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Windy City Times 2021-12-22

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CDC study shows Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ men remain most affected by HIV/AIDS

CDC study shows Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ men remain most affected by HIV/AIDS

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men continue to be more affected by HIV/AIDS than white members of the LGBTQ+ community. Howard Brown ...
Breaking News

Creating Change conference pivots to virtual event

--From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release

DECEMBER 22, 2021.…WASHINGTON, DC……..The National LGBTQ Task Force today announced that the 34th annual Creating Change conference, slated for January 12-16 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, will now ...
COVID Chicago gyms, restaurants, venues to require vaccination proof

COVID Chicago gyms, restaurants, venues to require vaccination proof

COVID Chicago to require proof of vaccination at gyms, restaurants, other venues Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will require restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues (for example, sports arenas, movie theaters, bowling ...

  News

Debra Shore reflects on new role in EPA, past accomplishments

Debra Shore reflects on new role in EPA, past accomplishments

In October, President Joe Biden appointed Debra Shore to be the next Region Five Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), representing six states in the Midwest and the lands of 35 federally recognized tribes. Shore—who ...
Affinity's annual Burning Bowl postponed until March

Affinity's annual Burning Bowl postponed until March

Affinity Community Services a Chicago social-justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on Black women is postponing its annual Burning Bowl ceremony until March 2022. A note read, "Due to t ...
News

Utah billionaire leaves Mormon Church, donates to LGBTQ group

Billionaire Jeff Green resigned from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writing in a letter to the church's president that he believes the institution has "hindered global progress in women's rights, civil rights and ...
Hungry Souls Collective founders talk genesis of company, other work endeavors

Hungry Souls Collective founders talk genesis of company, other work endeavors

Licensed clinical social workers Victoria Aron and Mikki Guerra have joined forces to create Hungry Souls Collective—a woman-, LGBTQIA- and minority-owned business that specializes in trauma, addiction and spirituality. According ...
Gail Morse now part of two Illinois Supreme Court committees

Gail Morse now part of two Illinois Supreme Court committees

Gail H. Morse, a tax partner in the Chicago office of the global law firm Jenner & Block, was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to its Committee on Professional Responsibility and reappointed to its Committee ...
New Jersey legislature votes to codify marriage equality

New Jersey legislature votes to codify marriage equality

On Dec. 20, New Jersey lawmakers took steps to protect marriage equality, with both houses of the state legislature voting to enshrine the right to same-sex marriage into state law, PhillyVoice.com reported. Sponsors of the legislation ...
Pride in the Pews: from storytelling to mobilizing Black LGBTQ+ leaders of faith

Pride in the Pews: from storytelling to mobilizing Black LGBTQ+ leaders of faith

Storytelling, justice and community—these core values drove Pride in the Pews when it began in March 2021 as a campaign to collect 66 stories from Black LGBTQ+ Christians across the country. While the mission for Pride ...
COVID Five states and Puerto Rico added to Chicago's travel advisory

COVID Five states and Puerto Rico added to Chicago's travel advisory

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added five states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas as well as Puerto Rico to its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory on Dec. 21. The advisory is now at 47 states and ...
Report: Kim Foxx's office showed 'major failure' in handling Smollett matter

Report: Kim Foxx's office showed 'major failure' in handling Smollett matter

A 59-page report from special prosecutor Dan Webb concluded that Cook County prosecutors, including State's Attorney Kim Foxx, repeatedly went out of bounds in their handling of the Jussie Smollett case—and then repeatedly misled the public ...
GLAAD planning in-person ceremonies for 2022

GLAAD planning in-person ceremonies for 2022

GLAAD announced that the GLAAD Media Awards will return to in-person ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles in 2022 after being virtual in 2020 and 2021. The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los ...
News

Judge orders release of report on handling of Smollett case

On Dec. 20, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin authorized the release of a report exploring the way Cook County prosecutors and Chicago police handled the Jussie Smollett matter, The Chicago Tribune reported. The move came after ...
News

World of Chocolate fundraiser returns Feb. 11, benefits AIDS Foundation Chicago

--From a press release

After a two-year hiatus, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce the return of its famed World of Chocolate fundraiser taking place on Friday, Feb/ 11 at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. Inspired by ...
PASSAGES Information technology specialist Erik Burns dies at 45

PASSAGES Information technology specialist Erik Burns dies at 45

Tribune Media Service Delivery Vice President and former information technology (IT) project manager Erik Burns died Dec. 10 after a 13-month battle with stage four metastatic colon cancer. He was 45. ...
COVID U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker test positive

