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  Johnson retires after Lightfoot fires him

Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson—fired for allegedly lying to Mayor Lori Lightfoot about his actions in the hours before he was found asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle—officially retired from the department ...


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  Pritzker strengthens state's cannabis law

Surrounded by criminal-justice reform advocates and lawmakers at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Dec. 4 to strengthen what his office calls the most equity-centric adult-use cannabis law in the nation and ...


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  Dealership giving away car in contest

Chevrolet of Homewood is giving away a car for the fifth consecutive year. Each contest participant should submit a story ( no more than 200 words ) about himself/herself/themself or someone that person knows, explaining why ...


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  December at Women & Children First to include Drag Queen Story Hour

CHICAGO, IL ( December 3, 2019 ) - As 2019 comes to a close, Women & Children First is proud to announce our 19 Bestselling Books of 2019! Once again, this list brilliantly reflects our feminist ...


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  Hell in a Handbag Productions to hold annual "Hams4Hams" Holiday Fundraiser

CHICAGO ( December 4, 2019 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to bring back its annualHams4Hams fundraiser during the company's two holiday productions. Since launching the initiative in 2012, Handbag has raised over ...


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  Only 13% of LGB people visit LGBT-specific clinics

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that only a minority ( 13% ) of LGB people have utilized LGBT-specific clinics and providers, but a majority ( 52% ) expressed ...


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  Kamala Harris leaves presidential race, Equality California lauds historic campaign

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, released following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur after U.S. Senator Kamala Harris announced that she has suspended her presidential campaign: "Kamala Harris ...


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  Deeply Rooted hires managing director

Deeply Rooted Productions ( DRP ), the umbrella organization of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater ( DRDT ), has appointed Jacquelyn Smiley Robinson as managing director. She joins a leadership team that includes Co-Founder/Creative Director Kevin Iega ...


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  Black Ensemble Theater announces 44th Season

Chicago, IL—Black Ensemble Theater's Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces its 44th Season: The 2020 Season of Change. The 2020 Season includes tributes to legendary heroes from throughout history, popular songs that were the B-sides of ...


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  Planned Parenthood Action Fund makes new endorsements for Illinois U.S House 2020 Elections

CHICAGO — Today, December 3, 2019, Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced its endorsement of Bobby Rush ( IL-01 ), Robin Kelly ( IL-02 ), Jeśus "Chuy" GarcÃa ( IL-04 ), Danny Davis ( IL-07 ), Raja ...


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  Season's readings: Books to choose

So, it's a wrap. Everything's under paper and under the tree. You're done with all your shopping, except for one person. Or two. Maybe four. So what do you get for that hard-to-buy-for person who never ...


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  School official dismisses trans-related suicides

In Evansville, Indiana, a school board member seemingly dismissed activists' concerns about safety for LGBTQ kids and trans-related suicides, Advocate.com reported. Members of the Tri-State Alliance—a social service and educational organization serving LGBTQ communities in southeastern ...


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  Jewish LGBTQ group expands in Chicago

Keshet—the nation's largest organization working for LGBTQ equality in all facets of Jewish life—has expanded in Chicago with the addition of a full-time staff member, a press release noted. Essie Shachar-Hill recently came on board as ...


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  CPD's Johnson fired weeks before retirement

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police superintendent Eddie Johnson on Dec. 2—weeks before his retirement after the city's top watchdog found he engaged in a series of "intolerable" actions, The Chicago Tribune reported. This latest action ...


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  Jewish theater arts conference takes place

The Alliance for Jewish Theatre ( AJT ) hosted the largest Jewish theater arts conference in the country Nov. 3-5 in Chicago. Nearly 100 artists from North America and Israel converged in Chicago at AJT's annual ...


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  DINING Kinton opening, 'Breakfast with Santa,' Aboyer's brunch

—Kinton Ramen will open its second Chicago location this December in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood at 1426 N. Milwaukee Ave. The 2,100-square-foot Kinton Ramen Wicker Park features 54 main dining room seats and 11 open-kitchen ...


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  NATIONAL Activists' honor, N.J. attorney general, gay bar closes, Warhol display

Three longstanding LGBT legal activists will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its eighth annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 15, 2020, at the ABA ...


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  SHOWBIZ Jamie Lee Curtis, Taylor Swift, trans model/activist, Lil Nas X

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis told interviewer Chris Azzopardi she supports the outing of closeted lawmakers who advocate for anti-LGBTQ causes, The Washington Blade noted. During an interview in support of her knew film, Knives Out, the ...


