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Windy City Times 2021-07-21

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Gov. JB Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton announce re-election campaign

Gov. JB Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton announce re-election campaign

--From a press release

ILLINOIS Today, Governor JB Pritzker announced he and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton will run for re-election to a second term in 2022, releasing a video that highlights the strength of the state's response to the COVID pandemic ...
Trans model makes history with SI Swimsuit cover

Trans model makes history with SI Swimsuit cover

On July 19, Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit announced this year's cover models: rapper Megan Thee Stallion, tennis player Naomi Osaka and model/actress Leyna Bloom each making history in her own way. A press release sent to Windy ...
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees

--From a press release

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, the only city-sanctioned LGBT Hall of Fame in the world, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was founded to honor people and entities, nominated by the community, who have made ...

  News

Howard Brown Health announces new leader for The Center for Education, Research, and Advocacy

Howard Brown Health announces new leader for The Center for Education, Research, and Advocacy

--From a press release

(July 21, 2021 Chicago, IL) Howard Brown Health is pleased announce Brandon Hill, PhD (he/him/his) as Howard Brown Health's new executive director for the Center for Education, Research, and Advocacy ...
News

Virtual TLGBQ+ Economic Justice Summit on Sept. 11-12

The National LGBTQ Workers Center will hold its 3rd Annual TLGBQ+ Economic Justice Summit on Sept. 11-12. This event will be held virtually. Organizers are still accepting workshop proposals. Those who would like to propose a ...
Soapbox travels to Chicago to raise hand-hygiene awareness

Soapbox travels to Chicago to raise hand-hygiene awareness

Clean beauty company Soapbox unveiled the world's biggest bottle of soap in New York City's Times Square on July 15, marking the launch of a multi-city tour aimed at raising awareness for the importance of hand ...
News

Research: LGBTQ people of color meet more discrimination, Equality Act an urgent need

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Discrimination inflicts profoundly greater harm on LGBTQ people of color in a wide range of areas, according to recent analysis of scholarly research released by the National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for ...
Black Restaurant Week-Midwest in Chicago July 23-Aug. 1

Black Restaurant Week-Midwest in Chicago July 23-Aug. 1

Black Restaurant Week, LLC, joins the No Crumb Left Behind campaign by hosting its second campaign in Chicago on July 23-Aug. 1. ...
Col. Jennifer Pritzker donating to ACLU to help fight anti-trans laws

Col. Jennifer Pritzker donating to ACLU to help fight anti-trans laws

Chicago philanthropist and business owner Col. Jennifer Pritzker plans to donate $101,000 and additional six-figure future support to the ACLU from her TAWANI Foundation to fight Tennessee's anti-transgender laws in court, a press release announced. T ...
News

AMA Foundation begins fellowship program to address LGBTQ+ health disparities

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association Foundation (AMA Foundation) today announced the University of Wisconsin—Madison as the inaugural institution of its National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program to begin transforming the health ...
Quigley secures funding for Center on Halsted program and other projects

Quigley secures funding for Center on Halsted program and other projects

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and Chair of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, announced that the Appropriations Committee has approved ...
Hockey prospect makes history by coming out

Hockey prospect makes history by coming out

Just weeks after the first active pro-football came out as gay, a professional hockey prospect has done the same. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop has come out as gay, becoming the first active player under contract ...
U.S. Sen. Warnock to headline Personal PAC's annual luncheon

U.S. Sen. Warnock to headline Personal PAC's annual luncheon

--From a press release

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia) is slated to be a featured speaker at the Personal PAC 28th Annual Awards Luncheon on Wed., Oct. 20. The event will take place virtually and feature several pro-choice leaders. More ...
Palette Beauty dry bar offers quick, affordable makeup services

Palette Beauty dry bar offers quick, affordable makeup services

Nicola Craig has opened a new business, Palette Beauty, at 2730 N. Clark St., in Chicago's Lincoln Park area. Craig—who calls herself a "big business nerd with a passion for both entrepreneurship and creative endeavors"—started her ...
WORLD Cameraman dies, order for Russia, French priest, 'Benedetta'

WORLD Cameraman dies, order for Russia, French priest, 'Benedetta'

