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“The state can’t give or take away who you are,” said Sasha Buchert, a senior attorney at the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Lambda Legal. “But it certainly is nice to have a gender marker that reflects who you are.”
When I moved to Chicago in 2021, I started to come out of my shell more — before an anti-gay slur shattered the feeling of safety I’d slowly built up.
When two drag performers led “Old MacDonald” the kids imagined a world full of wonder and possibility. Why can’t we?
From parties, street festivals, family fun and much more, here’s what’s on Chicago’s Pride 2024 calendar.
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Great things will be happening at Northalsted, Wrigley Field and 47th Street.
The U.S. State Department issued a “worldwide caution” alert, saying it had learned of an “increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events.”
Twenty-five more entries will be allowed to participate next month, still down from last year’s 199.
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Mayor Brandon Johnson and other local officials spoke of Chicago’s historically prominent role in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, while acknowledging recent threats to that progress.
Now a dad himself, the former ‘Younger’ actor credits the ‘Mattachine Family’ role for preparing him ‘in so many ways to be a father.’
Samuel Cundari, 30, is charged with making threatening posts on X directed at the children of two state lawmakers, gun control groups and the Illinois attorney general’s office. He’s also accused of posting about a potential bomb at a Springfield LGBTQ festival.
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Illinois already mandates insurance coverage for infertility, but state Democrats are working to further expand fertility access and coverage. “We’re protecting your rights in so many ways, but specifically regarding IVF,” Pritzker said, reacting to the Alabama decision.
In its landmark ruling, issued in response to a lawsuit filed by the Justice Ministry, the court labeled what the suit called the LGBTQ+ “movement” operating in Russia as an extremist organization and banned it.
The Democrat became San Francisco’s mayor on the death of George Moscone, leading a center of gay culture roiled by violence just as the AIDS crisis was about to hit.
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The Illinois Department of Human Services announced Monday that the new Transgender and Gender Diverse Wellness and Equity Program will provide organizations with comprehensive and medical care for transgender, gender-diverse and LGBTQ+ people.
Durante la final de la Copa Oro 2019 contra Estados Unidos y un amistoso de 2022 contra Ecuador, los aficionados de México corearon un insulto homofóbico contra el portero rival.
During the 2019 Gold Cup final against the United States and a 2022 friendly vs. Ecuador, Mexico fans chanted a homophobic slur at the opposing goalkeeper.
Wade hopes Translatable, which is funded by the Wade Family Foundation, will provide a community to “support growth, mental health and well-being, and that this space ignites more conversations leading to greater understanding and acceptance.”
Johnson’s Communications Director Ronnie Reese is under fire for a 2010 tweet that said, “I brake for gay pride, reluctantly.” Meanwhile, Ald. Debra Silverstein called a recent Facebook post by Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez “an antisemitic dog whistle.”
Citing financial woes, the provider of specialized care for low-income, LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive patients, said it will shutter its Diversey clinic at 2800 N. Sheridan Road and Thresholds South clinic at 734 W. 47th St.
The comedian and her wife, Jax Smith, met in Chicago. They will lead the procession June 30.
More than 1,200 people have signed a petition to stop Johnson’s Chicago, a Florida-based male strip club, from opening at the shuttered LGBTQIA+ bar’s location.
The civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Bodies Outside of Unjust Laws, a left-leaning group whose marching permit was denied by the city.
Howard Brown Health Workers United said 98% of votes cast supported ratifying the contract.
Cristina Nichole Iglesias sued the federal Bureau of Prisons for the right to have the surgery and get the agency to pay for it and won.
Bob the Drag Queen and Amber Riley also set to perform during June 22-23 event at Halsted and Addison.
The contract would include raises across the union body — including annual wage increases — a new minimum wage of $19.23, insurance for part-time employees, two weeks of paid leave for gender-affirming care, a union rights clause and protections against layoffs, among other things.
A teacher says Nettelhorst School will help “coordinate” a group of schools into one entry after six schools had been denied participation when organizers scaled back the popular parade.
All schools that participated in the 2023 Pride Parade were denied entry this year, and teachers see irony in exclusion from “one of the most inclusive places that you can go.”
The 53rd annual parade, set for June 30, will limit its entries and start an hour earlier.
Ald. Andre Vazquez, who sponsored the legislation to designate part of West Catalpa Avenue as “Elise Malary Way” along with Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, said it was the first street in Chicago named after a Black trans woman.
Advocates from across the United States spoke at the summit, and some hope to hold similar evens their cities.
In this question-and-answer piece, Wynne talks about what she’s learning in five years running a business boot camp, helping operators of small businesses gain confidence.
The 53rd annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off at noon on June 30, when over 1 million people are expected to pack the parade route.