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Wreath laying honors gay pioneers in Philadelphia - Video below - Supreme Court marriage plaintiff James Obergefell and three of the original picketers at Philadelphia's Reminder Day annual gay protests from 1965-1969 were at a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Gay Pioneers plaque across from Independence Hall July 2. Paul Kunstler, Ada Bello and John James joined the special occasion, reminding people of the dozens of courageous gay pioneers who gathered ...


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DOJ supports transgender student's right to appropriate restroom - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. The DOJ filed the statement in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case brought by the American ...


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Forty years ago: Chicago's 1975 marriage protest - The following is excerpted from the book Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln, by Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim, published in 2014: On October 20, 1975, two women, Toby Schneiter and Nancy Davis, staged a sit-in at a Cook County Marriage License Bureau facility and were arrested. Many activists believed this event would hurt more mainstream efforts to pass ...


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Open To Thinking: The Future of Our Democracy - A recurring column - Winston S. Churchill: "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ( House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947 ) Our democracy has changed radically 'from time to time' since the founding of our ...


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National roundup: OPM praised; Hillary's video; marriage news - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ) for announcing that Federal Health Benefit Plan ( FEHB ) providers will no longer be permitted to have blanket exclusions on all transition-related services in their federal employee healthcare plans. In a statement, Government Affairs Director David Stacy said, "HRC applauds OPM Director Katherine ...


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World news: Ontario bans conversion therapy; Moscow; Mozambique - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Ontario, Canada, has prohibited "conversion therapy"—attempting to change one's sexual orientation from gay to heterosexual—for children younger than 18, according to Courthouse News Service. The province's Bill 77 received royal assent on June 4, the day the Legislative Assembly approved it on its third reading. The Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act amends the province's ...


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Entertainment: Celebs react to marriage news; Jeremy Renner; Spider-Man - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Celebrities reacted to the news regarding marriage equality. Many more seemed to be on the "pro" side, with people such as David Beckham, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Tyson Beckford, Ricky Martin and Sir Ian McKellen reacting positively, according to Queerty. Donnie Wahlberg posted a photo of himself and fellow New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight ( ...


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U.S. rep keynotes higher-education event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. David Cicilline was the keynote speaker at the "LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education: Shaping Our Futures" conference hosted by LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education June 27 at Chicago's Adler University. LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education began in 2010 and its mission is, according to its website, "to advance effective leadership in the realm of post-secondary education, support professional ...


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BOOK REVIEW Love Changes 1.0 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Eddie S. Pierce, $2.99; Rainbow Room Press; 46 pages Love Changes 1.0 is meant to be the first part of a series. And it might find an audience: Set in Chicago, it's light reading with lots of gay sex. Eddie Pierce drops some contemporary concerns for Black men throughout—a character gets a HIV diagnosis and the Trayvon Martin ...


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Brookfield Zoo marks Pride - On June 25, Brookfield Zoo joined Chicago's PRIDE celebration with PRIDE Day at Brookfield Zoo. Families were able to connect with wildlife and nature by enjoying the zoo's many exhibits and attractions, like Great Bear Wilderness, Stingray Bay, Butterflies!, Hamill Family Play Zoo and its summer-long Festival of Flight bird show. Also, an expo featured LGBT-friendly businesses. The Chicago Zoological ...


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SmithAmundsen holds Pride event - On June 25, the Diversity Committee at the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC hosted its second annual event in honor of PRIDE week in Chicago. The event was held at Patron's Hacienda restaurant. Many Chicago businesses sponsored prizes to be raffled to attendees, including Clark Street Beach Bar, Beer on Clark, Bobby Love's, Patron's Hacienda, Playground Improve Theatre, Ladies & ...


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Katz named to State Bar Assoc'n Sexual Orientation, Gender ID Committee - Judge Nancy J Katz, an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, has been appointed as a member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association ( ISBA ). The appointment was made by Umberto S. Davi, of Western Springs, ISBA President for 2015-2016. The 33,000 member association, with offices in Springfield ...


