Updates on Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and its allies, and LGBTQIA+ news from around the country.

Chicago Pride Guide
You can enjoy an ocean-themed drag show at the Shedd or mingle at other mixers to kickoff Pride Month in Chicago.
The Shedd kicked off Pride month with an evening event that included an ocean-themed drag show, animal exhibits and music.
You can move through this list to view some key places and events in the city’s LGBTQ+ communities and history.
Local News
‘It used to be you could get denied service if you were gay. Now people are welcome everywhere. No one bats an eye, and she’s responsible for some of that,’ said Ms. Summit’s friend David Boyer.
State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, told lawmakers that he would “beat the living p---” out of any man who walked into a restroom with his daughter. State Senate Majority Leader Kim Lightford said GOP critics “don’t understand that life is evolving.”
Red state busybodies are coming for Maybelline, iconic Chicago brand.
National News
A nonprofit that was launched to oppose diversity initiatives in medicine has evolved into a significant leader in statehouses to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youths.
Huggins used the slur to refer to Xavier fans on Monday while also denigrating Catholics during an appearance on Cincinnati radio station WLW.
The law will require schools to provide written notification to a child’s parent or guardian if the child asks to be called a different ‘pronoun, title, or word.’
More News
The event was held a day before the annual observance on Monday and was hosted by Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Therapy Collective, Life is Work and other organizations.
Workers in the manufacturing, warehousing, food service, janitorial and restaurant industries gathered to protest workplace harassment, including intimidation, degradation and identity-based targeting.
The union’s demands include a raise of the minimum hourly wage from $16.07 to $21, affordable health insurance, layoff protection, remote work options and negotiations before changes of job duties.
Playing two men in 1950s politics with an attraction society wouldn’t allow, Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey are heartbreakingly good in Showtime limited series.
The updated guidance reaffirms on-ice player uniforms and gear for games, warmups and official team practices cannot be altered to reflect theme nights, including Pride, Hockey Fights Cancer or military appreciation celebrations. Players can voluntarily participate in themed celebrations off the ice.
In this conversation about trans women in sports, people often speak for me. They say including trans women is unfair to me, a cisgender woman. But they are wrong, writes a former cross country runner.
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.
Saturday’s 32nd annual event seeks to raise $500,000 to support Chicagoans living with and vulnerable to HIV.
Trans people are portrayed as threatening by those who want someone to beat up,
The ordinance Ald. Debra Silverstein plans to introduce would create the noncriminal category, and Chicagoans could report incidents via 311.
All 61 employees affected by the layoffs were offered their jobs back, 24 accepted and the others will receive back pay for the time they spent unemployed, the health center said.
Laura Ann Carleton was defending her Pride flags placed in front of her boutique when she was shot, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group said. Police killed the suspect.
It’s a crazy gender world out there, folks. And, of course, the battlefield over transgender citizens’ societal and political rights has coalesced — where else? — in the so-called toy department known as sports.
The show’s first non-binary cast member performs this weekend at Zanies in Old Town.
Maxen, an associate strength coach, has become the first male coach in a major U.S.-based professional league to come out as gay.
Unconventional models not only expand the realm of “normal.” They’re good advertising.
Barkley’s words show him not just as a commentator or funny guy, but as someone who gets it, and is a clear ally of the LGBTQ community.
The decision from the conservative-majority Supreme Court comes at the end of Pride Month.
The court ruled 6-3 for designer Lorie Smith despite a Colorado law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and other characteristics.
Sun-Times columnist and host Ismael Perez was joined by drag performers Jakki Love, Starr Stallion and Allegra Dee Love for this family-friendly storytelling experience.
As Pride Month comes to a close, the Sun-Times spoke to advocates, service providers and members of the LGBTQ+ community about issues affecting them — and what more needs to be done to protect them.
Anderson Lee Aldrich pleaded guilty to five counts of murder and 46 counts of attempted murder in the November 2022 attack that left five people dead.
One-time cash assistance will go to city residents who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.