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Madigan indicted and Cassidy responds [UPDATE]; Lightfoot's income revealed

Madigan indicted and Cassidy responds [UPDATE]; Lightfoot's income revealed

Powerful former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was indicted March 2 on federal racketeering charges alleging the 13th Ward political operation that he built was a criminal enterprise that provided personal financial rewards for himself and ...
Major League Baseball cancels opening day; player cut for anti-LGBTQ tweets

Major League Baseball cancels opening day; player cut for anti-LGBTQ tweets

Major League Baseball (MLB) has canceled opening day, with commissioner Rob Manfred announcing March 1 that the sport will scrap regular-season games over a labor dispute for the first time in 27 years after acrimonious lockout ...
COVID Dr. Ezike leaving post as state's top public health official

COVID Dr. Ezike leaving post as state's top public health official

Dr. Ngozi Ezike—who helped guide the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak—will leave her post as Illinois' top public health official in mid-March, The Chicago Tribune reported. Ezike joined the administration in early 2019 as direc ...
President Biden gives first State of the Union address, GLAAD responds

President Biden gives first State of the Union address, GLAAD responds

-- From a press release

President Biden: "For our LGBTQ+ Americans, let's finally get the bipartisan Equality Act to my desk. The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is simply wrong. As I said last year, especially ...
ACLU, Lambda Legal sue to block Texas from investigating parents who support trans kids

ACLU, Lambda Legal sue to block Texas from investigating parents who support trans kids

-- From a press release

AUSTIN, Texas The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, and Lambda Legal today asked a Texas state court to block the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from investigating parents who work ...
European LGBTQ+ activists show support for Ukraine

European LGBTQ+ activists show support for Ukraine

LGBTQ activists across Europe continued to stand in solidarity with their counterparts in Ukraine in the wake of Russia's invasion of their country, The Washington Blade noted. "We are ready to host LGBT+ people from Ukraine ...
LGBTQ+ groups praise Biden's Supreme Court choice, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

LGBTQ+ groups praise Biden's Supreme Court choice, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

On Feb. 25, President Joe Biden made a historic nomination when he chose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be on the U.S. Supreme Court. Should the U.S. Senate approve her, Jackson will be the first Black ...
Breaking News

COVID CDC relaxes mask guidance for most Americans

COVID CDC relaxes mask guidance for most Americans On Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new set of guidelines stating that most people in the United States can relax when ...
Breaking News

Illinois indoor masking requirement to end Feb. 28

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — Due to the continued decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and increase in available ICU beds, the Illinois indoor mask requirement will end Monday, February 28, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Since the Governor announced ...
Breaking News

Pres. Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson, D.C. Circuit Judge, to the Supreme Court, HRC comments

-- From a Human Rights Campaign press release

WASHINGTON Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released the following statement on President Biden's historic ...
Florida House passes 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Florida House passes 'Don't Say Gay' bill

On Feb. 24, Florida's House of Representatives passed the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would prohibit "classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity" in the state's primary schools, NBC News reported. The measure ...
Breaking News

LGBTQ Victory Institute calls on U.S., allies to safeguard LGBTQ political leaders, advocates in Ukraine

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, released the following statement in response to Russian incursion into Ukraine: "The Ukrainian LGBTQ community has struggled to gain acceptance and political inclusion ...
Brady-Davis, McClinton among Illinois candidates backed by Victory Fund

Brady-Davis, McClinton among Illinois candidates backed by Victory Fund

-- From a press release

Washington, DC Today, LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 80 more out LGBTQ candidates running in the 2022 midterms. This is the largest number of ...

  News

News

PHIMC grants $50K to support Illinois Safe Schools Alliance program

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL - Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) announced it is one of the 2022 recipients of the Hollister Confidence Fund grant program, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports ...
Devlyn Camp to interview Joey Soloway in March 4 Zoom webinar

Devlyn Camp to interview Joey Soloway in March 4 Zoom webinar

Devlyn Camp to interview Joey Soloway in March 4 Zoom webinar The Columbia College Chicago Career Center and the college's Student Diversity and Inclusion office are partnering to present a free March 4 online event featuring ...
Report claims gay men excel academically but lesbians don't

Report claims gay men excel academically but lesbians don't

A paper published in the American Sociological Review on Feb. 20 concludes that gay men excel academically as opposed to their straight counterparts, NBC News noted. Joel Mittleman—a University of Notre Dame sociologist and the paper's ...
COVID Five states and territories removed from Chicago travel advisory

