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Windy City Times 2021-11-24

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Three white men found guilty in fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

On Nov. 24, a jury found three white men guilty of murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was Black, early last year, according to media reports. Father and son Gregory ...
Breaking News

Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all charges

On Nov. 19 in Wisconsin, a Kenosha County jury composed of seven women and five men acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges against him, finding the teenage gunman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two ...

  News

LGBTQ+ youth advocates call for action after increased bullying reports

LGBTQ+ youth advocates call for action after increased bullying reports

Officials from LGBTQ+-advocacy organizations Equality Illinois, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Rainbow Cafe and Youth Outlook announced a sharp increase in the number of bullying incidents directed against LGBTQ+ students across ...
Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce elects first Black LGBTQ president in organization's history

Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce elects first Black LGBTQ president in organization's history

In November, the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce elected Darien Marion-Burton to serve as the organization's first Black LGBTQ president. Marion-Burton will begin his role in January 2022 and said he's excited to bring a ...
News

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thanksgiving is a time to reflect

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for a God that created us and loves us. The sins of racism, sexism, ageism and classicism are neoclassic examples of how we have fallen short. We have come ...
News

COVID Chicago's travel advisory back up to 40 states and one territory

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added two states to its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory on Nov. 23. The advisory stands at 40 states and one territory. Connecticut, whose daily COVID Case rate per 100,000 ...
LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois head stepping down

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois head stepping down

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Director Jerome' Holston has publicly acknowledged that he will be leaving his post at the end of this month. In a statement, he said, "As my role as Director of ...
News

AFC commemorates passing of the HIV decriminalization law with World AIDS Day event Dec. 1

--From a press release

The World AIDS Day Community Celebration of the Historic Passage of HB1063, which ended criminal penalties against people living with HIV, will be hosted by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). It will also commemorate World AIDS Day ...
Community mourns the losses of transgender people, celebrates the living at TDOR event

Community mourns the losses of transgender people, celebrates the living at TDOR event

During the Trans Day of Remembrance/Resilience (TDOR) on Nov. 20, community members gathered for a town hall and memorial to remember the losses and lives of trans people in Chicago and beyond. Hosted by Brave Space ...
Local chefs to take part in James Beard series dinner [EVENT POSTPONED]

Local chefs to take part in James Beard series dinner [EVENT POSTPONED]

[This event has been postponed. A new date will soon be announced.] Chef Cedric Harden, of the River North restaurant River Roast, will participate in the James Beard Foundation's 2021-2022 Taste America culinary series ...
News

The National Black Justice Coalition mourns death of Angel Naira

--From a press release

ALIQUIPPA, PA — The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the death of Angel Naira, a 36-year-old Black transgender woman. Naira was shot to death in her home in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 2021. She ...
News

Honoring Emmett Till's mother's 100th birthday, Medill launches institute

--From a Northwestern University press release

EVANSTON, Ill. —- November 23 marks the 100th birthday of Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago boy who was brutally lynched in the Mississippi Delta in 1955. Her decision to "let the ...
DuPage Democrat employee resigns after Wisconsin parade posts

DuPage Democrat employee resigns after Wisconsin parade posts

Mary Lemanski resigned from her role as social-media manager of the Democratic Party of DuPage County after being criticized for insensitive tweets she made about the parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, according to NCTV17.com. In now-deleted ...
Missouri district returning LGBTQ+ books to high school libraries

Missouri district returning LGBTQ+ books to high school libraries

In Missouri, the North Kansas City School district said it would return two books exploring LGBTQ+ themes to its high school libraries following public outcry, The Hill noted. The district announced its plans to reshelve All ...
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce plans holiday shopping events supporting 100+ businesses

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce plans holiday shopping events supporting 100+ businesses

--From a press release

CHICAGO (November 22, 2021) - The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to kick-off the holiday season with a festive line-up of neighborhood events encouraging residents and visitors to "shop local" in support of the ...
News

Christina Kahrl, Monica Roberts named to LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 22, 2021) Today, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announced that BaseballProspectus.com co-founder and San Francisco Chronicle sports editor Christina Kahrl and TransGriot founder Monica Roberts ...
WORLD HIV case, Ireland items, Kim Petras, actress' illness

