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  Jodie Foster to star in fourth season of 'True Detective'

The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster is to lead the fourth iteration of HBO's True Detective franchise, True Detective: Night Country, Deadline reported. Foster, who will also executive-produce, will play Detective Liz Danvers in ...


  THEATER Lesbian-cruise drama 'Seven Days at Sea' running thru June 5

Light and Sound Productions is running the world premiere of Seven Days at Sea, written by Martha Hansen and directed by Margaret Knapp, through Sunday, June 5, at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. The performance ...


  Gayla Turner talks new book uncovering her grandmother's secret queer identity

In Gayla Turner's debut book, Don't You Dare: Uncovering Lost Love (BookBaby, May 24), she reveals her Grandmother Ruby's (1896-1977) century-old secret queer identity that she hid from the wider world. This revelation became c ...


  TELEVISION Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson and others to exit 'SNL'

In a major shake-up on the long-running hit Saturday Night Live (or SNL), several of the main stars are leaving—including out cast member Kate McKinnon, Deadline reported. McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson (who's ...


  For International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia HRC highlights grants

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, is commemorating International Day Against ...


  Five Worth Finding: Chocolate festival, lesbian sci-fi film, 'Smahtguy'

—The Long Grove Chocolate Festival: The beloved Chocolate Festival will return to the historic streets and parkways of downtown Long Grove for the first time in three years, May 20-22. Chocolate lovers can experience so much—including ...


  Los Angeles LGBT Center mourns passing of legendary LGBT activist, leader Urvashi Vaid

-- From a press release

LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2022—"The world has lost a giant in the movement for LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality. After a valiant battle with cancer, Urvashi Vaid died today," said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri ...


  PASSAGES Urvashi Vaid dies, The National LGBTQ Task Force releases statement

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC……Legendary attorney, LGBTQ activist, and author Urvashi Vaid, known for her extensive career an advocate for LGBTQ rights, women's rights, anti-war efforts, immigration justice and many other social causes ...


  Griner's detention in Russia extended by a month

The lawyer for Brittney Griner said May 13 that the WNBA star's pretrial detention in Russia has been extended by one month, ESPN reported. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension ...


  HRC calls for passage of the Women's Health Protection Act

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, joined a growing number of organizations calling for the ...


  All WNBA courts to honor Brittney Griner

The WNBA announced plans to acknowledge the importance of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner to the league, according to a press release. During the 2022 season that tips off Friday, May 6, Griner's initials and jersey ...


  VIEWS Dignity/Chicago celebrates 50 years of ministry

It was 1972 and it was dangerous to be gay or lesbian. One could be arrested, publicly humiliated or fired from one's job. Even finding safety in the emerging bar scene was hazardous. Added to that ...


  LGBTQ+ woman appointed as White House press secretary; GLAAD comments

On May 5, President Biden announced Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be assistant to the president and White House press secretary, according to a White House media release. Jean-Pierre will step into the press secretary ...


  Brittney Griner gets new designation; Black LGBTQ+ group responds

The United States is now saying lesbian WNBA player Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained in Russia, NPR reported. The shift in language indicates the United States will work more aggressively to secure her release. The State ...


  DeGeneres shares message after taping final talk-show episode

An era has ended as The Ellen Show has officially wrapped its last episode. According to Variety, Ellen DeGeneres announced on an April 29 Twitter thread that her daytime talk show concluded filming its final episode. ...


  TV The CW cancels 'Batwoman,' 'Legends of Tomorrow'

The CW has axed the LGBTQ+-inclusive DC Arrowverse shows Batwoman and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. According to Out Magazine, Batwoman—canceled after just three seasons—introduced the world to lesbian superhero Ryan ...


  Biden-Harris administration reports on efforts to support global LGBTQ+ rights, HRC applauds result

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, has commended the release of a report from the Biden-Harris ...


  Rape, murder of Kenyan lesbian spark outrage

Kenyan authorities said six men who raped and murdered Sheila Adhiambo Lumumba, 25, on April 19 in her home in Karatina actually targeted her because of her sexual orientation, The Washington Blade reported. The body of ...


