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Trans woman shot in Ind.; church disputes suspect's link - In Evansville, Indiana, a trans woman was shot in the jaw by a 26-year-old man who has been connected to a hate group. Gerald Duane Lewis was arraigned in the shooting of Crystal Cash at her place of business. Cash survived the attack and was able to provide a description of the attacker. Lewis, using the name Gadiell Ben Israel, ...


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Day 4: Thiel declares 'I am proud to be gay' at GOP convention - Paypal co-founder rejects anti-LGBT platform, debate on bathrooms - For the first time in 16 years, an openly gay speaker took the stage at the Republican National Convention — but the meaning of his words on LGBT rights is unclear. Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and Facebook and a California delegate supporting Trump, proclaimed his sexual orientation to attendees at the convention. "Of course, every American has a ...


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Trump makes history with LGBT-inclusion in acceptance speech - 2016 hopeful accepts Republican nomination, invokes Orlando shooting - CLEVELAND — On the final night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump made history with an explicit pledge to protect LGBT people during his speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination. Trump made the remarks when invoking the mass shooting last month at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying the 49 left dead at the hands of a shooter who ...


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In Orlando, Hillary Clinton Condemns Terrorist Attack, Act of Hate on Latinx LGBT Community - From a press release - During a roundtable with community leaders in Orlando on Friday, Hillary Clinton condemned the terrorist attack against the LGBT community that killed 49 Americans and injured dozens more at The Pulse nightclub in June. Clinton reiterated her commitment to addressing gun violence and disrupting global networks that terrorists use to execute these attacks. Pointing to the need to pull together ...


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Dem platform more aware of LGBT voters - by Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News - As America's two major parties hold their conventions this month, their platforms take opposite approaches to LGBT voters, with Democrats bringing the community closer into the fold and Republicans excising it. The proposed 2016 Democratic Party Platform addresses LGBT rights in their own section for the first time. But the goals are more general than in the past. While the ...


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Day in the Life of: a DNC diversity-working-group member, Zach Wilcha - by Paige Cooperstein/Philadelphia Gay News - Zach Wilcha already had a coffee meeting ( although he drank water; he doesn't like coffee ) and a 20-minute phone call with an LGBT business owner by the time he biked to his glass-walled office at the Industrious Workspace on Broad Street on a recent Thursday morning. Independence Business Alliance, the region's LGBT chamber of commerce, moved to the ...


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Hillary Clinton taps Tim Kaine for VP - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed Hillary Clinton's selection of Tim Kaine — who has a solid commitment to LGBTQ equality — as her running mate. Secretary Clinton's selection of Tim Kaine contrasts starkly with Donald Trump's running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, who has one of the most anti-LGBTQ records of any vice presidential candidate. "While Donald Trump ...


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Dump Trump-Pence: HRC launches site highlighting candidates' anti-LGBTQ agenda - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, today released a new microsite blasting Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their anti-equality records. Launching on the day Trump is expected to accept his party's presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, HRC will promote ...


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Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 20, 2016 ) — Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with ...


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Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season - From a press release - Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce casting for the first five plays of the company's 25th Anniversary Season, The season opens with a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed and adapted by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson, featuring Kareem Bandealy, Christine Bunuan, Arya Daire, Sydney Germaine, Matthew Hawkins, Thomas ...


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Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams - Thingification: MPAACT Summer Jams takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online. Thingification—written, composed, and performed by Duriel E. Harris—is a one-woman show combining poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the life-affirming energy of word-sound-power. Set in ...


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Day 3: Pence omits 'religious freedom' law in acceptance speech - Speakers enumerate LGBT inclusion in unprecedented way - CLEVELAND — The third night of the Republican National Convention featured unprecedented LGBT inclusion from speakers on stage, but that embrace was undercut by omission of anti-LGBT histories and hints of support for anti-LGBT policy. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence exemplified the omission of a history of anti-LGBT action during his speech accepting the No. 2 position on his party's presidential ticket. The ...


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The 1,000 Mile March: Chicago Freedom Summer remembered - From a press release - Dr. King referred to the August 1966 march into Marquette Park and the other efforts of the Chicago Freedom Movement that summer as the "first step in a one thousand mile journey." In many ways, that march, as well as the series of organizing efforts associated with the Movement, was about challenging a divided city and reclaiming the notion of ...


