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HIV/AIDS Report: Vaccine may hold promise

HIV/AIDS Report: Vaccine may hold promise

Preliminary data from an early stage clinical trial out of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, suggests that a new HIV vaccine may hold promise, ABC News ...
Russian leader Putin officially bans same-sex marriage

Russian leader Putin officially bans same-sex marriage

On April 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a series of constitutional amendments that, among other things, formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the country, The Washington Blade reported. ...

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Equality California names first AAPI executive director

Equality California names first AAPI executive director

Equality California and Equality California Institute announced that Managing Director Tony Hoang will lead the organization as the next Executive Director when Rick Chavez Zbur steps down at the end of this year to run for ...
Decriminalization of HIV approved in Judiciary-Criminal Committee

Decriminalization of HIV approved in Judiciary-Criminal Committee

--From a Illinois HIV Action Alliance press release

SPRINGFIELD — Today, the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee voted 18-0 to approve House Bill 1063 HA1, which would end criminal penalties against people living with HIV (PLWH). Under current law, PLWH face the threat of arrest, ...
Groups respond to death of queer refugee after attack on Kenyan camp

Groups respond to death of queer refugee after attack on Kenyan camp

LGBTQ+ people living in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya have had to deal with a series of homophobic attacks by other residents and locals—and, now, one individual has passed away after an arson-related attack in ...
Students speak out after Pride flag removal at Indiana school [UPDATE]

Students speak out after Pride flag removal at Indiana school [UPDATE]

Students spoke out April 12 against the removal of Pride flags at a middle school in northwest Indiana, according to CBS Chicago. According to ABC7Chicago.com, a Black Lives Matter poster was also removed. LGBTQ students addressed ...
Bennett, Noriega named to Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes

Bennett, Noriega named to Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes

On April 13, Gov. JB Pritzker announced appointments in his administration—including noted LGBTQ Chicagoans Jim Bennett and Mona Noriega to the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Bennett currently serves ...
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More than 45,000 trans youth put at risk of losing access to gender-affirming care

--From a Williams Institute press release

An estimated 45,100 transgender youth ages 13 and older in the U.S. are at risk of being denied gender-affirming medical care due to proposed and enacted state bans, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School ...
Illinois first state to extend Medicaid postpartum benefits to 12 months

Illinois first state to extend Medicaid postpartum benefits to 12 months

Gov. JB Pritzker announced that Illinois is the first state in the nation to extend full Medicaid benefits from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, following the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approval ...
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Pastor Donnie McClurkin's struggle with sexuality mirrors the Black church's

The most significant factor that keeps the Black church on the down low are closeted, homophobic ministers. Pastor Donnie McClurkin—a three-time Gospel Grammy winner and the former poster boy for ...
NCAA issues statement hitting back at anti-trans discrimination

NCAA issues statement hitting back at anti-trans discrimination

The NCAA, which regulates college athletics in the United States, supported transgender athletes April 12, saying it won't hold championship events in locations that aren't "free of discrimination," NBC News reported. As Republicans in more than ...
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LGBT media to boycott Georgia

--From a press release

The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBT publications in the nation, passed a resolution banning meeting in the state of Georgia. The nation's largest LGBT media association today resolved to not ...
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Trans, non-binary youth influencers launch book collection with "A Kids Book About"

--From a press release

Chicago, IL - April 12, 2021 - While many teens took e-learning as an opportunity to level-up their gaming skills, a group of young people chose instead to write a collection of books about their lives. ...
WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes

WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes

Two transgender women facing charges of "attempted homosexuality" (as well as public indecency and not carrying identification) in a high-profile case in Cameroon will spend more than two months behind bars without a trial after a ...
NATIONAL College items, Easter rally, mental-health study, Chuck Schumer

NATIONAL College items, Easter rally, mental-health study, Chuck Schumer

The NCAA LGBTQ OneTeam—a group of NCAA-trained facilitators at colleges across the country—published an open letter condemning the actions taken by 28 states across the country to introduce, pass and ...
Open TV (OTV) to return April 17 with virtual event

Open TV (OTV) to return April 17 with virtual event

The intersectional Late Show #OTVTonight is back, with a virtual event on OTV's app and on Facebook Live that will air Saturday, April 17, at 8-9:30 p.m. CT. Hosted by Open TV (OTV) founders Elijah McKinnon ...
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Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago Blueprint for Fair Housing

--From a press release

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCES BLUEPRINT FOR FAIR HOUSING New Assessment Outlines Actions the City will take over the next five years to advance fair housing to reduce residential segregation CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced ...
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Study: 30% of young LGBQ people have attempted suicide in their lifetimes

--From a press release

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds younger LGBQ adults experience greater psychological distress and suicidal behavior than older LGBQ people. Researchers examined a representative sample of LGBQ people in ...
Roommate of victim of 2004 Chicago stabbing seeking justice for unsolved cold case

Roommate of victim of 2004 Chicago stabbing seeking justice for unsolved cold case

--From a Cook County Crime Stoppers press release

On Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 31-year old Kevin Clewer was found brutally murdered with over 40 stab wounds in his Lakeview apartment in Chicago. Kevin's body was discovered by his father on the evening of March ...
Attorneys general challenge Tennessee abortion law

