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Aurora Pride Parade may not take place due to lack of security

Aurora Pride Parade may not take place due to lack of security

The Aurora Pride Parade may not take place Sunday, June 12, because Aurora police said officers have not stepped up to pick up overtime shifts to provide security at the event, The Chicago Tribune reported. The ...
Lightfoot officially announces re-election bid

Lightfoot officially announces re-election bid

On June 7, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed rumors and officially announced her re-election bid. In an open announcement, she said, "Since I was sworn into office three years ago, I've led our city through a ...
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Probable monkeypox case confirmed in Chicago

On June 2, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced a single presumptive monkeypox case in an adult male Chicago resident with recent travel history to Europe, per ...

  News

TRAVEL Descanso is Palm Springs newest gay resort

TRAVEL Descanso is Palm Springs newest gay resort

Descanso is the first resort for gay men to open in Palm Springs in more than 10 years, and "The response has been beyond expectations," said general manager Kent Taylor. Weekends are already booked through June, ...
Chicago abortion-rights advocate warns of emboldened right-wing

Chicago abortion-rights advocate warns of emboldened right-wing

The only aspect of the recent leak of Justice Samuel Alito's leaked opinion attacking Roe v. Wade that surprised longtime abortion-rights activist Terry Cosgrove is that anyone else was surprised by it. "Donald Trump said he ...
Reality-TV couple convicted of committing fraud

Reality-TV couple convicted of committing fraud

A jury found reality-TV couple Todd and Julie Chrisley guilty of fraud, including charges related to a tax evasion scheme that went on for years, according to NBC News. The couple, known for their USA Network ...
Field and MacArthur Foundations name 2022 Leaders for a New Chicago cohort

Field and MacArthur Foundations name 2022 Leaders for a New Chicago cohort

-- From a press release

CHICAGO: [June 6], 2022 — The Field Foundation, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, today announced the 2022 Leaders for a New Chicago cohort. The 10 leaders—whose work aligns with Field's ...
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to now take place Oct. 2

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to now take place Oct. 2

The 31st Annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will now take place on Sunday, October 2. The annual event helps raise awareness and funds for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS across Chicagoland. ...
WTTW celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with special content

WTTW celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month with special content

WTTW recently released its schedule of special programming in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. Highlights include: True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs (NEW) Wed., June 8 at 9:30 pm Offering a unique look at the ...
Cubs, White Sox and Sky to hold Pride nights in June

Cubs, White Sox and Sky to hold Pride nights in June

In keeping with Pride Month, Chicago's pro sports teams will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June. The Chicago Cubs will hold its Pride Night on Wed., June 29 as well as Out at Wrigley on Sunday, ...
ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Hoan Huynh talks about the issues and his immigrant background

ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Hoan Huynh talks about the issues and his immigrant background

Hoan Huynh is running in the 13th Illinois House District primary against four other Democratic candidates to replace the long-time out gay state Rep. Greg Harris, who is retiring at the end of this current term. ...
ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Andy Peters on the issues, cafe ownership, reasons for running

ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Andy Peters on the issues, cafe ownership, reasons for running

Andy Peters is running in the 13th Illinois House District primary against four other Democratic candidates to replace the long-time out gay state Rep. Greg Harris, who is retiring at the end of this current term. ...
ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Eileen Dordek speaks on the issues

ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Eileen Dordek speaks on the issues

Eileen Dordek is running in the 13th Illinois House District primary against four other Democratic candidates to replace the long-time out gay state Rep. Greg Harris, who is retiring at the end of this current term. ...
ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Fernando 'Sergio' Mojica on issues, educator background, why running

ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Fernando 'Sergio' Mojica on issues, educator background, why running

Fernando "Sergio" Mojica is running in the 13th Illinois House District primary against four other Democratic candidates to replace the long-time out gay state Rep. Greg Harris, who is retiring at the end of this current ...
ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Joseph Struck on issues, activist work, why running

ELECTIONS 2022 13th IL House District: Joseph Struck on issues, activist work, why running

Joseph Struck is running in the 13th Illinois House district primary against four other Democratic candidates to succeed the long-time out gay state Rep. Greg Harris, who is retiring at the end of this current term. ...
MUSIC Grag doll: Brazilian drag queen makes waves in the U.S.

MUSIC Grag doll: Brazilian drag queen makes waves in the U.S.

