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Windy City Times 2020-10-07

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National LGBTQ Task Force launches "Queer The Vote" Month of Action

--From a press release

WASHINGTON,DC….Oct. 7, 2020…..The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund today announced an on-going "Queer the Vote" multi-faceted campaign to inform, educate and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities as we approach the Nov. ...

  News

News

Affinity celebrating 25 years virtually Oct. 9-11

Affinity Community Services—a social-justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on Black women—will celebrate its 25th anniversary virtually Oct. 9-11. The virtual anniversary ...
NATIONAL Attacks, TGNC emojis, lawsuits, 'Divas for Democracy'

NATIONAL Attacks, TGNC emojis, lawsuits, 'Divas for Democracy'

A 24-year-old man was punched in the face and called an anti-gay slur while filming a TikTok video with a female friend in lower Manhattan, and police are investigating the attack as a hate crime, according ...
News

Threat to marriage equality looms at Supreme Court, Lambda Legal responds

--From a press release

(Washington, D.C., October 5, 2020) — Today, in a statement in Davis v. Ermold, authored by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and joined by Justice Samuel Alito, the Justices indicated a desire to overturn Obergefell v. ...
News

Robin Roberts, George Wendt and more part of Oct. 8 virtual party

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, comedic legends George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky, and Chicago Bears legend Charles "Peanut" Tillman will be part of a virtual cocktail party supporting the work of the Illinois Medical District ...
WORLD Egypt arrests, Trans Legal Mapping Report, designer dies

WORLD Egypt arrests, Trans Legal Mapping Report, designer dies

In Egypt, authorities are accused of using dating apps and social media to track down and arrest queer folks in their latest attempt to "clean the streets," Out.com noted. Human Rights Watch interviewed 15 people who ...
News

Newsom appoints first LGBTQ+ member to Calif. Supreme Court

On Oct. 5, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed a new state Supreme Court justice, naming Martin Jenkins as the court's first openly gay, third Black man on the judicial panel, The Merced Sun-Star reported. Jenkins, a ...
News

History initiative pairs NYC and LA LGBTQ groups

--From a press release

Organizations from two cities rich in LGBT history, New York City and Los Angeles, are teaming up for the annual social media event #MuseumInstaSwap. Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 6), the NYC LGBT ...
Jessica Halem to open Transforming Care Conference

Jessica Halem to open Transforming Care Conference

--From a press release

The Equitas Health Institute's virtual 2020 Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ HIV & Health Equity opens Wednesday, October 14 with Jessica Halem's presentation of "Mourn the Dead & Fight Like Hell for the Living." As a ...
News

19% of transgender adults in the U.S. are parents

--From a Williams Institute press release

The first nationally representative sample of transgender people in the U.S. finds no difference in mental and physical health between transgender and cisgender parents An estimated 19% of transgender adults in the U.S. are parents, according ...
News

LETTER Vote

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy you have not protected the United States ...
News

Twelve northern Illinois arts organizations receive grants

ComEd and the League of Chicago Theatres announced grants of up to $10,000 each to 12 non-profit arts organizations throughout northern Illinois to support the arts and encourage creativity. ComEd and the League, an alliance of ...
News

Oct. 3 vigil to honor Ramos Vargas

Chicagoans will gather in Humboldt Park the evening of Saturday, Oct. 3 to honor the memory of Michelin Ramos Vargas, a transgender woman who was murdered in Puerto Rico on Sept. 30. The event begins at ...
News

$4M gift for IU McKinney School of Law focuses on LGBTQ rights, diversity

--From a press release

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has announced a significant $4 million gift from IU alumnus Steve Tuchman and his husband, Reed Bobrick. The gift will support the creation of an ...
News

Study: LGBTs nearly four times more likely than non to face violent crime

--From a press release

LGBT people are nearly four times more likely than non-LGBT people to experience violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School ...
COVID-19 President and Melania Trump test positive

COVID-19 President and Melania Trump test positive

President Donald Trump revealed late during the evening of Oct. 1 that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. "Tonight @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine ...
LGBTQs likely key percentage of electorate

LGBTQs likely key percentage of electorate

--From a press release

New York, NY, October 1, 2020 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, released the findings of GLAAD's 'State of LGBTQ Voters' poll which ...
LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: United States Naval Academy evolves with LGBTQ acceptance

LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: United States Naval Academy evolves with LGBTQ acceptance

By Jeremy Rodriguez

Before graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, Paula Neira had difficulties accepting she was trans. "I was fighting this internal battle, but asking for help would've gotten me kicked out," Neira said. ...
LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: Nizah Morris case a seventeen-year saga for transparency

LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: Nizah Morris case a seventeen-year saga for transparency

This month marks the 65th birthday of Nizah Morris. It's difficult to believe that Nizah would be a senior citizen if she were alive today. She was born on Oct. 19, 1955. So much has changed since her tragic death in ...
PASSAGES Timothy Ray Brown, who was cured of HIV, dies of cancer at 54

