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Windy City Times 2020-11-18

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Lambda Legal files diversity-based suit against Trump executive order

On Nov. 16, Lambda Legal urged a federal district court to bar the Trump administration from implementing its recent executive order that prohibits federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings or engaging in grant-funded ...
Congressional co-chairs introduce World AIDS Day resolution

Congressional co-chairs introduce World AIDS Day resolution

U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon (PR-At Large), co-chairs of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting the goals of World AIDS Day, according ...
Breaking News

COVID-19 Pritzker institutes Tier Three mitigations starting Nov. 20

With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced, on Nov. 17, additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect ...
Three Red Stars selected for upcoming U.S. WNT Camp

Three Red Stars selected for upcoming U.S. WNT Camp

The United States Women's National Team announced its roster for the upcoming camp overseas against the Netherlands. The two countries will face off Friday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. local and will ...
Breaking News

Hate crimes rise to highest level in a decade

The FBI revealed that hate-crime reports in the United States surged in 2019 to the highest level since 2008, CNN.com reported. The new figures indicate that hate crimes reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies ...
Breaking News

City of Chicago issues Stay at Home Advisory

In response to rising COVID-19 cases, Chicago residents have been advised to remain at home beginning Monday, Nov.16, 2020 and to cancel plans to entertain on Thanksgiving. Exceptions to the new Stay at Home Advisory are ...

  News

Daniel Biss announces run for mayor of Evanston

Daniel Biss announces run for mayor of Evanston

Former Illinois state Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democrat, announced that he plans to run for mayor of Evanston next year. A statement read, in part, "The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was a relief ...
News

Women's soccer league announces 2021 competition framework

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced a new competition framework to debut in 2021 that aims to expand opportunities for the athletes of the league to showcase the NWSL. Players will report to camp Feb. ...
PPIL extends Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy program statewide

PPIL extends Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy program statewide

During this year's Transgender Awareness Week (which culminates with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20), Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is highlighting its Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT) ...
News

Feds investigating alleged anti-Semitic activity at Univ. of Illinois

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it has opened a formal investigation into a complaint alleging Jewish students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) ...
News

New guide out for educators, parents advocating for LGBTQ students with disabilities

--From a press release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released a new resource to help both parents and educators advocate on behalf of LGBTQ students with disabilities. NCLR partnered with HRC Foundation, the National ...
PASSAGES Marsha M. Wetzel

PASSAGES Marsha M. Wetzel

Marsha Marie Wetzel, advocate for the LGBTQ community, died peacefully at her Greenview Place home in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 1, 2020. In keeping with her faith, she passed on All Saints Day. She was preceded ...
National Black Justice Coalition welcomes new directors

National Black Justice Coalition welcomes new directors

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) announced two new senior level hires, Victoria Kirby York, MPA, and Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond. Their leadership and experience will ...
NATIONAL Political news, gay adoptive father, judges, Houston bar

NATIONAL Political news, gay adoptive father, judges, Houston bar

Adrian Tam, a 28-year-old gay Asian American son of immigrants, defeated a leader of the Hawaii chapter of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, to become the only openly LGBTQ person in Hawaii's legislature, NBC ...
WORLD Trans deaths, China census, Rob Halford, Hungary measure

WORLD Trans deaths, China census, Rob Halford, Hungary measure

Globally, at least 350 transgender people have been killed this year (2020)—a figure that has risen since last year's total of 331, Forbes noted. The annual list, released for Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20) by ...
News

The Amazon Trail: Rats fleeing a sinking ship

I've heard the idiom "like rats fleeing a sinking ship" often lately, and while the metaphor is apt for what's going on in the United States, at our house it's even more befitting. Merriam Webster notes, ...
News

"Holidays With Intention" offers holiday programming to support 100+ local businesses

--From a press release

CHICAGO (November 12, 2020) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce its annual line-up of holiday programming, featuring a revised schedule of shopping, dining and virtual ...
News

