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Windy City Times 2021-02-24

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Daniel Biss wins Evanston mayoral race

Daniel Biss wins Evanston mayoral race

Former Illinois state Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democrat, won the Evanston mayoral race on Feb. 23, media outlets reported. An hour after polls closed, Biss had collected more than 73 percent of the votes counted and ...
Mike Madigan now wants successor to step down

Mike Madigan now wants successor to step down

Just two days after appointing Edward Guerra Kodatt as his successor, former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has asked him to step down, according to various media outlets. Marty Quinn, alderman of Chicago's 13th Ward, joined ...
Madigan resigns as state Democratic chair

Madigan resigns as state Democratic chair

On Feb. 22, former longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan resigned as chairman of the state Democratic Party—one day after anointing 26-year-old constituent services worker Edward Guerra Kodatt to fill the legislative seat he held for ...
Breaking News

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation transforming Illinois criminal justice system

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Building on efforts to create a more equitable and safe criminal justice system, Governor JB Pritzker signed landmark legislation that transforms Illinois' criminal justice system. This landmark legislation ...
COVID Howard Brown Health COO talks vaccine rollout and race

COVID Howard Brown Health COO talks vaccine rollout and race

On Feb. 13, Howard Brown Health hosted a citywide vaccination blitz at five community partner locations (New Beginnings Church of Chicago; 6620 S. King Dr.; Trinity United Church of Christ/TUCC; 400 W. 95th St.; Rising Sun ...
Equality Act introduced Feb. 18

Equality Act introduced Feb. 18

The Equality Act was formally reintroduced to Congress on Feb. 18 by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and openly gay U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Gay City News reported. The legislation, which most recently passed the lower chamber ...
Lightfoot wants local statues and plaques reviewed

Lightfoot wants local statues and plaques reviewed

Statues of presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley, as well as the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, were among the 41 public statues and other commemorative markers that Chicago ...

  News

Three Illinoisans among Victory Fund's latest endorsed candidates

Three Illinoisans among Victory Fund's latest endorsed candidates

On Feb. 24, LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office—issued a press release announcing its endorsement of 30 more LGBTQ candidates for 2021 races. Illinois candidates in the group ...
News

1.3 million adult immigrants in the US identify as LGBT

--From a press release

LGBT immigrants are more often male and younger compared to all immigrants in the country An estimated 1,274,500 LGBT foreign-born adults live in the U.S., including 289,700 who are undocumented and 984,800 who are documented, according ...
Chicago soccer team holding anthem contest

Chicago soccer team holding anthem contest

The Chicago-based soccer club Edgewater Castle FC (ECFC) is holding a competition for Chicago musicians, artists and composers to write its new club anthem. According to a press release, "The anthem will be sung by players ...
Mike Madigan chooses successor

Mike Madigan chooses successor

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Feb. 21 he hasn't made a decision on how long he will continue as state Democratic Party chairman as he installed a 26-year-old constituent services worker as his successor ...
Pride and Less Prejudice to host panel on LGBTQ media representation March 20

Pride and Less Prejudice to host panel on LGBTQ media representation March 20

On Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m. CT, Pride and Less Prejudice (PLP)—which provides free, age-appropriate, LGBTQ-inclusive books to pre-K-3rd grade students in order to foster LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance—will ...
NATIONAL Virginia items, Marriott CEO, Black LGBTQ+ icons, trans kids' book

NATIONAL Virginia items, Marriott CEO, Black LGBTQ+ icons, trans kids' book

Virginia lawmakers are about to roll back a state law that allows faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies to refuse service to LGBTQ families, VirginiaMercury.com reported. The legislation has spurred heated ...
Showbiz: Black gay director, Oscars, soccer couple, Demi Lovato

Showbiz: Black gay director, Oscars, soccer couple, Demi Lovato

Paris Barclay, the Emmy-winning TV director and former president of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), will receive the guild's Honorary Life Member Award at the 73rd Annual DGA Awards on April 10, TheWrap reported. Barclay ...
WORLD Canadian groups, Moroccan refugee, LGBT+ Rights Ghana, trans heroine

