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Windy City Times 2021-05-12

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Controversial NU athletic director resigns [UPDATE]

Controversial NU athletic director resigns [UPDATE]

Mike Polisky stepped down May 12 from his newly appointed role as Northwestern University athletic director as criticism continued to mount against his hiring, The Chicago Tribune reported. ...
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to end after 19 seasons

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to end after 19 seasons

After a rocky season, following a toxic workplace environment controversy and amid declining ratings, Ellen DeGeneres is ending her daytime talk show, Deadline reported. DeGeneres' current contract takes The Ellen ...
GOP ousts Liz Cheney from leadership role

GOP ousts Liz Cheney from leadership role

On May 12, U.S. House Republicans voted quickly to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as their number-three leader over her repeated criticism of Donald Trump—a massive shakeup that ties the party tighter to Trump and threatens ...
CMSA continues embezzlement investigation

CMSA continues embezzlement investigation

Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) officials are still trying to determine the circumstances under which its former treasurer allegedly took thousands of dollars from the organization. CMSA announced May 4 ...
Breaking News

HHS: Prohibition on sex discrimination includes sexual orientation, gender identity

--From a press release

Washington D.C. — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX's prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) ...
Pride Parade coordinator provides latest on the 'likely scenario' for event

Pride Parade coordinator provides latest on the 'likely scenario' for event

Tim Frye, the coordinator of the 2021 Pride Parade, told Windy City Times that the assessment of this year's event has not changed over the last few weeks. The official statement/assessment at this point is: "We ...
COVID Illinois to partially relax restrictions May 14, may fully reopen June 11

COVID Illinois to partially relax restrictions May 14, may fully reopen June 11

On May 6, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced the entire state will move into the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan beginning Friday, May 14. The Bridge Phase will allow for expanded capacity limits ...

  News

LGBQ people six times more likely than general public to be stopped by police

LGBQ people six times more likely than general public to be stopped by police

--From a Williams Institute press release

Nearly one in four LGBQ people say they are unlikely to call police in the future A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds more LGBQ adults than people in the general United States population have ...
UK to ban conversion therapy

UK to ban conversion therapy

Britain will move to ban conversion therapy and provide more support to those in the LGBT community who have undergone the treatment, as part of its post-pandemic government agenda, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government ...
News

Gov. Pritzker announces $1B in Rebuild Illinois grants for Local infrastructure projects

--From a press release

CHAMPAIGN — As summer construction season ramps up, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced the fourth round of $250 million in Rebuild Illinois funded grants is available to advance municipal, ...
Stephanie Battaglino, New York Life's first transgender officer, releases memoir

Stephanie Battaglino, New York Life's first transgender officer, releases memoir

--From a press release

May 11, 2021… Educator and motivational speaker Stephanie Battaglino today officially released her memoir, Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America, from L'Oste Vineyard Press. After many years ...
News

Unprecedented 18 anti-LGBTQ bills enacted in 2021

--From a Human Rights Campaign press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ measures sweeping through state legislatures across the country, 2021 has officially surpassed 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in ...
News

Wisdom Awards celebrates accomplishments of Black LGBTQ+ women elders

--From a press release

On Sunday, May 16, at 12 p.m. (ET), the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and AARP will host the virtual Black Women Legendary Elders Wisdom Awards ceremony and virtual tea party in commemoration of National LGBTQ+ ...
Gerber/Hart holding large book sale/exhibit viewing June 6

Gerber/Hart holding large book sale/exhibit viewing June 6

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., is holding a one-day book sale is returning on Sunday, June 6, 12-4 p.m., in the library reading room. Extra tables will be set up to significantly increase ...
Evangelical Lutherans select first transgender bishop

Evangelical Lutherans select first transgender bishop

The Evangelical Lutheran Church elected its first openly transgender bishop on May 8, The Hill reported. The Rev. Megan Rohrer, who uses the pronouns they/them, was elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Sierra ...
News

Biden administration restores anti-bias protections, groups comment

--From a press release

The following statement is from Susan R. Bailey, M.D., President, American Medical Association "The Biden administration did the right thing by terminating a short-lived effort to allow discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation when seeking ...
News

Gov. Pritzker plans vaccination of workers in commercial buildings as companies open

