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Trans-murders-rising-alongside-anti-trans-rhetoric-

Trans murders rising alongside anti-trans rhetoric - An illustration used as part of a 1938 children's book Der Giftpilz ( The Poisoned Mushroom ) by Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher features a menacing-looking, burly caricature of a Jewish man confronting two young children, Else and Hans, who stare up at him in wonder as he uses a bag of caramels to entice them to come with him. In ...


LGBTQs-gun-violence-prevention-coalition-to-provide-education-action

LGBTQs, gun violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO—In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a forum aimed at education, coalition-building and action. The free program will feature various speakers who ...


Court-rules-for-trans-Wisconsin-boy

Court rules for trans Wisconsin boy - A federal court ruled Sept. 20 that a Wisconsin school must immediately halt its discriminatory policy of singling out a transgender boy, Ashton Whitaker, and forcing him to use a restroom separate from all other students. Whitaker—with Transgender Law Center and Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, representing him—asked for the preliminary injunction so that he could use the restroom during ...


Mbiganyi-Lashani-The-life-behind-one-of-Chicagos-500-murder-victims

Mbiganyi Lashani: The life behind one of Chicago's 500 murder victims - On July 18, Mbiganyi Lashani was in in his kitchen preparing a meal. "So a dove came and sat on my window, as I was getting the skillet ready, it flew away," he wrote on social media. Friends thought it was a good omen. Eleven days later, just before six in the morning on July 29, Chicago Police Department ( ...


National-roundup-Pence-in-lawsuit-BiWeek-trans-murders

National roundup: Pence in lawsuit, #BiWeek, trans murders - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender man prohibited from changing his legal name because of his immigration classification is suing Indiana state officials, including Gov. Mike Pence, a press release stated. The lawsuit—filed Sept. 13 by MALDEF ( Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund ) and Transgender Law Center on behalf of a 31-year-old Indiana resident—alleges that a 2010 state law requiring proof ...


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SIDEBAR LGBTQs, gun-violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO—In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a forum aimed at education, coalition-building and action. The free program will feature various speakers who ...


Natl-LGBTQ-Task-Force-reacts-to-police-shooting-of-unarmed-Black-man-Terence-Crutcher-

Nat'l LGBTQ Task Force reacts to police shooting of unarmed Black man Terence Crutcher - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 20, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is describing the killing by Tulsa Police of an unarmed Black man, Terence Crutcher, as an "outrageous act of police violence." The killing, captured on video, clearly shows an unarmed Mr. Crutcher with his hands above his head. "This is an outrageous act of police violence. Our thoughts and prayers are ...


HRC-ENC-civic-leaders-thank-Charlotte-Mayor-Roberts-for-with-LGBTQs

HRC, ENC, civic leaders thank Charlotte Mayor Roberts for with LGBTQs - From a press release - Charlotte, NC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and other civic leaders joined together in Charlotte to denounce Governor McCrory's latest ploy to deflect blame for his disastrous and hateful HB2 law. As Governor McCrory and Republican legislative leaders continue ...


LGBTQ-and-Illinois-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Coalition-join-for-education-action

LGBTQ and Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition join for education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 20 for a forum aimed at education, coalition building and action. The free program will feature various ...


-National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-condemns-police-killing-of-13-year-old-Black-boy

National LGBTQ Task Force condemns police killing of 13-year-old Black boy - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 16, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is condemning the killing of a 13-year-old Black boy by police in Columbus, Ohio. "Yet another police killing of a young Black person. This painful spate of police-involved shootings appears to be never ending. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tyre King. As we've said before, ...


LGBTQ-and-Illinois-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Coalition-join-for-education-action

LGBTQ and Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition join for education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 20 for a forum aimed at education, coalition building and action. The free program will feature various ...


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Downstate man prepares challenge in LGBT video - A downstate man, who works for the Social Security Administration office in Champaign, said he fears for his job since he's refused to watch a mandatory LGBT diversity-training video. David Hall, of Tolono, works in an information technology position and has been employed by SSA for about 14 years. In April, he and other SSA employees were notified that they ...


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NCAVP mourns killing of T.T. Saffore, a Chicago transgender woman of color - From a press release - September 13, 2016-The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of T.T. Saffore, a Black transgender woman, in Chicago, Illinois. According to media source the Windy City Times, T.T. was found murdered in Chicago's Garfield Park the night of Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. [ View coverage in Windy City Times at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Transgender-woman-found-slain-on-Chicagos-West-Side/56450.html ...