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Spotlight, Critics' Picks - If you missed Sean Graney's epic adaptation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies All Our Tragic, The Hypocrites has bravely revived this modern-day contemporary festival of Dionysus ( the god of theater and wine ) for another limited run. All Our Tragic continues through Sunday, Aug. 9, at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Curtain times ...


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THEATER REVIEW Moby Dick - Playwright: David Catlin, adapted from Herman Melville novel. At: Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Pumping Station. Tickets: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$80. Runs through: Aug. 28 I've seen six stage adaptations of Moby Dick, among them versions by the House, Redmoon and Remains theaters. This one is best by far because it follows the massive novel more comprehensively ( to the degree possible ...


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THEATER REVIEW Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown - Playwright: Guillermo Reyes. At: Pride Films & Plays at the Apollo Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6100; www.ticketmaster.com; $20-$25. Runs through: July 26 Whether you trace the origins of the format to Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia in 1985 or John Leguizamo's Mambo Mouth in 1990, it was still inevitable that the gay male Latino immigrant experience would soon ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Broadway 'losers' - At the 2015 Tony Awards, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's complex musical Fun Home ( based upon lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir of the same name ) bested some more populist choices like An American in Paris and Something Rotten! for the top prize of Best Musical. Conversely, Lincoln Center Theater's sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ...


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Billy Masters - "I have a gay ex-husband. People always say to me, 'How did you not know? He loves decorating and fashion and clothes.' But we actually did have sex a lot. I didn't know at the time, though, that in his mind he was fucking the bartender at the Olive Garden!"—Fran Drescher's speech after being honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation ...


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BOOK REVIEW Course Correction - By Ginny Gilder, $26.95; Beacon Press; 272 pages The song went 'round and 'round in your head. Maybe that's why it's called "a round." You know how it works: One group starts to sing and, when they get to a certain point, the next group begins anew and so on, until the endings lap like waves. But, as in the ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Pork Shoppe (Andersonville location) - BY BEN SANDERS - Pork Shoppe ( PorkShoppeChicago.com; 5721 N. Clark St. ) has only been open for six weeks, but with the way it does business and comes through with a delicious meal, it's sure to remain a barbecue staple for years to come. The interior has a definite barnyard feel to it. The walls' colors are a mixture of browns and whites; ...


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Pride North photos - Moments from the fifth annual Pride North festival, along Glenwood Ave., just off the Morse L stop in Rogers Park, Sun., June 28. Photos by Kirk Williamson. ...


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Gay sports news - Michael Sam returns to team Michael Sam—the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team—has rejoined the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, Yahoo! Sports noted. "Thank you all so much for your support. Great to be back in Montreal with the club. Let's go #Als!," Sam tweeted. The Alouettes had suspended Sam after he abruptly ...


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Upcoming - Esteem Awards July 4 at Sidetrack PrideIndex.com announced the recipients of the Ninth Annual Esteem Awards, which will take place Saturday, July 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., 2-5 p.m. A few of the local finalists are: —Outstanding Service, Male: Erik Glenn, program manager of Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus (CBGMC) —Outstanding Service, Female: Mona Noriega, chairman and commissioner ...


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Queercast host Matheny looks back at program - Amy Matheny, a pioneer in LGBT broadcasting whose roots are local and yet carrying a voice that now reaches worldwide, is turning off her microphone—at least for the time being. An East Tennessee native who has called Chicago home for the past 20 years, Matheny is the long-standing host of Windy City Queercast ( WCQ ), the weekly podcast of ...


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Former 'Idol' contestant sings at 'Spanglish Pride' - Former American Idol ( season 12 ) semifinalist Jaidah Christina Davila ( JDA ) kicked off her three-song performance June 26 with a powerful version of Lady Gaga's LoveGame. She then went with the toned-down Hozier hit "Take Me To Church." Then she belted out her new single, "Real Eyez," from her upcoming album. Davila was cheered throughout the performance, ...


