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U.S. team: Woman may have been cured of HIV

A U.S. research team reported that it has possibly cured HIV in a woman for the first time, NBC News reported. These scientists used a cutting-edge stem cell transplant method that they expect will expand the ...
SPORTS Rams top Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl that has LGBTQ twists

SPORTS Rams top Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl that has LGBTQ twists

A 79-yard drive capped by Cooper Kupp's 1-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matthew Stafford gave the Los Angeles Rams (16-5) a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (13-8) on Feb. 13 at Super Bowl LVI at ...

  News

News

HRC condemns Kentucky State Senate for advancing radical anti-trans sports ban bill

-- From a press release

FRANKFORT Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Fairness Campaign condemned the Kentucky State Senate for advancing a bill to ban transgender youth from playing sports consistent with their ...
Social commentator Fran Lebowitz at Auditorium Theatre April 15

Social commentator Fran Lebowitz at Auditorium Theatre April 15

Social commentator, satirist and author Fran Lebowitz will be at Chicago's Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Lebowitz essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current ...
National Puerto Rican Day Parade launches 2022 scholarship program

National Puerto Rican Day Parade launches 2022 scholarship program

-- From a press release

New York City, February 15, 2022, - The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is now accepting applications for its 2022 National Scholarship Program. For the sixth consecutive year, the NPRDP will award 100 scholarships valued ...
COVID Lightfoot not saying if Chicago will lift mandates Feb. 28

COVID Lightfoot not saying if Chicago will lift mandates Feb. 28

On Feb. 14, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to say if the city will lift its mask mandate along with the state or lift the COVID vaccine mandate for patrons of restaurants, fitness centers and bars ...
Israel, New Zealand ban conversion therapy

Israel, New Zealand ban conversion therapy

Two more countries have banned the widely discredited practice known as conversion therapy. In Israel, the health ministry issued a circular Feb. 14 banning medical professionals from practicing it, The Jerusalem Post reported. The circular stresses ...
News

Lightfoot, city leaders, advocates highlight increasing rates of domestic violence

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, city and community leaders highlighted the increase in domestic violence-related incidents in Chicago throughout the pandemic and the support and services available to domestic ...
Planned Parenthood of Illinois relocating; doors open Feb. 14

Planned Parenthood of Illinois relocating; doors open Feb. 14

-- From a press release

CHICAGO Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is pleased to announce the relocation of its Loop Health Center to a new, larger space at 16 N. Wabash Ave. The move is part of PPIL's preparation for an increase ...
News

Program for LGBTQ people/families pushed by Archdiocese of Detroit are harmful, say Catholic groups

-- From a press release

DETROIT, MI (Feb. 14, 2022) Three affiliated groups that advocate for LGBTQ+ Catholics are warning Catholic parents against participating in the EnCourage and Courage "ministries" that the Archdiocese of ...
News

Gay Games Hong Kong, FGG name Guadalajara presumptive co-host of 11th Gay Games in 2023

-- From a press release

Hong Kong and San Francisco, 14 February 2022 The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and Gay Games 11 Hong Kong (GGHK) today announced that Guadalajara has been named the presumptive co-host of the November 2023 ...
INA files for Howard Brown employees' collective-bargaining unit

INA files for Howard Brown employees' collective-bargaining unit

The Illinois Nurses Association (INA) filed a motion with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declaring its intent to form a collective-bargaining unit for non-nursing staff within the Howard Brown ...
WORLD Honor killing, Global Respect Act, scholarship, Australian bill

WORLD Honor killing, Global Respect Act, scholarship, Australian bill

The U.S. condemned the so-called honor killing of a transgender woman in Iraqi Kurdistan, The Washington Blade reported. Media reports indicate Doski Azad's brother, Chakdar Azad, murdered her in Mangesh on Jan. 28. Authorities in the ...
NATIONAL Legislation, Alabama liaisons, homicide case, dashboard, Buttigieg

NATIONAL Legislation, Alabama liaisons, homicide case, dashboard, Buttigieg

A bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers that includes the Republican House speaker announced it was introducing legislation that would, for the first time, protect LGBTQ people from discrimination by businesses ...
CAKE Chicago postponed until 2023

CAKE Chicago postponed until 2023

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or CAKE, has been postponed until next year because of the COVID pandemic. The pandemic caused the cancellations of the 2020 and 2021 in-person expos, and organizers had tentatively chosen June ...
News

Local clinic to offer gender-affirming services

Aayu Clinics, a private entity founded in 2012 by Dr. Abhijit Shinde, will now offer gender-affirming services, per a press release. The clinic currently offers holistic primary care, urgent care, naturopathy, primary care psychiatry and ketamine ...
GLAAD and the NFL host 'A Night of Pride'

