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Windy City Times 2021-06-30

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Court overturns Cosby's sex-assault conviction

Court overturns Cosby's sex-assault conviction

On June 30, Pennsylvania's highest court overturned Bill Cosby's sex-assault conviction after finding an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case, ABC7NY.com reported. Cosby has served more than two years ...
U.S. Supreme Court sides with trans student in restroom case

U.S. Supreme Court sides with trans student in restroom case

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a decision that allowed a transgender student to use the bathroom that corresponded to his gender identity—a victory for the LGBTQ community that had wondered if ...
Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for killing George Floyd

Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for killing George Floyd

On June 25, Minnesota Judge Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Derek Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd a punishment that exceeded the state's minimum guidelines but fell short of prosecutors' request ...
Cook County Board unanimously passes Gender Inclusive Documents and Forms Ordinance

Cook County Board unanimously passes Gender Inclusive Documents and Forms Ordinance

--From a press release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. June 24, 2021 Today, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the Gender Inclusive Documents and Forms Ordinance, which will allow all residents to identify as their authentic selves when they ...

  News

HRC Foundation, SAGE release first edition of 'Long-Term Care Equality Index'

HRC Foundation, SAGE release first edition of 'Long-Term Care Equality Index'

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the foundation's educational arm, and SAGE, the world's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, released the first edition of the Long-Term Care Eq ...
Lake View marchers address inequities with pride

Lake View marchers address inequities with pride

About 200 marchers gathered in Lake View on June 27 for the 2021 Pride Without Prejudice—an event highlighting systemic issues concerning many LGBTQ community members. Among the issues the gathering addressed were racism, transgender rights, policing ...
Chicago literally sees rainbows at Pride in the Park

Chicago literally sees rainbows at Pride in the Park

Pride in the Park returned to Grant Park's Butler Field bigger than ever on June 26-27. Unfortunately, a storm delayed a start while ticketholders anxiously waited outside the gates in the rain at 377 E. Monroe ...
Op-Ed: Elevating 'T' in LGBTQ: State government, transgender equity in 21st century

Op-Ed: Elevating 'T' in LGBTQ: State government, transgender equity in 21st century

By Illinois state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz

In recent decades, our laws, pop culture and morality have shifted dramatically for same-sex couples. Our LGBTQ+ neighbors are interwoven into the fabric of our communities now more than ever. We celebrate this recognition and indeed ...
Pride North controversy erupts over fee; event's owner responds [UPDATE]

Pride North controversy erupts over fee; event's owner responds [UPDATE]

In Chicago, a controversy took place the weekend of June 26-27 over the annual Rogers Park LGBTQ+ event Pride North and its entry fee. On June 26 (Saturday), the $20 fee was listed as a suggested ...
Ossoff to be at Aug. 18 Illinois political brunch

Ossoff to be at Aug. 18 Illinois political brunch

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia) is slated to be at the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association brunch at Springfield's Crowne Plaza Hotel (with opportunities to participate virtually) on Aug. 18 ...
Brave Space Alliance unveils mural

Brave Space Alliance unveils mural

On June 25, Brave Space Alliance (BSA) unveiled a mural honoring influential community members who have championed advocacy for Chicago's trans community. The mural, by Saul Palos Rodriguez, features the late Lois L. Bates, Sky Cubacub, ...
News

Ex-Blackhawks discuss sexual-assault allegations against former video coach

The Chicago Tribune reported that several former Chicago Blackhawks players and staff members connected to the 2009-10 team have discussed if the team knew at the time about sexual-assault allegations by two former players against former ...
WORLD Peter Tatchell, conversion therapy, Hong Kong ruling, Mexico report

WORLD Peter Tatchell, conversion therapy, Hong Kong ruling, Mexico report

Longtime British LGBTQ-rights activist Peter Tatchell is the subject of the new Netflix documentary Hating Peter Tatchell. According to an op-ed he penned for The Guardian, Tatchell has "been violently assaulted [more than] 300 times, had ...
NATIONAL Pulse, Philly Pride, Mormons, Victory Fund, anti-trans bills

NATIONAL Pulse, Philly Pride, Mormons, Victory Fund, anti-trans bills

President Joe Biden (D) signed H.R. 49, the bill designating the site of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida as a national monument, into law, according to LGBTQ Nation. Afterward, Biden commemorated Pride Month ...
Baker McKenzie panel examines transgender and non-binary workplace inclusivity

