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Windy City Times 2020-09-02
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wct 2020-09-02

Sky release Blake statement; Bears distance from Urlacher tweet

On Aug. 27, in light of the Jacob Blake shooting, Chicago Sky owners Michael Alter and John Rogers issued a joint statement supporting the WNBA players' decision to not play that evening's games—which is echoed by ...
wct 2020-09-02

Last night of RNC: Trump mum on LGBTQ+ issues, contrasts self from Biden

The final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) ended with President Trump painting a stark contrast between a United States under his leadership and one under the leadership of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. But ...
Members of Congress hold annual LGBTQ gathering online

Members of Congress hold annual LGBTQ gathering online

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation hosted a virtual edition of their annual LGBTQ breakfast the morning of Aug. 25. Both political officials and community advocates participated in the event, which ...
wct 2020-09-02

Day 3 of RNC: Gay official mum on LGBTQ+ issues

There was no mention of LGBTQ+ people during night three of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) on Aug. 26, not even by implication. Although an openly gay speaker was given time in the spotlight, he ...

  News

wct 2020-09-02

"PFLAG Votes" film aims to get out the vote

--From a press release

WASHINGTON—This Friday, Sept. 4, PFLAG National will release its latest film project, PFLAG VOTES, as part of PFLAG Votes 2020, its broad get-out-the-vote initiative for the general election. Likely voters are encouraged through PFLAG Votes 2020 ...
wct 2020-09-02

Homophobic campaign strategy defeats gay Congressional candidate

--From a LGBTQ Victory Fund press release

Washington, DC — Tonight openly gay candidate Alex Morse lost the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District after a coordinated homophobic attack was launched against him in the final weeks of his campaign. Morse was ...
Joseph Baar Topinka preserves legacy of mother: Pro-gay Republican Judy

Joseph Baar Topinka preserves legacy of mother: Pro-gay Republican Judy

Riverside resident Joseph Baar Topinka is still impressed with the resolve and stamina with which his late mother, longtime GOP politician Judy Baar Topinka, was able to "slug it out" in the political arena. "She got ...
Black trans disabled Chicagoan on long quest for affordable housing

Black trans disabled Chicagoan on long quest for affordable housing

When Garnet Williams was set to enter their final year at Columbia College in 2014, they began to experience pain in their lower back. Because of this pain, Williams' life has changed dramatically these past six ...
wct 2020-09-02

Aurora garden damage seen as possible hate crime

In Aurora, a garden that included a shed painted rainbow colors to support the LGBTQ community was destroyed recently after someone smashed it with a pickup truck—and local authorities are viewing the attack as a possible ...
Looking at implementation of an LGBTQ+ curriculum in state public schools

Looking at implementation of an LGBTQ+ curriculum in state public schools

On Aug. 9, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Illinois House Bill 246 into law, amending the school code to include contributions of LGBTQ+ figures in public schools all over the state, effective as of July 1, ...
VIEWPOINT The common thread of LGBTQ+ stigma and mental health

VIEWPOINT The common thread of LGBTQ+ stigma and mental health

The relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and mental health has always varied from country to country. But when religion enters the conversation, a whole new aspect escalates the stigma. Countries all over the world have high ...
wct 2020-09-02

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Wear a mask

Dear editor: Wear a mask. Illinois made great strides fighting COVID-19, but it will take sustained effort and discipline to keep the virus under control. Illinois doctors are asking everyone to take two simple actions when ...
ART 
LGBTQ+ installation on display in Chicago Cultural Center

ART LGBTQ+ installation on display in Chicago Cultural Center

The final pieces of Sam Kirk's latest art installation are on display in the Chicago Cultural Center until the end of September. In honor of Pride, Kirk's installation began as a way to pay tribute to ...
WORLD Tom of Finland, India items, Denmark legislation, PrEP study

WORLD Tom of Finland, India items, Denmark legislation, PrEP study

The works of the iconic Finnish artist Tom of Finland will be exhibited in Japan for the first time ever, a press release noted. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Finnish Institute ...
NATIONAL Marsha P. Johnson, Anchorage, electoral items, gay author dies

NATIONAL Marsha P. Johnson, Anchorage, electoral items, gay author dies

Marsha P. Johnson—the iconic transgender activist who was a central figure in New York City's LGBTQ+-liberation movement—will get a monument in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, CNN.com reported. Throughout ...
My case for being in Congress

