Category: Chicagoland

News and events from the Chicago metropolitan area and edge cities like Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan.

Howard Brown debuts PrEP music video ‘Let’s Talk About PrEP’

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health, a major LGBTQ health provider in Chicago, debuted a new music video today to help get conversations on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

The video stars Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz and features former and current Chicago-based performers like Big Dipper, Lucy Stoole, DJs [X]P and All the Way Kay, comic Tien Tran, and more.

The song is based on the 1990s Salt-N-Pepa hit “Let’s Talk About Sex.” It was produced by Imagination + Muscle Productions and directed by Tobin Del Cuore and filmed at a variety of Chicago locations, including Howard Brown’s Andersonville Brown Elephant resale shop. The project was funded by a grant from the Illinois Community Health Foundation.

For more information on PrEP, go to Howard Brown’s website.

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Screening Queers: Homophile Documentary Film Screening

CHICAGO — The Gerber/Hart Library is holding a screening of two documentaries in conjunction with the “Gay is Good” exhibition. Both documentaries cover the homophile era of LGBTQ political activism. Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005, 57 min) is a documentary about transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton’s…

Michigan City to have first Pride this weekend

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — This northern Indiana city an hour’s drive east of Chicago will have it’s first Pride celebration after the city gave approval this week. From the Times of Northwest Indiana: Pride Fest 2018 is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 30 on U.S. 12, across from the Michigan City courthouse.…

Two will be honored at Equality Illinois Pride brunch

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois will honor to activists their Pride Kickoff Brunch on Sunday, June 3. Nicole Bashor, who spearheads support for political candidates in Illinois who back pro-LGBTQ policies, and Saúl Aviña Jr., who has spent a decade working on HIV treatment and prevention programs, will be recognized as 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride…

UPDATED: Man who threatened Chicago gay bars recaptured

CHICAGO — The Chicago Tribune on Thursday reported that Shane Sleeper, 31, who had been accused of threatening gay bars in Chicago, as released on Tuesday night.

The newspaper reported that the release was accidental and that Sleeper is still at large.

From the Tribune:

Sleeper was arrested in February and initially charged with misdemeanor charges of obstructing and resisting a peace officer, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Cook County Sherif Tom Dart. In one of his threats, Sleeper allegedly said “Orlando will come to Chicago,’’ an apparent reference to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Christopher Clark named TPAN CEO

CHICAGO — TPAN announced on Tuesday that Christopher Clark had been hired as chief executive officer. He’ll start April 30.

TPAN is a social service agency for those living with HIV in the Chicago area. Clark joins TPAN following more than a decade of service at Lambda Legal. Since 2016, Clark has served as Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Director, responsible for the management of the Chicago office and the coordination of fundraising and public policy strategies in a 10-state Midwest region.