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Windy City Times 2021-01-27

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Joe Hollendoner to lead Los Angeles LGBT Center

Joe Hollendoner to lead Los Angeles LGBT Center

Joe Hollendoner—who was once in executive leadership roles at AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Howard Brown Health as well as a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree—will officially succeed Lorri Jean as CEO of the ...
COVID Lightfoot, CDPH unveil plan to ensure equity in vaccine distribution

COVID Lightfoot, CDPH unveil plan to ensure equity in vaccine distribution

On Jan. 25, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), alongside elected officials and community partners, announced new initiatives to address racial equity in the COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution, with ...
LGBTQA+ organizations praise Biden's lift of trans military ban

LGBTQA+ organizations praise Biden's lift of trans military ban

After President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 25 lifting former President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals being in the military, several LGBTQA+ groups and individuals issued press releases praising the move: —LGBTQ ...
More abuse charges leveled at Pfleger

More abuse charges leveled at Pfleger

Two brothers have alleged that the Rev. Michael Pfleger molested them dozens of times over several years beginning in the early 1970s, The Chicago Tribune reported. The brothers said they were sexually abused in Pfleger's room ...
Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr. Joseph Sonnabend dead at 88

Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr. Joseph Sonnabend dead at 88

--From a media release by HIVPlusMagazine

Pioneering AIDS researcher and clinician Joseph Sonnabend, 88, died Jan. 24, 2021 at the Wellington Hospital in London, after suffering a heart attack on Jan.3, 2021. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a physician mother and ...
LGBTQ+ Americans greet the Biden-Harris era with hope, hesitancy

LGBTQ+ Americans greet the Biden-Harris era with hope, hesitancy

Kate Sosin, 19thnews.org

To many, the moment marks a new dawn, the end of deeply distressing four years. Others are simply exhausted. A lot of kids spend their teenage years worrying about dates and dances. Eli Bundy has spent ...
Pritzker: Illinois moving into Phase 1B of COVID vaccination plan

Pritzker: Illinois moving into Phase 1B of COVID vaccination plan

Building on the state's progress in administering the COVID-19 vaccine, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced the state will move into the early stages of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan beginning Monday, Jan. 25. ...
Breaking News

Day 2 Executive Order prohibits discrimination against millions of LGBTQs

--From a press release

Today, President Biden directed federal agencies to affirm that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under existing civil rights statutes. Biden is the first president to issue an Executive Order directly on LGBTQ rights on the ...

  News

Norwegian American Hospital changes name to Humboldt Park Health

Norwegian American Hospital changes name to Humboldt Park Health

Norwegian American Hospital, 1044 N. Francisco Ave., has changed its name to Humboldt Park Health, according to a press release Windy City Times received. "The new name, Humboldt Park Health, signifies a renewal of its commitment ...
350+ groups sign letter supporting Dr. Rachel Levine's nomination to HHS

350+ groups sign letter supporting Dr. Rachel Levine's nomination to HHS

--From a press release from the LGBTQ Victory Institute

LGBTQ Victory Institute Joins Hundreds of Organizations in Supporting Dr. Rachel Levine's Nomination to HHS More than 350 groups have signed a letter in support of President Biden's nominee; President Biden nominated Dr. Levine for U.S. ...
New MAP Report: Why We All Need the Equality Act Now

New MAP Report: Why We All Need the Equality Act Now

--From a MAP press release

(Jan. 26, 2021)—A new report released today, "Why We All Need the Equality Act Now," outlines the ways in which the Equality Act is vital legislation not just for LGBTQ people, but also for women, people ...
Author to hold talk about Chicago LGBTQ press on Feb. 9

Author to hold talk about Chicago LGBTQ press on Feb. 9

Rick Karlin—author of Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago's Volatile LGBTQ Press—will discuss his experiences in the Chicago LGBTQ press as presented in the book on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. via a video conference. ...
Gay Black man aims for state Senate seat

Gay Black man aims for state Senate seat

Mike Simmons-Gessesse has announced that he is running for the seat that Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans recently vacated. On Facebook, Simmons-Gessesse posted, "Since it was announced in the Illinois POLITICO Playbook and Capitol Fax Blog ...
Elliot Page and wife announce divorce

Elliot Page and wife announce divorce

Elliot Page—the Oscar-nominated actor who recently came out as transgender—and his wife, Emma Portner, are getting divorced, CNN.com reported. A statement read, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have ...
Actor, writer Lena Waithe to headline screenwriting conference at DePaul U

Actor, writer Lena Waithe to headline screenwriting conference at DePaul U

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Emmy Award-winning writer, creator, producer and actor Lena Waithe of "Twenties," "The Chi" and "Queen & Slim" will headline DePaul University's Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference Feb. 5-6. DePaul's School of Cinematic Arts will pr ...
News

OP-ED Gorman's inauguration poem has Black women talking

Amanda Gorman mesmerized a nation with her inauguration poem "The Hill We Climb." The beauty of her presence and the power of her words captured a country battle-scarred and looking for a lifeline. "After four years ...
COVID Pritzker announces state coronavirus website

COVID Pritzker announces state coronavirus website

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new portal on coronavirus.illinois.gov to provide residents with easily accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Coronavirus.illinois.gov will provide eligible residents with nearby vaccination sites ...
Steamworks launches fundraiser to keep staff insurance

