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Windy City Times 2021-04-28

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Hate mail threatening Obamas, Biden, Harris sent to DuSable

Hate mail threatening Obamas, Biden, Harris sent to DuSable

The Secret Service is investigating six threatening letters sent to the DuSable Museum of African American History that mention President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Obama family, among others, The Chicago Tribune reported. ...
Exceptions the rule at 2021 Oscars

Exceptions the rule at 2021 Oscars

After a year that saw the motion picture industry upended by both the COVID-19 pandemic and an already shifting entertainment landscape, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pressed on with the 93rd Annual Oscars ...
Breaking News

Deputy shoots Virginia gay man 10 times

Police in Spotsylvania County, Virginia are under intense scrutiny after a sheriff's deputy gave out Black man Isaiah Brown a ride home after his car broke down—only to return minutes later and open fire, shooting him ...
Alabama governor signs anti-trans measure

Alabama governor signs anti-trans measure

Continuing the thread of anti-transgender measures that almost two dozen states have considered or are considering, Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law April 23 that requires all Alabama athletes in K-12 public ...
Kansas, North Dakota governors veto anti-trans measures [UPDATE]

Kansas, North Dakota governors veto anti-trans measures [UPDATE]

Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, each vetoed anti-trans measures. ...
PASSAGES Retired Chicago Police Commander Nancy Y. Lipman dies

PASSAGES Retired Chicago Police Commander Nancy Y. Lipman dies

Retired Chicago Police Commander Nancy Y. Lipman died April 11 due to complications from ovarian cancer. She was 61. Lipman was born Jan. 21, 1960 in Chicago and graduated from Morgan Park High School. She also ...

  News

News

Study: Gender-affirming surgery improves mental health outcomes among transgender people

--From a press release

BOSTON, April 28, 2021—A new study published today in JAMA Surgery (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/article-abstract/2779429) found that gender-affirming surgery is associated with improved mental health ...
Yet another governor signs anti-trans bill

Yet another governor signs anti-trans bill

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges, The Seattle Times noted. Bills seeking to ban transgender girls from competing ...
Navy Pier to begin phased reopening April 30

Navy Pier to begin phased reopening April 30

Navy Pier will begin its phased reopening Friday, April 30, restoring public access to select outdoor spaces and attractions and cautiously resuming partial operations with public health and safety at the forefront. As part of this ...
SAIC hosts 'Debunking Conversion Therapy' virtual panel

SAIC hosts 'Debunking Conversion Therapy' virtual panel

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) hosted a virtual panel, "Debunking Conversion Therapy," on April 23 that focused on how people have been negatively impacted by conversion therapy, what the Bible says and ...
News

Chicago Sky announce 2021 preseason schedule

The Chicago Sky announced its 2021 preseason schedule April 27 in conjunction with the Indiana Fever. The Sky and Fever will play a two-game home and away set on May 9 and May 11. Neither game ...
CDC updates mask-wearing guidelines

CDC updates mask-wearing guidelines

On April 27, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on outdoor mask use for fully vaccinated Americans, CNN.com noted. Fully vaccinated people can now unmask at small outdoor gatherings, or ...
News

More than 400 major U.S. corporations register unprecedented support for Equality Act

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Business Coalition for the Equality Act (https://www.hrc.org/resources/business-coalition-for-equality) announced it has grown to include more than 400 major U.S. corporations (including dozens ...
New Center for Applied Transgender Studies responds to trans misinformation

New Center for Applied Transgender Studies responds to trans misinformation

Combatting bad information and promoting accurate education on transgender issues are the focuses at the Center for Applied Transgender Studies, which officially opened March 31. The independent, nonprofit, research organization ...
News

AMA to states: Stop interfering in health care of transgender children

--From a press release

CHICAGO — On April 26, the American Medical Association (AMA) urged governors to oppose state legislation that would prohibit medically necessary gender transition-related care minor patients, calling such efforts "a ...
News

