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  10 Questions by Vic: Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis is the greatest diver in history. In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Louganis achieved gold medals in both the men's three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform events. At the 1988 Olympic Summer Games ...


  WORLD Chile's pro-trans bill, gay wrestler, Russian courts

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed into law a bill that allows transgender people over 14 to legally change their name and gender without surgery, The Washington Blade reported. The bill received final approval in Chile's congress ...


  Pro-LGBTQ sports group looks to increase membership

Just more than four years ago, Chicago's Jake Lenz was searching for other LGBTQ individuals who worked in sports and entertainment as connections. When he did not find who, or what, he was looking for, he ...


  SPORTS Steve Kasperski, knocking it out of the park

Steve Kasperski had a memorable summer on the softball fields, claiming championship medals in two of the most prestigious international events. The 56 year-old Kasperski—who lives in Hyde Park and Melrose Park, and has been playing ...


  WORLD Taiwan marriage, Tanzania's loss, queer rap group, rugby player

In the lead-up to Nov. 24 referendums in Taiwan in which marriage equality and inclusion of LGBTQ issues in school curricula are on the ballot, 27 Taiwanese and multinational companies operating in Taiwan released a statement ...


  NATIONAL Anti-Trump actions, suicide hotline, Jeff Bezos/Amazon

Groups and individuals filed 13 friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the plaintiffs in Doe v. Trump in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, an NCLR/GLAD press release noted. The case was filed by ...


  Rugby to return to Chicago Nov. 3

USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide ( TLA ), along with host city partners Chicago Sports Commission ( CSC ) and Soldier Field, announced that world-class international rugby will again return to Soldier Field in Chicago for ...


  Proud to Run taking beneficiary applications

Proud to Run 2019 is now accepting applications from Chicago-area LGBTQ organizations seeking to be a beneficiary of the Proud to Run 10k run and 5k run/walk next June. The deadline for submitting an application is ...


  Former Chicago Force star gets taste of NFL

Darcy Leslie spent eight years playing for the now-defunct Chicago Force, establishing herself as one of the best women to ever put on the pads. She was a national champion, and was decorated with many individual ...


  Father, 12-year-old son take part in Ride for AIDS Chicago

John Schneider lives on the North Side, yet has been working on the South Side of Chicago around HIV prevention since 2001. He is a fierce advocate for ensuring resources are available in neighborhoods most impacted ...


  Pro-LGBTQ group HomeField forms

Looking to fill a gap in networking, knowledge and training for LGBTQ employees and their allies in the sports and entertainment field, a group of industry professionals has launched a new nonprofit organization called HomeField Alliance. ...


  AIDS Run & Walk unveils 'Live True. Be You' at annual event

Amidst perfect weather conditions, approximately 2,500 participants gathered for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) 17th annual AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 23 at Soldier Field. This year's theme was "Live True. Be You." ...


  NUNN ON ONE Adam Rippon skates into success

Figure skater Adam Rippon won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, making history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. athlete to do so. He followed that by being the first openly gay celebrity ...



The one-year anniversary of the last game in Chicago Force history on July 8 brought mixed emotions—and certainly a tear or two. After 15 seasons, the highly successful women's football team ended its run with a ...


  WORLD Cuban president, trans athlete, Trinidad and Tobago, Dua Lipa

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage, reported. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raul Castro in April, said he was in favor of recognizing "marriage between people without any restrictions." In an ...


  Sykes, Rippon speak at Chicago House event

Being one's "authentic self" was the theme as comedian Wanda Sykes and athlete Adam Rippon headlined Chicago House's 2018 Speaker Series and Luncheon entry on Sept. 14 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan ...


  Chicagoan raises money and pride walking to fight HIV/AIDS

Christopher Pazdernik was filled with fear and shame that day in 2009 when he learned he is HIV-positive. "I was so embarrassed and terrified; I had no idea what was going to happen next," he said. ...


  Amateur, a trans memoir of masculinity, boxing and being a man

Thomas Page McBee is many people: a husband, an uncle, a brother, a son. He's also the first trans man to fight in Madison Square Garden. Amateur: A True Story of What Makes a Man ( ...


  Fujikawa first male golfer to come out

Tadd Fujikawa, 27, is the first professional male golfer to come out as gay. According to Outsports, Fujikawa said he came out because the stories of so many other LGBTQ athletes coming out before him helped ...


  Chicago Smelts, three decades of swimming

Thirty years ago, a group of gay men ( Mark Schoofs, Mike McGuire and Damon Mackert ) formed a swimming club called the Chicago Smelts ( Smelts ). This was at the height of the AIDS ...


