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Windy City Times 2022-02-23

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COVID One state now off Chicago's travel advisory

COVID One state now off Chicago's travel advisory

For the first time this year, the entire United States is not on the Chicago Department of Public Health's (CDPH) weekly COVID-19 travel advisory. Forty-eight states and four territories remain on the advisory after Maryland was ...
Indiana anti-trans youth bill advances

Indiana anti-trans youth bill advances

On Feb. 22, the Indiana Senate refused to amend a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity, putting it on the fast track to ...
Chicago, Cook County to partially drop mask, vaccine mandates Feb. 28

Chicago, Cook County to partially drop mask, vaccine mandates Feb. 28

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., announced that the city will remove the mask and vaccine requirements for certain public spaces on Feb. 28 to align with ...
Court lifts Illinois mask mandate for schools

Court lifts Illinois mask mandate for schools

On Feb. 17, an Illinois appellate court dismissed Gov. JB Pritzker's appeal of a lower court's ruling that blocked his mask mandate in schools, WGN-TV reported. In rejecting the governor's appeal, the court called it moot ...
Illinois state Democrats remove mask-averse Republicans

Illinois state Democrats remove mask-averse Republicans

On Feb. 17, Illinois state House Democrats voted to remove several Republicans from the State House over their refusal to comply with mask mandates, according to The Hill, citing The State-Journal Register. Illinois state Rep. Lakesia ...

  News

Anti-trans Texas governor: Citizens should report parents of trans kids for abuse

Anti-trans Texas governor: Citizens should report parents of trans kids for abuse

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on "licensed professionals" and "members of the general public" to report the parents of transgender minors to state authorities if it appears the minors are receiving gender-affirming medical care, ...
News

HRC honors six-time Grammy Award-winner Brandi Carlile with the Visibility Award

-- From a press release

LOS ANGELES — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — announced that it will honor six-time ...
News

Queer Ukrainian activists, allies to gather at Stonewall Inn, denounce Russian aggression toward Ukraine

-- From a press release

NEW YORK, NY— This Saturday, Ukrainian queer activists and their U.S. allies will gather in front of the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement— the Stonewall Inn— to protest Vladimir Putin's ongoing aggression and the threat ...
Family of murdered gay sailor urges against convicted killer's parole

Family of murdered gay sailor urges against convicted killer's parole

Family members of a gay sailor murdered in Japan in 1992 are calling on members of the LGBTQ+ community and their supporters to urge against the parole of the man convicted of his murder and sentenced ...
News

The National Black Justice Coalition mourns the death of Naomie Skinner

-- From a press release

DETROIT, MI- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Naomie Skinner, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman killed in Detroit, Michigan. On February 12, 2022, her boyfriend fatally shot her in the neck after ...
Georgia transgender woman continues fight for transfer from prison for men

Georgia transgender woman continues fight for transfer from prison for men

-- From a Southern Poverty Law Center press release

ATLANTA — Ashley Diamond, a Black transgender woman held in a men's prison in Georgia, continued her legal battle for protection from the ongoing sexual abuse she endures, by renewing her request last night for a ...
News

UPDATE: 'Don't Say Gay' amendment pulled; overall bill still on track, though

A new amendment to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill would require schools to inform parents of their children's sexual orientation within six weeks of learning the student isn't straight, according to an item from The Hill ...
U.S. Women's National Soccer Team wins $24M settlement

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team wins $24M settlement

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) has reached a proposed settlement in its class action equal-pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, NPR reported. U.S. Soccer has agreed to pay a lump sum of $22 ...
News

GLAAD releases 2022 LGBTQ Voter Pulse Poll

-- From a press release

(New York, NY, Feb. 22, 2022) GLAAD is releasing the findings of the first of an ongoing series of polls to gauge and track motivation, enthusiasm, and issues ahead of the 2022 midterm elections taking place ...
Navy Pier to host 'Carnivale,' Ale Fest, 'Golden Girls' expo this spring

Navy Pier to host 'Carnivale,' Ale Fest, 'Golden Girls' expo this spring

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Navy Pier announced its full spring events schedule today, offering a wide range of events including cultural celebrations, the return of Chicago's premiere international art expo, and a first-of-its-kind tribute ...
PASSAGES Longtime LGBTQ activist, journalist Maxsonn 'Max' Smith

PASSAGES Longtime LGBTQ activist, journalist Maxsonn 'Max' Smith

Longtime LGBTQ activist and journalist Maxsonn "Max" Smith died Feb. 9 due to complications from the stroke he suffered in early 2021 and COVID-19. He was 67. Smith was born April 4, 1954, in Hickory, North ...
River Butcher slices up some fresh new comedy