National Black Justice Coalition on police shooting of Isaiah Brown

--From a press release

VIRGINIA — In reaction to the police shooting of Isaiah Brown, a Black gay man, who was shot by police 10 times after calling 911 for assistance and declaring he was unarmed, David Johns, executive director ...
WORLD Namibia ruling, U.S. embassies, Kenya refugee camp, trans teen

WORLD Namibia ruling, U.S. embassies, Kenya refugee camp, trans teen

Namibia's High Court ruled against a gay couple battling to obtain travel documents for their twin daughters, born to a surrogate in South Africa, after authorities refused to do so on the basis the infants were ...
Dozens of companies sign HRC's 'Business Statement on 
Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation'

Dozens of companies sign HRC's 'Business Statement on Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation'

As of April 25, more than 85 companies have signed the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC's) Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation, stating their clear opposition to harmful legislation aimed at restricting the access of LGBTQ ...
PASSAGES: AIDS activist, anti-imperalist organizer Tryfan Morys Eibhlyn Llwyd

PASSAGES: AIDS activist, anti-imperalist organizer Tryfan Morys Eibhlyn Llwyd

Longtime AIDS activist and anti-imperalist organizer Tryfan Morys Eibhlyn Llwyd (also known as Arawn Eibhlyn, and who uses the pronouns they/them/their) died March 3 in Louisville, Kentucky due to natural causes. They were 70. Llwyd was ...
NATIONAL 'Trans in the South,' N.C. ordinance, HIV lawsuits, Andrew Yang

NATIONAL 'Trans in the South,' N.C. ordinance, HIV lawsuits, Andrew Yang

The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) released the 2021 edition of Trans in the South: A Directory of Trans-Affirming Health & Legal Service Providers, a press release noted. Nearly 400 ...
Body of 19-year-old Chicago Black trans woman found in June 2020, identified April 2021

Body of 19-year-old Chicago Black trans woman found in June 2020, identified April 2021

On June 6, 2020, the body of an unidentified young Black trans person was found in an abandoned building at 7908 S Laflin in Chicago. https://twitter.com/KaylaraOwl/status/1292173435750277123 . Koko Nia Labeija was born 29 May 2001 in ...
Caitlyn Jenner declares gubernatorial run

Caitlyn Jenner declares gubernatorial run

Former Olympic champion, reality-TV star and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner is running to be governor of California, as a recall of the sitting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson moves forward. In a press release posted to Twitter, ...
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces online nominations

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces online nominations

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announced today that it has made its entire nomination process available online. Those wishing to nominate individuals, organizations, businesses, or "Friends of the Community, may now do so without having ...
COVID Center on Halsted holding testing clinic and issuing vaccines April 30-May 2 [UPDATE]

COVID Center on Halsted holding testing clinic and issuing vaccines April 30-May 2 [UPDATE]

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.—in partnership with Northshore Clinical Labs—will host a COVID testing clinic on its third floor on Friday, April 30-Sunday, May, 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The venue will also administer Moderna vaccines during ...
News

Trump-era LGBTQ housing discrimination reversed, Quigley praises HUD action

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) , a Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and ...
News

Senate passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, NMAC responds

--From a press release

April 22, 2021 - Following is a statement from NMAC Executive Director Paul Kawata on Senate passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. "NMAC applauds the Senate passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in an ...
HUD removes anti-trans Trump-era policy

HUD removes anti-trans Trump-era policy

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is withdrawing a Trump-era policy that would have allowed taxpayer-funded homeless shelters to deny access to transgender people, a Minneapolis Star-Tribune ...
'Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories' virtual talk on May 16

'Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories' virtual talk on May 16

On Sunday, May 16, at 11 a.m. CT, Women and Children First will host the virtual panel discussion "Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories" on its Crowdcast Channel. Centering on the release of Diana Souhami's new book No Modernism ...
News

Quigley, HUD Secretary talk importance of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, questioned Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge during a hearing held ...
News

Chicago Cultural Center historic interiors to be restored for June reopening

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the historic restoration of the landmark Chicago Cultural Center to reclaim two lost interiors decorated by the ...
Cook County State's Attorney to present panel on transgender women of color, safety

Cook County State's Attorney to present panel on transgender women of color, safety

The Cook County State's Attorney office will present a Transgender Women of Color Panel, a discussion about safety issues for transgender women of color, on April 27, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. central time. Panel members will ...