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Wisc. court orders accurate birth certificates for kids of same-sex spouses - The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the state of Wisconsin must issue accurate birth certificates listing both parents for the children of married same-sex couples. Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, live in Madison and were married in New York in September 2012. After several attempts using assisted reproductive technology, Chelsea became ...


ACC-follows-NCAA-in-moving-championship-games-out-of-North-Carolina-over-HB2-

ACC follows NCAA in moving championship games out of North Carolina over HB2 - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — 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 Atlantic Coast Conference's decision to stand up for the safety of its employees, players, and fans by moving championship games out of North Carolina due to the state's anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. ...


ACLU-asks-Court-not-to-review-decision-protecting-trans-students-restroom-access-

ACLU asks Court not to review decision protecting trans student's restroom access - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a brief filed with the Supreme Court today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia argue that the Supreme Court should not step in to review a ruling that a local school board violated federal law when it denied a transgender boy access to restrooms consistent with his gender identity. The ACLU brought the ...


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Lambda Legal to honor NCAA in Indiana - On Friday, Sept. 16, Lambda Legal will honor the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA ) with its Corporate Leadership Award at its annual Indiana Benefit—the largest annual LGBT-rights event in the state. The association will be honored "in recognition of the NCAA's leadership in promoting fairness and equality for LGBT people in the Hoosier State and throughout the country," ...


-Vigil-remembers-murdered-trans-woman

Vigil remembers murdered trans woman - About 30 community members gathered Sept. 12 at the corner of North Kenton Avenue and West Monroe Street in Garfield Park to remember a trans woman, T.T., believed to be about 26- or 27-years-old, who was murdered the evening of Sept. 11. Her throat had been cut and a knife was found nearby. At the site where T.T.'s body was ...


Sept-12-deadline-for-Pulse-Victims-Fund-disbursement-set

Sept 12 deadline for Pulse Victim's Fund, disbursement set - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL - Equality Florida's fundraising efforts for the victims' families and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting have raised over $8 million, the vast majority from a GoFundMe campaign that has drawn nearly 120,000 contributors from across the world; as well as pledges from corporate sponsors and grassroots fundraising efforts locally and globally. "It is imperative that all victims' ...


Transgender-woman-found-slain-on-Chicagos-West-Side

Transgender woman found slain on Chicago's West Side - A West Side transgender woman, T.T. Saffore, was found murdered in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood the evening of Sept. 11, 2016. According to the Chicago Police Department and subsequent reports by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, the body was discovered in the 4500 block of West Monroe Street. The throat had been cut and a knife was found ...


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Clementi's roommate to be retried - The three-judge Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jerseyhas tossed the convictions against Dharun Ravi—a former Rutgers University student whose roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after he was captured on a webcam kissing another man. In 2012, a jury found Ravi guilty of 15 counts of various charges. He was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in jail, three ...


Death-of-civil-rights-activist-horrifying-and-disturbing

Death of civil rights activist "horrifying and disturbing" - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 8, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is describing the murder of Daren Seals, a civil rights activist who rose to prominence in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the police killing of Michael Brown as "horrifying and disturbing." Seals' body was found in a burning vehicle, having been shot. "We are deeply saddened by the ...


Survey-analyzes-perceptions-of-police-mistreatment

Survey analyzes perceptions of police mistreatment - A new survey released Sept. 2 illustrates the perception of the frequency of police harassment against gays and lesbians, as well as transgender individuals, among different demographics. "GenForward: A survey of the Black Youth Project with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research" polled 1,750 persons ages 18-30 to conceptualize how "race and ethnicity shape how respondents experience and think ...


National-roundup-Jeff-Montgomery-memorial-custody-ruling-Orlando-hero

National roundup: Jeff Montgomery memorial; custody ruling; Orlando hero - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A memorial for activist Jeff Montgomery will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the McGregor Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, a press release stated. Montgomery, a pioneering activist, was the founding executive director of the Triangle Foundation ( now known as Equality Michigan ). For those who want to preserve and highlight the legacy of Montgomery's work, ...


