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Windy City Times 2021-04-07

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Equality Illinois celebrates Black trans woman's electoral victory in Decatur, Illinois

Equality Illinois celebrates Black trans woman's electoral victory in Decatur, Illinois

From a press release

A statement from Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans: "We are extremely proud of Alana ...
Suburban LGBTQ candidates mostly prevail in April 6 elections

Suburban LGBTQ candidates mostly prevail in April 6 elections

Illinois LGBTQ candidates mostly prevailed in their respective suburban elections on April 6—with two victories marking rare wins by transgender candidates. ...
COVID Chicago to follow national vaccine-eligibility call

COVID Chicago to follow national vaccine-eligibility call

As Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago on April 6, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will meet President Joe Biden's call to open vaccine eligibility to all U.S. adults by April 19, The Chicago Tribune ...
Arkansas legislature overrides governor on anti-trans measure

Arkansas legislature overrides governor on anti-trans measure

On April 6, the Arkansas state legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on a bill that would ban gender-affirming treatments for transgender youths in the state, ABC News reported. The "Save Adolescents ...
'Ma Rainey,' 'Schitt's Creek' win during diverse SAG Awards

'Ma Rainey,' 'Schitt's Creek' win during diverse SAG Awards

On April 4, a one-hour, pre-taped 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards aired on TNT and TBS, celebrating the best achievements in film and TV performances for 2020. According to Entertainment Weekly, it was a historic night, ...
COVID: CDC updates domestic travel guidelines

COVID: CDC updates domestic travel guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update regarding domestic travel—and eased restrictions for travelers who are fully vaccinated. The CDC website stated, as of April 3: People who are fully vaccinated with ...
COVID Lightfoot won't follow Illinois regarding vaccine eligibility

COVID Lightfoot won't follow Illinois regarding vaccine eligibility

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city won't open the vaccine to everyone 16 and older along with the rest of the state in two weeks because of a "quantum leap" in COVID cases, according to ...

  News

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce marks Earth Day with Andersonville in Bloom April 22 - 25

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce marks Earth Day with Andersonville in Bloom April 22 - 25

CHICAGO (April 7, 2021) — In celebration of Earth Day Weekend, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) celebrates all things spring with Andersonville in Bloom, returning to the neighborhood April 22 — 25, 2021 after a ...
News

New study shows discrimination, stigma, family pressure drive transgender "detransition"

--From a press release

BOSTON—A new study published in LGBT Health found that 13.1% of currently identified transgender people have detransitioned at some point in their lives, but that 82.5% of those who have detransitioned attribute their decision to at ...
News

45% of employees report hearing anti-LGBT remarks in the workplace

--From a Williams Institute press release

Employees in all sectors report high levels of discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ employees at work Significant proportions of Americans believe that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ people at work and school, and by ...
Gerber/Hart hosts 'Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars' screening, discussion

Gerber/Hart hosts 'Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars' screening, discussion

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) hosted a virtual screening of Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars, a short-film documentary that Jacob Pieczynski directed. A panel discussion followed the screening. The 2017 ...
Center on Halsted's 'Human First Un*Gala' on May 6

Center on Halsted's 'Human First Un*Gala' on May 6

Center on Halsted will host a virtual "Human First Un*Gala" on Thursday, May 6, 5-6 p.m. Each year, Center on Halsted hosts its annual Human First Gala to recognize the contributions of individuals, businesses and other ...
Longtime LGBTQ activist Julie Valloni dies

Longtime LGBTQ activist Julie Valloni dies

Longtime LGBTQ activist Julie Valloni died March 28 in Rockford, Illinois due to complications from a hip fracture. She was 80. Valloni was born July 12, 1940 and grew up in Chicago where she graduated from ...
News

Athlete Ally releases Athletic Equality Index of LGBTQ-Inclusion at NCAA D1 Schools

--From a press release

LGBTQI+ student athletes are under attack. Here's how schools can step in. LGBTQI+ student athletes already have a lot on their mind between navigating COVID-19, coursework and their sport. They shouldn't have to also worry about ...
News

Chicago Red Stars announce 2021 National Women's Soccer League roster

--From a press release

Chicago (April 5, 2021) - The Chicago Red Stars announced today their 2021 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) roster ahead of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, presented by Secret Deodorant. Chicago's roster consists of 22 players, ...
WORLD Uzbek activist, hate-crimes report, Ghana arrests, Chely Wright

WORLD Uzbek activist, hate-crimes report, Ghana arrests, Chely Wright

Uzbek activist Miraziz Bazarov was hospitalized after he was attacked by unknown men hours after his public event was disrupted by dozens of aggressive men in Tashkent, RFERL.org reported. Physicians at the Tashkent Traumatology Hospital said ...
NATIONAL Non-binary athlete, HRC and Lyft, Tegan and Sara, panic defense

NATIONAL Non-binary athlete, HRC and Lyft, Tegan and Sara, panic defense

On March 27, NBC Sports California presented the NBA team Sacramento Kings TV's first women and non-binary broadcast announcing and coverage team across all platforms, including pregame and postgame shows, the live-game telecast and social content, ...
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lake View clinic holds ribbon-cutting

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lake View clinic holds ribbon-cutting

Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) held a ribbon-cutting event for its Lake View facility on March 31. The clinic, 3311 N. Halsted St., is housed within AHF's Out of the Closet thrift store and will ...
News

Planned Parenthood of Illinois received $20,000 COVID-19 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