My case for being in Congress

By Dani Brzozowski

"I already told my family that if I catch this virus — God forbid — I'm not going to the hospital. I'll pop myself or cut myself rather than die in the hospital, miserable and alone." ...
wct 2020-09-02

Suicide Prevention Month summary of data on LGBT suicide

--From a Williams Institute press release

Research shows that anti-LGBT discrimination and victimization contribute to an increase in the risk of suicidality and that LGBT people are at disproportionate risk of suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts. In recognition ...
Trans judicial candidate Jill Rose Quinn weds

Trans judicial candidate Jill Rose Quinn weds

Democratic judicial candidate Jill Rose Quinn who will likely be Illinois' first openly transgender judge after the Nov. 3 elections added to her 2020 highlights by marrying partner Stephanie Marder this past weekend. Quinn told Windy City Times ...
wct 2020-09-02

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A word, please...

Dear editor: We just finished reading your WCT's interview with Jay Manuel (in the Aug. 5 issue), and we have an important question. Did you ask or even challenge him about the book's title, and the ...
wct 2020-09-02

Family of Layleen Polanco settles civil suit with New York City

--From a AVP press release

August 31, NEW YORK, NY — The family of Layleen Polanco, a 27-year-old Afro-Latinx trans woman who died while being held in solitary confinement in Rikers Island in June 2019, has settled their civil suit with ...
ARCHITECTURE Controversy brews over Esposito dismissal

ARCHITECTURE Controversy brews over Esposito dismissal

Members of Chicago's architecture community registered their displeasure after the city chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced that longtime Executive Vice President Zurich Esposito would no longer be in the ...
Annual event spotlights trans lives lost

Annual event spotlights trans lives lost

On Aug. 30, Valerie Griffin celebrated the life of her daughter Dejanay Stanton, a trans woman of color with an annual summer get-together billed as "The Main Event Part 2." The event, in its second year, was also ...
wct 2020-09-02

Judge decides against releasing report in Smollett case

On Aug. 28, Judge Michael Toomin refused to release a 60-page grand jury report regarding the handling of the Jussie Smollett case. Smollett—a gay former actor who was on the TV show Empire as well as ...
wct 2020-09-02

Planned Parenthood endorses reproductive health champions for election

--From a PPIA press release

CHICAGO—The Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), the non-partisan political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, announces its endorsements for the November 3 general election. ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-09-02

Resisterhood, Democracy through female, LGBTQ+, minority lens, streaming Sept. 22

Washington, D.C. — Sept. 1, 2020 — Examining the ongoing reverberations of the 2016 U.S. presidential election from a women's perspective, Resisterhood is a compelling and impactful documentary urging us all to use our voice and
...
MOVIES New documentary visits 'House of Cardin'

MOVIES New documentary visits 'House of Cardin'

It took a queer eye to bring the new documentary House of Cardin to life. Husbands and business partners Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole have directed a history of designer Pierre Cardin. Viewers of the ...
LGBTQ+ actor Hank Chen talks OneWheaton, Tyra Banks and Robin Williams

LGBTQ+ actor Hank Chen talks OneWheaton, Tyra Banks and Robin Williams

Hank Chen is an actor and—perhaps more interestingly to people in Chicagoland—is a co-founder of the LGBTQ+ group OneWheaton, which consists of LGBTQ+ students and alumni of Wheaton College. Two of his recent credits include Life-Size ...
Closet Play virtual benefit concert leads PrideArts virtual season

Closet Play virtual benefit concert leads PrideArts virtual season

--From a press release

CHICAGO - PrideArts Artistic Director Donterrio Johnson today announced a four - show virtual fall season called REIGNITE! that will look to the 17th and 19th Centuries for inspiration. The season will open with a benefit ...
Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Fest announces program

Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Fest announces program

--From a press release

(Chicago, IL) Reeling will celebrate its 38th anniversary this fall with a new virtual edition of the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Showing 30 features, 54 shorts across eight shorts programs from 21 countries, ...
Filmmakers look back at pioneering movie 'Transsexuals'

Filmmakers look back at pioneering movie 'Transsexuals'

Chicago-based Media Burn Archive presented an online screening of the rarely-seen 1971 documentary Transsexuals Aug. 27, and hosted members of its original crew, who presented insights on both its production ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I don't ever picture Dame Barbara Cartland doggie-style!"—Billy Masters explains that writers of fiction need not write solely from experience. This was part of a longer chat with writer Christopher Rice on Billy Masters LIVE! Are ...
STREAMING 
THEATER REVIEW The Pursuit of Happiness: A BoHo Exploration of Freedom