WORLD HIV case, Ireland items, Kim Petras, actress' illness

A woman in Argentina has become only the second documented person whose own immune system may have cured her of HIV, NBC News noted. Researchers have dubbed the 30-year-old mother, who was first diagnosed with HIV ...
NATIONAL N.Y. governor, GLSEN report, flower shop, political items

NATIONAL N.Y. governor, GLSEN report, flower shop, political items

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a pair of LGBTQ-related bills aimed at protecting sex-trafficking survivors as well as requiring utility and telephone companies to respect customers' preferred pronouns, The New York Post reported. One of ...
News

CPS staffers fired in wake of Marine Leadership Academy scandal

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials announced that 12 employees at Marine Leadership Academy and a school volunteer either committed or covered up sexual misconduct that dates back five years, The Chicago Tribune reported. Ten adults have ...
Activist projects names of trans dead on Netflix HQ

Activist projects names of trans dead on Netflix HQ

--From a press release

LOS GATOS — On the Trans Day of Remembrance, the names of trans people who died this year were projected onto Netflix's Silicon Valley headquarters. The words of light were visible from Winchester Boulevard, over the ...
Legendary costume designer accused of sexual harassment, abuse

Legendary costume designer accused of sexual harassment, abuse

Legendary costume designer and six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long—a onetime head of the American Theatre Wing, which gives out the Tony Awards—has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by two different men, according to ...
VIEWS Young people need to listen to LGBTQ elders' intergenerational experiences

VIEWS Young people need to listen to LGBTQ elders' intergenerational experiences

For one of my first Windy City Times assignments, I was lucky enough to spend nearly three hours interviewing longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Michael O'Connor. As queer individuals living in Chicago in 2021, we had plenty in ...
News

DNC makes statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

--From a Democratic National Committee press release

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released the following statement to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20): "This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the lives lost due to anti-trans ...
News

NBJC commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance in what may be deadliest year

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Since January of 2021, at least 46 transgender or gender-nonconforming/non-binary people in the United States have had their lives taken from them - putting 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on ...
COVID U.S. opens boosters for all adults

COVID U.S. opens boosters for all adults

On Nov. 19, the United States, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allowed COVID-19 booster shots for all adults and took the extra step of urging people 50 and older to seek one, ...
Four LGBTQ leaders to be inducted into LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame

Four LGBTQ leaders to be inducted into LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame

--From a press release

Washington, DC LGBTQ Victory Institute announced it will induct four political leaders into the 2021 class of the LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame, which honors the LGBTQ elected officials, appointed officials and candidates who made ...
VIEWS Reporting on queers of color needs to investigate absence as much as presence

VIEWS Reporting on queers of color needs to investigate absence as much as presence

Earlier this month, I pitched a Windy City Times article that sought to explore how role playing games (RPGs), such as Dungeons & Dragons, enable queer people of color (QPOC) to explore their gender and sexuality ...
VIEWS In defense of the word 'lesbian'

VIEWS In defense of the word 'lesbian'

When I decided to come out to my mom, I wanted to wait until I could say the word "lesbian" out loud. But as I sat her down, I tripped over the long string of letters. "Mom, I'm gay," I blurted ...
VIEWS Google and Chicago's segregated LGBTQ+ community

VIEWS Google and Chicago's segregated LGBTQ+ community

I was a little baby queer when I moved to Chicago last year. I come from a traditional, cookie-cutter Connecticut town where Vineyard Vines and Sunday school were the standards. So, for a LatinX queer person who ...
News

Brave Space Alliance, partners plan Memorial Luncheon, Town Hall on trans violence

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL Nov. 19, 2021 Brave Space Alliance and other community partner organizations will host a memorial luncheon and town hall to honor the memory of transgender people who have been murdered over the ...
News

HHS acts to prevent discrimination, strengthen civil rights

--From a press release

Washington D.C. — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced actions to further ...
News

IL General Assembly LGBTQ Caucus condemns Proud Boys led censorship in Downers Grove

--From a press release

CHICAGO - The five openly LGBTQ members of the Illinois General Assembly today call on Downers Grove District 99 to protect LGBTQ youth in their community from hate and censorship by immediately rejecting calls to censor ...
Spain to host Gay Games in 2026

Spain to host Gay Games in 2026

After months of preparations and a final presentation before the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) in the seaside city of Brighton East Sussex, Valencia, Spain was chosen to host the 2026 edition of the Gay Games. ...
Thailand, Switzerland go in opposite directions regarding marriage equality