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TELEVISION David Oyelowo talks personalities, sexuality in HBO's 'Nightingale' - The HBO movie Nightingale, starring Oscar nominee David Oyelowo ( Selma ), opens with a horrific act—and for the rest of the approximately 90-minute film, he holds court as the only character on the screen, as the viewer sees different layers of his character, Peter Snowden. Oyelowo recently talked with Windy City Times about different aspects of the movie, including ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Scott Turner Schofield, 'Bold' turn on daytime soap - Scott Turner Schofield is a diversity speaker who has created a pathway into acting on television. Schofield debuted this past May on The Bold and the Beautiful as Nick becoming the only transgender actor that is part of a regular broadcast daytime television cast. Several shows created by Schofield, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps and Debutant Balls, have ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Who & the What - Playwright: Ayad Akhtar. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: July 12 A young artist defies the legacy of his ancestors to pursue a career proscribed by his tradition-bound family. Does this scenario sound familiar? You bet it does—it's The Jazz Singer. It's also My Name Is Asher Lev, A ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Work of Art - Playwright: Elaine Romero. At: Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Theatre, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 312-633-0630; $33. Runs through: July 19 A Work of Art is second in Elaine Romero's trilogy of poetic dramas about the United States at war. The 16th Street Theatre presented the first play, Graveyard of Empires, last April. There's little in either play about combat, few references ...


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VIEWS A victory for and by our children - I've been married to my spouse for 22 years. Only nine of them have been as legal spouses, however, and until last Friday ( June 26 ), even that legality came with an asterisk: "Void where prohibited." Our son was 3 when we wed, and he now remembers nothing but the equality we have in our home state of Massachusetts. ...


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Global homophobia report released - Recently, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA ) launched, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalization, protection and recognition of same-sex love, with Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy authoring this year. Among some of the highlights: —There are ...


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Legacy Walk welcoming Ugandan trans activist - The Legacy Project kicks off its fifth-anniversary season with a two-part celebration on July 11-12 and a visit from Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe-Julian Onziema. Onziema, the program director of advocacy for sexual minorities Uganda ( SMUG ) will be visiting Chicago for the first time July 9-13. This will also be his first time seeing the Legacy Walk's bronze commemoration ...


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In the Life: Ashley Perrin - Ashley Perrin learned about roller derby while in college, but didn't have the time to join. When she moved to Los Angeles, she watched a documentary that featured roller derby and then began researching. "For the first few months of living in LA, I lived in a tiny apartment with four guys and needed to make some lady friends. I ...


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Chapin Hall launches 'Voices of Youth Count' - Chapin Hall launches 'Voices of Youth Count' Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is launching Voices of Youth Count, a multi-year original research and policy effort designed to understand how many unaccompanied runaway youth and young people experiencing homelessness there are in the United States. The effort also aims to create a clear and full picture of what it ...


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National LGBT 50th-anniv. event in Philly July 2-5 - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 2-5 in Philadelphia, have announced the events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration is being promoted as the first national event after the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The organized LGBT civil-rights movement was galvanized when activists from New ...


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Trans activist writes about Obama actions - Jennicet Gutierrez—a transgender activist who heckled President Obama and was ejected from a White House LGBT reception—wrote in a June 25 Washington Blade op-ed that she finds the president's actions on transgender immigrants disheartening, The Hill noted. Gutierrez wrote that her protest on June 24 is justified, given what she considers to be Obama's past inaction on helping transgender immigrants. ...


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Website answers questions about marriage - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website—MarriageEqualityFacts.org—to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits and protections that marriage affords. Created by American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian ...


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One million at Pride '15 - Stories and extensive photo coverage of Pride in Chicago 2015 at the links: Pride Parade includes protests, celebrations and the Stanley Cup 2015-06-28: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Pride-Parade-includes-protests-celebrations-and-the-Stanley-Cup/51985.html . Protesters call attention to issues other than marriage 2015-06-28: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Protesters-call-attention-to-issues-other-than-marriage/51984.html . Several thousand turn out for Chicago Dyke March 2015-06-27: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Several-thousand-turn-out-for-Chicago-Dyke-March/51982.html BackLot Bash: Four days and nights of play 2015-06-30: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/BackLot-Bash-Four-days-and-nights-of-play/51996.html . CPD: 52 arrests ...


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Neverland Productions to change upcoming party's name after uproar - After an online uproar over the name of an upcoming Market Days weekend party, event organizers quickly acknowledged the mistake, apologized, and immediately announced it would be changing the name of the party on Friday night, Aug. 7. Neverland Productions, which ran three well-attended events/parties over Pride weekend in Chicago, announced its Market Days party would be, Savages—and the initial ...


