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Windy City Times 2022-04-27

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Reader owner steps down; paper can now go nonprofit route

Reader owner steps down; paper can now go nonprofit route

Chicago Reader co-owner Len Goodman and three board members stepped down April 26 amid protests from employees, freeing the embattled alternative newspaper to transition to a nonprofit organization, The Chicago Tribune reported. The Reader has been ...
HRC condemns Florida Gov. DeSantis for signing 'Stop WOKE' Act

HRC condemns Florida Gov. DeSantis for signing 'Stop WOKE' Act

-- From a press release

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — condemned Governor Ron DeSantis for signing ...
Florida legislature passes anti-Disney bills in wake of 'Don't Say Gay' fight

Florida legislature passes anti-Disney bills in wake of 'Don't Say Gay' fight

On April 21, the Florida legislature passed a pair of bills aimed at Disney—weeks into the company's feud with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over its objections to a new law (the "Don't Say Gay" statute) that ...

  News

PrideArts to present cabaret nights in May and June

PrideArts to present cabaret nights in May and June

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — PrideArts Artistic Director Jay Espano (he/him/his) today announced a series of four Monday night cabaret performances by Chicago area musical theater and cabaret artists at the Pride Arts ...
News

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action announces endorsements for 2022 election

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—The Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), the non-partisan political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, proudly announces its endorsements for the June primary election. ...
Dance Divas return to Baton July 31 and Aug. 1

Dance Divas return to Baton July 31 and Aug. 1

-- From a press release

Showcasing Chicago dancers in a night of music, dance, and laughter, Chicago Dancers United presents Dance Divas 2022, a party and performance Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Baton Show Lounge ...
News

Chicago Archdiocese settles with sex-abuse accusers

A settlement has been reached between the Archdiocese of Chicago and five people who accused five separate priests of sexual abuse—including a high-profile priest who passed away in 2019, ABC ...
Indiana Univ. to host inaugural national HIV conference

Indiana Univ. to host inaugural national HIV conference

Indiana University (IU) will host the first IU National HIV Conference, "Stepping into the 5th Decade: Evolving Our Response to HIV," June 8-11 in Indianapolis. Hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity ...
News

VIEWS Biden, Democrats must end Title 42 now

The Biden Administration should honor its commitment to immediately end Title 42 restrictions which were imposed by former President Donald Trump, to deny asylum seekers their basic, protected rights. It would be a mistake for Democrats ...
Ehrlich, Mojica among latest Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

Ehrlich, Mojica among latest Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 37 more out LGBTQ candidates, a media release noted. Victory Fund has now endorsed 274 candidates running in the 2022 ...
Same-sex couple have historic wedding in Antarctica

Same-sex couple have historic wedding in Antarctica

RRS Sir David Attenborough crew members Eric Bourne and Stephen Carpenter are now the first same-sex couple ever married in the British Antarctic Territory on April 24, The Maritime Executive noted. The Maritime Executive noted that ...
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy endorses gay Cook County Commissioner candidate McClinton

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy endorses gay Cook County Commissioner candidate McClinton

-- From a press release

Chicago (Roseland)—Jaylin D. McClinton (he/him/él) announced today that Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy is endorsing his campaign in the race for Cook County Commissioner in the 5th District. "I am ...
Preckwinkle, Britton launch 'Cook County Unites Against Hate'

Preckwinkle, Britton launch 'Cook County Unites Against Hate'

-- From a press release

(Cook County, IL) —Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined 14th District Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton to launch a new campaign to show Cook County is a welcoming place for all: "Cook County United ...
Exxon Mobil's plan to ban Pride flag triggers employee pushback

Exxon Mobil's plan to ban Pride flag triggers employee pushback

Exxon Mobil Corp. plans to prohibit the LGBTQ+ Pride flag from being flown outside its offices during Pride month in June, prompting backlash from Houston-based employees, Time Magazine reported. The company updated company guidance on what ...
French President Macron defeats Le Pen, is re-elected

French President Macron defeats Le Pen, is re-elected

French President Emmanuel Macron comfortably won re-election to a second term on April 24, defeating far-right, anti-LGBTQ+ candidate Marine Le Pen in a runoff. The second five-year term for the centrist spared France and Europe from ...
Petition started for trans inmate Strawberry Hampton; IDOC responds [UPDATE]

Petition started for trans inmate Strawberry Hampton; IDOC responds [UPDATE]

A petition on change.org has been started for Strawberry Hampton, a transgender woman who's currently in Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, about 30 miles north of Springfield. According to WBEZ, Hampton sued the Illinois Department of ...
NATIONAL Missouri lawmaker, Michigan controversy, gymnasts, Julius' Bar

