GAY REPORT – September 7, 2012

First in the news, Jamal Edwards, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health center, the Midwest leading LGBT health care center, stepped down from his position last week. I sat down with Edwards the day he made the announcement to talk about his decision and the future of Howard Brown.

To view the full interview visit gay Chicago TV..

Over the weekend I was on assignment in Ottawa, IL for the Rainbow boogie where a team of skydivers broke the world record for a the largest LGBTQ skydive

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has adopted a general order for the treatment of transgender individuals while in custody, according to the Windy City Times. The new order mandates that police refrain from searching transgender people in an attempt to determine their gender, that officer’s respect preferred names and pronouns for transgender detainees and that they not use someone’s gender identity as assumed cause for a crime. The creation of the new mandate was led by the Lakeview Action Coalition who has been working with CPD officials since June 2010.

The annual gay celebration Southern Decadence was held over the holiday weekend Despite Hurricane Isaac. The annual event which typically draws as many as 150,000 tourists to the French Quarter – more at times even than during Mardi Gras was only slightly interrupted by the Hurricane as determined attendees braved the weather. A group of nine Christian fundamentalists were arrested for claimed that those in town for the event prompted the Hurricane’s dangerous weather stating that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The men were arrested for suspicion of aggressive solicitation on Saturday and were found to be in violation of an ordinance that prohibits any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise, According to New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson said that the men were previously warned not to use bullhorns, but did not comply. The organization the men represented has not been determined.

Next Friday, September 14 is Howard Brown’s Garden of Eve event the annual fundraiser in support of women’s services at the Center. The event this year will be held at the River East Art Center in downtown Chicago and will feature a VIP event with special Guests Chef and host of Food network’s Chopped Ted Allen and Musical guest Meshell Ndegeocello. I caught up with one of chefs for the event Taverna 750’s executive chef Chris Coker to talk about the event and get a few tips in the kitchen.

Visit for more information on the event a find out how to reserve your tickets.

IN the weather this weekend you will be looking at a chance of showers on Friday with a high of 75 and a low in the 60’s. On Saturday and Sunday you’ll be looking at partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70’s with lows in the upper 50’s.

In this weekend report:

For you folks with a inclination for theater, The Chicago Fringe festival which started on August 30 will be running through Sunday in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The daring festival which aims to bring the untried and weird in performance together united daring theatregoers with emerging and boundary-pushing performing artists from around the world. Tickets are $10 to each performance and performers receive 100% of their box office revenue. Visit Chicago for more info.

This Saturday is the highly anticipated OUT in the Park at Six Flags Great America. Presented by and Vitamin Water This special ticketed GLBT event offers a day of fun in the Park with an exclusive event from 9 pm to 1 am where you can Enjoy music, dancing and fun in Hometown Square as well as no line rides and attractions all night long! For all of you non-drivers don’t worries, a special bus is available to and from the event that will pick up in the 1100 block of W. Montrose. Visit GaySixflags for tickets and information.
This Sunday join the The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund for a Champagne Brunch at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Dr., Chicago. Victory’s mission is to change the face and voice of America’s politics by training, supporting, and electing openly LGBT candidates, campaign staff and officials. The event starts at 11:00am and more information on tickets can be found at victory’s website at

That’s all for this episode of Gay Report, join me again next week for more news and events affecting your world and until next time, stay proud Chicago.

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