River Butcher slices up some fresh new comedy

River Butcher is a comedian, actor and writer born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and who is returning to his roots for a one-night stand-up act at The Den Theatre on Friday, March 11. Butcher began ...
Travel & Adventure Show features top destinations, actor Andrew McCarthy

Travel & Adventure Show features top destinations, actor Andrew McCarthy

The 17th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show took place Feb. 19-20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont and the event was truly a global affair. (The Chicago RV Show was in ...
Some pro-LGBTQ companies are also behind Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Some pro-LGBTQ companies are also behind Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Some of the top companies in the country that show public support for the LGBTQ community have donated thousands of dollars to the politicians behind a piece of Florida legislation opponents deemed the "Don't Say Gay" ...
News

VIEWS Bannon, the Catholic vote and our democracy

"I don't want anybody to take their eye off the ball for what we do every day... We're taking down the Biden regime." Stephen K. Bannon speaking to reporters as he turned himself over to federal ...
U.S. finishes fifth at Winter Olympics; LGBTQs win nine medals

U.S. finishes fifth at Winter Olympics; LGBTQs win nine medals

Feb. 20 marked the end of competition at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics—with Team USA finishing fifth. The United States experienced highs and lows during the competition. Nathan Chen won gold in men's individual figure skating ...
WORLD Indian plan, Kuwaiti ruling, meetings in Cuba, Thai protest

WORLD Indian plan, Kuwaiti ruling, meetings in Cuba, Thai protest

In India, the Centre unveiled the roadmap for mainstreaming transgender persons under the umbrella scheme SMILE, or Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise, The Times of India reported. The scheme of the ministry of ...
NATIONAL Hawaii bill, 'Don't Say Gay,' Pride items, activist killed

NATIONAL Hawaii bill, 'Don't Say Gay,' Pride items, activist killed

A bill moving through the Hawaii Legislature would provide more inclusive training for students and teachers to cull some of the stigmas around the LGBTQ community, KHON2.com reported. The proposal calls for teaching high school students ...
Non-binary skater and partner finish eighth at Winter Olympics

Non-binary skater and partner finish eighth at Winter Olympics

Timothy LeDuc—who made history as the first non-binary competitor at a Winter Olympics—and partner Ashley Cain Gribble finished eighth in the pairs figure-skating competition in Beijing on Feb. 19. China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han took ...
News

New LGBTQ Gallup data shows enormous gaps in political representation

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — New Gallup polling data shows 7.1 percent of the U.S. population identifies as LGBTQ — up from 5.6 percent in 2020. The new data, released yesterday, further reveals the enormous gap in LGBTQ ...
News

Kim Potter receives sentence for killing Daunte Wright

Kim Potter—the former Minnesota police officer convicted of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright—was sentenced to two years in state custody on Feb. 18. The sentence was lower than that permitted by state sentencing guidelines, ...
HRCF, TransCanWork launching virtual career fair Feb. 23 for trans, non-binary job seekers

HRCF, TransCanWork launching virtual career fair Feb. 23 for trans, non-binary job seekers

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, and TransCanWork (an organization committed to advancing transgender, gender diverse & intersex workplace inclusion) announced the ...
News

GLAAD calls for LGBTQ representation to increase to meet population statistics

-- From a press release

(Feb.17, 2022) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to a new Gallup poll released today that shows 7.1% of all U.S. adults are LGBTQ, with the ...
News

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action releases legislative scorecard for 2022 elections

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS — Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) has released its 2022 Legislative Scorecard for every member of the Illinois General Assembly. The ratings are based on members' voting records ...
News

Gallup Poll: LGBT identification in U.S. ticks up to 7.1%, HRC provides context

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Gallup released new polling that showed a growing percentage of adults in the U.S. are LGBTQ+ identifying. The new poll found that 7.1% of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or some ...
San Francisco Pride undergoes major change with director departing

San Francisco Pride undergoes major change with director departing

San Francisco Pride has undergone some significant changes with the sudden departure of its executive director less than five months before the nonprofit plans to return to pre-COVID life with its annual in-person parade and festival, ...
News

Alleged Lightfoot stalker held without bail

Joseph Igartua, accused of stalking Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, has been ordered held without bail, The Chicago Tribune reported. Igartua, 37, was charged with three felony counts of stalking and another for reckless discharge of a ...
News