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Pursuit of Happiness: A BoHo Exploration of Freedom

Playwright: Scripted by the artists and curated by Sana Selemon At: Streaming online at BoHoTheatre.com Tickets: free with donation . Runs through: Open run The projected shuttering of theater facilities for the remainder of the year ...
SHOWBIZ #ReadOutProud, Mj Rodriguez, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez

SHOWBIZ #ReadOutProud, Mj Rodriguez, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez

Non-profit organization Pride and Less Prejudice (PLP) has launched a #ReadOutProud fundraising campaign video with LGBTQ celebrities including Adam Rippon, Nicole Maines, Darryl Stephens, Patrik-Ian Polk, Theo Germaine, Nikki Blonsky ...
'The Best of Cher' on DVD Sept. 15

'The Best of Cher' on DVD Sept. 15

Time Life will release The Best of Cher on DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The SRP is $99.95. The Best of Cher brings together Cher's life in the spotlight across two loaded volumes and nine DVDs, as well as a collectible ...
MUSIC 
Trans singer Kyler O'Neal debuts music video, talks poetry

MUSIC Trans singer Kyler O'Neal debuts music video, talks poetry

Kyler O'Neal is a transgender contemporary, folk artist. She officially released her debut music video for her single Satan's Tears on Sept. 1, and that is currently available for streaming on YouTube and Vimeo. Windy City ...
NUNN ON ONE TV Nicco Annan makes it rain on 'P-Valley'

NUNN ON ONE TV Nicco Annan makes it rain on 'P-Valley'

Onetime activist and Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall wrote a play called Pussy Valley that has now evolved into the new Starz series P-Valley. The story is set at Pynk, a popular strip club in Mississippi, ...
American Art Awards names 25 best American galleries, museums

American Art Awards names 25 best American galleries, museums

By Thom Bierdz

This is the 12th anniversary for the American Art Awards organization who decides the 25 Best American Galleries and Museums each May. Decisions are based upon years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant ...
American Blues marking 35 years on Sept. 4 with 'Blue Bash'

American Blues marking 35 years on Sept. 4 with 'Blue Bash'

American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announced the 2021 Blue Bash, a fundraiser celebrating 35 Years Strong. The interactive celebration with live performances by ...
Dance for Life exceeds fundraising goal

Dance for Life exceeds fundraising goal

Chicago Dancers United (CDU) announced that "Dance for Life 2020: United as One," which took place Aug. 10—15, exceeded its financial goal, raising more than $170,000 in contributions from nearly 700 donors. Dance for Life 2020: ...

  Outlines

Over wearing a mask

Over wearing a mask

Three weeks ago, I was looking down into my husband's unblinking eyes, seeing blood spill from his nose and mouth, and feeling my hand trying to stop the bleeding from the back of his head. In ...
SAVOR Travelle To Go

SAVOR Travelle To Go

These days, when convenience seems paramount, Travelle at The Langham (330 N. Wabash Ave.; TravelleChicago.com) offers something that it hopes will draw lots of people: Travelle To Go. And this concept should. Located around the corner ...
SAVOR Pizza Friendly Pizza

SAVOR Pizza Friendly Pizza

DISH Dining Guide

Appetizing, spontaneous and hopeful: Pizza Friendly Pizza (1039 N. Western Ave.; PizzaFriendlyPizza.com) is serving up one-of-a-kind slices from the former home of Bite Cafe. Pizza Friendly Pizza opened five weeks ago, and ...
Chicago Gourmet announces 2020 lineup

Chicago Gourmet announces 2020 lineup

Chicago Gourmet has revealed its 2020 lineup. Organizers at the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), the event's founding sponsor—along with presenting sponsor Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits—have curated a full schedule ...
Local LGBTQ players deliver message with social-justice T-shirts

Local LGBTQ players deliver message with social-justice T-shirts

David Rill and a few friends joined a new team this summer in the abbreviated Open Sunday Softball League, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), and they needed jerseys for the Howard Brown Weakened ...
SAVOR: RAISED An Urban Rooftop Bar

SAVOR: RAISED An Urban Rooftop Bar

DISH Dining Guide

RAISED | An Urban Rooftop Bar (1 W. Wacker Dr.; RaisedBarChicago.com) flaunts breathtaking views of the city with a spectacular food and drink menu. The venue's traditional American cuisine offers ...





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