Cleveland-trans-woman-files-federal-suit-against-housing-authorities

Cleveland trans woman files federal suit against housing authorities - A Cleveland transgender woman, on Sept. 1, filed a federal lawsuit against city officials, alleging that she was subjected to harassment and physical violence while she was the resident of a Cleveland public housing building. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio. According to her complaint, Kayla Jane alleges that she suffered ...


HRC-New-Nonpartisan-Poll-Shows-Majority-of-Americans-oppose-anti-equality-laws

HRC: New Nonpartisan Poll Shows Majority of Americans oppose anti-equality laws - From a press release - HWASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement after a new national poll shows Americans are strongly rejecting laws like North Carolina's HB2, which targeted transgender people and wrote discrimination into state law. The national survey released by ...


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NW Indiana Gay Straight Coalition formed - From a press release - The new NW Indiana Gay Straight Coalition hosts a kickoff party Sept. 10 at the art space building in Michigan City, Indiana, located at 717 Franklin. The focus of this newly formed group will be to create a community-based organization with goals of fostering policies of gun safety reform without taking away gun ownership rights, and creating a more inclusive ...


Marine-veteran-who-saved-lives-Orlando-LGBT-club-shooting-to-be-honored-

Marine veteran who saved lives Orlando LGBT club shooting to be honored - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, announced that Imran Yousuf of Orlando, Florida, will be honored with the 2016 AMPA Community Hero Award at the inaugural AMPA West Coast Gala on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in San Diego, California. ...


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NW Indiana coalition launching Sept. 10 - The NW Indiana Gay-Straight Coalition, a 501( c )( 4 ) organization, will hold its kickoff event Saturday, Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m., at ArtSpace, 717 Franklin St., in Michigan City. According to a press release, "The focus of this newly formed group will be to create a community-based organization with goals of fostering policies of gun-safety reform without taking away ...


National-roundup-Pulse-Nightclub-Clinton-endorsement-mayor-marries

National roundup: Pulse Nightclub, Clinton endorsement, mayor marries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Survivors of the Pulse Nightclub massacre who were treated at two Orlando, Florida, hospitals will not be billed for their medical care, ABC News reported. Orlando Health, the healthcare network that includes Orlando Regional Medical Center, said in a statement to ABC News, "Orlando Health has not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to Pulse patients and we don't ...


Labor-issues-regulations-for-federal-contractors-on-LGBTQ-non-discrimination-protections

Labor issues regulations for federal contractors on LGBTQ non-discrimination protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor ( DOL ) has issued final regulations implementing President Obama's executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Among its provisions, the regulations will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the ...


Lambda-Legal-honors-NCAA-for-fight-for-LGBT-rights-in-Indiana-and-nation-wide-

Lambda Legal honors NCAA for fight for LGBT rights in Indiana and nation-wide - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, August, 24, 2016 ) — On Friday, September 16, Lambda Legal will honor the NCAA at its annual Indiana Benefit, the largest annual LGBT civil rights event in the state, in recognition of the NCAA's leadership in promoting fairness and equality for LGBT people in the Hoosier state and throughout the country. The NCAA national office was ...


NC-blocked-from-enforcing-anti-trans-law-against-plaintiffs-while-suit-proceeds-

NC blocked from enforcing anti-trans law against plaintiffs while suit proceeds - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal court today granted a request to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity, against three transgender individuals who are challenging the law in court. In granting the preliminary injunction, the court found that the challengers are likely ...


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Cleric: No violence against LGBTs - Prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has banned his followers from committing violence against LGBT people, The Washington Blade noted. Members of the Mahdi army—a Shiite militia that al-Sadr heads—have been accused of kidnapping, torturing and executing LGBT Iraqis for the past several years. Some consider al-Sadr, 43, to be one of the most influential religious and popular figures in ...


Trans-artist-challenges-liquor-law

Trans artist challenges liquor law - A queer and transgender performance artist, on Aug. 24, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, maintaining that the city's policy prohibiting women from baring their breasts in venues with liquor licenses is discriminatory. Bea Sullivan-Knoff said at an Aug. 24 press conference at City Hall that the rule has impeded her ability to ...


Death-of-trans-activist-causes-outrage-in-Turkey-

Death of trans activist causes outrage in Turkey - There is outrage in Istanbul, Turkey, over the murder of transgender woman Hande Kader. Turkey remains conservative on LGBTI issues; however, a protest was staged Aug. 21 over Kader's death. Hundreds of demonstrators attended. Kader, a 22-year-old sex worker and activist, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Roommate Davut Dengiler had hoped she was still alive but ...


