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  Lambda Legal discusses court decisions granting same-sex couples fair access to Social Security benefits

Lambda Legal—a national organization committed to actualizing the rights of LGBTQ+ people through impact litigation, public policy work and education—hosted an event at Sidetrack May 26 discussing its work securing ...


  Equality Illinois to host Pride Kickoff Brunch on June 4

Equality Illinois will host its Pride Kickoff Brunch on Saturday, June 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina Ave. This year, the organization's honoree will be Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris—the first ...


  'Community Parades and Activism: LGBTQ Claiming its Space' on June 4

The discussion-centered event "Community Parades and Activism: LGBTQ Claiming its Space" will take place Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Ave. An open discussion about LGBTQ/SGL activism ...


  Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has first Black executive director

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has broken a barrier by hiring its first Black executive director, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The board of directors named Kevin Turner-Espinoza—who identifies as a Black, Mexican and gay cisgender ...


  OUTBermuda hires first-ever executive director

Bermuda's LGBTQ+ advocacy nonprofit OUTBermuda has hired its first-ever executive director—Tiffany Paynter—as it looks to expand its impact and strengthen its sustainability as a resource. A social entrepreneur and longtime ...


  NIH LGBTQ+ webinar to be presented June 9

On Thursday, June 9, 1-2:30 p.m. CT, the NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office will host a special Pride edition of the Scientific Webinar Series to spotlight the recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, ...


  NATIONAL Idaho groups, Clay Aiken, Radio Milwaukee, Louisville school

In northern Idaho, two groups with different agendas plan to hold events on the same day (June 11) at Coeur d'Alene City Park—and both organizations have issued statements, according to the Bonner County Daily Bee. The ...


  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 ...


  GLSEN holds Respect Awards in New York

On May 16, the pro-LGBTQ+ education organization GLSEN held its New York Respect Awards in Gotham Hall. At its first in-person Respect Awards in three years, the organization introduced new Executive Director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers in their ...


  NATIONAL New York synod, Danica Roem, legal action, Pride news, PFLAG

The Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS), the regional body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced Christopher Vergara as its newly elected vice president, according to a press release. Vergara is the first openly gay ...


  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 ...


  Nat'l Association of Black and White Men Together to hold July 6-9 conference

The National Association of Black and White Men Together—described on its website as "a gay multicultural, anti-racism organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be ...


  Report: Malta is the best European country regarding LGBTQ+ rights

An annual report courtesy of ILGA-Europe stated that Malta remains the best country in Europe for LGBTQ+ rights, Euronews noted. The association said that Malta (which scored 92 out of a possible 100) has maintained the ...


  Highwood Pride Fest taking place June 4

The North Shore suburb of Highwood will hold its Pride Fest on Saturday, June 4. The full day of activities starts with a "Pride Rocks" family picnic at Everts Park at noon-3 p.m., followed by the (21+ ...


  Plaque unveiled in NYC to honor headquarters of NAACP, other progressive groups

On May 11, Village Preservation and The New School were joined by historians David Levering Lewis, Amy Aronson, Brian McGrath and Stephen Brier for the unveiling of a plaque marking 70 Fifth Ave. as the historic ...


  LGBTQ Religious Archives Network holds 'AIDS, Activism and American Christianity' webinar

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) held an "AIDS, Activism and American Christianity: A Conversation" virtual webinar on May 5. The event focused on Christian activism during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ...


  U.S. Senate Republicans and one Democrat block abortion-protection bill

On May 11, the U.S. Senate failed to advance a Democrat-led bill that would enshrine broad protections for legal abortion nationwide—a vote triggered by a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that indicates Roe v. Wade will ...


  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 ...


  Deadline for Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame nominations is May 31

The deadline to nominate individuals, businesses, organizations, and allies to the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is on May 31 at midnight. Nominations may be made online at The goal is to honor people and ...


  Running squad 'Team to End AIDS' calls for participants to raise funds

-- From a press release

(Chicago, IL) Over the last 19 years, TEAM TO ENDS AIDS (T2)—the only HIV charity fundraising marathon team in the Midwest—has raised more than $13 million for HIV/AIDS awareness and direct support for those living with ...


  Center on Halsted's 'Human First' gala returns to (in-person) form

Center on Halsted's annual "Human First" gala returned Friday, May 6, in an in-person format. The event took place at the Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St. Last year, the Center hosted a virtual ...


  'LGBT Milwalkee' project earns first round of funding

-- From a press release. LGBT Milwaukee history video below

Milwaukee, WI. - Thanks to generous financial support, the LGBT MILWALKEE project has achieved its first round of fundraising goals and will launch a local walking tour app on Thursday, June 1. "To date, we've received ...


  Gerber/Hart announces change in leadership

Wil Brant is no longer executive director of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. According to an open letter from board co-chairs James Conley and Kevin Nunley as well as Board Treasurer Becky Chmielewski, Brant "served in this ...