--From a press release

Chicago — To further expand convenient opportunities for Illinoisans to get vaccinated, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new program today that offers building workers and returning office staff a chance to get their shot at work. ...
News

GLAAD issues inaugural Social Media Safety Index

--From a press release

New York, NY - May 10, 2021 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its inaugural Social Media Safety Index (SMSI), a 50-page ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"My friends are leaving California. My hangar, the guy right across, he was packing up his hangar and I said, 'Where are you going?' And he says, 'I'm moving to Sedona, Arizona. I can't take it ...
WORLD Parenting news, Tonga activist, pension fight, drag personality

WORLD Parenting news, Tonga activist, pension fight, drag personality

A Croatian court has ruled that same-sex partners can now adopt children, backing a same-sex couple in their five-year fight for the right to family life, Openly News reported. On April 21, Zagreb's Administrative Court ruled ...
NATIONAL Military bill, LGBTQ teen, trans deaths, Pride items, children's book

NATIONAL Military bill, LGBTQ teen, trans deaths, Pride items, children's book

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that directs the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in the Garden State to assist former Armed Forces service members who were denied an honorable discharge due to ...
News

Simmons, family advocates argue for $600-per-child state tax credit before Senate committee

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — Speaking alongside other advocates for Illinois children and families, Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) argued the necessity of his plan to institute a $600-per-child income tax credit at the state level before the ...
Refugee Coalition of East Africa calls for attention to anti-queer violence

Refugee Coalition of East Africa calls for attention to anti-queer violence

--From a press release

On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be observed worldwide, followed by many celebrations of Pride in the month of June. We at the Refugee Coalition of East Africa will raise ...
Dining Out for Life taking place May 16-22

Dining Out for Life taking place May 16-22

The annual event Dining Out for Life will take place May 16-22 throughout Chicago and Evanston. Participants dine in, order takeout/delivery or purchase gift cards from their favorite restaurants and donate directly to TPAN to support ...
NU faculty 'alarmed' by hiring of new athletic director

NU faculty 'alarmed' by hiring of new athletic director

Northwestern University has hired Mike Polisky as its newest athletic director—a move considered controversial by the school's alumni and campus leaders, The Chicago Tribune reported. According to the school's website ...
News

Utah Supreme Court upholds transgender rights

--From a press release

Salt Lake City — On Thursday, May 6, the Utah Supreme Court ruled today In Re Gray and Rice (20170046) 2021 UT 13, and confirmed the right of transgender Utahns to change the name and gender ...
News

The National Black Justice Coalition mourns death of Mikayla Miller

--From a press release

MASSACHUSETTS — The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Mikayla Miller, a Black 16-year-old girl and member of the LGBTQ+ community. Miller was found dead on April 18th in Hopkinton, Massachusetts one day ...
ART Terra Foundation awards $2.5M for permanent collection projects

ART Terra Foundation awards $2.5M for permanent collection projects

The Terra Foundation for American Art announced the awarding of nearly $2.5 million in grants to 35 arts and cultural organizations throughout the country. These grants support projects through the foundation's new two-year exhibition grant initiative ...

  Entertainment

Accidental Shakespeare Company presents virtual Romeo and Juliet

Accidental Shakespeare Company presents virtual Romeo and Juliet

--From a press release

Accidental Shakespeare Company presents a virtual film production of Romeo and Juliet, to air in five weekly installments on their YouTube channel, free of charge, beginning on May 15, 2021. Links to each episode will be ...
Ann Hampton Callaway releases 'Revelation'

Ann Hampton Callaway releases 'Revelation'

--From a press release

The latest in a string of singles, Ann Hampton Callaway, releases "Revelation", a song she composed to a Robert Frost poem which she kept in her jeans pocket when she was a teenager. Callaway wrote the ...
Tina Turner, The Go-Go's among 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Tina Turner, The Go-Go's among 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame revealed its 2021 inductees, calling this class "the most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization." In the Performer category, inductees include The Go-Go's, Tina Turner, ...
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to end after 19 seasons

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to end after 19 seasons

After a rocky season, following a toxic workplace environment controversy and amid declining ratings, Ellen DeGeneres is ending her daytime talk show, Deadline reported. DeGeneres' current contract takes The Ellen ...
DANCE Joffrey Ballet expands to South Loop