Thailand, Switzerland go in opposite directions regarding marriage equality

Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the country is constitutional, The Washington Blade reported. The Foundation for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights and Justice, ...
Bishops approve paper that falls short of denying Communion to pro-choice Biden

Bishops approve paper that falls short of denying Communion to pro-choice Biden

--From a press release

On Nov. 17, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly to approve a document that fell short of refusing Holy Communion to President Joe Biden or others who support abortion rights something conservatives in the Church ...
News

LGBTQ+ equality in nine Illinois municipalities detailed in Human Rights Campaign Index

--From a press release

WASHINGTON Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with ...
Chicago Public Schools principal fosters social justice, safe space for LGBTQ+ students

Chicago Public Schools principal fosters social justice, safe space for LGBTQ+ students

When Jas Thurmond became principal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Social Justice in 2016, the K-8 school had only recently been renamed. That was an important change, Thurmond said, but as she stepped ...
Eychaner helps launch Midwest media outlet

Eychaner helps launch Midwest media outlet

Major Chicago-based Democratic donor Fred Eychaner is funding a new media outlet that launched Nov. 18, and which is aimed at covering state and local political races in the Midwest, Politico reported. The outfit combines Heartland ...
CTA's Red-Purple Bypass at Belmont to go into service Nov. 19

CTA's Red-Purple Bypass at Belmont to go into service Nov. 19

The Chicago Transit Authority announced the new Red-Purple Bypass the first major improvement for CTA customers as part of the historic $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project will go into service on the Brown ...
MCA announces new curatorial leadership

MCA announces new curatorial leadership

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) announces the appointments of two new leaders to its curatorial team—Rene Morales, as the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator; and Jamillah James, as Manilow Senior Curator. Morales and James ...
Biden nominates second lesbian as federal judge

Biden nominates second lesbian as federal judge

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recommended that President Joe Biden elevate the Manhattan federal judge overseeing the sex-abuse trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Reuters reported. Biden ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

EVENTS John Grumpy Co. presenting 'Black Sunday' Nov. 28

John Grumpy Co. is hosting "Black Sunday," which will take place at HVAC Pub, 3530 N. Clark St., on Sunday, Nov. 28, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.. This event will feature celebrity DJ Jamal Smallz. "Black Sunday" will
...
THEATER 'Q Brothers Christmas Carol' Dec. 7-23

THEATER 'Q Brothers Christmas Carol' Dec. 7-23

The 80-minute hip-hop holiday hit Q Brothers Christmas Carol—created by Chicago sensations the Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax and Pos) and developed with Creative Producer Rick Boynton—is back in a limited engagement in The Yard ...
MUSIC Grammy nominations announced; GLAAD comments

MUSIC Grammy nominations announced; GLAAD comments

On Nov. 23, the nominations for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards were announced. John Batiste, the musician who also serves as the bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, led among all nominees with 11 ...
Entertainment

MUSIC Controversial rapper DaBaby postpones shows

DaBaby's return to touring following fallout for making anti-gay comments at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami this past summer has been postponed, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The rapper's been promoting his "Live Show ...
Ivan Aguayo brings eclectic background to 'evolution' of dance

Ivan Aguayo brings eclectic background to 'evolution' of dance

In the center of the A&A Ballet studio stood the Mouse King. His long, felt tail trailed behind him as he made attempts to pose both for the camera and the numerous other ballet performers in ...
TV JoJo Siwa in finale of 'Dancing with the Stars' and the winner is…

TV JoJo Siwa in finale of 'Dancing with the Stars' and the winner is…

Queer social-media and reality-show figure JoJo Siwa made history on this season of Dancing with the Stars by being part of the series' first same-sex couple (with partner Jenna Johnson) and the twosome made it all the ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Back in the '80s, I did blow at that Chevron and dropped acid at that 7-Eleven."—Belinda Carlisle gives her son, James Duke Mason, a walking tour of West Hollywood. Watch The Go-Go's get inducted into the ...
SHOWBIZ '9-1-1,' Billie Jean King, Lena Waithe, singer Mary Lambert, White Party

SHOWBIZ '9-1-1,' Billie Jean King, Lena Waithe, singer Mary Lambert, White Party

Actor Rockmond Dunbar left the Fox show 9-1-1 after four seasons over a vaccine mandate, Deadline noted. His gay character, Michael Grant, was abruptly written off in the Nov. 15 episode, leaving fans of the first-responder ...
THEATER REVIEW Bug