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  Congo Square Theatre to present rare production of Day of Absence

CHICAGO ( December 2, 2019 ) — Congo Square Theatre Company, well known for its powerful portrayal of African American classics and gripping new works, commemorates its 20th Anniversary season with a rare production of the ...


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  LGBTQ groups to Supreme Court: Strike down unconstitutional abortion law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) filed a friend-of-the-court ( amicus ) brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 24 national LGBTQ organizations in the case ...


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  LGBT Community Fund accepting grant applications

The LGBT Community Fund is now accepting applications for Community Grants from nonprofit 501( c )( 3 ) organizations in Cook County serving or intending to serve the LGBT community. Community Grants are designed for a ...


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  WORLD Haitian activist dies, New Zealand spot, teens admit guilt

One of Haiti's most prominent LGBTQI activists, Jeudy Charlot, was found dead at his home in Pétion-Ville outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince on Nov. 25, an OutRight International press release noted. Charlot was the executive ...


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  Artist wanted to design coin commemorating women's right to vote

The Illinois state treasurer's office has issued a request for qualifications ( RFQ ) seeking an artist to design a coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. ...


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  Chicago drag production in Louisville Dec. 21

For the past decade, Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens has played to sold out crowds in Boystown, at the SOHO House Chicago, in historic Provincetown and, most recently, at Louisville's own Play Dance Bar. ...


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  Pioneering gay cartoonist Cruse dies at 75

( WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, Nov. 26 )—Howard Cruse—a pioneer in the LGBTQ cartooning movement and the author of Stuck Rubber Baby, a 1995 award-winning graphic novel about the intersection of race and sexuality in the South—died Nov. ...


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  Gay-owned Pastoral closing

Greg O'Neill and Ken Miller—the couple who the founded and owned Chicago business Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine—announced that the spots will be closing after 15 years. In a letter to Pastoral's customers and stakeholders, ...


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  Queer as Polka: Lakeside Pride plays a new tune

Kaitlyn Hollysmith has added the "oom-pah-pah" rhythm to the many styles and sounds Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles plays through the new ensemble Queer as Polka. Hollysmith was born and raised in Long Grove, Illinois. In fourth ...


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  Ceremony held for lesbian U.S District Judge Mary Rowland

A ceremonial investiture took place for Judge Mary M. Rowland—the first out lesbian to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois—Nov. 25 at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in the Loop. Rowland ...


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  Queer Kickboxing Club, Queer Meetup Chicago aim to offer safe spaces

Earlier this year, G Silverstein-Tapp was looking for safe spaces that catered to queer, trans and gender nonconforming people like themself; however, what they discovered was many existing LGBTQ spaces were focused on femme-identifying queer people ...


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  Center for Disability and Elder Law launches 'Proud to Thrive'

The Center of Disability and Elder Law ( CDEL ) announced its "Proud to Thrive" program at an "LGBT Elder Cultural Responsiveness and Advance Directive Training for Legal Professionals" event Nov. 20 at Clark Hill PLC's ...


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  'I Am Going to Die Alone...' through Dec. 6

Prop Thtr is continuing its 2019-20 season with the world premiere of I Am Going To Die Alone And I Am Not Afraid—a new play exploring modern oppression through the legacy of the Holocaust. The play ...


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  Study reveals impact of storefront theaters

The Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation ( the Foundation )—an organization that offers unrestricted grants to Chicago theater companies with budgets under $1 million—recently surveyed its small-theater grantees to reveal the large impact they make ...


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  Podcast Plague, Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church launches World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

America Media will launch Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church, a six-episode podcast series, on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019. Reported by Michael O'Loughlin, who has covered the Catholic Church and L.G.B.T. ...


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  Caucus launches The Prosperity Project

Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus has launched The Prosperity Project—a three-year campaign to eliminate HIV among Black gay, bisexual and same-gender-loving men in Chicagoland. The caucus is asking our Black SGL men about their strengths, weaknesses ...


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  World AIDS Day events happening in Chicagoland

This year, there will be various events taking place to mark World AIDS Day. Below is a list of some events taking place to note this special time. ( All events are in Chicago unless otherwise ...


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  NU professor talks about delving into the heart of 'Infectious Blackness'

The tale of Michael Johnson took a turn this past July—when he was released from a Missouri jail 25 years early. In 2013, Johnson—a Black man who was a college student—was arrested in St. Charles, Missouri, ...


