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  Lightfoot, PSPC launch 'Let's Link Chi' to help violence-impacted areas

The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities ( PSPC ), in collaboration with Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, announced the launch of Let's Link Chi—a new grant-making initiative to support community-based organizations in Chicago's neighborhoods most impacted ...


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  INT'L AIDS CONFERENCE: HIV research informing COVID-19 vaccine development

Journalist Lisa Ling hosted the second season premiere of "The Road to a Vaccine," which was a part of AIDS 2020: The 23rd International AIDS Conference. Panelists discussed how efforts for an HIV vaccine have assisted ...


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  WORLD Conversion therapy, Thai measure, gay bars vandalized, Global Pride

The United Nations' Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity called for a global ban on the practices of so-called "conversion therapy," stating that such practices "inflict severe ...


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  SHOWBIZ Seth Rudetsky, LGBTQ films, Janelle Monae, trans singer

Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series—the weekly virtual series based on Seth Rudetsky's international Broadway series that began at The Art ...


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  NATIONAL Marriage video, non-binary person killed, memo, Buttigieg, Fauci

U.S. District Judge William Orrick, a federal judge in San Francisco, ordered videos of a landmark 2010 trial that led to the striking down of California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage be released next month, Politico ...


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  Chicago Marathon cancelled for second time in history

For the second time in its history, the Chicago Marathon has been cancelled, The Chicago Tribune reported. Organizers announced the 43rd running of the race, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11, will not proceed because of the ...


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  SPORTS Amazin LeThi: On journeys of emotional and physical strength

Amazin LeThi was a young adult in London when she hit rock bottom: She was homeless, living in and out of shelters for a couple years. She was suicidal and battling mental health issues. LeThi told ...


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  Ravinia Festival names new CEO

Ravinia Chairman Don Civgin announced the hiring of Jeffrey P. Haydon as president and CEO of the nation's oldest music festival. Haydon is currently CEO of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in New ...


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  Stand up and be counted

As the LGBTQ+ navigator of Chinese Mutual Aid Association, I want to encourage everyone, both LGBTQ+ individuals and cisgender/straight allies, to get counted in Census 2020. Many of you might wonder whether completing the Census really ...


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  Activists fight against anti-LGBTQ+ zones and bias in Poland

There is a crisis happening in the LGBTQ+ community in Poland, as in many countries around the world. Poland's historically patriarchal and Christian values are deeply woven into social and political settings—and the effects on the ...


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  Instagram excludes harmful conversion therapy groups, Born Perfect applauds

--From a press release

MENLO PARK, CA — Instagram announced today that it will exclude content that promotes the harmful practice of conversion therapy — a step taken by the Facebook-owned social media platform to curtail online hatred and harmful ...


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  Chicago man takes face masks into luxury

During COVID-19 David Altman is encouraging people to wear their heart on their face with masks that his brand Vintage Luxe Up is currently making out of vintage luxury designer silk scarves. Altman grew up on ...


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  GLAAD hosting virtual awards ceremony July 30

GLAAD announced that it will host a virtual ceremony for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, July 30, in place of the original ceremonies planned for earlier this year. The event will stream on ...


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  Lambda Legal asks court to block Trump's HHS anti-LGBTQ health care rule

--From a Lambda Legal press release

( Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 ) — Today, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to prevent the recently published health care discrimination rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from going ...


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  Welbon invited to join Motion Picture Academy

Local Black lesbian filmmaker Yvonne Welbon was among the 819 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 2020 class is 45 percent women, 36 percent underrepresented ethnic/racial communities ...


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  Billy Masters

"I might as well ask you what your paychecks are. Paul, what's your penis size?"—Chris Evans interviews Paul Rudd and asks the two most sensitive questions you could ask an actor. Paul answered, "It's even bigger ...


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  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Rufus Wainwright on new album, Pride, future

Out and proud performer Rufus Wainwright has always been and continues to be the thinking man's musician. His songs run deep with sometimes heavy lyrics covering topics such as family relationships, politics and religion. For those ...


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  Chicago church that hosted historic same-sex event demolished

Following an extended effort to save the building, Misericordia Homes recently demolished the former Chicago Town and Tennis Club/Unity Church building at 1925 W. Thome Ave., in the West Ridge area of the city. Originally designed ...


Gay News

  LETTERS On justice, racism, solidarity

Demanding justice Dear familia: In June, another transgender woman of color was murdered—this time, in our own home, in the Southwest Side of Chicago. Today, we honor Selena Reyes-Hernandez. Selena was murdered because of transphobia. This ...


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  E. Patrick Johnson, a man of firsts

E. Patrick Johnson is a man often associated with the word "first." He was the first in his family to go to college, and the first Black native of Hickory, North Carolina, to receive a Ph.D., ...