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TONIGHT: FOX News to Air TV Ad Featuring Transgender American during RNC - From a press release - WASHINGTON — A national TV ad featuring a transgender woman will air on FOX News tonight during the network's coverage of Donald Trump officially accepting the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention. This is the first time a television ad featuring a transgender person will air to audiences across the entire nation. The ad, which comes from the Fairness ...


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Chicago Community Trust, Goodcity Chicago announce Acting Up awards - From a press release - CHICAGO — July 21, 2016 — Today, The Chicago Community Trust and Goodcity Chicago announced the 64 recipients of the inaugural Acting Up awards that will receive $1,000 prizes to help Chicago-area residents take action on their creative ideas to make their communities safer, stronger and more dynamic. Over the course of three weeks following On the Table 2016 on ...


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BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories, Present Panel on Bisexuality at Comic-Con - From a press release - San Diego - BiNet USA, the nation's umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer ( bi+ ) people, will launch a new campaign at this week's upcoming Comic-Con, focused on bi+ people and their families and loved ones sharing their stories. The stories will be collected as part of a program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination ...


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Homophobic U.S. pastor coming to South Africa - From a press release - Lagos, Nigeria: All Out, in collaboration with Gay SA Radio, has launched a global petition campaign asking the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, to deny pastor Steven Anderson entry into South Africa: https://go.allout.org/en/a/block-pastor-anderson/ "50 less pedophiles in this world" - Those were the disgusting words U.S. pastor Steven Anderson used — in his church — to "celebrate" the ...


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HRC Foundation Video Features Proud Dads of Transgender Children - The HRC Foundation has released a first-of-its-kind web video exclusively featuring fathers of transgender children describing their experiences. The video also highlights the fear and hurt their families face due to anti-transgender prejudice and policies. The fathers highlighted in video include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family's story was also ...


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ACLU of Iowa Files Complaint on Behalf of Trans Corrections Employee - Prison Nurse Was Denied Health Care and Use of Men's Facilities Because He is Transgender - DES MOINES, IA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa today filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, a long-time Iowa Department of Corrections nurse who was discriminated against because he is transgender. The complaint was co-filed with the ACLU and cooperating attorney Melissa Hasso with the Sherinian & Hasso Law Firm ...


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LGBT Clevelanders have mixed reaction to Republican National Convention - City is Ohio's 'Democratic stronghold' - CLEVELAND — Zak Kahn and Eliot Brosch were among the roughly dozen people who were at an LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland happy hour at Cha Spirits and Pizza Kitchen, a restaurant in Cleveland's Gordon Square neighborhood, shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A local television station's rush hour traffic report was on the television above the bar as ...


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National PTA Adopts Res on Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class - ALEXANDRIA, Va., ( July 5, 2016 )—National PTA, the nation's oldest and largest child advocacy association, adopted a resolution during its 2016 Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, on the Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning ( LGBTQ ) Individuals as a Protected Class. The resolution calls for federal policies that specifically protect LGBTQ youth and local ...


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NBA moves all-star game out of North Carolina in response to anti-LGBTQ law - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, hailed the NBA's decision to stand up to North Carolina lawmakers who refused to repeal HB2 by pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC. Despite the NBA's repeated warnings that it would have to ...


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Trump, Pence Close Out Week of Attacks on LGBTQ Equality at RNC - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today released the following statement at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, during which the party adopted the most anti-LGBTQ platform in its history and featured a parade of anti-LGBTQ speakers. Earlier today, HRC released a new microsite highlighting how Donald Trump and Mike Pence threaten historic gains the ...


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Saunders and Lumley: The sweetie darlings of Ab Fab talk - Those sweetie darlings—the appallingly self-centered, hard-partying PR maven Edina "Eddy" Monsoon ( played by Jennifer Saunders ) and her constant gal pal, the blonde beehived man-trapping, chain-smoking sometime fashion editor Patsy ( played by Joanna Lumley )—are back. These iconic characters, first seen in the hit Britcom Absolutely Fabulous that Saunders created and wrote, were sensations on both sides of ...


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Billy Masters - "I think that it is a project that is misconceived and ( sadly for the players ) badly cast. The producer and director seem to have missed the point entirely."—Richard O'Brien, writer of The Rocky Horror ( Picture ) Show ( and the original Riff Raff ), gives his opinion on the FOX remake starring Laverne Cox as a "sweet ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] - When Andrew Volkoff took over as artistic director for the LGBTQ-focused About Face Theatre in 2013, one of his producing goals was to make each new show by the About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) debut on an annual basis rather than unveiling a world premiere every two years. Largely tasked with that accelerated artistic schedule has been Ali ...