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U.S. juvenile, criminal justice systems endanger lives, futures of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Denver, CO, August 23, 2016 — A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). Among the report's most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBT youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBT ...


President-Preckwinkle-applauds-signing-of-Juvenile-Justice-Bill

President Preckwinkle applauds signing of Juvenile Justice Bill - From a press release - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today hailed action by the governor in signing into law juvenile justice reform legislation she championed this year. HB 6291 sponsored by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, which will take effect January 1, 2017, will reduce or eliminate mandatory five-year probation sentences for juveniles and reduce commitments to juvenile prison for drug crimes. Sen. ...


Longest-ever-wrongfully-incarcerated-woman-in-US-history-sues-

Longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history sues - Officers concocted homophobic theory - From a press release RENO, NV — Attorneys for Cathy Woods, who according to the National Registry of Exonerations' database is the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history, filed suit in federal court here today against four former Reno, NV and Shreveport, LA cops, a district attorney and a physician who knowingly caused her wrongful imprisonment. The former police ...


NBA-All-Star-Game-moves-to-New-Orleans-due-to-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBTQ-law

NBA All-Star Game moves to New Orleans due to North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a report from the Associated Press that the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) is moving the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana — a city with explicit LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Citing the hostile environment created by North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, and after repeated warnings the ...


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G-PAC hosts discussion on LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC hosted an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Aug. 18 at Weinberg/Newton Gallery. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" was a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. G-PAC is a coalition of dozens of groups working to counter the influence of ...


LGBTQ-Advocates-Welcome-Justice-Departments-Decision-to-Nix-Use-of-Private-Prisons-

LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Justice Department's Decision to Nix Use of Private Prisons - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 18, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming the decision by the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) to stop using private prisons. "The decision by the Department of Justice to stop using private prisons is a significant breakthrough in the process of radically reforming our criminal justice system. Private prisons have been a complete failure—providing substandard ...


Event-to-examine-LGBTQs-and-gun-laws

Event to examine LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC is hosting an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" is a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. The panel discussion, which ...


18th-trans-woman-killed-in-US

18th trans woman killed in U.S. - In Columbus, Ohio, trans woman Rae'Lynn Thomas was fatally shot by James Allen Byrd, the ex-boyfriend of her mother, Renee Thomas. An official from New York City's Anti-Violence Project said this is the 18th confirmed killing of a transgender or gender nonconforming person in 2016. Renee said her daughter transitioned 10 years ago. Rae'Lynn's aunt, Shannon, added that Rae'Lynn was ...


Belize-overturns-anti-sodomy-law

Belize overturns anti-sodomy law - The Belize Supreme Court made a historic ruling Aug. 10 in favor of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country's anti-sodomy law. This is the first case started in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned. It was originally brought to court in 2010, and was heard in 2013. Orozco, executive ...


Gay-man-attacked-in-Logan-Square

Gay man attacked in Logan Square - A Logan Square man said that a group of teenagers attacked him because he is gay. Levi Frerichs was returning home from a birthday party in the 2600 block of North Spaulding Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on July 29 when he was assaulted by the group of six teens—all between the ages of 16-19—who were also shouting homophobic slurs, ...


Rauner-signs-bills-addressing-assault-victims-follow-up

Rauner signs bills addressing assault victims' follow-up - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on Aug. 12, signed legislation addressing procedures that assist victims of sexual assault. Senate Bill 3096, according to a press statement, provides sexual assault victims with stricter protections during the evidence collection process and ensures transfer of evidence from the hospital to law enforcement agencies in a timely manner. The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Scott M. ...


LGBT-groups-rally-in-DC-for-gun-reform

LGBT groups rally in D.C. for gun reform - From a press release - Activists from diverse groups concerned about gun violence will come from across the country will unite Aug. 13 to tell political leaders "Enough." Organizing began after the tragic events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Group founder, Jason Hayes, was over-come with emotion. Like many, Hayes felt an overpowering need to shout, to yell, to scream, to ...


Event-to-examine-LGBTQs-and-gun-laws

Event to examine LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC is hosting an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" is a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. The panel discussion, which ...


