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Russia extends Brittney Griner's detention again

Russia extends Brittney Griner's detention again

On June 14, prosecutors in Russia were granted another extension in the case of U.S. women's basketball player Brittney Griner, ESPN reported. The extension is a procedural move that was expected and should have little effect ...
Queer-themed plays win Tonys; Hudson reaches EGOT status

Queer-themed plays win Tonys; Hudson reaches EGOT status

On June 12, the 75th annual Tony Awards were held to honor the top performances from the theater industry. The event—hosted by LGBTQ+ Oscar winner/Tony nominee Ariana DeBose at New York City's Radio City Music Hall—followed ...
Breaking News

Idaho police arrest dozens with white nationalist ties near Pride event

In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, police officers arrested 31 people on June 11 who are believed to be affiliated with the white nationalist group Patriot Front after they were seen gathering near a Pride parade, CNN reported. ...
Texas court issues emergency stop to Gov. Abbott's anti-trans youth directive

Texas court issues emergency stop to Gov. Abbott's anti-trans youth directive

-- From a press release

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Court granted a temporary restraining order on Friday to block the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from investigating PFLAG families ...
Aurora Pride Parade to go on as planned

Aurora Pride Parade to go on as planned

After some back-and-forth, this year's Aurora Pride Parade will be held Sunday, June 12, after the city unexpectedly reversed its decision and reinstated the parade's permit, ABC 7 Chicago reported. The city and parade organizers Aurora ...
PFLAG National, ACLU, Lambda Legal file pro-trans youth lawsuit against Texas governor

PFLAG National, ACLU, Lambda Legal file pro-trans youth lawsuit against Texas governor

The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Texas, along with Texas-based law firm Baker Botts LLP, filed a new lawsuit in Texas state court on behalf of PFLAG National and three Texas families on June 8, per a press release. ...

  News

PASSAGES Onetime Gay Chicago publisher Craig Gernhardt

PASSAGES Onetime Gay Chicago publisher Craig Gernhardt

Craig Gernhardt—who once was the publisher of the now-defunct Gay Chicago—has died at age 61, according to Tribute Archive. His father, Gay Chicago Magazine co-founder and Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductee Ralph Paul Gernhardt, passed ...
News

TPAN to host Closing Ceremony for Ride For Life Chicago June 19

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL—TPAN will host the Closing Ceremony of the Ride For Life Chicago on Sunday, June 19 at Foster Beach from noon-5pm. Cyclists will complete their 200-, 100-, and 50-mile rides to converge at the beach ...
News

Governor signs bills expanding access to HIV- and AIDS-related care and prevention

-- From a press release

Chicago—Governor JB Pritzker signed HB4430 and HB5549 into law today, removing barriers to access for HIV and AIDS care and prevention. HB4430 allows pharmacists to dispense both pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis drugs (PrEP and PEP) without ...
Lambda Legal names Jennifer Pizer as chief legal officer

Lambda Legal names Jennifer Pizer as chief legal officer

Lambda Legal announced Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of strategic initiatives, as acting chief legal officer upon the departure of Sharon McGowan, who officially leaves the position June 15, a press release noted. "Lambda ...
PASSAGES Legendary Chicago transgender activist, icon, mentor Mama Gloria Allen

PASSAGES Legendary Chicago transgender activist, icon, mentor Mama Gloria Allen

Legendary Chicago Black transgender activist, icon and mentor "Mama" Gloria Allen died June 13 in her residence at Chicago's LGBTQ senior living facility Townhall Apartments in Lake View. The cause of death is unknown at this ...
Cook County selects new flag as area approaches 200th anniversary

Cook County selects new flag as area approaches 200th anniversary

The Cook County Board of Commissioners met June 14—Flag Day—as the county approaches its 200th-anniversary year, in the Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to vote for "I Will" as the new flag for Cook County. This ...
News

Man shot outside Lake View nightspot

No one is yet in custody after a shooting along the 3300 block of North Halsted Street during the early morning of June 13. The story was first reported by CWBChicago on June 13. The incident ...
AMA chooses first openly gay president-elect

AMA chooses first openly gay president-elect

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H, an anesthesiologist from Wisconsin, was voted president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA) by physicians gathered at the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Following a year-long term as ...
News

DCFS enhances training for foster parents, staff; expands resources, housing options for LGBTQI+ youth

