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Windy City Times 2021-05-19

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PASSAGES Lesbian-feminist musician, activist Alix Dobkin dies

PASSAGES Lesbian-feminist musician, activist Alix Dobkin dies

Lesbian singer-songwriter and feminist activist Alix Dobkin died May 19 due to complications from a brain aneurysm and stroke. She was 80. Dobkin—who was known by many as the Head Lesbian—was born Aug. 16, 1940 in ...
Gov. Pritzker aligns Illinois with CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people

Gov. Pritzker aligns Illinois with CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — Following guidance from the CDC that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing a mask and practicing social distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public ...
COVID: CDC says fully vaccinated people don't need to wear masks indoors

COVID: CDC says fully vaccinated people don't need to wear masks indoors

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under ...
Breaking News

Gov. Pritzker confirms Illinois will enter Bridge Phase of reopening May 14

--From a press release

CHICAGO —Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed today the entire state will move into the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan tomorrow, Friday, May 14. The Bridge ...

  News

News

Trans candidate Tyler Titus wins PA primary, would be first trans County Exec in U.S.

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Erie School Board President Tyler Titus (they/them) has won the Democratic primary for county executive in Erie County, Pennsylvania — declaring victory today at 4pm ET after a close election with three opponents. ...
The Amazon Trail Notes from a Homebody

The Amazon Trail Notes from a Homebody

's finally here. The end of total lockdown. Am I ready? Absolutely not. I like my burrow. I don't wanna play with others. We've fashioned a comfortable little routine. Week days, work. Evenings, spend time alone ...
MOVIES/TV Billy Porter reveals he's been HIV-positive for 14 years

MOVIES/TV Billy Porter reveals he's been HIV-positive for 14 years

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, award-winning actor/singer Billy Porter (TV's Pose) revealed he's been living with HIV for almost 15 years, NBC News noted. "This is what HIV-positive looks like now. I'm going to ...
News

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia observed May 17

--From May17.org

LGBTQI+ networks, individuals and allies from around the world took part in the 2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia again this year on May 17. The theme for this year's events was "Together: Resisting, ...
Family Acceptance Project has new Asian-language posters for families with LGBTQ kids

Family Acceptance Project has new Asian-language posters for families with LGBTQ kids

--From a press release

San Francisco, CA, May 19, 2021 …… In conjunction with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University is releasing a series of 8 new ...
News

Trevor Project releases 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — May 19, 2021 — The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people ...
Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood dies at 66

Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood dies at 66

Corinne Wood, the former Illinois lieutenant governor under Gov. George Ryan, died after a 15-year battle with breast cancer, CBS Chicago reported. She was 66. Wood served as the state's first female lieutenant governor from 1999 ...
News

U.S. State Dept. reverses citizenship policy involving children

The State Department will now grant U.S. citizenship to children born overseas to same-and opposite-sex U.S. couples through in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technology, ABC News reported. The new policy comes after the ...
President Biden releases statement on Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

President Biden releases statement on Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

--From a press release

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, May 17, 2021: Jill and I are proud to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — the anniversary ...
LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance reports on discrimination and homeowners

LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance reports on discrimination and homeowners

--From a press release

St. Paul, Minn. (May 18, 2021) — The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance has unveiled its first major report, "How Discrimination Affects the LGBTQ+ Community on the Journey to Homeownership and Beyond." The 46-page paper utilizes research, ...
Women and Children First hosts 'Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories' virtual panel

Women and Children First hosts 'Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories' virtual panel

To celebrate the release of Diana Souhami's book No Modernism Without Lesbians, Women and Children First hosted a "Documenting LGBTQ+ Histories" virtual panel May 16. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives volunteer ...
News

AG Letitia James leads support of HHS effort to undo Trump era health care rule

--From a press release

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James today continued her fight to protect the health care and reproductive rights of patients across New York and the rest of the nation. Attorney General James today ...
News

NBJC and Out in Tech kick off Pride with launch of Lavender Book app

--From a press release

As Pride Month approaches, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and Out in Tech are launching Lavender Book, a web based app dedicated to finding safe and inclusive spaces for members of the Queer BIPOC community ...
NCAA violates own anti-bias policy for championship host sites, HRC reacts

NCAA violates own anti-bias policy for championship host sites, HRC reacts

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Associated Press reported that the NCAA has named schools in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee as championship host sites for upcoming regional softball tournaments in spite of the fact that all three ...
Windy City Times' first cover available as NFT

Windy City Times' first cover available as NFT

The first cover of the Chicago LGBTQ newspaper Windy City Times is being made available as the company's first NFT, or non-fungible token. NFTs have recently been successfully tested by various artists and media companies, including ...
Illinois Court Help launches in response to pandemic