Chicago Pride Fest 2022 promises to be hotter and more exciting than ever. This popular festival features a wide variety of musical acts on three stages and is surrounded by numerous vendor booths up and down ...
Howard Brown Health workers announce impending nurses' union membership

Howard Brown Health workers announce impending nurses' union membership

Non-nurse employees from every Howard Brown Health, Broadway Youth Center and Brown Elephant announced their intentions to join the union that Howard Brown Health nurses previously established in 2019 at a rainy press conference June 6 ...
Critically acclaimed Queer Serial History Podcast continues new series into Pride Month

Critically acclaimed Queer Serial History Podcast continues new series into Pride Month

-- From a press release

In Queer Serial's radio drama style, NLGJA award-winning producer Devlyn Camp is bringing gay history to life with news & gay radio shows from the archives, unheard interviews between historian Will Roscoe & Supervisor Harry Britt, ...
American Art Awards issues national honors for 2022

American Art Awards issues national honors for 2022

The American Art Awards has selected the 20 Best American Galleries and Museums for 2022. Among other criteria, selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size ...
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance holds 'Community Parades and Activism'

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance holds 'Community Parades and Activism'

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA) held the a panel discussion—"Community Parades and Activism: LGBTQ Claiming its Space"—June 4 at the PRAA Center. According to its website, PRAA is "a premier ...
ELECTIONS 2022 Beverly Miles eyes defeating Pritzker in Democratic primary

ELECTIONS 2022 Beverly Miles eyes defeating Pritzker in Democratic primary

Beverly Miles is running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary against incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker. She lives on the West Side of Chicago and has spent almost 30 years in the nursing field. She is also a ...
ELECTIONS 2022 Democratic Gubernatorial race: Gov. JB Pritzker talks record, future plans if re-elected

ELECTIONS 2022 Democratic Gubernatorial race: Gov. JB Pritzker talks record, future plans if re-elected

Gov. JB Pritzker is running for re-election in the Democratic primary against challenger Beverly Miles. Prior to becoming governor, Pritzker spearheaded the creation of the non-profit business incubator 1871 and was the co-founder and managing partner ...
City of Chicago announces complete 2022 Taste of Chicago schedule

City of Chicago announces complete 2022 Taste of Chicago schedule

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are pleased to announce the food vendor and entertainment lineup for the 2022 Taste of Chicago, presented by John Deere. Established in ...
NATIONAL Mysterious death, Tennesee law, lesbians of color, Guam

NATIONAL Mysterious death, Tennesee law, lesbians of color, Guam

Gay bilingual mental-health counselor Julio Ramirez died in April after he fell unconscious in a taxi following a night out at gay bars in Hell's Kitchen—and then his bank accounts were allegedly drained days later, leaving ...
WORLD Grindr ads, British mayor, Billie Jean King, Australian awards

WORLD Grindr ads, British mayor, Billie Jean King, Australian awards

In Australia, a retail worker-turned-Greens politician credited catchy ads on gay hookup app Grindr for his stunning victory in Brisbane, The Daily Mail noted. Stephen Bates defeated Liberal-National Party incumbent Trevor Evans in the inner-city seat ...
Equality Illinois honors Greg Harris at annual Pride Kickoff Brunch

Equality Illinois honors Greg Harris at annual Pride Kickoff Brunch

To kick off Pride month, Equality Illinois hosted its fourth annual brunch at Venue West on June 4. The event honored Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris, and featured speeches from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and ...
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Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame nominations deadline extended; participation in Pride Parade announced

-- From a press release

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announced today, that it will once again be one of the leading floats in Chicago's LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. The Pride float will be sponsored by McKinsey ...
More than 10,000 attend in-person IML weekend in Chicago

More than 10,000 attend in-person IML weekend in Chicago

Memorial Day weekend is also typically when International Mr. Leather, or IML, and International Mr. Bootblack are held—and more than 10,000 people attended the in-person event that took place in Chicago on May 26-30. ...
Local writer from Hillman Grad Productions Mentorship Lab to tell stories about immigrant experiences

Local writer from Hillman Grad Productions Mentorship Lab to tell stories about immigrant experiences

Growing up on the South Side of Chicago without any sort of U.S. citizenship, Ruben Mendive said he started developing his identity as a writer while he was sitting in front of the TV, devouring "every ...
Pritzker, Stratton visit queer-owned businesses in Andersonville

