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Army Vet Who Stopped Colorado LGBTQ+ Nightclub Shooter Will Speak At Chicago History Museum

Richard Fierro and his wife, Jessica Fierro, will discuss the shooting and their healing process during the Oct. 18 event — the first time they’ll do so in a live, open forum.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Nobody’s Darling, Andersonville’s Beloved LGBTQ+ Cocktail Bar, Completes Expansion

The new space will allow the bar to accommodate more private events while remaining open to other customers, the owners said.


Reeling Programmer Picks 3 Don’t-Miss Selections From The LGBTQ+ Film Fest

Festival programmer Morgan Jon Fox suggests three features of the 41 films at Reeling Fest, which kicks off Thursday at the Music Box Theatre.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Fest Announces 2023 Lineup

This year's festival kicks off Sept. 21 with a film starring suburban Wilmette native Nico Tortorella, as well as a slew of transgender stories, documentaries and other flicks.

Proud City

Queer Fam Pride Jam Returning To Salt Shed After Being Rescheduled

The family-friendly LGBTQ+ festival will have activities like drag makeovers, skating and an all-ages dance party.


Famed Cher Impersonator To Headline Lips Chicago Fundraiser For Domestic Violence Victims

Michael Dean and other performers will take the stage Thursday at Lips Chicago for the annual event benefiting Connections for Abused Women and Their Children.

South Loop

Everything You Need To Know About Northalsted Market Days 2023

From street closures and parking bans to the Market Days lineup and schedule, Block Club rounded up important information for a successful weekend.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Mothers Of Murdered Transpeople Hosting Annual Picnic Since Killing Of De’Janay Stanton

This year's picnic will also honor Stanton's uncle, who died earlier this year and was one of her biggest supporters.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Introducing Block Club Book Club LIVE: ‘Nobody Needs To Know’ With Pidgeon Pagonis

On Aug. 15, author and activist Pidgeon Pagonis will discuss their book, "Nobody Needs To Know" at The Honeycomb Network in Humboldt Park. RSVP now, as space is limited.


Berlin Nightclub Workers End 2-Day Strike

Employees of the 40-year-old LGBTQ+ nightclub said they will return to the bargaining table full of "strength and pride."

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Berlin Nightclub Workers On Strike As Contract Talks Lag

Employees of the famed LGBTQ+ nightclub, who unionized in April, said owners Jo Webster and Jim Schuman have failed to negotiate on a contract that would raise wages and improve access to health care.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Joan Jett-Blakk, Drag Queen Who Ran For President, Named To Chicago LGBT Hall Of Fame

Nine people and two organizations also will be inducted, including Col. Jennifer Pritzker and Women And Children First co-founder Linda Bubon.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Pride Flags Ripped Down, Woman Spat On As Anti-LGBTQ Incidents Escalate At Wicker Park Church

Wicker Park Lutheran Church leaders said this is the third time in recent years homophobic individuals have targeted the church.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Cybergrime Festival Brings 8 Twisted Short Films To Facets This Weekend

The films are tied together by their obsessions with technology and “deviant” sexuality. The tone of the shorts vary, but none are for the faint of heart.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Environmental Advocate Precious Brady-Davis Becomes First Black, Trans Woman Appointed To Public Office In Cook County

Brady-Davis was sworn in Wednesday as a commissioner for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which works to protect Lake Michigan's water.


Andersonville Nonprofit Creating Permanent Mural Honoring Late Trans Activist Elise Malary

The tribute will be in place of a chalk mural Elise Malary’s friends and family made during a vigil last year outside Women & Children First bookstore.


In ‘We Are Everywhere,’ A Podcaster Seeks To Build Archives Of Trans And BIPOC Queer Elders

Frencia Stephenson launched the podcast focusing on personal stories of marginalized queer people to broaden LGBTQ+ history beyond the perspectives of white, cisgender gay men.


Revolution Brewing’s Freedom Fest Returns Saturday With Drag-Inspired Brews And Four Drag Queen Hosts

This year’s event will benefit Chicago House, a nonprofit that offers services to the transgender community as well as people impacted by HIV.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

DJ Ariel Zetina Will Make Her Debut At Pitchfork, Bringing Original Music With House Influences

It's hard to pin Zetina’s music down to a single genre. Her confessional songs blend influences of Belizean punta music and House music and are layered with her raw, “bratty” vocals.

West Loop

Meet Annie Xiang, A Queer, Chinese-American Tea Aficionado Bringing Single-Origin Teas To Chicago

Xiang founded Volition Tea in 2021. She sources tea from independent farmers as part of her mission to bring transparency to the industry and foster understanding across communities.

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