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Windy City Times 2021-07-07

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Illinois reports no new COVID deaths for a full day, first time in 16 months

On July 5—for the first time in nearly 16 months—Illinois went a full day without losing a resident to COVID-19, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported no new COVID-19 fatalities that ...
Out sprinter off U.S. Olympic team after testing positive for THC

Out sprinter off U.S. Olympic team after testing positive for THC

Track-and-field star Sha'Carri Richardson has been suspended for one month from the U.S. Olympic team after testing positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, CNN.com reported. Richardson appeared on NBC's Today show on June 2 ...

  News

HEALTH Chicago's South Side Help Center receives $2M grant

HEALTH Chicago's South Side Help Center receives $2M grant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its national list of 95 community-based organizations (CBOs) granted funding to develop and implement high-impact human immunodeficiency ...
News

Taste of Chicago To-Go" starts Wednesday

--From a press release

Taste of Chicago To-Go" starts Wednesday with food vendors and food trucks; Chicago City Market vendors; Chicago SummerDance instructors; House City DJs; author Marisel Vera; Taste of Chicago favorites Eli's Cheesecake, Robinson's No. 1 Ribs and ...
Lightfoot: City Hall is now open to the public

Lightfoot: City Hall is now open to the public

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that, after 16 months, City Hall has reopened to the public. This announcement marks another milestone as the City of Chicago recovers from the impact of the pandemic. All visitors ...
Gov. Pritzker signs legislation making healthcare more accessible, affordable

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation making healthcare more accessible, affordable

--From a press release

DOWNERS GROVE Joined by healthcare providers and legislative leaders at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, on July 6, signed legislation that will help make healthcare more accessible and affordable for Illinois resident ...
News

SBA: Illinois restaurants received $1.4 billion in pandemic funds

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced funds for its $29-billion restaurant pandemic relief program were exhausted—leaving nearly two-thirds of applicants out of the money, The Chicago Tribune reported. In Illinois ...
News

Trevor Project data on LGBTQ youth suicide shows urgency of Equality Act

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Freedom & Opportunity For All, a national campaign advocating for the urgent passage of the Equality Act, and The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ ...
Lambda Legal elects former State Senator Heather Steans to Board of Directors

Lambda Legal elects former State Senator Heather Steans to Board of Directors

--From a press release

(New York) — Lambda Legal is pleased to announce it has elected Heather Steans to serve on its Board of Directors. Ms. Steans is a former Illinois State Senator and chairs the Steans Family Foundation board. ...
WORLD Historic ruling, Pope Francis, photo contest, Methodist Church

WORLD Historic ruling, Pope Francis, photo contest, Methodist Church

In a first-of-its-kind decision in Latin America, The Inter-American Court of Human Rights found the Honduran state guilty of the extrajudicial execution of transgender activist Vicky Hernandez, which occurred June 28-29, 2009, according to The Washington ...
NATIONAL Panic defense, subway attack, N.J. items, Pride rallies

NATIONAL Panic defense, subway attack, N.J. items, Pride rallies

A bill that bans the so-called LGBTQ panic defense in Virginia took effect July 1, according to The Washington Blade. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on March 31 signed the measure that transgender state Del. Danica Roem ...
Supreme Court refuses to hear anti-gay florist's case

Supreme Court refuses to hear anti-gay florist's case

On July 2, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding—leaving in place a decision that she broke state anti-discrimination laws, media outlets ...
OP-ED Foreign drug pricing puts America's most vulnerable patients last

OP-ED Foreign drug pricing puts America's most vulnerable patients last

By Guy Anthony

It's no coincidence that American companies led the charge to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Numerous policies from strong patent protections to a welcoming immigration system help ensure that the world's smartest scientists can ...
News

Lightfoot announces community engagement councils for immigrant communities

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, on July 2, announced the official launch of five Community Engagement Councils that will better serve Chicago's diverse immigrant communities. According to a press release, "The Councils will ensure the Mayor's ...
Gilead requests approval of twice-a-year HIV medication

Gilead requests approval of twice-a-year HIV medication

Biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences recently submitted a new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—and it's for the drug lenacapavir, a long-acting HIV inhibitor that is under clinical ...
News

Out lesbian Chantale Wong nominated to ambassador-level post

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today President Joe Biden nominated Chantale Wong to be the United States Director to the Asian Development Bank, a post with the rank of ambassador. Wong is the first out lesbian and first ...
LGBTQ+ South Side Needs Assessment Community Report Out July 8

