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wct 2020-07-08

SCOTUS provides exemption for religious schools from bias lawsuits

On July 8, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled seven to two in favor of two California religious schools that argued for exemption from employment-discrimination lawsuits that teachers bring. Only justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader ...
Petition urges Boystown name change

Petition urges Boystown name change

An online petition launched late in June is demanding that the "Boystown" neighborhood designation be changed to a term that is more inclusive of the entire LGBTQ community. The petition—which is on Change.org and was authored ...
COVID-19
Replay closes July 5-6 after employee tests positive

COVID-19 Replay closes July 5-6 after employee tests positive

The restaurant Replay Andersonville, 5358 N. Clark St., is closing July 5-6 after owner Mark Liberson posted on Facebook that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. On July 5, Liberson posted, "While this post is not ...

COVID-19 Survivor doctor denied as a blood donor because of his sexual orientation

COVID-19 Survivor doctor denied as a blood donor because of his sexual orientation

Dr. Dillon Barron, MD, is in the business of saving lives. At Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, he as an emergency medicine doctor and most recently he and his partner, Eric Seelbach, tried to donate blood, ...
Director David Zak steps down from post after community outcry

Director David Zak steps down from post after community outcry

Pride Films & Plays (PFP) Executive Director David Zak stepped down from his longtime post July 3 after numerous members of Chicago's theater community voiced complaints about his working style in late June and began a ...
Experts weigh impact of judiciary on LGBTQ rights

Experts weigh impact of judiciary on LGBTQ rights

A panel consisting of prominent legal and public policy officials met June 23 to discuss recent developments in LGBTQ legal advocacy, particularly as it has been affected by the federal courts. The online forum was hosted ...
LGBTQ activists, leaders respond to police meeting

LGBTQ activists, leaders respond to police meeting

A Chicago Police Department off-the-record Zoom meeting June 30 with hand-picked leaders from LGBTQ organizations and new CPD Superintendent David Brown resulted in a public response calling for major changes ...

  News

wct 2020-07-08

Supreme Court on religious employers, contraceptive coverage under ACA, NCLR responds

--From a NCLR press release

WASHINGTON, DC — The Supreme Court issued two important decisions today that significantly change the relationship between freedom of religion and anti-discrimination protections. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. ...
Australian, Irish consulates host LGBTQ+ advocacy panel

Australian, Irish consulates host LGBTQ+ advocacy panel

By Emily Reilly

Sarah Keating, the vice consul general of Chicago's Consulate General of Ireland; and Amanda Slone, the office services manager at the Australian Consulate of Chicago hosted a panel June 30 in honor of the marriage-equality campaigns ...
PASSAGES William 'Bill' Walter Weeks

PASSAGES William 'Bill' Walter Weeks

William ("Bill") Walter Weeks passed away suddenly June 29. Bill was a lifelong resident of Chicago and preceded in death by his father, Walter H. Weeks and mother, Louise J. Weeks (Devlin). He was also the ...
wct 2020-07-08

Hyde Amendment included in House LHHS Appropriations Bill, NCLR responds

--From a NCLR press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill that includes the Hyde Amendment, which bars programs from Federal agencies ...
wct 2020-07-08

Reproductive health of bisexual women and girls needs greater attention

--From a Williams Institute press release

Over 48 million people of reproductive age assigned female sex at birth currently use contraceptives, including up to 3.9 million cisgender sexual minority women and transgender adults, according to new analyses by the Williams Institute at ...
Center on Halsted selling BLM boards

Center on Halsted selling BLM boards

Recently, Center on Halsted reopened—taking down the wooden panels that surrounded the building. The boards were erected as a precaution from the recent civil unrest that took place throughout Chicago. However, a team called Chicago Cleanup ...
E. Patrick Johnson, a man of firsts

E. Patrick Johnson, a man of firsts

E. Patrick Johnson is a man often associated with the word "first." He was the first in his family to go to college, and the first Black native of Hickory, North Carolina, to receive a Ph.D., ...
wct 2020-07-08

LETTERS On justice, racism, solidarity

Demanding justice Dear familia: In June, another transgender woman of color was murdered—this time, in our own home, in the Southwest Side of Chicago. Today, we honor Selena Reyes-Hernandez. Selena was murdered because of transphobia. This ...
Chicago church that hosted historic same-sex event demolished

Chicago church that hosted historic same-sex event demolished

Following an extended effort to save the building, Misericordia Homes recently demolished the former Chicago Town and Tennis Club/Unity Church building at 1925 W. Thome Ave., in the West Ridge area of the city. Originally designed ...
NATIONAL Brayla Stone, anti-LGBTQ attacks, Virginia Values Act, Fire Island

NATIONAL Brayla Stone, anti-LGBTQ attacks, Virginia Values Act, Fire Island

Brayla Stone, a 17-year-old Black trans girl, was murdered in Sherwood, Arkansas, near Little Rock on June 25, a National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) press release noted. Her killer has yet to be identified and members ...
WORLD African country's pro-LGBT move, Pride marches, lesbian singer

WORLD African country's pro-LGBT move, Pride marches, lesbian singer

In a landmark decision on July 6, the Senate of Gabon voted to decriminalize same-sex relations with 59 votes in favor, 17 against and four abstentions, Outright International noted. The move to decriminalize was supported by ...
Commissioners urge passage of Justice for Black Lives resolution