Illinois Court Help launches in response to pandemic

Illinois Court Help launched May 17 to help connect people to the resources and information they need to go to court in Illinois. It is the first personalized court information service offered by the Illinois Courts ...
NATIONAL Conversion therapy, AIDS event, COVID measure, gay Republican, UNO

NATIONAL Conversion therapy, AIDS event, COVID measure, gay Republican, UNO

In Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted unanimously to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors, LEX18.com reported. The vote made Lexington the third city in Kentucky, along with Louisville and Covington, to ban the controversial ...
WORLD: Toronto schools, shocking death, trans women sentenced, Elton John

WORLD: Toronto schools, shocking death, trans women sentenced, Elton John

The Toronto Catholic District School Board plans to celebrate Pride Month every June, starting this year, CBC.ca reported. The board's trustees voted in favor of flying rainbow flags outside its office and all of its schools ...
Don Lemon announces end of 'CNN Tonight' [UPDATE]

Don Lemon announces end of 'CNN Tonight' [UPDATE]

CNN host Don Lemon insisted he is not leaving the network after claiming on his show on May 14 that "changes are coming," according to Newsweek. In part, he said, "It's been really, really great. This ...
Tennessee governor signs anti-trans 'bathroom bill'

Tennessee governor signs anti-trans 'bathroom bill'

On May 14, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed House Bill 1233 (Senate Bill 1367)—an anti-transgender "bathroom bill"—into law, The Advocate reported. The statute will deny trans students and staff in ...
U.S. House GOPs select Stefanik to succeed Cheney

U.S. House GOPs select Stefanik to succeed Cheney

On May 14, House Republicans voted to elevate Rep. Elise Stefanik to the number-three leadership position of conference chair, CNN.com reported. The development happened after the party, on May 12, ousted U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from ...
News

Quigley advocates for trans immigrants during ICE hearing

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, questioned Acting Director of Immigration ...
News

Mayor Lightfoot expands vaccine exemption with Bridge Phase May 14

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot along with CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., and BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareño announced a full expansion of the Vaccine Exemption when Chicago enters the Bridge Phase of reopening tomorrow, ...
Federal judge hears incarcerated trans woman's motion

Federal judge hears incarcerated trans woman's motion

On May 12, a federal judge heard an emergency motion in a case charging the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) with violating the constitutional rights of Ashley Diamond—a Black transgender woman currently incarcerated in a men's ...
News

Biden to nominate Lhamon to lead the DoE's Office for Civil Rights

President Joe Biden plans to nominate Catherine Lhamon to lead the Department of Education's (DoE's) Office for Civil Rights, NBC News reported. If confirmed, Lhamon would have a highly visible role in determining how the federal ...
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia to take place May 17

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia to take place May 17

--From a press release

LGBTQI+ networks, individuals and allies from around the world will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia again this year on Monday, May 17. The theme for this year's events, known also as ...

  Entertainment

MUSIC Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion in Lollapalooza line-up

MUSIC Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion in Lollapalooza line-up

On May 19, Lollapalooza organizers unveiled the line-up for its festival, taking place July 29-Aug. 1 in Chicago's Grant Park. Some of the big names include Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, Miley Cyrus, Steve Aoki, Post ...
MUSIC Riot Fest returning to Chicago on Sept. 17-19

MUSIC Riot Fest returning to Chicago on Sept. 17-19

Riot Fest is returning to Chicago, taking place Sept. 17-19 in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Among the acts in this year's line-up are Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Big Freedia, Faith No More, ...
Steppenwolf announces The Loft, youth art competition

Steppenwolf announces The Loft, youth art competition

--From a press release

CHICAGO (May 19, 2021)—Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation's premier ensemble theater company, is excited to announce initial programming details for The Loft, its first-ever dedicated education space that encompasses the ...
Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary in podcast

Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary in podcast

On the first episode of her podcast, "4D with Demi Lovato," the singer comes out as non-binary and explores this new journey through their conversation with gender non-conforming writer, performer and public speaker Alok Vaid-Menon. During ...
Next OUTspoken event taking place June 1

Next OUTspoken event taking place June 1

OUTspoken will provide four tales of fun and fortune from an LGBTQ+ perspective on Tuesday, June 1, starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This program is free. Interested parties can go to Facebook, log on to ...
MUSIC Lightfoot, Arwady officially announce return of Lollapalooza

MUSIC Lightfoot, Arwady officially announce return of Lollapalooza

On May 18, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady and Lollapalooza organizers announced that the festival will return to Grant Park at full capacity July 29-Aug. 1. The lineup will ...
Loving: The Exhibition, A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s