Baker McKenzie panel examines transgender and non-binary workplace inclusivity

The law firm Baker McKenzie recently hosted a Pride Month panel discussion titled "Workplace Inclusivity for our Trans/Non-Binary Community." As a part of the event, transgender and non-binary participants from the LGBTQ community shared their workplace ...
State senator hosts Pride Month 'reflections' event

State senator hosts Pride Month 'reflections' event

State Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) was joined by several activists and service-providers at a forum at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives on June 25. Simmons described the event as a "reflection" on Pride month, inspired by similar ...
European Union confronts Hungary's leader over LGBTQ rights

European Union confronts Hungary's leader over LGBTQ rights

The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte challenged Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban to trigger the process of leaving the European Union (EU) as an argument over LGBTQ rights deepened Orban's isolation in the bloc, Time reported. ...
News

Lake Shore Drive to be renamed for city founder DuSable

A contentious two-year push to rename Chicago's Lake Shore Drive after city founder Jean Baptiste Point DuSable resulted in City Council passing the ordinance June 25. According to The Chicago Tribune, the vote was 33-15, with ...
More than 100,000 attend Tel Aviv Pride

More than 100,000 attend Tel Aviv Pride

More than 100,000 people gathered along Tel Aviv's seafront promenade June 25 to march in the largest Pride parade held worldwide since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a press release announced. The Jerusalem Post noted ...
Navy Pier to host Pride celebration, neighborhood artisan market, vaccination clinic

Navy Pier to host Pride celebration, neighborhood artisan market, vaccination clinic

--From a press release

Navy Pier is hosting its sixth annual Navy Pier Pride, supported by ComEd and Orsted, on Saturday to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Festivities include live ...
WORLD OutRight head stepping down to be LGBTQI envoy

WORLD OutRight head stepping down to be LGBTQI envoy

OutRight Action International announced the forthcoming departure of Executive Director Jessica Stern, who has been selected by the Biden administration to serve as Special Envoy for International LGBTQI Rights. In ...
Miller Lite launches 'Open & Proud' for the LGBTQ+ community

Miller Lite launches 'Open & Proud' for the LGBTQ+ community

In an effort to forge more inclusive and accommodating spaces for ALL, Chicago's own Miller Lite and Equality Federation are launching "Miller Lite Open & Proud." With this program, Miller Lite will listen to the unique ...
News

President Biden names Special Envoy to Advance Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons

--From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today, ahead of his remarks at the White House for Pride Month, President Joe Biden announced that he will appoint Jessica Stern to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of ...
Cuomo signs Gender Recognition Act

Cuomo signs Gender Recognition Act

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure that has added a gender-neutral option for birth certificates and other state-issued identification cards for those who wish not to specify their gender, WIVB.com reported. Cuomo made the ...
News

Elk Grove Village Board to drop ordinance banning wearing of opposite sex clothing

--From a press release

Elk Grove Village, IL — June 24, 2021— At its meeting next week, the Elk Grove Village Board will take steps to eliminate an antiquated, 60-year old provision of the Village Code that mandated individuals to ...
News

New Biden administration materials clarify Title IX protects intersex students

--From a press release

Washington, D.C. — Commemorating the 49th anniversary of Title IX, the US Department of Education (ED) and Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday released two new resources clarifying the scope and ...
Holocaust Memorial Museum presents "How Lesbian and Gay Resistance Leaders Defied Nazi Persecution"

Holocaust Memorial Museum presents "How Lesbian and Gay Resistance Leaders Defied Nazi Persecution"

--From a press release

To celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ community this month, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum presents its forthcoming Facebook Live virtual event, "Pride Month: Defying Nazi Persecution," on Wednesday, June 30, at 9:30 a.m. ET. The ...
Making Gay History Podcast to launch Season 9:"Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis"

Making Gay History Podcast to launch Season 9:"Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis"

--From a press release

NEW YORK, NY Thursday, June 24, 2021 The award-winning Making Gay History podcast will debut its ninth season, "Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis," on July 1, 2021. After eight seasons of episodes ...
Protest of Elk Grove Village clothing law taking place June 30 [UPDATE]

Protest of Elk Grove Village clothing law taking place June 30 [UPDATE]

"It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any indecent or immoral act or to appear in any public place in clothes properly belonging to the opposite sex or not properly or decently garbed." Many ...
HRC, NCLR, Task Force to host 'Pride Then & Now'