Pritzker, Stratton visit queer-owned businesses in Andersonville

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL — Following visits to several queer-owned small businesses in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton reaffirmed their commitment to Illinois' LGBTQ+ community ...
Second probable monkeypox case reported in Illinois

Second probable monkeypox case reported in Illinois

On June 3, Chicago public-health officials said a second probable case of monkeypox has been identified in Illinois, ABC 7 Chicago reported. The second person to test positive for monkeypox is a close contact of the ...
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VIEWS Introductory speech at the IML/IMBB 2022 contest

Note: International Mr. Leather (IML) 2022 and International Mr. Bootblack (IMBB) 2022 took place May 26-30 in Chicago. At the culminating contest on May 29, Chuck Renslow Charitable Foundation President ...
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HRC, Showtime launch third year of QUEER TO STAY, an LGBTQ+ small business initiative

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, and SHOWTIME announced the third consecutive year of "QUEER ...
SF mayor makes about-face, will march in city's Pride Parade

SF mayor makes about-face, will march in city's Pride Parade

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will march in this year's Pride Parade, SFPD Chief Bill Scott announced on Twitter, KRON4 reported. Breed stated last week that she would not take part in this year's parade unless ...
Community and politicians gather to open the AIDS Memorial Garden

Community and politicians gather to open the AIDS Memorial Garden

Chicagoans gathered at the lakefront the morning of June 2 for the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the city's long-awaited AIDS Memorial Garden. "There are so many ones who have passed who have come to witness ...
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Scores of LGBTQI+ groups call on policymakers to protect abortion rights

-- From a NCLR press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights released an open letter signed by 91 organizations representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) community voicing ...
LETTER Homophobia on The Maze Jackson show

LETTER Homophobia on The Maze Jackson show

NOTE: Maze Jackson—who hosts"The Most Dangerous Social-Radio Show in Chicago" on weekday mornings at WBGX 1570AM—is the husband of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President and Cook County assessor candidate Kari ...
Imperial Court, Task Force to add five icons to 'Wall of Honor' at the Stonewall Inn on June 23

Imperial Court, Task Force to add five icons to 'Wall of Honor' at the Stonewall Inn on June 23

-- From a press release

NEW YORK, NY, JUNE 1, 2022—On Thursday, June 23, five LGBTQ icons will be added to the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The honor wall was inaugurated in ...
Red Stars tie again; Cubs win, White Sox lose; NU softball; ex-Bear dies

Red Stars tie again; Cubs win, White Sox lose; NU softball; ex-Bear dies

The Chicago Red Stars battled the Washington Spirit to a 1-1 tie on June 1 at SeatGeek Stadium. The Red Stars' previous game, against the Portland Thorns, also resulted in a tie (2-2). An early header ...
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Illinois attorney general issues guidance on reproductive rights in the state

-- From a press release

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul released new guidance to ensure that the public and members of law enforcement understand Illinois' legal protections for abortions. Attorney General Raoul's office released ...
20th OUT of the Office held at The Godfrey

20th OUT of the Office held at The Godfrey

Andrew Hayes, founder and producer of OUT of the Office, rebounded with a fabulous 20th anniversary event after a two-year COVID-19-imposed hiatus. The June 1 celebration, at The Godfrey Hotel in River North, attracted more than ...

  Entertainment

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TRAVEL Chicago theater blooms outside and out of town

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is keeping its show docked at its Navy Pier facility and Oak Brook's First Folio Theatre is taking the summer off before re-commencing in the fall, but playgoers eager to swap the urban
...
BOOKS Artist Sam Kirk talks 'The Meaning of Pride'

BOOKS Artist Sam Kirk talks 'The Meaning of Pride'

In the children's book The Meaning of Pride, Rosiee Thor pens an ode to LGBTQ+ culture and identity by celebrating the beauty, significance and many dimensions of the concept of Pride—and showing that the word can ...
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Drama Desk Awards to be presented June 14 in NYC

-- From a press release

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. This year's Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi's Restaurant (234 W 44th Street) on Tuesday, June 14, 3-6 p.m. The full list of ...
2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards & Movie & TV Awards unveiled

2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards & Movie & TV Awards unveiled

-- From a press release

New York, New York: (June 5, 2022) - The 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, honored the biggest and brightest stars in movies and television with an epic, one-night only global event ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"My mother says that she will not sleep with anybody over the age of 25."—Rocco Ritchie talking about Madonna. This tidbit came courtesy of Dame Joan Collins—who prefaced the quote by saying "We were with her ...
SHOWBIZ Variety list, Billy Porter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janelle Monae

