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Mayor Lightfoot helps break ground at AIDS Garden Chicago

Mayor Lightfoot helps break ground at AIDS Garden Chicago

On June 2, various local officials, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, helped break ground at the AIDS Garden Chicago—the city's first public park to memorialize the early days of Chicago's HIV epidemic, and to honor those ...
Breaking News

Contradicting Vatican, U.S. Catholics to bless LGBTQ+ people at start of Pride month

--From a press release

In response to the Vatican's March statement that blessings for same-sex couples are not possible under Church teaching, hundreds of Catholics across the U.S. have signed up to participate in an online blessing service to mark ...
Breaking News

Wisconsin Governor blocks use of federal money for conversion therapy for minors

--From a press release

MADISON, WI — Today, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of ...
White Party organizer Jeffrey Sanker dies

White Party organizer Jeffrey Sanker dies

Gay circuit-party impresario Jeffrey Sanker—owner of the Los Angeles-based White Party Entertainment company—died May 28 after a long battle with liver cancer, the Los Angeles Blade reported. The Blade said ...
Breaking News

LGBTQ advocates celebrate passage of Illinois marriage certificate name change legislation

--From a press release

LGBTQ advocates are celebrating passage of state legislation that will provide certainty for individuals requesting that their Illinois marriage certificates reflect a legal name change. HB 2590 is an initiative of Equality Illinois and Chicago House ...
Lightfoot announces May 28 reopening of 22 Chicago beaches

Lightfoot announces May 28 reopening of 22 Chicago beaches

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Park District announced 22 beaches will open this Friday, May 28, for the 2021 season. The city released a video (at https://youtu.be/FMpaaHD4IkQ) that shows Lightfoot knocking over a cardboard ...
Villa Park police fatally shoot transgender man

Villa Park police fatally shoot transgender man

On May 24, Villa Park police shot and killed Haven A. Bailey, a 25-year-old Lombard resident, after calling 911 to report that someone was walking around outside with a gun, The Daily Herald noted. According to ...

  News

News

Incarceration for HIV crimes in Georgia cost the state $9 million

--From a press release

Between 1999-2020, as many as 133 people were incarcerated in Georgia prisons for HIV-related crimes New analysis from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that as many as 133 people have been incarcerated ...
DeSantis signs bill barring trans females from
competing on girls' sports teams

DeSantis signs bill barring trans females from competing on girls' sports teams

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans transgender girls and women from playing on girls' public-school teams, WESH.com reported. "[Florida sports provide] our young girls with opportunities that last a lifetime," DeSantis said. "We ...
News

Brave Space Alliance announces major research project

--From press releases

CHICAGO, IL — On the first day of Pride in 2021, South Side LGBTQ Center Brave Space Alliance announced the beginning of a groundbreaking, community-centered research project, slated for mid-2022, and done in collaboration with Northwestern ...
News

Celebrating 5M LGBTQ+ with disabilities for Pride 2021

--From a press release

Washington, D.C., June 1 — June once again marks National LGBTQ+ Pride Month and offers the nation the opportunity to reflect on the incredible contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. Our nation is at its best when ...
GLAAD at Pride: Protect the most vulnerable among us

GLAAD at Pride: Protect the most vulnerable among us

--From a press release

New York, NY - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today released a statement to honor the start of Pride Month, highlighting the ...
POLITICS Kina Collins to challenge U.S. Rep. Danny Davis again

POLITICS Kina Collins to challenge U.S. Rep. Danny Davis again

Kina Collins—a 30-year-old community organizer and activist as well as a nationally recognized gun-violence prevention advocate—has launched another campaign to challenge longtime U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) in Illinois' 7th ...
News

Gov. Pritzker unveils newest budget

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — As the 2021 legislative session comes to a close, Governor JB Pritzker discussed progress for Illinois families: particularly a historic and fiscally responsible state budget that pays down ...
Wisconsin LGBTQ History fundraiser honors 60th anniversary of LGBTQ uprising

Wisconsin LGBTQ History fundraiser honors 60th anniversary of LGBTQ uprising

--From a press release

Milwaukee, WI - As Pride Month kicks off today across America, the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project is launching a campaign to celebrate the birthplace of "pride" in Wisconsin, recognize a turning point in local LGBTQ history, ...
Chicago LGBT veterans honor the fallen on Memorial Day

Chicago LGBT veterans honor the fallen on Memorial Day

The Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) honored the fallen on Memorial Day with flowers at the granite monument on Halsted Street and Addison which honors LGBTQ veterans. The monument was commissioned ...
Kelsey Louie to step down as CEO of GMHC

