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Windy City Times 2020-06-10
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Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago among new or reimagined events

Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago among new or reimagined events

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a slate of new and reimagined summer events including at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline ...
Victory Gardens ED leaving amid rising tensions

Victory Gardens ED leaving amid rising tensions

Victory Gardens Theater Executive Director Erica Daniels—who was also named executive artistic director just last month—shared her decision with the board to leave the company This development followed weeks of ...
Buffalo Grove holds colorful Pride Drive

Buffalo Grove holds colorful Pride Drive

Taking place in the midst of a pandemic (as Illinois slowly reopens), the Buffalo Grove Pride Drive took place June 7. In the first week of April, not wanting to put anyone in danger from the ...
Affinity names new executive director

Affinity names new executive director

The board of directors at Affinity Community Services ("Affinity")— a social-justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on Black women—has announced the appointment ...
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CPD officer being investigated for homophobic slur

Chicago police are investigating an officer who was recorded on cellphone video using a homophobic slur during downtown protests following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. In the video, the officer ...
Second City co-owner leaves after theater is charged with racism

Second City co-owner leaves after theater is charged with racism

The Second City co-owner Andrew Alexander stepped away from the improv theater after charges of institutionalized racism were leveled against the company, The Chicago Tribune reported. Dewayne Perkins, in particular, accused Second City of racism, On ...
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Lightfoot, partners launch 'Together Now' to rebuild neighborhoods

On June 5, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Chicago Community Trust President & CEO Dr. Helene Gayle and local partners to announce the launch of Together Now: Chicago's Fund to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods. In collaboration with ...
Activists protest Spyners Pub over owner's racist post, past comments

Activists protest Spyners Pub over owner's racist post, past comments

Over 100 Spyners Pub patrons and community members gathered June 4 in front of the pub, 4623 N. Western Ave., to protest against owner and general manager Maureen Sullivan's racist Facebook posts and past racist comments ...
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CMSA refusing donations from Spyners after racist message

Two days after the owner/general manager of Lincoln Square spot Spyners received major pushback on social media for what many said was a racist message, a local LGBTQ sports organization condemned the post—and said it will ...

  News

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Study says LGBT emotional well-being improved post marriage equality ruling

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which extended marriage equality nationwide in June 2015, had a positive impact on ...
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National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund states support for Justice in Policing Act

"The Justice in Policing Act is a critical step towards unraveling the systemic racism embedded within law enforcement. We thank Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Bass, Chairman Nadler, and Senators Booker and Harris ...
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Ketchum wins seat on Wheeling City Council, first out trans person elected in WV

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Rosemary Ketchum won a seat on the Wheeling City Council and became the first out trans person ever elected in West Virginia. Currently there are just 26 ...
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Federal Court: IL prisons violated rights of deaf and hard of hearing prisoners

Chicago (June 9, 2020) — A federal judge has ruled that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) violated the settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit requiring effective communication for ...
June 23 program to look at Jewish LGBTQ+ historical figures

June 23 program to look at Jewish LGBTQ+ historical figures

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host the Pride Month virtual program "LGBTQ+ Upstanders with Eric Marcus" Tuesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. CT. The program will explore the world of Jewish LGBTQ+ historical ...
Gerber/Hart celebrates Hot Wire: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture

Gerber/Hart celebrates Hot Wire: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives hosted a look back at Hot Wire: The Journal of Women's Music and Culture with a panel, on May 27. The journal grew out of Not Just a Stage, an organization Toni ...
Transgender advocates outline challenges during pandemic

Transgender advocates outline challenges during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic will likely intensify challenges experienced by transgender Americans, especially transgender persons of color, according to local advocates. In a May 29 forum presented by Chicago House and ...
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LETTER Black lives matter

Dear community: Today and every day, Black Lives Matter. Like so many of you, I am reeling after the last week and this weekend. WE ARE NOT OK. Our country, our city and many of us are not OK. In fact, ...
LETTER Say their names

LETTER Say their names

Dear community: SAY THEIR NAMES Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Nina Pop. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. We know you are tired. We know you are hurting and filled with anger. We are tired of adding ...
Drag community to march in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter movement

Drag community to march in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter movement

Chicago's drag community will hold a protest march, "Drag March for Change," in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement Sunday, June 14, at 5 p.m. The march will step off at Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street and ...
WORLD Trans woman's death, NZ trans politician, cyberattack

WORLD Trans woman's death, NZ trans politician, cyberattack

In Colombia, trans woman Alejandra Monocuco died with coronavirus symptoms after paramedics learned she was HIV-positive and allegedly refused to treat her, PinkNews reported. She lived in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Bogota and was a ...
NATIONAL Puerto Rico setback, gay-bar attacks, election news, Artists for Artists

NATIONAL Puerto Rico setback, gay-bar attacks, election news, Artists for Artists

