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Voters preserve abortion rights in red state Kansas

Voters preserve abortion rights in red state Kansas

In the first abortion-related election since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Kansas voters have rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have specified that the right to terminate a pregnancy is not protected, ...
Pritzker issues monkeypox public-health emergency declaration

Pritzker issues monkeypox public-health emergency declaration

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Gov. JB Pritzker issued a proclamation declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow ...
Michigan court: State law protects LGBTQ+ people

Michigan court: State law protects LGBTQ+ people

A landmark ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court held that state law prohibits businesses, landlords and others from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The Detroit Free Press reported. The five-to-two decision will have ...
New York, San Francisco issue monkeypox declarations

New York, San Francisco issue monkeypox declarations

Public health agencies for New York state and San Francisco issued monkeypox declarations July 28 to try to cope with the continued spread of the virus, NBC News reported. "This declaration means that local health departments ...
Chicago monkeypox count exceeds 300

Chicago monkeypox count exceeds 300

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced July 27 that 326 Chicagoans have tested positive for the monkeypox virus (MPV) as the department and city continue outreach efforts in response to the outbreak. The most ...
Florida school districts sued over 'Don't Say Gay' law

Florida school districts sued over 'Don't Say Gay' law

Florida teens and their families, along with advocacy groups, have sued to block a law that restricts classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity, NBC News reported. The Parental Rights in Education law—dubbed the "Don't ...

  News

The Chicago Sky launch The Net: A Mental Health Initiative

The Chicago Sky launch The Net: A Mental Health Initiative

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Aug. 3, 2022)—As issues of mental health make headlines in sport—and women's sports in particular—the WNBA championship team Chicago Sky launched "The Net," (A Network of Mental Health Support in ...
News

MacArthur Foundation expands support of Chicago area media, storytelling, partnered with Field Foundation

-- From a press release

August 3, 2022—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced the renewal of a three-year, $3 million grant to the Field Foundation'sMedia & Storytelling program, which provides grants to a diverse set of Chicago ...
News

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Announces 2022 Inductees

--From a press release

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, the only city-sanctioned LGBT Hall of Fame in the world, was founded in 1991 to honor Chicago's people and entities, nominated by the community, who have made significant contributions to ...
Bailey faces backlash after abortion/Holocaust comment

Bailey faces backlash after abortion/Holocaust comment

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is facing backlash after footage from 2017 showed him comparing abortion to the Holocaust, according to NBC Chicago. "The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn't even ...
News

NU sued by student on school's Qatar campus

On July 28, Northwestern University was slapped with a civil-rights lawsuit in Illinois Northern District Court, according to Law.com. The lawsuit was brought by Disparti Law Group on behalf of a student of the university's Qatar ...
LGBTQ trailblazer Jim Obergefell wins primary in Ohio, advances to November election

LGBTQ trailblazer Jim Obergefell wins primary in Ohio, advances to November election

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Jim Obergefell advanced to the November election after running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Ohio state House District 89. He is the named plaintiff of the ...
News

HRC commends White House Monkeypox (MPV) Coordinator appointments; calls for greater federal response

-- 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, commended the Biden Administration for appointing Robert Fenton and ...
LGBTQ+-inclusive program for seniors receives Aging Innovations Award

LGBTQ+-inclusive program for seniors receives Aging Innovations Award

AgeOptions' Thrive with Pride program for LGBT+ older adults recently received a 2022 Aging Innovations Award, one of the highest honors presented by USAging to its members. USAging is the national association representing and supporting the ...
Staffers, older LGBTQ+ residents establish ties at The Admiral at The Lake

Staffers, older LGBTQ+ residents establish ties at The Admiral at The Lake

Before Ken Irvine moved to the senior living community The Admiral at The Lake, he was an expert at maneuvering conversations so people wouldn't find out he was gay. ...
Utah school district removes LGBTQ+ books from libraries

Utah school district removes LGBTQ+ books from libraries

A Utah school district removed 52 books from its library shelves due to parent complaints mainly concerning LGBTQ+-focused material, LGBTQ Nation noted. A spokesperson for Alpine School District tells The Salt Lake Tribune that the district ...
Homeless-services agency Care for Friends temporarily moves to Edgewater