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DISH: SAVOR SideDoor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The River North restaurant SideDoor ( 100 E. Ontario St.; http://sidedoorchicago.com/ ) offers a lot of treats—and I just don't mean the food. First, patrons enter the restaurant on the Rush Street side of the historic McCormick Mansion ( hence the site's name ). And, considering it's in a mansion, the space is decidedly large, with several intriguing-looking rooms, thanks ...


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Feeling 'Bougie' at the Ball - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Neverland team hosted "Bougie Ball," a night of the rich and fabulous, at Metro Chicago on June 27. Attempting to top last year's Pride party, DJ Alex Acosta and DJ Alexander were brought in to crank up the music. Drag performers Kim Chi, Shea Coulee, and RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Trixie Mattel hosted the evening. Attendees were blinged out ...


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'Chefs' holds annual event in new spot; 'Starving' at Venue One - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two important fundraisers supplied food for hungry donors on June 25. The popular Heartland Health Outreach event Chefs and the City moved to a new location at the Montgomery Club complete with two rooms of cuisine. The organization returned to a tasting station format, as opposed to a formal sit-down dinner the year before. There were samplings from more than ...


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ENTERTAINERS 'Drag Race' alum Ginger Minj takes 'Christ' on the road - The talented and funny Ginger Minj almost won the RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo during season seven. Before that, she reigned over the pageant circuit in the South. Hailing from Leesburg, Florida, she now calls Orlando her home. Presented by Murray & Peter, Crossdresser for Christ: The Musical will take her on a whirlwind tour. Windy City Times: Hi, Ginger. ...


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Dining news: Marriage-victory items; Fourth of July - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Howells & Hood Beverage Director Andrew Macker and the restaurant celebrates the recent news of same-sex marriage nationwide by creating the Equal Parts cocktail, made with Hendricks Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, and a cucumber-blueberry simple syrup, with an orange peel garnish. A portion of proceeds benefits the Center on Halsted. —At Filini Bar and Restaurant, 221 N. Columbus Dr., ...


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Episcopalians OK same-sex marriage - Episcopalians gave their blessing July 1 to church weddings for same-sex couples—just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow marriage equality across the nation, USA Today reported. The denomination's historic vote took place at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City. Although same-sex weddings will be allowed after Nov. 1, clergy can refuse to perform same-sex services ...


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MUSIC ROUNDUP JC Brooks; Baathhaus; St. Lucia; Neon Trees - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the explosive news of the ruling on marriage equality on the eve of Gay Pride Weekend in Chicago on June 26, the month turned out to be one of the gayest musically in recent history here. The biggest event was queer icon Bette Midler's concert on June 18 at The United Center, her first full-fledged tour in a decade. ...


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Astellas holds event with Clementis - On June 25, Northbrook-based Astellas demonstrated support of its LGBTQ employees, communities and issues by flying the Pride Flag at its headquarters for the Americas in June, participating for the sixth year in the Chicago Pride Fest parade and hosting an educational session with anti-bullying leaders, Jane and James Clementi, from the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Jane and James Clementi spoke ...


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More than 300 nonprofits call for fair, fully-funded state budget - From a press release - Chicago, IL — The Responsible Budget Coalition announced that it has joined a coalition of more than 300 nonprofit organizations across Illinois in calling on Governor Rauner and the General Assembly to work together to pass a fair, adequate and fully-funded Fiscal Year 2016 budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1st. A letter from the nonprofits—representing a ...


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Lambda Legal launches marriage tracker, online reporting website - From a news release - ( New York, NY, June 29, 2015 ) — Following the U.S. Supreme Court's sweeping decision on Friday ushering in marriage in all 50 states, Lambda Legal has introduced a new resource, the Marriage Tracker. The platform allows same-sex couples and families to report issues they have encountered while seeking a marriage license or recognition of their marriage by businesses, ...


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Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba County Texas - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) This is a developing story. Today, Jason White and his fiancée Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk in Texas. However, the clerk, Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxton's nonbinding opinion that clerks ...


