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UPDATE: Illinois school district approves LGBTQ+ musical 'The Prom'

UPDATE: Illinois school district approves LGBTQ+ musical 'The Prom'

After reconsidering a decision to postpone the event, Community Unit School District 300 will allow Hampshire High School to run its spring musical—The Prom, which is about ...
Community marks 10th anniversary of marriage-equality march

Community marks 10th anniversary of marriage-equality march

Community members, activists and politicians gathered at Sidetrack Video Bar to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2013 March on Springfield for Marriage Equality Oct. 22. Celebrants also marked the passage of the marriage-equality bill (SB10), ...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois faces LGBTQ+ fertility lawsuit

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois faces LGBTQ+ fertility lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that Illinois resident Kelsey Murphy can proceed with a proposed class-action lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), Bloomberg Law reported. The ...
UPDATE: Suspect arrested for arson at San Diego queer women's bar

UPDATE: Suspect arrested for arson at San Diego queer women's bar

San Diego resident Ryan Habrel has been arrested for committing arson at Gossip Grill, a queer women's bar in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood, according to LGBTQ San Diego County News. ...
Georgia to cover gender-affirming healthcare for state employees

Georgia to cover gender-affirming healthcare for state employees

As part of a settlement, Georgia's health-insurance plan will now cover state employees after the state agreed to a $365,000 court settlement with three employees, according to several media outlets, including The Georgia Reporter. Co-plaintiff Benjam ...

  News

Several dozen people arrested over 'gay wedding' in Nigeria

Several dozen people arrested over 'gay wedding' in Nigeria

Nigerian security personnel arrested more than 70 young people after accusing them of organizing a same-sex wedding, The South China Morning Post reported. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Nigeria under a 2014 law. Gombe, where the ...
In a first, NBA referee comes out as transgender, nonbinary

In a first, NBA referee comes out as transgender, nonbinary

NBA referee Che Flores (they/them) came out as transgender and nonbinary in an interview with GQ, The Advocate noted. Flores is the first out trans or nonbinary referee in the NBA, and potentially the other major ...
Japanese court rules against surgery requirement to change gender

Japanese court rules against surgery requirement to change gender

On Oct. 24, Japan's Supreme Court ruled that a law requiring transgender people to have their reproductive organs removed in order to officially change their gender is unconstitutional, according to a TIME article. The decision by ...
Harlem unveils supportive housing for LGBTQ+ youths, young adults

Harlem unveils supportive housing for LGBTQ+ youths, young adults

On Oct. 24, NYC government officials and nonprofit organization leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a housing development in Harlem with services for homeless LGBTQ+ youth and young adults between the ages ...
HRC and Dylan Mulvaney to partner for 2024 SXSW Featured Session

HRC and Dylan Mulvaney to partner for 2024 SXSW Featured Session

--From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced a key Featured Session at the South By Southwest (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals curated to discuss poignant LGBTQ+ issues. The panel, titled "When Beer Goes Viral: The Role ...
NHL reverses decision to ban Pride Tape, allowing players to show support for LGBTQ+s

NHL reverses decision to ban Pride Tape, allowing players to show support for LGBTQ+s

--From a press release

(New York, NY - October 24, 2023) Today the National Hockey League (NHL) reversed its decision to ban Pride Tape and other displays of support for LGBTQ people on the ice, stating: "After consultation with the ...
Loyola School of Law to present LGBTQ+ Youth Symposium Nov. 4

Loyola School of Law to present LGBTQ+ Youth Symposium Nov. 4

--From a press release

Chicago law firm Matt Cohen and Associates has announced a first-of-its-kind symposium and resource fair for LGBTQ+ youth, families, and allies at Loyola University School of Law. located at 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611 ...
USA Cycling unveils updated trans policy

USA Cycling unveils updated trans policy

USA Cycling (USAC), the governing body for the sport of cycling in the United States, unveiled its revised Transgender Athlete Participation Policy, Cycling Weekly reported. In doing so, USAC is aligning itself with the standards set ...
Brave Space Alliance announces new board members, first-ever union contract