Gay-fast-food-worker-joins-fight-for-higher-wages

Gay fast-food worker joins fight for higher wages - Samuel Santana, 20, of Cicero appreciates his job at an area Burger King, where he's worked for 10 months, but wants to make more money. He makes $8.25 an hour and rarely works more than 30 hours a week. "It feels like I'm living off chump change. One week I'll get 12 hours, the next week I'll get 10, so ...


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Freedom Square in Day 18 protesting Homan Square - Damon Williams of the two-year-old Let Us Breathe Collective in Chicago speaks at Freedom Square, across from the police department's Homan Square facility where there are allegations of thousands of people tortured and detained without access to attorneys. The Freedom Square space is providing food and donated products, plus lessons and community building with people from the area and all ...


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Ugandan police arrest 15 at pride event - On Aug. 4 in Uganda, authorities raided a nightclub that was hosting a gay-pride event, arresting at least 15 people. The arrested individuals were charged with promoting homosexuality ( which is not legal in that country ) and staging an illegal gathering. The incident took place at Club Venom in Kampala, the country's capital. Gay-rights activist Clare Byarugaba told Reuters ...


LGBT-people-of-color-face-bias-abuse-in-criminal-justice-system-

LGBT people of color face bias, abuse in criminal justice system - From a press release - As the nation focuses on disparities in policing and criminal justice, a new report spotlights how our broken system adversely impacts LGBT people of color. Washington, D.C., August 4, 2016 — The events of the summer of 2016 have spurred renewed dialogue and protests about the unequal treatment of people of color, particularly black and Latino people, in the ...


The-Movement-for-Black-Lives-releases-platform

The Movement for Black Lives releases platform - The Movement for Black Lives recently posted its platform as well as demands such as reparations, investing/divesting, economic justice, political power, community control and ending the war on Black people. The platform is listed below. Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving ...


Gov-Rauner-signs-marijuana-related-criminal-justice-bills-

Gov. Rauner signs marijuana-related criminal-justice bills - On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed criminal-justice reform measures SB 2228 and HB 4360. SB 2228—which state Sen. Heather Steans initially filed and had state Rep. Kelly Cassidy as the chief House sponsor—amends the Cannabis Control Act by providing a statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $200 fine for possession of 10 grams or less and ...


Task-Force-slams-Chelsea-Manning-treatment-

Task Force slams Chelsea Manning treatment - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 1, 2016—Former Army private Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement as a result of administrative charges brought against her, which include a suicide attempt. Manning, a transgender woman, was convicted in 2013 for leaking classified government documents to Wikileaks. The latest incident is part of the ongoing mistreatment Manning has experienced at the men's military prison at ...


Chelsea-Manning-faces-indefinite-solitary-confinement-

Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement - From a press release - LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life. If convicted of these "administrative offenses," she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence. "It is deeply ...


Area-senior-files-discrimination-suit

Area senior files discrimination suit - Lambda Legal, on July 27, announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against a Chicago-area senior housing facility for discriminating against a resident because of her sex and sexual orientation. Karen Loewy, senior attorney and seniors program strategist for Lambda Legal, made the announcement at the federal courthouse ...


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Schock grand jury dismissed with no indictment - After more than a year of investigation, a federal grand jury involving former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) ended June 30 without indicting him. "Our position has been and remains that while administrative errors may have been made during Mr. Schock's time in Congress, no aspect of this matter involves anything criminal," said George Terwilliger, Schock's lead attorney. ...


Trans-woman-shot-in-Ind-church-disputes-suspects-link

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, ...


Vigil-held-on-one-year-anniversary-of-Sandra-Blands-death

Vigil held on one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland's death - Despite thunderstorms, hundreds of people went to Chicago's Federal Plaza on July 13 for a vigil held in honor of the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a Black woman and Chicagoland native who died in police custody. Women's All Point Bulletin and Black Lives Matter Chicago hosted the candlelight vigil. Attendees received candles and balloons that were ...


Activists-sue-City-Council-over-open-meeting-violations

Activists sue City Council over open-meeting violations - LGBT- and housing-rights activists, on July 14, announced they were filing a lawsuit against the Chicago City Council for violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The announcement was made in front of mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on the fifth floor of Chicago's city hall. Activists contend that, despite being first in line—and arriving about 90 minutes early—for the May ...


