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Windy City Times 2022-10-26

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Griner's appeal of prison sentence is denied by Russian court

Griner's appeal of prison sentence is denied by Russian court

A Russian court has denied an appeal from WNBA player Brittney Griner's appeal of a nine-year prison sentence on drug charges, according to NBC News. Griner had been hoping for a reduction to the sentence after ...
'Will & Grace' actor Leslie Jordan dies in car accident

'Will & Grace' actor Leslie Jordan dies in car accident

Leslie Jordan—the openly gay actor who rose to fame on Will & Grace as the frenemy of Megan Mullally's Karen Walker and was immediately recognizable by his Southern accent—died in a single-car crash in Hollywood on ...
Calif. judge rules for anti-LGBTQ+ baker in wedding-cake case

Calif. judge rules for anti-LGBTQ+ baker in wedding-cake case

In California, a judge has ruled in favor of a bakery owner who refused to make wedding cakes for a same-sex couple because it violated her Christian beliefs, according to a U.S. News & World Report ...
In historic first, HBCU player comes out as gay

In historic first, HBCU player comes out as gay

A football player at Virginia's Hampton University has come out publicly as gay—a first for such an athlete at a historically Black college or university, according to an NBC News item that cited Outsports. Byron ...
GOP introduces bill some view as national version of Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

GOP introduces bill some view as national version of Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

Congressional Republicans introduced what some are calling a national version of Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill—also called the "Don't Say Gay" measure, according to NBC News. On Oct. 18, U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana ...
LGBTQ+ activists and pols speak out on Illinois Supreme Court election

LGBTQ+ activists and pols speak out on Illinois Supreme Court election

Officials from the LGBTQ+-rights advocacy organization Equality Illinois—along with LGBTQ+ legislators and community members—weighed in on the Illinois State Supreme Court race, warning at an Oct. 20 press conference against ...

  News

'Out on the Trail' report shows LGBTQ+ candidates running in all 50 states

'Out on the Trail' report shows LGBTQ+ candidates running in all 50 states

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, released its 2022 Out on the Trail report, the only annual report on the number and diversity of ...
Ginsburg, Morrison, women's soccer to be honored with stamps

Ginsburg, Morrison, women's soccer to be honored with stamps

The U.S. Postal Service announced that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late author Toni Morrison (Beloved; The Bluest Eye) will be honored with new postage stamps next year. The sport of ...
Conservative MP Sunak to become new UK prime minister

Conservative MP Sunak to become new UK prime minister

Rishi Sunak is set to become the next British prime minister following a meeting with King Charles III, media outlets have reported. Sunak is the Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) and has been an MP continuously ...
All early-voting sites now open in Chicago

All early-voting sites now open in Chicago

In Chicago, all 50 ward early-voting sites will be open through Tuesday, Nov. 8 (Election Day). These sites are open weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and ...
Chicago Fire FC to host Annual Locker Room Sale at Fire Pitch Nov. 10-13

Chicago Fire FC to host Annual Locker Room Sale at Fire Pitch Nov. 10-13

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2022)—Chicago Fire FC will host its annual locker room sale at the Fire Pitch, 3626 N. Talman Ave., on Nov. 10-13. The multi-day event gives fans the opportunity to take home a piece ...
Florida Board of Education approves strict trans bathroom rule

Florida Board of Education approves strict trans bathroom rule

On Oct. 19, the Florida Board of Education approved a strict rule preventing public and charter schools in the state from allowing trans+ youth to use the restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity ...
Blackhawks get Kraken at United Center

Blackhawks get Kraken at United Center

On Oct. 23 at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks (3-2-0) defeated the Seattle Kraken (2-3-2) 5-4. It was the Blackhawks' third consecutive game with a third-period comeback. Tyler Johnson recorded his second goal of the ...
NATIONAL Michigan bill, trans woman killed, school musical, Alabama drag queen

NATIONAL Michigan bill, trans woman killed, school musical, Alabama drag queen

Michigan House Republicans recently introduced legislation that could have the potential to throw parents and doctors in prison for life for offering gender-affirming care to children under the age of 18, MLive.com reported. Under House Bill ...
WORLD Anti-LGBTQ+ countries, UK monkeypox/MPV, vigil, intersex activist

WORLD Anti-LGBTQ+ countries, UK monkeypox/MPV, vigil, intersex activist

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Thirty-four Commonwealth nations still have anti-LGBTQ+ laws—roughly three-fifths of the group's total of 53 nations, according to Erasing 76 Crimes. Worldwide, 69 countries still cling to such anti-homosexuality laws. Just ...
Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs honors LGBTQIA+ leaders and celebrates LGBTQIA+ History Month

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs honors LGBTQIA+ leaders and celebrates LGBTQIA+ History Month

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — On Oct. 21, Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs hosted a celebration to commemorate LGBTQIA+ History Month at the state government building at 555 W. Monroe St. The event was an opportunity to reflect on ...
Chicago Dept. of Public Health reports first two monkeypox/MPV deaths