COVID Five states and territories removed from Chicago travel advisory

The steep decline in COVID-19 cases around the United States is reflected in the Chicago Department of Public Health's (CDPH) weekly COVID-19 travel advisory, as five states and territories were removed from the advisory on March ...
World Business Chicago suspends relationship with Moscow

World Business Chicago suspends relationship with Moscow

World Business Chicago will suspend its relationship with Moscow, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced March 1, in light of events escalating surrounding the Russia-Ukraine crisis, NBC Chicago noted. In a statement Windy City Times received, Lightfoot said, ...
News

National AIDS Memorial honors Pedro Zamora's 50th birthday, naming 11 scholars

-- From a press release

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 28, 2022) — The National AIDS Memorial is honoring the legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora on what would have been his 50th birthday by formally announcing the latest recipients of ...
News

PASSAGES Civic leader, LGBTQ+ ally Josephine Minow dies at 95

Josephine Baskin Minow—a civic leader with an interest in social justice and Chicago and Jewish history—has died at age 95, The Chicago Tribune reported. Minow was the past president of the Juvenile Protective Agency and a ...
News

U.S Senate fails to pass WHPA, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action reacts

-- From a press release

Statement from Planned Parenthood Illinois Action President/CEO Jennifer Welch: "We are deeply disappointed the Senate failed to pass the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), a bill that had broad support ...
LGBTQ+ spot 2Bears Tavern Uptown to open March 10

LGBTQ+ spot 2Bears Tavern Uptown to open March 10

2Bears Tavern Group which owns and operates Andersonville's The SoFo Tap and Meeting House Tavern as well as Rogers Park's Jackhammer will open 2Bears Tavern Uptown on Thursday, March 10, at 5 p.m., in the former Nick's on ...
MAP reports on efforts to ban medical care for trans youth

MAP reports on efforts to ban medical care for trans youth

In 2021 alone, legislatures in 22 states have introduced bills to ban best practice medical care for transgender young people. Movement Advancement Project's (MAP's) report, Efforts to Ban Health Care for Transgender Youth, provides an ove ...
Smollett seeks new trial or not-guilty verdict

Smollett seeks new trial or not-guilty verdict

Embattled actor/singer Jussie Smollett filed paperwork seeking either a new trial in Chicago or a not-guilty verdict two months after he was convicted of falsely reporting a hate crime against himself in 2019 that supposedly happened ...
WORLD Russia, hate crimes in Israel, Gus Kenworthy, Indian state

WORLD Russia, hate crimes in Israel, Gus Kenworthy, Indian state

The Russian government made an unsuccessful attempt to shut down one of the country's largest and most prominent LGBTQ-rights groups, but human rights advocates say there are likely more attempts on the horizon, NBC News noted. ...
NATIONAL Abbott backlash, Penn. race, Staten Island, Elliot Page

NATIONAL Abbott backlash, Penn. race, Staten Island, Elliot Page

Transgender Mayor Lisa Middleton, of Palm Springs, responded to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after he issued a directive to state agencies to begin investigating and prosecuting parents of transgender children for "child abuse," per a press ...
Iowa House passes anti-trans youth bill

Iowa House passes anti-trans youth bill

Transgender women and girls would be banned from competing in girls' sports offered by Iowa's schools, colleges and universities under a bill the Iowa House recently passed, The Des Moines Register reported. The House voted 55-39 ...
Simmons introduces measure for statewide senior residents' council

Simmons introduces measure for statewide senior residents' council

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD—In an effort to support seniors and provide them with greater access to the resources they rely on, Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) initiated a measure that will create the Senior Housing Residents' Advisory Counc ...
Advocates protest NYC mayor's anti-LGBTQ choices

Advocates protest NYC mayor's anti-LGBTQ choices

Approximately 100 people assembled at City Hall Park on Feb. 24 to denounce New York City Mayor Eric Adams for hiring three anti-LGBTQ pastors to serve in his administration, Gay City News reported. More than a ...
Mexico issues first non-binary birth certificate

Mexico issues first non-binary birth certificate

On Feb. 11, Mexican LGBTQIA+ activist Fausto Martínez became the first person to receive a non-binary gender marker on their birth certificate, Re Mezcla and Human Rights Watch reported. This historic achievement was the result of ...
Chicago Bulls continue winning ways against Atlanta

Chicago Bulls continue winning ways against Atlanta

On Feb. 24, the Chicago Bulls (39-21) edged the Atlanta Hawks (28-31) 112-108 at the United Center. DeMar DeRozan extended his record of games scoring at least 35 points to eight, as he led the way ...
News