HRC, NCLR, Task Force to host 'Pride Then & Now'

On Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m. ET, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the National LGBTQ Task Force will co-host a virtual event, "Pride Then & Now: Honoring the ...
News

Study: More than half of LGBTQ adults have been threatened with violence

--From a Williams Institute press release

An estimated 53% of LGBTQ adults report having experienced threats of violence since the age of 18, and three out of four had been verbally insulted or abused. The findings are part of a new report ...
LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations: Visibly Proud, June 29

LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations: Visibly Proud, June 29

The Museum of Public Relations will host its third annual tribute to the Public Relations industry's LGBTQ community on Tuesday, June 29 from 6 o 8 p.m. ET / (5:00 CT / 4:00 MT / 3:00 PT). This special event is ...
News

City of Chicago's STI/HIV testing clinics reopen

The Chicago Department of Public Health's (CDPH's) STI/HIV testing and STI treatment clinics have reopened. As of June 1, CDPH's Austin and Lake View Specialty Clinics (at 4909 W. Division St. and 2849 N. Clark St., ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Cleve Carney Museum of Art to honor Frida Kahlo's birthday

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage (COD) will honor the birthday of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in two unique ways this summer on
...
Entertainment

Bienen School of Music launches 'Black Composer Showcase' series

The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University has launched a new series of videos featuring performances of art songs and chamber music by Black composers. The three-part Black Composer Showcase series (consisting of "Chicago Connections," ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Ballet dancers and hairdressers and drag queens made it safe for football players to come out and not the other way around." Dan Savage puts Carl Nassib's coming out into the context of those who came before ...
SHOWBIZ Wanda Sykes on TV, trans jazz musician, book award, 'Red Table Talk'

SHOWBIZ Wanda Sykes on TV, trans jazz musician, book award, 'Red Table Talk'

Wanda Sykes has been tapped for a recurring role in the upcoming fifth season of Robert and Michelle King's legal drama The Good Fight, on Paramount+, Deadline noted. She will play Allegra Durado—a brilliant, strategic attorney ...
The Den Theatre set to reopen this fall

The Den Theatre set to reopen this fall

CHICAGO (June 25, 2021) The Den Theatre (1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.) announced today it will welcome back audiences for live performances this fall. The line-up at Wicker Park's premier ...
THEATER Lyric Opera opening with 'Macbeth' and 'Elixir' in Sept.

THEATER Lyric Opera opening with 'Macbeth' and 'Elixir' in Sept.

Lyric Opera of Chicago will welcome audiences once again to the Lyric Opera House for the start of the company's 67th season this fall, with two Italian works in repertory in September and October. Both operas ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation allowing student athletes to sign endorsement deals

--From a press release

CHAMPAIGN Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 2338, the Student-Athlete Endorsement Rights Act, into law, making Illinois a national leader in granting student-athletes the ability to sign individual endorsement deals while enrolled at a colleg ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky's historic win streak snapped

Chicago had its historic seven-game win streak snapped, falling 74-58 to the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, on June 27. The Sky are now 26-30 all-time against the Sun, having previously won both of its games ...
STAYCATION 21c Museum Hotel's 'Love Is Love' package

STAYCATION 21c Museum Hotel's 'Love Is Love' package

The 21c Museum Hotel a chain of mid-size hotels known for being in medium-sized cities such as Cincinnati, Ohio; and Louisville, Kentucky took a leap in early 2020, opening its largest hotel here in Chicago (at 55 E. Ontario ...
Ten incredible places to visit in Armenia

Ten incredible places to visit in Armenia

Armenia is one of the most fascinating places in the world, with rich millennia-old history, ancient monuments, majestic countryside, lush highlands and much more. I just came back from this country. It was my third time ...
Women's soccer: Chicago Red Stars fall to Louisville 3-0

Women's soccer: Chicago Red Stars fall to Louisville 3-0

Former Chicago Red Stars Yuki Nagasato and Savannah McCaskill returned to Chicago for the first time as the Red Stars fell to Racing Louisville FC 3-0 on June 26 at SeatGeek Stadium. In Casey Krueger's probable ...
WNBA: Sky's win streak hits all-time high

WNBA: Sky's win streak hits all-time high

The Chicago Sky set a new franchise-record for consecutive games won—seven—thanks to a 91-68 victory over the New York Liberty on June 25. In the Sky's 15-year history, its longest winning streak was previously six games, ...





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