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Windy City Times 2020-12-16

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FDA funding blood-donation study about gay, bisexual men

FDA funding blood-donation study about gay, bisexual men

On the heels of news that England has mostly relaxed regulations regarding blood donations from gay and bisexual men, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is funding a study around blood donations by men in those ...
Breaking News

Reports: Biden asks Buttigieg to be transportation secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly tapped Pete Buttigieg to lead the U.S. Transportation Department, Reuters reported. The appointment of Buttigieg, 38 who competed in the Democratic presidential primary is another step in ...
Breaking News

Biden to name Buttigieg Sec. Transportation, first open LGBTQ+ Cabinet Secretary

--From press releases

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Democratic candidate for president, to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation. ...
Breaking News

Kim Foxx reverses convictions tied to corrupt former police sergeant

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's team formally presented motions to vacate the convictions of six individuals as part of the office's ongoing review of the misconduct of corrupt former Chicago Police Sergeant Ronald Watts. Via ...
Breaking News

Supreme Court rules for same-sex couples in Indiana case

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in Box v. Henderson—a case out of Indiana about the state's obligation to recognize same-sex spouses and different-sex spouses equally on their children's birth certificates, according t ...
Breaking News

Electoral College officially declares Joe Biden president

California's 55 electors put Joe Biden over the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become president on Dec. 14, affirming Biden's election as the 46th president of the United States. Electors for all 50 states and ...
Breaking News

SCOTUS decision supports equal recognition of LGBTQ families on birth certificates

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the United States Supreme Court denied a Petition for Certiorari in Box v. Henderson, a case out of Indiana about the state's obligation to recognize same-sex spouses and different-sex spouses equally on ...
Robinson and Buttigieg discuss local politics

Robinson and Buttigieg discuss local politics

Activist Chasten Buttigieg joined state Rep. Lamont Robinson for an online conversation about the political life of the LGBTQ community Dec. 9. The event, which was moderated by Brian Johnson, CEO of the Equality Illinois LGBTQ ...
Breaking News

England allows gay and bisexual men to donate blood

England has relaxed blood-donation rules for gay and bisexual men. Gay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood more easily from next summer following a landmark policy change, The Guardian reported. Men in a ...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas' bid to overturn election results

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas' bid to overturn election results

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton—which outgoing President Donald Trump backed—to block the ballots of millions of voters in battleground states that went in favor of ...
COVID-19 Ellen DeGeneres tests positive; talk-show production halted

COVID-19 Ellen DeGeneres tests positive; talk-show production halted

Ellen DeGeneres has tested positive for COVID-19, and has stopped production on her talk show until January, according to media outlets such as Deadline and EW.com. "Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that ...
Breaking News

Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality to challenge asylum ban

On Dec. 10, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice announced they will soon publish a new rule that Lambda Legal said "eviscerates the United States asylum system," according to a joint press release ...
Chicago trans icon Gloria Allen among Creating Change honorees

Chicago trans icon Gloria Allen among Creating Change honorees

Community leaders Gloria Allen, Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Javier Hernandez and Gayle Rubin will all be honored at the 33rd annual Creating Change Conference, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Held virtually Jan. 28-31, 2021, the ...

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International LGBTI Assn reports on criminalization, 69 countries have bans

--From a press release

Geneva, 15 Dec. 2020 Despite considerable progress in legal protection for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, 69 UN member States continue to criminalise consensual same-sex activity, ILGA World (The ...
Surprise Grammy-winning artist to perform at Equality Illinois gala

Surprise Grammy-winning artist to perform at Equality Illinois gala

A surprise Grammy-winning artist is slated to perform at the Equality Illinois 30th-anniversary gala on Feb. 6, 2021. The event is annually attended by hundreds of movers and shakers within the LGBTQA community. To find out ...
NATIONAL Federal rule, anti-LGBTQ crimes, restroom case, Karamo

NATIONAL Federal rule, anti-LGBTQ crimes, restroom case, Karamo

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a final rule that dramatically expands the ability of federal contractors to claim religious exemptions from federal nondiscrimination ...
WORLD: Bhutan's pro-gay move, LGBTQ+ refugees, official comes out

WORLD: Bhutan's pro-gay move, LGBTQ+ refugees, official comes out

A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan's parliament approved a bill to legalize gay sex, making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps toward easing restrictions on same-sex relationships, Reuters reported. ...
News