Homeless-services agency Care for Friends temporarily moves to Edgewater

Care for Friends, a Chicago-based homeless-services program, has temporarily moved to Edgewater after being in Lincoln Park for 54 years, according to a press release. The program is now based at the Church of the Atonement, ...
Showrunners send abortion-protection letters to Hollywood execs

Showrunners send abortion-protection letters to Hollywood execs

Recently, more than 400 TV creators and showrunners—all of them women (including Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Natasha Lyonne and Ava DuVernay)—sent letters to top executives at Hollywood studios ...
California governor declares monkeypox emergency

California governor declares monkeypox emergency

Following New York and Illinois, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a monkeypox emergency in his state. "California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, ...
Brave Space Alliance plans to raise salaries, urges partner agencies to follow suit

Brave Space Alliance plans to raise salaries, urges partner agencies to follow suit

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Aug.1, 2022 — Brave Space Alliance, the South Side LGBTQ+ Center, announced a sweeping new plan to increase the organization's base salary to $43,000 for entry-level staff, equivalent to an hourly wage of $20.67/hr. ...
PASSAGES Janan Lindley, wife of longtime activist/former bar owner Marge Summit

PASSAGES Janan Lindley, wife of longtime activist/former bar owner Marge Summit

Janan Lindley died in hospice at home with her wife, Marge Summit, by her side July 29 of cancer. She was 82. Lindley was born June 20, 1940 and was raised in New Orleans. She studied at Loop College and from ...
Vallas speaks at event of group known for anti-LGBTQ+ views [UPDATE]

Vallas speaks at event of group known for anti-LGBTQ+ views [UPDATE]

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO and current mayoral candidate Paul Vallas spoke at a fundraiser for Awake Illinois—a group that has been criticized for its transphobic and homophobic rhetoric, The Chicago Reader reported. The group hosted ...
Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to September

Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to September

Hope for a quick vote on the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Senate this week has faded, but U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin said over the weekend that she has 10 Republican senators willing to ...
UpRising Bakery cancels more events; Indiana passes severe abortion ban

UpRising Bakery cancels more events; Indiana passes severe abortion ban

There have more setbacks for the LGBTQ+-owned UpRising Bakery and Cafe, where damage still remains after the Lake in the Hills establishment was vandalized last weekend with hate messages, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Owner Corinna Sac ...
WORLD Cuban referendum, Gay Games, Berlin attacks, Indian trans men

WORLD Cuban referendum, Gay Games, Berlin attacks, Indian trans men

Cuba's parliament announced that the country will hold a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage and surrogate parenthood, Deutsche Welle reported. The referendum on the new family law is scheduled to be held Sunday, Sept. ...
NATIONAL Lesbian activist dies, school report, Robin Roberts, Joe Rogan

NATIONAL Lesbian activist dies, school report, Robin Roberts, Joe Rogan

Rita Addessa—a civil-rights activist and the first executive director of the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force (PLGTF, later the Pennsylvania Lesbian and Gay Task Force)—passed away July 9 at Penn Hospice in Philadelphia at age ...
Cook County prosecutor resigns, cites no respect for Kim Foxx's leadership

Cook County prosecutor resigns, cites no respect for Kim Foxx's leadership

A top Cook County prosecutor resigned, saying he "can't continue to work for an administration I don't respect," according to Yahoo! News. Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Jim Murphy stepped down July 29 after 25 years ...
Northalsted Market Days to take place Aug. 6-7

Northalsted Market Days to take place Aug. 6-7

The 40th Northalsted Market Days—a live music street festival celebrating community in Chicago's Northalsted/Lakeview district—will take place Aug. 6-7. The half-mile long summer festival features all-day lineups of live music ...
Committee makes recommendations for expanded court service for Cook County domestic-violence victims

Committee makes recommendations for expanded court service for Cook County domestic-violence victims

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (July 29, 2022) — The Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on Domestic Violence Court has developed a plan to improve court access to help domestic violence victims, which will include an after-hours pilot program ...
WINE RIVAL returns Sept. 22, partially benefiting Highland Park group

WINE RIVAL returns Sept. 22, partially benefiting Highland Park group

Chicago—After a two-year hiatus, The 4th Annual WINE RIVAL (formerly Somm Madness) returns on Thursday, Sept. 22, to award the 2022 title of WINE RIVAL Champion at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St.. Tickets are $50 ...
'Spiritual DragCon' debuting in Chicago on Oct. 7-9; speakers sought

