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HRC responds to Rand Paul's questions about trans children

HRC responds to Rand Paul's questions about trans children

On Feb. 3, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the confirmation of Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education. During the event, U.S. Sen. Rand ...
COVID Chicago promotes website that helps users find, book vaccination appointments

COVID Chicago promotes website that helps users find, book vaccination appointments

The city of Chicago is promoting a national website that will allow people to find and schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments, The Chicago Tribune reported. The site, ZocDoc.com/vaccine, is run by an outside provider. It will allow ...
Golden Globe nods announced; LGBTQ shows, characters and actors included

Golden Globe nods announced; LGBTQ shows, characters and actors included

Nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards—which honor the best in television and film—were announced Feb. 3. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return as hosts of the event for a fourth time. The Golden ...
Chicago Restaurant Week returning in 2021

Chicago Restaurant Week returning in 2021

Choose Chicago has announced the return of Chicago Restaurant Week on March 19-April 4, 2021. Chicago Restaurant Week offers local food enthusiasts an opportunity to experience some of the city's most highly sought restaurants. Participating dining ...
Equality Illinois, Rainbow Cafe, legislators, PPIA reintroduce REACH Act

Equality Illinois, Rainbow Cafe, legislators, PPIA reintroduce REACH Act

Illinois state Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-8), state Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77), Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), Equality Illinois and Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Youth Center held a press conference Feb. 2 ...
Pete Buttigieg is first LGBTQ Senate-confirmed cabinet member

Pete Buttigieg is first LGBTQ Senate-confirmed cabinet member

--From a Victory Institute press release

Washington, DC — Today the United States Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation, making him the first out LGBTQ person ever confirmed for a cabinet position. Buttigieg is one of dozens of high-profile LGBTQ ...
COVID Lightfoot: Restrictions for bars, restaurants will remain

COVID Lightfoot: Restrictions for bars, restaurants will remain

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will keep the current indoor dining limits at restaurants in place even if the state allows the city to loosen capacity rules Feb. 2, The Chicago Tribune reported. The ...
CDC issues mask mandate for travelers

CDC issues mask mandate for travelers

Starting in February, travelers and commuters will be required to wear face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation as part of a sweeping new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...
Cook County Board unanimously approves immigration resolution

Cook County Board unanimously approves immigration resolution

On Jan. 28, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved resolution #21-0495, which calls upon the federal government to implement policies to protect the immigrant community and strengthen the immigration system in the United States. ...

  News

News

Florida to protect LGBTQ civil rights, embraces Bostock ruling

--From a press release

St. Petersburg, FL - In a victory for LGBTQ Floridians, the agency that enforces state civil rights law has affirmed that discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity is ...
News

Advocates celebrate legislation ending money bond

--From a Chicago Community Bond Fund press release

On Feb. 4, organizers, policy experts and State Senator Rober Peters will be coming together for a virtual event celebrating the passage of the Pretrial Fairness Act, a key component of the Illinois Legislative Black caucus' ...
Lightfoot replaces Villegas with Harris as floor leader

Lightfoot replaces Villegas with Harris as floor leader

In a press release, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that she appointed Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward) as her new floor leader, as well as Ald. George Cardenas (12th Ward) in the new position of ...
BOOKS Ta-Nehisi Coates at Printers Row Lit Fest on Sept. 11-12

BOOKS Ta-Nehisi Coates at Printers Row Lit Fest on Sept. 11-12

Printers Row Lit Fest—the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest—is slated to return for its 36th year with 100% free programming for book lovers Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in Chicago's historic Printers ...
Indianapolis council condemns conversion therapy; Indiana Stonewall Dems celebrate

Indianapolis council condemns conversion therapy; Indiana Stonewall Dems celebrate

Indiana Stonewall Democrats celebrated the Indianapolis City-County Council and its LGBTQ councillors for passing a proclamation on Feb. 1 that formally condemns "conversion therapy" and the long-term health complications it ...
Former Mayor Emanuel being considered for ambassadorship

Former Mayor Emanuel being considered for ambassadorship

President Joe Biden is reportedly considering former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a high-profile ambassadorship—potentially to China, according to NBC News. Becoming the U.S. ambassador to Japan is another option ...
COVID 'Building Black Power' discussion on Feb. 8

COVID 'Building Black Power' discussion on Feb. 8

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP)—a project of AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)—is hosting "Building Black Power in the Age ...
Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus names new executive director

Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus names new executive director

Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus (CBGMC) announced Joshua "JT" Travis as its newest executive director. In the role, Travis will lead the overall management of the organization's operations, resource development and strategic planning. He wi ...
News

MMAA condemns Cong. Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'Hate American Flags' statement

--From a Modern Military Association of America press release

WASHINGTON — Tonight, the Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) — the nation's largest LGBTQ military and veteran non-profit organization — condemns Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene's statement on 'hate Ameri ...
Red Stars announce 2021 preseason roster

Red Stars announce 2021 preseason roster

The Chicago Red Stars announced their roster for the 2021 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) preseason. Joining the Red Stars for preseason will be four non-roster invitees who suited up for the Red Stars in 2020. ...
Kinzinger launches 'Country First' GOP PAC

Kinzinger launches 'Country First' GOP PAC

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger—a Congressman from Illinois who was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach now-former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" following the then-president's speech goading supporters ...
NATIONAL Puerto Rico action, firefighter, HIV drug, trans candidate, Janelle Monae

NATIONAL Puerto Rico action, firefighter, HIV drug, trans candidate, Janelle Monae

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi declared a state of emergency to combat violence committed against the transgender community, out.com reported. Pierluisi signed an executive order in response to the surge in violent killings of transgender ...
WORLD Trans honoree, Sophie dies, famous Africans come out, Leo Varadkar

WORLD Trans honoree, Sophie dies, famous Africans come out, Leo Varadkar

In India, the list of Padma awards recipients this year included a transgender individual from Karnataka who has, over the past many decades, practiced and single-handedly popularized rural folk arts, according to NDTV. For Manjamma Jogathi, ...
Chicago trans trailblazer Gloria Allen to receive SAGE award in memory of Carmen Vazquez

Chicago trans trailblazer Gloria Allen to receive SAGE award in memory of Carmen Vazquez

--From a SAGE press release

[NEW YORK, N.Y.] — SAGE, the world's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, will present Gloria Allen, known as "Mama Gloria," with the Carmen Vázquez SAGE Award for Excellence in ...
Chicago Red Stars add Fortunato as new head athletic trainer

Chicago Red Stars add Fortunato as new head athletic trainer

The Chicago Red Stars announced today the addition of Emily Fortunato as the club's new head athletic trainer. Fortunato—athletic trainer and a part of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, the official medical partner of the ...
Unleashed LGBTQ virtual conference March 25-27

Unleashed LGBTQ virtual conference March 25-27

Unleashed LGBTQ—which aims to create a space for brands, entertainers and LGBTQ professionals to connect—will hold a virtual conference March 25-27. Attendees can see the latest products, services and campaigns ...
WNBA All-Star Candace Parker to play with Chicago Sky

WNBA All-Star Candace Parker to play with Chicago Sky

Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker has committed to play for the Chicago Sky after 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, ESPN.com reported. Parker—who was drafted at No. 1 in 2008 and whose hometown is Naperville, ...
Milwaukee PrideFest announces postponement

Milwaukee PrideFest announces postponement

--From a press release at milwaukeepride.org

Milwaukee PrideFest has announced that it will move this year's festival from its usual time slot in early June. PrideFest is working with Milwaukee Ethnic Festivals, Inc. on potential dates, hoping to reschedule the event for late summer or early fal ...
Removing "Global Gag" will benefit millions of women worldwide, leaders comment

Removing "Global Gag" will benefit millions of women worldwide, leaders comment

--From press releases

On Jan. 28, President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum that will reverse restrictions on abortion access domestically and abroad imposed and expanded by the Trump administration, CNN.com reported. ...

PASSAGES Elzie Bates

PASSAGES Elzie Bates

Elzie Bates was born at home April 6, 1931, in McComb, Mississippi. His birth was never officially recorded so for most of his adult life, his many friends celebrated his birthday on the day of Elzie's ...
News

Biden plan increases access to health care for millions of LGBT people

--From a press release

Today, President Biden signed several executive orders aimed at improving access to health care. One order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review the Title X gag rule, which restricts federal funding to ...
GLAAD announces award nominees, Windy City Times receives Barbara Gittings Award

GLAAD announces award nominees, Windy City Times receives Barbara Gittings Award

--From a GLAAD press release

GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced today the nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Actress Josie Totah (Peacock's Saved By The Bell), actor and ...
News

Report: 51 years since Stonewall health, poverty, housing hurdles face LGBTQ 50+ NYers