  Equality Illinois endorses 95 pro-equality candidates for June 28 primaries

-- From a press release

"Equality Illinois is excited to announce our primary election endorsements today as we continue to make our state fairer and more just for LGBTQ+ people," said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. "In recent years, ...


  Calls to free Brittney Griner increase after prisoner release

As some people celebrate the April 27 announcement that Texas Marine veteran Trevor Reed would be released from a Russian prison, there were others urging the U.S. government to continue working behind the scenes—particularly regarding the ...


  WORLD Soldiers, Everywhere Is Queer, soccer items

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The South Korean Supreme Court ruled that soldiers of the same sex who have consensual sex in a private space cannot be charged with assault under the Military Criminal Act, The Hankyoreh reported. Previously, the court ...


  SHOWBIZ Lily Tomlin, 'The Color Purple,' Walter Mercado, Janelle Monae, Loki

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, legendary actress/comedian Lily Tomlin discussed a variety of topics, including comedy and the Oscars. About the Academy Awards, she said, "I sometimes think they shouldn't be able to tread ...


  HRC condemns Florida Gov. DeSantis for signing 'Stop WOKE' Act

-- From a press release

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — condemned Governor Ron DeSantis for signing ...


  ONE Archives running exhibit of vintage LGBTQ+ activist posters

Los Angeles-based ONE Archives Foundation announced "Days of Rage, a web-based multimedia exhibit featuring newly digitized LGBTQ+ activist posters from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. The exhibit, which has launched ...


  Black LGBTQ+ community leaders honored at Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala

Social-justice agency Lorde, Rustin & Bates and Fahrenheit Chicago hosted the Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala April 13 at Theater on the Lake (2401 N Lake Shore Dr.). The event featured performances from singer ...


  Out LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney talks industry, personal journey

During a recent conversation with Windy City Times, LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney revealed several aspects of herself—all coming together to show a complex and open individual. For example, she was quick to flash a smile ...


  HRC Foundation launches inaugural 'LGBTQ+ School Inclusion Efforts' report

-- From a press release. Video below

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization released the 2021 Annual Report from ...


  Hard Rock's upcoming acts: Trevor Noah, Daughtry, Wanda Sykes and more

Trevor Noah and rock band Daughtry (headed by former American Idol winner Chris Daughtry) are among the upcoming acts at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana's new Hard Rock Live venue. The Trevor Noah "Back to Abnormal" ...


  WORLD Conference canceled, Catholic event, India bills, Gertrude Stein

The United Kingdom canceled its first-ever international LGBTQ+ conference after a boycott by more than 100 organizations, the BBC reported. "Safe To Be Me" was scheduled to take place in London in June to promote LGBTQ+ ...


  Artemis Singers presents outdoor Pride Concert June 4 "Leaping Lesbians!"

-- From a press release

CHICAGO─Artemis Singers,, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present its Pride Concert, "Leaping Lesbians! A Celebration of Lesbian Life," at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 4, outdoors at Forest Glen Woods ...


  HRC, NCLR applaud confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

-- From press releases

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 7, by a bipartisan vote of 53-47 the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an Associate Justice on the United State Supreme Court. She will take her place ...


  LBQ girls, women of color overrepresented in child welfare and criminalization systems

-- From a press release

A new review of studies by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) girls, particularly girls of color, are overrepresented in foster care and the carceral system. The ...


  Go Girl! Saugatuck set to return after COVID pandemic-related hiatus

"Come pre-game your summer at Go Girl! Saugatuck—June 3-5 at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan," said veteran LGBTQ comedian and Go Girl! Saugatuck founder Mimi Gonzalez. Gonzalez told Windy City Times she is looking forward ...


  Kim Hunt reflects on leadership, her life and the state of HIV/AIDS

Kim Hunt has served many leadership roles in Chicago LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations since moving to the city in 1985. The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductee was the first executive director of Affinity Community Services. ...


  Human Rights Campaign celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, honors the International Transgender Day of Visibility ...


  GLAAD responds to State Dept.'s announcement about availability of gender-neutral passports

-- From a press release

Thursday, March 31, 2022 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the Biden administration's announcement implementing updates to identity ...


  Pres. Biden announces steps to make it easier for LGBTQ+ Ukrainians to enter U.S.

