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Windy City Times 2020-11-04

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Historic number of LGBTQs elected to U.S. House;
LGBTQ members most diverse ever

Historic number of LGBTQs elected to U.S. House; LGBTQ members most diverse ever

Washington, DC Nine openly LGBTQ candidates have won their races for the U.S. House including all seven incumbents ensuring a historic number of openly LGBTQ members in the U.S. House next year. Among ...
Breaking News

LGBTQ victories on election night; 160 endorsed candidates have won so far

--From a LGBTQ Victory Fund press release

Washington, DC As of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and as ballots continue to be counted, 160 LGBTQ candidates endorsed by LGBTQ Victory Fund have won their races and 95 remain undecided, out of the ...
Breaking News

COVID-19 More Cook County Court chief judge's office employees test positive

The Office of the Chief Judge announced that four employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Two employees work for the Adult Probation Department at the Criminal Court Administration Building. The third employee works for the Social ...
ELECTIONS 2020 Presidential contest stays tight; LGBTQs make history (UPDATES)

ELECTIONS 2020 Presidential contest stays tight; LGBTQs make history (UPDATES)

As of 11 p.m. on Election Night (Nov. 3), the race for U.S. president between Joe Biden and current Chief Executive Donald Trump was considered too close to call. Biden was projected to win Illinois. The ...
Jill Rose Quinn first trans elected official in Illinois; wins for Cook County Circuit Court Judge

Jill Rose Quinn first trans elected official in Illinois; wins for Cook County Circuit Court Judge

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Jill Rose Quinn won her election to be a judge on the Cook County Circuit Court, becoming the first out transgender person ever elected in the state ...
Breaking News

Sarah McBride of Delaware first trans State Senator in U.S. history

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Sarah McBride won her election for the Delaware state Senate, becoming the first out transgender person ever elected to a state senate seat anywhere in the United ...
Breaking News

Ritchie Torres to be first Afro-Latinx LGBTQ Congress member

--From a press release

Washington, DC Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Ritchie Torres (NY-15) won his U.S. House race and will become the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latinx member of Congress when he takes office in January. If Mondaire ...
Breaking News

AIDS Found. of Chicago among Lambda plaintiffs suing over ban on speech about racism

--From press releases

[San Francisco, CA, November 3, 2020] Lambda Legal last night filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's recent executive order that prohibits federal contractors and grantees from conducting ...
Lilly Wachowski: Refuse Fascism, at the Ballot Box and in the Street

Lilly Wachowski: Refuse Fascism, at the Ballot Box and in the Street

Video below

In a rare, public and political statement, filmmaker Lilly Wachowski (co-creator of The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, Sense8) published this personal essay on the literary website, LitHub.com, calling on people to "Refuse Fascism, at the ...
Breaking News

COVID-19 UChicago Medical Center recruiting for vaccine clinical trial

The University of Chicago (UChicago) Medical Center will be a testing site for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson's Phase 3 clinical research study, ENSEMBLE trial, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the ...
PASSAGES Activist John Chester remembered

PASSAGES Activist John Chester remembered

Longtime LGBT activist and former Chicagoan John Chester passed away Oct. 10 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he had been living since retirement. He was 78. Chester, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian ...
Breaking News

Mayor Lightfoot announces election day safety plan

--From a press release

CHICAGO— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Chicago Police Department (CPD), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business ...
Breaking News

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs bring resolution affirming court's marriage ruling

--From a press release

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Co-Chairs, Chris Pappas (NH-01), David Cicilline (RI-01), Angie Craig (MN-02), Sharice L. Davids (KS-03), Sean Patrick Maloney ...
Breaking News

Pritzker administration grants $94M to Illinois businesses, communities

--From a press release

CHICAGO Governor JB Pritzker today joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to announce the release of $94 million in emergency relief funds for communities and small businesses ...

  News

Jennifer N. Pritzker, Erin E. Solaro wed

Jennifer N. Pritzker, Erin E. Solaro wed

--From a press release

Jennifer N. Pritzker and Erin E. Solaro were married in a private ceremony in Chicago on Oct. 31, 2020. Ms. Pritzker is President & CEO of TAWANI Enterprises Inc., Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army, Retired, and Founder ...
WORLD Taiwan marriages, Nigeria court, protests, GQ Awards

WORLD Taiwan marriages, Nigeria court, protests, GQ Awards

Two women became the first military officers to marry their same-sex civilian partners at a mass military wedding in Taiwan—marking another landmark for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia, CNN.com reported. The island's defense ministry called it an ...
NATIONAL Texas board, intersex portfolio, hate crimes, beauty queen dies

NATIONAL Texas board, intersex portfolio, hate crimes, beauty queen dies

A Texas regulatory board reinstated protections that bar social workers from refusing services to LGBTQ people and people with disabilities, NBC News reported. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, or BHEC, on Tuesday unanimously reversed an ...
Advocate Craig Johnson named next board chair of AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Advocate Craig Johnson named next board chair of AIDS Foundation of Chicago

In October, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)'s board of directors voted Craig W. Johnson as the next AFC board chair. Craig has served on the board since 2017, and most recently worked as board vice chair and ...
Attorney Knudsen speaks about Zoning Board appointment

Attorney Knudsen speaks about Zoning Board appointment

Timmy Knudsen, an openly gay attorney who was named one of Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 in 2019, was recently named Chair of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals. Knudsen, a partner with the firm ...
Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ group hosts virtual panel

Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ group hosts virtual panel

Legal executive search firm Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ employee resource group (ERG) hosted a virtual panel Oct. 29. The event focused on how LGBTQ professionals have navigated their careers and personal lives as their ...
Illinois Restaurant Association, operators object to mitigation plan

Illinois Restaurant Association, operators object to mitigation plan

--From a press release

CHICAGO (October 30, 2020) The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and restaurant industry operators and workers gathered this morning for a press conference to discuss the disastrous impact of Governor ...
News

Study: LGB Republicans less connected to LGBT community than LGB Democrats

--From a Williams Institute press release

Compared to LGB Democrats, fewer LGB Republicans say they feel a part of the LGBT community and view participation in the community as a positive thing. In addition, more LGB Republicans than Democrats say they would ...
LGBTQ HISTORY: Century of Gay Rumors Surround Miami's Iconic Vizcaya Estate

LGBTQ HISTORY: Century of Gay Rumors Surround Miami's Iconic Vizcaya Estate

An opulent manse in Miami, James Deering's Vizcaya has played host to many a wedding, elaborate engagement shoot, and field trips of schoolchildren learning about Miami's past. But it also played a prominent role in local ...
LGBT HISTORY: The Intersection Of LGBTQ History And Disability

LGBT HISTORY: The Intersection Of LGBTQ History And Disability

Disabled people have long been hidden from history, and unsurprisingly, disabled LGBTQ historical figures too have been hidden. The LGBTQ community itself has been slow to address disability as an issue, yet some of the most ...
LGBT HISTORY: SF house includes Joplin, Log Cabin Republicans in its history

LGBT HISTORY: SF house includes Joplin, Log Cabin Republicans in its history

The day Peggy Caserta took acid for the first time changed her life and that of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood forever. "They told me it'd help me learn a book I was reading for ...
Seth G.: Finding out what unites, divides while biking across America

Seth G.: Finding out what unites, divides while biking across America

Seth G. (actual name: Seth Gottesdiener) is on a journey—and a mission. The fitness professional/social-justice activist—seen as a leader in Los Angeles' LGBTQ community—is biking from L.A. to Washington, D.C. ...
News

Equality Illinois' virtual gala on Feb. 6

Equality Illinois will hold its 30th-anniversary gala virtually on Feb. 6, 2021. Things will kick off with a Champion Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. Honorees will include National Center ...
News

VIEWPOINT Is Pope Francis' support of civil unions just lip service?

Pope Francis has expressed support for civil unions in the Catholic Church. Once again, the pontiff has sent shockwaves across the globe to 1.3 billion of his followers with another LGBTQ- affirming statement. However, this one ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Chicago Underground Film Festival offers virtual and drive-in screenings in November

CHICAGO—The 27th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), the world's longest-running underground film festival and called "the festival you wouldn't take home to mom," returns in 2020 with virtual screenings
...
Joffrey Ballet to offer virtual Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet to offer virtual Nutcracker

--From a press release

CHICAGO With the cancellation of The Joffrey Ballet's annual engagement of Christopher Wheeldon's critically acclaimed version of The Nutcracker in 2020, the Joffrey is pleased to announce a myriad ...
SHOWBIZ RuPaul, LGBTQ athletes, film winners, Charles Busch

SHOWBIZ RuPaul, LGBTQ athletes, film winners, Charles Busch

RuPaul has a lot of irons in the fire, according to out.com. Not only is she on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK's January 2021 issue, but the drag icon has also posted her new five-track Hey Sis, It's Christmas EP. Also, ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"We've got control of this thing. If you look at my Instagram, it's gone to almost nothing."—Donald Jr. tells Laura Ingraham that people don't have to worry about quarantine or the coronavirus, and that the deaths ...
Entertainment

OUTspoken Storytelling to host tales from LGBTQ perspectives Nov. 10

--From a press release

Another exciting OUTspoken Storytelling Night will offer the perspective of four Chicagoans telling life's stories from their LGBTQ+ viewpoint or that of their close friends and relatives, Tuesday, Nov. 10, starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. ...
TELEVISION Karen and Kelsey explore 'Fargo'

TELEVISION Karen and Kelsey explore 'Fargo'

Straight actresses Karen Aldridge and Kelsey Asbille are exploring new queer territory together on the fourth season of FX's Fargo. This drama television series has been primarily written by Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning executive ...
Entertainment

American Blues Theater to present 19th production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL American Blues Theater will produce its 199h Annual Production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra's film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Michael Mahler ...
THEATER REVIEW Being Earnest

THEATER REVIEW Being Earnest

Playwright book and lyrics by Paul Gordon, music by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska At Skylight Music Theatre online at SkylightMusicTheatre.org. Tickets: $25. Runs through Dec. 31, 2020. Two things to remember when proposing to transform a ...
Every Waiting Heart to be produced as streaming audio drama

Every Waiting Heart to be produced as streaming audio drama

--From a press release

CHICAGO EVERY WAITING HEART, the full-length play by Lauren Ferebee that was planned pre-COVID for a fully staged production in June 2020, will be produced as an audio drama streaming for an open-ended run and ...

  Outlines

Chicago offers new contracts or exercises options for all 23 Chicago Red Stars players

Chicago offers new contracts or exercises options for all 23 Chicago Red Stars players

--From a press release

CHICAGO After the completion of the 2020 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) end of year process, the Chicago Red Stars have announced contract statuses for all of its players. All of Chicago's 23 rostered players ...





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