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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.

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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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Trans woman in Texas discovered dead weeks after assault caught on video

Police say there’s no evidence indicating a link between Muhlaysia Booker’s death and the April 12 beating she suffered after a minor traffic accident.

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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.