Kelsey Louie to step down as CEO of GMHC

After seven years leading the New York City-based HIV/AIDS services organization GMHC (formerly known as Gay Men's Health Crisis), Kelsey Louie is stepping down, Gay City News reported. According to a Facebook post, Louie is planning ...
News

VIEWPOINT Tulsa Race Massacre reparations would begin the healing

When HBO's 2019 Watchmen series opened with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and HBO's 2020 Lovecraft Country series closed with scenes from the riots, most Americans had never heard of the event—even Tulsans. On May 19, ...
WORLD Twitch, AIDS activist dies, Europe and LGBTQ laws, India hearing

WORLD Twitch, AIDS activist dies, Europe and LGBTQ laws, India hearing

COMPILED BY WCT STAFF The world's largest game streaming service, Twitch, said that players will be able to add a transgender label to their videos—a move the company said would aid inclusion among its 30 million ...
NATIONAL Press secretary, LGBTQ passings, poll results, Pride items

NATIONAL Press secretary, LGBTQ passings, poll results, Pride items

Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made history as the first gay woman to lead a White House press briefing in the James S. Brady Briefing Room, and the second Black woman to do so, LGBTQ Nation ...
Oak Park Festival Theatre holding June 15 talk on James Baldwin

Oak Park Festival Theatre holding June 15 talk on James Baldwin

Oak Park Festival Theatre is hosting the free online event "James Baldwin: His Impact on the Theatre Then, Now, and in the Future," on Tuesday, June 15, at 7-8 p.m., that will feature scholar/author Dr. Eddie ...
Remembering Kay "Tobin" Lahusen

Remembering Kay "Tobin" Lahusen

Much of LGBTQ history, and history in general, has been lost. Even after photography was invented, the lens (and pen) was often directed subjectively, documenting what the mainstream media thought were the significant moments of the ...
Co-founder Patrisse Cullors resigning from Black Lives Matter

Co-founder Patrisse Cullors resigning from Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder and best-selling author Patrisse Cullors said she is stepping down as executive director of the movement's foundation following what she has called a smear campaign from a far-right group and recent ...
Thompson Coburn LLP hosts virtual tea with history-making Judge Jill Rose Quinn

Thompson Coburn LLP hosts virtual tea with history-making Judge Jill Rose Quinn

Thompson Coburn LLP hosted a Citywide Pride virtual tea event May 26 that featured Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jill Rose Quinn. Quinn made history last November when she became Illinois' first transgender elected official. She ...
News

Illinois Holocaust Museum makes statement on anti-Semitic attacks

--From a press release

Dear Museum Community, At Illinois Holocaust Museum, we are appalled at the recent rise in worldwide anti-Semitic incidences. We cannot stand by while Jews and synagogues are violently attacked, including in Skokie, New York, Los Angeles, ...
News

Lightfoot announces plan to honor DuSable

On May 27, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the city's plan to honor Jean Baptiste Point DuSable—the first permanent non-indigenous settler of Chicago— and his wife Kitihawa's legacy to the founding of the city, a ...
Secretary of state forum on June 5

Secretary of state forum on June 5

To kick off the 2022 midterm elections, the Cook County Democratic Party is hosting the party's first Secretary of State Forum on Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Chair Toni Preckwinkle will moderate the event on ...
News

Older LGBT people twice as likely to be laid off during the pandemic as non-LGBT people

--From a press release

Older LGBT people twice as likely to be laid off during the pandemic as non-LGBT people Data collected in fall 2020 finds that LGBT people ages 45 and older—in particular older LGBT people of color—have disproportionately ...

  Entertainment

MUSIC
Chicago Philharmonic announces new Executive Director Terell M. Johnson

MUSIC Chicago Philharmonic announces new Executive Director Terell M. Johnson

After a four-month, nationwide search, The Chicago Philharmonic Society's Board-appointed Search Committee has chosen Terell M. Johnson as the new executive director of the Society, effective July 1. Johnson succeeds ...
New queer comedy series revisits the women's bathroom

New queer comedy series revisits the women's bathroom

Gal Pal Presents recently premiered a new comedy web series, titled Stalled, which aims to capture the gay nightclub women's restroom scene that you may have experienced, but may have flushed out of memory. The five-episode ...
DANCE Joffrey Academy seeking submissions from minority applicants for competition

DANCE Joffrey Academy seeking submissions from minority applicants for competition

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, has announced a national call for ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit applications for The Joffrey Academy's Twelfth Annual Winning ...
Entertainment

Black Ensemble Theater, African American theater companies across country form new national alliance

