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Biden administration postponing discriminatory Trump-era HHS change, HRC responds

--From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today, in response to a legal challenge, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agreed to a court order that will temporarily halt a Trump-era discriminatory rule change that would have permitted discrimination ...
COVID Lightfoot announces plan to ease restrictions in Chicago

COVID Lightfoot announces plan to ease restrictions in Chicago

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced a roadmap for Chicago to continue to cautiously ease regulations on businesses as COVID-19 metrics improve. ...
U.S. senators vote to proceed with Trump impeachment trial

U.S. senators vote to proceed with Trump impeachment trial

On Feb. 9, U.S. senators in former President Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial agreed to consider the case, rejecting an attempt by the former president's defense team and some Republican allies to halt the trial ...
Breaking News

Leading groups submit amicus briefs against discrimination against LGBT surviving spouses

--From a press release

WASHINGTON D.C.—AARP, AARP Foundation, SAGE and the American Society on Aging (ASA) filed amicus briefs today in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit arguing that the ...
Former CTU President Karen Lewis dies at 67

Former CTU President Karen Lewis dies at 67

Former Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis has died at age 67, The Chicago Tribune reported. She led a seven-day strike in 2012 (the first in a quarter-century) and was a one-time mayoral hopeful who ...
Equality Illinois holds virtual 2021 gala

Equality Illinois holds virtual 2021 gala

Singer Alicia Keys was among the headliners as the Chicago-based LGBTQ-rights advocacy Equality Illinois held an online edition of its annual gala the evening of February 6. Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot were among ...
Gay Black man picked to succeed Steans in Illinois Senate

Gay Black man picked to succeed Steans in Illinois Senate

In a historic move, Mike Simmons—who is Black (half African-American, half Ethiopian) and gay—has been chosen to succeed Heather Steans as Illinois state senator for the 7th District. He was sworn in Feb. 6. On Facebook, ...
Gay Black man presides over U.S. House

Gay Black man presides over U.S. House

On Feb. 4, U.S. Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-New York) released a statement after he became the first openly gay, Black member of Congress to preside over floor proceedings in the House of Representatives, according to the ...
Biden issues global pro-LGBTQI memorandum

Biden issues global pro-LGBTQI memorandum

On Feb. 4, U.S. President Joe Biden issued a presidential memorandum aimed at expanding protection of the rights of LGBTQI people worldwide, including potentially through the use of financial sanctions, U.S. News & World Report reported. ...
Donald Trump resigns from SAG-AFTRA; group tersely responds

Donald Trump resigns from SAG-AFTRA; group tersely responds

Former U.S. President Donald Trump resigned from SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) after the organization's national board recently voted overwhelmingly to find probable cause of ...
Questions surround Chicago transgender woman's death

Questions surround Chicago transgender woman's death

During the overnight hours of Jan. 16-17, 34-year-old Sherry Nicholas died at the Jackson Park Supportive Living facility on Chicago's South Side, where she was a resident. She is the second known Chicago transgender woman to ...

  News

News

ACLU of Illinois reacts to Auditor General's report on LGBTQ youth in DCFS care

In response to the Auditor General's report on LGBTQ youth in DCFS care, Ghirlandi Guidetti, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Illinois made the following statement: "Today's Auditor General's report reveals a sad but unsurprising truth: ...
News

Writer on AIDS activism in the Black church honored

--From a press release

The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) honors Dr. Dan Royles with the 2020-21 LGBTQ Religious History Award. The review jury selected Royles' "There Is a Balm in Gilead: AIDS Activism in the Black Church" from among ...
News

GLAAD: Senators vote against response to riot but introduce anti-trans bill

--From a press release

Five of the eight senators objecting to Electoral College votes and voting against the second Trump impeachment trial have cosponsored a new bill targeting transgender youth, adding to history of anti-LGBTQ votes and views GLAAD: "More ...
Groundbreaking ceremony held for Sisters in Cinema Media Arts Center

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Sisters in Cinema Media Arts Center

Sisters in Cinema held a press conference Feb. 8 at the South Shore Cultural Center to commemorate the construction of its new state-of-the-art Media Arts Center that will be at 2310 E. 75th St. The event, ...
Activists tackle HIV/AIDS on social-justice canvas

