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Windy City Times 2020-06-24
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Chicago city council member comes out as queer

Chicago city council member comes out as queer

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd Ward) came out as queer on a twitter post late June 21, making her the sixth member of the LGBTQ community on the Chicago City Council. Rodriguez-Sanchez wrote, "Hi community. It's summer ...
Reunion, OTV and Slo 'Mo hosting virtual Pride festival June 26-28

Reunion, OTV and Slo 'Mo hosting virtual Pride festival June 26-28

LGBTQ+-centered organizations Reunion Chicago, Slo 'Mo and OTV-Open Television are combining energies and resources to present an intergenerational and intersectional virtual Pride festival that celebrates, centers and advocates for Chicago ...
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March centering on Black trans Chicagoans planned for June 28 SEE UPDATE

UPDATE: ACTIVATE:CHI march and rally cancelled. www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/rally-cancelled/68818.html . The grassroots activist organization ACTIVATE:CHI announced June 19 that it is collaborating with a number of local organizations ...
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Supreme Court refuses to end DACA protections

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 18 that the Trump administration cannot dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has offered protections to hundreds of thousands of people who both are undocumented ...

  News

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Holocaust Museum: Pride without the parade, a quiet time to learn and reflect

Due to the pandemic, millions across the globe have been living under "shelter in place" ordinances for months. For those of us in the United States, including here in Chicago, state-wide ordinances have forced social hubs ...
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Mondaire Jones may be among first Black LGBTQ members of Congress

Washington, DC — Today Mondaire Jones won the Democratic primary for New York's 17th Congressional District and is on-track to become one of the first openly LGBTQ Black members of Congress. The seat is considered a ...
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Torres wins NYC primary over anti-LGBTQ opponent, could be first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latinx in Congress

Washington, DC — New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres won the Democratic primary for New York's 15th Congressional District, defeating an anti-LGBTQ opponent and putting him on-track to become the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latinx member of ...
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Library board president leaves post over anti-LGBTQ statements

Cook Memorial Public Library District Board President Bonnie Quirke has now resigned from her post, The Daily Herald reported. Quirke, 80, of Libertyville, had served on the board since 2005 and had been its president since ...
Memories of Pride

Memories of Pride

We asked our readers to share some of their favorite Pride memories from years past. Enjoy our shared history! I never missed a parade and had the feet and stamina to be in heels all day ... so young. You might ...
At least two marches centering on Black trans Chicagoans planned for June 28 SEE UPDATE

At least two marches centering on Black trans Chicagoans planned for June 28 SEE UPDATE

UPDATE: ACTIVATE:CHI march and rally cancelled. http://www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/rally-cancelled/68818.html . The grassroots activist organization ACTIVATE:CHI announced June 19 that it is collaborating with a number of local organizations ...
Lighthouse Foundation event explores racism's origins for white allies

Lighthouse Foundation event explores racism's origins for white allies

Lighthouse Foundation presented an online forum June 20 focusing on how white allies in the LGBT community can best focus their energies in struggles against racial inequities. Lighthouse Foundation, which is associated with Lighthouse Community Church ...
Local transgender man on being affected by healthcare rollback

Local transgender man on being affected by healthcare rollback

Oli Rodriguez is a transgender man who hopes to carry a child and become a father in the near future. Following news that President Donald Trump rolled back protections inscribed in the Affordable Care Act, however, ...
Downstate activist Buff Carmichael talks husband, the Prairie Flame

Downstate activist Buff Carmichael talks husband, the Prairie Flame

In the May 27 issue of Windy City Times, in the first of a three-part series, Springfield-based activist Buff Carmichael discussed his early life in Texas and his entry into gay activism in downstate Illinois. In ...
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Organizations respond to murder of trans Chicagoan

A number of organizations released statements on the May murder of a Chicago Latinx transgender woman who, at the time of her death, had been misgendered by both authorities and local media. Selena Reyes-Hernandez, 37, was ...
Illinois' LGBTQ cabinet members discuss equality, coronavirus

Illinois' LGBTQ cabinet members discuss equality, coronavirus

Among those conte=nding with coronavirus preparedness, not to mention the effects from the resulting shutdowns, were numerous state government officials. They were tasked with keeping the machinery of government operating ...
GLAAD unveils inaugural 20 Under 20 list