  Chicago pro-tennis tourney names winners

While players such as Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams grabbed headlines at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York, Chicago held its own pro competition—the Oracle Challenger Series—at the XS Tennis ...


  Former Chicagoan Oostenbrug snags gold at Gay Games

Paul Oostenbrug was honored during the opening ceremony of Gay Games 10 in Paris with the highest honor from the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ): the Tom Waddell Award. Days later, he won another ...


  Hundreds take part in Ride for AIDS 2018

The 15th Annual Ride for AIDS Chicago—the signature fundraising event of Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), and which had a new route this year—took place Sept. 8-9, drawing nearly 200 riders, according to the ...


  Chicagoan honored by wrestlers group

Wrestlers WithOut Borders has selected the 2018 winners of its two highest honors: the Dermody Citizenship Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners and five new inductees to the WWB Hall of Merit were celebrated ...


  Memories, medals bring joy to Chicagoans at Gay Games in Paris

As the traditional flag moved from Paris 2018 to Hong Kong 2022, thus ending the 10th version of the Gay Games on Sunday, Aug. 12, there were plenty of tears—of pride and joy, not just sadness ...


  Organist taunts Cubs player with gay-friendly songs

Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski's playlist for recent Chicago Cubs acquisition Daniel Murphy included "Born This Way," "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "Lola," in what was presumably a reference to the Murphy's past ...


  Olympic champion track and field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee at NEIU Sept. 11

Olympic champion track-and-field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee will participate in a talk titled "An Evening With Jackie Joyner-Kersee" as Northeastern Illinois University presents the fourth installment of the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. ...


  Pro tennis returns to Chicago Sept. 2-9

The Oracle Challenger Series—a combined ATP Challenger Tour and WTA $125K tennis tournament—will be held Sept. 2-9 at Chicago's XS Tennis Village, 5336 S. State St. Among the entrants are 2016 Olympic singles gold medalist Monica ...


  2018 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Encourages Community to "Live True. Be You."

CHICAGO — On Sunday, Sept. 23, HIV advocates from across Chicago will live true at the 2018 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 17th annual event will raise awareness and funds for ...


  White Sox's 'Pride Night' on Aug. 31

The Chicago White Sox will hold their first ballpark-wide Pride Night in association with the club's "BasebALL: One Game for All" diversity and inclusion initiative at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, Aug. 31, when the team ...


  Multi-sport athlete Kamden Romano transitions, excited to compete again

Kamden Romano has quite the sporting resume: football, soccer, marathons, triathlons and more, yet Romano's future sporting ventures are, perhaps, most exciting for him. Romano, 32, who lives in suburban Huntley and works as a paraprofessional, ...


  THE SPORTING LIFE Cameron Turner

It was Cameron Turner and his teammates battling a very talented Atlanta team years ago at the annual Gay Softball World Series. "They had power and speed, were rowdy and intimidating," Turner said. "A lot of ...


  SHOWBIZ Lena Waithe, Adam Rippon, Tim Cook, Lady Gaga, 'Bears'

Out Master of None co-writer/actress Lena Waithe is gearing up to expand her entertainment empire by collaborating with comedian Kid Fury on a new ( and inclusive ) HBO series, The Huffington Post noted. The pair ...


  Gay Games 10 right around the corner with 10,000 competing

The final tally for Gay Games 10, which runs Aug. 4-12 in Paris, is impressive: 10,317 participants from 91 countries, with 36 sports, 14 cultural events, and an academic conference. About 170 from Chicago are participating. ...


  More than 170 to represent Chicago in Gay Games 10

More than 170 people from the Chicago area are heading to Paris to compete in Gay Games 10. All Chicago-area participants are invited to join Team Chicago at the opening ceremonies. Team Chicago uniforms are on ...


  Billie Jean King, World TeamTennis in Chicago

World TeamTennis ( WTT ) returned to Chicago July 27, for WTT Chicago presented by Magellan. The Philadelphia Freedoms faced off against the Washington Kastles at the XS Tennis Village, 5336 S. State St. The Freedoms—owned ...


  WORLD British lesbian honored, Gay Games run, Hong Kong case

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In the United Kingdom, the city of York honored "first modern lesbian" Anne Lister with a special plaque, Gay Star News noted. Unveiled in Goodramgate at the Holy Trinity Church on July 24, the plaque is ...


  Federation of Gay Games 2018 Tom Waddell Awards to honor McMullin, Oostenbrug

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ( 30 JULY 2018 ) The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) is pleased to announce Paul Oostenbrug, formerly of Chicago, and Gert McMullin as the recipients of the 2018 Tom Waddell ...