Steamworks launches fundraiser to keep staff insurance

Private men's bathhouse Steamworks Chicago launched an online fundraiser Jan. 21 to continue covering the health insurance of its staff as the pandemic progresses. In a GoFundMe post, General Manager Nirmalpal Sachdev said, "For the past ...
News

Biden's repeal of trans military ban impacts over 15,500 adults in the military

--From a Williams Institute press release

A summary of current data on transgender military service in U.S. Today, President Biden signed an executive order ending the ban on transgender military service. The directive instructs the Department of Defense to reinstate the 2016 ...
News

LGBTQ laws rated in Human Rights Campaign State Equality Index

--From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization ...
News

Letter: Greed overrides common sense

Jeffrey Sanker, founder of the White Party concept decades ago, is now at the center of brewing online civil war in the gay community. It was reported by some online LGBTQ media news outlets such as ...
News

Biden's relief plan grows assistance for 3M LGBT adults experiencing food insecurity

Today, President Biden signed executive orders to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The orders include plans to expand the federal nutrition assistance program, pause federal debt payments for veterans, establish a $15 an ...
BOOKS Author examines James Beard's life in
'The Man Who Ate Too Much'

BOOKS Author examines James Beard's life in 'The Man Who Ate Too Much'

Any established person in the food/restaurant industry or true foodie has surely heard of James Beard (1903-85), who many feel revolutionized cuisine in the United States more than any other individual. In The Man Who Ate ...
NATIONAL Bidens, NYC businesses, notable deaths, anti-Trump suit

NATIONAL Bidens, NYC businesses, notable deaths, anti-Trump suit

President Joe Biden and his team recently named openly gay man Jeff Marootian as special assistant to the president on Climate and Science Agency Personnel, according to Instinct Magazine, citing The Washington Blade. Marootian is one ...
WORLD Honduran Congress, deportation, Canadian support, athlete comes out

WORLD Honduran Congress, deportation, Canadian support, athlete comes out

On Jan. 21, members of the Honduran Congress voted to amend the constitution, making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers double down on socially conservative priorities, Openly ...
News

Broadcasting legend Larry King dies at 87

Broadcasting icon Larry King has died at age 87, CNN.com reported. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted. No cause of death was given, but ...
COVID-19 Chicago, suburban restaurants slated to reopen Jan. 23

COVID-19 Chicago, suburban restaurants slated to reopen Jan. 23

Customers will be allowed back inside restaurants and many bars in Chicago and suburban Cook County beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The city and Cook County will move from Tier 2 to Tier ...
News

Equality Caucus applauds early pro-LGBTQ+ actions of Biden administration

--From a press release

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is pleased to see important steps already taken by the Biden Administration to promote fairness and equality for the LGBTQ+ community and applauds the President and his team ...
News

Governors, Lt. Governors encourage all to make a plan and get vaccinated

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Today, Governor Pritzker and governors and lieutenant governors from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin joined together to encourage everyone to make a plan for how they can get the safe and effective ...
News

Gov. Pritzker praises President Biden's plan to combat COVID-19

--From a press release

Gov. Pritzker Statement on the Announcement of President Biden's Plan to Combat COVID-19 CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker issued the following statement following President Biden's announcement of the national plan to combat COVID-19. "One ye ...
News

As Sen. Heather Steans resigns, Planned Parenthood of Illinois comments on her work

--From a press release

Statement from Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action: "We will miss working with Senator Heather Steans, a fierce champion for reproductive rights in Illinois. As the lead Senate sponsor for HB40 and ...
Alexi Giannoulias running for secretary of state in 2022

Alexi Giannoulias running for secretary of state in 2022

Alexi Giannoulias—a Democratic politician and financier who was Illinois state treasurer during 2007-11—has thrown his hat back into the political ring, as he plans to run for Illinois secretary of state in 2022. He would succeed ...
Planned Parenthood Illinois event to celebrate anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling

Planned Parenthood Illinois event to celebrate anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling

--From a press release

CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) and PPIA PAC celebrate the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling at its Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event, to be held virtually on Thursday, January 28. The event ...
Equality Illinois announces 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala Celebration

Equality Illinois announces 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala Celebration

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL - Media outlets are invited to cover Equality Illinois' 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala, presented by Molson Coors Beverage Company, beginning at 7 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Called the "who's who of ...
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces line of clothing

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces line of clothing

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, now entering its 30th year, announced today that it has teamed up with Shirts Illustrated, to produce a line of clothing bearing the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame logo. All ...
News

AMA applauds Biden Day 1 actions on COVID-19, racial equity, climate, WHO

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) today applauded the Biden Administration's first-day actions that tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO), and ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

African American Arts Alliance, Black Ensemble Theater Martin Luther King Day

--From a press release

The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago and Black Ensemble Theater present the 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:00pm. The jubilant, online event is free will be ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump."—Joe Exotic. It was the crazy stretch limo sitting outside the prison that made me laugh. Like there's a pardon, and POOF, he could ...
SHOWBIZ 'Batwoman,' Village People, Neil Patrick Harris, Mariah Carey

SHOWBIZ 'Batwoman,' Village People, Neil Patrick Harris, Mariah Carey

SPOILER ALERT: Season two of Batwoman (featuring the lesbian superheroine) began by introducing Ryan Wilder, the new lead character on The CW show played by Javicia Leslie—and explained how first-season ...

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