GLAAD and the NFL host 'A Night of Pride'

On Feb. 10, GLAAD and the NFL hosted "A Night of Pride," sponsored by Pepsi Stronger Together, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The evening featured a performance by Big Freedia as well as panel discussions ...
Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place

Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place

The Chicago Auto Show is back. Following a very scaled-down version that took place last year, the event has returned—although it's not quite as large as the event was before the COVID pandemic. The Chicago Auto ...
News is Out queer media collaborative launches reader survey

News is Out queer media collaborative launches reader survey

-- From a press release

As reported a few weeks ago, Windy City Times recently joined the News is Out: A Queer Media Collaborative supported by the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge, and managed by the Local Media Association. We join ...
Former 'Cheer' star pleads guilty in child-porn case

Former 'Cheer' star pleads guilty in child-porn case

Jerry Harris, one of the stars of the Netflix series Cheer, has pled guilty in a federal child-pornography case, media outlets reported. According to NBC News, Harris, 22, was indicted in December 2020 on numerous charges ...
Dignitaries present at highly successful Equality Illinois gala

Dignitaries present at highly successful Equality Illinois gala

As life with COVID moves from being a pandemic to becoming endemic, the LGBTQ+-rights organization Equality Illinois held its annual gala Feb. 5 at the Hilton Chicago. Along with hundreds of attendees, there was the annual ...
S.C. Senate subcommittee advances pro-conversion therapy bill

S.C. Senate subcommittee advances pro-conversion therapy bill

A bill opposed by LGBTQ advocates as nullifying the city of Columbia's ban of "conversion therapy" is moving in the South Carolina Senate, with its Republican sponsor saying local governments shouldn't muzzle faith-based counselors, according to ...
News

French co-discoverer of HIV dies at 89

French researcher Luc Montagnier—who won a Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering HIV and, more recently, spread false claims about the coronavirus—has died at age 89, ABC News noted. Montagnier died Feb. 8 at the American ...
Jim Bennett to receive ISU's Andrew Purnell Jr. Trailblazer Award

Jim Bennett to receive ISU's Andrew Purnell Jr. Trailblazer Award

Jim Bennett will receive the Illinois State University (ISU) Andrew Purnell Jr. Trailblazer Award on Thursday, Feb 17, during the university's annual Founding Celebration. According to a press release, "This ...
ALMA looking to hire executive director

ALMA looking to hire executive director

Association of Latinos/as/xs Motivating Action (ALMA) co-founder and Board President Julio Rodriguez announced that, after more than 30 years as a volunteer-led organization, it will be hiring its first full-time ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

South Chicago Dance Theatre marking five years with May 20 event

South Chicago Dance Theatre (SCDT)—a multicultural organization that fuses classical and contemporary dance styles while preserving historic dance work—has announced "An Evening with the South Chicago Dance Theatre: Celebrating Five
...
GLAAD to honor trans actress Michaela Jae Rodriguez

GLAAD to honor trans actress Michaela Jae Rodriguez

The LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization GLAAD announced that it will honor award-winning actress, singer and activist Michaela Jae (Mj) Rodriguez with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles ...
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra to present 'Stravinsky, Ravel and Abels'

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra to present 'Stravinsky, Ravel and Abels'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 15, 2022) — Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will present a culmination of works inspired by popular children's fairytales, Stravinsky, Ravel & Abels, on Saturday, March 12 at the ...
Casting announced for North American tour of the musical SIX

Casting announced for North American tour of the musical SIX

-- From a press release

(Chicago, Feb. 14)—Producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, George Stiles and Kevin McCollum are proud to announce tour casting for the North American tour of SIX, the new musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. ...
CGMC's Live-Singing Drag Show returns in 'Lipstick & Lyrics: Untucked'

CGMC's Live-Singing Drag Show returns in 'Lipstick & Lyrics: Untucked'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, February 15, 2022 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Lipstick & Lyrics: Untucked, an annual live-singing drag extravaganza running February 26, 2022 and March 4-5, 2022, 8pm and 10pm shows each night, at the Annoyance ...
ATTRACTIONS LEGO exhibit 'Art of the Brick' at MSI

ATTRACTIONS LEGO exhibit 'Art of the Brick' at MSI

"The Art of the Brick," an exhibition featuring more than 100 incredible works of art made from millions of LEGO bricks, is at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) through Sept. 5. Tickets are currently ...
MOVIES Sykes, Schumer and Hall to host Oscars