-- From a press release

Illinois DCFS enhances training for foster parents and staff, expands resources and housing options to support LGBTQI+ youth in care during Pride Month CHICAGO — June is Pride Month and the Illinois Department of Children and ...
PASSAGES Transgender icon Mama Gloria dies at 76

PASSAGES Transgender icon Mama Gloria dies at 76

-- From a press release

Chicago transgender icon and activist Gloria Allen, who founded and ran a charm school for homeless trans youth and was the subject of the award-winning documentary "Mama Gloria" and the critically acclaimed play "Charm," has died ...
News

LGBTQ+ rights and immigration activist Edafe Okporo to be honored with American Heritage Award

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2022—The American Immigration Council will honor global LGBTQ+ rights activist and founder of Refuge America, Edafe Okporo, with its American Heritage Award on Friday, June 17 at the Javits Center in New York. ...
Activist Ja'Mal Green is latest candidate for Chicago mayor

Activist Ja'Mal Green is latest candidate for Chicago mayor

On June 14, Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green will run to unseat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, The Chicago Tribune reported. "On every side, I feel that I understand the issues more than a lot of the other candidates, ...
Marchers aim to 'reclaim pride,' shed light on issues facing LGBTQ+ community

Marchers aim to 'reclaim pride,' shed light on issues facing LGBTQ+ community

About a hundred people marched through streets in Lake View on June 12 to call attention to social-justice issues affecting LGBTQ+ people while centering the Black trans community. "Some people don't understand. They're, like, 'Why such ...
Andersonville Midsommarfest draws out the diversity during Swedish celebration

Andersonville Midsommarfest draws out the diversity during Swedish celebration

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce brought back Andersonville Midsommarfest, after a two-year hiatus, for its 56th year on June 10-12. More than 50 music and entertainment acts were featured across five stages on Clark Street from ...
News

Lightfoot, CDPH announce expansion of citywide mental health network

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that the City of Chicago is awarding $3.1 million in new grants to expand City-funded outpatient mental health services across ...
Aurora and Woodstock pride events take place

Aurora and Woodstock pride events take place

On June 12, Pride events in at least two Chicago suburbs took place. After a question about the event taking place, hundreds attended the Aurora Pride Parade—although Mayor Richard Irvin was not part of the festivities. ...
Catholic publisher cancels Chicago theologian's 'Queer God de Amor' book

Catholic publisher cancels Chicago theologian's 'Queer God de Amor' book

On June 9, New Ways Ministry received the following statement by Miguel Diaz, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. ...
Spacey charged with sexual assault; UK hearing set for June 16

Spacey charged with sexual assault; UK hearing set for June 16

British authorities have charged actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual assault and a further offense, Deadline reported. The actor has also been charged with causing a person to "engage in penetrative sexual activity without ...
PASSAGES Former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan dies at 76

PASSAGES Former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan dies at 76

Former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan has passed away "peacefully at home" after several lengthy illnesses at age 76, The Chicago Tribune reported. Ryan was the state's attorney general from 1995 to 2003, and was the ...
34th annual Lambda Literary award winners announced

34th annual Lambda Literary award winners announced

-- From a press release

New York, NY, June 11, 2022 — Lambda Literary, the nation's premier LGBTQ literary organization, announced the winners of the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the "Lammys") at a live virtual award ceremony hosted by ...
WORLD Pride events, Darren Hayes, Virgin Mary poster, LGBTQ+ Scotland

WORLD Pride events, Darren Hayes, Virgin Mary poster, LGBTQ+ Scotland

A celebratory march made its way through the Thailand capital of Bangkok—the first of its kind in almost 16 years, DW.com reported. The "Naruemit Pride 2022" event, using the Thai word for "creation," was the result ...
NATIONAL Marriage poll, Family Equality event, podcast, NYC Pride

NATIONAL Marriage poll, Family Equality event, podcast, NYC Pride

GLAAD responded to a Gallup poll showing 71% of Americans support marriage equality—another record high for the poll conducted each year since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage for LGBTQ people nationwide. In a ...
SHOWBIZ Jodie Comer, 'Queer As Folk,' trans film, Tom of Finland photos

SHOWBIZ Jodie Comer, 'Queer As Folk,' trans film, Tom of Finland photos

Jodie Comer—the Emmy- and BAFTA-winning actress perhaps best known for playing LGBTQ+ assassin Villanelle on BBC America's Killing Eve—will make her Broadway debut next spring in Prima Facie, a new play by Suzie Miller, Deadline noted. ...
States might make having kids at drag events a felony; LGBTQ+ groups respond