LGBTQ+ South Side Needs Assessment Community Report Out July 8

--From a press release

In late 2019, Howard Brown Health partnered with Pride Action Tank to develop and conduct a community input process to inform decision making regarding plans for the health care and LGBTQ+-affirming social services facility it will ...
Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts 'Reflecting on LGBTQ+ Pride in the Time of COVID-19' virtual panel

Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts 'Reflecting on LGBTQ+ Pride in the Time of COVID-19' virtual panel

On June 30, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) hosted a "Reflecting on LGBTQ+ Pride in the Time of COVID-19" virtual panel. Chicago Sun-Times and ABC-7 Chicago columnist and political analyst Laura Washington moderated ...
Cook County commissioner discusses transgender-affirming ordinance

Cook County commissioner discusses transgender-affirming ordinance

The Gender Inclusive Documents and Forms Ordinance—a new regulation that, in many instances, eliminates requirements that Cook County residents identify their sex assigned at birth on county forms—unanimously passed a ...
Women's Liberation Center listed on National Registers of Historic Places

Women's Liberation Center listed on National Registers of Historic Places

--From a press release

NEW YORK, NY—Tuesday, June 29, 2021— The site of the Women's Liberation Center, located at 243 West 20th Street from 1972 to 1987, has been listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic ...
News

Mayor Lightfoot celebrates historic $15 minimum wage in Chicago

--From a press release

CHICAGO On July 1, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined City officials, workers, labor leaders and worker advocacy groups to mark a historic raise for hundreds of thousands of Chicago workers while calling on the federal ...
News

Pritzker administration awards nearly $95M to equity-focused healthcare

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD Governor JB Pritzker today announced $94.3 million will be awarded in the state's inaugural round of Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives funding. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services will ...
West Side Pride ends June with rally, ball and call to action

West Side Pride ends June with rally, ball and call to action

On June 30, West Side Pride closed Pride Month with a rally and call to action followed by a celebratory ball. The event—co-sponsored by Life is Work, Pride Without Prejudice, Brave Space Alliance and Taskforce Prevention—sought ...
News

Judge denies Britney Spears' request regarding father

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny signed an order June 30 denying Britney Spears' request to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed from the financial aspects of her conservatorship, NPR reported. Spears' attorney, Samuel D. ...
State Dept. to allow passport applicants to select gender

State Dept. to allow passport applicants to select gender

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a major passport policy change: U.S. passport applicants will be able to select their gender without supplying the government any forms of certifying medical documents, according to Yahoo! News. The ...
National LGBT Cancer Network releases groundbreaking survey

National LGBT Cancer Network releases groundbreaking survey

The National LGBT Cancer Network has released Out: The National Cancer Survey the largest-ever LGBTQIA+ cancer survivor poll, according to a press release. The report is based on findings from over 2700 respondents across the United States, ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

AIDS ballet movie coming to Chicago on July 16

The movie Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters will open Friday, July 16, in virtual cinemas in Chicago at Gene Siskel Film Center and Music Box Theatre. "Can You Bring It"—co-directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc and
...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"like the song is literally about gay sex what y'all want me to do play the piano while baking a cake?" Lil Nas X tweets a response to criticism of kissing one of his male dancers on the BET Awards. Call me ...
SHOWBIZ 'Hedwig,' Oscars, Demi Lovato, GLAAD, Stevie Nicks

SHOWBIZ 'Hedwig,' Oscars, Demi Lovato, GLAAD, Stevie Nicks

Following 2019's sold-out, three-night engagement at The Town Hall in New York City (and several postponements in 2020), Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creators John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask are returning with a rock spectacle ...
Entertainment

Move your body! "House City" music series starts Sunday

"House City" (kicking off July 4) is a new, 10-part series of free events popping up throughout the summer in the neighborhoods that helped create the House music genre over 35 years ago. DJ Jes, El ...
THEATER Goodman's 'I Hate It Here' to stream July 15-18

THEATER Goodman's 'I Hate It Here' to stream July 15-18

Goodman Theatre's streaming-in-real-time Live series will conclude with I Hate It Here, written by Ike Holter and directed by Lili-Anne Brown. I Hate It Here appears July 15, at 7:30 p.m.; July 16, at 7:30 p.m.; ...
Entertainment

PrideArts 2021-22: "The Search for Identity Among Queer Communities"

CHICAGO — An Australian musical, a comedy-drama from the writer whose play was adapted as the hit movie JUDY, an Uptown holiday celebration, a new Ruth Bader Ginsberg bio, and a fifth play to be announced, ...
DANCE Deeply Rooted to perform in person July 16-17