GLAAD unveils inaugural 20 Under 20 list

GLAAD revealed its inaugural Rising Stars 20 Under 20 list. The list spotlights 20 young LGBTQ people, ages 20 and younger, who are accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ people while shaping the future of media and activism. ...
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MOMBIAN Supporting LGBTQ families requires that Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a just world for LGBTQ families until we have racial justice. Black same-sex couples are roughly twice as likely as white same-sex couples to ...
Queer artist McKinnon among Foundation leaders

Queer artist McKinnon among Foundation leaders

Queer artist/advocate Elijah McKinnon is among 11 local individuals The Field Foundation, in partnership with the John D. and =Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announced as the 2020 Leaders for a New Chicago cohort. The leadership awards ...
Pride Fest Chicago goes virtual

Pride Fest Chicago goes virtual

Chicago's beloved annual Pride Fest made the move to Twitch for a special Virtual Pride Fest, presented by Northalsted Business Alliance and Gilead Sciences. The virtual fest streamed on the platform over two nights, Saturday, June ...
Drag performer dropped by nightclubs after racism allegations

Drag performer dropped by nightclubs after racism allegations

By Matt Simonette Drag performer and entertainment producer T Rex has been dropped from their ongoing engagements at Roscoe's and Berlin nightclubs after allegations of racism. Roscoe's published on its Facebook page June 22 that it ...
LGBTQIs face rampant bias in Venezuela, sparking asylum in nearby countries

LGBTQIs face rampant bias in Venezuela, sparking asylum in nearby countries

In the United States, Pride Month is known for widespread festivities, parade floats, rainbow-colored everything and celebration of self-identity. In Venezuela, Pride Month looks quite different for those who are part of the LGBTQI community. In ...
WORLD Israel news, Egyptian activist dies, Spanish singer comes out

WORLD Israel news, Egyptian activist dies, Spanish singer comes out

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers behind the four largest pride parades in Israel—Haifa, Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv-Yafo—jointly decided to postpone their prospective parades, hoping they will be able ...
NATIONAL Trans youth guide, march items, Dallas Pride flag, Key West

NATIONAL Trans youth guide, march items, Dallas Pride flag, Key West

The Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (HLAC) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) published a first-of-its-kind legal resource guide for transgender youth in the United States, a press release ...
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PFLAG National, Wear Your Voice elevate voices of LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, People of Color

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2020) — This month, as the media turns its lens to the dangers faced by marginalized people, specifically Black people and Black LGBTQ+ folks, PFLAG National and Wear Your Voice launch #YouAreMyPride, a ...
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Leaders in LGBTQ history documentation, interpretation, outreach create fact sheet

NEW YORK, NY — Tuesday, June 23, 2020 — The Stonewall 50 Consortium, Making Gay History, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, New York Public Library, GLSEN, National Parks Conservation Association, and the ONE Archives Foundation announce ...
UIC named Illinois' best college for LGBTQ students

UIC named Illinois' best college for LGBTQ students

Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of the University of Illinois at Chicago's mission and its latest recognition gives the campus community more to be proud about during Pride Month. UIC has been named Illinois' best college ...
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Lambda Legal Sues HHS to Block Effort to Gut Protections for LGBTQ Patients

(Washington, D.C., June 22, 2020) — Today, Lambda Legal and Steptoe & Johnson LLP filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published health care discrimination rule that purports to ...
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Morrison, Preckwinkle hosting Pride talk on health equity

Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will host a live Pride virtual discussion on health equity on Wednesday, June 24, at 1 p.m. They will be joined by community ...
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Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame selection committee to meet

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, now entering its 30th year, announced earlier this year that it would resume inducting new members. After putting out a call to the community for nominations it now has a ...
'Chicago Is a [Digital] Drag Festival' June 30

'Chicago Is a [Digital] Drag Festival' June 30

The Chicago Is a [Digital] Drag Festival—a Brave Space Alliance fundraiser, with Shea Coulee hosting—will take place Tuesday, June 30, at 8 p.m. CT. Just a few of the personalities slated to appear/perform are The Vixen, ...
Equality Illinois hosts statewide Pride Month virtual event

Equality Illinois hosts statewide Pride Month virtual event

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Equality Illinois held a "Can't Stop Our Pride: One Day, One Illinois" afternoon-long virtual Pride month event June 20. Equality Illinois Institute Board Chair Butch Trusty and Miss Trans Illinois ...
PASSAGES Nightlife figure Cody Laughlin dies at 26