DANCE Joffrey Ballet expands to South Loop

The Joffrey Ballet announced the establishment of new studio space and training facilities at 1920 S.Wabash Ave. (formerly the Chicago Dance Academy studios)—expanding the Joffrey's reach to the South Loop and beyond, and marking a major ...
TELEVISION Jasmine Davis returns to 'The Chi'

TELEVISION Jasmine Davis returns to 'The Chi'

Actress Jasmine Davis has a past history with Chicago, Illinois that continues into the future. Growing up in the Windy City has certainly paid off for the transgender performer throughout her career. After attending Kenwood High ...
Dance for Life to take place in person (and for free) Aug. 26

Dance for Life to take place in person (and for free) Aug. 26

Chicago Dancers United (CDU)—which supports the health and wellness of Chicago's professional dance community—announced that its primary annual fundraiser, Dance for Life, will take place live and in person Thursday ...
Jody Watley: Conversation with an icon

Jody Watley: Conversation with an icon

Singer Jody Watley has been many things during her illustrious career, including an activist, fashion plate—but, most certainly, a musician. Among her many achievements in that latter area are a Grammy win; a Lifetime Achievement Award ...
SHOWBIZ Tig Notaro, films, E. Lynn Harris, Nick Jonas

SHOWBIZ Tig Notaro, films, E. Lynn Harris, Nick Jonas

Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Tig Notaro (HBO's Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted), will return to HBO this summer with the first-ever fully animated stand-up special, HBO announced. The special ...
Citadel Theatre to return in fall with a four-show 2021-22 season

Citadel Theatre to return in fall with a four-show 2021-22 season

--From a press release

LAKE FOREST, IL - Citadel Theatre Company will return to live, in-person, indoor performances in September with a season of four productions — three plays plus the company's traditional holiday musical - according to Artistic Director ...
ART 'Frida Kahlo: Timeless' June 5-Sept. 6 in Glen Ellyn

ART 'Frida Kahlo: Timeless' June 5-Sept. 6 in Glen Ellyn

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage (COD) will host "Frida Kahlo: Timeless" June 5-Sept. 6 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Featuring 26 original works on ...
Ravinia Festival announces 2021 summer programming

Ravinia Festival announces 2021 summer programming

--From a press release

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — The Ravinia Festival, under the direction of its new President and CEO Jeffrey P. Haydon, announced the concert schedule for 2021 today, celebrating the reopening of the park for the first time ...
Cast announced for May 18 virtual reading of JEFFREY

Cast announced for May 18 virtual reading of JEFFREY

--From a press release

CHICAGO — PrideArts today announced the full cast for its upcoming reading of Paul Rudnick's comedy JEFFREY. David Belew, founder and former artistic director of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, will direct a cast that will include ...
Mayor Lightfoot, DCASE announce Chicago summer events

Mayor Lightfoot, DCASE announce Chicago summer events

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago's cultural community today announced "Open Culture" — the next phase of ...
Art on theMART to project Obamas, Frida Kahlo

Art on theMART to project Obamas, Frida Kahlo

In partnership with Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Art on theMART today announced two major new additions to its summer program: The Obama Portraits (debuting June 17) and Frida Kahlo (starting July 5). ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Sky announce TV broadcast schedule for 2021

--From a press release

CHICAGO (May 10, 2021) - The Chicago Sky announced the team's broadcast schedule for the 2021 WNBA season today. Sky fans will be able to watch regular season games on The U, WMEU 48.1/WCIU 26.2 and ...
SAVOR Takito Street

SAVOR Takito Street

Takito Street (2423 N. Lincoln Ave.; http://takitostreet.com/) is the third in the Takito line of restaurants (along with Takito Kitchen and Bar Takito)—a string of restaurants offering playful vibes, fresh ...
Essential tips for your COVID-free travel

Essential tips for your COVID-free travel

COVID-19 will make travel a bit more complicated this summer. Going to Europe? Taking a cruise? Visiting Hawaii, San Juan or St. Lucia? Or maybe you are planning a road trip? The rules for traveling responsibly ...
Chicago Red Stars announce schedule

Chicago Red Stars announce schedule

--From a press release

Chicago, Ill. (May 7, 2021) — The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2021 regular season. The Chicago Red Stars will play live on Twitch, Paramount+, and CBS Sports ...





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