'Spiritual DragCon' debuting in Chicago on Oct. 7-9; speakers sought

Bonnie Violet and at least 18 other drag artists, LGBTQIA+ clergy and other allies are curating the first-ever Spiritual DragCon to take place in Chicago on Oct. 7-9. The conference is being advertised as "is a ...
News

CORE launches COVID-19 vaccination clinics for families in the Chicago area

-- From a press release

In partnership with the City of Chicago, CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) has opened COVID-19 vaccination clinics for families, including those with children under five. Per CDC guidelines, the vaccine is now available for children 6 ...
News

VIEWS Can gay men dial back sex until our monkeypox vaccinations?

Years from now, there will be gay men who made it through a case of monkeypox who will have the scars up and down the shaft of their penis to prove it. Let me repeat that. Scars. On their cock. For ...
Texas lawmaker/attorney targets Chicago law firm over subject of abortion

Texas lawmaker/attorney targets Chicago law firm over subject of abortion

A Texas legislator who is part of a legislative caucus that recently accused the Chicago-based Sidley Austin law firm of appearing to be "complicit in illegal abortions" is an attorney employed by another major U.S. law ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Hollywood medium Tyler Henry at Hard Rock Live on Nov. 17

Medium Tyler Henry—the openly gay star of the NETFLIX series Life After Death with Tyler Henry and E! Entertainment's megahit television show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry—will bring his national live show to Hard Rock Casino
...
Lollapalooza lit up with LGBTQ+ acts in 2022

Lollapalooza lit up with LGBTQ+ acts in 2022

The annual outdoor festival Lollapalooza ran July 28-31 in Chicago, displaying a wide spectrum of talent—including many LGBTQ+ acts—this year on nine stages. The music carnival began as an eclectic ...
THEATER 'Cabaret' coming to Metropolis Arts on Sept. 15

THEATER 'Cabaret' coming to Metropolis Arts on Sept. 15

Musical Broadway classic and hit film Cabaret re-creates the decadent and complicated world of 1929 Berlin at the Arlington Heights venue Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Sept. 15-Oct. 22. Cabaret is Kander and Ebb's legendary musical ...
Oak Park Festival Theatre's 'The Winter's Tale' running thru Aug. 20

Oak Park Festival Theatre's 'The Winter's Tale' running thru Aug. 20

Oak Park Festival Theatre's The Winter's Tale will run at Austin Gardens (167 Forest Ave., Oak Park) through Sunday, Aug. 20. The Winter's Tale marks Oak Park Festival Theatre's return to the stage after a devastating ...
Chalk Howard Street outdoors for the first time since 2019 on Aug. 27

Chalk Howard Street outdoors for the first time since 2019 on Aug. 27

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL (Aug. 1, 2022)—Chicago's only chalk art festival, Chalk Howard Street, announced its entertainment programming and vendors list, as it makes a full return outdoor and in person for the first time since 2019. National ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Mike, you's in danger, man."—Whoopi Goldberg paraphrases her line from Ghost (or, as Barbara Walters always called it, The Ghost) in response to Pence's former aide Marc Short revealing what almost happened to the VP on ...
Lollapalooza to be in Chicago for at least the next 10 years

Lollapalooza to be in Chicago for at least the next 10 years

Get ready to see a lot more musical acts, crop tops and (mostly younger) people in Grant Park for at least the next decade of summers. Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced July 31 that the ...
SHOWBIZ Comic Con, WNBA player, Timothee Chalamet, Kate McKinnon

SHOWBIZ Comic Con, WNBA player, Timothee Chalamet, Kate McKinnon

Out Magazine listed at least seven LGBTQ+-related characters and projects that were unveiled at San Diego Comic Con. Some of them include Michaela Coel (from TV's I May Destroy You) as a queer character in the ...
Gene Siskel Film Center running 'Pioneers of Queer Cinema'

Gene Siskel Film Center running 'Pioneers of Queer Cinema'

In partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. Clark St., presents differing, often radical explorations of sexual orientation and gender identity in the series "Pioneers of Queer Cinema." ...
Chicago announces lineups for Marquee Fall Music Festivals

Chicago announces lineups for Marquee Fall Music Festivals

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today music lineups and expanded date information for three of the City of Chicago's most ...
Show about trans+ women models to debut Aug. 5 on Here TV

Show about trans+ women models to debut Aug. 5 on Here TV

The Here TV docuseries Road to the Runway—which focuses on trans+ women models—will debut Friday, Aug. 5. The series profiles the 20 hopefuls competing in this year's annual Slay Model search. Cameras follow the women to ...