Loving: The Exhibition, A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s

--From a press release

Hogarth Worldwide (https://www.hogarthww.com), world leader in creative production, will host the inaugural exhibition for LOVING. A Photographic History of Men in Love in their 30,000 square foot facility in midtown ...
COMEDY Bianca Del Rio announces 'Unsanitized' comedy tour

COMEDY Bianca Del Rio announces 'Unsanitized' comedy tour

Comedy queen and RuPaul's Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio announced her "Unsanitized" comedy tour, which will hit 26 cities this fall. Among the stops will be the Chicago venue The Vic, on Oct. 10. Del ...
MUSIC Pitchfork returning to Chicago Sept. 10-12

MUSIC Pitchfork returning to Chicago Sept. 10-12

The Pitchfork Music Festival will return to Chicago's Union Park on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12. The festival's organizers announced the full 2021 lineup, including headliners Erykah Badu, St. Vincent and Phoebe Bridgers. Some of the other acts ...
Billy Masters on Lil Nas X, masks and more

Billy Masters on Lil Nas X, masks and more

"At first I felt a sense of responsibility. But now I kind of just don't care. It's not my job. Of course I want to spread good ideals, but I'm not nobody's parents. At the end of the day, I'm just ...
SHOWBIZ Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Miley Cyrus, 'Halston' series, Pink

SHOWBIZ Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Miley Cyrus, 'Halston' series, Pink

Tony winners Ben Platt (Aug. 13) and Cynthia Erivo (Aug. 20) are among the musicians slated to perform during the 2021 Citi Music Series on the Today show, Playbill noted. The series will include in-person concerts ...
BOOKS Lesbian author Amanda Kabak to release hate-crime novel July 20

BOOKS Lesbian author Amanda Kabak to release hate-crime novel July 20

Lesbian author Amanda Kabak—a Chicago native who now resides in Lakeland, Florida—is releasing the novel Upended on July 20. In Upended, Maddie, a driven entrepreneur, finds her world thrown into disarray when she survives a hate ...
Lollapalooza expected to return July 29-Aug. 1

Lollapalooza expected to return July 29-Aug. 1

The Lollapalooza Festival will return to Chicago with a four-day event at its usual place and date range — Grant Park, July 29-Aug. 1—according to Variety. The City of Chicago gave the event the green light ...
Entertainment

Black Lives, Black Words Int'l Project, Writers Theatre to premier Ride Share

--From a press release

Glencoe, IL— Black Lives, Black Words co-founders Reginald Edmund and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway and Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Ride Share, a new ...
FILM NewFest announces summer film series NewFest Pride

FILM NewFest announces summer film series NewFest Pride

NewFest, New York's leading LGBTQ+ film and media organization, announced programming for NewFest Pride, a new summer film series taking place this year from June 4-7. All film screenings and events will be available virtually to ...
FILM Tello Films founder starts new production entity

FILM Tello Films founder starts new production entity

Veteran filmmaker Christin Baker, who launched the successful LGBTQ+, SVOD platform, Tello Films, in 2009—the first network dedicated to telling stories featuring and about lesbian/queer women—announced the launch of a ...

  Outlines

SPORTS Chicago Red Stars drop season opener 5-0

SPORTS Chicago Red Stars drop season opener 5-0

One week after winning the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) Challenge Cup, the Portland Thorns (1-0) routed the Chicago Red Stars (0-1) 5-0 at Portland's Providence Park on May 16 ...
SPORTS Chicago Sky win season opener

SPORTS Chicago Sky win season opener

In the WNBA, the Chicago Sky won their season opener by defeating the Washington Mystics 70-56 in Washington, D.C., on May 15. The Mystics' 56 points tied for the third-lowest for any opponent of the Sky ...
Former Chicago Blackhawk files sexual-assault suit against team

Former Chicago Blackhawk files sexual-assault suit against team

Attorney Susan E. Loggins—who represents a former Chicago Blackhawks player in a sexual-assault lawsuit against the team—told the Chicago Tribune that she intends to call a former teammate as a witness in the case. Loggins also ...
SPORTS Patrick McEnroe on his podcast, out athletes and Serena

SPORTS Patrick McEnroe on his podcast, out athletes and Serena

When it comes to tennis, ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe certainly knows his way around the court. The younger brother of Hall of Famer John McEnroe, Patrick carved his own path in the sport, as a player ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky waive several players

--From a press release

CHICAGO (May 13, 2021) - The Chicago Sky waived Brittany Boyd-Jones, Alexis Prince, Lexie Brown, Kobi Thornton and Natasha Mack, the team announced today. Each of these moves comes ahead of the league-mandated deadline to cut ...





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