MOVIES Sykes, Schumer and Hall to host Oscars

Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall will host the 94th Oscars, which is returning to an emcee format for the first time since 2018, Deadline reported. ABC is airing the awards ceremony Sunday, March 27. ...
Artifact Events hosting Feb. 26 Golden Girls-themed drag brunch

Artifact Events hosting Feb. 26 Golden Girls-themed drag brunch

In remembrance of the late and great Betty White, Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., will host a Golden Girls-themed Drag Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 26. Attendees can enjoy bottomless mimosas, musical drag performances, sketches, photo ...
MUSIC Glad Rags returning to Sleeping Village on Feb. 26

MUSIC Glad Rags returning to Sleeping Village on Feb. 26

After releasing their debut LP All of Them last October, the Chicago six-piece Glad Rags is set to return to Chicago's Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. Glad Rags' ...
Billy Masters: Adele, drag queens and more

Billy Masters: Adele, drag queens and more

Helen Mirren responds to criticism that she should not play Golda Meir, the late prime minister of Israel: "You know, if someone who's not Jewish can't play Jewish, does someone who's Jewish play someone who's not ...
SHOWBIZ Elton John, Whitney, Disney, Broadway items, Niecy Nash

SHOWBIZ Elton John, Whitney, Disney, Broadway items, Niecy Nash

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish's annual Oscar-viewing party for the Elton John AIDS Foundation will return as an in-person event on March 27 after going virtual last year due to the pandemic, Variety noted. ...
MOVIES 'House of Gucci' out on Blu-Ray/DVD on Feb. 22

MOVIES 'House of Gucci' out on Blu-Ray/DVD on Feb. 22

House of Gucci—the film thriller influenced by the real-life story of the Gucci family and its legacy—will be available to own for the first time on Digital now and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on ...
Definition Theatre to run 'WHITE' on March 10-April 10

Definition Theatre to run 'WHITE' on March 10-April 10

Definition Theatre opens its 10th-anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of WHITE, written by ensemble member James Ijames and directed by Ericka Ratcliff. Produced in partnership with Steppenwolf Theatre Company's LookOut Series, WHITE will run ...
THEATER REVIEW Queen of the Night

THEATER REVIEW Queen of the Night

When city men embark on camping trips (in fiction, anyway), they can be expected to a) bring their cellphones, b) discourse at length on confrontations with ferocious bears, c) return from fishing after catching only boots ...
The League of Chicago Theatres announces resignation of Executive Director Deb Clapp

The League of Chicago Theatres announces resignation of Executive Director Deb Clapp

Chicago The League of Chicago Theatres announced that Executive Director Deb Clapp will step down from her position after leading the service organization for 14 years, effective June 30. The board of directors is in ...
Ravinia extends lesbian conductor's contract through 2025, announces 'Breaking Barriers'

Ravinia extends lesbian conductor's contract through 2025, announces 'Breaking Barriers'

Ravinia Festival CEO Jeff Haydon announced that the festival has extended Marin Alsop's contract as chief conductor for three years, through the summer of 2025. The summer of 2021 marked Alsop's first actual season in the ...
THEATER Bayless, Rubenstein to join 'A Recipe for Disaster' on select dates

THEATER Bayless, Rubenstein to join 'A Recipe for Disaster' on select dates

James Beard Award-winning Chef Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein announced they will join the cast of their hit immersive production A Recipe For Disaster, written by Bayless, Rubenstein and Windy City ...

  Outlines

Milwaukee 'butter burger' restaurant among James Beard Foundation honorees

Milwaukee 'butter burger' restaurant among James Beard Foundation honorees

The James Beard Foundation announced the six recipients of its 2022 America's Classics Award. A Restaurant and Chef Awards category, the America's Classics Award is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are ...
Sky center Astou Ndour to sit out 2022 season

Sky center Astou Ndour to sit out 2022 season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 15, 2021) — Chicago Sky General Manager James Wade announced today that center Astou Ndour will sit out the upcoming 2022 WNBA season to take time off and rest. "We completely understand and support ...
Outlines

SPORTS UIC can now play in Horizon League tourneys after reversal

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will get to compete in winter and spring conference championships after the Horizon League's board of directors voted Feb. 15 to restore the Flames' eligibility, The Chicago Tribune reported. ...
DePaul coach selected for Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

DePaul coach selected for Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

DePaul University coach Doug Bruno, Becky Hammon and Penny Taylor will headline the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2022, The Chicago Tribune noted. The trio is joined by Alice "Cookie" Barron, Delisha Milton-Jones, Paul ...
Outlines