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Looking at workplace bias against trans people of color - In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) determined in the case Macy v. Holder that transgender and gender non-conforming people are a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people based on sex. This EEOC ruling was affirmed by numerous court decisions, the Department of Labor and the Department ...


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Annual Pride party remembers Orlando - For Chicagoan Angie Wines, the June 26 Pride Parade was to be like it had been for the past several years. Wines, who lives on the West Side, set up a large tailgating party along Halsted. "I'm a chef and I love to cook," she said. "We show up at the parade early, stake out a spot and watch the ...


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Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight If you missed The New Colony and Definition Theatre's January co-production of Byhalia, Mississippi, Evan Linder's critically acclaimed and Jeff Award-winning drama is back with its entire original cast in a much-anticipated revival. Thanks to Steppenwolf Theatre's Visiting Company Initiative, Linder's astute and cutting drama returns to make audiences question modern-day race relations. It all kicks off when ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy - Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 21 When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Stephen Adly Guirgis' wry examination of marginalized citizens struggling to get by—and not particularly choosy how they do it—against overwhelming odds, nobody suspected that the troubles of these disenfranchised lowlifes would be vying for ...


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PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee - Although a theater's Monday night stages are traditionally dark, Stage 773 of Lakeview's Circle Theatre was lit by an ensemble gold mine of talent July 11. The evening brought a capacity audience continually to their feet, while wiping away the tears of laughter and poignancy wrought by some of the city's most ethereal voices in often deeply personal choices of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Space Age - Playwrights: Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris. At: Free Street Theater at Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Tickets: Freestreet.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 Artistic and romantic collaborators Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Parris have done their homework on their new confessional two-man performance art piece Space Age ( For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream - DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream Playwright: Shakespeare. At: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook. Tickets: 630-986-8067; FirstFolio.org; $29-$39. Runs through: Aug. 14 Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret Playwright: Derek Van Barham, after Shakespeare. At: Pride Films & Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 A Midsummer Night's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Talking with 'Queen of Mean' Lisa Lampanelli - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lisa Lampanelli will probably forever be known as "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean." Known for not pulling her punches over the years, this stand-up comedian has roasted a variety of people, including Pamela Anderson, William Shatner,and Donald Trump. Lampanelli taped Long Live the Queen for HBO in 2009, and followed that with another one-hour special, Dirty Girl, for Comedy Central. ...


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WCPA names new artistic director - Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) has announced the selection and appointment of Dr. Eric Esparza as the artistic director of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire. In addition to directing WCPA's flagship choruses, Esparza is the director of choral activities and vocal area coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago. He conducts the DePaul Chamber and ...


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SAVOR LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar - LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar ( 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; LondonHouseChicago.com ) is at the center of a lot of buzz these days—and one of the reasons becomes obvious when going to the dining establishment, as it's the only tri-level rooftop venue in Chicago, as it's on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors of the LondonHouse hotel ( called, respectively, ...


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PROFILE Rita Adair talks activism, upcoming book, social work - When Rita Adair moved to Chicago five years ago, she'd already made a name for herself as an activist and social worker in her hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. Adair currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood; however, she'll be leaving the city at the end of the month to travel and write a book. Born in 1955 to a white Norweigan mom ...


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Knight at the Movies: Absolutely Fabulous; Star Trek Beyond; The Witness - Sweetie sweetie darlings Patsy and Edina—those two narcissistic, hard-partying London-based "sweetie darlings" who took the world ( and just about every gay bar's TV set ) by storm—are back, 25 years after the Britcom debuted in the early '90s. In Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, their first on-screen romp, Jennifer Saunders returns as Eddy, the trend-chasing publicist whose most renowned client ...


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In the Life: Matt Kirouac - Matt Kirouac was approached by Gatehouse Publishing last spring about writing a book about Chicago as part of its The Hunt series. The problem was the publishing house is in Singapore, which is where the series started before eventually coming to North America. So, for Skype meetings, Kirouac often was in pajamas at 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday, since Singapore ...


