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Windy City Times 2022-04-13

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HRC condemns Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for first bill to impose criminal penalties on providers of gender-affirming care for youth

-- From a press release

MONTGOMERY— Today, Governor Ivey signed Senate Bill 184, legislation passed in the final hours of the session by anti-equality legislators, is the first in the nation to impose felony criminal penalties on medical professionals who offer ...
U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court in historic move

U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court in historic move

On April 7, the U.S. Senate voted 53-47 to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court Justice. Three GOP senators voted for Brown Jackson—Mitt Romney, of Utah; Susan Collins, of Maine; and Lisa ...
Breaking News

Federal court strikes down Pentagon's restrictions on military service of people Living with HIV as unconstitutional

-- From a press release

"The court ruled that the Pentagon's policies regarding service members with HIV are not only outdated, but unlawful, arbitrary and capricious, and unconstitutional . . . one of the strongest judicial rulings in over two decades ...

  News

POLITICS Mojica announces endorsements from local LGBTQ+ leaders

POLITICS Mojica announces endorsements from local LGBTQ+ leaders

Former high-school principal Fernando "Sergio" Mojica announced more than a dozen endorsements from prominent local LGBTQ leaders. Mojica is one of seven people running to replace retiring Rep. Greg Harris in Illinois' 13th District, and would ...
News

Willie Wilson joining Chicago mayoral race again

Entrepreneur and previous Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson announced April 11 that he will also be part of the 2023 race to lead the city. According to Politico, Wilson, a business owner and McDonald's franchisee, has ...
Latest Brave Space Alliance situation reveals conflicting accounts

Latest Brave Space Alliance situation reveals conflicting accounts

After employees at Brave Space Alliance (BSA)—which describes itself as "the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago"—formed a union that the CEO, LaSaia Wade ...
News

HRC Foundation launches inaugural 'LGBTQ+ School Inclusion Efforts' report

-- From a press release. Video below

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization released the 2021 Annual Report from ...
Youth Outlook's Joliet/Lockport drop-in center to open April 19

Youth Outlook's Joliet/Lockport drop-in center to open April 19

Youth Outlook—which offers safe, supportive and affirming services for LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and the community—announced that its newest drop-in center, for those in Joliet/Lockport, will open Tuesday, April 19. ...
News

Families sue Alabama over ban on gender-affirming care for trans adolescents

-- From a press release

(Montgomery, AL, April 11, 2022) – Two Alabama families filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging a recently passed law that criminalizes medical professionals who provide care to transgender adolescents with up to 10 years in prison. ...
News

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition out April 15

-- From a press release

NEW YORK CITY, New York, MApril 11, 2022—The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves board is proud to announce the release of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition, published April 15, 2022. The Trans Bodies Trans Selvessecond edition ...
Hundreds attend EXPO Chicago to experience contemporary and modern art

Hundreds attend EXPO Chicago to experience contemporary and modern art

EXPO Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art, drew hundreds of attendees for its ninth edition, which took place April 7-10 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Marking the exposition's first in-person return since its ...
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Actress/comedian discusses acting, sexuality in new book

Mary Lynn Rajskub: Actress/comedian discusses acting, sexuality in new book

Emmy-winning actresses and stand-up comedians who just finished publishing their new memoirs, while simultaneously embarking on their stand-up tours, rarely have moments to themselves. Thankfully, Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known for her work on the TV ...
WORLD Conference canceled, Catholic event, India bills, Gertrude Stein

WORLD Conference canceled, Catholic event, India bills, Gertrude Stein

The United Kingdom canceled its first-ever international LGBTQ+ conference after a boycott by more than 100 organizations, the BBC reported. "Safe To Be Me" was scheduled to take place in London in June to promote LGBTQ+ ...
NATIONAL Ukrainian rally, travel ban, Brooklyn bar, Virginia measure

NATIONAL Ukrainian rally, travel ban, Brooklyn bar, Virginia measure

A group of LGBTQ Ukrainians and their supporters held a rally in front of the White House on April 3, The Washington Blade reported. ...
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds 40th-anniversary event at Sidetrack

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds 40th-anniversary event at Sidetrack

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a "40 & Fabulous! The Gerber/Hart Spring Soiree" benefit April 7—the birthday of one of the library's namesakes, Pearl Hart—at ...
News

Former Chicago alderman charged with bribery

Former Chicago Ald. Danny Solis is facing federal bribery charges—three years after it was revealed he wore a wire to help the feds in their cases against Ald. Ed Burke and former House Speaker Michael Madigan, ...
Esteem Awards to take place July 2 at Sidetrack

Esteem Awards to take place July 2 at Sidetrack

Four organizations and 14 individuals have been selected to be honored at the 15th Annual Esteem Awards. The event—free and open to the public—will take place Saturday, July 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., 2-5 ...
'In Chicago We Believe' targets anti-LGBTQ+ legislation with ad campaigns in Orlando, Dallas and Phoenix

'In Chicago We Believe' targets anti-LGBTQ+ legislation with ad campaigns in Orlando, Dallas and Phoenix