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced signed a new civil code that removed explicit non-discrimination protections for the island's LGBTQ citizens, LGBTQ Nation reported. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), singer/rapper Bad Bunny ...
TPAN letter: We stand with you

TPAN letter: We stand with you

June 8 marks two weeks since the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis police officers, who have since been charged with murder. On a personal level, I am heartbroken and ...
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Nini's closes after posting racist, anti-gay messages

Nini's Deli—a fast-casual restaurant that served Cuban-inspired breakfast sandwiches with ropa vieja and empanadas, at 543 N. Noble St.—has permanently closed after crowds gathered over the weekend to protest a ...
Lightfoot announces reopening guidelines for places of worship

Lightfoot announces reopening guidelines for places of worship

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced guidelines for organizations to hold in-person religious services. The "Be Safe. Places of Worship" guidelines come as the city moves into Phase 3 ...
Morrison hosts virtual talk on 'Celebrating Pride 2020'

Morrison hosts virtual talk on 'Celebrating Pride 2020'

Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison (15th District) hosted a "Celebrating Pride 2020" virtual discussion June 5 with community leaders on various issues impacting the LGBTQ community. Panelists included The ...
PASSAGES Donald Ratner

PASSAGES Donald Ratner

Donald Ratner, a lifelong Chicagoan who was a leading figure in Chicago business and philanthropy, passed away Jan. 19, 2020 due to complications from prostate cancer. He is survived by his husband, Dr. Bruce Gober, with ...
PASSAGES Carl Ross Mowery

PASSAGES Carl Ross Mowery

Carl Ross Mowery, J.D.—a resident of Chicago's Lake View neighborhood who was born in Fairbury, Illinois—passed away peacefully May 30. He was 64. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University and John Marshall Law School, Carl went ...
Andersonville Farmers Market online ordering starts today for pickup June 10

Andersonville Farmers Market online ordering starts today for pickup June 10

The Andersonville Farmers Market (AFM) will officially open its 11th season Wed., June 10, for shopper pick-up at 3-7 p.m. on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue. The market has moved locations from Berwyn ...
Queer candidate holding town hall with Equality Illinois on June 18

Queer candidate holding town hall with Equality Illinois on June 18

Queer political candidate Karla Bailey-Smith will hold a virtual town hall with Equality Illinois Public Policy Director Mike Ziri on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. They will talk about legislative history, goals and celebrating Pride ...

  Entertainment

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NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Ariane Labed plays numbers game in 'Trigonometry'

Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed is currently starring in a new BBC eight-episode drama called Trigonometry, on HBO Max. The story is about a couple—Gemma, played by Thalissa Teixeira, and Kieran, played by Gary Carr—who bring
...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Alone we can achieve so little; together we can achieve so much."—Tiffany Trump. Actually, the Trump spawn was quoting Helen Keller—because, when I think of one, I automatically think of the other. Tiff's tweet had the ...
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 ...
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 Ruby Rose, Tamron Hall, actors come out, Billy Porter, Sondheim

SHOWBIZ Ruby Rose, Tamron Hall, actors come out, Billy Porter, Sondheim

Out actress Ruby Rose finally spoke out on her shocking decision to leave Batwoman after one season, NewNowNext.com noted. "I didn't want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for ...
Second City co-owner leaves after theater is charged with racism

Second City co-owner leaves after theater is charged with racism

The Second City co-owner Andrew Alexander stepped away from the improv theater after charges of institutionalized racism were leveled against the company, The Chicago Tribune reported. Dewayne Perkins, in particular, accused Second City of racism, On ...
STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Cymbeline: A Folk Tale With Music

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Cymbeline: A Folk Tale With Music

Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: First Folio Theatre streaming online at FirstFolio.org. Tickets: $20. Runs through: June 14 If Shakespeare hadn't written it, would any theater still choose to grapple with the challenges presented by a story ...
Andersonville at Home online event and fundraiser to replace Midsommarfest

Andersonville at Home online event and fundraiser to replace Midsommarfest

CHICAGO (June 5, 2020): In light of the City of Chicago's recent announcement to issue no special events permits through Labor Day 2020, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) has officially canceled ...
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'Drag March for Change' June 14

The "Drag March for Change" is slated to take place Sunday, June 14, 5-7 p.m., starting from the corner of Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, 800 W. Belmont Ave. Participants will lead a peaceful (non-violent) protest ...

  Outlines

SAVOR Less is more for out chef Art Smith during pandemic

SAVOR Less is more for out chef Art Smith during pandemic

DISH Dining Guide

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Just ask Art Smith. During the coronavirus pandemic—the culinary expert who has cooked for luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, the Obamas and Nelson Mandela—has employed a healthful plan ...
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The U broadcasting Sky games June 6, 13

The U is filling the void left by the postponed WNBA season by rebroadcasting old Sky games, The Chicago Sun-Times noted. The U, which is the Sky's broadcasting partner, started airing games May 30. Games continue ...





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