NATIONAL Missouri lawmaker, Michigan controversy, gymnasts, Julius' Bar

A lawmaker in Missouri delivered an intense condemnation of one of his Republican colleagues over an effort to keep transgender athletes out of youth sports, HuffPost reported. State Rep. Ian Mackey (D), who is gay, issued ...
WORLD Soldiers, Everywhere Is Queer, soccer items

WORLD Soldiers, Everywhere Is Queer, soccer items

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The South Korean Supreme Court ruled that soldiers of the same sex who have consensual sex in a private space cannot be charged with assault under the Military Criminal Act, The Hankyoreh reported. Previously, the court ...
Cubs score 21 in blowout win; White Sox and Blackhawks lose

Cubs score 21 in blowout win; White Sox and Blackhawks lose

In what resulted in more of a football score than a baseball one, the Chicago Cubs (7-8) blew out the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-8) 21-0 on April 23 at Wrigley Field. With the runaway win, the Cubs ...
News

VIEWS The closing of civil society: Russia and the U.S., or fear the queer!

Putin's invasion of Ukraine has made manifest the fragility of civil society in Russia and the strength of civil society in Ukraine. It has also once again focused an intense spotlight on our own civil society. ...
'It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful' explores art collective's part in HIV/AIDS activism

'It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful' explores art collective's part in HIV/AIDS activism

In Jack Lowery's book, It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic, the historian shares how the art collective Gran Fury utilized community-made propaganda to address the HIV/AIDS ...
Roommate indicted in death of Florida LGBTQ+-rights activist

Roommate indicted in death of Florida LGBTQ+-rights activist

A Florida grand jury indicted a man for first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the death of his roommate—LGBTQ+-rights advocate Jorge Diaz-Johnston, brother of former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, CNN reported. ...
Pro-LGBTQ+ rally rescheduled for April 27 at Federal Plaza

Pro-LGBTQ+ rally rescheduled for April 27 at Federal Plaza

Weeks after a pro-LGBTQ+ rally in the Loop was disrupted, the event has been rescheduled for Wed., April 27, at Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St., at 5:30 p.m. The past few months have been extremely ...
News

Gay artist couple among Mayor's Medal of Honor recipients

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the winners of the 2022 Mayor's Medal of Honor. The Mayor's Medal of Honor is an annual award presented by the Mayor to honorees who have demonstrated a passionate commitment ...
Event examines crystal-meth use among Black gay and bi men

Event examines crystal-meth use among Black gay and bi men

An event that analyzed crystal-meth use in the Black gay/bi community took place April 19 at the space Chez, 247 E. Ontario St. After introductory remarks from individuals such as Illinois state Rep. Lamont Robinson (who ...
Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project showcases 'History of Milwaukee Drag' starting June 27

Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project showcases 'History of Milwaukee Drag' starting June 27

-- From a press release

Milwaukee, WI. - A History of Milwaukee Drag: Seven Generations of Glamour, by local historians Michail Takach and BJ Daniels, will be released Monday, June 27 by The History Press. For nearly 150 years, Milwaukee has ...
Andersonville/Wicker Park bakery fired employee after pay complaints

Andersonville/Wicker Park bakery fired employee after pay complaints

LGBTQ-owned Andersonville/Wicker Park bakery Lost Larson paid more than $2,000 last month to a former employee after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supported her claim that she was fired for joining colleagues to address workplace ...
ONE Archives running exhibit of vintage LGBTQ+ activist posters

ONE Archives running exhibit of vintage LGBTQ+ activist posters

Los Angeles-based ONE Archives Foundation announced "Days of Rage, a web-based multimedia exhibit featuring newly digitized LGBTQ+ activist posters from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. The exhibit, which has launched ...
News

Wimbledon banning Russian, Belarusian players

Russian and Belarusian tennis players will be banned from competing in Wimbledon (which starts June 27) because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Belarus' support of the ongoing war, USA Today noted, citing a New York ...
Bulls even series with Bucks; Cubs fall; Sox lose twice; Blackhawks win

Bulls even series with Bucks; Cubs fall; Sox lose twice; Blackhawks win

April 20 was a busy day for most of Chicago's pro sports teams, with mixed results. —Chicago Bulls player DeMar DeRozan scored 41 points as the team secured a 114-110 win over the defending champion Milwaukee ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's 'RE/UNION' to take place May 12-15