States might make having kids at drag events a felony; LGBTQ+ groups respond

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Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini wants to make it a felony for any parent to bring a child to a drag event, WFLA reported. MYSA also noted that Republican Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton announced on ...
Cubs lose in 13 while White Sox win; Sky edge Sun

Cubs lose in 13 while White Sox win; Sky edge Sun

Facing the New York Yankees (42-16) on June 10 at Yankee Stadium, the Chicago Cubs (23-34) fell 2-1 in 13 innings. Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was zero for four in his first game against the ...
Local trans icon June LaTrobe dies

Local trans icon June LaTrobe dies

June M. LaTrobe—a Chicago trans icon known for her activism—has passed away. She turned 81 on June 1. Being an advocate for the trans community, LaTrobe participated in many events (such as protests) and often took ...
News

Chicago queer community and allies to march for justice in Chicago in 'Reclaim Pride March'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (June 12th, 2022) - The Chicago Reclaim Pride March will begin on June 12th at 1pm at the Belmont CTA station in Lakeview, Chicago. The LGBTQ+ community and allies will march in support of abortion ...
Gay Cook County candidate endorsed by now-former rival

Gay Cook County candidate endorsed by now-former rival

Jaylin D. McClinton (he/him/el) announced that Kierra Williams, a 5th District Cook County Board Candidate, is dropping out of the race and endorsing his campaign. "After careful consideration and a very demanding schedule that will not ...
300K youth in the U.S. identify as transgender

300K youth in the U.S. identify as transgender

-- From a press release

New estimates show 300,000 youth ages 13-17 identify as transgender in the US About 1.3 million adults—0.5% of the adult US population—identify as transgender Approximately 1.6 million people ages 13 ...
Out at CHM's 'Dancing for Life' to take place June 23

Out at CHM's 'Dancing for Life' to take place June 23

The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., is continuing its Out at CHM series with "Dancing for Life: Moving through HIV/AIDS" on Thursday, June 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. In honor of Chicago designating 2022 as the ...
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center CEO to step down

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center CEO to step down

-- From a press release

After eight years, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (IHMEC) CEO Susan Abrams has announced she will step down. Since her arrival at IHMEC in 2014, the Museum has become a global leader in Holocaust and ...
Rebel Wilson comes out as LGBTQ+ [UPDATE]

Rebel Wilson comes out as LGBTQ+ [UPDATE]

It's fitting that, during Pride Month, actress Rebel Wilson has seemingly come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. On June 9, Wilson shared an Instagram post beside her new love, with the caption: "I ...
News

Chicago Juneteenth Planning Coalition releases 2022 Juneteenth events

-- From a press release

CHICAGO - The Chicago Juneteenth Planning Coalition (CJPC) is a city-wide coalition of Black community members. This is the second year that the coalition has worked together. The group is coordinating Juneteenth programming on every side ...
News

Venture capital firm 'Colorful Capital' launches with a focus on undervalued companies led by LGBTQ+ founders

-- From a press release

EVANSTON, IL — JUNE 8, 2022 — With LGBTQ+ founders receiving less than 1% of U.S. venture funding, Colorful Capital launched today with a mission of delivering capital and support to an undervalued community of business ...
New military policy keeps HIV-positive service members deployable

New military policy keeps HIV-positive service members deployable

A new Defense Department policy allows HIV-positive service members with an undetectable viral load to not only stay in uniform but remain deployable, Military Times reported. ...
Molson Coors hosts return to Tap Into Change program

Molson Coors hosts return to Tap Into Change program

Molson Coors recently marked the return of its Tap Into Change Program—in which proceeds of sales from Molson Coors products at select locations are donated to local LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations—by hosting a kickoff event at the ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

PERFORMANCE 'Moonset Sunrise' at Navy Pier on June 16 and 18

Collaboraction announced that Moonset Sunrise, its 25th-anniversary production, with live performances on June 16 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Beat Kitchen's new Bar Sol on Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. Through healing ritual, storytelling,
...
TELEVISION 'Queer as Folk' defines a new generation on Peacock

