LGBTQIA+

Podtalk: New Doc on HULU Expresses ‘We Live Here: The Midwest’

CHICAGO – The scapegoating of LGBTQIA+ folks as a backlash to the community progress in the last decade has been swift, fear-based and uniquely unAmerican. In response, producer David Clayton Miller and director Melinda Maerker have created a new doc entitled “We Live Here: The Midwest,” streaming on HULU beginning December 6th, 2023.

On-Air Film Review: Creating Empathy! Review of ‘Pray Away’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 5th, 2021, reviewing the new Kristine Stolakis documentary “Pray Away,” now streaming on Netflix..



Via Zoom: Kristine Stolakis on Her New Film ‘Pray Away’

CHICAGO – One of the crueler uses of psychology or religion is as a “cure” for gay or transgender or even fluid orientations to “become” heterosexual. Although this conversion therapy should never exist, the new doc “Pray Away” has filmmaker Kristine Stolakis providing the background and continued use of the therapies. The film premieres August 3rd, 2021, on Netflix.

Pride Week!: Highlights of ‘Reel Pride” with Pat & Jeffrey

Reel Pride

CHICAGO – To wrap up HollywoodChicago.com’s coverage of Pride Week and Month, two highlight videos of ‘Reel Pride,” a show that centers of LGBTQIA+ films, co-hosted by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago and Jeffrey Leibham, an entertainment reporter in Chicago.

Pride Week!: Audio Review of Award-Winning ‘Gun Hill Road’

Gun Hill Road

CHICAGO – Jon Lennon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the PRIDE film “Gun Hill Road” (2011), currently on TUBI for free, about the culture of Latino machismo when confronted with a transgender son. Happy Pride Week!

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  • Importance of Being Earnest, The, Strawdog Theatre

    CHICAGO – Just in time for Pride Month, Strawdog Theatre Co. presents an updated staging of the Oscar Wilde classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Strawdog policy … the tickets are FREE (donations encouraged), but you must put in a reservation by clicking EARNEST.

  • Prodigal Daughter, The

    CHICAGO – One of the open secrets of Chicago is its horrible racist past, which remains like an echo. Playwright Joshua Allen has been exploring this theme in his Grand Boulevard Trilogy – the last chapter talking place during the infamous 1919 race riots – in Raven Theatre’s “The Prodigal Daughter.” For tickets and info, click TPD.

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