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BREAKING Lesbian confirmed to appeals court

On Nov. 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of the first openly LGBT woman—a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School—for a seat on a federal appeals circuit bench. The roll-call ...
Departments dismiss appeals of same-sex Social Security survivor case

Departments dismiss appeals of same-sex Social Security survivor case

On Nov. 1, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration (SSA) dismissed their Ninth Circuit appeals of two nationwide class-action suits that Lambda Legal won. The original ruling was in favor of surviving ...
Breaking News

Trans Netflix employees file labor suit

Two transgender Netflix employees have filed labor charges against the streaming giant in the wake of the Dave Chappelle controversy concerning his special The Closer, alleging the company retaliated against them for speaking out against the ...
Trans ex-Netflix employee talks Chappelle, 'Closer' controversy

Trans ex-Netflix employee talks Chappelle, 'Closer' controversy

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The Closer, Dave Chappelle's latest special for Netflix, has caused considerable controversy—especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community, many of whom say the production contains transphobic jokes. Among those who ...
First U.S. passport with 'X' gender marker is issued

First U.S. passport with 'X' gender marker is issued

On Oct. 27, the State Department was expected to issue the first U.S. passport with an "X" gender marker, The Washington Blade reported. Lambda Legal client Dana Zzyym, an intersex and non-binary U.S. Navy veteran, became ...

  News

Election night: Big wins for LGBTQs, people of color

Election night: Big wins for LGBTQs, people of color

In the midst of mixed news for both main political parties regarding seemingly prominent elections (Republican Glenn Youngkin winning the Virginia governor's race; Democrat Eric Adams becoming mayor of New York City), the other major story ...
News

Historic number of out LGBTQ NYC Council candidates win election

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Six out LGBTQ candidates endorsed by LGBTQ Victory Fund won their general election campaigns for the New York City Council tonight, increasing the ...
News

Chicago Park District board president addresses lifeguard's complaints, mayor comments

--From press releases

(Chicago, IL) On behalf of myself, the board of Commissioners and the entire CPD staff. let me say that we owe both a sincere apology and of a debt of gratitude to the brave young women ...
News

Believe Out Loud multi-faith statement decries Texas' anti trans youth law

--From a press release

DALLAS, Texas (Nov. 2, 2021) — A national coalition of 37 organizations and more than 171 individuals have endorsed a multi-faith statement of solidarity with transgender children in Texas, after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into ...
THEATER Neo-Futurists attempting to raise $30K in 60 days

THEATER Neo-Futurists attempting to raise $30K in 60 days

With the resumption of in-person performances, including The Infinite Wrench, The Neo-Futurists are launching their annual fundraiser "$30K in 60 Days: A Fundraiser for The Neo-Futurists." The return to form kicks off with TIW24, the special ...
Local chefs holding 'Black Brown Unity Dinner' Nov. 4

Local chefs holding 'Black Brown Unity Dinner' Nov. 4

Chefs Carlos Gaytan (Tzuco) and Lamar Moore (Eleven Eleven) have announced a collaboration at Tzuco, 720 N. State St., intended to reinforce and champion the unity of Chicago's Black and Brown communities. The collaboration takes place ...
Baldwin calls for reversal of previous administration's transgender prison policy

Baldwin calls for reversal of previous administration's transgender prison policy

--From a press release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand ...
NATIONAL Intersex snapshot, teacher fired, 'Living Rainbow,' Task Force

NATIONAL Intersex snapshot, teacher fired, 'Living Rainbow,' Task Force

In honor of Intersex Awareness Day (Oct. 26), the National Institutes of Health's Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) released the DSD & Intersex Research Portfolio Snapshot of the NIH FY 2019 SGM Portfolio Analysis, ...
WORLD Italian senate, Polish bill, LGBTQ+ Afghans, soccer player

WORLD Italian senate, Polish bill, LGBTQ+ Afghans, soccer player

Italy's senate killed a bill that would have made violence against LGBTQ+ and disabled people, as well as misogyny, a hate crime, The Guardian reported. The 315-member senate voted 154 to 131 to block the debate ...
Mejia-Beal elected chair of DuPage Democrats

Mejia-Beal elected chair of DuPage Democrats

Ken Mejia-Beal, a part of the LGBTQ+ community, has been elected chair of the Democratic Party of DuPage County. Mejia-Beal was the appointed vice-chair of governmental affairs for the same organization. On his Facebook page, he ...
Kinzinger not seeking re-election

Kinzinger not seeking re-election

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois)—one of the most prominent critics of former President Donald Trump in the House Republican Conference—announced in a video Oct. 29 that he will not seek ...
LGBT HISTORY MONTH Snapshots showcase life in queer 1970s San Francisco

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Snapshots showcase life in queer 1970s San Francisco

The California Historical Society is in the process of digitizing two collections of photographs and negatives from the wild and heady early days of LGBTQ liberation in San Francisco. The snapshots were discovered in boxes in ...
Precious Brady-Davis announces MWRD candidacy

Precious Brady-Davis announces MWRD candidacy

Prominent local trans figure Precious Brady-Davis announced her candidacy for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) commissioner. The announcement comes in the wake of President Joe Biden appointing out now-former Commissioner ...
LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic

LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic

As part of its COVID-19 Grand Rounds series, AIDS Foundation Chicago hosted an Oct. 26 panel featuring LGBTQ+ Latinx healthcare providers sharing how the pandemic has impacted their personal and professional lives. Panelists included Howard Brown ...
In midst of Blackhawks sex-assault scandal, Quenneville resigns