LETTER Love is the road to healing

I am writing this letter to the editor in response to the press release that was printed in the present online issue of Windy City Times. The press release ("Program for LGBTQ people/families pushed by Archdiocese ...
Gay skater wins gold; DeRozan still hot as Bulls prevail; Blackhawks win

Gay skater wins gold; DeRozan still hot as Bulls prevail; Blackhawks win

Out gay skater Guillaume Cizeron and dance partner Gabriella Papadakis, representing France, won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in pairs ice dancing on Feb. 14. The couple also earned themselves a record-breaking score of ...
SAVOR Rewired's Pajama Brunch

SAVOR Rewired's Pajama Brunch

Last year, I visited the Edgewater spot Rewired Pizza Cafe & Bar, 1100 W. Thorndale Ave. for brunch—and was taken by the laid-back vibe of this spot as well as the wide selections of cool food ...
Outlines

BASKETBALL Northwestern women upset No. 4 Michigan

On Feb. 13, Veronica Burton hit two free throws in the closing seconds and Jillian Brown scored a career-high 18 points as unranked Northwestern (14-9, 6-6 Big Ten) upset fourth-ranked Michigan (20-4, 11-3) 71-69 in double ...
Outlines

OLYMPICS Skater who failed drug test is cleared to compete

In a decision that stunned the Olympic sports movement, 15-year-old figure-skating Russian Olympic Committee phenom Kamila Valieva will be allowed to skate Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the women's singles skating competition in Beijing, NPR reported. A ...
Outlines

GLAAD: LGBTQ people and issues nearly invisible in Super Bowl LVI ads

-- From a press release, videos below

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022 - GLAAD called on brands, corporations, and advertsing agencies to address the near invisibility of meaningful inclusion of LGBTQ stories, people, and issues featured in ads that aired during Super Bowl LVI ...
SPORTS Rams top Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl that has LGBTQ twists

SPORTS Rams top Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl that has LGBTQ twists

A 79-yard drive capped by Cooper Kupp's 1-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matthew Stafford gave the Los Angeles Rams (16-5) a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (13-8) on Feb. 13 at Super Bowl LVI at ...
Outlines

Inaugural girls wrestling tourney kicks off in Illinois

The inaugural Illinois High School Association girls wrestling state series kicked off across the state Feb. 11, per the Rockford Register Star. Illinois became the 28th state to sanction girls wrestling as a sport, and it ...
ART Moor explores Blackness, queerness and more with CCMA exhibit

ART Moor explores Blackness, queerness and more with CCMA exhibit

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA)—at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn, Illinois—is presenting "Ayanah Moor: I Wish I Could Be You More Often," through April 10. Moor is ...
Outlines

Jackson becomes first Black woman to win speedskating medal

On Feb. 13, Erin Jackson became the first Black woman to win a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympics—and it's gold. Jackson won the 500 meters in 37.04 seconds, giving the U.S. speedskating program its first ...
DeRozan makes history in Bulls' latest win; Blackhawks get throttled

DeRozan makes history in Bulls' latest win; Blackhawks get throttled

The Chicago Bulls (36-21) won their third straight game, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-39) 106-101 at the United Center on Feb. 12. DeMar DeRozan continued his scoring onslaught with 38 points in his latest game; ...
Chicago Sky announce the Chicago Sky Basketball Academy

Chicago Sky announce the Chicago Sky Basketball Academy

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky is thrilled to announce it has joined forces with Flow Basketball Academy to create the Chicago Sky Basketball Academy. The Flow Basketball Academy was founded in 2012 offering training classes, travel ...
SPORTS Depleted Bulls beat Charlotte; Blackhawks crush Edmonton

SPORTS Depleted Bulls beat Charlotte; Blackhawks crush Edmonton

On Feb. 9, the Chicago Bulls (34-21) defeated the Charlotte Hornets (28-28) 121-109 in North Carolina. DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 36 points while Zach LaVine added 27. Nikola Vucevic had 15 rebounds, eight assists ...
Outlines

SPORTS 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup schedule unveiled

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced the full schedule for the upcoming 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup. The expanded 39-game tournament is set to kick off Friday, March 18, with a rematch of last year's regular-season ...
SPORTS Team USA strikes gold at the Winter Olympics

SPORTS Team USA strikes gold at the Winter Olympics

Figure skater Nathan Chen finally achieved the missing piece to his stellar career by winning a gold medal Feb. 10 at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Almost four years to the day after a disastrous performance in ...
Chicago Sky sign Kysre Gondrezick

Chicago Sky sign Kysre Gondrezick

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2022) — The Chicago Sky have signed guard Kysre Gondrezick, General Manager and Head Coach James Wade announced today. "Kysre is still a developing young player in this league, so we want to ...





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