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  Center on Halsted selling BLM boards

Recently, Center on Halsted reopened—taking down the wooden panels that surrounded the building. The boards were erected as a precaution from the recent civil unrest that took place throughout Chicago. However, a team called Chicago Cleanup ...


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  SAVOR Tzuco

DISH Dining Guide

Beginning July 1, the French-Mexican spot Tzuco ( 720 N. State St.; tzuco.com ) offered indoor seating at 25-percent capacity, per Phase 4 guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic. I stopped by to check out things, and ...


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  ACTIVITIES Rollin' on the river, courtesy of the Chicago Electric Boat Company

Running out of ideas regarding what to do this summer? Well, it turns out there's nothing like going down the river in a boat built for two ( with social distancing ). I recently cruised down ...


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  NUNN ON ONE PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Bussian focuses on New York's trans community

Peter Bussian is a visual artist who continually promotes international themes in his work. He's been published in The New York Times, LA Times, Paris Match and O: The Oprah Magazine, among others. Several galleries in ...


Gay News

  Reproductive health of bisexual women and girls needs greater attention

--From a Williams Institute press release

Over 48 million people of reproductive age assigned female sex at birth currently use contraceptives, including up to 3.9 million cisgender sexual minority women and transgender adults, according to new analyses by the Williams Institute at ...


Gay News

  Hyde Amendment included in House LHHS Appropriations Bill, NCLR responds

--From a NCLR press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Labor, Health and Human Services ( LHHS ) Appropriations bill that includes the Hyde Amendment, which bars programs from Federal agencies included in the spending ...


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  Petition urges Boystown name change

An online petition launched late in June is demanding that the "Boystown" neighborhood designation be changed to a term that is more inclusive of the entire LGBTQ community. The petition—which is on Change.org and was authored ...


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  PASSAGES William 'Bill' Walter Weeks

William ( "Bill" ) Walter Weeks passed away suddenly June 29. Bill was a lifelong resident of Chicago and preceded in death by his father, Walter H. Weeks and mother, Louise J. Weeks ( Devlin ). ...


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  Australian, Irish consulates host LGBTQ+ advocacy panel

By Emily Reilly

Sarah Keating, the vice consul general of Chicago's Consulate General of Ireland; and Amanda Slone, the office services manager at the Australian Consulate of Chicago hosted a panel June 30 in honor of the marriage-equality campaigns ...


Gay News

  Supreme Court on religious employers, contraceptive coverage under ACA, NCLR responds

--From a NCLR press release

WASHINGTON, DC — The Supreme Court issued two important decisions today that significantly change the relationship between freedom of religion and anti-discrimination protections. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Court ruled 7 to ...


Gay News

  United Nations call for a global ban on conversion therapy, Born Perfect comments

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Today, the United Nations' Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity called for a global ban on the practices of so-called "conversion therapy," stating that ...


Gay News

  Bisexual actress cast as new lead in 'Batwoman'

God Friended Me co-star Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman, succeeding Ruby Rose, who exited the role after the end of season one, Deadline reported. Leslie, confirmed to play a new lesbian character ...


Gay News

  SCOTUS provides exemption for religious schools from bias lawsuits

On July 8, the U.S. Supreme Court ( SCOTUS ) ruled seven to two in favor of two California religious schools that argued for exemption from employment-discrimination lawsuits that teachers bring. Only justices Sonia Sotomayor and ...


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  STREAMING THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4, Lockdown!

Playwright: David Cerda At: Hell in a Handbag Productions, streaming online. Tickets: HandbagProductions.org/Stage773.com. Runs through: Aug. 15 As the long intermission drags on into its fifth month, home movies and backstage chat are no longer ...


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  INTERNET Juan Pablo Di Pace: Life's all about the small things in 'Minutiae'

The coronavirus pandemic has put many things on hold—but has also led to creative output from individuals who may not otherwise have had time to produce such projects. Such is the case with Juan Pablo Di ...


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  Commissioners urge passage of Justice for Black Lives resolution

Cook County commissioners Deborah Sims ( D-5th ), Stanley Moore ( D-4th ), Dennis Deer ( 2nd ), Brandon Johnson ( D-1st ), Bill Lowry ( D-3rd ) and Donna Miller ( D-6th ) released a ...


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  WORLD African country's pro-LGBT move, Pride marches, lesbian singer

In a landmark decision on July 6, the Senate of Gabon voted to decriminalize same-sex relations with 59 votes in favor, 17 against and four abstentions, Outright International noted. The move to decriminalize was supported by ...


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  SHOWBIZ Paris Jackson, GALECA nods, Halle Berry, Jennifer Holliday

More than 274,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to prevent the distribution of the indie film Habit, which critics say is "Christianophobic garbage," USA Today noted. "A new blasphemous Hollywood film is predicted to come ...