COVID U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker test positive

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker separately revealed they have tested positive for COVID. Fully vaccinated (including getting a booster shot), the 72-year old Massachusetts progressive declared on social ...
WORLD Chile's marriage law, Tokyo's move, Iran arrest, Mr. Gay World resigns

WORLD Chile's marriage law, Tokyo's move, Iran arrest, Mr. Gay World resigns

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed a historic bill legalizing same-sex marriage into law, days after the measure was approved by Congress, Al-Jazeera reported. The law "puts all love relationships between two people on an equal footing," ...
Senate confirms ex-mayor Emanuel as U.S. envoy to Japan

Senate confirms ex-mayor Emanuel as U.S. envoy to Japan

On Dec. 18, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan. According to The Chicago Tribune, the Senate voted 48-to-21 to confirm Emanuel, with the longtime political operator receiving ...
NATIONAL New Jersey, Audre Lorde, LGBTQ book, youth items

NATIONAL New Jersey, Audre Lorde, LGBTQ book, youth items

In the face of growing anxiety over the Supreme Court's conservative bent, state lawmakers in New Jersey are moving to pass marriage-equality legislation, Gay City News reported. According to Garden State Equality, the New Jersey Assembly's ...
COVID Brave Space Alliance's Unicorn Ball postponed until March

COVID Brave Space Alliance's Unicorn Ball postponed until March

In light of the emergence and spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Unicorn Ball—which the Chicago trans organization Brave Space Alliance was hosting—has been postponed from Dec. 18, 2021, to March 2022. A letter ...
Pritzker signs bill repealing Parental Notification Act

Pritzker signs bill repealing Parental Notification Act

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed House Bill 370, which repeals the Parental Notification Act (PNA). According to a press release from his office, "Rescinding the PNA ensures that while a pregnant minor can choose to ...
ART DePaul exhibition to explore themes of torture, reparations

ART DePaul exhibition to explore themes of torture, reparations

DePaul Art Museum's exhibition "Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantanamo" marks 20 years since the opening of the United States' extralegal prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and examines the local and ...
Lightfoot cleared of concealment in Anjanette Young raid

Lightfoot cleared of concealment in Anjanette Young raid

An investigation that the private law firm of Jones Day and retired federal judge Ann Claire Williams led essentially cleared Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot of malicious information concealment related to the wrongful police raid of Anjanette ...
News

FDA allows abortion pills to be sent via mail

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Dec. 16 that it is lifting a requirement that patients seeking medication abortion had to pick up the medication in person and allowing pills to be sent by mail ...
News

VIEWS Remembering our sister-friend bell hooks

bell hooks died on Dec. 15, 2021, at 69, in Kentucky. As a Black Appalachian, bell hooks was inarguably one of the nation's prominent feminist scholars and authors, and a friend to everyone she met. Last ...
Out actress Kelly McGillis to join flag-football teams in Key West tourney

Out actress Kelly McGillis to join flag-football teams in Key West tourney

Teams of women and girls from around the world are to meet for sporting events and activities Jan. 24-31, 2022, during the 30th annual Kelly McGillis Classic International Women's & Girls' Flag Football Championship, according to ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Filmmaker B. Danielle Watkins discusses her 'Higher Spirit'

Although lesbian filmmaker/screenwriter/author B. Danielle Watkins has now made two films about Christmas, she admitted she really doesn't like movies that center on the holiday. "My best friend and business partner, Onyx Keesha, loves them," Watkins
...
DANCE Joffrey's remaining 'Nutcracker' performances canceled [UPDATE]

DANCE Joffrey's remaining 'Nutcracker' performances canceled [UPDATE]

After canceling three performances of The Nutcracker due to a breakthrough case of COVID-19 within the company, The Joffrey Ballet resumed performances Dec. 19, and they will run through Sunday, Dec. 26. Artists will wear protective ...
MOVIES Twenty years after the premiere of 'Kevin's Room,' the film still resonates

MOVIES Twenty years after the premiere of 'Kevin's Room,' the film still resonates

Walking down a Chicago street in 2021, actor Keith Butler said a man recognized him from a character that he played in a film two decades ago: Kevin, from the local production Kevin's Room. "The fact ...
Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building launches new website, ticketing for spring productions

Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building launches new website, ticketing for spring productions

Chicago's Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., launched its new look and a website with centralized ticketing and rental platforms that encompass all of the landmark building's spaces: artists' studios, offices, rehearsal halls and two ...
MOVIES/TV Former Bryan Singer assistant details alleged abuse