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Center on Halsted reveals new leadership - Center on Halsted announced new leadership within the organization. The new leaders are slated to advance the Center's stated mission "of securing the health and well-being of LGBTQ people of Chicagoland and assist in guiding the organization in its new three-year strategic plan." Kim Fountain, Ph.D., is joining the organization in the newly formed chief operating officer position, a role ...


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Chicago House unveils new leaders - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has welcomed new leaders to assist the organization in achieving its objectives and to serve individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness and/or gender nonconformity. Ray Koenig, partner at Clark Hill PLC, will lead Chicago House's board of trustees as the new chair, replacing Ray Lechner, who served as ...


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New blood-donation rules for gay men slowly take effect - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ), in December, significantly reduced the timeframe during which gay men would have had to abstain from sex in order to make blood donations, down to 12 months. Many blood donation centers, however, have been slow to put that new rule into effect. Chicagoan Michael Albert, a sign-language interpreter, began calling donation centers ...


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Activist Rachel Williams talks #SayHerName, BYP100, intersectionality - Chicago native Rachel Williams has been an activist since their high school years at Chicago Public School's John Hope College Prep in Englewood. Along with their activist work, Williams also served on the student council and competed with the policy debate team at their high school. Born in 1991, Williams grew up on the Far South Side. Like a lot ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs among Illinois delegates - A number of individuals from the LGBT community will be among the Illinois delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Illinois delegates include consultant Michael Harrington; Ald. Ray Lopez ( 15th Ward ); Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ); Rocco Claps, former director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights; activist Rick Garcia; East Aurora School Board ...


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'Gays for Trump' make case for anti-Islamic policies - Milo Yiannopoulos appears at event after being banned from Twitter - CLEVELAND — Rallying attendees before posters of scantily clad young men in "Make America Great Again" hats, speakers at a "Gays for Trump" party on Tuesday night urged LGBT people to look to defeating radical Islamic extremism as its next goal. The featured speaker at the event, which was called "Wake Up" and took place at Wolstein Center Ballroom at ...


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Day 2: GOP subtly seeks LGBT support through Orlando, gun rights - NRA official pledges to protect gun rights regardless of 'race, religion or sexual orientation' - CLEVELAND — Amid attacks impugning Hillary Clinton's character and calls for her incarceration, Republicans on the second night of the GOP national convention subtly sought to obtain LGBT support to further their goals. Sen. Ron Johnson ( R-Wis. ), who's defending himself against a challenge from progressive champion and former Sen. Russ Feingold, invoked the Orlando shooting when he recalled ...


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Sami Grisafe Releases 'All-Un-American' Today - Groundbreaking Former Pro-Athlete Pens Protest Song Inspired By Donald Trump's Campaign Strategy - July 13th, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: California Songstress Sami Grisafe will release her forthcoming single 'All-Un-American' to iTunes, Amazon and streaming sites on July 13. In the vein of classic protest songs, the anthemic track was written as a direct answer to Donald Trump's 'Make America Great' slogan as well as other increasingly worrying headline news events in the U.S.A. ...


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Trump kids, Christie at second night of RNC - The second night of the Republican Nationl Convention, July 19, featured two of now-official Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's children, Donald Jr. and Tiffany, as speakers, as well as former presidential rivals Ben Carson and Chris Christie, among others. While Tiffany ( Trump's child with his second wife, Marla Maples ) told anecdotes about her father, Donald Jr. got more ...


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Jenner denounces anti-trans bathroom bills at 'Big Tent' event - Trans personality attributes suicide rate among youths to online bullying - CLEVELAND — Transgender personality and Olympic decathlete Cailtyn Jenner denounced anti-trans state bathroom measures on Wednesday during an event seeking to promote a "big tent" within the GOP. Jenner made the remarks at an event hosted by the pro-LGBT American Unity Fund, which took place in a literal big tent just outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Margaret Hoover, president of ...


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Day 2: GOP subtly seeks LGBT support through Orlando, gun rights - NRA official pledges to protect gun rights regardless of 'race, religion or sexual orientation' - CLEVELAND — Amid attacks impugning Hillary Clinton's character and calls for her incarceration, Republicans on the second night of the GOP national convention subtly sought to obtain LGBT support to further their goals. Sen. Ron Johnson ( R-Wis. ), who's defending himself against a challenge from progressive champion and former Sen. Russ Feingold, invoked the Orlando shooting when he recalled ...


