Im TJ Chernick and welcome to this episode of Gay Report:
Fast food chain Chick-fil-a made it back into the news after company President Dan Cathy published a statement in the Baptist press confirming that he was quote guilty as charged on the company’s stance regarding Gay Marriage. According to organization Equality Matters, Chick-fil-A has donated nearly $5 million to groups opposed to gay rights, including the Family Research Council. Now LGBT Rights supporter and Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno wants to block plans to open a Chick-fil-A in Chicago’s 1st ward. The fast food chain is reportedly scouting a location for the restaurant in Logan Square but Moreno and other city officials have spoken out on the restaurant including Rahm Emmanuel who told the Chicago Tribune that is was a bad investment because quote “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents”. Equality Illinois has started a Flick-the-hate petition drive against the chain. To find out more on the petition visit eqil.org.
The North Halsted Business Alliance has hired a private security team of armed officers in an attempt to increase safety in Boystown and the North Halsted Street entertainment district according to Chicagopride.com. The business alliance which consists of a group representing more than 80 businesses along North Halsted St. from Barry to Irving Park Road, hopes that the increased visibility of security will make the neighborhood a safer and secure area for local residents and patrons. The addition of security has also prompted controversy and racial tensions. Since the video of a 25 year old male being attacked by a group of youth went viral in summer 2011, a facebook group known as take back boystown was formed primarily aimed at the number of, often homeless, youth who frequent the area. The security increase is supported by 44th ward Alderman Tom Tunny and is planned to continue through Market Days weekend, August 11 and 12.
The 9th Gay Games are coming to Cleveland and Akron Ohio in 2014, and As part of the collaboration with the Federation of Gay Games, Gay Chicago TV has announced that it will cover the games. the week-long event will welcome over 11,000 participants from more than 65 countries and Gay Chicago TV will be there in the months leading up to the event and will be there in 2014 to bring you all of the highlights of the monumental event. To find out more on the games visit gg9cle.com/
Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman and youngest American to go into space, died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The 61 year old physicist paved the way for female astronauts after her ride on the challenger on June 18, 1983. The scientists personal life was always held private but in a statement released by her science education company Sally Ride science, the letter details that she is survived by her female partner of 27 years Tam OShaughnessy. It is reported that Ride never publicly addressed her sexuality prior to her death, being protective of her emotions.
Three masked intruders brutally assaulted an openly gay woman Early last Sunday in Lincoln Nebraska in what is being classified as a hate crime. Three masked men entered the 33 year old woman’s home tied her up, carved homophobic slurs into her skin and then attempted to set her house on fire. Despite being naked and bound by her attackers, the woman who was not identified in local reports, managed to escape to a neighbor’s home who called the police. According to local reports the intruders painted homophobic slurs on her walls and tried to set her house on fire but thanks to fire officials only did $200 worth of damage. Members of the LGBT community organized a vigil at the capitol building Sunday night that brought more than 500 people to attendance. The woman is reportedly out of the hospital and staying in an emergency shelter.
In International news;
Scotland’s government has announced plans to legalize same-sex marriage. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Wednesday that new legislation would soon be introduced. The declaration provoked an angry reaction from Catholic, evangelical and Presbyterian groups but was warmly welcomed by equality campaigners and the small number of religious congregations who wish to preside over gay weddings. The measure has backing from the major Scottish political parties which means if enacted Scotland could become the first part of the UK to allow same-sex marriages.
IN entertainment news:
Ryan Murphys new show the New Normal, which premiers this fall, is already being boycotted. The conservative group One Million Moms has set their sights on the new comedy which follows a single mother played by Georgia King, who agrees to be a surrogate for a gay couple played by Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells who are hoping to start a family of their own. In a statement on onemillionmoms website the group said NBC’s The New Normal is attempting to desensitize America and our children. It is the opposite of how families are designed and created. You cannot recreate the biological wheel. Creator, Murphy has called the show a discussion of tolerance, and during a Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour he said actually, if they watched it, I think they would like it.
This weekend is shaping up to be a royal one and Ive got the ticket to the London Summer Olympics in this edition of Weekend Report.
This Friday is the London Olympics opening ceremonies and the Kit Kat lounge at 3700 N Halsted will show the festive event on all seven of their HD screens starting at 6:30 p.m. The lounge will be serving up Go USA martinis and Sheppard’s pie in addition to the regular dinner menu. With Diva Sunny Dee Lite performing, it is sure to get you in the mood for this year’s Olympic Games.
For all of you Blue liners out there, or Redlines looking to go off the beaten path, this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10pm is the 2012 Wicker Park Fest. Hailed as one of Chicago’s best street fests, Milwaukee Avenue, from North to Paulina will be lined with vendors, food, and great music. Three stages sponsored by local businesses will bring a lineup of over 40 notable acts including Foxy Shazam. To find out more about the fest and Chicago’s notably diverse neighborhood visit wickerparkfest.com
And this Sunday join the team to end AIDS from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Roscoes 3356 N Halsted for fundraiser benefiting the AIDS foundation. The night will feature music, drink deals, raffle prizes, and a bachelor auction featuring some of Chicago’s eligible men. Come prepared to bid on dates with handsome gentlemen, all for a good cause. Visit Team to end aids on facebook for more information.
That’s all for this week’s report, join me again next time for more news and events affecting your world, and don’t forget to visit us on facebook and give us a like. And until next time, stay proud Chicago.