicago Pride Fest going virtual

Chicago Pride Fest will mark its 20th year with a virtual festival format. On June 20-21, the Northalsted Business Alliance will bring Boystown to the world with a streaming Chicago Pride Fest celebrating the love, life ...
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Report shows impact of pandemic on LGBTQ communities of color

The Human Rights Campaign (hRC) Foundation—the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign—released new data outlining the economic impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color. "This new data, showing ...

  Entertainment

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Chita: A Legendary Celebration to stream May 29

Chita: A Legendary Celebration , Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' one-night-only evening of song and dance celebrating the legendary Chita Rivera , returns this Friday, May 29, 2020, in an exclusive stream benefiting Broadway Cares and its
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Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Hate and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people started long before Trump and Pence took office. Defeating them will not solve the problem, but it is an essential first step in order to resume our march towards equality."—Joe ...
NUNN ON ONE DRAG Miz Cracker on being an 'All Star' and using karate

NUNN ON ONE DRAG Miz Cracker on being an 'All Star' and using karate

Drag personality Miz Cracker drove into the spotlight by placing fifth on the 10th season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The race continues with the recent announcement that Cracker is a contestant on the fifth season of ...
SHOWBIZ Rufus Wainwright, LGBTQ films, Billy Porter, Janelle Monae

SHOWBIZ Rufus Wainwright, LGBTQ films, Billy Porter, Janelle Monae

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright unveiled the latest single from his eagerly anticipated new pop album, Unfollow the Rules, a press release noted. "Alone Time" is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; an official companion ...
THEATER Pride in Place Festival brings LGBTQ theater to stay-at-home audiences

THEATER Pride in Place Festival brings LGBTQ theater to stay-at-home audiences

The upheaval of the Stonewall riots had barely settled before the weekend preceding Independence Day was set aside to honor the right of every citizen to love without outdated restrictions. On that date ever since, Pride ...
BAMtheatre starting virtual classes

BAMtheatre starting virtual classes

In response to the stay-at-home and social distancing orders implemented by the COVID-19 pandemic, BAMtheatre has reimagined its musical theatre-focused programming through a host of virtual master classes, workshops, choirs ...
BOOK REVIEW Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

BOOK REVIEW Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

You can call yourself whatever you want. Nobody says you can't have a different name every day, if that's your wish. Reinvent your life, create a new past, change your birth year, and tell new stories, ...
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DCASE announces new online series Millennium Park at Home

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events today announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park's renowned cultural programming. The new online Millennium Park at Home series on ...
Steppenwolf names first woman Executive Director

Steppenwolf names first woman Executive Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that Brooke Flanagan—who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years—will return to the organization in the role of executive director, and will become the first woman to hold ...
Patti LuPone: A comeback in quarantine

Patti LuPone: A comeback in quarantine

Talks Hollywood, basement videos, why 'Ladies Who Lunch' never the same

In Ryan Murphy's Hollywood, the wife becomes the boss, the "Black screenwriter" is simply a screenwriter, and the gay leading man is just himself. Naturally, it stars Broadway icon Patti LuPone, who, in conversations like the ...
STREAMING THEATER REVIEW To Master the Art

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW To Master the Art

Playwright: William Brown and Doug Frew. At: TimeLine Theatre, streaming. Tickets: TimelineTheatre.com; $15-$25. Runs through: June 7 TimeLine Theatre commissioned To Master the Art in 2008 and presented its world premiere two years later. It was ...
STREAMING 
THEATER REVIEW School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play

Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh At: Goodman Theatre online at GoodmanTheatre.org/StreamSchoolGirls. Tickets: $20. Runs through: May 31 Ranking in popularity on the list of spectator sports just behind young men inflicting physical damage upon one another is the ...
STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Happiest Place on Earth

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Happiest Place on Earth

Playwright: Philip Dawkins At: Sideshow Theatre online. Tickets: SideshowTheatre.org; $5+ (pay what you can). Runs through: Open run Playwright Philip Dawkins' many successful works—among them, Charm, Le Switch, Failure: A ...
Broadway In Chicago reschedules 'Frozen'

Broadway In Chicago reschedules 'Frozen'

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Broadway In Chicago announced that the upcoming engagement of Disney's Frozen—originally scheduled to run Oct. 21,-Jan. 3, 2021 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre—will ...
'SapphFest' to take place virtually May 28-29

'SapphFest' to take place virtually May 28-29

On May 28-29 at 7:30 p.m., Violet Surprise Theatre will present SapphFest—a digital variety show celebrating queer women and non-binary artists from all over the country and internationally, through storytelling ...

  Outlines

Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast, features Julie Proudfoot interviewing Tracy Baim

Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast, features Julie Proudfoot interviewing Tracy Baim

On Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast #103, Julie Proudfoot interviews Tracy Baim, award-winning journalist and publisher, about her work in Chicago as an openly-gay journalist and SaveChicagoMedia.org, the first-ever joint local ...
Red Stars part of Challenge Cup, which starts June 27

Red Stars part of Challenge Cup, which starts June 27

The National Women's Soccer League announced May 27 that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, presented by P&G and Secret, will mark the return to action for all nine clubs, including Chicago Red Stars. The 25-game tournament ...
AUTOS Elegant 2020 BMW 840i knows how to butter your rolls

AUTOS Elegant 2020 BMW 840i knows how to butter your rolls

I've been craving a grilled chicken sandwich and rolls from the Beef House Restaurant near Covington, Indiana. With a BMW 840i in the driveway, an 80-mile drive for a yummy snack no longer seemed excessive. Given ...
SAVOR Alpana Singh talks restaurants, show in the age of COVID-19

SAVOR Alpana Singh talks restaurants, show in the age of COVID-19

DISH Dining Guide

Since the stay-at-home order was imposed weeks ago, the national restaurant industry has collectively been delivered an economic gut punch. Windy City Times recently talked with Alpana Singh—master sommelier, Evanston restaurant owner ...
Red Stars hosting virtual Pride party on May 28

Red Stars hosting virtual Pride party on May 28

The Chicago Red Stars will kick off pride month in Chicago by teaming with local businesses and talent for a virtual Pride Party presented by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 ...





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