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
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.
Rain showers didn’t dampen festive spirits as the 52nd annual parade made its way through North Side neighborhoods. Extra police were on hand, but no incidents were reported.
It steps off at noon Sunday from Montrose Avenue and Broadway and ends at Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road.
The event is billed as the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ+ music festival. Performers include Zedd, Saweetie, Zara Larsson, CircuitMOM, Years & Years, DJ Lady D and more.
Officers’ days off also were canceled to ensure the department has enough police for the parade and other activities in the city.
The league’s Board of Governors agreed with Commissioner Gary Bettman’s view that the refusals overshadowed teams’ efforts in hosting Pride nights.
Arkansas’ law would have prohibited doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18.
From 1977 through the mid-1980s, the resident DJ at the Warehouse was Frankie Knuckles, a record producer and remix artist hailed as the “Godfather of House Music.”
Hundreds filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lake View for a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich, who honored the group as a ‘covenant of people.’
The two-day weekend festival was particularly important this year, some attendees said, in light of attacks of LGBTQ+ rights across the country.
The Sun-Times has covered LGBTQ+ communities with growing understanding and support for 75 years.
The first openly gay owner of a major American sports team seeks to share her experience ‘that other people just don’t have’ following MLB’s recent controversies
By 1984, after graduating with a journalism degree — and being a very out lesbian — I knew mainstream newsrooms were not for me. I was not going back into the closet for my career.
A journalist’s coming-out story in the 1970s. Straight reporters taking on the gay beat. Where are we now?
Stroman announced donations to Brave Space Alliance In Chicago, Hetrick-Martin Institute and The 519 in honor of Pride Month.
Sixteen LGBTQ+-owned and friendly businesses selling baked goods, clothing, candles, scents and jewelry set up booths in Gallagher Way before the Pirates game.