  HRC holds Greater New York Dinner; Hochul, Schumer among speakers

On April 30, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted its Greater New York Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, per a press release. The event featured speeches from HRC Interim President Joni Madison, who used ...


  More than half of transgender students in higher education report poor mental health

-- From a press release

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation's largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds there are an estimated 218,000 known transgender students ages 18 ...


  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 ...


  Annual LGBTQ+ networking event 'Out of the Office' to take place June 1

The annual LGBTQ+ networking event Out of the Office will take place Wed., June 1, 4:30-7 p.m., at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago's rooftop lounge, I|O, 127 W. Huron St., to kick off Pride Month. The event ...


  LGBTQ+ and allied organizations rally against bigotry and hate

A statewide coalition of LGBTQ+ and allied organizations held a press conference and rally April 27 in Chicago's Federal Plaza in response to the wave of nationwide bigotry and hate against the queer and trans community, ...


  Reader owner steps down; paper can now go nonprofit route

Chicago Reader co-owner Len Goodman and three board members stepped down April 26 amid protests from employees, freeing the embattled alternative newspaper to transition to a nonprofit organization, The Chicago Tribune reported. The Reader has been ...


  Pro-LGBTQ+ rally rescheduled for April 27 at Federal Plaza

Weeks after a pro-LGBTQ+ rally in the Loop was disrupted, the event has been rescheduled for Wed., April 27, at Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St., at 5:30 p.m. The past few months have been extremely ...


  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 ...


  HRC: Real threat to women's sports not trans athletes but underfunding, lack of resources

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC—As states across the country continue to debate and pass anti-transgender sports bans — bills that would prevent transgender girls from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity — a new Human ...


  Readers invited to take survey on LGBTQ+ community media and organizations

Windy City Times is asking people to take a short LGBTQ+ survey from Community Marketing & Insights, an LGBTQ+ market-research firm. For more than a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities ...


  Designs for Dignity gala on May 19

Designs for Dignity's annual fundraising gala, "Spirit of Design," will take place Thursday, May 19, 6-10 p.m., and will celebrate more than 20 years of impact on Chicago's nonprofit community. The event will take place at ...


  Columbia College to confer honorary degrees on journalist, Center CEO

At its upcoming 2022 commencement exercises, Columbia College Chicago will confer honorary degrees on journalist/alumnus Danny Fenster and Center on Halsted CEO Modesto "Tico" Valle. The honorary degree recipients will ...


  NATIONAL N.J. governor, scorecard, Maryland ban, Air Force, outbreak

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the state's Department of Education to review LGBTQ-inclusive sex-education standards set to start in the fall amid conservative attacks over the policy, the Los Angeles Blade noted. The order ...


  Diversity training sessions for suburban executives May 19 and 26

On May 19 and 26, there will be half-day "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism" training sessions via Zoom. The primary audience will consist of senior executives and board members. The event will be free for nonprofits ...


  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 ...


  LGBT POCs 3X more likely than white non-LGBTs to have faced food insufficiency during pandemic

-- From a press release

During the pandemic, an estimated 13% of LGBT adults in the U.S. reported not having enough to eat in the past week, compared to 8% of non-LGBT adults, according to a new report by the Williams ...


  Latest Brave Space Alliance situation reveals conflicting accounts

After employees at Brave Space Alliance (BSA)—which describes itself as "the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago"—formed a union that the CEO, LaSaia Wade ...


  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 ...


  Youth Outlook's Joliet/Lockport drop-in center to open April 19

Youth Outlook—which offers safe, supportive and affirming services for LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and the community—announced that its newest drop-in center, for those in Joliet/Lockport, will open Tuesday, April 19. ...


  Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds 40th-anniversary event at Sidetrack

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a "40 & Fabulous! The Gerber/Hart Spring Soiree" benefit April 7—the birthday of one of the library's namesakes, Pearl Hart—at ...


  Esteem Awards to take place July 2 at Sidetrack

Four organizations and 14 individuals have been selected to be honored at the 15th Annual Esteem Awards. The event—free and open to the public—will take place Saturday, July 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., 2-5 ...


  Andersonville Chamber of Commerce welcomes spring with Andersonville in Bloom throughout April

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 8, 2022) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) celebrates all things Spring during Andersonville in Bloom, a month-long celebration featuring Earth Month and Spring-inspired events, plus seasonal ...


  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 ...


  TPAN named beneficiary of Pride Night at Blackhawks game April 12

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL - TPAN, Chicago's own nonprofit that is in its 35th year of serving people living with HIV has been selected as the beneficiary of Pride Night at the April 12 Blackhawks game against the ...


  HRC mobilizes to defeat Ohio's "Don't Say Gay or Trans" education censorship bill

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the introduction yesterday of HB616, a new version of the "Don't Say Gay, Don't Say Trans" bill, in the Ohio House of Representatives, the Human Rights Campaign is working alongside parents and ...