A Georgian TV cameraman who was among dozens of journalists attacked by a right-wing mob during chaos aimed at pro-LGBTQ campaigners has died, RFERL.org reported. Co-workers of Lekso Lashkarava, 37, said July 11 that he had ...
NATIONAL Amazon, condo collapse, T-shirt controversy, GLSEN

NATIONAL Amazon, condo collapse, T-shirt controversy, GLSEN

At least two Amazon employees have resigned in recent weeks to protest the company's decision to continue to sell a book they say frames young people who identify as transgender as mentally ill, NBC News reported. ...
News

Suburban theater employees leave over perceived anti-LGBTQ policy

At least two employees of a Christian-oriented suburban theater company—Sophie Murk and Will Higgins—have resigned in recent weeks, citing its policy toward LGBTQ+ students, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The exits ...
More than 140 LGBTQ athletes slated to be at Tokyo Olympics

More than 140 LGBTQ athletes slated to be at Tokyo Olympics

At least 142 publicly out LGBTQ and non-binary athletes are headed to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games—more than double the number who participated at the 2016 Rio Games, according to Outsports. The number of publicly ...
News

Chicago Sports Alliance continues to help combat gun violence

The Chicago Sports Alliance—a collaboration between the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs andWhite Sox that began in 2017—announced it will move forward for a fourth year to combine the reach and resources of the franchises in ...
BUSINESS Wilson Sporting Goods opens first in-person store, in Chicago

BUSINESS Wilson Sporting Goods opens first in-person store, in Chicago

Visiting the new Wilson Sporting Goods store (932 N. Rush St.; https://www.wilson.com/en-us) during its July 15 grand opening, this writer learned two big things: 1. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is actually headquartered in Chicago, in the ...
PASSAGES Author, cultural theorist, scholar Lauren Berlant dies

PASSAGES Author, cultural theorist, scholar Lauren Berlant dies

Author, cultural theorist and scholar Lauren Berlant died June 28 in a Chicago hospice facility of a rare form of cancer. They were 63. Berlant (who used they/them pronouns professionally) was born Oct. 31, 1957 in ...
Minnesota governor bans conversion therapy

Minnesota governor bans conversion therapy

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that bans the discredited practice of conversion therapy, KARE11.com reported. The state will become the 21st to ban the practice that tries to change a person's sexual orientation ...
News

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois announces 'Shop Pride' program, showcasing LGBTQ+ business

--From a press release

CHICAGO The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC), today announced the official launch of the Shop Pride program designed to encourage Illinois residents to support ...
Gov. Pritzker signs justice-related legislation protecting youth, most vulnerable

Gov. Pritzker signs justice-related legislation protecting youth, most vulnerable

--From a press release

CHICAGO —On Juy 15, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of nation-leading legislation that puts Illinois at the forefront of the work to bring about true reform to the state's justice system. "An essential tenet ...
News

2.9 million LGBTQ adults have federal student loan debt

--From a press release

LGBTQ adults carry more than $93 billion in debt A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation's largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds more ...
News

Prominent lesbian educator/activist/author Sally Gearhart dies at 90

Sally Gearhart—the first out lesbian to receive a tenure-track position at San Francisco State University and a prominent LGBTQ-rights advocate—died July 14, according to The Bay Area Reporter, which cited an email Jean Crosby sent to ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Chicago Filmmakers awards $100,000 to local social injustice digital media projects

(July 20, 2021 — Chicago, IL) Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce that the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF) has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to eight Chicago artists for the production of
...
MUSIC 'I'm Every Woman: Divas Through the Decades' on Aug. 2

MUSIC 'I'm Every Woman: Divas Through the Decades' on Aug. 2

LGBTQ+ party organization Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam is celebrating its 10th anniversary with "Slo 'Mo Presents: I'm Every Woman: Divas Through the Decades with Akenya & Friends" on Monday, Aug. 2, at Millennium ...
Trans model makes history with SI Swimsuit cover

Trans model makes history with SI Swimsuit cover

On July 19, Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit announced this year's cover models: rapper Megan Thee Stallion, tennis player Naomi Osaka and model/actress Leyna Bloom each making history in her own way. A press release sent to Windy ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"No excuses—I messed up. I'm a big sports fan. I'm like the guy at the end of the game who misses a free throw or a kick."—Spike Lee explains why he prematurely announced the winner of ...
STAYCATION A cozy 'un-hotel' hotel is in Lincoln Park

