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Windy City Times 2021-01-20

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Biden Orders Implementation of Ruling: LGBTQ discrimination is sex discrimination

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today on his first day in office shortly after being sworn in, President Biden issued an executive order directing all federal agencies to implement the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County issued by ...
Breaking News

Day 1 executive action addresses disparate impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ people

--From a Williams Institute press release

Today, President Biden signed an executive order to combat the health and economic impact of COVID-19. The executive action focuses on strengthening public health measures, such as mask-wearing and social ...
Biden and Harris are inaugurated; Biden signs LGBTQ executive order

Biden and Harris are inaugurated; Biden signs LGBTQ executive order

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in Jan. 20 as the next president of the United States, ushering in a much-improved political climate for LGBT people and, many might say, the nation. In one of his first ...
Breaking News

City Hall, Cook County Building closed Jan. 20 for safety reasons

Chicago's City Hall (121 N. LaSalle St.) and the Cook County Building (118 N. Clark St.) will be closed to the public Wed., Jan. 20 as a precautionary step to ensure public safety on Inauguration Day, ...
Steans resigns from Illinois Senate; tenure marked by advances in women's, LGBTQ rights

Steans resigns from Illinois Senate; tenure marked by advances in women's, LGBTQ rights

--From a press release

State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) today announced her resignation after 12 years of service, declaring "it's time for fresh faces and new energy" in Springfield. "It's been the privilege of a lifetime to represent the most ...
Breaking News

Biden nominates Dr. Rachel Levine, first trans person nominated for Senate-confirmed position

--From press releases

From Victory Institute: Washington, DC — President-elect Joe Biden nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to be the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health — a historic nomination that makes her the first out trans ...
Biden picks transgender assistant health secretary

Biden picks transgender assistant health secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health—positioning her to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a Seattle Times ...
COVID-19 restrictions for Chicago, suburbs relaxed, but still no indoor dining

COVID-19 restrictions for Chicago, suburbs relaxed, but still no indoor dining

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Chicago and its suburbs would move to Tier 2 mitigation restrictions, effective immediately, The Chicago Tribune reported. Under the updated metrics, four regions under the reopening plan will ...
Lightfoot and city leaders lead MLK interfaith event

Lightfoot and city leaders lead MLK interfaith event

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot virtually gathered with civic, business and religious leaders this weekend to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the City of Chicago's 35th Annual Interfaith Celebration. This year's ceremony ...
COVID-19 Three regions to end Tier 3 mitigations; IRA responds to dining changes

COVID-19 Three regions to end Tier 3 mitigations; IRA responds to dining changes

Following a decrease in COVID-19 test positivity rates and hospitalizations throughout Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker announced regions across the state are now eligible to move out of Tier 3 mitigations—the ...
Breaking News

Gov. Pritzker activates Illinois National Guard for security of state buildings

SPRINGFIELD — Governor JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard for State Active Duty in response to the warnings issued this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding threats to ...

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NCLR hails President Biden's signing of Executive Order addressing LGBTQ workplace discrimination

--From a NCLR press release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States after campaigning on a platform that advocated for the strongest protections for LGBTQ individuals in the history of ...
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Biden, Harris inaugurated, leaders comment

--From press releases. Come back for additional statements

Planned Parenthood Illinois: Statement attributed to Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action: As the eyes of the world turn from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago to today's inauguration ...
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Indiana to open first home for LGBTQ+ homeless youths

Indiana's first dedicated residential facility for LGBTQ+ young adults experiencing homelessness is slated to open this year in Indianapolis, according to WLFI.com. This home was years in the making. Trinity ...
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Super Bowl to have first woman referee

NFL referee Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7, in Tampa, Florida, according to Sports Illustrated. The league announced its officiating assignments for Super Bowl LV and ...
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LETTER: Unnecessary legislation

To the Editor: At a time when Illinois lawmakers should be supporting healthcare heroes who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, we instead receive unwelcome new legislation that will drive up the costs of practicing ...
Lighthouse Foundation looks ahead to 2021 survey