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  WINDY CITY TIMES 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Part One of Two

Feel the heat We all know the polar vortex may be revisiting sooner rather than letter, so be ready with Heat Holders socks and gloves ( various prices; HeatHolders.com ). The socks, specially developed with cashmere-like ...


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  Vaginal Davis exhibit at Art Institute in 2020

The Art Institute of Chicago is slated to run "Vaginal Davis: The White to Be Angry" Feb. 1-April 26, 2020. Davis is a key figure in the history of queer music, performance and video art. Naming ...


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  Center hosts Oscars kickoff party

Center on Halsted hosted the "A Night With Oscar 2020" kickoff party Nov. 13. The Center presented a panel discussion about Chicago's underground ball scene featuring Legendary Troy Ebony, from House of Ebony; Nikolay Khan, from ...


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  Raoul among attorneys general to argue trans students should use restrooms of gender identities

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general to file an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in support of transgender rights in an antidiscrimination lawsuit, ...


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  TRAVEL Louisville: Putting a twist on Southern hospitality

The South is renowned for many things—including food and its vaunted hospitality. However, it also has been maligned for, among other things, what non-Southerners might call "backward thinking." Well, take a look at Louisville, which one ...


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  Trans/HIV+ military ban panel Dec. 2 with U.S. Rep. Quigley

U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois ) is hosting a panel discussing the transgender/HIV-positive military ban Monday, Dec. 2, at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., 1:30-3 p.m. In addition to Quigley, ...


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  Youth urged to take quiz before World AIDS Day

As part of a continuing effort to educate young people about HIV prevention and treatment, Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced HIV and youth web content to support the Y.O.U.T.H. ( Youth Overcoming Undetected and Treatable ...


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  Joffrey performing Chicago-set 'Nutcracker'

The Joffrey Ballet's reimagined classic, The Nutcracker, by Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, returns to open the holiday season at the historic Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., in 29 performances Nov. 30-Dec. 29. This ...


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  Open house Dec. 7 at Wright Home and Studio

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present a holiday open house at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The home will be decked ...


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  HRC calls on Trump to apologize for vile HIV and AIDS tweet

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, called on Donald Trump Jr., son of President Trump, to ...


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  Illinoisans among 39 Victory Fund endorsements for 2019/2020

LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office—endorsed 39 more openly LGBTQ candidates for 2019 and 2020 races, including three incumbent members of Congress. Included in the newest group of ...


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  SAVOR Stockton brunch; Equality Illinois wine-tasting

DISH Dining Guide

Stockton ( 1009 N. Rush St., second floor; StocktonChicago.com ) is in the space that the upscale Japanese restaurant Jellyfish occupied—but it definitely has established its own vibe since opening in October. Unfortunately, very few people ...


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  DINING 'Frosty's Christmas Bar,' Tzuco brunch, Thanksgiving options

—The pop-up space Frosty's Christmas Bar is running at 809 W. Evergreen Ave. through Jan. 5, 2020. It is four levels of holiday cheer, with singing Santa shows, non-stop holiday music, three bars and two dance ...


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  NATIONAL Subway attack, Matthew Shepard, OUT100, Indiana hospital

In Manhattan, a man was hit with a hammer and pushed onto the subway tracks in what police believe may be a hate crime, LGBTQ Nation reported. The alleged attacker then approached the 21-year-old victim waving ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Will & Grace,' LGBTQ singers, legendary divas, Ellen's surprise

Will & Grace will pay tribute to I Love Lucy by building an entire episode around the iconic sitcom this spring, EW reported. In the episode that will air as part of the sitcom's final season, ...


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  LETTER GroceryLand anniversary

Dear Editor: Twenty-five years ago, our beloved GroceryLand opened its doors and served its first participants! On Christmas Eve in 1988, a steadfast and caring crew of volunteers—led by Heartland Alliance Health's own Lori Cannon—began delivering ...


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  Red Stars teammates get Player of the Year nods

Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Ertz and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher are nominated for U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year Award. Both Chicago players were key members of the U.S. women's national team that won the ...


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  Local designer Richard Dayhoff brings gender neutrality to collection

One thing that makes Chicago's fashion scene distinct is the variety of designers and their own signature styles. Richard Dayhoff is one of several designers in the Windy City, but he cannot be mistaken for any ...


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  And they're off ... Santa Speedo Run returns to Boystown

The December chill will be no match for the hot participants in the annual Santa Speedo Run Boystown, Saturday, December 7. This ninth annual run, presented by Miller Lite and Sidetrack, will raise money to support ...