Attorneys general challenge Tennessee abortion law

A group of 20 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in a case challenging a Tennessee law that requires women to have two in-person appointments at least 48 hours apart before having an abortion, The Hill ...
Kinzinger calls on Gaetz to resign

Kinzinger calls on Gaetz to resign

In the midst of an investigation that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) had sex with a minor and violated sex-trafficking statutes, fellow Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) has called on him to step down, The Hill reported. ...
Movie about art sensation born into slavery to premiere April 16

Movie about art sensation born into slavery to premiere April 16

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts—a film about a man who was born into slavery, and whose works became sensations in the art world—will premiere Friday, April 16, in local virtual cinemas of Music Box Theatre and Facets. ...

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Former 'Bachelor' comes out as gay

In a Good Morning America (GMA) interview that aired April 14, former Bachelor Colton Underwood came out as gay, Entertainment Weekly reported. "I've [run] from myself for a long time, I've hated myself for a long
...
ART 'Immersive Van Gogh' to now continue through Nov. 28

ART 'Immersive Van Gogh' to now continue through Nov. 28

Due to popular demand, the U.S. premiere of the art experience "Immersive Van Gogh" exhibit will extend its run to Nov. 28 after having sold out the current block of tickets. It was originally extended through ...
Billy Masters on The Real Magic Mike and more

Billy Masters on The Real Magic Mike and more

"As a Republican man, as soon as it was my turn, I took the vaccine. I would encourage all Republican men to do that … take the vaccination."—Mitch McConnell encourages Republicans to get the COVID vaccine. ...
SHOWBIZ Trans singer, 'Pose,' Kate Winslet, Lil Nas X, Broadway

SHOWBIZ Trans singer, 'Pose,' Kate Winslet, Lil Nas X, Broadway

Trans femme indie-punk artist Evan Greer (she/her) released a dystopian new music video for the song "Surveillance Capitalism," a press release noted. She is using it to launch StopSpotifySurveillance.org with Fight for the Future, where she ...
Lifetime presents Variety's Power of Women The Comedians Special May 10

Lifetime presents Variety's Power of Women The Comedians Special May 10

--From a press release

Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2021) — Variety and Lifetime announced today the one-hour special Lifetime Presents Variety's Power of Women The Comedians which will premiere on Monday, May 10th at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime. The ...
GLAAD Media Awards honor creative forces of change in media, culture

GLAAD Media Awards honor creative forces of change in media, culture

--From a press release, video below

Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, April 8, 2021 — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, tonight hosted a virtual ceremony to announce the award recipients of the 32nd Annu ...
THEATER 'A Portrait of My Mother' to start streaming May 9

THEATER 'A Portrait of My Mother' to start streaming May 9

Jarrott Productions will present the world premiere of A Portrait of My Mother, written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia and directed by David R. Jarrott. The autobiographical tribute to Garcia's mother, Maria, begins streaming on ...
SAVOR Sam's Crispy Chicken and Umami Burger

SAVOR Sam's Crispy Chicken and Umami Burger

Sam's Crispy Chicken (SamsCrispyChicken.com) and Umami Burger (UmamiBurger.com), both from C3 (Creating Culinary Communities) and both at 945 W. Randolph St., have launched new food and beverage menus—although indulgence i ...

  Outlines

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FC Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain join the Women's Cup

--From a press release

(CHICAGO, Ill. April 14, 2021) — Global soccer powerhouses FC Bayern Munich and Paris-Saint Germain have signed on as international participants in The Women's Cup, an inaugural event to be played at Lynn Family Stadium in ...
SPORTS Rapinoe, Morgan lift U.S. to victory over France

SPORTS Rapinoe, Morgan lift U.S. to victory over France

The U.S. Women's Soccer National Team beat France 2-0 on April 13 in a friendly match against France behind goals by veterans Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, The Olympic Channel noted. The duo won Olympic gold ...
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Chicago Sky announce 2021 regular season schedule

--From a press release

CHICAGO (April 13, 2021) — In conjunction with the Women's National Basketball Association, the Chicago Sky today unveiled its 32-game schedule today for the upcoming 2021 regular season. Following an ...
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The Amazon Trail, How to Write a Book

I'm not giving away any secrets here. Not saying it's simple or that anyone can do it if they send $25.00 to Post Office Box 1,2,3. Nope, it's a personal journey and every story has a story. Here's mine, about the ...
SPORTS Red Stars, Dash open Challenge Cup with scoreless draw

SPORTS Red Stars, Dash open Challenge Cup with scoreless draw

Two Chicago Red Stars made their professional debuts and held the Houston Dash to three total shots as the opening game of the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) Challenge Cup ended in a scoreless draw in ...
Chicago Sky, WNBA unveil new uniforms ahead of 2021 season

Chicago Sky, WNBA unveil new uniforms ahead of 2021 season

As the WNBA prepares for its 25th season, Nike and the WNBA collaborated to unveil a uniform collection. The new WNBA uniform system from Nike feature three game uniform editions for each of the 12 teams ...





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