WORLD Canadian groups, Moroccan refugee, LGBT+ Rights Ghana, trans heroine

From $400,000 in funding for a national initiative aimed at expanding two-spirit advocacy, to $239,000 to improve LGBTQ youth housing access in the Prairies, 76 Canadian community groups are being sent nearly $15 million from the ...
Male-only Michigan campsite bans trans men

Male-only Michigan campsite bans trans men

In Michigan, the owners of Camp Boomerang RV Park and Campground in Orleans—about 50 miles northwest of Lansing—announced they will ban trans men from their male-only park when they officially open this spring, PrideSource.com reported. "Camp ...
PASSAGES Maya Kali Evans dies at 53

PASSAGES Maya Kali Evans dies at 53

Maya Kali Evans (formerly Curtis O. Love)—a tattoo artist and caregiver who resided in Newark, Illinois, and who previously lived in Chicago and Philadelphia—passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2021, at home in Newark. She was 53. ...
Red Stars rename Press Row in honor of Ida B. Wells

Red Stars rename Press Row in honor of Ida B. Wells

The Chicago Red Stars announced that they are formally renaming Press Row at SeatGeek Stadium in honor and memory of Ida B. Wells. According to the National Women's History Museum's website, Wells "was a prominent journalist, ...
News

Equality Act reintroduced in House of Representatives, NCLR responds

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, NCLR lauded the reintroduction of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bipartisan comprehensive federal civil rights bill that would create permanent protections for LGBTQ individuals, women ...
Mike Madigan to resign from Illinois House

Mike Madigan to resign from Illinois House

Illinois state Rep. Michael Madigan announced that he plans to resign from the Illinois House at the end of this month, The Chicago Tribune reported. Madigan has represented a Southwest Side district for a half-century—the majority ...
Commission: Jamaica should repeal same-sex ban

Commission: Jamaica should repeal same-sex ban

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the top rights body of the Americas, said in a symbolic landmark ruling on Feb. 17 that Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era gay sex ban, Reuters reported. Two Jamaicans ...
LGBT Chamber's 'Celebration of Black Business Excellence' on Feb. 23

LGBT Chamber's 'Celebration of Black Business Excellence' on Feb. 23

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois will hold its annual "Celebration of Black Business Excellence" on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council President & Ceo Vince Williams will moderate the event. ...

  Entertainment

Andersonville Chamber expands Restaurant Week

Andersonville Chamber expands Restaurant Week

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is expanding its traditional Andersonville Restaurant Week throughout March. Each week will feature a different collection of Andersonville restaurants with meals available for pick-up ...
THEATER Global, Grindr-based 'Borders' to run Feb. 25-27

THEATER Global, Grindr-based 'Borders' to run Feb. 25-27

Dirty Laundry Theatre's virtual experience Borders, directed by Chicago resident Michael R. Piazza, will feature three live shows on Feb. 25-27. Written by Nimrod Danishman and directed by Piazza, Borders tells the story of two gay ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Life is about building bridges, not walls."—Elton John, when criticized for performing at Rush Limbaugh's 2010 wedding. Something I say all the time might have also been a good response: "A gig's a gig." Rush Limbaugh ...
Author and educator Sarah Chadwick talks new book on female sexuality

Author and educator Sarah Chadwick talks new book on female sexuality

Sarah Chadwick's debut book, The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris, was the result of her desire to understand the status of female sexuality in the West from an historical perspective. During Chadwick's research, ...
'You For Me For You' benefit on Feb. 28

'You For Me For You' benefit on Feb. 28

Sideshow Theatre Company will launch its 2021 season with a one-night-only benefit screening of its 2018 hit You For Me For You, written by Mia Chung and directed by ensemble member Elly Green. The archival recording ...
Court Theatre announces 2021 Southside Youth Fest, platform for teens

Court Theatre announces 2021 Southside Youth Fest, platform for teens

--From a press release

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces Court's 2021 Southside Youth Fest, inviting South Side teens to submit original digi ...
Court Theatre premieres spotlight podcast highlighting Black writers

Court Theatre premieres spotlight podcast highlighting Black writers

--From a press release

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces the online premiere of its Spotlight Podcast. A key component of Court's community ...

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