Civil rights, LGBT groups challenge extreme punishment of gay man for texts

--From a press release

NEW YORK, NY — On Nov. 9, 2020, the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Virginia in support of Galen Baughman, a young gay man at ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

About Face Theatre starts 25th season with Kickback online short play fest

CHICAGO (Nov 9, 2020) About Face Theatre kicks off its landmark 25th season with KICKBACK, an online festival of newly commissioned short plays and performances by Black LGBTQ+ artists, inspired by the Rebuild Foundation's collections
...
Artist Riva Lehrer talks new memoir, career, state of the world

Artist Riva Lehrer talks new memoir, career, state of the world

In queer artist, writer and curator Riva Lehrer's recently released memoir Golem Girl, she takes readers on a journey through her life via the lens of her being born with spina bifida and the way that ...
THEATER
Lookingglass to present 'Her Honor Jane Byrne' on Nov. 26, 28

THEATER Lookingglass to present 'Her Honor Jane Byrne' on Nov. 26, 28

Lookingglass Theatre Company, in collaboration with WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, will present a world-premiere audio play of Her Honor Jane Byrne, written and directed by Ensemble Member and Mellon Playwright in Residence J. Nicole Brooks. Her Honor ...
MUSICALS 1997 version of Anyone Can Whistle out Dec. 4

MUSICALS 1997 version of Anyone Can Whistle out Dec. 4

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Jay Records will release a 1997 recording of the musical Anyone Can Whistle, which originally had music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim as well as a book by Arthur Laurents. The production ...
SHOWBIZ Wentworth Miller, Whitney, lesbian author, Mark Wahlberg

SHOWBIZ Wentworth Miller, Whitney, lesbian author, Mark Wahlberg

Out actor Wentworth Miller said he doesn't want to be involved in a new season of the TV show Prison Break if it happens, according to Deadline. On Instagram, he thanked fans for his support and ...
MOVIES Trans-focused Born to Be to be released Nov. 20

MOVIES Trans-focused Born to Be to be released Nov. 20

Born To Be—a hit documentary on the country's first hospital center for transgender medical care—will open in Philadelphia on Friday, Nov. 20 (also the Transgender Day of Remembrance) with Gene Sickle Film Center Virtual Cinema. The ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"You can't say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. Until very recently, that's what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now it's considered bigotry."—Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. So much for ...
Jim Verraros: From 'Idol' to now

Jim Verraros: From 'Idol' to now

It may seem just like yesterday when Jim Verraros was among the finalists who performed on the very first season of the reality-competition show with the likes of Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson (who won). However, ...
Entertainment

Hell in a Handbag to present Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special

CHICAGO (November 12, 2020) Hell in a Handbag Productions celebrates the holidays with the return of America's favorite funnyman, Rip Nelson (Ed Jones*), in the star-studded world premiere of ...
THEATER Pride Arts artistic director resigns; PFP keeps Zak

THEATER Pride Arts artistic director resigns; PFP keeps Zak

Two controversial developments have occurred at Pride Arts (in which Pride Films & Plays, PFP, is the main tenant). According to a letter from PrideArts President Cheri Tatar that Windy City Times obtained, PFP Artistic Director ...
Hyde Park Art Center gala Nov. 21

Hyde Park Art Center gala Nov. 21

Hyde Park Art Center will present its annual gala—held for the first time virtually—on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 3-4 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. with the Centerpiece program at 7-8 p.m, and afternoon and evening programming geared ...

  Outlines

Three Red Stars selected for upcoming U.S. WNT Camp

Three Red Stars selected for upcoming U.S. WNT Camp

The United States Women's National Team announced its roster for the upcoming camp overseas against the Netherlands. The two countries will face off Friday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. local and will ...
Gov. Pritzker, Vanessa Williams to be at AFC's 'Gala35' Nov. 19

Gov. Pritzker, Vanessa Williams to be at AFC's 'Gala35' Nov. 19

--From a press release

CHICAGO AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) marks its milestone 35th year of service with 'Gala35,' a virtual celebration and fundraiser taking place Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The event features an esteemed panel of guest ...





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