PASSAGES Ravinia producer Stephen R. Smoot, 57

--From a press release

Stephen R. Smoot, who produced hundreds of concerts for Ravinia Festival since 2005, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 27. He was 57. Known for his quick wit and generous impulse to shine the spotlight on others, ...
News

Report: Take Off Your Mask So I Know How Much to Tip You

--From a press release

Today, One Fair Wage, a national nonprofit organization representing subminimum wage and other tipped workers, in partnership with #TimesUp, the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, Professor Catharine MacKinnon, Professor Louise Fitzgerald and ...
Creating Change announces program, honorees, virtual format

Creating Change announces program, honorees, virtual format

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 9, 2020… Community leaders Gloria Allen, Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Javier Hernandez, and Gayle Rubin will all be honored at the 33rd annual Creating Change Conference. Held virtually from January 28 through January 31, ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Five Worth Finding: Last-minute shopping

RuPaul Fan Favorites Gift (CannaBellaLux.com): Advertising itself as "a female-forward boutique + lifestyle brand," Chicago-based Canna Bella Lux has a lot of intriguing items, including this gift set. This set includes a RuPaul candle, a 5"
...
OUTSpoken: LGBTQ storytelling event Jan. 5 on Zoom

OUTSpoken: LGBTQ storytelling event Jan. 5 on Zoom

Another OUTspoken Storytelling Night will offer the perspective of four Chicagoans telling life stories from their LGBTQ+ viewpoint or that of their close friends and relatives, Tuesday, Jan. 5, starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The ...
Entertainment

'Pose' star headlining virtual talent benefit Dec. 16

Dominique Jackson an activist and co-star of the FX series Pose is headlining the #REFUGEE RAINBOW EXTRAVAGANZA Talent Show "Still Here, Still Queer" on Wed., Dec. 16, 5-6 p.m. CT. ORAM (Organization for Refugee, Asylum and Migration) is ...
Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire present Let There Be Light

Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire present Let There Be Light

--From a press release

Chicago, Ill. Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA), the not-for-profit parent organization of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire, is proud to announce its 41st annual holiday concert, Let there be Light: A ...
Entertainment

PrideArts to screen A Not So Silent Night Tuesday, Dec. 15

To honor the tradition of gathering around with family and singing holiday songs, even in a pandemic. PrideArts is hosting a one-time screening of the film A Not So Silent Night tonight, Dec. 15, 2020. The ...
HotHouse to stream Cuban jazz festival "Jazz Plaza" Jan. 21-24

HotHouse to stream Cuban jazz festival "Jazz Plaza" Jan. 21-24

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Marguerite Horberg, executive director of the award-winning Chicago-based nonprofit arts presenter HotHouse, today announced that it has been awarded the exclusive rights to stream the 2021 legendary Cuban ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I don't agree that only gay actors should play gay. … I don't agree with having to laser focus the casting of it all, or else you'll be playing yourself the rest of your life."—Juan Pablo ...
SHOWBIZ Trans acting challenge, NYE parties, Charlize Theron, Diana Ross

SHOWBIZ Trans acting challenge, NYE parties, Charlize Theron, Diana Ross

Michael D. Cohen, with support from Nickelodeon, is launching the Trans Youth Acting Challenge, according to a press release. Trans and non-binary kids can submit audition self-tapes online (preferably through their parents), and the top 12 ...
Indoor Voices series spotlights Duke It Out Nutcracker Dec. 18

Indoor Voices series spotlights Duke It Out Nutcracker Dec. 18

--From a press release

The Music Institute of Chicago's "Indoor Voices," a free series of virtual visits with arts luminaries featuring conversation and occasional performances, returns with a new episode spotlighting the Music Institute's ...
Entertainment

Local 'Cheer' star faces new charges

Naperville resident Jerry Harris, who starred on the reality show Cheer, was indicted on new charges Dec. 11 that alleged he coerced teenage boys to send him obscene photos and videos of themselves and solicited sex ...
Pegasus holding Young Playwrights Festival Jan. 7-31

Pegasus holding Young Playwrights Festival Jan. 7-31

On Jan. 7-31, Pegasus Theatre Chicago is presenting the 34th Young Playwrights Festival (YPF), which selects winning high school-age scribes to apprentice with theater professionals to workshop and produce their ...

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