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Guidance on COVID-19 booster shots

Guidance on COVID-19 booster shots

--From a Howard Brown Health press release

At this time, most people do not qualify for a third COVID-19 shot. Recently the Biden Administration unveiled a plan for wider availability of a third COVID-19 vaccine regimen and the FDA updated the emergency use ...
Chicago imposing indoor mask mandate Aug. 20; eight states added to advisory

Chicago imposing indoor mask mandate Aug. 20; eight states added to advisory

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will re-institute a face mask mandate for all indoor public settings as the average number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in Chicago surpasses 400. All individuals aged 2 ...
James Hormel, the first LGBTQ U.S. ambassador, dies

James Hormel, the first LGBTQ U.S. ambassador, dies

James Catherwood Hormel the first openly gay man to represent the United States as an ambassador died Aug. 13 at age 88. ...

  News

News

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame announces 2021 class of new inductees

--From a press release

Chicago, August 17, 2021 — The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (CLHOF) announced that its 2021 Class of Inductees will include Frank London Brown, Jeanette Howard Foster, Carlos Cortez, and Gene Wolfe. The inductees will be ...
News

Appellate Court of Illinois vindicates transgender woman in fight against Hobby Lobby

--From a Lambda Legal press release

CHICAGO The Second District Appellate Court of Illinois Friday found that Hobby Lobby violated the Illinois Human Rights Act when it barred Meggan Sommerville, a transgender woman and employee of more than 20 years, from ...
 Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to further protect older Illinoisans

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to further protect older Illinoisans

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — Joined by legislators, advocates, and the Illinois Department of Aging (IDoA) on Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker today signed legislation that reflects the lessons learned from the COVID-19 ...
News

PFLAG National mourns passing of past president Paulette Goodman

--From a press release

WASHINGTON PFLAGers everywhere mourn the death of Paulette Goodman, who served as PFLAG National President from 1988 until 1992. Goodman was born in a Jewish family, ...
News

Pritzker signs measures for Illinois service members, including LGBTQ+ individuals

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD Joined by legislators, advocates, and Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director Terry Prince, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed seven pieces of legislation that aim to improve ...
NATIONAL DC attack, NC law, conversion therapy, trans woman shot

NATIONAL DC attack, NC law, conversion therapy, trans woman shot

A gay Asian man and his parents were beaten in Washington D.C. near Vice President Kamala Harris' home by a man shouting slurs, LGBTQ Nation reported. Patrick Joseph Miller Trebat was arrested at the scene on ...
WORLD Kazakhstan protest, anti-gay attack, Taiwan wedding, Olympics

WORLD Kazakhstan protest, anti-gay attack, Taiwan wedding, Olympics

More than 100 people protested against an event planned by LGBT activists in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe, RFERL.org reported. The protesters said at the Aug. 8 rally that they would hand a petition to the ...
LGBTCC hosting boat cruise, business boot camp

LGBTCC hosting boat cruise, business boot camp

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC) is hosting two separate events within the next few weeks. The organization will hold its annual boat cruise Monday, Aug. 23, 6-9:30 p.m., on The Spirit of Chicago ...
News

Report details healthcare disparities for North Carolina LGBTQs, especially Black, transgender

--From a press release

ASHEVILLE, NC — The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) and Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) released a new report about LGBTQ health in North Carolina, as a supplement to The Report of the 2019 ...
Pritzker signs bill that makes hygiene products available to students

Pritzker signs bill that makes hygiene products available to students

Among the measures Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed was HB 156, which requires school districts to make menstrual hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in each bathroom available to students in grades four ...
Illinois Appellate Court upholds trans bias ruling against Hobby Lobby

Illinois Appellate Court upholds trans bias ruling against Hobby Lobby

--From a press release

CHICAGO — In a case of first impression, the Illinois Second District Appellate Court of Illinois issued an opinion on Aug. 13 upholding the decision of the Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC) decision under the Illinois ...
Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to prevent hair discrimination in schools

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to prevent hair discrimination in schools

--From a press release

CHICAGO - On Aug. 13, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill 817 into law, prohibiting schools from issuing policies on hairstyles historically associated with race or ethnicity. The legislation addresses injustices in dress code polices and ...
News

CDC confirms COVID boosters for immunocompromised people [UPDATE]

On Aug. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave final approval to start administering COVID-19 booster shots to Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients. ...
News

CDPH seeking proposals from groups to connect the HIV-vulnerable to services

--From a press release

CHICAGO Today, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued five Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for qualified smaller organizations to implement screening and support services to help accelerate efforts ...
Report: 92% of LGBTQ people have been vaccinated against COVID

Report: 92% of LGBTQ people have been vaccinated against COVID

CMI's (Community Marketing & Insights') 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey results have been released—and there are some intriguing results. The report, released in July, focused on the data for 15,042 ...
Chicago Academy's 25th annual AIDS benefit show Sept. 24-25

Chicago Academy's 25th annual AIDS benefit show Sept. 24-25

Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 25th Annual AIDS Benefit will take place Sept. 24-25 at The Academy, 1010 W. ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Joffrey Ballet's "Home: a Celebration" opens inaugural season at Lyric Opera House

August 18, 2021 (Chicago) — The Joffrey Ballet opens its inaugural season at the Lyric Opera House and marks its return to live performances with Home: a Celebration, a triumphant mixed repertory program that spotlights original
...
Entertainment

Chicagoland performing arts venues, producers unify around vaccination, masks

--From a press release

Chicago, IL (August 17, 2021) — The League of Chicago Theatres shared today that a growing coalition of more than 65 performing arts venues and producers across Chicagoland have agreed upon Covid-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements ...
MUSIC Lyric Opera of Chicago's 'Pagliacci' on film