Controversial ROC figure skater Valieva finishes fourth

Kamila Valieva—the 15-year-old figure skater from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) who was at the center of controversy when she was approved to compete after failing a doping test—stumbled during her free skate and finished fourth ...
GLAAD report: LGBTQ representation on broadcast TV reaches record high

GLAAD report: LGBTQ representation on broadcast TV reaches record high

-- From a press release

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

MOVIES 'Power of the Dog,' 'Flee,' 'Passing' among top Dorian Award nominees

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics announced its Dorian Award nominations for the best in movies, ranging from mainstream to LGBTQ. Jane Campion's period drama The Power of the Dog leads the pack with nine
...
Court Theatre to show 'Two Trains Running' May 13-June 12

Court Theatre to show 'Two Trains Running' May 13-June 12

Court Theatre under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Artistic Director Marilyn F. Vitale and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre continues its 2021-22 season with Two Trains Running, written by August Wilson and ...
Chicago artist Sarantos releases song for LGBTQ+ community called 'Love Always Wins'

Chicago artist Sarantos releases song for LGBTQ+ community called 'Love Always Wins'

A Chicago musician released a song called "Love Always Wins" to show support for the LGBTQ+ community's experiences and raise money for The Trevor Project, an organization that provides support and resources to young queer people. ...
Ballet Hispanico to present Chicago premiere of Evita Peron work on March 26-27

Ballet Hispanico to present Chicago premiere of Evita Peron work on March 26-27

The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., will present the return of Ballet Hispanico with the Chicago premiere of "Dona Peron" on March 26-27 only. Choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to music by Peter ...
'West Side Story' on Digital March 2, on DVD/Blu-Ray March 15

'West Side Story' on Digital March 2, on DVD/Blu-Ray March 15

Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated reimagining of the musical West Side Story will be available on Digital and Disney+ starting March 2, and will be out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 15. West Side ...
Entertainment

Black Ensemble Theater begins 2022 Season of Excellence

-- From a press release

Chicago Black Ensemble Theater's Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor kicks off the 2022 Season of Excellence: The Season of Healings with the world premiere of Jackie Taylor's It's Just Like Coming to Church (Welcome to The Church ...
'Wendy Williams Show' ending; Sherri Shepherd talker to replace it

'Wendy Williams Show' ending; Sherri Shepherd talker to replace it

A daytime syndicated talk show hosted by Sherri Shepherd (The View; Dish Nation) will succeed The Wendy Williams Show, which is ending, Deadline reported. Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury, the producer-distributor of The ...
Drag figure Edie coming to Davenport's on March 4

Drag figure Edie coming to Davenport's on March 4

Best known for her role as the emcee in Cirque du Soleil's long-running hit show Zumanity, at the NY-NY Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Edie will be performing at Chicago venue Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee ...
Dancer Vernard Gilmore 'Reflects' on Alvin Ailey, dance, his own feelings

Dancer Vernard Gilmore 'Reflects' on Alvin Ailey, dance, his own feelings

Twenty-five years is a long time to be involved in any discipline. Now imagine having to be in prime physical shape all that time on the level of an elite athlete. Vernard Gilmore, who grew up in ...
THEATER 'Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till' to take place Feb. 26-27

THEATER 'Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till' to take place Feb. 26-27

Collaboraction and The DuSable Museum of African American History are partnering to present Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till—the first-ever stage adaptation of the actual, recently unearthed 1955 trial transcript of the two ...
Billy Masters: Olympians, Channing Tatum and more

Billy Masters: Olympians, Channing Tatum and more

Finland's Remi Lindholm after completing the 50-kilometer cross-country skiing event at the Olympics. Perhaps his penis wouldn't be so cold if he hadn't finished 28th! Getting indoors didn't help much. "You can guess which body part ...
SHOWBIZ 'Doctor Strange,' 'Harlem,' 'Peacemaker,' Harry Hamlin, Dionne Warwick

SHOWBIZ 'Doctor Strange,' 'Harlem,' 'Peacemaker,' Harry Hamlin, Dionne Warwick

A trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, out May 6 only in theaters, shows the character of lesbian teen hero America Chavez in action, per out.com. In January, ...
Ginger Minj paints on 'A Little More Mascara' in La Cage aux Folles

Ginger Minj paints on 'A Little More Mascara' in La Cage aux Folles

Joshua Allen Eads took the world by storm as drag artist Ginger Minj on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race. After being the runner-up for that season, Minj returned to the franchise for the second ...
'Cabaret Connexion' taking place May 8-16 in Chicago

