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COVID Every state, four territories now on Chicago's travel advisory

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added the only state and only territory that were not on its COVID-19 travel advisory last week—Montana and Guam—to the weekly list on Jan. 5. Every U.S. state is ...
Beloved icon Betty White dies at 99

Beloved icon Betty White dies at 99

Betty White a beloved TV icon whose career spanned decades has died at age 99. White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on Jan. 17, 1922. "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would ...

  News

ELECTIONS Chicago Ald. Pat Powell announces congressional run

ELECTIONS Chicago Ald. Pat Powell announces congressional run

Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell has dropped her bid to be the next Illinois secretary of state and will, instead, run to succeed retiring U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush. In a statement, Dowell said: "First, I want to ...
Pritzker appoints Chakena Perry to Shore's MWRD seat [UPDATE]

Pritzker appoints Chakena Perry to Shore's MWRD seat [UPDATE]

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has appointed Chakena Perry to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) seat vacated by Debra Shore, who recently was named regional administrator of the U.S. EPA, according to the Buzz section ...
CPS canceling classes Jan. 5-7 after union votes to go virtual [UPDATE]

CPS canceling classes Jan. 5-7 after union votes to go virtual [UPDATE]

Classes have been canceled Jan. 5-7 in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) after the teachers union voted to refuse to appear for in-person work, The Chicago Tribune reported. Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) for ...
Monks separate from school after it hires coach in same-sex marriage

Monks separate from school after it hires coach in same-sex marriage

The group of Benedictine monks governing Lisle's Benet Academy announced it will cut ties with the school after the hiring of a lacrosse coach who is in a same-sex marriage, according to Naperville News 17. Benet ...
News

Michigan's first out gay man dies at 91

Jim Toy—the person widely considered to be Michigan's first openly gay man and one of its most prominent LGBTQ activists—passed away at age 91, MLive.com reported. Toy died on New Year's Day, said Washtenaw County Commissioner ...
Israel allows surrogacy for same-sex couples, trans people and single men

Israel allows surrogacy for same-sex couples, trans people and single men

Israel Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced that, starting next week, same-sex couples, single men and transgender people will be able to parent children through surrogacy, an option that was previously banned for them in the country, ...
Former Chicago resident Todd Connor running for Indiana state Senate

Former Chicago resident Todd Connor running for Indiana state Senate

Onetime Chicago resident Todd Connor announced he is running for the Indiana state Senate to represent Porter County. Connor, who's openly gay and who served in the U.S. Navy during 2000-04, is currently CEO of Veterans ...
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush to retire [UPDATE]

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush to retire [UPDATE]

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) an Army veteran and Baptist minister who has served in Congress since 1993 is reportedly retiring, per The Chicago Tribune. In the 1960s, Rush, 75, co-founded the Illinois Black Panther Party. He then ...
News

Former LGBT Chamber head Holston starts new position at Chicago Community Trust

Jerome' Holston, who recently left his position heading the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, is now the campaign fundraising manager at Chicago Community Trust. When he left the chamber, he said, in part, "As my ...
CDC's COVID guidelines; new Chicago/Cook County policy kicks in Jan. 3

CDC's COVID guidelines; new Chicago/Cook County policy kicks in Jan. 3

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he anticipates "further clarification" on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) updated guidelines to end the COVID-19 isolation period after just five days for people who are not exhibiting ...
NATIONAL Vermont judges, trans bishop, Jared Polis, gay mayor

NATIONAL Vermont judges, trans bishop, Jared Polis, gay mayor

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced his appointments of three Vermont Superior Court judges—Elizabeth Novotny, of Jericho; Heather Gray, of Quechee; and Justin Jiron, of Underhill, a press release noted. Novotny is a Vermont lawyer with more ...
WORLD Trans model dies, museum exhibit, Tunisia case

WORLD Trans model dies, museum exhibit, Tunisia case

April Ashley—reportedly the first Briton to undergo gender-confirmation surgery—has died at 86, according to an Out item that cited The Liverpool Echo. Ashley, who was born in Liverpool, was the first known trans model to appear ...
SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! champ, director dies, Frank Ocean

SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! champ, director dies, Frank Ocean

TikTok fans of LGBTQ entertainer Jojo Siwa said her new teenage girlfriend, Katie Mills, is a supporter of anti-LGBTQ Republican former President Donald Trump, per LGBTQ Nation. Mills also once questioned if transgender women are "actually" ...
Illinois Lt. Gov. Stratton, U.S. Rep. Garcia test positive for COVID-19

Illinois Lt. Gov. Stratton, U.S. Rep. Garcia test positive for COVID-19

Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton and U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D-Illinois) have tested positive for COVID-19. Stratton, the state's second-in-command said in a tweet that she had "mild symptoms and will isolate as I recover," ...
Trans woman killed at Indianapolis nightclub

Trans woman killed at Indianapolis nightclub

Ke'Yahonna Stone, a 32-year-old trans woman and community advocate, died after being shot in the parking lot of an Indianapolis nightclub, LGBTQ Nation reported. The shooting occurred early Dec. 26 outside the Epic Ultra Lounge. Stone ...
LGBTQ travel expert Jeff Guaracino dies at 48

LGBTQ travel expert Jeff Guaracino dies at 48

Philadelphia native, author and Visit Philadelphia President/CEO Jeff Guaracino died Dec. 28, following a long battle with cancer. He was 48. Guaracino worked to boost the economies of both his hometown and Atlantic City as head ...
A look at Northalsted/Boystown bars since 2020 town hall on racism

A look at Northalsted/Boystown bars since 2020 town hall on racism

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Zola Chatman began her drag career in 2018 at a drag brunch at Kitchen 17, a local vegan restaurant. Chatman, a Black trans woman from Chicago, entered the drag world thinking she was joining a supportive ...
LGBTQ activists raising money to help trans trailblazer Gavin Grimm

LGBTQ activists raising money to help trans trailblazer Gavin Grimm

LGBTQ advocates and allies are raising money to help transgender trailblazer Gavin Grimm remain housed after a health crisis that left him unable to work, Metro Weekly reported. Grimm—whose name has become synonymous with transgender rights—rose ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

THEATER Trans performer Sis is doin' fine in 'Oklahoma!'