PASSAGES Nightlife figure Cody Laughlin dies at 26

Lucky Horseshoe Lounge dancer Cody Laughlin died June 15 at his home. The cause of death is currently unknown. He was 26. Laughlin was born Dec. 30, 1993, in Chicago and graduated early from Northside College ...
Schakowsky issues Pride Month declaration

Schakowsky issues Pride Month declaration

EVANSTON, IL - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, issued the following statement celebrating Pride Month and a 6-3 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court affirming that LGBTQ+ workers are ...
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Food truck parodies Nini's; proceeds going to Black/Brown, LGBTQ groups

A food truck parodying the disgraced Nini's Deli is selling empanadas June 19-20, splitting proceeds between a Black/Brown group and an LGBTQ fixture, Block Club Chicago noted. The food truck, called "Nono's Deli," will park at ...
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81,000 'Dreamers' identify as LGBT, 39,000 of them have participated in DACA

There are an estimated 81,000 LGBT Dreamers in the U.S., including 39,000 who have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to an updated report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. ...
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NCLR cheers court ruling invalidating attempt to end DACA

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Trump Administration's attempt to end the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides relief ...
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Elk Grove Village LGBTQ bar bought for $1.35M

The owner of Chicago's Admiral Theatre is selling the shuttered Phoenix Bar & Nightclub for $1.35 million to Elk Grove Village, which plans to demolish the LGBTQ bar and hold on to the land for future ...
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LGBTQ aspect of state aging act taking effect July 1

An amendment of the Illinois Act on the Aging that protects the needs of LGBTQ older adults and people living with HIV will take effect Wed., July 1. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the measure last August. ...

  Entertainment

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she crew leaders reflect on feats, end of organization

Six years after its founding, {she crew} has announced that the organization will be ending later this year. Co-founders Meredith Montgomery and Jess London-Shields told Windy City Times that they agreed at the beginning of 2020
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EXPO CHICAGO pushed to 2021

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 ...
BOOKS Skokie native writes about creating an LGBTQ family

BOOKS Skokie native writes about creating an LGBTQ family

Steve Disselhorst dreamed of being a parent since he was a kid growing up in Skokie. On June 16, his first book, Determined To Be Dad, was released, and it details his journey to fulfill that ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"On our street, we accept all, we love all, and we respect all. Happy #PrideMonth!"—From your friends on Sesame Street. This message was brought to you by the letter "I"—for Instagram. Remember the coronavirus? While I ...
THEATER Despite everything, there are shows for Pride Week

THEATER Despite everything, there are shows for Pride Week

It's almost impossible to write about the indelible events of 2020 (which is still not quite half over) without diminishing them. Words fall short in describing—let alone analyzing—the failures of ...
PODCASTS 'A Queer Serial' delves into LGBTQ history

PODCASTS 'A Queer Serial' delves into LGBTQ history

Devlyn Camp, the host of A Queer Serial podcast, is preparing for season two, continuing the stories of milestones in LGBTQ history before the Stonewall Riots. The show explores the world of lost LGBTQ history through ...
TELEVISION Dashaun Wesley spills the tea on HBO Max's 'Legendary'

TELEVISION Dashaun Wesley spills the tea on HBO Max's 'Legendary'

"Ladies, gentlemen and genderqueers" exclaims Dashaun Wesley as host and emcee for the new ballroom culture reality-competition show Legendary, on HBO Max. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he came out at 14 and visited Christopher Street ...
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Brian Tanen talks about 'Love, Simon' spinoff 'Love, Victor'

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Brian Tanen talks about 'Love, Simon' spinoff 'Love, Victor'

Ready to binge a new queer-centered television series that had a spoonful too much gay sugar to let the medicine go down for Disney? Well, Love, Victor might be the cure you are looking for to ...
TELEVISION Marvel's first openly trans actor on Pride, BLM and Hollywood

TELEVISION Marvel's first openly trans actor on Pride, BLM and Hollywood

Zach Barack made cinematic history as Marvel's first openly trans actor in the 2019 film Spider-Man: Far from Home. He talked with Windy City Times about his experiences in Hollywood, his stand-up comedy, current social issues ...
Out local musician releasing album, launching music station