STAYCATION A cozy 'un-hotel' hotel is in Lincoln Park

People may not have heard of The Neighborhood Hotel (2616 N. Clark St.; https://www.theneighborhoodhotel.com/). It's unique in many ways from reservations to location, and more. But is it worth your time and ...
Queer In(n) producers announce inaugural installation unveiling, upcoming website

Queer In(n) producers announce inaugural installation unveiling, upcoming website

Partners and co-producers, Kelli Simpkins and Adithi Chandrashekar are creating a curated, generative online arts gallery called Queer In(n). The inaugural unveiling of a five-foot-by-six-foot wheat paste portrait of longtime ...
SHOWBIZ Ben Whishaw, non-binary actor, Cardi B, Obama, 'Grease' prequel

SHOWBIZ Ben Whishaw, non-binary actor, Cardi B, Obama, 'Grease' prequel

Out actor Ben Whishaw stars in the film Surge, which will debut Sept. 24 and On Demand, a press release announced. Whishaw portrays Joseph, who is trapped in a soulless job, living a life devoid of ...
PERFORMANCE Gay performer Michael Cunio part of 'Teatro ZinZanni'

PERFORMANCE Gay performer Michael Cunio part of 'Teatro ZinZanni'

Teatro ZinZanni Chicago carved out its own niche on the 14th floor of Cambria Hotel back in 2019, with the premiere of Love, Chaos, & Dinner. Blending dinner with a show under the big top in a Belgium mirror tent called ...
The Actors Gymnasium to hold community circus, celebrate 25th year

The Actors Gymnasium to hold community circus, celebrate 25th year

--From a press release

Evanston, IL, July 15, 2021 — Actors Gym is proud to announce Summer Salon 2021, an evening of circus under the stars in Tallmadge Park to celebrate the organization's 25th year. It will be a family-friendly ...
Entertainment

GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index shows more LGBTQ character screen time, not so for trans

--From a press release

Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, July 15, 2021 - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its ninth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a study that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of ...
THEATER Chicago ensemble presenting play on bisexuality

THEATER Chicago ensemble presenting play on bisexuality

The Trance, a Chicago-based theater ensemble, returns to the stage with Riding the Bicycle. It will be performed at The Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway, on Friday-Saturday, July 30-31, at 8 p.m. According to an email ...
TELEVISION Joe Exotic to be resentenced

TELEVISION Joe Exotic to be resentenced

The U.S. 10th District Court of Appeals ordered Tiger King star Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, be resentenced following his conviction in the murder-for-hire plot of Big Cat Rescue's Carole Baskin, KFOR.com reported. According to court ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Women's soccer: Sweden snaps United States' 44-game win streak

In women's soccer, Sweden dominated the United States 3-0 on July 20 in Tokyo, snapping the Americans' 44-game winning streak in convincing fashion, Yahoo! Sports reported. The U.S. team entered this event as heavy favorites to ...
Chicago Red Stars net 3-1 victory over OL Reign

Chicago Red Stars net 3-1 victory over OL Reign

Vanessa DiBernardo and Kealia Watt celebrated league milestones as the Chicago Red Stars defeated the OL Reign at home (SeatGeek Stadium) on July 18. DiBernardo reached the 10,000th minute mark in her NWSL (National Women's Soccer ...
Billie Jean King part of group inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Billie Jean King part of group inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Lesbian trailblazer and icon Billie Jean King was one of 12 people inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 17, according to the hall's website. The Class of 2021 includes coach Dennis Van ...
SPORTS Sky's Parker among cover athletes for video game NBA 2K22

SPORTS Sky's Parker among cover athletes for video game NBA 2K22

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, Chicago Sky.WNBA standout Candace Parker and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant are among the players who will be featured on the next NBA 2K video-game release, per an NBA press statement. ...
Sky's Quigley wins three-point contest

Sky's Quigley wins three-point contest

Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley made nine of her last 10 shots to win her third WNBA MTN DEW Three-Point Contest title at halftime of AT&T WNBA All-Star 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay ...





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