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President Biden issues LGBTQI+ proclamation

President Biden issues LGBTQI+ proclamation

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation for the LGBTQI+ community. In "A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, And Intersex Pride Month, 2022," Biden said, in part, "I often say that America can be defined ...
Breaking News

CDPH issues statement about monkeypox

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a statement about the monkeypox virus. "[The department] is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the ...

  News

News

U.S. Chamber of Commerce report: 72% of small biz willing to lose customers over pro-LGBTQ+ policies

-- From a press release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (https://www.uschamber.com/) has released its Special Report on Small Business and LGBTQ+ Inclusion, focusing on how the small business community has increased inclusivity initiatives, non-discrimination policies ...
'Stonewall Day' to take place in NYC on June 24; Kesha to headline

'Stonewall Day' to take place in NYC on June 24; Kesha to headline

Pride Live—a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ+ community—announced that Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kesha will be the headline performer for Stonewall Day 2022. The legendary Pride event will ...
Aurora mayor won't march in city's Pride Parade

Aurora mayor won't march in city's Pride Parade

Republican Aurora mayor and Illinois gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin will not participate in the city's Pride Parade next month—and the city will withdraw its float, NBC Chicago reported. The developments ...
News

GLAAD: True LGBTQ allyship extends to all aspects of business, including political giving

-- From a press release

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (New York, NY)—GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announces GLAAD's Recommendations for Corporate Allies to educate corpo ...
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas answers critics in interview

Trans swimmer Lia Thomas answers critics in interview

Two months after becoming the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship, transgender former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas responded to some of the criticism she has received for competing in ...
Late photographer/leatherman Ed Negron honored with street sign

Late photographer/leatherman Ed Negron honored with street sign

On May 30, during Memorial Day/International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend, the leather shop 64TEN honored late photographer/leatherman Ed Negron with a tribute and honorary street-naming ceremony. The events were held at the corner of Clark Street ...
THEATER REVIEW Seven Days at Sea

THEATER REVIEW Seven Days at Sea

Title: Seven Days at Sea. Playwright: Martha Hansen At: Light and Sound Productions at the Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20-$40. Runs through: June 5 A story set aboard a lesbian cruise ship in 1995 ...
Gerber/Hart unveils Pride Month events with 'Drag,' 'Bad Gays,' sneak peek

Gerber/Hart unveils Pride Month events with 'Drag,' 'Bad Gays,' sneak peek

Gerber/Hart Library has revealed the events it will host for Pride Month. —On Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m., Gerber/Hart will celebrate the release of Legends of Drag: Queens of a Certain Age with Unabridged Books ...
News

VIEWPOINT: LETTERS Pride: Remembering who we are

The LGBTQAI community echoes the mantra of secular society: Happiness comes from sex, money and power. Life is too busy with work and leisure to have time for religion and/or values. During this period of Pride ...
Lambda Legal holds Bon Foster celebration in person

Lambda Legal holds Bon Foster celebration in person

More than 500 people attended Lambda Legal's 2022 Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration on May 12. The event took place at The Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St. The Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration ...
WNBPA renews calls for Brittney Griner's release

WNBPA renews calls for Brittney Griner's release

The Women's National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) marked the 100th day of Brittney Griner's detention in Russia by renewing calls for her release, CNN reported. "Brittney Griner is our teammate, our friend, and our sister. She ...
NATIONAL Trans survey, Gays Against Guns, TIME 100, candidates, crimes

NATIONAL Trans survey, Gays Against Guns, TIME 100, candidates, crimes

Transgender women experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, poor health services and low pay are less likely to receive necessary HIV prevention support or treatment, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study based on responses from ...
WORLD Canadian law, GLAAD, Pride Flag situation, German story hour

WORLD Canadian law, GLAAD, Pride Flag situation, German story hour

Members of Canada's LGBTQ community, Indigenous people and minority groups fear a proposed law tackling online harm could disproportionately curtail their online freedoms and even make them police targets, The Toronto Sun reported. Plans for an ...
News