  Human Rights Campaign and WarnerMedia release 'Let Us Play' video featuring trans youth

-- From a press release, video below

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced a collaboration with WarnerMedia to launch a video called "Let Us Play." The video, which features transgender youth playing sports with their friends, calls on leaders and ...


  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 ...


  Understanding the Asexual Community on International Asexuality Day

-- From a press release

Useful information about the asexual community for anyone writing about International Asexuality Day ( .) Asexuality, often called "ace" for short, refers to a complete or partial lack of interest ...


  First-ever Ottawa, Illinois Pride Fest set to take place this June

When Prairie Fox Books Special Events Manager Dylan Conmy moved from Chicago to Ottawa, Illinois, in 2012, he began to miss having the city's Pride festivities nearby. Now, Conmy is making his dream a reality with ...


  Haymarket Center to honor state Rep. Greg Harris at gala

Retiring Illinois state Rep. (and Majority Leader) Greg Harris, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, will be one of the honorees at the Haymarket Center Gala. The event will take place Saturday, April 9, at the ...


  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. ...


  DignityUSA: New Vatican document on education could increase exclusion of LGBTQI people

-- From a press release

March 31, 2022—A newly released document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education could make it even more difficult for LGBTQI people to be part of the Catholic school system and could trigger a new wave ...


  Lambda Legal sounds alarm over child-welfare bill in Arizona

-- From a press release

PHOENIX — Yesterday, the Arizona House passed Senate Bill 1399, already approved by the Senate, that would allow government-funded child welfare agencies to turn away prospective foster parents if their personal and religious beliefs don't matc ...


  Brave Space Alliance commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility

Brave Space Alliance (BSA) hosted a rally in Federal Plaza on March 31 to mark the Transgender Day of Visibility and to honor the lives of Black trans women who've been killed in the city recently. ...


  Pro-LGBTQ+ groups sue Florida over 'Don't Say Gay' law

On March 31, organizations filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law that forbids classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, per ABC News. ...


  AFC calls on state legislature to pass Getting to Zero Illinois 2030 bills

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) held its annual HIV Advocacy Day on March 9, saying it is focused on the Getting to Zero Illinois Plan (GTZ-IL) that aims to end the HIV epidemic in the state by ...


  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 ...


  San Francisco to host largest display of AIDS Memorial Quilt in a decade

The National AIDS Memorial will mark the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with an historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park that will feature nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt. The free public ...


  HRCF releases Healthcare Equality Index 2022; Illinois excels in report

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON—The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, released its 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). A record 906 healthcare facilities ...


  Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raises $8.6M

The 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party took place March 27 at West Hollywood Park, raising $8.6 million for the foundation's work to end AIDS. The event was hosted by 12-time Grammy-winning ...


  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 ...


  LGBTQ+ Asian group to host May 21 anti-hate event

Asians & Friends Chicago (AFC)—an LGBTQ social organization supporting the Asian community and those who have interests in Asian cultures—is hosting a pre-Pride event to debut its "#asianlove" theme of ...


  Howard Brown Health announces new North Halsted clinic

On March 25, Howard Brown Health celebrated the groundbreaking of its new facility in the Northalsted area with speeches from the organization's leaders and local government representatives. "We're so excited about the beautiful building … b ...


  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 ...


  Employees of South Side trans-led organization form union; CEO approves [UPDATE]

The employees at Brave Space Alliance (BSA)—which describes itself as "the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago"—have formed a union and are seeking official recognition. In a letter Windy City ...


  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 ...


  Jonathan Van Ness, Anita Hill, John Waters part of CHF series in April and May

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) is back with in-person events in April and May—and there's a wide variety of guests lined up for its series. Some of the featured guests will be advocate and legal scholar ...


  Groups condemn attacks on Women's History Month Program

-- From a press release

White supremacists broke into a virtual Women's History Month program presented by the Racial Justice Coalition of West Central Illinois and Democratic Women of McDonough County IL last weekend. Prior to the start of recording and ...


  Planned Parenthood of Illinois receives $17M donation from Mackenzie Scott

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) announced that it is the grateful recipient of an unrestricted $17 million gift from MacKenzie Scott—the billionaire philanthropist who has pledged to give back the ...


  Preservation Chicago releases 'Chicago 7 Most Endangered' list for 2022

Preservation Chicago has revealed its list of its "Chicago 7 Most Endangered" list for this year. This year's list (which actually has eight entries) includes: —The Century and Consumers Buildings at 202 and 220 S. State ...


  GLAAD comments on Twitter's inaction on repeated misgendering of Admiral Rachel Levine

-- From a press release

(Friday, March 18, 2022) GLAAD responded to Twitter's refusal to remove anti-trans content from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that misgenders Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary and leader of the U.S. Public ...


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