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HRC fires its president, Alphonso David

HRC fires its president, Alphonso David

On Sept. 6, the national LGBTQ+ organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) fired its president, Alphonso David, for advising now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during his sexual-harassment scandal ...
Afghan LGBTQs in peril, with little help in sight

Afghan LGBTQs in peril, with little help in sight

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of LGBT Afghan citizens, who dared to take modest steps toward living openly when their country was under the occupation and influence of a more tolerant "western culture," are now literally hiding in ...
HRC president refuses to resign, despite co-chairs' reported request

HRC president refuses to resign, despite co-chairs' reported request

Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has refused to resign in the midst of controversy—even after the organization's co-chairs reportedly requested that he do so. According to NBC New York, David is ...

  News

New safety precautions announced for 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Oct. 2

New safety precautions announced for 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Oct. 2

--From a press release

CHICAGO — AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has announced proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of event will be required for all in-person participants for the 30th annual AIDS Run & ...
Dutch study: Transgender people face twice the odds for early deaths

Dutch study: Transgender people face twice the odds for early deaths

A long-term Dutch study revealed that transgender people have double the odds of dying early compared to folks whose identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth (cisgender), according to the U.S. News & World ...
Britney Spears' dad petitions to end conservatorship

Britney Spears' dad petitions to end conservatorship

In a huge win for pop star Britney Spears, her father and the conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, filed a petition to end the arrangement on Sept. 7, media outlets reported. Jamie cited his daughter's ...
Chicago neighborhood nonprofits join forces to provide free attorneys

Chicago neighborhood nonprofits join forces to provide free attorneys

Four Chicago neighborhood nonprofits—LCLC (Lawndale Christian Legal Center), Breakthrough, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) and New Life Centers—have formed a partnership to assign free ...
News

One in ten LGBT workers experienced discrimination at work in the last year

LGBT employees of color were more likely to report being denied jobs and verbal harassment A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds an estimated 46% of LGBT workers have experienced ...
Pleasure Chest donating to Gay for Good

Pleasure Chest donating to Gay for Good

Adult novelty boutique The Pleasure Chest will commemorate its milestone 50th anniversary by donating 15% of the total vibrator sales from its four storefront locations and e-commerce store on Sept. 15-30 to Gay for Good—a national ...
Constand breaks silence about Bill Cosby

Constand breaks silence about Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is breaking her silence to NBC News about the comic/actor's release from prison two months ago, Deadline noted. In a brief clip, Constand tells Kate Snow she "was really shocked — ...
WNBA names 25 greatest players in history

WNBA names 25 greatest players in history

On Sept. 5, the WNBA commemorated its landmark 25th season by announcing the selection of "The W25"—a collection of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history, according to a press release. The unveiling ...
LGBTQ+ exhibit removed from Missouri Capitol

LGBTQ+ exhibit removed from Missouri Capitol

Kansas City Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, demanded an explanation after an exhibit on the LGBTQ+-rights movement in Kansas City was removed from the state Capitol (in Jefferson City) ...
NATIONAL Calif. bill, lawsuits, Billy Porter, 'Southern LGBTQ Experiences'

NATIONAL Calif. bill, lawsuits, Billy Porter, 'Southern LGBTQ Experiences'

The California legislature okayed a bill that would launch a pilot program to better track the gender identity and sexual orientation of victims of fatal violence, Gay City News noted. Under AB 1094, or the Sexual ...
WORLD Anti-TGNC vote, #VeryGayRaptor, Brazilian governor, Scottish poll

WORLD Anti-TGNC vote, #VeryGayRaptor, Brazilian governor, Scottish poll

In Australia, the government voted down workplace protections for transgender, non-binary and intersex people, OutInPerth.com reported. The senate was considering the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment ...
Lil Nas X receives inaugural Trevor Project award

Lil Nas X receives inaugural Trevor Project award

The Trevor Project announced that "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Was X was the recipient of its inaugural Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award. On its website, the organization stated, " Lil Nas X has ...
News