Activists tackle HIV/AIDS on social-justice canvas

A group of prominent Black LGBT activists and advocates gathered online Feb. 8 for an online discussion of how ongoing challenges stemming from HIV/AIDS tie into larger racial justice issues. The discussion—"Building Black Power in the ...
News

Report: LGBTs of color 2X as likely to test positive for COVID-19 as straight white people

--From a press release

Data collected in fall 2020 finds that LGBT people—in particular LGBT people of color—have disproportionately experienced the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of ...
Chicago Votes hiring formerly incarcerated individuals for Civic Leaders Program

Chicago Votes hiring formerly incarcerated individuals for Civic Leaders Program

--From a press release

Chicago — Chicago Votes is growing their Unlock Civics work and team, hiring formerly incarcerated individuals for their Civic Leaders program. Chicago Votes' Unlock Civics initiative aims to break down barriers people impacted by the American ...
Modern Military Association of America names executive director

Modern Military Association of America names executive director

--From a press release

MMAA is pleased to announce that the board of directors has selected Jennifer Dane as executive director. Jennifer is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has served as the organization's interim executive director since February 2020. ...
News

National LGBTQ Task Force launches third year of sex ed leadership project

--From a press release

Washington, D.C., February 9, 2021 — The National LGBTQ Task Force will launch the Sex Ed Leadership Project on March 3, 2021, following the success of two mini-conferences that offered training and programming on LGBTQ+ inclusive ...
Original Supreme Mary Wilson dies at 76

Original Supreme Mary Wilson dies at 76

Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died Feb. 8 at her home in Las Vegas at age 76, media outlets reported. Wilson was an original member of the iconic Motown group known for hits ...
Howard Brown, museum partner for no-cost COVID testing in Pilsen

Howard Brown, museum partner for no-cost COVID testing in Pilsen

Howard Brown Health and the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) have announced a partnership to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing in Pilsen. The new testing site will be embedded inside the NMMA, 1852 W. 19th St., ...
Krishnamoorthi named vice chair of Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Krishnamoorthi named vice chair of Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

On Feb. 5, U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) was named as a vice chair of the Equality Caucus—the premier Congressional Caucus fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and combating discrimination at the federal level. Although President Joe Biden ...
PASSAGES Gordon Keith Richardson

PASSAGES Gordon Keith Richardson

Gordon Keith Richardson of Washington, D.C., passed away on Feb. 4, 2021, at the age of 60 from complications of COVID-19. Keith was born in Leadville, CO, and raised primarily in St. Charles, Missouri. He graduated ...
NATIONAL Black History Month, anti-trans bills, Penn. politician, HIV measure

NATIONAL Black History Month, anti-trans bills, Penn. politician, HIV measure

In honor of Black History Month, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) announced its acquisition of the Ubuntu Biography Project, a press release noted. The Ubuntu Biography Project, created by Stephen A. Maglott, celebrates the legacies ...
WORLD Turkish items, Gibraltar couple, lesbian lawmaker dies, Australia

WORLD Turkish items, Gibraltar couple, lesbian lawmaker dies, Australia

In Turkey, four students were arrested over artwork that reportedly depicted LGBT rainbow symbols alongside an image of a sacred Islamic site, the BBC reported. Students at Bogazici University in Istanbul have been protesting against the ...
Wyoming GOP censures Liz Cheney over impeachment vote

Wyoming GOP censures Liz Cheney over impeachment vote

On Feb. 6, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and asked her to resign for her vote last month to impeach then-President Donald Trump after the insurrection at the Capitol on ...
News

LETTER Federal anti-discrimination protection? Inevitable

=The astute can predict the future—with more than a modicum of confidence—by examining history. Nate Silver did this last year at fivethirtyeight.com, as did Vegas oddsmakers, in predicting the victory of President Joe Biden over der ...
News

Sisters in Cinema groundbreaking Ceremony promises access, training in South Shore

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL - South Shore will soon have access to a state-of-the art media facility now that a local organization has begun construction on its new brick-and-mortar home. Sisters in Cinema, a 501(c)3 dedicated to celebrating ...
NBJC releases toolkit ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

NBJC releases toolkit ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Feb. 7, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released a toolkit that includes information about testing, treatment and tips for reducing ...
National AIDS Memorial observes Black History Month

National AIDS Memorial observes Black History Month

During Black History Month, the National AIDS Memorial is honoring Black lives lost to AIDS with a specially curated selection of 56 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt), a press release announced. "This virtual ...
News

Among California Latinx, older LGBs more likely than straight peers to have stress

--From a Williams Institute press release

In both LGB and straight populations, Latinx people had poorer physical health outcomes New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that Latinx older adults in California are similar to their non-LGB ...
Black LGBTQ Community Survey released

Black LGBTQ Community Survey released

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. The methodology review is as follows: —1,815 Black LGBTQ adults ...

