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Windy City Times 2021-07-28

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Howard Brown Health calls on businesses, LGBTQ events to re-implement COVID restrictions

Howard Brown Health calls on businesses, LGBTQ events to re-implement COVID restrictions

--From a Howard Brown press release

(Chicago, IL, July 28, 2021) Howard Brown Health, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ healthcare organization, is imploring local businesses and public event producers to implement strict COVID-19 safety and prevention ...
Pritzker signs bill decriminalizing HIV transmission, other pro-LGBTQ measures

Pritzker signs bill decriminalizing HIV transmission, other pro-LGBTQ measures

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a legislative package on July 27 at Center on Halsted that, effective immediately ends the decades-long law criminalizing HIV transmission in Illinois. Illinois is now the second such state to repeal ...
Breaking News

NBC Sports apologizes for misgendering Olympian; GLAAD responds

GLAAD responded to media coverage of the first several days of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, including the misgendering of Team USA skateboarder Alana Smith. Smith made Olympic history July 25 as the first ...
Gay British diver wins Olympic gold

Gay British diver wins Olympic gold

The British team of Tom Daley and Matty Lee narrowly won the 10-meter synchronized diving competition on July 26 at the Tokyo Olympics, upsetting favored China and keeping the diving powerhouse from any chance of a ...
Chicago photographer, activist Ed Negron dies [UPDATED]

Chicago photographer, activist Ed Negron dies [UPDATED]

Ed Negron an activist, Army veteran and substance-abuse counselor who served for many years as a dedicated bisexual volunteer, mentor, leader and advocate in the LGBTQ, Latino and recovering communities passed away ...

  News

Olympics: U.S. women's 3x3 basketball team wins gold

Olympics: U.S. women's 3x3 basketball team wins gold

The U.S. team of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young won the first women's gold medal in the new Olympic sport of 3x3 basketball, The Chicago Tribune reported. Plum scored all five of ...
News

VIEWS U.S. Senators: It's time to act against anti-LGBTQ discrimination

Georgia has had the eyes of the nation on it for some time now. It's just over five years since people across Georgia braced themselves as lawmakers sent sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation to the desk of then-Governor ...
Aug. 12 LGBTQ town hall to discuss bar inclusivity

Aug. 12 LGBTQ town hall to discuss bar inclusivity

Miller Lite and Equality Federation announced "Open & Proud," an initiative that aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community. The program features a series of town halls where LGBTQ individuals older ...
Taste of Andersonville returns Wed., Aug. 11

Taste of Andersonville returns Wed., Aug. 11

--From a press release

CHICAGO (July 28, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is excited to welcome back one of its most popular summer events: the annual Taste of Andersonville on Wed., Aug. 11, 5-8 p.m. This year's ...
News

Gay Calif. donor convicted in deaths of two Black men

On July 27, a federal jury convicted wealthy California political donor Ed Buck, 66, on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths and other overdoses, CBS News reported. ...
News

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and Walk taking place at Soldier Field

In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, members of the public will join area firefighters to climb the stairs of Soldier Field in honor of the 343 firefighters from the FDNY who ...
News

Report: LGBTQ elected officials up by 17% in past year; 28,116 more would be equitable representation

--From a Victory Institute press release

Out for America 2021 report finds 986 out LGBTQ elected officials nationwide; Black LGBTQ elected officials increased by 75% in the past year; Mississippi is only state in the nation with zero known LGBTQ elected officials ...
Rapper DaBaby defends anti-gay comments

Rapper DaBaby defends anti-gay comments

Rapper DaBaby addressed his recent controversial comments at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami and drew the ire of many on social media, CNN.com noted. During the performance, he made false and insulting comments about gay ...
News

Olympics: Japan tops U.S. in gold-medal softball game

In the Olympics, host country Japan beat the United States 2-0 to take the gold medal on July 27. Softball was added to the games at host country Japan's request, and from the moment it became ...
News

LGBTQ advocates celebrate two Illinois marriage certificate modernization bills

--From a press release

Trans and non-binary people who were married in Illinois will now be able to obtain marriage certificates that reflect their authentic selves thanks to legislation signed today by Governor JB Pritzker, according to Equality Illinois and ...
CDC: Some vaccinated people should wear masks indoors

CDC: Some vaccinated people should wear masks indoors

To prevent further spread of the Delta variant, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance on July 27 to recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors when in areas with ...
News

Donnelley Foundation announces 'Broadening Narratives' grant recipients

The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation)—which supports land conservation, artistic vitality and regional collections for the people of the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina—announces ...
News

MacArthur Foundation grants $80M to advance racial and ethnic justice

On July 27, the MacArthur Foundation announced roughly $80 million in grants centered on advancing racial and ethnic justice. The Equitable Recovery grants are funded by MacArthur's social bonds, issued in response to the crises of ...
Lightfoot: Mask mandates may return to Chicago