'Cabaret Connexion' taking place May 8-16 in Chicago

-- From a press release

Working In Concert announces the 4th international exchange of the Cabaret Connexion, to be held in Chicago May 8-16. Open to performers and the public, the event convenes cabaret enthusiasts from around the globe to gather ...
American Blues Theater names 2022 Blue Ink Award winner

American Blues Theater names 2022 Blue Ink Award winner

American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announced the winner of the 2022 Blue Ink Award: The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue, by Mardee Bennett. As part of the award, Bennett receives ...
THEATER Lookingglass' 'The unGala' slated for April 1

THEATER Lookingglass' 'The unGala' slated for April 1

Lookingglass Theatre Company announced that "The unGala: A Very Foolish Dinner Party" will take place, unsurprisingly, on Friday, April 1 (April Fool's Day). The promenade-style fundraiser will be at The Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St. ...
Entertainment

Black Creativity Program and signature Juried Art Exhibition return to MSI

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2022) — Black Creativity and its signature Juried Art Exhibition is open now through April 17 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). MSI has hosted the annual celebration for more ...

  Outlines

SAVOR Aurelio's Pizza

SAVOR Aurelio's Pizza

Aurelio's Pizza has a lot of history behind it. Working with the motto "Tell 'em Joe Sent Me" (referring to founder Joe Aurelio), Aurelio's launched in 1959 in Homewood, Illinois. This small storefront had just enough ...
Blackhawks fall to Florida; Bulls players compete in All-Star Game

Blackhawks fall to Florida; Bulls players compete in All-Star Game

On Feb. 20 at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks (18-26-8) suffered yet another loss—this time to the powerhouse Florida Panthers (35-10-5) by a score of 5-2. It was the first meeting of the season with ...
Outlines

SPORTS Bulls sign Tristan Thompson

The Chicago Bulls have added Tristan Thompson to their roster and released Anthony McKinnie. Terms of Thompson's contract were not disclosed. In his eleventh season in the NBA, Thompson (6'9", 254 lbs.) owns career averages of ...
Blackhawks lose to Stars 1-0

Blackhawks lose to Stars 1-0

The Chicago Blackhawks (18-25-8) lost for the sixth time in their last eight games on Feb. 18, falling to the Dallas Stars (27-19-2) 1-0 at the United Center in a shootout. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots ...
Chris Petrucelli named new Chicago Red Stars head coach

Chris Petrucelli named new Chicago Red Stars head coach

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 18, 2022) — The Chicago Red Stars today announced Chris Petrucelli as the new head coach of the club. Petrucelli joins the Red Stars from Southern Methodist University where he was the head coach ...
Outlines

Chicago sky sign WNBA champion, All-Star and Finals MVP Emma Meesseman

-- From a press release

CHICAGO —— The Chicago Sky announced today the signing of forward Emma Meesseman, a WNBA champion, WNBA All-Star and 2019 WNBA Finals MVP. It's a historic move for the WNBA, making Chicago the first team in ...
FireLake Drag Champagne Brunch on Feb. 27

FireLake Drag Champagne Brunch on Feb. 27

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel spot FireLake, 221 N. Columbus Dr., will host the Drag Champagne Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 27, now at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Attendees can sip on mimosas and dine on brunch delicacies while dancing along to ...
Outlines

Chicago Red Stars trade Cassie Miller to Kansas City Current

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (Feb. 18, 2022) — Today, the Chicago Red Stars traded goalkeeper Cassie Miller to the Kansas City Current. In exchange for Miller, the Red Stars will receive $75,000 in allocation money. Miller played an ...
Blackhawks lose to Columbus in high-scoring affair

Blackhawks lose to Columbus in high-scoring affair

At the United Center on Feb. 17, the Chicago Blackhawks (18-25-7) lost a 7-4 game to the Columbus Blue Jackets (24-23-1). Philipp Kurashev and Ryan Carpenter notched multi-point nights with a goal and an assist each, ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky re-sign Quigley and Vandersloot

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2022) The Chicago Sky have officially re-signed veteran guards Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Over the last decade, Vandersloot and Quigley have ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky re-sign WNBA All-Star and WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky have re-signed 2021 WNBA Finals MVP and WNBA All-Star guard/forward Kahleah Copper, the team announced today, officially locking in the return of the Sky's core players for the upcoming 2022 WNBA ...
U.S. women's hockey team falls in gold-medal game; Bulls win fifth straight

U.S. women's hockey team falls in gold-medal game; Bulls win fifth straight

Team Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and Canada snatched gold back from the United States in a 3-2 win on Feb. 17 in Beijing, as the Americans failed to defend their Olympic crown from four years ...






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