--From a press release

[CHICAGO, IL] — In an effort to share knowledge, resources and strengthen the infrastructure of the Black theatre landscape in the United States, the country's independent Black theatre building owners ...
Chicago drag personality and store offer 'Bella Box by Denali'

Chicago drag personality and store offer 'Bella Box by Denali'

Chicago drag queen/figure skater Denali Foxx (from season 13 of RuPaul's Drag Race) is partnering with the Chicago "highbrid" boutique Canna Bella Lux and the Chicago LGBTQ+ collective Peach Presents on the Bella Box by Denali—a ...
Becoming Johanna to air on WTTW

Becoming Johanna to air on WTTW

--From a press release

Chicago, IL: Becoming Johanna, a compelling story that follows the struggles transgender teens face every day, airs Friday, June 25th at 8:30pm on WTTW (11.1 channel). The film follows Johanna, a 16-year-old transgender Latina, as she ...
Temple Beth-El to offer 'Drag Queen Story Time' on June 5

Temple Beth-El to offer 'Drag Queen Story Time' on June 5

Temple Beth-El, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Northbrook, will hold "Drag Queen Story Time" on Saturday, June 5, 4-4:45 p.m., on Zoom. The all-ages event will feature Merriam Levkowitz, described on a flyer as "Chicago's premier ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I will never trust pants again!"—Lil Nas X on his wardrobe malfunction on Saturday Night Live. To see the incident—and Lil's commentary—check out BillyMasters.com. We have a Memorial Day tradition ...
SHOWBIZ 'Red Hot' album, 'Drag Race,' 'L Word,' Qveen Herby, Lee Daniels

SHOWBIZ 'Red Hot' album, 'Drag Race,' 'L Word,' Qveen Herby, Lee Daniels

The Red Hot organization, which raises funds to fight HIV/AIDS, announced Red Hot + Free—a mixtape of dance beats, electro grooves and global anthems, a press release noted. Out July 2 and helmed by producer-provocateur Bill ...
Lady Gaga releasing 10th-anniversary edition of 'Born This Way' June 25

Lady Gaga releasing 10th-anniversary edition of 'Born This Way' June 25

Lady Gaga announced a special-edition Born This Way: The Tenth Anniversary album that will be released via Interscope on June 25, according to a press release. (The release date was previously June 18.) ...
e3radio launches Indiegogo, virtual concert for podcast app by Black, Brown Queer People of Color

e3radio launches Indiegogo, virtual concert for podcast app by Black, Brown Queer People of Color

June 1, 2021, CHICAGO— In celebration of PRIDE month, E3 Radio (www.e3radio.fm), an online radio station playing Queer and independent R&B/hip-hop music, annouced today the concept launch of 'The Qube,' ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Sky lose at buzzer to Phoenix

On June 1, the Chicago Sky lost at the buzzer to the Phoenix Mercury 84-83. The Sky (2-5) concluded their five-game homestead without a single victory, although they have won both of their road games. Guard ...
Only one of Chicago's MLB teams has a Pride Night planned

Only one of Chicago's MLB teams has a Pride Night planned

According to an Outsports article, 17 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will hold Pride Nights this season. The Chicago Cubs would be one of those teams, with its Aug. 25 game against the Colorado Rockies marking ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky lose again to L.A. Sparks

The Chicago Sky lost its fourth straight game—this time, 82-79 in overtime to the Los Angeles Sparks on May 30 at Wintrust Arena. It was the second time the Sky (2-4) lost to the Sparks in ...
Red Stars lose to Houston 2-1

Red Stars lose to Houston 2-1

Mallory Pugh scored four minutes into the game as the Chicago Red Stars battled against the Houston Dash before eventually falling 2-1 on May 29 in Houston. Pugh also had 51 touches, 28 passes with an ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky lose third consecutive game

In WNBA action, the Chicago Sky lost its third straight game, as the Los Angeles Sparks defeated them 76-61 on May 28. The Sky (2-3)—who were held to their lowest point total of the season—have yet ...
Outlines

Red Stars' St. Georges chosen for Canadian national team

Canada Soccer announced the Women's National Team roster for two international friendly matches that will take place during the June FIFA international window—and Chicago Red Stars defender Bianca St. Georges was selected as part of the ...
Red Stars win for the first time since October

Red Stars win for the first time since October

The Chicago Red Stars won for the first time since October 2020, beating Kansas City 2-0 in front of more than 5,000 fans at Legends Field in Kansas City on May 26. After a scoreless first half, second-half goals from Kealia Watt ...





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