Brave Space Alliance announces new board members, first-ever union contract

--From a press release

CHICAGO—Brave Space Alliance (BSA) has announced the appointment of seven new members of its board of directors who bring valuable expertise and diverse perspectives to the organization's leadership. Brave Space ...
News

OPINION Renewing state's Invest in Kids program is investing in anti-LGBTQ+ hate

In February 2020, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield warned transgender students in the Diocese's educational system that they "may be expelled from the school" if they live their lives authentically. Lansing Christian School ...
GAY HISTORY MONTH The evolution of LGBTQ+ online dating

GAY HISTORY MONTH The evolution of LGBTQ+ online dating

Special to Windy City Times. To mark Gay History Month, the following article appears courtesy of LGBT History Project and Philadelphia Gay News. From casual hook-ups to friendships to meeting the love of your life, LGBTQ+ ...
Indivisible Illinois hosts online discussion about rise in hate crimes in Illinois

Indivisible Illinois hosts online discussion about rise in hate crimes in Illinois

Advocates, elected officials and researchers shared ways people can prevent and respond to hate crimes during a Oct. 19 online meeting hosted by Indivisible Illinois, a grassroots coalition of Illinoisans who organize around "urgent and long-term ...
Police investigating shooting of gender nonconforming Chicagoan

Police investigating shooting of gender nonconforming Chicagoan

Gender nonconforming Chicagoan Dominic Dupree (also known as Dominic Palace) was shot to death October 13 in his vehicle in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. They were 25. In an email statement to this publication, the Chicago ...
BOOKS Writer/HIV survivor Mark S. King talks about 'My Fabulous Disease'

BOOKS Writer/HIV survivor Mark S. King talks about 'My Fabulous Disease'

For decades, HIV survivor and GLAAD Award-winning writer Mark S. King has penned the blog "My Fabulous Disease"—a warts-and-all look at his life covering everything from an encounter with an armed crystal-meth addict to a major ...
MWRD Commissioner Precious Brady-Davis honors former Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris at breakfast reception

MWRD Commissioner Precious Brady-Davis honors former Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris at breakfast reception

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago Commissioner Precious Brady-Davis honored former Democratic Illinois House Majority Leader Rep. Greg Harris at a breakfast reception and bi-monthly board meeting Oct. ...
Lambda Legal holds nationwide 50th anniversary celebration

Lambda Legal holds nationwide 50th anniversary celebration

Lambda Legal—the nation's oldest and largest legal nonprofit focused on the rights of LGBTQ+ people, as well as those individiuals living with HIV—celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 18 with an in-person event in New York City ...
Celebrating March on Springfield for Marriage Equality's 10th anniversary Oct. 22

Celebrating March on Springfield for Marriage Equality's 10th anniversary Oct. 22

--From a press release

Advocates will mark 10 years since the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023 at Sidetrack bar, 3349 N. Halsted, Chicago, from 1-3 p.m. There will be speakers and memorabilia and posters ...
Plaques honoring MLB's Burke and marriage-equality added to Legacy Walk

Plaques honoring MLB's Burke and marriage-equality added to Legacy Walk

On the afternoon of Oct. 14, the Legacy Walk dedicated two new plaques, acknowledging both a prominent gay sports figure and the celebration for a historic milestone for Illinois. This year's additions honored gay Major League ...
NATIONAL Trans prison reform, DeSantis, Wisconsin items, late OUT100 honorees

NATIONAL Trans prison reform, DeSantis, Wisconsin items, late OUT100 honorees

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DoC) started steps to refine the treatment of transgender inmates across its facilities, The Advocate noted, citing KIRO. The move followed a complaint and a settlement agreement submitted in federal ...
WORLD Trans Pakistanis, new UN expert, Rod Stewart, 'gay tax,' IGLTA