On April 7, World Business Chicago launched the new advertising campaign "In Chicago We Believe." According to a press release, "the campaign promotes the city's long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, not just as a ...
News

Legislation to increase critical access to HIV prevention meds passes Illinois House

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — On April 7, HB4430—Increasing Access to PrEP and PEP sponsored by State Representative Kelly M. Cassidy—passed the Illinois House on concurrence with a vote of 72-30. This bill ...
Queer|Art announces grant competition for Black trans women visual artists

Queer|Art announces grant competition for Black trans women visual artists

NYC-based Queer|Art has announced The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang and Serena Jara, this annual $10,000 grant—awarded to draw attention to an ...
Shattered Globe Theatre and Chicago Dramatists to host 'Remembering Joel Drake Johnson' on April 30

Shattered Globe Theatre and Chicago Dramatists to host 'Remembering Joel Drake Johnson' on April 30

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 8, 2022) — Shattered Globe Theatre and Chicago Dramatists will celebrate the life and legacy of longtime Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson—a member of the LGBTQ+ community—at a ...
Alabama passes own 'Don't Say Gay' bill and restroom restrictions

Alabama passes own 'Don't Say Gay' bill and restroom restrictions

On April 7, the Alabama legislature passed its own version of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law after a surprise amendment was attached to a transgender bathroom bill, AL.com reported. On the last day of the legislative ...
News

HRC, NCLR applaud confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

-- From press releases

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 7, by a bipartisan vote of 53-47 the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an Associate Justice on the United State Supreme Court. She will take her place ...
News

HRC mobilizes to defeat Ohio's "Don't Say Gay or Trans" education censorship bill

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the introduction yesterday of HB616, a new version of the "Don't Say Gay, Don't Say Trans" bill, in the Ohio House of Representatives, the Human Rights Campaign is working alongside parents and ...
Human Rights Campaign and WarnerMedia release 'Let Us Play' video featuring trans youth

Human Rights Campaign and WarnerMedia release 'Let Us Play' video featuring trans youth

-- From a press release, video below

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced a collaboration with WarnerMedia to launch a video called "Let Us Play." The video, which features transgender youth playing sports with their friends, calls on leaders and ...
News

LETTERS A difference in opinion about Vatican document

I am responding to DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burks, who issued a press release that Windy City Times published. A newly released document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education could trigger a new wave of ...
Lightfoot announces April 12 Harold Washington centennial celebration

Lightfoot announces April 12 Harold Washington centennial celebration

On April 7, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced an event to celebrate Chicago Mayor Harold Washington on what would be his 100th birthday, according to a press release. This centennial celebration ...
News

LBQ girls, women of color overrepresented in child welfare and criminalization systems

-- From a press release

A new review of studies by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) girls, particularly girls of color, are overrepresented in foster care and the carceral system. The ...
Leader in fight to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to join virtual book club with LGBTQ veterans April 7

Leader in fight to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to join virtual book club with LGBTQ veterans April 7

C. Dixon Osburn, co-founder and former CEO of the Servicmembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), will join the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) April 7 at 7 p.m. for a virtual Book ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Bisexual comedian Hannah Einbinder ('Hacks') now at The Den on July 15

Bisexual comedian/actress Hannah Einbinder has announced a new date for her stand-up engagement at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Originally scheduled to perform on Friday, June 17, Einbinder will now appear Friday, July 15,
...
FILM/TV New 'Drag Race All Stars' to only feature previous winners

FILM/TV New 'Drag Race All Stars' to only feature previous winners

In a watershed moment in "RuPaul's Drag Race" history (or herstory), all eight returning queens on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars have won previous seasons of "Drag Race" or "All Stars," Variety noted. ...
THEATER 'Skates,' with 'Idol' alums, to have world premiere May 24

THEATER 'Skates,' with 'Idol' alums, to have world premiere May 24

American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young lead the cast of the new musical Skates. The production also features Adam Fane, Kelly Felthous, Cory Goodrich, Emma Lord, Jason Richards, Kelvin Roston, Jr., Michelle Lauto, Zach ...
THEATER 'Seagull' opening Steppenwolf's new space April 28-June 12

THEATER 'Seagull' opening Steppenwolf's new space April 28-June 12

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will open its new in-the-round Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell—the centerpiece of its recently unveiled Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center—with ensemble member ...
Blackhawks lose on Pride Night; White Sox win home opener; Cubs also win

Blackhawks lose on Pride Night; White Sox win home opener; Cubs also win

On Pride Night at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks (24-38-11) fell to the Los Angeles Kings (39-26-10) 5-2. It was Chicago's eighth consecutive loss, the longest such stretch under interim head coach Derek King. Taylor ...
Judith Light to receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award

Judith Light to receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award

GLAAD announced that multiple Tony- and Emmy-winning actress, producer and activist Judith Light will receive the Excellence in Media Award that will be presented by queer performer and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose at the 33rd Annual ...
Hard Rock's upcoming acts: Trevor Noah, Daughtry, Wanda Sykes and more