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  PERFORMER OF THE WEEK Travis Fiero

BEHIND THE NAME: "I was stressing about finding the perfect drag name and I finally just asked my roommate what it should be and she goes 'I don't know, Travis? Yeah, do Travis' and then went ...


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  Billy Masters

"Well, I used to jerk off to Leonardo DiCaprio."—Pete Davidson in Paper magazine. He clarifies, "Uhh, like his acting. I used to have a HUGE crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. I had this huge poster of him ...


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  BOOK REVIEW A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

Author: Robyn Crawford. $28; Dutton; 319 pages You saw that coming. It was easy to anticipate because the signs were there. It was plain as day, couldn't have been easier to see if it was ...


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  THEATER FEATURE Here come the sugarplum shows!Here come the sugarplum shows!

It's the sugarplums and treacle season when theaters large and small, city and 'burbs, non-profit and commercial grow jolly, holly, happy, sappy, snowy, glowy and Doc with holiday shows, this year more than ever before, with ...


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  THEATER REVIEW The Inheritance (Part One & Part Two)

By: Matthew Lopez At: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., New York. Tickets: 800-447-7400 or TheInheritancePlay.com; $39-$349 per play. Runs through: March 1 Can gay writers born an ocean and nearly a century apart inspire ...


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  Critics' Picks

Every Holiday Show Ever!: Your favorite theater and/or neighborhood troupe probably is doing a money making holiday show. It's treacle and shameless commerce, but don't be a Scrooge/Grinch and go see one! Most ( not all ...


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  THEATER REVIEW Lindiwe

Playwright: Eric Simonson; music by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. At: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$114. Runs through: Jan. 5 There are hints early on that one of the lovers—Lindiwe and Adam—is ...


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  OPERA REVIEW Don Giovanni

Score: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $39-$299. Runs through Dec. 8 When opera companies revive old productions, the original director typically ...


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  THEATER REVIEW The First Deep Breath

Playwright: Lee Edward Colston II At: Victory Gardens Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: VictoryGardens.org and 773-871-3000; $31-$65. Runs through: Dec. 22 Don't begrudge Lee Edward Colston II his play's running time—three acts ...


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  MOMBIAN Childhood stories of LGBTQ, other social justice activists

Every social justice hero was once a child. Some became activists as children; others did so as adults because of things they experienced when they were young. A new middle-grade book from the prolific Robin Stevenson ...


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  AIDS Garden to unveil Haring sculpture

On Nov. 14, the Chicago Parks Foundation announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this fall with the unveiling of a specially commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, "Self-Portrait," by the late ...


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  Chicagoans mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

Members of Chicago's transgender community, as well as their allies, gathered at West Point Missionary Baptist Church on the city's South Side the evening of Nov. 20 to observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This particular ...


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  TV'The L-Word' follow-up aims for sex, laughs, drama and diversity

During 2004-09, Showtime's The L-Word offered a Sapphic-centric L.A.-set successor to Queer As Folk. While groundbreaking, audacious and sexy—with more than 110 sex scenes during its run—creator Ilene Chaiken and her creative teams were responsible for ...


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  WORLD Danger index, Canada anniv., gay dads split, Cyndi Lauper

Scandinavian countries performed well in a new index of 150 countries' friendliness toward LGBTQ+ travelers, Forbes.com noted. Sweden tops the list as the world's most LGBTQ-friendly country, followed by Canada and Norway. Nordic nations Finland ( ...


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  Lightfoot, officials announce 'Cannabis Facts' campaign

With the legalization of cannabis in the state of Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) are issuing guidance and precautionary information for ...


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  Warren in Chicago Nov. 30 for town hall

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will return to Chicago Saturday, Nov. 30 for a public town hall. The event will take place 6:15 p.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Doors will open at 5 p.m. ...


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  ABA names Stonewall Award honorees for legal profession's LGBT advancements

CHICAGO, Nov. 25, 2019 — Three longstanding LGBT legal activists will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its eighth annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. ...


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  THEATER REVIEW The First Deep Breath

Playwright: Lee Edward Colston II At: Victory Gardens Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: VictoryGardens.org and 773-871-3000; $31-$65. Runs through: Dec. 22 Don't begrudge Lee Edward Colston II his play's running time—three acts ...


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  Lambda Legal Denounces the Advancement of Lawrence Van Dyke's nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 21, 2019 — Following the Senate Judiciary's Committee's party line vote to advance the judicial nomination of Lawrence VanDyke to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Lambda Legal ...


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  HRC Foundation releases 2019 Index rating cities on LGBTQ inclusion

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, in partnership with the Equality Federation ...







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