COVID Rev. Jackson's wife out of hospital

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.'s wife, Jacqueline, was released from the hospital Sept. 3 after being treated for symptoms of COVID-19 along with the minister, NBC Chicago reported. "Our mother is leaving the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and ...
PASSAGES Pioneering lesbian business owner Susan Mazer dies

PASSAGES Pioneering lesbian business owner Susan Mazer dies

Susan Mazer died August 31 due to COVID-19 complications. She was 77. At the time of her death, Mazer was living in Port Saint Lucie, Florida with her wife Janet Norton. Mazer was born May 10, ...
News

Pappas reintroduces expanded SERVE Act to guarantee LGBTQ+ veterans VA benefits

--From a press release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Equality Caucus, alongside Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49), Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04) ...
Naper Pride set to host inaugural Pride fest

Naper Pride set to host inaugural Pride fest

Naper Pride will hold its inaugural pride fest event, "Coming Together, One Community—One Naperville," on Sept. 11-12. Incidentally, "Coming Together, One Community—One Naperville" is also Naper Pride's organizational philosophy of ...
Illinois Holocaust Museum to show LGBTQ+ exhibit starting Oct. 17

Illinois Holocaust Museum to show LGBTQ+ exhibit starting Oct. 17

Starting Oct. 17, Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will host the exhibit "Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement," which explores the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn as the flashpoint ...
Baseball player Bryan Ruby comes out as gay

Baseball player Bryan Ruby comes out as gay

Bryan Ruby has become the only active professional baseball player at any level to be publicly out, according to USA Today. He's a professional baseball player—a member of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an Oregon team that's a ...
News

Chicago pro-choice activists outraged by SCOTUS' refusal to overturn Texas abortion ban

--From a multi-organization press release

Calling it a blow to women and all abortion rights supporters nationwide, coalition calls for reversal of the Texas Law SB8, and demands "No Abortion Bans Anywhere: Not Now; Not Ever! Defend Roe!" Several Chicago groups ...
News

United Center to require COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to attend all events

--From a press release

The United Center will require all event attendees, including fans at Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks games, to present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to gain access to the arena. The decision ...
News

Ukraine president promises to fight for LGBTQ rights

On Sept. 1, the president of Ukraine said his country will continue to fight anti-LGBTQ discrimination, The Washington Blade reported. "With U.S. support, Ukraine will continue to advance respect for human rights, civil liberties and fundamental ...
News

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Opinion: The parade must go on

I am responding to the letter from Tim Frye, the current 2021 coordinator of Chicago's Pride Parade, about the cancellation of the event that was scheduled for Oct. 3. I agree that this decision takes in ...
News

Controversial rapper DaBaby meets with Black HIV advocates

On Aug. 31, Black leaders from nine HIV organizations across the country announced they held a virtual, private meeting with rapper Jonathan "DaBaby" Kirk to discuss HIV facts and share personal stories of living and thriving ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

'Close-Up with Carmen' Sept. 9 at Center on Halsted

'Close-Up with Carmen'—about the intersection of drag and opera—will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. During this event, participants will discuss cross-dressi
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MOVES Talking about 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

MOVES Talking about 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

The new movie Everybody's Talking About Jamie tells the inspiring story of Jamie New, a young drag artist who overcomes hardship and homophobia in Sheffield, England. Out actor Max Harwood stars as New, who gets by ...
THEATER Neo-Futurists' 'The Infinite Wrench' returns to the stage Sept. 18

THEATER Neo-Futurists' 'The Infinite Wrench' returns to the stage Sept. 18

Chicago's longest-running late-night show, The Neo-Futurists' The Infinite Wrench, kicks off the company's 2021-22 season of programming with a return to weekly in-person performances on Saturday, Sept. 18. The signature ...
Survivor shares the story of trauma and thriving in 'Untold'

Survivor shares the story of trauma and thriving in 'Untold'

