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Updates on Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and its allies, and LGBTQ news from around the country.

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6 red-hot new books, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea’s revelatory memoir

There also are great reads by Jenny Slate, Lindy West, Carmen Maria Machado and Tom Brokaw, plus a new collection of Ansel Adams’ Yosemite photos.

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Here’s all the LGBTQ Halloween events happening in Chicago on Thursday

Whether it’s a public family-friendly parade or a late-night event, LGBTQ performers are sure to deliver unforgettable shows.

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Renowned headache expert Dr. Seymour Diamond, who embraced transgender actor-grandson, dead at 94

Zach Barack came out as his ‘Papa’ turned 90. The doctor’s daughter says: ‘My dad called Zach and told him he loved him no matter what . . . He got everything he could read on transgender issues and educated himself.’

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Dolly Parton mural on Broadway in Edgewater brightens the day for ‘9-to-5’ commuters

Michelle Lytle says she initially figured the painting of the iconic country singer might discourage taggers who kept putting up graffiti there.

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Trump v. Jesus: Christians can’t follow both

"If you are followers of Jesus, you can’t ignore what Jesus said," said Rev. Jim Wallis, who was educated in Deerfield and returns to the area for appearances this weekend.

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Richard Pfeiffer, longtime Chicago Pride Parade coordinator, has died at 70

Under his leadership, the Chicago Pride Parade grew from a few hundred participants in its early years to what’s estimated to be hundreds of thousands

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LGBTQ center moves to replace security firm owned by cop accused of racist attack

The Center on Halsted said it will seek a new firm to provide security services that has "experience working directly with LGBTQ people of all ages from a diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic background."

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Muralist Sam Kirk explores identity, culture through public art

The Chicago artist’s work speaks to housing insecurities and the threat of displacement and expresses LGBTQ pride.

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‘Holy Trinity’: Welcome to a bizarro Chicago where the colors are bold and the humor is bawdy

Director Molly Hewitt also stars as a dominatrix in the funny, trippy fairy tale full of sexual and religious imagery.

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Security firm for Chicago’s biggest LGBTQ center is owned by cop accused in racist incident, records show

The Center on Halsted paid more than $130,000 last year to Walsh Security, run by Officer Thomas Walsh, a 19th district Chicago cop who was accused of attacking a black security guard in 2013 and using a racial slur.

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Showtime series shooting in Chicago to screen at LGBTQ Film Festival

‘Work in Progress’ co-creator and star Abby McEnany, who calls the show a ‘coming-of-age story,’ will discuss the project at Saturday’s sold-out event.

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Chicago activist shares stories of an intersex life in Reeling film festival documentary

"A Normal Girl" describes how Pidgeon Pagonis, as an infant, was given sex-related surgeries that "made me abnormal."

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Chicago lawmaker’s private struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction help guide his work in public office

‘Alcohol was pretty much my drug of choice, but I certainly did enough other things as they came along, like a lot of other people,’ said state Rep. Greg Harris, now clean and sober for 19 years.

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New law to support LGBTQ seniors: ‘We all deserve to age as our authentic selves’

Many older adults who are LGBTQ or living with HIV worry about having to hide their identity to receive aging services.

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Transgender people no longer need medical paperwork to correct gender markers on Illinois identity documents

A medical report, psychiatric report, physician’s statement or other documentation indicating a gender transition was previously required for people to correct their gender markers.

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On Facebook, Illinois prison guards, accused of abuses by transgender inmates, mocked LGBTQ community

The officers who posted the offensive and explicit memes and other posts all identified themselves as Department of Corrections employees.

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South Side artist Sam Kirk designs White Sox Hispanic Heritage Month T-shirt giveaway

The shirt, part of the Sox’ Free T-shirt Thursdays series, features imagery representing the various Latino cultures throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods, said Kirk, who is Mexican and Puerto Rican.

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An intriguing ‘Casa Valentina’ sinks into melodrama

Harvey Fierstein’s play skims the surface of fascinating, richly drawn characters.

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Illinois approves nonbinary state ID documents, but gender-neutral option might not be available for years

The secretary of state’s office will update its technology to offer the new gender marker when current vendor contract ends in 2024.

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Drag/dinner ‘palace’ Lips serves up opulence, fine dining and stunty performances

Guests at the Near South Side venue can expect an experience that’s just as over-the-top as the decor, thanks in part to the performers who do double duty as servers.

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Illinois schools to spotlight LGBTQ contributions under new law: ‘The right kind of mandate’

Advocates and schools have until next year to develop curriculums to comply with the law before the 2020-21 school year.

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Showtime sitcom about life as a ‘queer dyke’ to shoot soon in Chicago

Abby McEnany, co-creator and star of ‘Work in Progress,’ says the enthusiastic response to her TV idea has been ‘bonkers.’

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Song of the summer? How about one of the biggest songs in 60 years 

Lil Nas X’s inescapable ‘Old Town Road’ rap collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus has been topped as a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit in that time by only ‘Despacito’ and ‘One Sweet Day.’

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Governor’s new task force to study discrimination against transgender students

‘Under this executive order, ignorance is no longer an excuse of bigotry,’ the governor, surrounded by dozens of students, said Sunday.

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Chicago’s 50th Pride Parade hits the streets — until the storm rolls in

Amid the downpour, Chicago police had postponed the festivities. They were officially canceled by 3 p.m.

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50 years of pride: LGBTQ rights celebrated with parades, protests

While many celebrate the success of the gay rights movement, some protest the movement’s over-commercialization.

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LGBTQ Chicago residents during Stonewall era recall ‘aura of danger’

Discrimination, hostility over being gay in America flood memories as nation marks 50th anniversary of the revolutionary New York riots that galvanized the gay-rights movement.

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Pride hits all corners of the South Side this weekend

Don’t feel like going to Boystown? These events have you covered.

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8 new LGBTQ books to start on maybe right after Sunday’s Chicago Pride Parade

These authors offer celebrations, examinations and contemplations of queer lives via formats that include fiction, historical nonfiction and memoirs.

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Chicago’s 50th annual Pride Parade is Sunday: Everything you need to know

When it starts, what are the best (and worst) ways to get there and more.

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Transgender county residents might not need IDs to use bathrooms they choose

Residents would be able to use restrooms and dressing rooms based on their gender identities under a proposal before the Cook County Board.

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Gay tour group’s trip to Ethiopia canceled after death threats, violence

Toto Tours’ ‘Treasures of Ethiopia’ had been planned for late October.