Hard Rock's upcoming acts: Trevor Noah, Daughtry, Wanda Sykes and more

Trevor Noah and rock band Daughtry (headed by former American Idol winner Chris Daughtry) are among the upcoming acts at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana's new Hard Rock Live venue. The Trevor Noah "Back to Abnormal" ...
MUSIC Gay composer's historic 'Emancipation' at Harris Theater on April 29

MUSIC Gay composer's historic 'Emancipation' at Harris Theater on April 29

The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance will present Emancipation, by gay composer Adrian Dunn, with The Adrian Dunn Singers and Rize Orchestra on the Mainstage on Friday, April 29, at ...
THEATER Tony-nominated 'Hand to God' in Aurora on May 25-July 10

THEATER Tony-nominated 'Hand to God' in Aurora on May 25-July 10

Hand to God—the Tony-nominated production (with puppets) that's been described as "Avenue Q meets Little Shop of Horrors"—will run May 25-July 10 at the new Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., right across the street from ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"George Stevens is making The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Jesus Christ is parting the waters out there on Culver."—Lucille Ball discussing one of the various things shot on Desilu soundstages in a 1963 interview. This ...
SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Indigo Girls, singer Bitch, 'Shahs of Sunset'

SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Indigo Girls, singer Bitch, 'Shahs of Sunset'

The Fox show So You Think You Can Dance unveiled its new judging lineup, and LGBTQ Dancing with the Stars runner-up JoJo Siwa will be part of it, per Out Magazine. Siwa will be joined at the judge's table by Glee ...
FILM/TV Molly Shannon talks about her gay father, LGBTQ projects and new book

FILM/TV Molly Shannon talks about her gay father, LGBTQ projects and new book

Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting a very special night at Harris Theater with entertainers Molly Shannon and Jonathan Van Ness in two separate appearances. While Van Ness has a Queer Eye, Shannon has played queer and ...
Entertainment

Will Smith banned from Oscars for the next decade

On April 8, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced that actor Will Smith will not be allowed to attend the Academy Awards for the next 10 years, as a result of his slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage ...
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce welcomes spring with Andersonville in Bloom throughout April

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce welcomes spring with Andersonville in Bloom throughout April

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 8, 2022) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) celebrates all things Spring during Andersonville in Bloom, a month-long celebration featuring Earth Month and Spring-inspired events, plus seasonal ...
Victory Gardens Theater to present 'cullud wattah' June 11-July 17

Victory Gardens Theater to present 'cullud wattah' June 11-July 17

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Victory Gardens Theater concludes its 2021/22 Mainstage Season with the regional premiere of cullud wattah, written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Lili-Anne Brown. cullud wattah runs June 11 — ...
Artemis Singers presents outdoor Pride Concert June 4 "Leaping Lesbians!"

Artemis Singers presents outdoor Pride Concert June 4 "Leaping Lesbians!"

-- From a press release

CHICAGO─Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present its Pride Concert, "Leaping Lesbians! A Celebration of Lesbian Life," at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 4, outdoors at Forest Glen Woods ...
THEATER Drury Lane running 'The King and I' through May 22

THEATER Drury Lane running 'The King and I' through May 22

Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, has opened its 2022-23 season with the celebrated Tony-winning musical Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which is expected to run through Sunday, May 22. Based on ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Sky add two players ahead of training camp

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 13, 2022) — The Chicago Sky today announced that the team has signed undrafted rookies Lexi Held and Kayla Wells to training camp contracts. Held, a 5'10" guard, spent her entire collegiate career playing ...
Bulls, White Sox win; Cubs, Blackhawks lose

Bulls, White Sox win; Cubs, Blackhawks lose

It's that time of the year when sports seasons intersect, as some leagues (NBA, NHL) speed toward the ends of their regular seasons while others (MLB) are just starting theirs. —In a game that featured mostly ...
White Sox drop season opener; Bulls lose big again

White Sox drop season opener; Bulls lose big again

On April 7, the Chicago Cubs won their season opener 5-4; however, on the following day, the Chicago White Sox dropped their season opener to the Detroit Tigers by the same score. The Sox allowed two ...
TPAN named beneficiary of Pride Night at Blackhawks game April 12

TPAN named beneficiary of Pride Night at Blackhawks game April 12

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL - TPAN, Chicago's own nonprofit that is in its 35th year of serving people living with HIV has been selected as the beneficiary of Pride Night at the April 12 Blackhawks game against the ...
SPORTS Cubs win season opener; Blackhawks fall to Kraken

SPORTS Cubs win season opener; Blackhawks fall to Kraken

On April 7, the Chicago Cubs started their season the right way—with a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' Ian Happ had three hits, including a tie-breaking two-run double in the ...
SPORTS Bulls stumble against Celtics; Hossa to retire a Blackhawk

SPORTS Bulls stumble against Celtics; Hossa to retire a Blackhawk

The playoff-bound Chicago Bulls is ending its regular season by taking on some of the NBA's best—and the team is showing the growing chasm between it and the league's elite. On April 6 at the United ...






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