  The Sporting Life, Joe Green

Joe Green had only been out a few years when he started playing in a gay softball league, and yet still wasn't comfortable with being gay and living in the suburbs where he didn't know a ...


  2018 ASANA Softball World Series Coming Live To A Screen Near You

From a news release

NEW ORLEANS, LA, JULY 5, 2018 — The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America ( ASANA ), organizers of the 2018 ASANA Softball World Series in New Orleans, September 18 — 22, has announced a partnership ...


  WORLD Surrogacy law, World Cup, message to Trump & Putin

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The Israeli Parliament ( The Knesset ) approved an amendment to the Israeli Law on Surrogacy, but kept a portion that stipulates same-sex couples are not be eligible for surrogacy services provided by the Israeli healthcare ...


  O'Maley in 15th Ride For AIDS Chicago with new bike, old memories

Matthew O'Maley started planning for the 2018 Ride For AIDS Chicago one year ago, during a major fundraiser for the 2017 Ride—when he won a bicycle in a silent auction. "Two of my friends who are ...


  Gay Games attendees from Chicago set uniforms

From a press release

More than 170 people from the Chicago area are heading to Paris, France to compete in Gay Games 10. All Chicago-area participants are invited to join Team Chicago at Opening Ceremonies. Team Chicago uniforms are on ...


  The legacy continues, Gay Games running Aug. 4-12 in Paris

Gay Games 10 will be one of the largest in the history of the quadrennial event that dates back to its 1982 launch in San Francisco, which attracted 1,350 worldwide participants. The 2018 edition will take ...


  Martin only current U.S. out male pro athlete

The world of professional soccer made news last week as Minnesota United player Collin Martin came out as gay. The midfielder made the announcement on social media, saying he had been out as gay for "many ...


  ESPN's Body Issue features first same-sex couple

For the first time since ESPN Magazine released its first Body Issue in 2009, the magazine will feature a same-sex couple on the cover, The Seattle Times noted. Sports power couple Sue Bird, of the the ...


  HRC reports LGBTQ student-athletes still closeted

The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the University of Connecticut released a groundbreaking report, "Play to Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth in Sports," detailing the experiences of LGBTQ student-athletes. Despite the ...


  PRIDE COVERAGE 2018 Teams compete at Pride Bowl XI

The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association's Pride Bowl XI took place June 22-23 on Chicago's Montrose Lakeside Fields. The results were as follows: —"A" Division Winner: Los Angeles Express Black Runner-Up: New York United —"B" Division ...


  Proud to Run marks 37 years with theme 'Run Foward'

Proud To Run celebrated 37 years with its annual 5K run/walk and 10K run June 23 at The Grove just north of Montrose Harbor. This year marked the first time the event has a theme, "Run ...


  White Sox to hold first ballpark-wide Pride Night Aug. 31

From a news release

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox will hold their first ballpark-wide Pride Night in association with the club's "BasebALL: One Game for All" diversity and inclusion initiative at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, Aug. 31 vs. ...


  CMSA's Pride Bowl XI on June 22-23

The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) announced that the football event Pride Bowl XI will take place on June 22-23 on Chicago's Montrose Lakeside Fields. All teams must be sponsored by a dues-paying NGFFL ...


  Rugby to return to Chicago Nov. 3

USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide ( TLA ), along with host city partners Chicago Sports Commission ( CSC ) and Soldier Field, announced that world-class international rugby will again return to Soldier Field in Chicago for ...


  World TeamTennis returning to Chicago

World TeamTennis ( WTT ) will make its return to Chicago on Friday, July 27, for WTT Chicago presented by Magellan when the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Washington Kastles face off in a regular season match ...


  Run Forward at the 37th Annual Proud To Run

From a press release

Chicago, Ill., June 12, 2018 — The 37th Annual Proud To Run, a 10K/5K run and 5K fun walk, will be held on the morning of Saturday, June 23, at Montrose Harbor. Since 1982, Proud To ...


  World TeamTennis here July 17

From a news release

CHICAGO ( June 4, 2018 ) - World TeamTennis ( WTT ) will make its return to Chicago on Friday, July 27, for WTT Chicago presented by Magellan when the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Washington Kastles ...


  WORLD Nike controversy, gay Polish mayor, largest Pride in world

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Nike has caused controversy by using a pink triangle—most infamously used to mark gay men during the Holocaust—on its recent Pride collection, PinkNews reported. In May, the athletics brand launched its annual Pride collection. According to ...


  SHOWBIZ Adam Rippon, Celine Dion, Jussie Smollett, George Takei

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Adam Rippon's romance with his Finnish boyfriend is getting serious, Page Six noted, citing People. "We'll live together," Rippon, 28, shared with People confirming news that Finnish boyfriend Jussi-Pekka Kajaala is moving to the United States. ...