  Entertainment

Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Go back on the elephant you came on."—Priyanka Chopra Jonas reveals an example of the bullying she received in school. Ironically, when she married Nick Jonas, she rode into her wedding on the back of...you guessed ...
SHOWBIZ Tian Richards, August Wilson, $88M celebrity home, sports items

SHOWBIZ Tian Richards, August Wilson, $88M celebrity home, sports items

Tian Richards has been cast in the title role of the Nancy Drew spinoff, Tom Swift, at The CW, Variety reported. Richards will make his first appearance as the character in an upcoming episode of Nancy ...
Comics: CAKE postponed to 2022

Comics: CAKE postponed to 2022

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) has been postponed to 2022. In an open letter, organizers stated, "While we are encouraged that the State of Illinois has, as of this writing, administered COVID-19 vaccine doses to ...
FLXST opening exhibit featuring artists of color on Feb. 13

FLXST opening exhibit featuring artists of color on Feb. 13

FLXST Contemporary, 2251 S. Michigan Ave.—a fine arts and photography gallery as well as an arts incubator—will open its first 2021 group show, "Against Impossibility," on Saturday, Feb. 13, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The ...
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce expands HYGGE Fest through February

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce expands HYGGE Fest through February

--From a press release

CHICAGO (February 4, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is expanding its annual Hygge Fest to run for the entire month of February 2021. The month-long festival will ...
Five Worth Finding: LGBTQ authors, paczki, skin-care items, Keto Mylk

Five Worth Finding: LGBTQ authors, paczki, skin-care items, Keto Mylk

—Tempest, by Ryan Meyer (NothingPeak.com): In Tempest, young LGBTQ writer Meyer departs from the horror themes in his 2018 poetry collection, Haunt. Using fictional vignettes and surreal personal accounts, he ...
Wizard World Chicago moved from June to August

Wizard World Chicago moved from June to August

Wizard Brands, Inc. announced that its scheduled 2021 live event in Chicago has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and in continued accordance with federal, state and local guidelines. Instead of the original dates of June ...
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago names new artistic director

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago names new artistic director

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) announced that former company member Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell has been named artistic director of the contemporary dance company, effective March 1. A native of Baltimore, Fisher-Harrell ...
SAG nominations announced; Boseman gets four nods

SAG nominations announced; Boseman gets four nods

Nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were announced Feb. 4. On the film side, Deadline noted that the late Chadwick Boseman made SAG Awards nomination history by receiving four nominations: for his lead role ...
Donald Trump resigns from SAG-AFTRA; group tersely responds

Donald Trump resigns from SAG-AFTRA; group tersely responds

Former U.S. President Donald Trump resigned from SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) after the organization's national board recently voted overwhelmingly to find probable cause of ...
Where Did We Sit on the Bus? online streaming production starts Feb. 22

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? online streaming production starts Feb. 22

--From a press release

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater and Geva Theatre Center announce the online streaming production of Brian Quijada's music-infused production of Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, written and performed by Brian Quijada and directed by ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Sky acquire second round draft pick

--From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 9. 2021) —— The Chicago Sky has acquired the 16th overall selection in the second round of the upcoming 2021 WNBA Draft from the Dallas Wings, it was announced today. In exchange, Dallas received ...
SAVOR Cafe Press--steeped in history

SAVOR Cafe Press--steeped in history

Like most neighborhoods in Chicago, Printers Row has its own illustrious history. In the 1880s, the neighborhood was the center of the Midwest when it came to printing—hence the area's name. And Cafe Press (800 S. ...
Outlines

The Windy City Rollers search for new home due to COVID restricting play

--From a press release

CHICAGO - The Windy City Rollers (WCR), Chicago's premier roller derby league and nonprofit, is feeling the impact of COVID-19 on their sport. WCR's entire competitive season was canceled in 2020, and without revenue from ticketed ...





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