  Entertainment

'Drag Race' finalists GottMik, Rose to perform
in Chicago on May 28-30

'Drag Race' finalists GottMik, Rose to perform in Chicago on May 28-30

Voss Events announced that RuPaul's Drag Race finalists GottMik and Rose are joining the cast of the springtime edition of outdoor-concert series Drive 'N Drag Saves 2021. The tour stops by Chicago's Soldier Field on May ...
Queer health sciences art: U of Michigan students translate research through art

Queer health sciences art: U of Michigan students translate research through art

ANN ARBOR—Tanaka Chavanduka was inspired to reconsider his communication methods after a trip to a national conference on HIV in Washington, D.C. While there, he also visited the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of ...
Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars pre-party raises $3M

Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars pre-party raises $3M

The 29th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Pre-Party hosted by Emmy- and Tony-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris alongside Sir Elton John and David Furnish, raised $3 million for the global effort to end AIDS, ...
Exceptions the rule at 2021 Oscars

Exceptions the rule at 2021 Oscars

After a year that saw the motion picture industry upended by both the COVID-19 pandemic and an already shifting entertainment landscape, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pressed on with the 93rd Annual Oscars ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Then I heard about a thing called summer stock. I had done some plays, and I auditioned for this company in Coeur d'Alene, and I got in. And the first production was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And I think I ...
SHOWBIZ 'Joe Exotic' series, Luther Vandross, singer's announcement, star couples

SHOWBIZ 'Joe Exotic' series, Luther Vandross, singer's announcement, star couples

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's John Cameron Mitchell has been tapped to play the title character opposite Kate McKinnon in the series Joe Exotic (working title), Deadline reported. The limited series centers on Carole Baskin (McKinnon), ...
Netflix to debut limited series 'Halston' on May 14

Netflix to debut limited series 'Halston' on May 14

On what would have been legendary fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick's 89th birthday (on April 23), Netflix stated it was honoring the visionary icon by announcing the Friday, May 14, global premiere date for the five-episode ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Red Stars reveal 2021 NWSL schedule

--From a press release

The Chicago Red Stars announced today the club's National Women's Soccer League ...
Red Stars lose Challenge Cup finale

Red Stars lose Challenge Cup finale

Mallory Pugh scored her first goal in a Red Stars uniform and Morgan Gautrat added a stoppage-time goal as Chicago fell just short in a 3-2 loss against OL Reign in their Challenge Cup finale, a ...
Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate Pride Night April 27

Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate Pride Night April 27

--From a press release

The Chicago Blackhawks will celebrate Pride Night, in partnership with BMO Harris Bank, on Tuesday, April 27 when the team hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center. Pride Night brings the entire Blackhawks community ...
1970: The Police Murder of James Clay

1970: The Police Murder of James Clay

Excerpt from Chicago After Stonewall: Gay Lib to Gay Life

" … One month after Finnie's Ball, a Chicago Defender headline read, 'Female Impersonator killed by cop in W. Side street brawl.' The Chicago Sun-Times headline read, 'Man slain fleeing police in bizarre W. Side clash.' ...
SAVOR Cluck It/Cowch Burger/Oona

SAVOR Cluck It/Cowch Burger/Oona

A sign that things are slowly returning to some semblance of normal activity is when businesses expand. Such is the case with Cluck It/Cowch Burger (https://www.cluckitchicago.com/), which co-owners/spouses Cainan Edwards ...
Red Stars earn another tie

Red Stars earn another tie

The Chicago Red Stars welcomed their National Team players back into the starting lineup and Katie Johnson scored the equalizer late in the match as Chicago earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Kansas City ...





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