MUSIC Lyric Opera of Chicago's 'Pagliacci' on film

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced that registration is now open for audiences to secure a free link to screen the new, original film production of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, filmed at the Lyric Opera House. Audiences can now ...
THEATER New iteration of 'The Golden Girls' Sept. 16-Oct. 23

THEATER New iteration of 'The Golden Girls' Sept. 16-Oct. 23

Hell in a Handbag Productions will welcome back audiences this fall with the return of Chicago's favorite drag seniors in its long-running parody The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5—SEX!, written by Artistic Director David ...
Chicago-area author releases book about gay, autistic African-American

Chicago-area author releases book about gay, autistic African-American

PenPower Book Marketing Services and Chicago-area author Jaire Sims have released his debut young adult novel, Getting By, which was named a finalist in the African American (Fiction) category in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book ...
COMEDY Cameron Esposito at The Den on Oct. 2

COMEDY Cameron Esposito at The Den on Oct. 2

The Den Theatre will present out comedian Cameron Esposito Saturday, Oct. 2d at 8 pm on The Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.. Esposito is a standup comic, actor and writer who has appeared across television ...
ART College of DuPage to showcase Tony Fitzpatrick's final exhibition

ART College of DuPage to showcase Tony Fitzpatrick's final exhibition

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA), at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the College of DuPage campus, will open its season with "Tony Fitzpatrick: Jesus of Western Avenue." This will be the final museum exhibition by ...
Shattered Globe Theatre extends applications for Global Playwrite Series through Aug. 31

Shattered Globe Theatre extends applications for Global Playwrite Series through Aug. 31

--From a press release

CHICAGO (August 16, 2021) — Shattered Globe Theatre has extended the application deadline for its Global Playwright Series (GPS) through Tuesday, August 31, 2021. GPS is a new play development ...
MOVIES Candyman 'Say It. I Dare You' challenge Aug. 21-22 in Chicago

MOVIES Candyman 'Say It. I Dare You' challenge Aug. 21-22 in Chicago

The Candyman "Say it. I Dare You!" challenge—an interactive pop-up experience—will take place Aug. 21-22, 12-8 p.m., at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave. Guests are invited to enter a dark room where they are challenged ...
FACETS to reopen to the public Sept. 17

FACETS to reopen to the public Sept. 17

--From a press release

CHICAGO FACETS has announced it will return to presenting in-person programming on Friday, September 17 while simultaneously screening virtual cinema. At an invitation-only Industry / Press Open House on Tuesday, August ...
THEATER 'Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992' running Sept. 11-26

THEATER 'Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992' running Sept. 11-26

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will stage Anna Deavere Smith's award-winning one-woman play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 on Sept. 11-26 at Evanston's Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. "Twilight" will run Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at ...
Madonna, Warner Bros. announce global partnership

Madonna, Warner Bros. announce global partnership

Madonna and Warner Music Group announced a milestone, career-spanning global partnership that includes a new agreement for her entire recorded music catalog. With global sales of more than 300 million records, Madonna is the best-selling female ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"It's wonderful so many have supported Britney! I've just heard the news! Wonderful things can happen when we stand together … but not too close because I have just learned that some of you do not ...
SHOWBIZ Ben Platt, Billie Jean King, Megan Thee Stallion, 'Horror Stories' series

SHOWBIZ Ben Platt, Billie Jean King, Megan Thee Stallion, 'Horror Stories' series

Queer Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning artist Ben Platt has dropped his new album, Reverie, via Atlantic Records, per a press release. Platt will mark the arrival of Reverie with his biggest North American headline tour to ...
Entertainment

Lightfoot's "Chicago in Tune" music festival starting Thursday

--From a press release

CHICAGO Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced more details for the new "Chicago in Tune" music festival starting Thursday including ...
Printers Row Lit Fest returns to Chicago Sept. 11-12

Printers Row Lit Fest returns to Chicago Sept. 11-12

--From a press release

CHICAGO (August 12, 2021) Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, returns for its 36th year with 100% free programming for book lovers the weekend after Labor Day, Saturday, Sept. ...
LGBTQ women's music event 'Still Rising' on Aug. 21

LGBTQ women's music event 'Still Rising' on Aug. 21

Still Rising—for LGBTQ women DJs, producers, promoters and their allies—will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, at Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave. There will be a mixer, workshops and, of course, music at ...

  Outlines

Chicago Red Stars fall to N.C. Courage

Chicago Red Stars fall to N.C. Courage

Goalkeeper Emily Boyd returned to the Chicago Red Stars starting core for the first time in two years. However, Chicago fell to the North Carolina Courage in Cary, North Carolina, 1-0 on Aug. 15. Boyd's 2021 ...
Chicago Sky edge Seattle in overtime

Chicago Sky edge Seattle in overtime

The Chicago Sky defeated the Seattle Storm 87-85 in overtime on Aug. 15—the team's first overtime win this season. It's also Chicago's first overtime win at Wintrust Arena since Sept. 13, 2016. On his birthday, Chicago ...
SAVOR Britches and brunch at The Dearborn

SAVOR Britches and brunch at The Dearborn

I've had the pleasure of dining at The Dearborn (145 N. Dearborn St.; https://www.thedearborntavern.com/) several times—but it's always been a weekday outing. Recently, I met a friend for Sunday brunch. The results were both expected ...
SAVOR Smashburger

SAVOR Smashburger

With hundreds of fast-food restaurants throughout Chicago, it might seem like the last thing the city needs is another burger spot However, the Denver-based chain Smashburger is in the Windy City at a pretty busy location, near ...





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