Lightfoot: Mask mandates may return to Chicago

People may not want to toss those face masks. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The New York Times she will consider reinstating a mask mandate and other restrictions if the city starts to consistently record more ...
News

Plaque added to childhood home of Emmett Till

On what would have been Civil Rights icon Emmett Till's 80th birthday on July 25, his childhood home in Chicago's West Woodlawn neighborhood received a historic landmark plaque, CBS Chicago reported. The plaque recognizes Till and ...
Pelosi names Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

Pelosi names Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced July 25 that she has appointed U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) to the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, bolstering the Republican presence on ...
News

PrEP pills to be free for insured people

The U.S. government has stated that nearly all health insurers must cover the entire cost of HIV prevention treatments, according to U.S. News & World Report. That includes the two approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs Truvada ...
PASSAGES Writer, attorney, activist Takeia R. Johnson

PASSAGES Writer, attorney, activist Takeia R. Johnson

The local organization Affinity Community Services announced the recent passing of Takeia R. Johnson. According to Johnson's LinkedIn profile, she was editor-in-chief and lead writer at Inclusion at Work as well as a Ph.D. student focusing ...
WORLD Marriage in Chile, Polish website, Toronto news, 'Reclaim Pride' march

WORLD Marriage in Chile, Polish website, Toronto news, 'Reclaim Pride' march

On July 21, Chile's Senate approved an equal-marriage bill, DW.com reported. The regulations were presented during the second government of the socialist Michelle Bachelet (2014-2018) and last June 1, during ...
NATIONAL California cases, trans woman killed, Pride staircase, sports law

NATIONAL California cases, trans woman killed, Pride staircase, sports law

Proponents of Proposition 8 have to file a brief on or before Aug. 16 to show they have standing to appeal a district court decision to release tapes of the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial that ...
News

Hungarian protesters defy prime minister with sizable march

In Hungary, approximately 30,000 people joined the annual Pride celebrations in the capital of Budapest on July 24, with attendees marching in colorful outfits in support of inclusion and freedom, according to CNN.com. However, this year ...
Market Days performers include Jody Watley, Todrick Hall, Steve Grand

Market Days performers include Jody Watley, Todrick Hall, Steve Grand

Northalsted Market Days taking place Aug. 6-8 will feature a star-studded line-up. Just some of the performers slated to entertain are icon Jody Watley ("Looking for a New Love"), Todrick Hall, Steve ...
News

Gina Ortiz Jones, Shawn Skelly confirmed by U.S. Senate; both make LGBTQ history

--From a press release

Washington, DC — The United States Senate today confirmed two historic LGBTQ presidential nominees by unanimous consent. Gina Ortiz Jones, confirmed for Under Secretary of the Air Force, will be the first out lesbian to serve ...
U.S. House resolution apologizes to LGBTQ service members, civilian workers

U.S. House resolution apologizes to LGBTQ service members, civilian workers

A new resolution introduced in the U.S. House apologizes for the federal government's treatment of LGBTQ federal civilian workers and U.S. service members, who were once subject to expulsion from their positions because of their sexual ...
News

Federal judge blocks Arkansas anti-trans healthcare law

Judge James M. Moody Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas temporarily blocked an Arkansas law that would have banned physicians in the state from providing transition-related healthcare—e.g., hormones and puberty ...
News

Summit looking for BIPOC LGBTQ+ attendees

Pride Action Tank (PAT) and AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) will co-host "Co-Creating Futures: A BIPOC LGBTQ+ Policy & Practices Summit," starting virtually on Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT. According to the event's webpage, "T ...
Chicago City Council approves civilian oversight for police

Chicago City Council approves civilian oversight for police

On July 21, the Chicago City Council approved a controversial civilian oversight panel, giving the public more control over Chicago police following years of protests about law enforcement misconduct, The Chicago Tribune reported. The vote was ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Reeling 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ Internat'l Film Fest in-person, virtual in September

(July 28, 2021 — Chicago, IL) Chicago Filmmakers, Gilead and AARP present The 39th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. Founded in 1981, the festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind,
...
'Filmmaking on the South Side' on Aug. 21

'Filmmaking on the South Side' on Aug. 21

On Aug. 21, 7-9:30 p.m., Chicago Humanities Festival and local partners from Sisters in Cinema, South Side Home Movie Project and the Chicago South Side Film Festival will host a conversation about the development of community-based ...
Logan Center Bluesfest to include Shemekia Copeland, avery r. young

Logan Center Bluesfest to include Shemekia Copeland, avery r. young

This year, the Third Logan Center Bluesfest will take place Oct. 15-17. It will be a hybrid model with a series of intimate concerts, conversations and special events in which select programming is offered in-person, at ...
Winifred Haun & Dancers announces 2021-22 season, return to live performances

Winifred Haun & Dancers announces 2021-22 season, return to live performances

--From a press release

Chicago & Oak Park, IL Winifred Haun & Dancers will return to in person theater events and live programming for the upcoming 2021|22 Season. The Company will be presented at the Pritzker Pavilion, Ruth Page ...
THEATER Sideshow offers residency, announces digital house parties