WORLD Trans Pakistanis, new UN expert, Rod Stewart, 'gay tax,' IGLTA

Pakistani authorities have resumed the registration of trans people and issuing identity cards to them after the Supreme Court's Sharia Appellate Bench ruled on the issue last month, The Washington Blade reported. In June, an Islamic ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Sean Fader memorializes LGBTQ+ history with Insufficient Memory

One of artist Sean Fader's recent projects project may be named Insufficient Memory, but his crucial work in memorializing LGBTQ+ history will hopefully never fade over time. In 2018, Fader—A New York City and New Orleans-based
...
Broadway's Andy Mientus lugs his Jug-Band to Chicago for the holidays

Broadway's Andy Mientus lugs his Jug-Band to Chicago for the holidays

Prepare to reconnect with your inner child through puppetry this holiday season with Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Puppets will play onstage Nov. 15-Dec. 31 at the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Ave., ...
Former 'Bachelorette' contestant Josh Seiter talks bisexuality, mental health

Former 'Bachelorette' contestant Josh Seiter talks bisexuality, mental health

t's safe to say that 2023 is probably one of the most pivotal years in Josh Seiter's life. During the summer, Seiter—a former Bachelorette contestant who's also a Chicago resident, Chicago-Kent College of Law grad, mental-health ...
Billy Masters: Madonna sets her watch to Diva Time

Billy Masters: Madonna sets her watch to Diva Time

"It is truly obscene what they're charging for tickets to 'Merrily We Roll Along' on Broadway. $500 to $800. PLUS—$40 a ticket 'handling charge.'"—Kevin Chamberlin voices his outrage at the price of Broadway tickets. Imag ...
Chicago International Film Festival winners announced; 'Monster' takes LGBTQ+ competition

Chicago International Film Festival winners announced; 'Monster' takes LGBTQ+ competition

--From a press release

Chicago—The Chicago International Film Festival today announced this year's winning films at North America's longest-running competitive film festival's 59th edition, running October 11 - 22, 2023. This year, 46 films ...
'Creepcast' creators discuss their spooky new season

'Creepcast' creators discuss their spooky new season

Longtime theater buddies Sylas Dean and the monomynous Stew have hit gold with CreepTime the Podcast, their very fun, very informative look at often unacknowledged stories involving true crime. Loyal fans, known as Creepers, tune in ...
SHOWBIZ 'Shucked,' Melissa Etheridge, 'Elite,' composer dies, Orville Peck

SHOWBIZ 'Shucked,' Melissa Etheridge, 'Elite,' composer dies, Orville Peck

The Broadway production Shucked has set a closing date of Jan. 14, 2024 at the Nederlander Theatre, Playbill noted. At closing, the Tony-nominated musical will have played 28 previews and 327 regular performances. A North American ...
THEATER Oct. 20-21 production to focus on beginnings of house music

THEATER Oct. 20-21 production to focus on beginnings of house music

A new production about house music will run Oct. 20-21 in Chicago. "In the Beginning There Was House"—inspired by the life and work of the late Chicago house-music legend Frankie Knuckles—is a new work from Steven ...

  Outlines

LGBTQ+ figure skater lands triple axel in competition

LGBTQ+ figure skater lands triple axel in competition

Amber Glenn—who identifies as bisexual and pansexual—became the sixth U.S. female figure skater to land a clean triple axel in competition, hitting the jump at Skate America on Oct. 22, NBC Sports noted. "It's been more ...
SAVOR 'Spook-tacular' culinary events

SAVOR 'Spook-tacular' culinary events

Yes, Halloween is right around the corner—and spots all over Chicago are getting into the spirit (pun intended). At Good Ambler, 216 N. Peoria St., Pastry Chef Meg Galus is crafting treats like pumpkin spice macarons, ...
Weatherspoon officially becomes Sky coach; wheelchair tennis tourney

Weatherspoon officially becomes Sky coach; wheelchair tennis tourney

The Chicago Sky officially named WNBA legend and Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon as the franchise's new head coach, confirming early reports. Weatherspoon had an eight-year career in the league, with her first seven seasons with ...




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