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State Department Report documents LGBT Human Rights Violations - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) lauded the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for once again including information about the rights of LGBT people worldwide. A compilation of the information from the report regarding sexual orientation and gender identity can be found here. Included in this compilation is information about new anti-LGBT laws as ...


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National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame July 24 - From a press release - The 2015 National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Friday, July 24, at Center on Halsted at 7 pm. There will be a VIP reception beginning at 6 p.m. 2015 Inductees are Kye Allums, Megan Rapinoe, Roy Simmons, Helen Hull Jacobs, Roger Brigham, Dale Scott, Chris Morgan, Gene Dermody, and Robbie Rogers. ( Attendance of ...


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BackLot Bash: Four days and nights of play - The 12th annual BackLot Bash took place with a June 25 Comedy Kickoff at Mayne Stage and a June 26 Sunset Concert, a June 27 All-Day Bash and a June 28 Pride-Day Bash all at 5238 N. Clark St. ...


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Texas victim of a hate motivated violence dies - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the hate violence motivated homicide of Ricky Griffin in Dallas, Texas. According to media reports, Kieron Alexander, 25, beat Ricky Griffin, 54, to death and attempted to set him on fire in an apartment in northeast Dallas on Monday, June 21st for making "unwanted sexual gestures toward him." ...


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Love is Colorful, Make it Blu film series launched - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 30, 2015 ) — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago ( 221 N. Columbus Drive ), launches new video series, "Love is Colorful, Make it Blu," celebrating the diversity of love. Part of an ongoing commitment the hotel has to the LGBT community, the video series follows three couples as they experience the hotel, and each share their ...


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Update: Protesters arrested at White House - On Tuesday, June 30, undocumented trans and queer leaders from across the country conducted a "die-in" in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of 16th and H St. NW (at the White House) to symbolize the deaths of LGBTQ immigrants in detention as well as those LGBTQ immigrants who have been deported back to their death, according to a press release ...


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CPD: 52 arrests related to Pride - Chicago Police Department said June 29 that there were 52 arrests related to the Pride Parade and its ensuing activities. When reached for comment, CPD was not able to break down how many arrests occurred during the parade itself as well as during celebrations in Lake View. City officials say that the outcomes of this year's parade will be closely ...


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ICE has new guidance on care of transgender immigrants in custody - - U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has announced updated guidelines concerning the care of transgender immigrants in custody. This announcement comes on the heels of a letter that was sent by 35 members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson calling for limits on the use of ...


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Supreme Court decision, Obergefell analyzed - The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision striking down state bans against same-sex marriage has been touted as "probably the strongest manifesto in favor of marriage" and pilloried as "a threat to American democracy." It has energized celebrations at LGBT Pride events and private living rooms across the country and prompted warnings of "an all out assault against the religious ...


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VA extends benefits to same-sex couples following supreme court ruling - From press releases - From The American Military Partner Association WASHINGTON — On Monday, June 29, 2015, the VA confirmed they would begin extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples nationwide as a result of the historic marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court last week. Previously, the VA had denied some benefits to same sex couples who lived in states where their marriages ...


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Pride Parade includes protests, celebrations and the Stanley Cup - Video below - Chicagoans could not have asked for a better day for their Pride Parade. With sunny weather and temperatures in the mid-70s, hundreds of thousands gathered for the 46th annual parade that stretched from Uptown through Lakeview. Celebrants were this year further stoked by news that came from the U.S. Supreme Court just over 48 hours earlier, that marriage equality was ...


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Rebranded Montrose event focuses on health - Black LGBT and same-gender-loving people celebrated Pride weekend at Montrose Beach in fun and healthy way from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 28. About 10,000 people, including LGBT allies, attended the rebranded Pride at Montrose, formerly known as Montrose Rocks. Miguel Diaz, who was visiting from Mexico, was one of those people. "It's nice … it's great," Diaz ...


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Protesters call attention to issues other than marriage - The 2015 Pride Parade was briefly held up the afternoon of June 28 when several protestors from the activist group #BlackOutPride staged a "die-in" at the corner of Halsted and Addison. Eight arrests were made in the incident, which held up the parade for about 15 minutes. The protestors said that they were seeking to call attention to issues that ...


