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CMSA files lawsuit against ex-treasurer, alleging fraud and misappropriation

CMSA files lawsuit against ex-treasurer, alleging fraud and misappropriation

The LGBTQA local organization known as the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) filed a five-count lawsuit May 4 in the Circuit Court of Cook County seeking damages and restitution from the former board treasurer Michael O. ...
COVID Report: Herd immunity unlikely to happen anytime soon

COVID Report: Herd immunity unlikely to happen anytime soon

Public health experts and scientists do not believe herd immunity is attainable in the near future because of proliferating COVID-19 variants and decreasing COVID-19 vaccination rates, according to a Politico item that cites a New York ...
Actress Olympia Dukakis dies at 89

Actress Olympia Dukakis dies at 89

Olympia Dukakis—who won an Oscar for her supporting role in the 1987 hit Moonstruck and starred in Look Who's Talking and Mr. Holland's Opus as well as iterations of TV's Tales of the City—died May 1 at her home in New York City ...
Former, current Chicago aldermen facing multiple charges

Former, current Chicago aldermen facing multiple charges

On April 29, former 22nd Ward Ald. Ricardo Munoz was indicted on federal charges alleging he spent cash from a political fund he controlled on sports tickets, travel, meals and other personal expenses, The Chicago Tribune ...

  News

Chicago Auto Show to return to McCormick Place in July

Chicago Auto Show to return to McCormick Place in July

On May 4, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined elected officials, tourism backers and labor leaders to announce the return of the annual Chicago Auto Show. The event—the nation's largest and ...
Northalsted plans to hold Market Days Aug. 6-8

Northalsted plans to hold Market Days Aug. 6-8

The Northalsted Business Alliance plans to host Market Days August 6-8, adding a Friday night edition, the first in its 38-year history. As vaccinations increase and Illinois begins planning for stage 5 reopening, organizers of the ...
News

National Black Justice Coalition honors the life of Monica Roberts

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates the life and accomplishments of Monica Roberts, a revered transgender journalist, activist, and founder of the award-winning publication TransGriot. ...
News

One-third of LGBTQ college students had housing disruption during COVID-19 pandemic

--From a press release

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation's largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the educational opportunities, financial ...
Chicago Public Schools CEO stepping down

Chicago Public Schools CEO stepping down

On May 4, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson announced that she's leaving her post at the end of June, CBS 2 Chicago reported. She confirmed her departure in a message to the CPS staff, ...
Registrations now open for 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2021

Registrations now open for 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2021

--From a press release

Now in its 30th year, the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns October 2 to help create equity and justice as well as raise awareness and funds for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to ...
BOOKS
Lambda Literary Awards to take place June 1

BOOKS Lambda Literary Awards to take place June 1

The 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards—which celebrates LGBTQ+ books and authors—will take place Tuesday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. Typically held in person in New York City, this year's Lammys will be presented virtually for the first ...
POLITICS
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos to step down

POLITICS U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos to step down

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) announced she would retire from Congress after this term, Politico reported. Bustos had stepped down from leading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after shepherding the ...
WORLD Caribbean group, hate crime, 'Queen of the Pacific,' volcano wedding

WORLD Caribbean group, hate crime, 'Queen of the Pacific,' volcano wedding

A Caribbean advocacy group launched a fund to help LGBTQ people who have been impacted by the eruption of a volcano on the island of St. Vincent, The Washington Blade reported. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for ...
NATIONAL Black trans candidate, travel case, trans death, CEO fired

NATIONAL Black trans candidate, travel case, trans death, CEO fired

RuPaul's Drag Race alum Honey Mahogany—who currently holds a vice-chair seat in her local County Central Committee—announced that she will be seeking the role of chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party when current Party Chair ...
Coalition of aldermen announces Chicago City Council's Democratic Socialist Caucus

Coalition of aldermen announces Chicago City Council's Democratic Socialist Caucus

Chicago, Illinois (May 1, 2021) — Today, five aldermen announced the formal creation of the Democratic Socialist Caucus of the Chicago City Council. The founding members of the caucus - Aldermen Daniel La Spata (1), Jeanette ...
News

Warrant issued for Joliet teacher accused of inappropriate communication with teen boy [UPDATE]

