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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.

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CPD unveils rainbow-bedecked squad car in advance of Sunday’s Pride Parade

A YouTube video shows the Ford Explorer getting its special markings.

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Boston group sparks outrage with plans to host ‘Straight Pride’ parade

June is Pride Month, historically a time to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history.

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Chicago-based gay tour company’s trip to Ethiopia in doubt after threats

Toto Tours ‘Treasures of Ethiopia’ is planned for October.

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Ralla Klepak, Chicago lawyer who championed LGBTQ rights, has died at 82

A member of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, she was an attorney for Mattachine Midwest, one of the city’s first gay rights organizations.

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‘Falsettos’ remains a brilliant work, timeless and provocative and fabulously mundane

James Lapine has gifted us with a story that tackles huge, everlasting themes through contemporary, idiosyncratic individuals.

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Sufjan Stevens releases two new songs for Pride month

‘Love Yourself’ was 20 years in the making, ‘With My Whole Heart’ is a new composition.

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Chicago’s gay community celebrates rainbow-painted crosswalks

Fourteen crosswalks in Boystown will be painted in rainbow stripes when the project is finished.

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House passes sweeping LGBTQ rights bill

Protections against discrimination would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.

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Transgender inmate seeks clemency — cites retaliation after reporting abuse

"Our understanding of this is that that the governor could make this happen tomorrow if he wanted to," said Sheila Bedi, one of Hampton's lawyers.

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Chicago Police Department failing transgender community: report

A new report finds Chicago is among 25 big-city police departments that fails to adequately protect the rights of transgender people.

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A town’s pride: This little steel city in Ohio forged Chicago’s next mayor

Here in this tough old steel town, she’s still the daughter of Ann Lightfoot, remembered as bright, motivated, hard-working, easy to get along with.

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Transgender women sue to fight state laws on name changes after convictions

Lawsuits challenge Illinois, Wisconsin laws that block name changes for a decade or more after convictions. Transgender women say the laws prompt harassment, abuse.

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Illinois, Wisconsin sued over transgender name-change laws

Both lawsuits argue that the states are violating free speech rights and are preventing people from expressing how they identify themselves.

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United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.

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Women at the helm: Unique opportunity to ‘right the ship’

Will women of color at the helm reshape Chicago politics? Will they pursue new policy positions? Will they set the tone for a change in politics?

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Taylor Swift donates $113K to Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group

Taylor Swift donated $113,000 to Tennessee Equality Project for their efforts to fight contentious bills moving in the states General Assembly.

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Universal themes of resistance, identity centered in Chicago Latino Film Fest

The 35th festival's curated selection from all over Latin America continues to highlight themes of social justice.

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Kim English, Chicago singer whose dance hits fueled house music scene, has died

Kim English, octave-skipping singer with 8 No. 1 Billboard dance hits, has died at 48 while on transplant list awaiting a new kidney.

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To Chicago’s next mayor: Words of anticipation, hope from black women

Women from across the city share their support, expectations and what challenges they anticipate for the first black woman to become Chicago's mayor.

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Kim Foxx calls evidence ‘uncertain’ in latest twist of strange Smollett saga

Here's a breakdown of some of the seemingly strange elements of Smollett's case.