This isn't your typical grandma's Oklahoma! The very first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein opened on Broadway in 1943 and continues to captivate audiences today. The dialogue remains the same, but updated casting choices have
...
COVID Raven Theatre cancels production of 'Beautiful Thing'

COVID Raven Theatre cancels production of 'Beautiful Thing'

Raven Theatre announced it will cancel its upcoming production of Beautiful Thing due to the current surge of the COVID Omicron variant. The production, written by Jonathan Harvey and directed by Mikael Burke, was slated to ...
ATTRACTIONS 'Dr. Seuss' extended through Jan. 23

ATTRACTIONS 'Dr. Seuss' extended through Jan. 23

The Dr. Seuss Experience—the immersive spectacle that gives guests of all ages the opportunity to journey through nine different Dr. Seuss books—will now take place on Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Jan. 23. The attraction is ...
THEATER 'Winnie the Pooh' running March 15-June 12

THEATER 'Winnie the Pooh' running March 15-June 12

After its run in New York City, Jonathan Rockefeller's Disney's Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation will arrive in Chicago on March 15 and will run through June 12 at the Mercury Theatre Chicago, ...
Theatre Above the Law to run 'Chernobyl' on Feb. 3-27

Theatre Above the Law to run 'Chernobyl' on Feb. 3-27

Theatre Above the Law, a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, will stage its world premiere of Ghosts of Chernobyl on Feb. 3-27 at 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. The production was originally slated to run ...
THEATER 'Bachelor' parody musical to start Jan. 13

THEATER 'Bachelor' parody musical to start Jan. 13

Bachelor: The Unauthorized Parody Musical will run Jan. 13-Feb. 13 at Apollo Theater Chicago, 2550 N. Lincoln Ave. With songs like "Sob Story," "Two-On-One Tango" and "The Date Card is a Riddle," this parody has romance, ...
Billy Masters: Lindsay Wagner, Andy Cohen and more

Billy Masters: Lindsay Wagner, Andy Cohen and more

"You spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines. You're a danger to public health. Get fucked."—Meghan McCain's tweet to commentator Candace Owens, after Owens did what Meg calls a "post-[Trump] ...
Beloved icon Betty White dies at 99

Beloved icon Betty White dies at 99

Betty White a beloved TV icon whose career spanned decades has died at age 99. White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on Jan. 17, 1922. "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would ...

  Outlines

SPORTS Red Stars announce partnerships with local broadcasters

SPORTS Red Stars announce partnerships with local broadcasters

The Chicago Red Stars entered into a new broadcasting partnership with Univision Chicago and The U, WMEU, Channel 48.1 and WCIU, Channel 26.2 that will see the local stations broadcast select Red Stars games during the ...
SPORTS Bulls now have eight-game win streak

SPORTS Bulls now have eight-game win streak

DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and Zach LaVine added 27 as the Chicago Bulls (25-10) extended its win streak to eight with a 102-98 victory over the Orlando Magic (7-31) on Jan. 3 at the United ...
SPORTS Bears top Giants 29-3; Blackhawks lose again

SPORTS Bears top Giants 29-3; Blackhawks lose again

With their offense and defense working together, the Chicago Bears (6-10) jumped to a quick 14-0 lead and cruised to a 29-3 drubbing of the New York Giants (4-12). "They didn't let up all day," said ...
TRAVEL Phoenix: The warmth of sun and smiles

TRAVEL Phoenix: The warmth of sun and smiles

It's 75 degrees in December. Obviously, I wasn't in Chicago, although there's something to be said for the charm of the season's first snowfall. I was actually in Phoenix and, although it's only a four-hour plane ride ...
Bulls win streak reaches seven; 'Hawks, Notre Dame lose

Bulls win streak reaches seven; 'Hawks, Notre Dame lose

The Chicago Bulls (24-10) extended their win streak to seven with a 120-119 victory over the Washington Wizards on Jan. 1. Bulls star DeMar DeRozan hit a buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer for the second consecutive night. He ...
SPORTS Bulls win fifth consecutive game; Sky's Parker honored

SPORTS Bulls win fifth consecutive game; Sky's Parker honored

Zach LaVine had 25 points and Nikola Vucevic had 20 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls (22-10) won their fifth consecutive game by defeating the Atlanta Hawks (15-19) 131-117 at the United Center on Dec. 29. It ...
Nothing but net: Swish creates space where BIPOC queer athletes can 'feel good in their bodies'

Nothing but net: Swish creates space where BIPOC queer athletes can 'feel good in their bodies'

Swish a basketball club for BIPOC queer and trans casual players came into being because Jamiece Adams wanted a less competitive, more supportive space to play a sport she picked up in high school. She also wanted a ...






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