THEATER Sideshow offers residency, announces digital house parties

Sideshow Theatre Company announced it will be offering a nine-month artistic residency to Chicago-based playwright Preston Choi. Through the residency, Sideshow will provide Choi with artistic and dramaturgical support as ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I'd still be full of jokes and fun, but no more naked pranks. I can see now my actions were pretty juvenile but this was a different time and it's something I would not do today." John Barrowman told The Daily Mail ...
Entertainment

OUTspoken storytelling to host six takes from LGBTQ+ perspective

--From a press release

The month of August is hot - but OUTspoken at the Sidetrack will be even hotter on Aug. 3 when six storytellers will tell tales of fun and fortune from a LGBTQ+ perspective! The program will start at 7:00 pm at ...
SHOWBIZ Script contest, LGBTQ film, Lady Gaga, Showtime, out sprinter

SHOWBIZ Script contest, LGBTQ film, Lady Gaga, Showtime, out sprinter

GLAAD and The Black List the writer-centric entity whose work includes its annual list, screenplay marketplace, writer labs, and film and television productions announced plans for The 2021 GLAAD List, the third ...
DANCE Deeply Rooted named to INFLUENCERS Cohort

DANCE Deeply Rooted named to INFLUENCERS Cohort

Chicago's Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is one of five dance companies (and the only Midwestern one) named to the International Association of Blacks in Dance's (IABD's) INFLUENCERS Cohort for the 2021 COHI/MOVE program. The five ...
'The Art of Banksy' to debut Aug. 14 at 360 N. State St.

'The Art of Banksy' to debut Aug. 14 at 360 N. State St.

"The Art of Banksy"—the largest touring exhibition of authentic Banksy artworks in the world—will take place in Chicago on the fourth floor of 360 N. State St.: a 45,000-square-foot space that was the home of other ...
Helmut Jahn architecture exhibit has opened

Helmut Jahn architecture exhibit has opened

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), 111 E. Wacker Dr., has opened its first, major limited-run exhibit, "Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture," the career retrospective of Helmut Jahn's innovative architectural designs. ...
Entertainment

Ravinia to unveil 'Bernstein's Answer' immersive theater experience

--From a press release

HIGHLAND PARK, IL—On Saturday, August 7, the Ravinia Festival and Jeffrey P. Haydon, its President and CEO, will officially unveil the Ravinia Music Box (RMB) and its immersive theater experience, titled Bernstein's Answer, and fully open ...
THEATER 2nd Story announces first half of 2021-22 season

THEATER 2nd Story announces first half of 2021-22 season

One of Chicago's longest-running storytelling collectives, 2nd Story, announced the first half of its 23rd season of programming for 2021-22. The season will feature nearly 30 world-premiere stories and storyteller debuts, as well as 20 of ...
THEATER Steppenwolf announces co-artistic directors

THEATER Steppenwolf announces co-artistic directors

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced a new model of leadership, naming ensemble members Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis as the incoming artistic directors of the storied Chicago company. The new appointment ...
Chicago arcade bar hosting LGBTQ+ event July 29

Chicago arcade bar hosting LGBTQ+ event July 29

Emporium Arcade Bar-Wicker Park, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. in partnership with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's (PRCC) Trans Empowerment Program is inviting members of the LGBTQIA+ community to hang out Thursday, July ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Olympics: Women's soccer team advances to quarterfinals

United States women's national team (USWNT) forward Alex Morgan had a goal disallowed as the squad settled for a 0-0 tie with Australia in its final game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics group stage, ESPN.com noted. ...
Chicago Red Stars fall to Gotham 2-1

Chicago Red Stars fall to Gotham 2-1

The Chicago Red Stars' Makenzy Doniak scored in the second half's stoppage time—but the team ultimately lost to NJ/NY Gotham FC 2-1 at Harrison, New Jersey, on July 25. Allie Long and Midge Purce scored for ...
SAVOR The Smith

SAVOR The Smith

Not too long ago, I sang the praises of "Red Sauce Sundays" at The Smith Restaurant + Bar (400 N. Clark St.; https://thesmithrestaurant.com/location/chicago/). Starting at 5 p.m. each Sunday, this ultimate comfort meal features a chicken ...
Outlines

Women's soccer: U.S. Olympic team bounces back with 6-1 win

Days after Sweden snapped the U.S. women's national team's (USWNT's) 44-game win streak with a deflating 3-0 loss, the U.S. team scored a 6-1 victory over New Zealand on July 24, The Sporting News noted. The ...
Char Schoenbach talks helping LGBTQs through Allstate, next chapter

Char Schoenbach talks helping LGBTQs through Allstate, next chapter

Lifelong Chicago resident Char Schoenbach began her career in sales and worked for two insurance agents before opening her own Allstate agency 31 year ago. "I have always believed in providing all people with quality insurance," ...





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