In midst of Blackhawks sex-assault scandal, Quenneville resigns

On Oct. 28, Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the NHL's Florida Panthers—two days after the second-winningest coach in league history was among those implicated for not swiftly responding to allegations by a Chicago Blackhawks player ...
News

Pres. Biden nominates Gigi Sohn FCC Commissioner; would be first out LGBTQ FCC Commissioner

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today President Joe Biden nominated Gigi Sohn to fill a vacant seat at the Federal Communications Commission, putting her on-track to become the first out LGBTQ FCC commissioner in history, if confirmed by ...
Joffrey names new head of studio company and trainee program

Joffrey names new head of studio company and trainee program

Abbott Academy Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance Raymond Rodriguez announced that Christopher Marney is the new head of studio company and trainees at the academy. Marney begins his new role Nov. 3, just eight ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

THEATER REVIEW My Name Is Inanna

Title: My Name Is Inanna. Playwright: Ezzat Goushegir At: Red Tape Theatre at The Ready, 4546 N. Western Ave. Tickets: Free; RedTapeTheatre.org. Runs through: Dec. 11 Given the propensity of pre-Christian deities to behave as inconstantly
...
Lesbian director sails again with Lyric Opera's 'Florencia en el Amazonas'

Lesbian director sails again with Lyric Opera's 'Florencia en el Amazonas'

Lesbian director Francesca Zambello has successfully ferried the Spanish-language opera Florencia en el Amazonas (Florencia in the Amazon) throughout its entire existence. Zambello not only staged its wildly successful world-premiere ...
Actress Kristen Stewart announces engagement

Actress Kristen Stewart announces engagement

Actress Kristen Stewart announced she and actress/screenwriter Dylan Meyer are engaged in an interview with Howard Stern, CNN.com noted. "We're marrying, we're totally gonna do it," Stewart said. "I wanted to be proposed to, so I ...
Black Harvest awards to go to directors of 'Dionne Warwick,' 'Reopening'

Black Harvest awards to go to directors of 'Dionne Warwick,' 'Reopening'

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced the 2021 winners of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize—a cash award given to both the ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Happy Birthday to @jessetyler the object of my desire. This love affair has gone on for what seems like an eternity...I love this man more than pussy."—Lea DeLaria posts a very disturbing Instagram birthday greeting to ...
THEATER 'Christmas Dearest' Nov. 27-Dec. 31

THEATER 'Christmas Dearest' Nov. 27-Dec. 31

Hell in a Handbag Productions will continue its 20th-anniversary season with the return of one of its most popular holiday musicals: Christmas Dearest, featuring book and lyrics by Artistic Director David Cerda; music by Cerda and ...
Entertainment

Trans Netflix employees file labor suit

Two transgender Netflix employees have filed labor charges against the streaming giant in the wake of the Dave Chappelle controversy concerning his special The Closer, alleging the company retaliated against them for speaking out against the ...
Actor Kal Penn announces engagement to boyfriend

Actor Kal Penn announces engagement to boyfriend

Actor Kal Penn (TV's House and Clarice; the Harold & Kumar films) revealed to People that he is engaged to marry his longtime partner, Josh, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The couple, who have been together for ...
SHOWBIZ Non-binary actor, holiday TV specials, John Waters, Grammys

SHOWBIZ Non-binary actor, holiday TV specials, John Waters, Grammys

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Non-binary actor E.R. Fightmaster (TV's Shrill and Work in Progress) is joining the cast of ABC's long-running medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as a recurring member: Dr. Kai Bartley, the show's first non-binary doctor, out.com. ...
THEATER REVIEW The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

THEATER REVIEW The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Title: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer. Playwright: Cheryl L. West At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $15-$45. Runs through: November 21 The custom nowadays is for shows to finish their ...
Chicago International Film Festival screens messages of diversity, inclusion at 57

Chicago International Film Festival screens messages of diversity, inclusion at 57

The International Film Festival turned 57 in 2021. While it was scaled down from previous years, much of the festivities seemed just like old times. On Oct. 13-24, North Americans longest-running competitive film festival held screenings ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Bulls continue strong start by topping Celtics

After trailing by 19 points in the third quarter, the Chicago Bulls stormed back to beat the Boston Celtics 128-114 on Nov. 1—on the road. The Bulls remain on a 70-win pace, and now have the ...
Outlines

Kane makes history as Blackhawks win first game

On Nov. 1, the Chicago Blackhawks turned things around. The team beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 at the United Center, as co-captain Patrick Kane took sole possession of third in all-time franchise goals (408) and moved ...
Chicago Red Stars open voting for 2021 Player Awards

Chicago Red Stars open voting for 2021 Player Awards

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Red Stars opened voting today for the club's 2021 Player Awards. Starting today, fans can visit www.chicagoredstars.com/awards to cast their vote for players in seven categories: Rookie of the Year, Newcomer of ...
Outlines

Blackhawks: Anti-gay photo, another loss, Cup request

A photo from Stanley Cup celebrations in 2010 shows the Chicago Blackhawks using a homophobic joke weeks after team officials reportedly covered up a player's sexual assault allegations, Yahoo! News reported. The photo of Blackhawks stars ...
Red Stars score historic win, qualify for playoffs

Red Stars score historic win, qualify for playoffs

The Chicago Red Stars defeated the Orlando Pride, 1-0, at Exploria Stadium on Oct. 29, according to SB Nation. Kealia Watt's second-half goal was the difference, and it ensured that Chicago would host an opponent (to ...
'John Doe' in Blackhawks investigation steps forward

'John Doe' in Blackhawks investigation steps forward

As an independent report on the Chicago Blackhawks' handling of a 2010 sexual-assault allegation continued, the former player whose complaint was at the heart of the scandal revealed his identity in a televised interview, The Chicago ...





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