Trending: 7.5 percent of Chicago adults identify at LGBT; plus PrideFest Milwaukee announces 2018 headliners

GoPride News, ChicagoPride.com
April 1, 2018

At ChicagoPride.com, Sunday means that it's time to look back at the week in gay news - in and out of Chicago - as covered by the GoPride.com News Staff. The top local and national stories of interest as ranked by popularity on the network from March 25 - 31, 2018.

(Photo: Balloons by Tommy entry at 2015 Chicago Pride Parade)

At ChicagoPride.com, Sunday means that it's time to look back at the week in gay news - in and out of Chicago - as covered by the GoPride.com News Staff. The top local and national stories of interest as ranked by popularity on the network from March 25 - 31, 2018.

(Photo: Balloons by Tommy entry at 2015 Chicago Pride Parade)

A groundbreaking report released Wednesday by the Chicago Department of Public Health indicates Chicago is home to an estimated 146,000 adults who identify as LGBT, representing about 7.5 percent of Chicago's adult population.

PrideFest Milwaukee announced its star-studded entertainment lineup on Friday with the B-52s, Jussie Smollett and Daya taking the Miller Lite Main stage this June 8, 9 and 10.

Chicago Police and SWAT personnel responded late Friday to a call of a male threatening suicide and refusing to come out of his home in Lakeview.

The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that bans therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, making Milwaukee the first municipality in Wisconsin to do so.

Pop star Aaron Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, came out as bisexual last year, but he's now saying those comments were "misconstrued."

A Los Angeles-based ABC reporter has come out HIV-positive.

Hi. I’m a 37 year old HIV+ man who has been poz for almost ten years. I work in television. And on the side of the camera where, fo better or worse it’s considered “taboo” for people “like me” to be “like me”. For 10 years I’ve struggled with “do I or don’t I”? For ten years the stigma and industry professionals have said, “don’t! It’ll ruin you”. But here’s the thing. I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted. I may be on TV from time to time, but at the end of the day I’m just an average guy who wants want we all want. To be accepted and loved by our friends and family and to be encouraged by our peers. So here’s what I say, stand tall, and stand proud. You can’t make everybody happy but you can make you happy. And so long as you tell the truth, you will never have to remember anything. Labels are things that come and go but your dignity and who you are is what defines you. I know who I am, I know what I stand for and while in the past I may not have always had clarity, I do now. Love me or hate me, that’s up to you. But, for anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I’m Karl Schmid, and I’m an HIV-positive man! #whatisrememberedlives @theaidsmemorial @theaidsmemorialtshirt Sent from my iPhone

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According to an article published Monday, Vice President Mike Pence played a leading role in the creation of a report in support of President Donald Trump's transgender military ban.

The 2018 LGBTQ Pride Month celebration launches on June 3 at the Equality Illinois Pride Kickoff Brunch with an appearance by Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston and the first out mayor of a major American city, who now works to increase the number of openly LGBTQ officials throughout the country.

 

Illinois Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Plano) has fired a top aide after the staffer was found in a car last fall with a 17-year-old boy and no shirt on, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A Florida jury on Friday found Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, not guilty of helping her husband plan the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub that killed 49 people.

 

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