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Proud to Run holds 33rd incarnation - Proud to Run holds A part of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Pride Week activities since 1982, Proud To Run ( PTR )—an annual 10K run & 5K run/walk along the lakefront—took place June 27. The event again focused on celebrating pride in and raising funds to support the greater Chicago-area LGBTQ community. Ryan Jaskiewicz and Vanessa Righeimer were the fastest ...


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LGBT advocacy groups issue guide after historic marriage ruling - From a press release - ( New York, June 26, 2015 )—In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website MarriageEqualityFacts.org to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits, and protections that marriage affords. Created by American Civil ...


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Several thousand turn out for Chicago Dyke March - Several thousand turned out for the annual Chicago Dyke March, June 27. As is tradition, motorcycle riders kicked off the march, which started this year at the corner of Western and Division and headed west into Humboldt Park. Under beautiful skies, some marchers celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court marriage decision while most focused on a range of social justice issues. ...


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Chicago Force cruise to playoff win over Cleveland, 71-12 - Rachel Gore did it on the ground and by air, leading the host Chicago Force to a 71-12 playoff victory over the Cleveland Fusion on June 27 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. The Force quarterback threw for 176 yards and three touchdown passes, including a 62-yard first quarter strike to Jeanette Gray as Chicago ...


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Stanley Cup confirmed: Blackhawks' championship trophy in Pride Parade - Yes, the Stanley Cup will be in the Chicago Pride Parade, Windy City Times has confirmed through multiple sources, all knowledgeable of the extensive, detailed, somewhat secretive planning over the past two weeks. The Chicago Blackhawks captured the team's third Stanley Cup over the past six years on Monday night, June 15—and even before the game ended that night, text ...


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U.S. Supreme Court backs marriage equality, groups and leaders respond - The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized marriage equality nationwide. The ruling was 5-4. See the ruling here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf . From Lambda Legal: "For the first time, LGBT people in America will live in a nation that respects their love and their families. Today, the Constitution and our democracy shine brightly." (Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015) — In an historic decision, ...


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Supreme Court: State bans on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional - Below: Video of reaction outside Supreme Court - [Updated June 26, 11 a.m. ] In a widely expected yet stunning victory for LGBT people nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 26) that state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision requires states to both issue marriage licenses to couples and to recognize marriage licenses obtained in other states by same-sex couples. The ...


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President and Vice President speak on marriage equality decision - From the White House - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY Rose Garden, 11:14 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest ...


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Chicago celebrates high court decision for marriage equality - Elected officials, community leaders and others gathered at Boystown spot Sidetrack June 26 to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's five-to-four decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case granting marriage equality across the United States. Among the elected officials in attendance were Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Illinois state Reps. Greg Harris, Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams; state Sen. Heather ...


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Harvey Milk Foundation to honor United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - San Francisco, CA ( June 25, 2015 ) — The Harvey Milk Foundation, known around the world for its dedication to promoting equality for the LGBT community, will present its coveted Harvey Milk Medal to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This historic milestone coincides with the 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. The Harvey Milk Medal is seen as ...


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Locals respond to marriage decision - —Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy: "This historic decision sends the message that all families are equal in the eyes of the law. Today, same-sex marriage becomes 'marriage.'" —AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO John Peller: "The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is elated that the Court struck a blow against prejudice, discrimination, and inequality, ruling that states cannot deny ...


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Marriage 'speak-out' takes place at Center - Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network hosted a "speak-out" in front of Center on Halsted on June 26—the day the Supreme Court announced its decision on marriage rights. He encouraged his listeners to not become complacent after the victory. "We have to remember the attacks that are happening today—I'm talking about Charleston and racist hatred," he said. A moment ...


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New Jersey jury finds JONAH guilty of consumer fraud - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, June 25, 2015 )—After hours of deliberations, a New Jersey jury found Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing ( JONAH ) liable for consumer fraud. JONAH, a group that promised gay men that it would turn them into heterosexuals, was sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2012 under New Jersey's consumer fraud law. The ...







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