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  NATIONAL Brayla Stone, anti-LGBTQ attacks, Virginia Values Act, Fire Island

Brayla Stone, a 17-year-old Black trans girl, was murdered in Sherwood, Arkansas, near Little Rock on June 25, a National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) press release noted. Her killer has yet to be identified ...


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  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Queer filmmaker has 'Mucho Mucho Amor' for famed astrologer

For generations, Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado has brought hope and the future for many families over the years. He grew up a dancer, an actor in theater and starred in many telenovelas before his unique ...


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  World-first Global LGBTQIA+ Pride viewed by 57M+

--From a press release

Global Pride, the 27-hour virtual Pride that took place on June 27, reached a worldwide audience of 57,050,978 viewers in at least 163 countries, organisers have confirmed. Broadcast on the YouTube channels of Todrick Hall and ...


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  PASSAGES Brent L. Conn

Brent L. Conn—a caterer and business owner—passed away peacefully July 4 at home in Evanston. He was 67. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Brent earned his degree in hotel and restaurant management from Michigan State University and ...


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  Nondiscrimination guidelines affirmed after Trump rollback

Illinois state officials issued guidance June 26 affirming the state's existing nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The guidance came two weeks after U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( ...


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  COVID-19 Replay closes July 5-6 after employee tests positive

The restaurant Replay Andersonville, 5358 N. Clark St., is closing July 5-6 after owner Mark Liberson posted on Facebook that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. On July 5, Liberson posted, "While this post is not ...


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  Morrison and Preckwinkle host online LGBTQ health forum

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Board President Toni Preckwinkle were joined by advocates from three local organizations for a conversation about LGBTQ health inequities on June 25. LGBTQ Americans have long faced numerous challenges in ...


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  Last call for Little Jim's

Longtime Lake View tavern Little Jim's shut its doors July 2. Billing itself as "the original hookup bar," Jim Gates opened Little Jim's in 1975, and it was one of the first gay bars in the ...


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  Director David Zak steps down from post after community outcry

Pride Films & Plays (PFP) Executive Director David Zak stepped down from his longtime post July 3 after numerous members of Chicago's theater community voiced complaints about his working style in late June and began a ...


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  COVID-19 Survivor doctor denied as a blood donor because of his sexual orientation

Dr. Dillon Barron, MD, is in the business of saving lives. At Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, he as an emergency medicine doctor and most recently he and his partner, Eric Seelbach, tried to donate blood, ...


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  LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts 'Business Is Open' panel

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois hosted the virtual panel event "Business Is Open: A Conversation With LGBTQ+ Business Owners" on June 23. LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Director Jerome' Holston led the panel, ...


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  LGBTQ activists, leaders respond to police meeting

A Chicago Police Department off-the-record Zoom meeting June 30 with hand-picked leaders from LGBTQ organizations and new CPD Superintendent David Brown resulted in a public response calling for major changes in CPD—including "substantial defunding" of police. ...


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  Chicago Sky hosts 'Unapologetically You' Pride virtual panel

In honor of Pride month, the Chicago Sky held a virtual panel "Being Unapologetically You" June 23 focused on success stories from three local LGBTQ leaders. E3 Radio Founder and CEO Anna DeShawn moderated the eent. ...


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  Cook County Circuit Court resuming in-person hearings July 6

Starting on Monday, July 6, the Circuit Court of Cook County will resume in-person court proceedings, with the exception of jury trials. However, the circuit court will continue to hold hearings by videoconference whenever it is ...


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  Experts weigh impact of judiciary on LGBTQ rights

A panel consisting of prominent legal and public policy officials met June 23 to discuss recent developments in LGBTQ legal advocacy, particularly as it has been affected by the federal courts. The online forum was hosted ...


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  21st Ward holds own Pride event

Chicago's 21st Ward—an area on the city's South Side that includes neighborhoods such as parts of Auburn Gresham, Washington Heights, Gresham, Chatham and Roseland—held its own Pride event June 27. Photos courtesy of Lisa Maxey ...


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  Gov. Pritzker issues Pride proclamation

On June 30, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker marked Pride Month with a statement of celebration. "Thanks to the tireless help of advocates and allies throughout the state, Illinois is becoming a beacon of equality and hope ...


News

  State law takes effect to strengthen Illinois workplace non-discrimination

Illinois' foundational civil rights law will now protect more workers from discrimination as a new statute to strengthen the Illinois Human Rights Act's employment non-discrimination protections takes effect today. The Illinois Human Rights Act protects workers ...


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  Advocates celebrate LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Law, in effect July 1

Students in Illinois public schools will learn about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people in state and national history because of the Inclusive Curriculum Law, which takes effect on July 1, 2020 for ...