Joliet police issued an arrest warrant for a former Catholic school teacher accused of inappropriately communicating with a teenage boy, a. Fox32Chicago.com item reported. Jeremy M. Hylka is facing charges of traveling to meet a child ...
News

Victory Institute launches LGBTQ political history website

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Institute — the only organization dedicated to identifying and supporting LGBTQ public leaders — released its new website "Pride & Progress: A history of LGBTQ political power in the United ...
Pat Parker GCLS 2021 Trailblazer Award recipient

Pat Parker GCLS 2021 Trailblazer Award recipient

--From a press release

Pat Parker, a poet, activist, and artist will receive the Golden Crown Literary Society's 2021 Trailblazer Award. Parker shaped the civil rights, women's rights, and gay rights movements of the late '60s and '70s in the ...
News

NIH to invest $29 million to address COVID-19 disparities

--From a press release

To bolster research to help communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the National Institutes of Health is funding $29 million in additional grants for the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against ...
News

Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Military Appreciation Night May 1

--From a press release

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, in partnership with USO Illinois and Boeing, will kick off May's National Military Appreciation Month with the team's Military Appreciation Night game on Saturday, May 1 as the ...
Starting May 3, ceremonies in Cook County's downtown Marriage Court can be performed by Zoom

Starting May 3, ceremonies in Cook County's downtown Marriage Court can be performed by Zoom

CHICAGO (April 30) — Marriage and civil union ceremonies at Cook County's downtown Marriage and Civil Union Court (Marriage Court) may be performed via Zoom videoconference, as well as in person, starting next week, according to ...
News

Advocates join to strengthen bill on K-12 health, safety education

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Advocates for the Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children's Health Act (REACH Act), led by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) and Equality Illinois (EI), worked with the ...
News

United Center to welcome fans back for Blackhawks, Bulls games as of May 7

--From a press release

The United Center received permission from city and state government officials to welcome fans back to the arena for Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls home games beginning May 7, 2021. The teams will each host fans ...
News

LGBTQ appointments in 100 days of Biden/Harris administration off to a historic start

--From a press release

Washington, DC — One-hundred days into his presidency, President Joe Biden has appointed at least 200 known LGBTQ appointees to his administration, exponentially more than any other president at this point in their administration. Among them ...
News

Mayor Lightfoot announces launch of Open Chicago

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the launch of Open Chicago, the latest initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. Open Chicago's initial programming will feature activated, re-imagined, and pop-up spaces for Chicago ...
New report examines bans on medical care for trans youth

New report examines bans on medical care for trans youth

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a new policy spotlight report, "Efforts to Ban Health Care for Transgender Youth." In 2021 alone, legislatures in 22 states have introduced bills to ban best practice medical care for ...
News

HRC celebrates advancements in LGBTQ rights over Pres. Biden's first 100 days

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today marks the 100th day of President Joseph R. Biden's presidency. In response, Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign, released the following statement celebrating the many steps the Biden Administration has ...
News

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund reacts to joint address by President Biden

Statement from Kierra Johnson, ED, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: "Tonight, the President laid out a broad agenda that would improve the lives of diverse LGBTQ people in this country in so many ways, from ...

  Entertainment

DePaul Art Museum to reopen May 14

DePaul Art Museum to reopen May 14

With COVID-19 safety precautions in place, DePaul Art Museum will reopen to in-person viewing Friday, May 14. A pair of exhibitions—"LatinXAmerican" and "Claudia Peña Salinas: Quetzalli"—will be on display through ...
Heather Headley to headline Goodman Theatre's May 22 virtual gala

Heather Headley to headline Goodman Theatre's May 22 virtual gala

Goodman Theatre announced that Tony-winning Broadway actor and Grammy Award-winning singer Heather Headley will headline the company's "Together Center Stage" virtual 2021 gala fundraiser. "Together Center Stage" is slated to stream Saturday, May 22, ...
DANCE Hubbard Street's 'Half of Us' debuting May 20

DANCE Hubbard Street's 'Half of Us' debuting May 20

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's (HSDC) 43rd season will be completed with the virtual world premiere of new work by choreographer/director Robyn Mineko Williams entitled "Half of Us," on Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. The 16-minute ...
Jeannie Tanner show at City Winery on May 20