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Undocumented immigrant: Trump, GOP platform could 'incite' violence - Sheridan Aguirre was born in Mexico, lives in Texas - CLEVELAND — An undocumented immigrant from Mexico on Wednesday said that Donald Trump and the Republican Party's platform could "incite" violence against marginalized groups. "A lot of the language that's been coming out of Donald Trump and the Republican Party has been inciting a lot of fear within our community," Sheridan Aguirre told the Washington Blade during an interview in ...


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Republican lawmakers attend Family Research Council luncheon - Co-chair of GOP platform committee among speakers - CLEVELAND — The co-chair of the Republican Party's platform committee was among those who spoke at a Family Research Council luncheon that took place in Cleveland on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx ( R-N.C. ) described the platform that delegates to the Republican National Convention approved earlier this week as "one of the most conservative in the party's history." The ...


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Local entertainment news - Hal Sparks at Zanies July 24 Actor/comedian Hal Sparks will perform at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., on Sunday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Along with starring as the inventive scientist Donald Davenport in Disney XD's Lab Rats, Sparks has directed a few episodes of the comedy show. He hosted E!'s Emmy-winning Talk Soup and had a ...


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Out teachers talk anti-bullying plans at NNSTOY confab - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out teachers Brett Bigham ( 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year ), Jane McMahon ( 2014 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year ) and Shanna Peeples ( 2015 Texas State Teacher of the Year and 2015 United States National Teacher of the Year ) held a session focused on anti-bullying information and supports for LGBTQ youth who are being bullied ...


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Entertainment news: 'Tarzan' kiss, Christian Siriano, Abby Wambach, Mary Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The UK Mirror reported that a gay kiss was cut out of the final edit of the new Tarzan film—because test audiences were left "perplexed" by it, the director has revealed. The new film, The Legend of Tarzan, includes a character named Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian soldier played by Christoph Waltz, who is now rumored to be Tarzan's ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: William Glick. At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lucy and her siblings would make the perfect poster family for transitioning. They're about to sell their home and relocate to the Chicago area. Lucy's perfectionist sister Mary has reinvented herself as video celeb, Mary-Beth, a blogger whose ...


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At GOP convention, speakers make LGBT attacks, outreach - CLEVELAND, Ohio — Over the course of one night at the Republican National Convention, two different speakers Monday exemplified the party's desire of LGBT outreach on one hand and continuing attacks on LGBT people on the other. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, took a knock at ...


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Reeling LGBTQ film fest returns Sept. 22-29 - CHICAGO, IL - Chicago Filmmakers announces the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, to be held Sept. 22-29, 2016 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema ( 2828 N. Clark St. ) and other venues around the city. The festival will present a selection of the best new LGBTQ films from around the globe. A production of Chicago ...


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OUTspoken LGBT storytelling at Sidetrack marks 2 years Aug 2 - From a press release - Retell. Relive. Relate. OUTspoken!, Chicago's monthly evening of LGBTQ Storytelling celebrates its two-year anniversary on Tuesday, August 2. Our August evening of storytelling and celebration will include special moments and surprises for the always-supportive, engaged audience. OUTspoken!'s second year included going on the road with a feature spot in Lifeline Theater's FILLET OF SOLO, a special joint event with Chicago ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Katja Bavendam is making a big splash with My Giant Life on the TLC Network. Season two kicks off with a new lesbian cast member who is 6'8" and lives in New York. Her wife, Julie McGuire, is 5'2," making for an interesting dynamic. They have been married for a year and the storyline on the show follows their journey ...


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VIEWS Crayons and Black lives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Brad Hauger - When I was younger and in art class I had to have the 64 count of crayons that included the sharpener on the back. I used to mix the different colors and was fascinated that mixing the different colors created even more colors. The crayons were always placed in the box in a certain order and as I took them ...


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World news: France's blood ban, Prince Harry, Nice attack - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a 33-year ban, gay men in France will officially be able to donate blood after a law change came into effect, Newsweek reported. The ban on gay people giving blood first came into force in France in 1983, shortly after the discovery of HIV. The last time a patient contracting the HIV virus in France after receiving donated blood ...


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Jazz Jennings part of TLC's block party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Stadium Green at Soldier Field was full of laughter, music and the smells of local food trucks on July 16 for TLC's second-ever Block Party event. For the celebration, the television channel flew in stars from hit shows like Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Long Island Medium to meet their fans. Amid all the chaos, Jazz ...