THEATER REVIEW Bug

Title: Bug. Playwright: Tracy Letts At: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$110; Steppenwolf.org. Runs through: Dec. 12 When you hear the word "bug," do you think of an insect, a microbe or a ...
Rainbow Railroad plans 'When I Am Free' benefit concert to get LGBTQI+s to safety

Rainbow Railroad plans 'When I Am Free' benefit concert to get LGBTQI+s to safety

--From a press release. Videos below

Chicago, IL (November 12, 2021) - The annual Chicago 5 Lives Fundraiser hosted by Rainbow Railroad is proud to return this year with "When I Am Free", a benefit concert offering attendees a premier evening of ...
THEATER 'Cinderella' at Paramount through Jan. 9

THEATER 'Cinderella' at Paramount through Jan. 9

Aurora's Paramount Theatre is presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. According to a press release, "Paramount's Cinderella promises to come with all of the spectacle and splendor audiences have come to ex ...
MOVIES 'Dante and Beatrice in Florence' Nov. 28-Dec. 5

MOVIES 'Dante and Beatrice in Florence' Nov. 28-Dec. 5

Porchlight Music Theatre is partnering with Hershey Felder Presents: Live from Florence and its second season of productions. The launch of this new season from Hershey Felder is the new musical film Dante and Beatrice in ...
Entertainment

Goodman Theatre updates its 2022 schedule:

--From a press release

(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre announces an update to its production schedule for the early months of 2022. The world premiere of Christina Anderson's play the ripple, the wave that carried me home, directed by Miranda Haymon—a ...
Entertainment

Chicago Magic Lounge announces next show in Artist-in-Residence series

--From a press release

Chicago, IL — Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago's home for close-up magic, continues its Artist-In-Residence series with Kayla Drescher: Magic in Heels, Wednesdays at 7:00pm, January 5 — March 30, 2022. Kayla Drescher: Magic in Heels is ...

  Outlines

Outlines

SPORTS Bulls get walloped by Indiana

The Chicago Bulls—and their fans—probably didn't see this one coming. Indiana (8-11) came into the United Center on Nov. 22 and defeated the Bulls (12-6) 109-77. ESPN.com noted that Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points, and Malc ...
SPORTS Report: Now-former Red Stars coach accused of abuse

SPORTS Report: Now-former Red Stars coach accused of abuse

Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames stepped down from his position one day after the team played in the NWSL title game and a new report seems to be the reason why. According to the Chicago ...
Outlines

SPORTS Northwestern wins first national title in field hockey

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Northwestern University field hockey team made school history by winning its first national title, shutting out the Liberty University Flames 2-0, The Daily Northwestern reported. In a tightly contested match between ...
SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks continue winning ways; Bears falter again

SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks continue winning ways; Bears falter again

Two of Chicago's men's professional sports teams won their games Nov. 21, while a third snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The Blackhawks got back into the win column with a 1-0 win over Vancouver ...
SPORTS Chicago Red Stars coach steps down

SPORTS Chicago Red Stars coach steps down

A day after the Chicago Red Stars fell short in the NWSL title game, losing 2-1 to the Washington Spirit in overtime, head coach Rory Dames resigned. "For 11 years, I have dedicated myself to help ...
SAVOR Farm Bar

SAVOR Farm Bar

You may not have heard of Farmheads Group, but it should be known that the organization is on a culinary mission. Farmheads which operates Farm Bar Lakeview, Farmhouse Evanston and Brown Dog Farm wants to exemplify responsibility by ...
SPORTS Red Stars lose NWSL title game in overtime, 2-1

SPORTS Red Stars lose NWSL title game in overtime, 2-1

The Chicago Red Stars were, oh, so close. The team fell just short of capturing the NWSL title, falling 2-1 to the Washington Spirit in overtime Nov. 20 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. It ...
SPORTS Blackhawks beat Seattle Kraken to win fourth straight game

SPORTS Blackhawks beat Seattle Kraken to win fourth straight game

The Chicago Blackhawks are still undefeated under their new coach. The Blackhawks earned their first road win of the season in their inaugural meeting against the expansion team the Seattle Kraken on Nov. 17, 4-2. Marc-Andre ...





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