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Windy City Times 2021-12-15

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SPORTS Sky's Parker reveals she's married, she and wife expecting

SPORTS Sky's Parker reveals she's married, she and wife expecting

Candace Parker, a star on the WNBA's Chicago Sky, announced she was expecting her second child with her wife, Anna Petrakova, on their anniversary, USA Today reported. Parker who already has a 12-year-old daughter said in an Instagram ...
Smollett guilty on five counts

Smollett guilty on five counts

After over nine hours of deliberation, a jury found actor Jussie Smollett guilty Dec. 9 of faking an anti-gay hate crime against himself in Streeterville on Jan. 2019, according to multiple reports. Smollett was guilty of ...

  News

Author/feminist bell hooks dies at 69

Author/feminist bell hooks dies at 69

Acclaimed author and activist bell hooks died Dec. 15 at age 69. The writer (real name: Gloria Jean Watkins) was born in 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, per NBC News. Her first published work, a book of ...
News

CPS schools' restrooms now gender-inclusive

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has directed school leaders to post signs the district said "makes it clear that our restrooms are open for use to anyone who feels comfortable in that space," The Chicago Tribune reported. ...
News

Wisconsin LGBTQ+-rights activist Dick Wagner dies at 78

Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist and onetime Dane County, Wisconsin, Supervisor Dick Wagner has died at age 78, NBC15.com reported. According to a friend, Wagner was found at tiny Kerr-McGee Triangle Park, which he helped create in the ...
News

Trans people three times more likely to face food insufficiency during pandemic

--From a press release

During the pandemic, an estimated 25% of transgender adults in the U.S. reported not having enough to eat in the past week, compared to 8% of cisgender adults, according to a new report by the Williams ...
Chicago trans law-school student wins moot court competition

Chicago trans law-school student wins moot court competition

At the 27th Annual Burton D. Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition that the Washington College of Law hosted virtually at American University in October, Madeline Townsend a law student at the University of Illinois at ...
Downstate Donuts starts Kickstarter campaign for Andersonville shop

Downstate Donuts starts Kickstarter campaign for Andersonville shop

Chicago's award-winning Downstate Donuts, known for its signature line of authentic potato donuts, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to open its first retail shop in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Since founder ...
Pop-culture event C2E2 returns to Chicago

Pop-culture event C2E2 returns to Chicago

The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) returned to the South Building of McCormick Place on Dec. 10-12. It was a different season to hold the convention that usually happens in the summer, but organizers wanted ...
News

USA Gymnastics, USOPC reach $380M settlement with abuse victims

On Dec. 13, a federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis confirmed a $380-million settlement between USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee with hundreds of victims of former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, ...
News

Leading groups join call for LGBTQ-inclusive books, books on race, racism

--From a GLAAD press release

GLAAD joins over 600 groups and individuals in a powerful statement of support against efforts to ban LGBTQ-inclusive books and books about race and racism. The statement, created by the National Coalition Against Censorship, is the ...
News

SPORTS Pena upsets lesbian fighter Nunes in MMA action

Julianna Pena achieved a huge upset Dec. 11, when she made Amanda Nunes submit to claim the women's bantamweight title in the UFC 269 co-main event at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, according to USA Today. Pena ...
News

VIEWS Will Smollett's hoax affect public perception of hate crimes?

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett was recently found guilty on five of the six counts of felony disorderly conduct for concocting an elaborate racist and homophobic assault against himself. Each Class 4 felony count can land ...
News

Indiana minister leaves job after appearing with drag queens in TV series

The Rev. Craig Duke has been a Methodist minister for three decades, building a reputation as a staunch advocate of LGBTQ inclusion. However, according to ABC News, his pastoral duties have ended—the result of a split ...
News

HRC Foundation announces recipients of 2021 Global Small Grants

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), HRC's educational arm, announced this year's recipients of small grants as a part of the organization's Global Partnerships Program. The announcements were made on ...
Billie Jean King, Tom Brady honored at Sports Illustrated Awards

Billie Jean King, Tom Brady honored at Sports Illustrated Awards

Legendary tennis player/activist Billie Jean King was among those honored at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards (SI Awards) presented by Pepsi Stronger Together, held Dec. 7 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock & ...
NATIONAL Bullying items, non-binary student, trans ornaments, Hillary Clinton

NATIONAL Bullying items, non-binary student, trans ornaments, Hillary Clinton

In Tennessee, a Bedford County seventh-grader died by suicide Nov. 28 after he was ruthlessly bullied for being gay, according to LGBTQ Nation. The parents of 12-year-old Eli Fritchley say his peers repeatedly told him he ...
Author Anne Rice dies at 80

Author Anne Rice dies at 80

Writer Anne Rice, whose Interview With The Vampire sold more than 150 million copies, died at age 80 on Dec. 11, according to media reports. Her son Christopher Rice, an out gay man who is also ...
WORLD Conversion therapy, Tunisia attack, Bolsonaro, 'West Side Story'

WORLD Conversion therapy, Tunisia attack, Bolsonaro, 'West Side Story'

In Mexico, LGBTQ activists in Sonora are spearheading a call for a national ban on so-called conversion therapy, Fronteras reported. The Coalicion Mexicana LGBTTTI+ Sonora gathered more than 18,000 signatures for a petition demanding the Mexican ...
SPORTS Lesbian tennis director, Rapinoe, losses by local teams