After reconnecting with audiences this spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) has announced the program for the company's return to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph
...
MUSIC Lil Nas X reveals dates for his first-ever tour

MUSIC Lil Nas X reveals dates for his first-ever tour

Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling queer rapper Lil Nas X will embark on his first-ever traveling show—the "Long Live Montero" tour—this fall in North America and Europe, according to Variety. The North American leg kicks off at The Fillmore ...
MUSIC Lollapalooza announces line-up by day

MUSIC Lollapalooza announces line-up by day

Lollapalooza has revealed the Lineup By Day for its 2022 edition and has confirmed that 1-Day General Admission, GA+, VIP and Platinum Tickets will go on sale Wed., April 27, at 10 a.m. CT at www.lollapalooza.com. ...
'Rasheeda Speaking' now running through June 4 at Theater Wit

'Rasheeda Speaking' now running through June 4 at Theater Wit

Shattered Globe Theatre is now running the workplace production Rasheeda Speaking through June 4 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. The production was supposed to run Feb. 25-April 9 but was pushed back due to ...
THEATER Otherworld hosting sci-fi drag fantasy cabaret 'Hyperfantasia' on May 11

THEATER Otherworld hosting sci-fi drag fantasy cabaret 'Hyperfantasia' on May 11

Otherworld Theatre Company, 3914 N. Clark St., has announced a special one-night-only performance of the sci-fi fantasy drag cabaret show Hyperfantasia, to be staged Wed., May 11. Employing original music ...
The Other Art Fair returns to the Loop

The Other Art Fair returns to the Loop

The Other Art Fair returned to Chicago April 21-24 at Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, for collectors, artists and art lovers with original works of art from more than 100 emerging artists. Just a few ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"1. Some outfits are never sent to the back of the closet. 2. It's really more of a 'break glass in case of emergency' situation."—Lynda Carter reveals that she has her classic Wonder Woman outfit framed ...
SHOWBIZ Lily Tomlin, 'The Color Purple,' Walter Mercado, Janelle Monae, Loki

SHOWBIZ Lily Tomlin, 'The Color Purple,' Walter Mercado, Janelle Monae, Loki

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, legendary actress/comedian Lily Tomlin discussed a variety of topics, including comedy and the Oscars. About the Academy Awards, she said, "I sometimes think they shouldn't be able to tread ...
The Andersonville Wine Walk returns for its 16th year on May 15

The Andersonville Wine Walk returns for its 16th year on May 15

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 21, 2022) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC), in partnership with In Fine Spirits, is pleased to welcome back its annual Andersonville Wine Walk, an afternoon of ...
Acts for Pride in the Park announced

Acts for Pride in the Park announced

Taking place the same weekend as this year's Chicago Pride Parade, the third edition of the music festival Pride in the Park will be June 25-26 at Grant Park's Petrillo Bandshell. According to the event's website, ...
THEATER 'Rock of Ages' at Paramount through May 29

THEATER 'Rock of Ages' at Paramount through May 29

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages will run through Sunday, May 29, at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., in downtown Aurora. According to a press release, Rock of Ages is ...

  Outlines

Gay football player to be part of NFL Draft

Gay football player to be part of NFL Draft

The third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals at the 2022 NFL Draft will be announced by a gay flag football player from the Phoenix area, Outsports reported. Joel Horton has been a member of the Phoenix ...
Blackhawks beat Flyers

Blackhawks beat Flyers

On April 25, the Chicago Blackhawks (27-42-11) beat the Philadelphia Flyers (25-44-11) 3-1 at the United Center. Erik Gustafsson, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat all scored while Kevin Lankinen made 32 stops in the win. Toews ...
Chicago Red Stars lose to Kansas City Current 2-1

Chicago Red Stars lose to Kansas City Current 2-1

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—The Chicago Red Stars ended Challenge Cup play with a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Current on April 24. KEY MOMENTS: '6 Alyssa Naeher stops a dangerous shot from Kansas City '35 Kansas City gets ...
SPORTS Bulls now down 3-1 in playoffs

SPORTS Bulls now down 3-1 in playoffs

On April 24, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points to lead that team to a 119-95 win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. With the loss, Chicago is now down 3-1 in ...
Bulls crushed in Game 3; Cubs and White Sox lose again

Bulls crushed in Game 3; Cubs and White Sox lose again

The Chicago Bulls are now 1-2 in their playoff series against Milwaukee after the Bucks crushed them 111-81 on April 22 at the United Center. Grayson Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Milwaukee ...
Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs all lose

Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs all lose

April 21 was not a good day for any Chicago sports team that competed. ...





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