ACLU-Praises-Ruling-to-Uphold-Contempt-Order-Against-Kim-Davis

ACLU Praises Ruling to Uphold Contempt Order Against Kim Davis - From a press release - KENTUCKY — A federal appeals courts today dismissed Kim Davis's appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis upheld the order that found Davis in contempt. ACLU LGBT Project Staff Attorney Ria Tabacco Mar has this comment: "Kentucky's new marriage law goes into effect this Friday, allowing ...


Relationships-the-Law-Today-Transgender-Phobia-Continues

Relationships & the Law Today: Transgender Phobia Continues - Being a teenager is hard enough, so one can only imagine the difficulty in being a transgender teenager. Transgender teens face a host of issues as they struggle for support and acceptance at home, at school and in society. Unfortunately, Illinois lawmakers are not making the transgender teen's life any easier. A new proposal in Illinois to amend the state ...


New-CEO-speaks-on-Lambda-Legals-future-visibility

New CEO speaks on Lambda Legal's future visibility - For Rachel Tiven, the incoming CEO of Lambda Legal, her new position represents a sort of homecoming. "I started my career at Lambda, back in 1999," said Tiven, an attorney and activist who has, for the last several years, been active with immigration issues. "I worked as part of its media team, which is very fitting because one of my ...


-Vice-President-Joe-Biden-on-Standing-together-to-stop-the-violence

Vice President Joe Biden on Standing together to stop the violence - In last week's address, Vice President Joe Biden commemorated the lives of the five police officers who were killed and the seven people who were wounded in Dallas. The police officers were providing safety to those who were peacefully marching against racial injustices in the criminal justice system—and the shocking images of the lives lost in St. Paul and Baton ...


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Gay officer among those shot in Dallas; groups comment on developments - A former Army reservist who served a tour in Afghanistan went on a shooting rampage over July 7-8 during a protest over recent police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana, killing five police officers ( including an openly gay individual ) and wounding up to nine others. Police used a "bomb robot" on July 8 to end a ...


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LGBT groups condemn shootings of Black men - From press releases - At least two national LGBT organizations have issued releases condemning the July shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile—Black men who were recently shot by police in, respectively, Louisiana and Minnesota. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "We are horrified and profoundly saddened by the recent murders of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, ...


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Man jumped after Pride Parade - An Indiana man required 14 stitches after a brutal attack the afternoon of the June 26 Pride Parade. Michael Rakow, of Griffith, Indiana, was walking with a friend on the 600 block of West Barry Avenue at about 3 p.m., wishing passersby "happy pride" and hugging them, he said. He approached a group of three men who rejected the overtures. ...


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Protestors demonstrate for sensible budget process - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Even as state lawmakers and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a stopgap budget that would at least carry various services and operations through the rest of the calendar year, hundreds of protestors gathered June 30 in front of the James R. Thompson Center to call attention to the need for a sensible state budget-negotiating process in Illinois. Numerous social services ...


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National roundup: Miss. ruling, lesbian N.C. politician, Iowa case settled - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A federal judge ruled that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Associated Press reported. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law July 1. Mississippi's religious-objections measure, House Bill 1523, was filed ...


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49 celebs honor 49 Victims of Orlando - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released a special tribute to the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub on Latin night. The 18-minute tribute — directed by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, with the support of their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television — features a diverse cast of 49 actors, ...


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Equality Act focus of roundtable talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Equality Act was the focus of a roundtable discussion featuring U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans, Lambda Legal counsel Camilla Taylor and Kimberly Hively —LGBT civil rights plaintiff in the Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College case—June 20 at Hinshaw & Culbertston's Chicago headquarters. Moderated by Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney Cecilia Horan ...


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Illinois woman charged with attack on actress Kelly McGillis - Henderson County authorities say actress Kelly McGillis ( Top Gun; Witness; The Accused; The Innkeepers ), 58, was the victim of stalking and assault in her western North Carolina home—and the alleged perpetrator is a woman from Illinois. Laurence Marie Dorn, 38, has been charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication. ...


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LGBT gun-rights group sees membership spike - The Pink Pistols, a national gun club for gays and lesbians, wants their community to take up arms in self-defense in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, according to NBC News. Spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton, who argues that the LGBT community needs to exercise their Second Amendment rights in order to defend themselves, says the group saw ...







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