Commissioners urge passage of Justice for Black Lives resolution

Cook County commissioners Deborah Sims (D-5th), Stanley Moore (D-4th), Dennis Deer (2nd), Brandon Johnson (D-1st), Bill Lowry (D-3rd) and Donna Miller (D-6th) released a statement July 7 calling for passage ...
wct 2020-07-08

Nondiscrimination guidelines affirmed after Trump rollback

Illinois state officials issued guidance June 26 affirming the state's existing nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The guidance came two weeks after U.S. Department ...
PASSAGES Brent L. Conn

PASSAGES Brent L. Conn

Brent L. Conn—a caterer and business owner—passed away peacefully July 4 at home in Evanston. He was 67. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Brent earned his degree in hotel and restaurant management from Michigan State University and ...
wct 2020-07-08

World-first Global LGBTQIA+ Pride viewed by 57M+

--From a press release

Global Pride, the 27-hour virtual Pride that took place on June 27, reached a worldwide audience of 57,050,978 viewers in at least 163 countries, organisers have confirmed. Broadcast on the YouTube channels of Todrick Hall and ...
Morrison and Preckwinkle host online LGBTQ health forum

Morrison and Preckwinkle host online LGBTQ health forum

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Board President Toni Preckwinkle were joined by advocates from three local organizations for a conversation about LGBTQ health inequities on June 25. LGBTQ Americans have long faced numerous challenges in ...
LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts 'Business Is Open' panel

LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts 'Business Is Open' panel

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois hosted the virtual panel event "Business Is Open: A Conversation With LGBTQ+ Business Owners" on June 23. LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Director Jerome' Holston led the panel, ...
wct 2020-07-08

Cook County Circuit Court resuming in-person hearings July 6

Starting on Monday, July 6, the Circuit Court of Cook County will resume in-person court proceedings, with the exception of jury trials. However, the circuit court will continue to hold hearings by videoconference whenever it is ...
Chicago Sky hosts 'Unapologetically You' Pride virtual panel

Chicago Sky hosts 'Unapologetically You' Pride virtual panel

In honor of Pride month, the Chicago Sky held a virtual panel "Being Unapologetically You" June 23 focused on success stories from three local LGBTQ leaders. E3 Radio Founder and CEO Anna DeShawn moderated the eent. ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-07-08

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes!

Playwright: David Cerda At: Hell in a Handbag Productions, streaming online. Tickets: HandbagProductions.org/Stage773.com. Runs through: Aug. 15 As the long intermission drags on into its fifth month, home movies and backstage chat are no longer enough
...
wct 2020-07-08

Bisexual actress cast as new lead in 'Batwoman'

God Friended Me co-star Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman, succeeding Ruby Rose, who exited the role after the end of season one, Deadline reported. Leslie, confirmed to play a new lesbian character ...
NUNN ON ONE PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Bussian focuses on New York's trans community

NUNN ON ONE PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Bussian focuses on New York's trans community

Peter Bussian is a visual artist who continually promotes international themes in his work. He's been published in The New York Times, LA Times, Paris Match and O: The Oprah Magazine, among others. Several galleries in ...
ACTIVITIES Rollin' on the river, courtesy of the Chicago Electric Boat Company

ACTIVITIES Rollin' on the river, courtesy of the Chicago Electric Boat Company

Running out of ideas regarding what to do this summer? Well, it turns out there's nothing like going down the river in a boat built for two (with social distancing). I recently cruised down the Chicago ...
NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Rufus Wainwright on new album, Pride, future

NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Rufus Wainwright on new album, Pride, future

Out and proud performer Rufus Wainwright has always been and continues to be the thinking man's musician. His songs run deep with sometimes heavy lyrics covering topics such as family relationships, politics and religion. For those ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I might as well ask you what your paychecks are. Paul, what's your penis size?"—Chris Evans interviews Paul Rudd and asks the two most sensitive questions you could ask an actor. Paul answered, "It's even bigger ...
NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Queer filmmaker has 'Mucho Mucho Amor' for famed astrologer

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Queer filmmaker has 'Mucho Mucho Amor' for famed astrologer

For generations, Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado has brought hope and the future for many families over the years. He grew up a dancer, an actor in theater and starred in many telenovelas before his unique ...
SHOWBIZ Paris Jackson, GALECA nods, Halle Berry, Jennifer Holliday

SHOWBIZ Paris Jackson, GALECA nods, Halle Berry, Jennifer Holliday

More than 274,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to prevent the distribution of the indie film Habit, which critics say is "Christianophobic garbage," USA Today noted. "A new blasphemous Hollywood film is predicted to come ...
INTERNET
Juan Pablo Di Pace: Life's all about the small things in 'Minutiae'

INTERNET Juan Pablo Di Pace: Life's all about the small things in 'Minutiae'

The coronavirus pandemic has put many things on hold—but has also led to creative output from individuals who may not otherwise have had time to produce such projects. Such is the case with Juan Pablo Di ...
Director David Zak steps down from post after community outcry

Director David Zak steps down from post after community outcry

Pride Films & Plays (PFP) Executive Director David Zak stepped down from his longtime post July 3 after numerous members of Chicago's theater community voiced complaints about his working style in late June and began a ...

  Outlines

SAVOR Tzuco

SAVOR Tzuco

DISH Dining Guide

Beginning July 1, the French-Mexican spot Tzuco (720 N. State St.; tzuco.com) offered indoor seating at 25-percent capacity, per Phase 4 guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic. I stopped by to check out things, and this restaurant ...





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