MOVIES/TV Former Bryan Singer assistant details alleged abuse

In a first-person account in Variety entitled "My Traumatizing Years with Bryan Singer," Blake Stuerman, 30, detailed his what he said were his experiences over his four years with out filmmaker Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects; ...
Billy Masters: Rex Smith, 'West Side Story' and more

Billy Masters: Rex Smith, 'West Side Story' and more

"It was pretty damn good!"—Rex Smith's response when Billy showed a risqué photo of Rex at his most beautiful and asked, "What was it like walking around looking like that?" I love when someone that gorgeous ...
Actor, poet, arts activist Jerrie Johnson talks new Amazon show 'Harlem,' other work

Actor, poet, arts activist Jerrie Johnson talks new Amazon show 'Harlem,' other work

Jerrie Johnson's mission to book a series regular role six months after finishing graduate school came to fruition when they (Johnson uses they/them pronouns) were cast as Tye, a lesbian dating app creator/CEO (who uses she/her ...
SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race' judges, 'Nash Bridges,' Dolly Parton, J.K. Rowling, Britney

SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race' judges, 'Nash Bridges,' Dolly Parton, J.K. Rowling, Britney

The guest judges for the 14th season of RuPaul's Drag Race have been revealed, according to out.com. Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson, Andra Day, Loni Love, Christine Chiu, Ava Max, Nicole Byer, Ts Madison, Alec ...
MOVIES/MUSIC Director Julia Nash keeps legacy of gay deceased father alive with Wax Trax! film

MOVIES/MUSIC Director Julia Nash keeps legacy of gay deceased father alive with Wax Trax! film

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records is a documentary telling the story of two gay men who created a music empire in the '80s. Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher were a couple who made ...
THEATER Windy City Playhouse to present 'Sons of Hollywood'

THEATER Windy City Playhouse to present 'Sons of Hollywood'

Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein announced that the theater will present the world premiere of Sons of Hollywood—a searing take on 1920's Hollywood through the eyes of gay silent-film stars Ramon Novarro and William ...
Entertainment

COVID Paramount Theatre's 'Cinderella' canceled through Dec. 19

Due to COVID-related illness within the cast and crew, all Cinderella performances at the Paramount Theatre through Sunday, Dec. 19, are canceled. The venue has scheduled additional performances to help offer people more performance options. People ...
MUSIC Out singer VINCINT plans a 'Getaway'

MUSIC Out singer VINCINT plans a 'Getaway'

Out and proud singer Vincint Cannady (aka VINCINT) continues to change the game in the world of pop music. He got his start from performing in gospel groups before becoming a finalist in the singing competition ...

  Outlines

SPORTS Sin City Classic announces Ken Scearce Leadership Award

SPORTS Sin City Classic announces Ken Scearce Leadership Award

The Sin City Classic Sports Festival Presented by Lexus, called the largest annual LGBTQ+ sporting event in the world, announced the creation of the Ken Scearce Leadership Award. The Sin City Classic organizers created the award ...
Bears fall to Vikings; Bulls win again

Bears fall to Vikings; Bulls win again

Quarterback Kirk Cousins tossed two touchdown passes as the Minnesota Vikings (7-7) beat the short-handed Chicago Bears (4-10) 17-9 at Soldier Field on Dec. 20. Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw a touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted ...
SAVOR Take in the sights (and drinks) at new spot Dusk

SAVOR Take in the sights (and drinks) at new spot Dusk

Looking for a place to relax after work? Then look no farther than the sleek bar/art space Dusk, at 1518 N. Throop St. a stone's throw from the seasonal Jack Frost pop-up and near the Clybourn Corridor. ...
Outlines

SPORTS Bulls edge Lakers and LeBron in first game in eight days

DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points—including 19 in the fourth quarter—as the Chicago Bulls scored a gritty 115-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (16-15), completing a season sweep of that team, per NBA.com. The Bulls (18-10) ...
SAVOR Boxcar Betty's

SAVOR Boxcar Betty's

Boxcar Betty's (which has two locations—at Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.; and in Bucktown, at 1856 W. North Ave.) is among many Chicago restaurants to bring a taste of the South to the city. ...
Blackhawks defeat Caps in OT, settle with Kyle Beach

Blackhawks defeat Caps in OT, settle with Kyle Beach

—The Chicago Blackhawks scored their second victory over the high-flying Washington Capitals in the last 14 days on Dec. 15, 5-4 in overtime at the United Center. Chicago had three goals in a 34-second span in ...





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