SHOWBIZ Variety list, Billy Porter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janelle Monae

In honor of Pride Month, Variety published "55 Queer Artists and Decision-Makers to Know in 2022." A few of those on the list include Bridgerton actor Jonathan Bailey; actor Sara Ramirez (And Just Like That…; Grey's ...
MUSIC Transgender 'RuPaul Drag Race' alum Peppermint composes 'Letter' to past lovers

MUSIC Transgender 'RuPaul Drag Race' alum Peppermint composes 'Letter' to past lovers

Miss Peppermint is a drag artist who made a name for herself while slaying on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Eventually coming in second place, Peppermint made herstory by being the first out trans ...
Theater Wit to run 'Hurricane Diane' starting June 17

Theater Wit to run 'Hurricane Diane' starting June 17

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., will run Hurricane Diane on June 17-July 31. Hurricane Diane is described as "a hilarious whirlwind of a play about a butch lesbian gardener who just might be the Greek ...
 'Leaping Lesbians': Artemis Singers returns with its first performance since pandemic began

'Leaping Lesbians': Artemis Singers returns with its first performance since pandemic began

The members of Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, Artemis Singers, are preparing for their first concert in nearly three years. The show, "Leaping Lesbians! A Celebration of Lesbian Life," features music created by women that expresses themes ...
Affinity to hold 'Family Reunion BBQ Picnic' on June 18

Affinity to hold 'Family Reunion BBQ Picnic' on June 18

Affinity Community Services will hold a "Family Reunion BBQ Picnic" on Saturday, June 18, 1-4 p.m., at the Dan Ryan Woods at 83rd Street and Western Avenue. Hosted by Trina TruLuv, this event (with all Black ...
Kelli O'Hara to lead CSOA's Corporate Night with LGBTQ+ conductor on June 9

Kelli O'Hara to lead CSOA's Corporate Night with LGBTQ+ conductor on June 9

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s (CSOA) 31st Corporate Night will take place Thursday, June 9 and will feature actress/Tony winner Kelli O’Hara performing Broadway favorites and American Songbook classics with the Chicago Symphon ...
THEATER REVIEW The Magnolia Ballet

THEATER REVIEW The Magnolia Ballet

Title: The Magnolia Ballet. Playwright: Terry Guest At: About Face Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. MiIwaukee Ave. Tickets: $5-$35. Runs through: June 11 Ignore the play's title. Ignore the publicity photo, too. In fact, you ...
'King Richard' actress Ellis talks about being bisexual

'King Richard' actress Ellis talks about being bisexual

King Richard actress Aunjunue Ellis talked with Variety about being part of the LGBTQ+ community. On March 24, the Oscar nominee accepted honors at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. Emblazoned on the left arm ...

  Outlines

Sky top Mystics; Cubs lose again; White Sox beat Rays

Sky top Mystics; Cubs lose again; White Sox beat Rays

On June 5, Kahleah Copper had 15 points to lead the Chicago Sky (7-3) over the Washington Mystics (7-5) 91-82 at Wintrust Arena. The Sky remain undefeated in Commissioner's Cup games this season (4-0), and it's ...
Cubs split doubleheader; White Sox win; Red Stars prevail

Cubs split doubleheader; White Sox win; Red Stars prevail

On June 4, the Chicago Cubs (23-31) split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals (31-23) at Wrigley Field. Chicago won the opener 6-1 but lost the nightcap 7-4 in 10 innings. In the first game, ...
Vandersloot makes history in Sky win; Cubs, White Sox lose; NU softball

Vandersloot makes history in Sky win; Cubs, White Sox lose; NU softball

In WNBA action, the Chicago Sky (6-3) defeated the Atlanta Dream (6-4) 73-65 on June 3 in College Park, Georgia. The Sky are still undefeated (4-0) in Commissioner's Cup games. Courtney Vandersloot passed Allie Quigley to ...
SAVOR Nautical-themed spots Lake House and The Hampton Social; restaurant news

SAVOR Nautical-themed spots Lake House and The Hampton Social; restaurant news

Remember when you had that spacious second lakefront home that you could visit during the summer—dining on seafood and kicking back on those lazy afternoons? Yeah … me neither. However, the Fairmont Chicago has brought the ...





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