DANCE Deeply Rooted to perform in person July 16-17

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater's Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) which takes place in a hybrid format combining in-person and virtual instruction this year will culminate with in-person performances of new works Friday and ...
'Tig Notaro: Drawn' airing July 24 on HBO

'Tig Notaro: Drawn' airing July 24 on HBO

Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian, writer, actor and director Tig Notaro will return to HBO for a one-of-a-kind, genre-spanning experience in this first-ever fully animated stand-up special, Tig Notaro: Drawn, debuting ...
'Concert for Love and Acceptance' features LGBTQ artists, allies

'Concert for Love and Acceptance' features LGBTQ artists, allies

Country music artist and philanthropist Ty Herndon, in partnership with CMT, held his annual Concert For Love & Acceptance on June 30. Presented virtually as an exclusive live streaming event, performances included Herndon, Brothers Osborne, Kristin ...
Entertainment

Taste of River North on Aug. 20-21 at new location

River North Residents Association today announced that its acclaimed annual food and entertainment festival, Taste of River North, will return for 2021 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Taking place Aug. 20-21, Taste of River North moves ...
VISIT Shedd Aquarium has many attractions, one distraction

VISIT Shedd Aquarium has many attractions, one distraction

Nature lovers can rejoice. Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., in accordance with State of Illinois and City of Chicago guidelines, has fully reopened. (Guests are still ...

  Outlines

Outlines

SPORTS Sprinter Richardson now off relay team as well

Banned sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson was not on the Olympic roster released July 6 by USA Track and Field, ESPN.com reported. This decision means her positive test for THC will cost her a chance at running on ...
SAVOR Dinner at the Loop restaurant/cafe Venteux

SAVOR Dinner at the Loop restaurant/cafe Venteux

Let's just get this out of the way now: Dining at the Pendry establishment Venteux (224 N. Michigan Ave.; https://venteuxchicago.com/)—a brasserie, cafe and oyster bar—is a singular experience. Partner/Executive Chef ...
Outlines

WOMEN'S SOCCER U.S. again beats Mexico 4-0

In East Hartford, Connecticut, the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) finished in its final match before departing for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in style, defeating Mexico 4-0 on July 5 to wrap up the 2021 ...
SAVOR Ballyhoo restaurants Gemini and Old Pueblo Cantina

SAVOR Ballyhoo restaurants Gemini and Old Pueblo Cantina

Ballyhoo Hospitality may not have quite the stable of eateries that, say, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants has. However, judging by two of the restaurants I recently visited, Ballyhoo is definitely making its mark in Chicagoland. Gemini ...
SAVOR Lincoln Park spot Mesa Urbana

SAVOR Lincoln Park spot Mesa Urbana

More than four years ago, I traveled to a small Glenview strip mall to visit the Mexican fusion spot Mesa Urbana and was bowled over by dishes such as shrimp farfalle, pechuga de pollo (chicken with onions ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky fall to Dallas Wings 100-91

On July 2, Marina Mabrey tied a career high with 28 points and the Dallas Wings pulled away late to beat the Chicago Sky 100-91 in Texas, according to ESPN.com. The Sky led by 10 in the first quarter and the ...
WNBA: Sky, Sun lead All-Star selections vs. Team USA

WNBA: Sky, Sun lead All-Star selections vs. Team USA

The Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun will each have three players on Team WNBA in the league's All-Star Game on July 14 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, ESPN.com reported. The game will feature ...
Women's soccer: Chicago Red Stars prevail 1-0

Women's soccer: Chicago Red Stars prevail 1-0

Kayla Sharples' defense and Cassie Miller's first NWSL regular-season clean sheet propelled the Red Stars to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Spirit on July 2 in Leesburg, Virginia. At the 33-minute mark, Sharples received a ...
WNBA Sky's Wade named Coach of the Month

WNBA Sky's Wade named Coach of the Month

The Chicago Sky's James Wade was named the WNBA Coach of the Month for June, the league announced. Wade led the Sky to an 8-4 record for the month as Chicago finished June, with a 10-8 overall record. Chicago went 5-3 ...
Outlines

Women's soccer: U.S. defeats Mexico 4-0

On July 1, the United States women beat Mexico 4-0 in a friendly in East Hartford, Connecticut, according to ESPN.com. The match was the U.S. team's second-to-last tune up ahead of this summer's Olympics in Tokyo. ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky defeat Dallas 91-81

On June 30, the Chicago Sky defeated the Dallas Wings 91-81 at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. Chicago had seven players (Kahleah Copper, Candace Parker, Stefanie Dolson, Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, Diamond DeShields and Azura ...





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