  Outlines

SAVOR Museum of Ice Cream; Epic challenge; Cafe Sophie closed

SAVOR Museum of Ice Cream; Epic challenge; Cafe Sophie closed

After 2 million visitors across seven sold-out locations, the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) has found its latest sweet spot in the historic Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave. MOIC can be distinguished by its pink ...
Cubs keep Contreras, Happ; White Sox win; Sky lose

Cubs keep Contreras, Happ; White Sox win; Sky lose

In the wake of a 6-0 loss at the St. Louis Cardinals (55-48) on Aug. 2, the Chicago Cubs (41-61) did not trade catcher Willson Contreras or outfielder Ian Happ, WGN-TV noted. Both were listed in ...
Chicago Sky's James Wade named WNBA Coach of the Month for second straight time

Chicago Sky's James Wade named WNBA Coach of the Month for second straight time

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Aug. 2, 2022)—Chicago Sky General Manager/Head Coach James Wade has been selected as the WNBA Coach of the Month for July, the league announced. This is the second month in a row Wade has won ...
Courtney Vandersloot named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Courtney Vandersloot named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—The Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced. This marks the second time this season and eighth time in Vandersloot's 12-year career to receive the honor. Vandersloo ...
Vandersloot reaches mark in Sky win; MLB teams split

Vandersloot reaches mark in Sky win; MLB teams split

Courtney Vandersloot dished out 12 assists—passing Lindsay Whalen to become number three all-time on the WNBA assists list—as the Sky (23-7) edged the Connecticut Sun (20-10) 95-92 in overtime at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 31. ...
SAVOR Travelle at the Langham maintains high standards

SAVOR Travelle at the Langham maintains high standards

For years, The Langham has been considered one of the top hotels not only in Chicago, but throughout the world, with the luxury stop having stops from Hong Kong to Boston to Sydney. And for years, ...
Lesbian fighter Amanda Nunes recaptures UFC title

Lesbian fighter Amanda Nunes recaptures UFC title

On July 30, Amanda Nunes—a Brazilian lesbian who's considered one of the best mixed martial-arts fighters of all time—recaptured the UFC women's bantamweight title from Julianna Pena in a match in Dallas' American Airlines Center, ES ...
Red Stars lose; Fire tie Atlanta; Cubs fall but White Sox split

Red Stars lose; Fire tie Atlanta; Cubs fall but White Sox split

On July 30, the visiting Chicago Red Stars (5-3-5) lost to the first-place San Diego Wave (7-3-4) 1-0. Jaedyn Shaw scored for the Wave. Vanessa DiBernardo took home Star of the Match, per a press release. ...
Sky notch 22nd win; Cubs, White Sox have mixed results

Sky notch 22nd win; Cubs, White Sox have mixed results

Kahleah Copper recorded her third career double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds) for the Chicago Sky (22-7) as the team scored an 89-81 win over the New York Liberty (10-18) on July 29 at Wintrust Arena. ...
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz to retire following July 30 match

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz to retire following July 30 match

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (July 29, 2022)—Alyssa Mautz, a longtime Chicago Red Stars midfielder, announced today her plans to retire following the team's match Saturday, July 30, at Soldier Field. The Red Stars will hold a ceremony prior to ...
LGBTQ+-inclusive 'All that Glows' running through Oct. 1

LGBTQ+-inclusive 'All that Glows' running through Oct. 1

-- From a press release

Weinberg/Newton Gallery, a non-commercial gallery dedicated to promoting social- justice causes, is partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to present All that Glows in the Dark of Democracy, July 29 — Oct. 1 ...
Chicago Gourmet reveals 2022 lineup

Chicago Gourmet reveals 2022 lineup

Chicago Gourmet, one of the nation's most distinguished food festivals, has revealed a lineup of acclaimed chef participants for the 2022 weekend culinary celebration. Founding sponsor Illinois Restaurant Association, together ...





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