Chicago Dept. of Public Health reports first two monkeypox/MPV deaths

On Oct. 21, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced two deaths of Chicago residents caused by this year's monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak. According to a CDPH press release, both individuals had multiple other health ...
LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH bell hooks: A voice of love, activism and intersectionality

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH bell hooks: A voice of love, activism and intersectionality

When bell hooks died on Dec. 15, 2021, it was a gut punch. There was no time when bell hooks' extraordinary writing and feminist and lesbian theorizing was not part of the queer community. There was ...
LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH Podcast sheds light on forgotten murders of gay men in Montreal

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH Podcast sheds light on forgotten murders of gay men in Montreal

When people ask about or Google the murders of gay men in Montreal in the '90s, it all leads to the podcast "The Village: The Montreal Murders." LGBTQ+-rights advocates encouraged me to listen to the podcast. ...
Challenge to 'Don't Say Gay' law rejected again

Challenge to 'Don't Say Gay' law rejected again

For the second time in more than a month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" legislation restricting teaching on gender identity and sexual orientation in schools, PBS reported. On Oct. ...
Jury sides with Kevin Spacey in Anthony Rapp case [UPDATE]

Jury sides with Kevin Spacey in Anthony Rapp case [UPDATE]

A New York jury sided with Kevin Spacey in a $40-million civil lawsuit, finding that the Oscar-winning actor did not molest fellow actor Anthony Rapp when the latter was a teenager and is not liable for ...
News

VIEWPOINT The cults of Jesus, Putin and Trump

Originalist Christian nationalism. They say politics makes strange bedfellows. There is none stranger than the curious linking of Jesus to the cults of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in the faith and politics of an alarming ...
Singapore moves to legalize male same-sex relations, protect definition of marriage

Singapore moves to legalize male same-sex relations, protect definition of marriage

On Oct. 20, Singapore's government filed bills in parliament seeking to decriminalize sex between men, and to amend the constitution to prevent court challenges to laws and policies concerning marriage, Reuters reported. The proposed legislation in ...
News

Chicago Journalists Association names honorees

-- From a press release

(CHICAGO)— President and publisher of the Chicago Reader, Tracy Baim, will receive the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Reader staff writer Kelly Garcia will be recognized as Chicago Emerging Journalist of the Year at the ...
Dillin Ravenscraft new ED OF LGBT Chamber of Commerce-Illinois

Dillin Ravenscraft new ED OF LGBT Chamber of Commerce-Illinois

-- From a press release

The board of directors for the LGBT Chamber of Commerce — Illinois [LGBTCC] announced the selection of Dillin Ravenscraft as the organization's new executive director, effective Oct. 24. ...
News

POLITICS Guide to the LGBTQ+ candidates in the state/local Nov. 8 elections

Please see https://www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/POLITICS-Guide-to-the-LGBTQ-candidates-in-the-state-local-Nov-8-elections/74125.html . ...
Former Chicago Ald. Helen Shiller hosts book launch and reception

Former Chicago Ald. Helen Shiller hosts book launch and reception

Publishing house Haymarket Books presented a book-signing and interview session with longtime LGBTQ+ ally and former Chicago Ald. Helen Shiller on Oct. 17. Shiller was interviewed by noted Chicago Tribune ...
Griner sends message to fans

Griner sends message to fans

From a Russian prison, WNBA superstar Brittney Griner released a message to fans and supporters on her 32nd birthday, which was Oct. 18, Out Magazine noted. "Thank you everyone for fighting so hard to get me ...
News

Equality Illinois condemns new federal anti-equality, anti-family legislation

-- From a press release

Equality Illinois condemns the new anti-family, anti-equality federal legislation that would ban any discussion or material about LGBTQ+ people in federally funded programs. The effect is to erase LGBTQ+ people ...
Truss resigns as UK prime minister

Truss resigns as UK prime minister

After a term of only six weeks, Liz Truss has resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Among other things, her economic agenda sent markets into panic and led to a fall in the value of the pound, CNN reported. ...
LGBTQ+ groups go on ad blitz ahead of midterms

LGBTQ+ groups go on ad blitz ahead of midterms

National- and state-based LGBTQ groups the National LGBTQ Task Force, Equality Texas and Equality Florida are joining forces to make national as well as Texas- and Florida-based ad buys that highlight extremist attacks against the LGBTQ+ ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' to take place Dec. 22-24

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is set to dazzle Chicago audiences with a Broadway-style production infused with contemporary circus arts. The production will play for six performances on Dec. 22-24 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 Ida B. Wells
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16th Street Theater to close at the end of the year

16th Street Theater to close at the end of the year

The board of Berwyn's 16th Street Theater announced that the award-winning, nationally acclaimed Equity theater company will close at the end of 2022. A statement read, "For 15 inspiring seasons, plus two years of the pandemic, ...
Blackhawks notch fourth consecutive win

Blackhawks notch fourth consecutive win

After starting the season with two losses, the Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-0) have won four straight games. The latest victory was 4-2 over the Florida Panthers (4-2-1) on Oct. 25 at the United Center. Chicago led in ...
ATTRACTIONS SkyBridge Michigan opens as world's longest timber-towered suspension bridge