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Dining news: Restaurant closings, Smack Shack, Uncle Julio's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Vivo recently closed after a quarter-century in the West Loop, Eater Chicago noted. The owners of AMK Kitchen Bar, a Bucktown restaurant that opened in June 2015, have purchased Vivo's Randolph Restaurant Row space; in late July, they'll open a pop-up concept called Nosh & Booze. —Also recently closing was Embeya. Eater Chicago reported that the West Loop spot suddenly ...


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National roundup: FBI finding, Trevor Project, Cleveland action, Obergefell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. law-enforcement officials have said that the FBI has found no evidence so far that Omar Mateen—who killed 49 people and wounded more than 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida—chose the popular establishment because of its gay clientele, The Washington Post reported. "While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community, the investigation hasn't ...


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BOOK REVIEW Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation - By Jim Downs. $27.99; Basic Books; 262 pages You had no idea. How could you know? No one ever told you, nobody sat you down to explain what was what. You were blissfully unaware, kept in the dark for far too long, but read Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, by Jim Downs, and you may ...


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Michigan activist Montgomery dies - Michigan LGBTQ-rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery, the founding executive director of the Triangle Foundation, died July 18 at age 63, The Metro Times reported. In 1991, Montgomery, Henry D. Messer and John Monahan co-founded the foundation, which later merged with Michigan Equality to become Equality Michigan. Montgomery was spurred to form the foundation by the fatal shooting of his boyfriend, Michael, ...


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Gay defense analyst Rachel Hoff won't 'leave' GOP over anti-LGBT platform - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — The first openly gay member of the Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday said she does not "plan to leave" the GOP. Rachel Hoff, a defense analyst for the American Action Forum in D.C., made the comment as she spoke about her party's anti-LGBT platform at a panel that Equality Ohio, a statewide advocacy group, held at the ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago tried to offer something for every musical palate and largely succeeded—splendidly. Never mind all that food: The fest offered mainstage helpings of rap/hip-hop ( The Roots with a cameo from Chance the Rapper ), old-school alternative rock ( The Decemberists, Billy Idol, Chris Connelly ), new alternative rock ( Shakey Graves, The Kongos, Elle ...


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National LGBTQ Task Force Statement on the Republican 2016 Platform - From a press release - Washington DC, July 18, 2016 —This week's Republican National Convention is likely to ratify what has been described as the most anti-LGBTQ platform in its history. The platform, which has shocked some of the GOP's most ardent supporters, endorses so-called conversion therapy, calls for the banning same sex marriage, rejects LGBTQ families and bans transgender and gender non-conforming people from ...


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AIDS Healthcare Foundation holds pre-RNC concert - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — More than 3,000 people on Sunday attended an AIDS Healthcare Foundation concert at Cleveland State University that took place on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Gospel R&B duo Mary Mary and the Roots were among those who performed during the concert that took place roughly a mile from the arena in which the RNC will take ...


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Clyburn: Election 'most consequential' of lifetime - by Michael Lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn on Monday described this year's election as the "most consequential" of his lifetime. "I hear people telling me that they're so upset about what happened in the primaries that they're going to boycott their voting in November," said the South Carolina Democrat during a voting rights town hall at Cleveland State University that ...


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GOP delegates ratify platform, express support for anti-LGBT language - By Chris Johnson, The Washington Blade - CLEVELAND, Ohio — Delegates at the Republican National Convention ratified Monday afternoon with little opposition a party platform¯considered to have the most anti-LGBT language in history. As Sen. John Barrasso ( R-Wyo. ), chair of the platform committee, presided over the convention, delegates approved the 66-page document¯by voice vote at 4:42 pm. The number of "ayes" among the 2,470 delegates ...


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Trump supporter: Armed club-goer could have stopped Fla. massacre - By Michael lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — A prominent gun control opponent who supports Donald Trump said on Monday that fewer people would have been killed inside the Pulse nightclub if a club-goer had shot the gunman with their weapon. "What happened to all those people," said Jan Morgan, founder of Armed American Women, as she spoke at the "America First" rally in Settlers Landing ...


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National Archives event features LGBTQ rights discussion and YEPP - The National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) hosted an event focused on LGBTQ human and civil rights July 15 at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). This was part of a two-day series of events under the banner—Amending America: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights. Modesto "Tico" Valle ( CEO of the Center ), Jane Markham ( ...







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