TELEVISION 'Queer as Folk' defines a new generation on Peacock

An all-new version of Queer as Folk is currently streaming on Peacock, with some big differences from the two past incarnations. This 2022 production is a reimagining of the two previous series—one with a British cast ...
Ukraine's Kyiv City Ballet makes first Chicago appearance, opening Auditorium Theatre 2022-23 season

Ukraine's Kyiv City Ballet makes first Chicago appearance, opening Auditorium Theatre 2022-23 season

-- From a press release

(CHICAGO, IL) Chicago's landmark Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr.) announced its 2022-23 performance season highlighted by its most expansive global dance series ever, including the first-ever Chicago ...
ART 'Immersive Monet' in Chicago starting June 17

ART 'Immersive Monet' in Chicago starting June 17

Vincent Van Gogh and Frido Kahlo have gotten the "Immersive" treatment. Now, it's time for the public to experience Claude Monet and fellow Impressionists. Lighthouse Immersive is shifting its focus to the Impressionist movement of the ...
'Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios' out; Wainwright in Chicago on June 16-17

'Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios' out; Wainwright in Chicago on June 16-17

Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios—an all-new performance of out singer Rufus Wainwright's tribute to Judy Garland, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, recorded last year at Los Angeles' famed Capitol Studios—has arrived via BMG and ...
Queer-themed plays win Tonys; Hudson reaches EGOT status

Queer-themed plays win Tonys; Hudson reaches EGOT status

On June 12, the 75th annual Tony Awards were held to honor the top performances from the theater industry. The event—hosted by LGBTQ+ Oscar winner/Tony nominee Ariana DeBose at New York City's Radio City Music Hall—followed ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince, but maybe what I really needed was a Disney Princess!"—Rebel Wilson discusses how she came to the realization that she might be gay. Sigh … they're always ...
Theo Ubique marks 25th-anniversary season with four musicals

Theo Ubique marks 25th-anniversary season with four musicals

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (JUNE 10, 2022) Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Artistic Director Fred Anzevino and Managing/Casting Director Christopher Pazdernik announced the 25th Anniversary season today with four musicals including a Midwest Premiere ...
Strawdog Theatre announces new managing director and production manager

Strawdog Theatre announces new managing director and production manager

Strawdog Theatre Company announced the appointments of Paul Cook (he/him) as its new managing director and Donna "Dante" Gary (they/them) as its new production manager. Cook has been the production manager at Strawdog since 2019 and ...
MUSIC Lil Nas X slams BET for lack of nominations; network responds

MUSIC Lil Nas X slams BET for lack of nominations; network responds

After receiving no nominations for the upcoming 2022 BET Awards, queer rapper Lil Was X teased a new song on June 8 featuring a pointed diss toward the network—although he claims the issue is "bigger" than ...

  Outlines

SAVOR VietFive owner Tuan Huynh talks cafe, equity, hot-dog empanadas

SAVOR VietFive owner Tuan Huynh talks cafe, equity, hot-dog empanadas

Located in an area of Chicago West Loop that includes various restaurants and several fitness venues, VietFive (1116 W. Madison St.; https://www.vietfive.com/) certainly stands out—for all the right reasons. According ...
James Beard Awards: One Chicago chef wins, Nobody's Darling falls short

James Beard Awards: One Chicago chef wins, Nobody's Darling falls short

On June 13, the James Beard Foundation announced its 2022 Restaurant and Chef Award winners during the live James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony presented by Capital One at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. ...
Sky and Red Stars win; Yankees crush Cubs; White Sox lose

Sky and Red Stars win; Yankees crush Cubs; White Sox lose

In WNBA action, Courtney Vandersloot and Emma Meesseman each scored 20 points to lead the Chicago Sky (9-4) to an 88-86 win over the New York Liberty (5-9) in the Big Apple on June 12. It ...
Columbus, Ohio: A tantalizing mix of the old and the new

Columbus, Ohio: A tantalizing mix of the old and the new

I have had the good fortune to visit Columbus, Ohio, several times—and there's a lot more to the 14th-most populous city in the country than The Ohio State University (and, yes, be sure to include "the"). ...
Red Stars tie; Sky's win streak snapped; White Sox lose

Red Stars tie; Sky's win streak snapped; White Sox lose

On June 8, the Chicago Sky tied the Washington Spirit in a scoreless game in Bridgeview, Illinois. In what felt like an evenly fought match, the Red Stars were outshot by Washington 13 to eight. However, ...





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