Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot won’t return for a second term in office after voters turned on Lightfoot over concerns about crime and the city’s slow recovery from the pandemic. Lightfoot is the city’s first Black woman and first out gay person to serve as mayor.
• Pink News: HBO’s star-studded new series The Idol features several LGBTQ stars including Dan Levy, Troye Sivan and Anne Heche (in her final TV appearance). The show will reportedly portray the “sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood”, featuring drugs, raves, and sex set against a dark and gritty LA backdrop. Set for release later in 2023.
• Michigan Bridge: The Michigan Senate voted 23-15 to expand the state’s civil rights act to include legal protections for LGBTQ people. The legislation now heads to the state House for consideration.
• NBC News: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about a rise in drug-resistant cases of the bacterial infection Shigella, a major cause of inflammatory diarrhea. Evidence suggests the illness is spreading among gay and bisexual men in particular, apparently through sexual contact.
The CDC is warning about a rise of the bacterial infection Shigella, a major cause of inflammatory diarrhea. Evidence suggests the illness is spreading among gay and bisexual men, apparently through sexual contact, both in the U.S. and abroad. https://t.co/FwqHCQULUs
— NBC Out (@NBCOUT) March 1, 2023
• Daily Montanan: House Bill 645 would ban individuals who received the COVID-19 vaccine from donating blood in Montana, making it a misdemeanor with a $500 fine. Montana’s blood supply could be cut by up to 80%.
• Gothamist: New York City has agreed to pay more than $20,000 each to hundreds of individuals who were trapped by police and attacked with batons and pepper spray during a 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.
Breaking: NYC has agreed to pay upwards of $6 million dollars to protesters during a 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstration where police trapped hundreds of people, pummeled them with batons, pepper sprayed them and arrested and detained them in droves. https://t.co/DPYysyQhjb
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) March 1, 2023