Jeannie Tanner show at City Winery on May 20

On Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m., City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., will host the first in-person performance of "3 Martini Jeannie." Throughout the pandemic, every Friday at 5 p.m., Tanner celebrated the close ...
Vintage House show honoring Chicago House Music with DJ Lori Branch May 5

Vintage House show honoring Chicago House Music with DJ Lori Branch May 5

--From a press release

Chicago, IL. May 3, 2021. Paving the way for every DJ behind her, DJ Lori Branch is continuously receiving flowers for her talents and dedication to music. Currently, through May, Spotify (spotify.com/chicago) billboards highlighting Chicago music ...
1971: The Chicago Daughters of Bilitis

1971: The Chicago Daughters of Bilitis

Excerpt from Chicago After Stonewall: Gay Lib to Gay Life

An excerpt from Chicago After Stonewall: Gay Lib to Gay Life, a new book by St Sukie de la Croix. You can buy the book from Amazon.com, all good bookstores, and for a signed copy, rattlinggoodyarns.com ...
THEATER Artistic Director Anna Shapiro leaving Steppenwolf post

THEATER Artistic Director Anna Shapiro leaving Steppenwolf post

Anna D. Shapiro—the artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 2015—will leave her post when her contract expires in August. Over the last several months, Shapiro has been working ...
SHOWBIZ 'Master of None,' children's book, Kristen Stewart, expectant couple

SHOWBIZ 'Master of None,' children's book, Kristen Stewart, expectant couple

Master of None is coming back—but this time, the series will focus on Lena Waithe's character, Denise, out.com noted. Master of None, created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for Netflix, starred Ansari for the first ...
Mackenzie Lansing lands juicy role on 'Mare of Easttown'

Mackenzie Lansing lands juicy role on 'Mare of Easttown'

Mackenzie Lansing is an out and proud performer who is currently on the rise. She's part of the cast a brand-new HBO televisions series called Mare of Easttown. Lansing grew up between Villebon-sur-Yvette, a small town ...
Windy City Smokeout to return July 8-11

Windy City Smokeout to return July 8-11

The outdoor country-music/BBQ festival Windy City Smokeout will return to Chicago on July 8-11 outside the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. Hosted by BBQ joint Bub City and the venue Joe's Bar, the event will ...
VIRTUAL CINEMA MeToo drama 'Slalom' airing at Siskel starting May 7

VIRTUAL CINEMA MeToo drama 'Slalom' airing at Siskel starting May 7

The Cannes-selected #MeToo drama Slalom—the debut from filmmaker Charlène Favier—will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Virtual Cinema starting Friday, May 7. The French movie is also currently playing ...

  Outlines

Jonathan Ned Katz talks new book, LGBTQ history, state of the world

Jonathan Ned Katz talks new book, LGBTQ history, state of the world

Author, historian and activist Jonathan Ned Katz will come out with a new book, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, on May 18. The biography is centered on the life of Adams, a Jewish lesbian immigrant, and also ...
Outlines

Chicago Red Stars announce expanded ownership group

--From a press release

HICAGO (May 4, 2021) — The Chicago Red Stars are thrilled to announce the second group of individuals who have joined the team's groundbreaking ownership group. All are dedicated to supporting and growing the Red Stars ...
Five Worth Finding: Skydeck, a great Italian dinner and more

Five Worth Finding: Skydeck, a great Italian dinner and more

—Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower (TheSkydeck.com): The famed Skydeck Chicago, 103 stories up at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) has reopened—complete with the ledges (that separate people from the city ...
Chicago restaurants receive Michelin stars

Chicago restaurants receive Michelin stars

Local restaurants, old and new, received Michelin stars April 29, according to a Chicago Tribune article. The Michelin Guide's annual ratings play a significant role in anointing restaurant industry royalty ...
Pride in the Park' on June 26-27

Pride in the Park' on June 26-27

There will be at least one big LGBTQ+ event in Chicago this summer. Pride in the Park is slated to take place June 26-27 in Grant Park. It will be 2-10 p.m. on June 26, and 3-10 p.m. the following day. ...





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