Chicago Sports Alliance, McCormick donate $300K to anti-gun violence groups

The Chicago Sports Alliance—a collaboration between the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox—along with the support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, announced it will commit $300,000 to the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation ...
News

Church of Scotland votes to allow same-sex marriages

The Church of Scotland has voted to allow same-sex marriages after recent warnings that its historical opposition had increased the church's decline toward irrelevance, The Guardian reported. The church's general assembly voted 274-136 to allow it ...
amfAR gala is highlight of Cannes Film Festival, raises $19M

amfAR gala is highlight of Cannes Film Festival, raises $19M

The amfAR gala, the highlight of the famed Cannes Film Festival, returned as a glamorous in-person event May 26 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, according to a press release. amfAR, The Foundation for ...
Lambda Legal discusses court decisions granting same-sex couples fair access to Social Security benefits

Lambda Legal discusses court decisions granting same-sex couples fair access to Social Security benefits

Lambda Legal—a national organization committed to actualizing the rights of LGBTQ+ people through impact litigation, public policy work and education—hosted an event at Sidetrack May 26 discussing its work securing ...
Equality Illinois to host Pride Kickoff Brunch on June 4

Equality Illinois to host Pride Kickoff Brunch on June 4

Equality Illinois will host its Pride Kickoff Brunch on Saturday, June 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina Ave. This year, the organization's honoree will be Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris—the first ...
Jussie Smollett back to work; BET+ plans to show his directorial debut

Jussie Smollett back to work; BET+ plans to show his directorial debut

Embattled former Empire actor Jussie Smollett is back to work after being convicted of faking a hate crime in Chicago earlier this year, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Smollett, 39, makes his directorial debut in the movie ...
Okla. governor signs anti-trans, strict abortion measures

Okla. governor signs anti-trans, strict abortion measures

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has recently signed a couple controversial measures into law. According to ABC News, Stitt has signed a bill requiring public school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on ...
'Community Parades and Activism: LGBTQ Claiming its Space' on June 4

'Community Parades and Activism: LGBTQ Claiming its Space' on June 4

The discussion-centered event "Community Parades and Activism: LGBTQ Claiming its Space" will take place Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Ave. An open discussion about LGBTQ/SGL activism ...
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has first Black executive director

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has first Black executive director

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has broken a barrier by hiring its first Black executive director, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The board of directors named Kevin Turner-Espinoza—who identifies as a Black, Mexican and gay cisgender ...
News

State Farm drops GenderCool Project; Illinois General Assembly LGBTQ Caucus, Equality Illinois respond

This week in response to an outcry from a hateful few, Illinois-based insurer State Farm dropped their support for The GenderCool Project, which provides LGBTQ-affirming books to schools across the country on a voluntary basis. We ...
Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault in the UK

Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault in the UK

In the United Kingdom, embattled actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of "causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent," Variety reported. The decision ...
Howard Brown Health unveils Pride mural at Walsh Park

Howard Brown Health unveils Pride mural at Walsh Park

On May 25, Howard Brown Health unveiled a mural celebrating Pride month, in collaboration with local artist David Anthony Geary. The unveiling took place at Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave. Wintrust Bank's ongoing community partnership ...
OUTBermuda hires first-ever executive director

OUTBermuda hires first-ever executive director

Bermuda's LGBTQ+ advocacy nonprofit OUTBermuda has hired its first-ever executive director—Tiffany Paynter—as it looks to expand its impact and strengthen its sustainability as a resource. A social entrepreneur and longtime ...
News

LGBTQ Victory Fund endorses 20 more LGBTQ candidates

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 20 more out LGBTQ candidates. Victory Fund has now endorsed 292 candidates running in the 2022 ...
Trevor Project: 45% of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in the past year

Trevor Project: 45% of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in the past year

The Trevor Project recently released its 2022 survey on the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth. According to an introduction from Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley, the survey demonstrates that rates of suicidal thoughts ...
Brave Space Alliance purchases South Side building in expansion move