PASSAGES Timothy Ray Brown, who was cured of HIV, dies of cancer at 54

After a five-month battle with leukemia, Timothy Ray Brown—publicized as the first known person to be cured of HIV, and also known by many as "The Berlin Patient"—has died of cancer, according to the International AIDS ...
News

VIEWPOINT As a gay bipolar man, I've learned to live with suicidal thoughts

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 20. LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. In addition, LGBTQ+ youth are almost five ...
LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH My Notorious RBG moment

LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH My Notorious RBG moment

In the 1990s, the U.S. Senate was attempting in every possible way to censor this new thing called the internet. The senators soon came up with an idea to stop information that might be objectionable to ...
Author/academic John D'Emilio on new book, future endeavors

Author/academic John D'Emilio on new book, future endeavors

Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives is a new book by Gerber/Hart Library and Archives President and University of Illinois at Chicago History and Women's and Gender Studies Professor Emeritus John ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Pride Fall Film Festival Oct. 12

Eight short films, including work by new directors, some using new technology (iPhone 11, Filmic Pro), in explore sexual orientation and gender identity across cultures and among male and female-identifying
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Entertainment

Victory Gardens Theater announces StudentsFirst Virtual Showcase

--From a press release

Chicago, IL—Victory Gardens Theater announces the Voices of Tomorrow: Their World on Stagefundraising event on Dec. 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The virtual event will showcase powerful and moving spoken word and artistic works created by ...
THEATER Run the Beast Down

THEATER Run the Beast Down

Playwright: Titas Halder At: Strawdog Theatre online at Strawdog.org . Tickets: Free with donation . Runs through: Oct. 25 Tottenham was once a quiet semi-rural suburb north of London where Charlie's parents lived in a bungalow ...
Filmmaker Ric Burns explores life of neurologist/writer Oliver Sacks

Filmmaker Ric Burns explores life of neurologist/writer Oliver Sacks

For documentarian Ric Burns, whose work includes New York: A Documentary Film, American Ballet Theatre and VA: The Human Cost of War (and who co-produced and co-wrote The Civil War), the tumultuous life of gay neurologist ...
SHOWBIZ Whitney Houston, all-trans 'Brokeback,' Sam Smith, 'Chicago Med'

SHOWBIZ Whitney Houston, all-trans 'Brokeback,' Sam Smith, 'Chicago Med'

A hologram of the late Whitney Houston was used in a livestream show—allegedly without permission from her estate, NME.com reported. Hologram USA founder Alki David had originally worked on Houston's likeness in 2016. The hologram appeared ...
'Women of Broadway' series starts Oct. 24

'Women of Broadway' series starts Oct. 24

Northlight Theatre is one of a select group of nonprofit arts organizations participating in the three-part virtual concert series "Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway." The series will feature two-time Tony Award winner Patti ...
Black Ensemble's 'BE Gala' Oct. 16

Black Ensemble's 'BE Gala' Oct. 16

The Black Ensemble Theater, led by Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor, will celebrate 44 years of musical theater with its BE Gala, with the theme "The Legacy Continues: Together We Are the Change, A Musical Celebration ...
Entertainment

African American Arts Alliance to hold auditions, workshop

Sponsored by the African American Arts Alliance (AAAA) and in celebration of Black Arts Month this October, several Black theaters of Chicago will partner for a united audition for Black theater artists. The free, three-day event ...
Around the World in 80 Minutes, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus virtual cabaret in October

Around the World in 80 Minutes, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus virtual cabaret in October

--From a press release

CHICAGO, October 1, 2020 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus kicks off Season 37 with Around the World in 80 Minutes, a virtual cabaret featuring a small cast of 24 virtual performers that will take you on ...
Joffrey Ballet halts season, launches digital series, '25 FOR 25' initiative

Joffrey Ballet halts season, launches digital series, '25 FOR 25' initiative

--From a press release

The Joffrey Ballet announced the cancellation of all remaining performances for the 2020-21 season, including the world premiere of Cathy Marston's Of Mice and Men and the Joffrey premiere of George Balanchine's ...
Artist Sarp Kerem Yavuz talks career, online auction, COVID-19

Artist Sarp Kerem Yavuz talks career, online auction, COVID-19

When Sarp Kerem Yavuz was 5, he drew a boat with smiling passengers and a caption that read "The boat that was curious about what was under the sea." "I distinctly remember thinking about the internal ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Architecture Center offers self-guided, virtual neighborhood exploration

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), under the leadership of President and CEO Lynn J. Osmond, is pleased to offer more than 50 online programs and trails for self-guided, outdoor exploration, highlighting more than 100 ...
'Art and Social Progress' Oct. 14

'Art and Social Progress' Oct. 14

In concert with its ongoing virtual exhibition, "Anthem," Weinberg/Newton Gallery has partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to present the virtual panel discussion "Art and Social Progress: Creating a Better ...
Nominations open for Chicago Red Stars' #SHEINSPIRESME Award

Nominations open for Chicago Red Stars' #SHEINSPIRESME Award

The Chicago Red Stars announced that nominations are now open for the 2020 #SHEINSPIRESME Award. The Chicago Red Stars #SHEINSPIRESME Award is an annual award that is presented to women who exemplify leadership, practice social responsibility, ...





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