ATTRACTIONS SkyBridge Michigan opens as world's longest timber-towered suspension bridge

SkyBridge Michigan is now open as the world's longest timber-towered suspension bridge. After more than a year in the works, SkyBridge Michigan made its debut to the public on Oct. 15, hosting thousands of guests on ...
Cody Estle to step down as Raven Theatre artistic director

Cody Estle to step down as Raven Theatre artistic director

Raven Theatre's board of directors announced that Cody Estle will step down as the company's artistic director at the end of November. Estle has been the company's artistic leader since 2017. He will join Milwaukee's Next ...
The Chicago International Film Fest's OutLook Series: Bigger, better, bolder in 2022

The Chicago International Film Fest's OutLook Series: Bigger, better, bolder in 2022

The Chicago International Film Festival has presented moving pictures from around the world to the public for 58 years after being founded in 1964 by openly gay graphic artist Michael Kutza. During Oct. 12=23, cinephiles were ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"The audience needs to be confronted with what we're confronted with. We have to look at each other's dicks every day. We have to be naked every day. As an audience, you have to decide whether ...
SHOWBIZ 'P-Valley,' Dan Levy, trans/non-binary panel, Christina Aguilera, Spirit Day

SHOWBIZ 'P-Valley,' Dan Levy, trans/non-binary panel, Christina Aguilera, Spirit Day

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Starz has renewed the show P-Valley (the network's most-watched series) for a third season, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The renewal for the series from creator/showrunner Katori Hall arrives more than two months after the sophomore season ...
Chicago Theatre Week 2023 to take place Feb. 16-26

Chicago Theatre Week 2023 to take place Feb. 16-26

-- From a press release

Chicago—Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW23), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatergoing in Chicago during which visitors and residents can access value-priced tickets, will take place Feb. 16-26, 2023. ...
'Lady Day,' 'Rock of Ages' part of Mercury Theater Chicago's 2023 season

'Lady Day,' 'Rock of Ages' part of Mercury Theater Chicago's 2023 season

-- From a press release

Chicago — Mercury Theater Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter, Managing Director Kristi J. Martens and Executive Producers L. Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon announced the 2023 Mercury Theater Chicago season ...
Taylor Swift drops new album 'Midnights' as well as special edition

Taylor Swift drops new album 'Midnights' as well as special edition

Taylor Swift has released her 10th studio album, Midnights, which she announced while accepting the trophy for Video of the Year at MTV's Video Music Awards in August, Pitchfork reported. In addition to the Lana Del ...

  Outlines

Tatumn Milazzo, Mallory Pugh named to 2022 NWSL Best XI Teams

Tatumn Milazzo, Mallory Pugh named to 2022 NWSL Best XI Teams

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (October 25, 2022) - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) released the list of NWSL players named to the 2022 NWSL Best XI First and Second Teams. Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh was named ...
Fire FC goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina called to U.S. men's national team fitness workouts

Fire FC goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina called to U.S. men's national team fitness workouts

CHICAGO (Oct. 25, 2022) — Chicago Fire FC today announced that Homegrown goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was called to the U.S. men's national team for a series of fitness workouts on Oct. 25-Nov. 5 in Dallas. Slonina ...
Bears dominate Patriots; Bulls stage comeback

Bears dominate Patriots; Bulls stage comeback

Days before the matchup between the Chicago Bears (3-4) and the New England Patriots (3-4), longtime New England head coach Bill Belichick—who is tied with the Bears' George Halas with 324 total wins—sang Chicago's praise ...
Chicago Red Stars open fan voting for end-of-season player awards

Chicago Red Stars open fan voting for end-of-season player awards

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2022)—Beginning today, Chicago Red Stars fans can submit their votes for the club's 2022 Player Awards. Fans can visit www.chicagoredstars.com/awards to cast their vote for players in six categories: Rookie of the Year ...
Five Worth Finding: COVID book, 'Wicked' cocktails, 'A Taste of Hope' and more

Five Worth Finding: COVID book, 'Wicked' cocktails, 'A Taste of Hope' and more

—COVID-19, the LGBTQIA+ Community and Public Policy: As studies emerge to help us understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on every facet of modern life, it is critical that the effect of the pandemic on ...
Bulls get thumped; NU loses again

Bulls get thumped; NU loses again

Of all the things the Chicago Bulls (1-2) possibly expected in its home opener at the United Center, it's a safe bet that losing to a team by 32 points wasn't one of them. ...
Blackhawks beat Red Wings; Bulls fall; Hot Chocolate Run

Blackhawks beat Red Wings; Bulls fall; Hot Chocolate Run

After being down 3-1 for the majority of the game, the Chicago Blackhawks (2-2-0) were able to make a comeback late in the third to send the game into overtime on Oct. 21 at the United ...
Bulls start season with win

Bulls start season with win

The Chicago Bulls (1-0) are starting the season on the right foot. DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points—continuing where he left off after the regular season earlier this year—as Chicago defeated the Miami Heat (0-1) 116-108 in ...






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