Lighthouse Foundation looks ahead to 2021 survey

Lincoln Park-based Lighthouse Foundation, an advocacy that primarily uplifts Black LGBTQ Chicagoans and has its roots in Lincoln Park-based Lighthouse Church of Chicago, will survey five prominent LGBTQ-focused local organizations ...
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Groups sue to overturn Dept. of Ed regulation that forces funding of anti-LGBTQ groups

--From a press release

Washington, D.C.—January 19, 2021—Today, the national civil rights organizations American Atheists and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on behalf of the Secular Student Alliance and a California ...
PASSAGES Kevin McCarthy

PASSAGES Kevin McCarthy

Kevin Creedon McCarthy, of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, passed away after a brief illness on Jan. 11. He was 53. Raised in Arlington Heights, Kevin studied communications at the University of Missouri before embarking on a long ...
Red Stars to play in International Women's Cup in August

Red Stars to play in International Women's Cup in August

The Chicago Red Stars signed on to play in the inaugural International Women's Cup—a first-of-its-kind event expected to bring top European clubs to Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The Red Stars will join National Women's ...
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National COVID-19 Memorial Service Jan. 19 to remember lives lost

CHICAGO, IL— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the City of Chicago, in partnership with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, invite everyone in Chicago to take part in the National COVID-19 Memorial Service to remember the lives lost ...
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Research shows racial bias denied social reformer Ada S. McKinley her due in history

--From a press release

(Jan. 19, 2021; Chicago, Ill.) Newly released scholarly research about Chicago social reformer Ada S. McKinley indicates her contributions to Chicago and to the field of human services have been ignored and marginalized due to her ...
CRS pays tribute to Rustin's legacy

CRS pays tribute to Rustin's legacy

Community Renewal Society (CRS) highlighted a new partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative (BRLI) as part of a virtual Martin Luther King Day observance on Jan. 18. The event paid tribute to the ...
News

Social exclusion, career limitations hinder LGBTQ STEM professionals

ANN ARBOR—LGBTQ professionals' pride in their science, technology, engineering, and math work is not reciprocated, say researchers. These STEM professionals are more likely to experience career limitations, social exclusion and ...
WORLD Global Fund, Croatian case, Poland items, Hillsong

WORLD Global Fund, Croatian case, Poland items, Hillsong

In 2020, the Global Fund signed 157 grants for a total of $8.54 billion for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs and to strengthen systems for health—and this is the highest number of grants the program ever ...
NATIONAL Defamation case, inauguration items, PrEP, Capitol riot

NATIONAL Defamation case, inauguration items, PrEP, Capitol riot

A New York appeals court ruled that falsely accusing someone of being gay is no longer considered defamation per se, NBC News reported. Defamation is a false statement that damages someone's reputation. "It meant that it ...
News

Chicago Sky announce contract extension for coach

The WNBA's Chicago Sky announced that General Manager/Head Coach James Wade has agreed to and signed a four-year contract extension with the team. Wade is now under contract with the Sky through the 2025 season. "I ...
Disability Culture Leadership Initiative launches online hub with Chicago artists

Disability Culture Leadership Initiative launches online hub with Chicago artists

--From a 3Arts press release

CHICAGO, IL (Jan. 15, 2021)— 3Arts, the Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization, announced today the launch of the Disability Culture Leadership Initiative (DCLI), featuring a new online platform created to elevate ...
News

Jonathan David Katz awarded Andrew W. Mellon grant

--From a Wrightwood 659 press release

(CHICAGO, IL— Jan. 15, 2021) Wrightwood 659 congratulates our friend, curator, and collaborator, Jonathan David Katz on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's announcement of a $5,000,000 award for the proposal"Dispossessions ...
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Tribute event to honor Chicago's first Cultural Historian Jan. 28

--From a City of Chicago press release

CHICAGO, IL — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced a tribute event to honor Chicago's first Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson. Samuelson recently retired after 3 ...
Affinity Burning Bowl hosts first-ever virtual event amid pandemic