Brave Space Alliance purchases South Side building in expansion move

In its ongoing efforts to provide safe spaces for transgender and gender non-confirming BIPOC, Brave Space Alliance (BSA) closed on a 7,000-square-foot building on 71st Street and Jeffrey Avenue, in the South Shore community, to expand ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

THEATER Felicia P. Fields to star in 'Pearl's Rollin' with the Blues'

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy, concludes its 2021-22 season with Pearl's Rollin' with the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields. The production runs
...
Music festival Suenos Chicago wakes up Grant Park

Music festival Suenos Chicago wakes up Grant Park

A new music fiesta called Suenos Chicago debuted in Grant Park on May 28 to a sizable turnout that grew even bigger the following day. The festival ran along Columbus Drive from Buckingham Fountain to Roosevelt ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"It was in the middle of a live show! We go backstage during the commercial and find a little corner and I'm literally taking off my pants, off my underwear, and putting on his."—Ryan Seacrest reveals ...
THEATER Drury Lane announces 'Steel Magnolias' cast

THEATER Drury Lane announces 'Steel Magnolias' cast

Drury Lane Theatre announced the cast for its production of the Robert Harling work Steel Magnolias, directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller. Steel Magnolias has been extended and will now run June 10-Aug. 7 at Drury Lane ...
SHOWBIZ Laverne Cox, PBS special, Ricky Martin, queer books/authors

SHOWBIZ Laverne Cox, PBS special, Ricky Martin, queer books/authors

Nouveau Productions and PBS announced a new collaboration for Pride Month, per a press release. The special True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs will offer a unique look at the history of the LGBTQ+ community ...
16th Street Theater to run abortion-centered 'The Billboard' June 23-July 17

16th Street Theater to run abortion-centered 'The Billboard' June 23-July 17

Berwyn's 16th Street Theater is running The Billboard on June 23-July 17 at Northwestern University's Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. Natalie Y. Moore's play follows a fictional women's clinic in Chicago's Englewood neighb ...
About Face to run immersive comedy about climate-change activism

About Face to run immersive comedy about climate-change activism

About Face Theatre brings its 27th season to a close with a world premiere comedy created by and starring the About Face Youth Theatre ensemble. Gayme Changers will run June 18-24 at The Den Theater, 1331 ...
THEATER Steppenwolf's gay-themed 'Choir Boy' to run June 16-July 24

THEATER Steppenwolf's gay-themed 'Choir Boy' to run June 16-July 24

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will run the Tony-nominated play Choir Boy. by Oscar-winning Steppenwolf ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), on June 16-July 24. Directed by Kent Gash, the production features ...
Jodie Foster to star in fourth season of 'True Detective'

Jodie Foster to star in fourth season of 'True Detective'

The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster is to lead the fourth iteration of HBO's True Detective franchise, True Detective: Night Country, Deadline reported. Foster, who will also executive-produce, will play Detective Liz Danvers in ...

  Outlines

Sky edge Phoenix; Cubs win while White Sox lose

Sky edge Phoenix; Cubs win while White Sox lose

In WNBA action, Courtney Vandersloot scored 18 points as the Chicago Sky (5-3) edged the Phoenix Mercury (2-7) 73-70 at Wintrust Arena on May 31. The game was a rematch of the 2021 WNBA Finals in ...
White Sox edge Cubs; NU women's lacrosse team falls

White Sox edge Cubs; NU women's lacrosse team falls

This year's Crosstown Classic resulted in the Chicago White Sox winning three of four games from their North Side counterparts. On May 29, the White Sox (23-23) edged the Cubs (19-27) 5-4 in 12 innings. Jake ...
Cubs beat White Sox; Sky fall; Red Stars tie Portland on Pride Night

Cubs beat White Sox; Sky fall; Red Stars tie Portland on Pride Night

Continuing the Crosstown Classic at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 28, the Chicago Cubs topped their South Side counterparts. A Patrick Wisdom bloop double and a Frank Schwindel single set the tone early for the Cubs, ...





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