Chicago Red Stars partner with US Fertility and Fertility Centers of Illinois

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (Feb. 24, 2022) The Chicago Red Stars have announced a new partnership with US Fertility (USF) and Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) that will see FCI, a founding partner of US Fertility, become ...
News

U.S. women's soccer team wins SheBelieves Cup

In Frisco, Texas, on Feb. 23, the U.S. women's team routed Iceland 5-0 to win the 2022 SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa, according to U.S. Soccer. Braces from forwards Catarina Macario and Mallory Pugh led the ...
News

March for Abortion Rights to observe Intn'l Women's Day in neighborhood formerly called 'Boystown'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO At a time when abortion rights critical to the lives of women and gender non-conforming people are under attack, a broad coalition will march at 12 noon, Saturday, March 5, to demand that the ...
Queer-owned spots Nobody's Darling and Big Jones among James Beard nominees

Queer-owned spots Nobody's Darling and Big Jones among James Beard nominees

The queer-owned Andersonville spots Nobody's Darling and Big Jones are among the Chicago-area semifinalists for the 2022 James Beard Foundation Awards. Nobody's Darling is a semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program. Big Jones' Paul Fehribach i ...
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action hosts Black History Month LGBTQ+ healthcare town hall

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action hosts Black History Month LGBTQ+ healthcare town hall

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) hosted a virtual Black Community Town Hall: LGBTQIA+ Health Feb. 22 to cap off a four-part series in honor of Black History Month. The three prior town halls focused on community ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Lady Gaga, Billy Porter, Eric McCormack to co-host 30th Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars Viewing Party

Elton John AIDS Foundation announced Academy Award and 12-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/actress Lady Gaga; Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner Billy Porter; and Emmy-winning actor Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) are set
...
Kim Petras, Chelsea Handler among performers at upcoming all-woman VERSA festival

Kim Petras, Chelsea Handler among performers at upcoming all-woman VERSA festival

Organizers of VERSA, a music + more festival produced by Four Leaf Productions, announced the talent line-up. Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural event that will take place at Chicago's Lincoln Park South Fields ...
Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire explore trans experience with 'Trans(Posed): Songs of the True Self'

Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire explore trans experience with 'Trans(Posed): Songs of the True Self'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — The Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire are proud to announce the choruses' first mission concert slated for debut on Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3, in the Gannon Concert Hall at DePaul's Holtschneider ...
Suzanne Vega to perform at Old Town School of Folk Music on May 1

Suzanne Vega to perform at Old Town School of Folk Music on May 1

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is slated to perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival ...
THEATER 'Good Night, Oscar,' with Sean Hayes, running March 12-April 17

THEATER 'Good Night, Oscar,' with Sean Hayes, running March 12-April 17

This spring, the nostalgia of 1950s late-night talk shows takes the stage in the world premiere of Good Night, Oscar—Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright's exploration of the nexus of humor ...
'All Moms' released by GLAAD's Sarah Kate Ellis and wife, Antigone Rising's Kristen Ellis-Henderson

'All Moms' released by GLAAD's Sarah Kate Ellis and wife, Antigone Rising's Kristen Ellis-Henderson

-- From a press release

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - GLAAD announced that the new LGBTQ-children's book All Moms, written by GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and her wife founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the all-female popular rock ...
Pose' actress Angelica Ross to deliver Logo's 2022 'LGBTQ State of the Union' March 1

Pose' actress Angelica Ross to deliver Logo's 2022 'LGBTQ State of the Union' March 1

-- From a press release. Video below

New York, NY (Feb. 28, 2022) Ahead of President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, Logo today announced that actress, entrepreneur, and transgender activist Angelica Ross (Pose, American Horror Story) will deliver its 2022 ...
Ariana DeBose and 'Squid Game' among SAG winners

Ariana DeBose and 'Squid Game' among SAG winners

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) distributed their 28th annual SAG Awards Feb. 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. While LGBTQ+ representation was ...
Hypnotist to perform at Center on April 16

Hypnotist to perform at Center on April 16

The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "Hysterical Night of Suggestion with Dominick DeCarlo" on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. DeCarlo the creator of the multimedia HYPNOVIDEO Show utilizes randomly chosen audience members dur ...
Billy Masters: Tom Holland, Todrick Hall and more

Billy Masters: Tom Holland, Todrick Hall and more

"I hope I shaved my nipples on those days because I have the most embarrassing chest hair!" Tom Holland discusses seeing his bare areolae in Uncharted in IMAX You know how I relish sharing stories of woe, ...
Chicago historian 'invites the audience to the party' that is queer history