SPORTS Lesbian tennis director, Rapinoe, losses by local teams

—Amelie Mauresmo, an out lesbian and former top-ranked professional tennis player, has been named the newest director of the French Open. According to ESPN.com, Mauresmo, who succeeds Guy Forget, is the first woman to hold the ...
News

Michigan diocese issues anti-trans request

A Catholic diocese in Michigan is asking its pastors to deny baptism, confirmation and other sacraments to transgender and nonbinary people unless they have "repented"—a policy that's possibly the most sweeping of its kind in the ...
News

Lisa Middleton becomes Palm Springs mayor, third out trans mayor in U.S. history, first in CA

--From a press release

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. Today LGBTQ Victory Fund and Equality California jointly praised news that Palm Springs, California City Councilwoman Lisa Middleton will be sworn-in as Palm Springs mayor on Thursday. Middleton will become the first ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Steppenwolf's first show in new theater to be '1919'

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will open its new in-the-round Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell with the Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) world-premiere adaptation of Eve L. Ewing's 1919, adapted by J. Nicole Brooks and directed
...
Five Worth Finding: Gift ideas

Five Worth Finding: Gift ideas

With the holidays almost upon us, here are a few items to consider: Samsung items: Some people may just think phones and computers when they think of Samsung, but the company offers so much more. For ...
Golden Globe nominations unveiled in low-key event

Golden Globe nominations unveiled in low-key event

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)—which has taken a critical drubbing over its lack of diverse membership as well as its questionable standards and conduct—announced nominations for its 2022 Golden ...
THEATER Proboscis Theatre announces cast for 'Queens of Infinite Space'

THEATER Proboscis Theatre announces cast for 'Queens of Infinite Space'

Proboscis Theatre has announced the cast and production team of the world premiere of The Queens of Infinite Space, written and directed by Founder/Co-Artistic Director Jeff Mills The production will run Jan. 16-21 at Epiphany Center ...
Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw to headline 2022 Smokeout

Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw to headline 2022 Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout announced the headline music acts for its 2022 outdoor country music and BBQ festival. They include Grammy winners Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert, ACM Award winner Sam Hunt; and 12 time Grammy winner ...
Photography giant Annie Leibovitz talks 'Wonderland' at Chicago Humanities Festival

Photography giant Annie Leibovitz talks 'Wonderland' at Chicago Humanities Festival

In its classic style of spotlighting creative humans, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) hosted "Ellen Stone Belic Presents: In Her Infinite Wisdom Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland" on Dec. 7 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. ...
Billy Masters: Jussie Smollett, Bob Mackie, Luke Evans and more

Billy Masters: Jussie Smollett, Bob Mackie, Luke Evans and more

Billy Masters: Jussie Smollett, Bob Mackie, Luke Evans and more "It's the Mariah Menu. It's not just the Mariah Meal. It's a whole menu." Mariah Carey explains her deal with McDonald's. Sure, you could say, "I'll have ...
THEATER REVIEW When Harry Met Rehab

THEATER REVIEW When Harry Met Rehab

Title: When Harry Met Rehab. Playwright: Spike Manton and Harry Tienowitz At: Donald Cameron Clark Productions at the Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42-$85; WhenHarryMetRehab.com. Runs through: ...
SHOWBIZ Kennedy Center, drag series, Bjork, awards, Wil Wheaton

SHOWBIZ Kennedy Center, drag series, Bjork, awards, Wil Wheaton

Returning to the Kennedy Center Opera House with an audience for the first time since 2019, the 44th Kennedy Center Honors ceremony recently honored a music-heavy class of Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Motown founder Berry Gordy ...
THEATER REVIEW Mr. Dickens' Hat

THEATER REVIEW Mr. Dickens' Hat

Title: Mr. Dickens' Hat. Playwright: Michael Hollinger At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets: $30-$89; Northlight.org . Runs through: Jan. 2 Dickens was NOT dead ...

  Outlines

SPORTS Sky's Parker reveals she's married, she and wife expecting

SPORTS Sky's Parker reveals she's married, she and wife expecting

Candace Parker, a star on the WNBA's Chicago Sky, announced she was expecting her second child with her wife, Anna Petrakova, on their anniversary, USA Today reported. Parker who already has a 12-year-old daughter said in an Instagram ...
Outlines

Red Stars provide update on search for new coach

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. (Dec. 13, 2021) The Chicago Red Stars are well underway in the search process for a new head coach, which will include the perspectives and opinions of multiple stakeholders. The search committee is ...
Outlines

SPORTS Bears lose to archrival Packers in wild game

The Chicago Bears (4-9) outscored the Green Bay Packers (10-3) 24-21 during an entertaining and exciting second quarter on Dec. 12 at Lambeau Field to take a 27-21 halftime lead. However, the Packers came back at ...
Outlines

Chicago Red Stars set roster ahead of 2022 NWSL expansion draft, NWSL draft

--From a press release

CHICAGO—The Chicago Red Stars announced their current team roster ahead of the 2022 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Expansion Draft and the 2022 NWSL Draft. All players, with the exception of Zoey Goralski, are contracted by ...
Chicago Sky unveil 2022 regular-season schedule

Chicago Sky unveil 2022 regular-season schedule

The defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky will begin their 2022 regular season on Friday, May 6, at Wintrust Arena. "Each year when the new schedule comes out, we really start to feel the excitement and anticipation ...





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