WARNING: This article contains material of a graphic nature. Gina M. Garcia is finally sharing her story of thriving after trauma in her new docu-drama biography, Untold: This is My Story, which premieres Sept. 6 at ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I'm so happy to know I have a fan in Maine!"—Joan Rivers in a letter to yours truly sometime in the mid-80s. Massachusetts had just begun using the MA abbreviation instead of Mass! She may have ...
THEATER 'American Mariachi' at Goodman on Sept. 18-Oct. 24

THEATER 'American Mariachi' at Goodman on Sept. 18-Oct. 24

Goodman Theatre is running American Mariachi—a new comedy about the freedom to dream big, written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, directed by Goodman Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez and presented as part of Chicago Latino Theater Alliance's ...
Footwork dancers to be featured Sept. 10 in Art on theMART event

Footwork dancers to be featured Sept. 10 in Art on theMART event

"Dance Down by The River"—an evening of Chicago dance and music—is coming to the Riverwalk in conjunction with Art on theMART thanks to a Chicago Presents grant awarded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and ...
MUSIC Upcoming 'Carmen' featuring queer lead, male drag

MUSIC Upcoming 'Carmen' featuring queer lead, male drag

On Sept. 16 and 18 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear two world-class dramatic mezzo-sopranos debut new roles opposite one another ...
SHOWBIZ 'Idol' alums, Zendaya, Gaga, 'Queer As Folk,' women rappers

SHOWBIZ 'Idol' alums, Zendaya, Gaga, 'Queer As Folk,' women rappers

American Idol alum David Archuleta said that God urged him to come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, NBC News noted. The Nashville resident told Today.com he wasn't sure if the community would embrace ...
MUSIC Laura Jane Grace gives good advice to future trans and queer artists

MUSIC Laura Jane Grace gives good advice to future trans and queer artists

For one hour and 48 minutes, Laura Jane Grace will take listeners on a journey with the new Audible project Black Me Out. This transgender musician covers a great deal of territory in the session, from ...
Chicago Gay Men's Chorus' 'CGMC: Undressed' Sept. 17-18

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus' 'CGMC: Undressed' Sept. 17-18

The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will hold its fall cabaret event "CGMC: Undressed" on Sept. 17-18 at two different venues. On Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., the chorus will perform at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 ...
Entertainment

MUSICALS Highland Park Players to run 'Matilda' Sept. 24-Oct. 3

The Highland Park Players return to live theater with the Tony-winning musical Matilda The Musical! opening Sept. 24 and running through Oct. 3 at the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Performances are Sept. 24-25 and ...
'Broadway in Your Backyard' event Sept. 28 at Gold Coast hotel

'Broadway in Your Backyard' event Sept. 28 at Gold Coast hotel

Ambassador Chicago, a JDV by Hyatt Hotel, in collaboration with Porchlight Music Theatre, will hold a special performance at the hotel—part of Porchlight's "Broadway in Your Backyard" series—on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Doors will open at 6:30 ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Red Stars open nominations for 2021 #SHEINSPIRESME Award

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the Chicago Red Stars' 2021 #SHEINSPIRESME Award. #SHEINSPIRESME is an annual award presented to women who exemplify leadership, practice social responsibility and who inspire and uplift their community. T ...
SPORTS Sky clinch playoff spot with Sept. 5 win

SPORTS Sky clinch playoff spot with Sept. 5 win

The Chicago Sky officially secured a ticket to the postseason. By virtue of the team's 92-84 victory over the Las Vegas Aces at Wintrust Arena on Sept. 5, the Sky will advance to the 2021 WNBA ...
Five Worth Finding: 'Swan Song,' mental-health event, Halloween items, artwork

Five Worth Finding: 'Swan Song,' mental-health event, Halloween items, artwork

Technically, there are six items here, but they're all highly recommended. —Swan Song: Throughout his long and storied career, German actor Udo Kier has taken on many roles—but probably none as indelible as former hairdresser Pat ...
Outlines

Las Vegas Aces defeat Chicago Sky

Against the Las Vegas Aces, the Chicago Sky came up short Sept. 2, losing 90-83 at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Sky forward Candace Parker finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two ...





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