Chicago historian 'invites the audience to the party' that is queer history

The book Voices in Isolation: 4 Queer Plays at a Social Distance is a collection of stories about the LGBTQ+ community designed to preserve "fading memories" of queer history and experiences by "inviting the audience to ...
Catching up with out singer Chaz Cardigan in Chicago

Catching up with out singer Chaz Cardigan in Chicago

Rising pop singing sensation Chaz Cardigan is finally out on the road after rescheduling tour dates during the pandemic. This out and proud queer musician represents a new generation of artists who never hid who they ...
Jennifer Hudson takes top honors at NAACP Awards

Jennifer Hudson takes top honors at NAACP Awards

The 2022 NAACP Image Awards were presented on BET on Feb. 26 and Jennifer Hudson took top honors at the ceremony, Variety reported. Hudson an Oscar-winning American Idol alumna who's from Chicago won both the coveted Entertainer o ...
SHOWBIZ Da Brat, French movie, fashion show, Niecy Nash, 'Idol' alum

SHOWBIZ Da Brat, French movie, fashion show, Niecy Nash, 'Idol' alum

On Feb. 22, the stars of WE tv's series Brat Loves Judy—Da Brat and Jesseca "Judy" Dupart—were married in a romantic wedding ceremony and reception in front of family and friends at Horse Mansion in Fairburn, ...
Joffery Academy's 'Winning Works' returns, features four world premieres

Joffery Academy's 'Winning Works' returns, features four world premieres

-- From a press release

CHICAGO – Feb. 23, 2022 – The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, presents four world premieres in the culmination of Joffrey’s national call for ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) a ...
The Sarah Siddons Society announces inaugural Siddons Artistic Council

The Sarah Siddons Society announces inaugural Siddons Artistic Council

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (February 23, 2022) — The Sarah Siddons Society, dedicated to funding scholarships for promising theater arts students at top Chicago area universities, is pleased to announce the formation of the Siddons Artistic Council. The group ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Red Stars update 2022 NWSL roster

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 2, 2022) — The Chicago Red Stars have made the following updates to their roster ahead of the 2022 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup. The Red Stars' roster now sits at ...
Outlines

Bulls lose to another upper-level team: Miami

When it comes to playing teams with records just as good (or better) than theirs, the Bulls tend to come up short. This was again the case Feb. 28, as Chicago (39-23) lost to the Miami ...
Outlines

Blackhawks get blanked 4-0

The St. Louis Blues (32-14-6) defeated the Chicago Blackhawks (19-27-8) 4-0 at the United Center on Feb. 27. In losing to their division rivals, the Blackhawks surrendered three goals in the second period. MacKenzie Entwistle registered ...
SAVOR Hannah's Bretzel

SAVOR Hannah's Bretzel

It's time to get Bavarian! Hannah's Bretzel, as you may guess, specializes in pretzel (or, rather, bretzel—the German word for pretzel). (Added benefits are that the bread is organic, whole-grain and free of chemical additives. ...
DeRozan's streak stopped as Bulls lose

DeRozan's streak stopped as Bulls lose

Chicago Bulls player DeMar DeRozan's streak of scoring 35 points was stopped at eight games as the team (39-22) lost to the Memphis Grizzlies (42-20) 116-110 at the United Center on Feb. 26. In winning, Grizzlies ...
Blackhawks score eight goals against New Jersey

Blackhawks score eight goals against New Jersey

On Feb. 25, the Chicago Blackhawks (19-26-8) put on an offensive clinic at the United Center against the New Jersey Devils (18-29-5), winning 8-5. Brandon Hagel and Patrick Kane each netted a trio of tallies on ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky add two players to training camp roster

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Sign have signed center/forward Tina Krajišnik and guard Kathleen Doyle to their 2022 training camp roster, Sky General Manager James Wade announced today. "Tina is a seasoned vet overseas — a staple ...
Nick Cave to bring first retrospective to MCA Chicago

Nick Cave to bring first retrospective to MCA Chicago

-- From a press release

CHICAGO The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) announced that tickets for Nick Cave: Forothermore, the first career-spanning retrospective of internationally renowned, Chicago-based LGBTQ artist Nick Cave, will go ...
Outlines

Chicago Blackhawks Foundation announces 'Support West' spring cohort

-- From a press release

The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation today announced the Spring cohort of grant recipients through its small business fund, Support West. Support West, which is generously supported by United Airlines and Clorox ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky's Parker, wife welcome baby boy

WNBA star Candace Parker and wife Anna Petrakova announced the birth of their first son together, according to Out.com. A recent post on Instagram read that Airr Larry Petrakov Parker was born Feb. 11. Airr was ...





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