Out local musician releasing album, launching music station

Out local musician Scott Free Scott Free is releasing his new album, The Last Revolution, on Friday, July 3, and is launching Alt Q Radio, an independent queer music station. The Last Revolution, described as a ...
Raven Theatre names new managing director

Raven Theatre names new managing director

Following a nationwide search, Raven Theatre's board of directors announced Markie Gray as the company's new managing director, effective July 1. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gray most recently was the associate director of marketing & ...
NUNN ON ONE Miss Lawrence talks new song, activism and Lee Daniels

NUNN ON ONE Miss Lawrence talks new song, activism and Lee Daniels

Reality-show personality Miss Lawrence has built a diverse career in acting, singing and activism. Growing up in Atlanta, Lawrence pursued hairstyling, which led to owning salons where celebrities such as Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta ...
BOOKS Photographer focuses on 'The People of the Pride Parade'

BOOKS Photographer focuses on 'The People of the Pride Parade'

Alyssa Blumstein captured a celebratory photography book The People of the Pride Parade, which was released in honor of the Pride Parade's 50th anniversary. The images highlight the joyful moments through a collection of marches and ...
Music Box, Kino Lorber hosting film 'Proud'

Music Box, Kino Lorber hosting film 'Proud'

To honor Pride Month, the Music Box Theatre and Kino Lorber are presenting Philippe Faucon's three-part episodic cinema event Proud as a Virtual Cinema presentation. The Virtual Cinema experience was created to assist temporarily closed independent ...
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Old Town's virtual Pride Jam on June 26

Old Town School of Folk Music will host a virtual Pride jam Friday, June 26, 6-7:15 p.m. The event will feature songs for, by and about queer artists. From early blues to modern pop, musicians will ...
SHOWBIZ Lee Daniels, 'Walking Dead' star, Sylvester, Richard Simmons

SHOWBIZ Lee Daniels, 'Walking Dead' star, Sylvester, Richard Simmons

Openly gay producer/director Lee Daniels (TV's Empire; producer of the movie Monster's Ball) said he was the original director of the Oscar-winning film Brokeback Mountain, but couldn't get the film made as "nobody wanted to see ...
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47th Non-Equity Jeff Awards announces honorees

June 22, 2020 — Chicago — As part of the annual recognition of theater excellence, the 47th Non-Equity Jeff Awards has announced honorees in 21 artistic and technical categories. Recipients included 27 theater artists whose work ...
TV: Sam Feder, Laverne Cox discuss trans documentary 'Disclosure'

TV: Sam Feder, Laverne Cox discuss trans documentary 'Disclosure'

Disclosure is a new original documentary debuting on Netflix in time for Pride season. Through a series of movie and television clips plus personal interviews, Disclosure gives a history of the depiction of the transgender community ...
Madison Young: Making queer, kinky representation possible

Madison Young: Making queer, kinky representation possible

Queer author, adult film star and podcaster Madison Young further secures her "Queen of Kink" title with the new sex-positive docuseries, Submission Possible. This informative exploration into kink culture kicks off its first episode in New ...
Nick Jonas joining Virtual Pride Fest Chicago

Nick Jonas joining Virtual Pride Fest Chicago

Chicago Pride Fest will mark its 20th year with a virtual festival format on June 20-21—and Nick Jonas is the latest name to join the event, as he will deliver a special message to festival attendees. ...
Sylvester's iconic album 'Step II' to be reissued

Sylvester's iconic album 'Step II' to be reissued

Los Angeles, CA (June 17, 2020) — Craft Recordings is proud to reissue Sylvester's iconic 1978 album, Step II, with newly remastered audio. Available this Friday (6/19) across all digital and streaming ...

  Outlines

SAVOR The Clubhouse Oak Brook; Bub City Rosemont

SAVOR The Clubhouse Oak Brook; Bub City Rosemont

DISH Dining Guide

When the incomparable Nina Simone sang "It's a new dawn/it's a new day" in her immortal song "Feeling Good," it's a safe bet she wasn't referring to a coronavirus pandemic. However, that current development has made ...
LGBTQ artists' installation being moved to Chicago

LGBTQ artists' installation being moved to Chicago

For the closing ceremony of last summer's World Pride in New York City, a work of art celebrating the LGBTQ community was wrapped around Times Square's main stage. For five days, this work took up an ...





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