  WORLD World Cup, model murdered, Princess Diana

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Queer football fans have been "strongly" warned to not "publicly display sexuality" at the Russian World Cup, PinkNews reported. LGBT+ fans should not hold hands or be affectionate towards their partner in public to ensure their ...


  Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in June

The Bingham Cup program—the world championship of LGBT-inclusive men's and women's rugby—will take place in Amersterdam June 2-11. The tournament, taking place June 8-10, will be the centerpiece of the program. The Chicago Dragons is the ...


  LGBTQ sports movie premiering June 28

The documentary Alone in the Game will premiere Thursday, June 28, on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network, according to a press release. The AT&T original feature-length documentary follows a group of athletes and sports figures from the ...


  In "Alone In The Game" LGBTQ Athletes Explore Ongoing Challenges, June 28

Coming off an official selection at AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington D.C., AT&T* AUDIENCE® Network unveiled its new, exclusive documentary, "Alone In The Game." It will make its premiere on Thursday, June 28 at 8 ...


  Bonnie Hunt to chair Mother's Day race

Award-winning actress and Chicagoan Bonnie Hunt has been named honorary race chair of Susan G. Komen Chicago's 21st Mother's Day Race for the Cure, which will return to Montrose Harbor on Sunday, May 13. Race for ...


  NATIONAL Gus Kenworthy, Joy Reid, transgender troops

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Following his refusal to attend the Winter Olympian visit at the White House, Gus Kenworthy announced he will attend the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBTQ gala as a "special guest" June 25 in ...


  Bonnie Hunt to chair Mother's Day race

Award-winning actress and Chicagoan Bonnie Hunt has been named honorary race chair of Susan G. Komen Chicago's 21st Mother's Day Race for the Cure, which will return to Montrose Harbor on Sunday, May 13. Race for ...


  NATIONAL Trans troops, Adam Rippon, Asian groups, bar controversy

The top officers of the Navy and Marines said that they have no evidence that unit morale and cohesion has been negatively affected by the open service of transgender individuals, The Hill reported. However, the commandant ...


  PERFORMANCE Figure skater Jason Brown talks Chicago, 'Stars on Ice'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Stars on Ice will come to Chicagoland on Sunday, April 29, with a roster that is slated to include Adam Rippon, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Nathan Chen. Another skater on the bill is Jason ...


  'Stars on Ice' on April 29, with Adam Rippon

Out Olympian Adam Rippon will be among the figure skaters featured when the Stars on Ice tour comes to the Allstate Arena on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. Other skaters on the tour include 2018 ...


  Olympic Figure Skaters, including Adam Rippon, at AllState Arena April 29

From a press release

( Rosemont, IL ) — Adam Rippon will be among Olympic figure skaters appearing with the Stars on Ice Tour at AllState Arena on April 29. Every four years, the Winter Olympics give us a chance ...


  Mayoral wager includes LGBT group

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a friendly wager with Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mayor Christopher Taylor on the outcome of the March 31 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four matchup between Chicago's Loyola University and the University ...


  Red Stars part of March 31 doubleheader

The Chicago Red Stars will begin its 12-home game stretch at Toyota Park on Saturday, March 31, combining with Major League Soccer ( MLS ) team Chicago Fire for a doubleheader. Both teams will host their ...


  NFL team asks about player's sexual orientation, HRC comments

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, issued the following statement after multiple news outlets reported on an ...


  9 to 12 Bowling hosts Youth Outlook 'fun-raiser' March 31

The 9 to 12 bowling league is hosting its 23rd annual fundraiser, "Bowl for Their Future," a fun-raiser for Youth Outlook Sat., March 31, at River Rand bowling alley in Des Plaines, 6-10 p.m. There will ...


  Olympian Adam Rippon Launches GLAAD Campaign for LGBTQ Youth

From a GLAAD press release

New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that Olympic medalist Adam Rippon launched a fundraising campaign to support GLAAD's culture-changing LGBTQ youth programs. The announcement was made during Rippon's appearance ...


  IN THE LIFE Steve Boudreau

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Chicagoan Steve Boudreau—a runner, cyclist and yoga enthusiast—found himself himself especially stymied in recent years by the allergies that he'd been afflicted with for as long as he can remember. "Truly, I have had sinus problems, ...


  LGBTQ Olympians win seven medals

More than a dozen out athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, winning seven medals, according to Outsports. The medal winners included Canadian pairs figure skater Eric Radford ( gold and bronze ...

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