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Windy City Times 2020-12-23
|LGBTQ leader Raghavan to serve as Deputy Director, Office of Presidential Personnel|
--From a LGBTQ Victory Institute press release
Washington, DC — President-elect Joe Biden appointed out LGBTQ leader Gautam Raghavan to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel — a position key to identifying, recruiting and vetting the more than 4,000 ...
|Judge issues pro-diversity federal workplace ruling
On Dec. 22, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing an executive order that bars federal contractors and grantees ...
|AIDS Garden projected for fall 2021 completion|
State Rep. Yoni Pizer convened a virtual meeting Dec. 21 to discuss the progress of the AIDS Garden Chicago. The long-planned site is "destined to become a true Chicago landmark and destination," said Pizer as he ...
|Lambda Legal, others challenge Trump administration's asylum rule
Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP filed a federal lawsuit, Immigration Equality v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, challenging the Trump administration's recently published ...
|Affinity seeks new executive director
Affinity Community Servicesa Black- and queer-led organization on Chicago's South Side dedicated to social justice in Black LGBTQ+ communitiesis seeking a new executive director. The executive director will provide visionary ...
|Lightfoot appoints new corporation counsel in wake of police raid fallout
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced Dec. 21 that Celia Meza will serve as acting corporation counsel, effective immediately. Meza is the first Latina to ever hold this position. In her current role as mayor's counsel and ...
|200 athletes support trans women and girls playing sports
On Dec. 21, sports icon Billie Jean King, U.S. National Women's Soccer Team co-captain and World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, and WNBA trailblazer and legend Candace Parker joined nearly 200 fellow athletes in women's sports to ...
|Top 10 stories of 2020|
In 2020, the nation faced two existential threats: an out-of-control coronavirus pandemic that killed more than 300,000 people in the United States in less than a year and an erratic, self-obsessed Republican president whose administration withheld ...
|Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame seeks 2021 nominees
The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, celebrating its 30th year, is seeking nominations for new inductees. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2021. The nominations will be reviewed by a committee composed of current Chicago ...
|John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments in Castillo Plaza, LGBTQ housing in Logan Square|
Last month, The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza (Pennycuff) opened at the corner of Milwaukee and Campbell Avenues in Logan Square after four years of development and city approval meetings and for the past ...
|PASSAGES Chicago gay pioneer Richard Cooke dies|
Richard Cooke, a longtime Chicago resident and familiar East Lakeview presence along with his dachshund Governor, died in the early morning hours of Dec. 12, after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was ...
|Lighthouse Foundation to host Black Queer Pride: Winter Edition|
--From a press release
Lighthouse Foundation will host Chicago's Virtual Black Queer Pride: Winter Edition with three days of programming by eleven local Black Queer artists. The virtual event will take begin on Facebook live, Friday, ...
|11th Circuit urged to reverse decision allowing LGBTQ youth conversion therapy|
--From a Born Perfect press release
ATLANTA, GA The Born Perfect campaign submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on Friday urging reversal of a recent decision by a three-judge federal panel validating the dangerous unethical practice known ...
|WORLD Gender-identity studies, religion items, Hungary's ban|
Romania's Constitutional Court overturned a ban on gender-identity studies voted through by lawmakers but which rights groups and universities said would infringe on human rights and fuel discrimination, Openly News ...
|NATIONAL Equality Virginia, trans case, Hitler video, Pentagon|
Equality Virginia discussed proposed guidelines for transgender rights in schools in during a virtual town hall that guided participants through crafting public comments in support of the guidelines which solidify protections for trans students and school ...
|AIDS Garden Chicago installation update coming Dec. 21
CHICAGO On Monday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m., 12th District State Representative Yoni Pizer will be hosting a virtual town hall with fellow elected officials, community partners, and project managers to provide a progress report ...
|'Cheer' star pleads not guilty to child-sex charges|
On Dec. 17, Cheer star Jerry Harris pled not guilty to new federal felony charges that he tried to lure minors for sex and shared sexually explicit photos with them, media outlets reported. The charges alleged ...
|Switzerland's parliament okays marriage equality,
residents to have final say|
On Dec. 18, the Swiss parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry, finally bringing the nation in line with much of Europe on LGBTQ rights, TheLocal.ch reported. However, the Swiss residents themselves will have ...
|BOOKS: The best of 2020|
You've got a little extra time this month, and you don't want to waste it. You want to read something good, the possibilities are endless, and the best place to begin is with these Best Books ...
|PrideArts to screen one-night-only live virtual readings|
--From a press release
PrideArts series of one-night-only live virtual readings resumes with TWELFTH NIGHT on the Twelfth of January Peter Vamvakas to direct a cast of seven Click here for a Word doc version of this release CHICAGO ...
|Bechdel Fest 8 to highlight femme, female-identifying, non-binary, trans, queer actors|
Broken Nose Theatre (BNT) will present Bechdel Fest 8: Realign the company’s annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of femme, female-identifying, non-binary, trans and queer actors talking about things other than men.
|SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' year-end honors, 'Guardians,' Taylor Swift|
VH1 unveiled a game-changing twist from the upcoming season of the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race, premiering Friday, Jan. 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, a press release noted. For the first time in Drag Race "herstory," queens ...
"You are a weak, scared, stupid, inept, negligent, vindictive, narcissistic, criminal. I hope you live a long life in prison where you become the most popular boyfriend to all the inmates." Debra Messing's tweet to El Presidente. ...
|WORLD Venezuela code, Oxfam, Bosnia items, 'Brokeback,' Pope Francis|
|NATIONAL 'Don't Say Gay,' anti-trans bills, gay Irish leader visits, gay Calif. mayor|
|SHOWBIZ 'Joy Ride,' Cynthia Erivo, David Bowie, March Madness, Kevin Bacon|
|Iowa, Georgia ban medical treatment for trans minors|
|ALA: 2022 saw record demand of censorship of library books|