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  Broadway suspends shows through 2020

The Broadway League announced June 29 that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19, media reports noted. Broadway theaters are also now offering refunds and exchanges ...


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  Lighthouse hosting virtual Black Queer Pride on July 3-5

On July 3-5, Lighthouse Foundation will host a virtual Black Queer Pride in celebration of the organization's first-year anniversary. The organization aims to advance justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through entrepreneurship, empowerment, education and ...


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  Rev. Stan Sloan to leave Family Equality

The Rev. Stan Sloan—who, at one time, led the local organization Chicago House—will step down as CEO of the national group Family Equality after four years at the helm. Sloan will leave by Thursday, Oct. 1. ...


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  Nonprofits can apply for charitable trust grants for food, housing

A grant program to help small nonprofit organizations provide food and housing assistance will begin taking applications July 1-Sept. 30, Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs said in a statement. The Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund assists small ...


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  Lighthouse notes Northalsted dropping Walsh Security

In a statement, the Lighthouse Foundation noted that the Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) has terminated its relationship with Walsh Security. This decision followed Center On Halsted's termination of its contract with Walsh after pressure ...


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  New honorees named for Nat'l LGBTQ Wall of Honor at Stonewall Inn

New York, NY—During last year's 50th anniversary celebrations of the Stonewall Riots, the oldest LGBTQ organization in North America, The International Imperial Court System of the U.S.A, Canada and Mexico, established in 1965, and the oldest ...


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  WORLD Russian trans woman's win, Pride marches, museum CEO resigns

In Russia, a transgender woman won a landmark decision for trans rights and recognition after being fired from her job—but is now living in fear after her personal information was made public by Russian media, according ...


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  SHOWBIZ Terrence McNally, Latino/a/x musicians, singer Harry Hains, Lena Waithe

Tony-winning actors Billy Porter and Rita Moreno, along with director Jeff Kaufman, will celebrate Terrence McNally on Wed., July 1, at 8 p.m. CT, with the International Documentary Association ( IDA ) online discussion of the ...


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  Pro-LGBTQ groups respond to SCOTUS ruling on Louisiana abortion law

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled five to four (with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal contingent) to block a controversial Louisiana abortion law in the case June Medical Services v. ...


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  NATIONAL Athlete/ex-servicemember dies, Stonewall Inn, Pride attendees arrested

Angela Madsen—a member of the LGBTQ community whose remarkable life included a spell in the Marines, several medals ( including a bronze in the shot put at the 2012 Paralympics in London ) and record-setting rowing ...


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  SciLine hosts intersectional briefing regarding LGBTQ+, Black communities

On June 25, SciLine held a media briefing discussing mental health in LGBTQ+ and Black communities. Yale School of Medicine's Dr. John Pachankis and Tufts University's Dr. Madina Agenor were panelists who contributed to the conversation ...


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  COVID-19 pandemic focus of Latinx Pride virtual community chat

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of the first in a series of Association of Latinx Motivating Action ( ALMA ) "Latinx Pride: Integrating Past & Present Lessons to Move Forward" community chats in partnership ...


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  Radical LGBTQ Pride March Today Replaces Corporate Parade (PRESS RELEASE)

LGBTQ activists have seized on the opportunity posed by the cancellation of Chicago's commercialized Pride Parade to launch a truly community-driven march beginning at 12 noon, Sunday, June 28 at the "Belmont" Red & Brown lines ...


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  Consulates holding Pride talk June 30

On Tuesday, June 30, at 12 p.m., the Australian and Irish consulates of Chicago will hold a Pride virtual panel. Participants will celebrate the marriage equality campaigns of both countries and discuss the ongoing work to ...


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  'Magic Parlour at Home' during July

Magician Dennis Watkins is taking his experience The Magic Parlour online for a completely new virtual offering dubbed "The Magic Parlour at Home." The new virtual magic show, designed for group and family viewings, will offer ...


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  BOOKS Joey Skladany entertains, instructs in 'Basic Bitchen'

With Basic Bitchen, Joey Skladany has probably put together one of the most entertaining cookbooks one might come across. With recipes for items such as Antidepressant Red Velvet Cake Pops and entertaining stories, Skladany aims to ...


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  Grassroots march focuses on Black, Brown trans lives

Organized by a host of grassroots organizations focused on assisting marginalized communities around the city, the Pride Without Prejudice/Reclaim Pride march kicked off at the Belmont Red Line station at noon on June 28. The march ...


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  LETTER: The U.S. Census important to LGBTQ community political, economic power

We've all seen the messaging about the Census and many of us might just wonder whether completing it truly makes a difference. As a director on the board for a social services agency that serves undercounted ...







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