--From a press release

NEW YORK, N.Y. — LGBTQ New Yorkers age 50+ face steeper barriers to healthcare, higher rates of poverty, and greater challenges to their economic security than their non-LGBTQ counterparts, and the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated ...
News

Black LGBTQ Community Survey 2020-2021 released

--From a press release

The Center for Black Equity (CBE) and Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) have released the Black LGBTQ Community Survey results, in recognition of Black History Month, February 2021. The Center for Black Equity and Community Marketing ...
HRC releases Corporate Equality Index; dozens of Chicago companies score 100

HRC releases Corporate Equality Index; dozens of Chicago companies score 100

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the organization's educational arm, released its 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)—a survey and report measuring company policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. ...
News

PASSAGES Carmen Vazquez, social justice activist

--From press releases

The National LGBTQ Task Force: The National LGBTQ Task Force is deeply saddened to announce the death of Carmen Vàzquez, long-time LGBTQ+ and social justice activist. Carmen died on Jan. 27, 2021 of COVID related complications. ...
Gay man to vie for state rep's spot--on one condition

Gay man to vie for state rep's spot--on one condition

Openly gay business owner Tom Elliott has announced that he plans to run for Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy's seat—should a vacancy arise. On Facebook, he posted, "My State Senator [Heather Steans] announced her resignation and ...

  Entertainment

Chicago Restaurant Week returning in 2021

Chicago Restaurant Week returning in 2021

Choose Chicago has announced the return of Chicago Restaurant Week on March 19-April 4, 2021. Chicago Restaurant Week offers local food enthusiasts an opportunity to experience some of the city's most highly sought restaurants. Participating dining ...
Joffrey Ballet artists create video installation

Joffrey Ballet artists create video installation

The Joffrey Ballet announced that a dynamic video installation featuring members of the company will animate the acclaimed 150 Media Stream public art exhibition at 150 N. Riverside Plaza as the inaugural output of Action Lines. ...
Entertainment

Chicago Dancemakers Forum announces the 2021 Digital Dance Grantees

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL, 2/1/2021 — To support the growth of local Chicago dancemakers in the era of COVID-19, Chicago Dancemakers Forum is pleased to grant $10,000 each to ten dance creators and their collaborators for the development ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I am happy to report that today, I took my dear friend Jo Anne Worley to get her first COVID-19 vaccination! Not only that, several nurses and doctors recognized her and came over to the car ...
'Draw With Me' follows trans teen who's Jennifer Lopez's nibling; director reflects

'Draw With Me' follows trans teen who's Jennifer Lopez's nibling; director reflects

Draw With Me—an official Oscar entry for Documentary Short Subject—is the story of talented teen artist Brendon Scholl, who identifies as trans non-binary and whose art has been a vital outlet for self expression. The movie—created ...
MOVIES Director Mike Mosallam discusses queer Muslim film 'Breaking Fast'

MOVIES Director Mike Mosallam discusses queer Muslim film 'Breaking Fast'

A warm romantic comedy that may seem simultaneously recognizable and unfamiliar to many viewers, Breaking Fast follows Mo (played by out actor Haaz Sleiman), a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When an All-American guy named ...
SHOWBIZ 'Tunde Johnson,' John Waters, Jane Lynch, Billie Eilish

SHOWBIZ 'Tunde Johnson,' John Waters, Jane Lynch, Billie Eilish

Wolfe Releasing has slated the film The Obituary of Tunde Johnson for a theatrical and digital release on Feb. 26, a press release noted. The film—written by Stanley Kalu; directed by Ali LeRoi; and starring Steven ...
Book helps families with kids discuss gender roles, same gender attraction

Book helps families with kids discuss gender roles, same gender attraction

--From a press release

A new book, Pepito Has a Doll, is centered on the experience of a shy young boy who lives with his grandmother. Pepito has only one friend, his doll Lola, until Miguel appears and they begin a joyful adventure together. Bilingual ...
Ravinia Women's Board unveils winner of poster competition

Ravinia Women's Board unveils winner of poster competition

The Ravinia Women's Board unveiled the winner of its annual Ravinia season poster competition. Minneapolis graphic designer Sean Quinn, 28, is the recipient of the competition's top prize for a second time; his entry in the ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Athletes Unlimited Softball League, with 60 of the world's top players, Aug. 28 in Rosemont

Feb. 3, 2021, New York, NY — Today, Athletes Unlimited and its Softball Player Executive Committee announced that two-time Olympian and 2020 Athletes Unlimited Softball Champion Cat Osterman will seek to defend her title as she ...





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