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — has welcomed the announcement from President Joe Biden ...


  National LGBTQ Task Force honors 45th anniversary of historic Carter White House meeting with LGBTQ activists

-- From a press release

Washington, DC……On March 26th, 1977, a group of gay and lesbian activists met with members of the Carter administration in a historic first. President Carter's Assistant Margaret "Midge" Costanza coordinated ...


  Go Girl! Saugatuck returns to The Dunes June 3-5

-- From a press release

Go Girl! Saugatuck, the premier women's weekend in the Midwest returns to the largest gay resort in the nation - The Dunes in Douglas, Michigan. Veteran LGBTQ comedian Mimi Gonzalez is the founder of the event ...


  HRC marks Affordable Care Act's 12th anniversary, noting impact on LGBTQ+s, POCs

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — Marking the 12th anniversary this week of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ...


  New HRC Foundation data: LGBTQ+s continue to have high vaccination rates

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization released new data finding ...


  U.S. embassy finds WNBA player Brittney Griner 'in good condition'

An official from the U.S. embassy in Moscow found out lesbian WNBA player Brittney Griner to be "in good condition" after they were recently granted consular access to the athlete who is being detained in Russia, ...


  HRC praises Indiana Gov. Holcomb for vetoing anti-trans sports legislation

-- From a press release

INDIANAPOLIS — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — praised Republican Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for ...


  A Historic Nomination: Human Rights Campaign releases report on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released a 12-page report detailing the pragmatic ...


  SPORTS Griner's detention extended; Raiders releasing gay player Carl Nassib

According to NBC News, Russian state news agency TASS reported that U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia has been extended until May 19. TASS cited the Khimki Court of the Moscow Region. Griner, a ...


  Top UK court upholds Cayman Islands marriage-equality ban

On March 14, the UK Privy Council ruled that the Cayman Islands Constitution does not provide a right for same-sex marriage and ruled in favor of the Cayman Islands government by dismissing the case of lesbian ...


  WORLD Warlord killed, marriage items, Chile president, Tchaikovsky

One of the top warlords and a close advisor to Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was killed recently in the battle for Antonov Airport, also known as Hostomel Airport—an international cargo airport and testing facility northwest of ...


  60+ major companies, HRC urge elected leaders across country to stop anti-trans moves

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON Today, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, and 60+ businesses released a sign-on letter, published as ...


  Black LGBTQ+ leaders support Black LGBTQ+/SGL Russian asylum-seekers, call for Brittney Griner to be brought home

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Over the weekend, it was reported that WNBA Center Brittney Griner was detained at a Russian airport last month and subsequently jailed. In reaction to the reports, David Johns, Executive Director of the ...


  Out actress Raven-Symone finds a new 'Home' for show's fifth season

Raven-Symone Christina Pearman-Maday started her career as a child actress on The Cosby Show and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. At the age of 16, she graduated to be the first Black woman to have her name ...


  Wanda Sykes, Ashanti, Clint Black among upcoming Hard Rock performers

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana has unveiled its list of upcoming performers for the next several months. Out lesbian comedian/actress Wanda Sykes will be at the venue during Pride Month—on Friday, June 17. Sykes—one of the ...


  SHOWBIZ Lesbian film, Broadway items, 'The Batman,' Jonathan Groff

Kino Lorber is presenting the U.S. theatrical release of the 4K restored lesbian-themed film I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, a film written and directed by Patricia Rozema, per a press release. Winner of the Prix de ...


  WNBA player Griner arrested in Russia [UPDATE]

Out lesbian WNBA player Brittney Griner is being detained in Russia after customs officials said they found hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow in February, according to an ESPN item that cited ...


  HRC applauds Biden administration actions to protect Texas trans youth, families

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, welcomes action from the Biden administration and the Department ...


  Report claims gay men excel academically but lesbians don't

A paper published in the American Sociological Review on Feb. 20 concludes that gay men excel academically as opposed to their straight counterparts, NBC News noted. Joel Mittleman—a University of Notre Dame sociologist and the paper's ...


  'All Moms' released by GLAAD's Sarah Kate Ellis and wife, Antigone Rising's Kristen Ellis-Henderson

-- From a press release

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - GLAAD announced that the new LGBTQ-children's book All Moms, written by GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and her wife founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the all-female popular rock ...


