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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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US issues 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker

The State Department expects to be able to offer the option to nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people early next year, an official said.

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The Mix: Things to do in Chicago Oct. 21-27, 2021

From theater and music to museums and family events, we’ve got just the ticket with our entertainment guide to some of the fun kicking off in the week ahead.

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Netflix CEO admits he ‘screwed up’ response to Chappelle backlash, but stands by comedy special

Ted Sarandos noted that Dave Chappelle follows in the tradition of comedians who push boundaries.

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Bliss is it: Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley are a couple of champions

The simple fact of being pro athletes married to each other, with all the societal, political and work issues it can bring up, is an elephant in the room that will sit there silently until it drifts away with understanding and, finally, irrelevance.

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Cook County unveils racial equity action plan

The plan is being released Monday as County Board President Toni Preckwinkle launches the third annual Racial Equity Week.

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Chicago Pride Parade canceled for second straight year due to COVID-19

Organizers say the parade will be back in June 2022. ‘Count on it,’ parade coordinator Tim Frye says.

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Lil Nas X honored for suicide prevention, mental health awareness efforts

In an interview, Amit Paley, CEO and executive director at The Trevor Project, said the awareness that the "Old Town Road" artist has brought to suicide prevention and mental health has been "profound."

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JoJo Siwa will compete with same-sex partner on ‘Dancing With Stars’

Siwa noted that among the things to be worked out with her partner are who leads, how do they dress and what shoes do they wear.

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‘Pray Away’: A powerful look at people trying therapy to be ‘ex-gay’

Former leaders of the ‘conversion therapy’ movement share their regrets in a must-see Netflix documentary.

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard thanks IOC before competing

Hubbard has been a focus for support and criticism since qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Infertility treatment coverage expanded for LGBTQ community under bills Pritzker signs to ‘chart a new path forward’

The bill was one of four pieces of legislation aimed at advancing the rights of people in the LGBTQ community that Pritzker signed at the Center on Halsted.

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Gay athletes more comfortable living their lives openly — and that’s a good thing

It’s not as though gay athletes suddenly appeared out of the blue. They’ve always been here, just hidden, fearful, living closeted lives while playing the games they love.

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Christian theater company artist says he was forced out for being gay

Christian Youth Theater Chicago, criticized for its new policy on LGBTQ+ participants, told Andrew Mahan to resign or be fired after his picture appeared on a drag show poster, he says.

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‘Joe Bell’ lacks the impact of the real-life story it tells

Authentic moments are few in the well-intentioned drama about the bullying of a gay teen and the response of his flustered father.

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Jenner, gender and Tokyo: A trans athlete will be competing in the Olympics, but not everybody is thrilled

This column is about sports, but transgender athletes have made the societal conflict relevant even here.

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Predators prospect Luke Prokop comes out as gay

"It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life, but I cannot be happier with my decision to come out," he said.

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PrideArts aims to find ‘new voices, new artists’ via Queer film festival

28 short films — and a feature film — from eight different countries will be shown over three separate programs over the four-week festival.

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Theater company’s employees resign over new policy, say it hurts LGBTQ+ youth

Some alumni of Christian Youth Theater Chicago say requirement that behavior ‘must comply with a biblical standard’ prevents kids from being ‘fully themselves’ and smacks of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

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10 great LGBTQ+ movies, from ‘The Boys in the Band’ to a ‘Lady on Fire’

Set in 1920s Denmark, in 1960s New York, in 1970s San Francisco and elsewhere, these absorbing stories make for perfect Pride Month viewing.

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Pulse Nightclub to be named national memorial, Biden says

The shooting — the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history — left 49 people dead and 53 wounded at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

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Community mural unveiled to celebrate Pride month

Zeye One, a Mexican American queer tattoo artist, said the mural was an ode to the city’s diversity and inspired by those who come together to celebrate their differences.

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CTA Pride train rolls with new transgender, Philly flags

Four specially painted cars will be used on the Red Line until the Pride Parade on Oct. 3.

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Ricky Martin says he has PTSD from 2000 Barbara Walters interview

Martin came out publicly a decade later in 2010. The same year, Walters expressed regret for her "inappropriate" conduct during their interview.

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AIDS Garden Chicago: Tunney calls area ‘sacred ground’

The garden, just south of Belmont Harbor, is expected to open in the fall.

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Rainbow flag raised at Daley Plaza as Pride Month begins

"This month is about celebrating what we have achieved but also recognizing that there’s still a lot of work left to be done," said Kevin Morrison, Cook County’s first openly LGBTQ commissioner.

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Florida governor signs ban of transgender athletes on first day of Pride Month

Democrats and LGBTQ advocates said the law is discriminatory and will be challenged in court as unconstitutional. 

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Legislation requiring menstrual products in school bathrooms advances to governor’s desk

An ethics reform proposal approved by the Illinois House and sent to the state Senate would ban constitutional officeholders from lobbying the state until six months after leaving office or for the rest of their term, whichever is sooner.

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On a cold, rainy night, queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ turn up the heat in sizzling Soldier Field show

Performers, including Gottmik, Asia O’Hara, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Naomi Smalls, Kim Chi and Plastique Tiara, did not disappoint their Chicago fans.

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Alix Dobkin, ‘Head Lesbian,’ singer and feminist, dies at 80

In 2000, Dobkin wrote in defense of cis-women-only spaces while also seeking out conversations with transwomen and defending the right of everyone to love and be themselves.

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Nancy Lipman, mentor to other LGBTQ Chicago cops, devoted animal rescuer, dead at 61

She was one of the first "white shirts" to ride on the Chicago Police Department float in the Pride Parade — "a huge thing," says the head of the Lesbian Gay Police Association-Gay Officers Action League of Chicago.

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Caitlyn Jenner announces a run for governor of California

In a statement, the Republican Jenner called herself "a proven winner" and the only candidate "who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor."

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Documenting LGBTQ history: Windy City Times an ‘invaluable resource’ for Chicago

After more than 35 years of covering major events like the HIV/AIDS epidemic and writing about diverse communities, Chicago’s main LGBTQ publication is still going strong.