Brave Space Alliance places Marsha P. Johnson plaque with Legacy Walk

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance, a transgender led social service agency on the Chicago south side, headed north on Tuesday to place a plaque for Marsha P. Johnson on the Legacy Walk on Halsted. A transgender woman, Johnson was one of the most prominent figures during the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969. She was a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries in the early 1970s and an activist with ACT UP in the late 1980s and ’90s. She passed away in 1992. “Today makes history in Chicago and placing black trans women in their power and creating our own table,” Brave Space Executive Director LaSaia Wade said in a Facebook post.

Imperial Court of the Windy City announces overflow hotel for Coronation 15

CHICAGO — The Imperial Court of the Windy City, the largest drag organization in Illinois, has announced an overflow hotel for their upcoming Coronation 15 event to announce the new court. The announcement was made by the current Windy City Emperor on Facebook:


If you have not booked your hotel room already our host hotel is fully booked. Our OVERFLOW HOTEL: the Hyatt House’s deadline is October 23rd, 2018 honoring the $129 a night rate.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASSSSSEEEEE book your hotel room by October 23rd

Please share this with all of your friends and courtiers planning on attending Coronation 15 in Chicago!

Illinois Log Cabin Republicans trying a reboot

CHICAGO — It turns out the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, an organization that aims to be a place for LGBTQ people in the Republican Party in the state, are trying to reboot the organization. The state had been without any LCR chapters since July, when former state chapter president Morry Matson became nationally known for calling the police on a black woman trying to use a coupon. He’d also been running for 48th Ward alderman in Chicago, but dropped out after the video of him calling the police went viral. The LCR are doing their reboot with a meeting at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library, pretty much on the border between Edgewater and Uptown. Republicans of any type are pretty thin on the ground in Chicago and especially on the lakefront.

Sixth Salute to Community Warriors to be hosted by Coalition for Justice and Respect

CHICAGO — The Coalition for Justice And Respect (CJR) will be hosting their sixth annual Salute to Community Warriors on Thursday, October 25th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Club Escape 1530 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619. This year the proceeds from the event will go toward our 2 primary projects: Empowerment Center at the King Center and Black LGBTQ Family and Ally Pride Day. CJR and Coalition for Justice and Respect Foundation (CJRF) is an African-American Same Gender Loving Black Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights and Social Justice organizations based in Chicago, Illinois. CJRF is a charitable organization that supports the work of empowerment and advocacy of African-American Same Gender Loving Black Gays and Lesbians. The CJR – CJRF Community Warrior awards and recognition combat stigma and builds bridges of respect and appreciation of the work of these outstanding people and their work of social justice and civil liberties.

ACLU of Illinois reacts to video of police officer shooting teenager with disabilities

CHICAGO —  On Wednesday, the ACLU of Illinois gave this statement about a Chicago police officer shooting a teenager with disabilities in 2017 that was caught on video. Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois. “On August 13, 2017, Ricky Hayes needed help from the police because he had left his home late at night and gotten lost. Instead of receiving help, an off-duty Chicago Police officer chased and shot him multiple times without even getting out of his vehicle first. As a black teenager with disabilities, Ricky was at a heightened risk for police violence.

HIV/AIDS training center at UIC receives $4.4 million in new federal funding

CHICAGO — The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received $4.4 million in funding from the federal government to advance its work improving HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. The funding to MATEC, which is part of the department of family medicine at UIC’s College of Medicine, is provided by two awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Together, these awards will help us advance our mission of increasing the number of health care professionals prepared to provide high-quality HIV and AIDS care to patients through the Midwest,” said MATEC executive director Dr. Ricardo Rivero, who is the principal investigator of both awards. One award, in the amount of $2.4 million, will enable MATEC to improve HIV/AIDS training for students in medical, nursing and pharmacy schools located in all 10 Midwest region states. Over the course of four years, MATEC will work with accredited programs to incorporate the National HIV Curriculum e-learning platform into their program requirements, either by integrating the curriculum with pre-existing courses or by assisting in the development of new course offerings.

Cast announced for holiday production of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

LAKE FOREST – Cast and crew have been announced for Citadel Theatre Company’s November-December production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, according to founding Artistic Director Scott Phelps. The production will be directed by Robert D. Estrin. “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers through contemporary eyes with songs like “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”  AEA member David Sajewich will play Pharoah and Joseph’s father Jacob. Sajewich was acclaimed for his performance as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” for Mercury Theatre this past summer. He spent last year’s holiday season as George Bailey in “A Wonderful Life: The Musical” at Theater at the Center.

Towards a Trans-Inclusive Business! TGNC Lived Experiences Panel

CHICAGO — T/GNC folks and allies! Can you think of a local business that would benefit from trans-inclusive education? Please let them know about our Nov 2 T/GNC Panel! Invite them to hear from T/GNC folks about what it’s like accessing their services as a customer, client, or patient. We welcome businesses from all sectors, though will host a special section for Chicago health, wellness, and beauty business owners, managers, and direct service providers.—-


Are you ready to enhance the quality of care for your transgender and gender non-conforming (T/GNC) clients, patients, and customers?

Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show on Oct. 30

CHICAGO — The next Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show will be at the Center on Halsted in Chicago and hosted by author and storyteller Renegade Ada Cheng. From the Facebook event:
Our next Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show will be taking place on Tuesday October 30 at 7pm. And I will be bringing this show to Center on Halsted. I want to thank the center for hosting the show, particularly the Anti-Violence Project. Blending personal narrative with social critique, Am I Man Enough?