--From a press release

CHICAGO—To help ease the ongoing needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) awarded Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) a $20,000 grant to support operations and enhance the delivery of ...
News

Michigan Court recognizes same-sex parents have parental rights

--From a NCLR press release

DETROIT, MI — Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals recognized two unmarried women as parents where one parent is a genetic parent and the other parent gave birth. LaNesha Matthews and Kyresha LeFever were a same-sex ...
April 2 is National Out to Win Day

April 2 is National Out to Win Day

On April 2, LGBTQ Victory Institute will hold its third annual National Out to Win Day, which aims to inspire LGBTQ people to consider a run for office, a press release noted. LGBTQ people make up ...
News

WIU LGBTQA Resource Center celebrates 10th Anniversary

--From a WIU press release

MACOMB, IL — In 2011, the LGBT*QA Resource Center was established at Western Illinois University to serve as a home, and to raise awareness for, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning+ community at WIU. Ten years ...
News

32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards April 8

--From a press release

New York, NY - Thursday, April 1, 2021 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that CHIKA, Rebecca Black, and Niecy Nash's wife Jessica Betts will ...

  Entertainment

Joffrey Ballet presents world premiere of Nicolas Blanc's "Under the Trees' Voices"

Joffrey Ballet presents world premiere of Nicolas Blanc's "Under the Trees' Voices"

--From a press release

THE JOFFREY BALLET PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF NICOLAS BLANC'S UNDER THE TREES' VOICES World Premiere streamed online: April 30 at 7:00 PM CST Audiences are invited to experience a rehearsal via livestream TODAY: April 7 at ...
Mercury Theater to reopen; new artistic director named

Mercury Theater to reopen; new artistic director named

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., has announced its reopening—along with new leadership. New Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter returns to the theater where he collaborated on the hit productions of Little Shop of Horrors ...
Story of Chicagoan and Broadway influencer Sister Rosetta Tharpe on to Broadway

Story of Chicagoan and Broadway influencer Sister Rosetta Tharpe on to Broadway

--From a press release

NEW YORK (April 4, 2021) — Prolific writer and Chicago native Cheryl L. West (FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer; Jar the Floor), will be joined on the creative team of SHOUT SISTER ...
Sisters Walk the Walk In New Community Wellness Walk Program: Sister Outsider

Sisters Walk the Walk In New Community Wellness Walk Program: Sister Outsider

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL- Working towards a socially just world can begin in one neighborhood and that's exactly what Sisters in Cinema a Chicago-based 501(c)3 is setting to accomplish in their new program Sister Outsider, scheduled to launch, ...
THEATER 'Security,' with Eric Roberts, running April 10-May 2

THEATER 'Security,' with Eric Roberts, running April 10-May 2

Kane Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Daniil Krimer and Managing Director Avery Bowne announced the world-premiere online production of Hammaad Chaudry's Security, as part of the company's new Multiplatform Commission. Security ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I didn't watch the documentary, but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in. … I cried for two weeks and well … I still cry sometimes!!!!"—Britney ...
'Ma Rainey,' 'Schitt's Creek' win during diverse SAG Awards

'Ma Rainey,' 'Schitt's Creek' win during diverse SAG Awards

On April 4, a one-hour, pre-taped 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards aired on TNT and TBS, celebrating the best achievements in film and TV performances for 2020. According to Entertainment Weekly, it was a historic night, ...
SHOWBIZ 'Special,' Bonnaroo, Broadway items, Rita Moreno, Bridgerton

SHOWBIZ 'Special,' Bonnaroo, Broadway items, Rita Moreno, Bridgerton

The second season of the Netflix comedy series Special will premiere May 20, a press release noted. The series revolves around Ryan O'Connell, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy, and is based on his memoir ...
Chicago's LGBTQ+ Armenian community aims to 'Cher the Love for Artsakh'

Chicago's LGBTQ+ Armenian community aims to 'Cher the Love for Artsakh'

Entanik—a queer Armenian-American organization based in Chicago and operating online and whose name means "family" in Armenian—is holding its first event, "Cher the Love for Artsakh." The event is a virtual drag show featuring 12 Armenian ...
First U.S. exhibition of Greek 20th-century artist Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life May 7

First U.S. exhibition of Greek 20th-century artist Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life May 7

--From a press release

(CHICAGO, IL — April 2, 2021) — Wrightwood 659 is pleased to host the first U.S. exhibition devoted to the work of Yannis Tsarouchis (1910—1989), widely regarded as one of the greatest Greek painters of the ...
LGBTQ critics group holding awards event April 18

LGBTQ critics group holding awards event April 18

GALECA, The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Association, along with Karel Media, will present the 2021 Dorian Film Awards on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on digital cable TV network Revry. The ...
MOVIES 'The Sound of Identity,' about trans opera star, out June 1

MOVIES 'The Sound of Identity,' about trans opera star, out June 1

Winner of the 2020 Outshine Film Festival's prestigious Programmers Award of Excellence, The Sound of Identity is a feature documentary that Shout! Studios will present on digital and on demand June 1. Profiling international opera star ...
Yvonne Zipter's historical novel 'Infraction' out June 1

Yvonne Zipter's historical novel 'Infraction' out June 1

The lesbian historical fiction work Infraction, by Chicagoan Yvonne Zipter, will be out June 1. The publisher is Rattling Good Yarns Press. Set in socially turbulent St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1875, the work follows Marya Zhukova, ...

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