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Identity 2009-06-01

Vernita Gray: Fighting for 40 years

Vernita Gray: Fighting for 40 years

Vernita Gray has dedicated most of her life to the fight for LGBT equality. She is the director of community relations and special events at the Cook County State's Attorney's office—a post she achieved after 16 ...
Angela Bassett honored

Angela Bassett honored

Actress Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do with It, Malcolm X, Notorious ) was honored at The Theatre School at DePaul University's 21st Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts on April 28 at the ...
'Ashes' to ashes: Talking with Javier Beltran

'Ashes' to ashes: Talking with Javier Beltran

In the indie film Little Ashes, an intense romantic period drama, actor Javier Beltran makes his feature debut as revered gay Spanish poet, playwright and slain political activist Federico Garcia Lorca. Beltran's startling debut, however, has ...
identity 2009-06-01

Lauper and Brandy at Milwaukee PrideFest

On June 12, Milwaukee PrideFest will be the place to be, as Cyndi Lauper takes to the Miller Main Stage. The following day, Grammy Award-winning singe/actress Brandy will headline. With hits such as "Time after Time," ...
identity 2009-06-01

Obama budget short on AIDS funding

News analysis President Barack Obama has proposed a trickle of new money for HIV in his fiscal year 2010 budget released May 7. That is far short of keeping pace with the growing demand for already ...
Obama responds to lesbian soldier's letter

Obama responds to lesbian soldier's letter

President Barack Obama sent a hand-written note in response to a Chicago-area lesbian's plea for him to change the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers. She sent her letter to Obama just six days ...
identity 2009-06-01

Craigslist changes categories

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is leading the way in pushing for changes in the online site Craigslist to better allow for monitoring of potentially illegal behavior. On May 13, her office announced that the company ...
identity 2009-06-01

Chicagoans protest Prop 8 decision

Some 30 years after the late San Francisco politician Harvey Milk led the LGBT community out of the Castro with the chant, "Out of the closet and into the streets," Chicago's gay community marched down Halsted ...
identity 2009-06-01

Obama signs Pride Month proclamation

President Barack Obama has signed off on a proclamation establishing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2009. The proclamation is as follows: Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in ...

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