  Pres. Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson, D.C. Circuit Judge, to the Supreme Court, HRC comments

-- From a Human Rights Campaign press release

WASHINGTON Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released the following statement on President Biden's historic ...


  Chicago Sky's Parker, wife welcome baby boy

WNBA star Candace Parker and wife Anna Petrakova announced the birth of their first son together, according to A recent post on Instagram read that Airr Larry Petrakov Parker was born Feb. 11. Airr was ...


  New Immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit shows the joyful woman behind the art

Frida Kahlo began painting to channel her pain as she recovered in a full-body cast for three months after being injured during a bus accident in 1922. Using vibrant colors, she visualized her physical pain through ...


  HRC honors six-time Grammy Award-winner Brandi Carlile with the Visibility Award

-- From a press release

LOS ANGELES — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — announced that it will honor six-time ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Doctor Strange,' 'Harlem,' 'Peacemaker,' Harry Hamlin, Dionne Warwick

A trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, out May 6 only in theaters, shows the character of lesbian teen hero America Chavez in action, per In January, ...


  GLAAD calls for LGBTQ representation to increase to meet population statistics

-- From a press release

(Feb.17, 2022) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to a new Gallup poll released today that shows 7.1% of all U.S. adults are LGBTQ, with the ...


  Gallup Poll: LGBT identification in U.S. ticks up to 7.1%, HRC provides context

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Gallup released new polling that showed a growing percentage of adults in the U.S. are LGBTQ+ identifying. The new poll found that 7.1% of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or some ...


  GLAAD report: LGBTQ representation on broadcast TV reaches record high

-- From a press release

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on ...


  GLAAD issues statement on unequal policing of Black, trans, queer athletes

-- From a press release

(Wednesday, February 9, 2022) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is speaking out about the unequal treatment of athletes who test positive ...


  Social commentator Fran Lebowitz at Auditorium Theatre April 15

Social commentator, satirist and author Fran Lebowitz will be at Chicago's Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Lebowitz essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current ...


  Ravinia extends lesbian conductor's contract through 2025, announces 'Breaking Barriers'

Ravinia Festival CEO Jeff Haydon announced that the festival has extended Marin Alsop's contract as chief conductor for three years, through the summer of 2025. The summer of 2021 marked Alsop's first actual season in the ...


  HRC hails House passage of Global Respect Act to fight for international LGBTQ+ rights

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — praised the House of Representatives for voting today ...


  First out lesbian and first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to ambassador-level post

On Feb. 8, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chantale Wong as United States director to the Asian Development Bank a post with the rank of ambassador, according to an LGBTQ Victory Institute press release.



  Chicago Philharmonic Society to present 'Fanfare Chicago' and feature lesbian composer on March 27

The Chicago Philharmonic Society will present its third of four concerts of its 32nd season, "Fanfare Chicago," on March 27 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Led by Artistic Director ...


  NATIONAL Mayor backtracks, Equality Act, cancer initiative, Rachel Maddow

Following an explosion of outrage from the LGBTQ community, Mayor Eric Adams backtracked from an apparent plan to hire anti-LGBTQ former Bronx Councilmember Fernando Cabrera to lead the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health, according to ...


  Showtime orders third season of 'L Word: Generation Q'

Showtime has ordered a third season of The L Word: Generation Q—the sequel to the groundbreaking drama series The L Word, per a press release. Generation Q follows the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), ...


  MOVIES/TV Lena Waithe-led company soliciting mentorship lab applicants

Hillman Grad Productions a development and production company founded by Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani that is committed to providing a platform for BIPOC and underrepresented voices across all mediums is once again ...


  CDC: Gay and lesbian adults had higher COVID vaccination rates than straight people

Federal officials said gay and lesbian adults are more likely to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 than heterosexual adults, ABC News reported. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 85.4% ...


  WORLD Church officials come out, Polish bill, crimes, Hannah Gadsby

More than 100 Catholic church officials in Germany came out as LGBT, queer or non-binary, adding to calls for reform within the crisis-hit church, reported. Demands for a more liberal attitude to homosexuality within the ...


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