Affinity Burning Bowl hosts first-ever virtual event amid pandemic

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Affinity Community Services (Affinity) held its annual Burning Bowl Jan. 9 on Zoom and Facebook Live. This year's theme was "Community Undivided." Among other items, the Barbara "Robbie" Smith Award of ...
News

1.2 million Black LGBT adults live in the US

--From a press release by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that an estimated 1.2 million adults in the U.S. identify as Black and LGBT. Researchers found that Black LGBT people fare worse than ...
News

Red Stars make draft selections

The 2021 National Women's Soccer League Draft has concluded, with Chicago making five selections. The Red Stars walked into the Jan. 13 draft with the sixth, 18th, 25th and 35th overall selections after several trades throughout ...
Illinois Restaurant Assoc. asks Pritzker to allow indoor dining

Illinois Restaurant Assoc. asks Pritzker to allow indoor dining

On Jan. 14, the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and restaurant operators around the state issued a press release asking Gov. JB Pritzker to immediately allow for safe and limited indoor dining operations. The IRA's Open Indoor ...
News

Howard Brown developing new center in Northalsted area

Howard Brown Health has chosen Inland National Development Company, LLC to develop its newest healthcare center in Chicago's Northalsted neighborhood (formerly known as Boystown), according to REJournals. There are plans ...
News

Research on military trans ban shows urgency of Biden acting on pledge

--From a press release by The Palm Center

President-elect Joseph Biden has promised to reverse the military's ban on service by transgender Americans on "day one" of his presidency. Research recently released by the Palm Center explains why lifting the ban is an urgent ...
News

Gov. Pritzker releases statement on impeachment of President Trump

--From a press release

Springfield — Governor JB Pritzker issued the following statement following the second impeachment of President Trump. "For the first time in United States history, a sitting President has been impeached on two separate occasions by the ...
News

40+ national LGBTQ and movement leaders call for removal of President

--From a GLAAD press release

GLAAD and more than 40 national LGBTQ and movement leaders have signed onto a statement calling for the removal of Pres. Trump from office: "Our nation's security and the personal security of every American is in ...
Trans woman, man killed in Chicago's Gresham area

Trans woman, man killed in Chicago's Gresham area

A transgender woman and a man were killed in a shooting Jan. 6 in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. A gunman fired shots from a silver-colored vehicle about 5 a.m. in the 800 block ...

  Entertainment

Joffrey Ballet announces Feb. 12 world premiere of 'Bolero'

Joffrey Ballet announces Feb. 12 world premiere of 'Bolero'

The Joffrey Ballet announced the world premiere of Bolero—named after the acclaimed orchestral piece by composer Maurice Ravel and choreographed by Joffrey company artist Yoshihisa Arai—on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Bolero, to be performed by ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Honey … when you got talent, you don't need all this shit."—Siegfried Fischbacher (of Siegfried & Roy) to Bette Midler, after she commented on the magical duo's high-tech show. (The story was related to me by ...
SHOWBIZ LGBTQ movies, 'Color Purple,' Nick Jonas, gay coach

SHOWBIZ LGBTQ movies, 'Color Purple,' Nick Jonas, gay coach

The film Draw with Me has launched its virtual theatrical release at ArenaScreen through Feb. 9, and was the subject of the first-ever panel at the United Nations on Transgender Health, a release stated. Featuring Jennifer ...
Virtual OUTspoken storytelling event Feb. 2

Virtual OUTspoken storytelling event Feb. 2

The next virtual OUTspoken Storytelling Night will take place Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. The speakers will be as follows: —Donald Bell is a third-generation Chicagoan, South Sider and White Sox fan who is a retired ...
'Dixie's Happy Hour' streaming Jan. 26-31

'Dixie's Happy Hour' streaming Jan. 26-31

On the heels of Dixie's Tupperware Party and Dixie's: Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 other things I learned while I was drinking last Thursday), drag personality Dixie Longate is ...
Entertainment

Hell in a Handbag Productions to present Out, Darn Spot!

--From a press release

CHICAGO (Jan. 15, 2021) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to present the campy comedyOut, Darn Spot!, written by and starring ensemble member Tyler Anthony Smith* and directed, filmed and edited by Stephanie Shaw. ...

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