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Katz-named-to-State-Bar-Assocn-Sexual-Orientation-Gender-ID-Committee

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 ...


Global-homophobia-report-released

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 ...


State-Department-Report-documents-LGBT-Human-Rights-Violations

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 ...


Texas-victim-of-a-hate-motivated-violence-dies

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." ...


CPD-52-arrests-related-to-Pride

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 ...


New-Jersey-jury-finds-JONAH-guilty-of-consumer-fraud

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 ...


Lavender-Law-conference-career-fair-return-in-August

Lavender Law conference, career fair return in August - The National LGBT Bar Association's conference will be returning to Chicago after a seven year absence for its annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair Aug. 5-8 at the Chicago Marriot Downtown Magnificent Mile. This is the third time that Lavender Law will take place in Chicago. Mary Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & ...


LGBT-groups-call-for-removal-of-Confederate-flag-from-public-square

LGBT groups call for removal of Confederate flag from 'public square' - The following letter was issued by national and regional LGBT organizations in opposition to public displays of the Confederate flag. The letter was sent June 23 to BuzzFeed News. The Confederate battle flag and versions of the same do not stand for heritage. It is, as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said, "a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally racist ...


Trans-teen-murdered-in-Alabama

Trans teen murdered in Alabama - In Alabama, an investigation into a murder of transgender teen Mercedes Williamson, 17, began when the suspect—a convicted felon and longtime member of the Latin Kings street gang—told his father he had killed someone, SunHerald.com reported. Williamson was born with the name Christopher Wilkins. Josh Brandon Vallum, 28, told his father, Bobby James Vallum, June 1 that Williamson could be ...


Report-on-violence-LGBTQH-still-disproportionately-targeted

Report on violence: LGBTQH still disproportionately targeted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 9, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its annual report on violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals. The report provides the most in-depth information on this topic currently available in the United States. It shows that LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons of color, transgender individuals, youth, low-income individuals and gay men continue to be disproportionately ...


New-law-follows-Berwyn-mirror-controversy

New law follows Berwyn mirror controversy - A comedian well known in the LGBT community made a bizarre discovery at a gig in suburban Berwyn—a two-way mirror in the women's washroom—and that has led to a change in local ordinances. It is now illegal to utilize two-way mirrors or similar surveillance devices in private spaces in Berwyn. The Berwyn City Council unanimously passed the ordinance June 9. ...


Leaders-call-massacre-at-historic-Black-church-in-Charleston-a-national-tragedy

Leaders call massacre at historic Black church in Charleston a national tragedy - Statements from the White House, Task Force, Lambda, NCLR, HRC, LPAC, Pride at Work - From THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:20 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, I spoke with, and Vice President Biden spoke with, Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over ...


REPARATIONS-The-long-battle-for-police-torture-survivors

REPARATIONS The long battle for police torture survivors - At a meeting of the Chicago City Council, on May 6, Ald. Edward Burke called for a vote on matters nine and 10 on the day's agenda. Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked, "is there anyone else who would like to address this matter?" As a part of his speech, Ald. Joe Moreno asked his fellow council members to recognize some of ...


Equality-Floridas-statement-in-support-of-BlackLivesMatter

Equality Florida's statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter - They had grown angry at the constant humiliation and harassment by police. In the face of more brutality, the anger turned to action and a riot broke out. As word spread throughout the city, the crowd was joined by others who started shouting and throwing whatever they could find at the police. No, this isn't a report from Baltimore or ...


Lambda-condemns-religious-refusal-bills-in-Michigan-and-North-Carolina

Lambda condemns religious refusal bills in Michigan and North Carolina - From a press release - ( June 12, 2015 New York, NY )—Following news that antigay bills have become law in both Michigan and North Carolina, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair of Lambda Legal Jon Davidson issued the following statement: "Today was a discouraging day for equality and justice. Michigan today enacted a law that allows state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to turn people ...


Trans-woman-petitions-for-early-release-from-Elgin-facility

Trans woman petitions for early release from Elgin facility - The Elgin Mental Health Center is a sprawling complex of buildings set in the midst of farmland, forest preserves and the gently winding Fox River. Tucked away in a corner of the campus, the entrance to the William White Forensic Unit would be entirely inconspicuous were it not for the high, arching security fence surrounding the buildings. It is within ...


Natl-report-out-on-hate-violence-against-LGBTQ-HIV-affected-communities-

Nat'l report out on hate violence against LGBTQ, HIV-affected communities - From a press release - NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its annual report documenting the level of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States in 2014. The report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2014, is the most comprehensive report on this violence in ...


-National-roundup-Federal-guide-Pences-misstep-Stonewall-Inn

National roundup: Federal guide; Pence's misstep; Stonewall Inn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four federal agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination, a press release stated. The agencies collaborating on the guide are the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( ...


World-news-Japanese-LGBTIs-clashes-in-Russia-and-Ukraine-UKIP-banned

World news: Japanese LGBTIs; clashes in Russia and Ukraine; UKIP banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey shows that Japan has an LGBTI population of 7.6 percent ( the equivalent of one in every 13 persons, or 9.67 million people ), Gay Star News reported. Advertising company Denstu polled 69,989 people aged 20 to 59 in April. A similar survey in 2012 found that only 5.2 percent, or one in 19, Japanese people identified as ...


CAPS-meeting-discusses-murder-aftermath-parade-plans

CAPS meeting discusses murder aftermath, parade plans - Several dozen community members attended the June 3 19th Police District CAPS meeting, as neighborhood residents looked ahead to the Chicago Pride Parade and discussed a murder that hit residents of the area particularly hard. Many in attendance, including Ald. Tom Tuney ( 44th ), commended CPD on apprehending Kristopher K. Pitts, of the 1100 block of N. Central Park ...


Lightfoot-named-as-Chicago-Police-Board-head

Lightfoot named as Chicago Police Board head - Lori Lightfoot has been named to head the Chicago Police Board, which is responsible for disciplining members of the police department. Lightfoot is openly gay, once ran CPD's Office of Professional Standards, and is a former federal prosecutor. On May 31, she told Chicago Sun-Times, "We've seen with what's happening around the country that the public demands and expects that, ...


World-news-Kazakhstan-law-struck-down-marriage-developments

World news: Kazakhstan law struck down; marriage developments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kazakhstan has struck down a proposed law that would have banned "gay propaganda" similar to its Russian neighbors—thanks in part to athletes such as Martina Navratilova, Gay Star News reported. The tennis legend and 26 other sporting heroes, like Robbie Rogers, wrote a letter to the IOC ( International Olympic Committee ) that Kazakhstan should not be allowed to host ...


Courage-Campaign-CTA-aims-to-discourage-harassment-via-ads

Courage Campaign: CTA aims to discourage harassment via ads - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an effort to stop street harassment in and around CTA trains and buses, the Courage Campaign: CTA has launched a fundraiser to create and post ads on CTA trains and buses to address this issue. The campaign is working with CTA's ad agency, Titan Worldwide, to produce the ads and has also teamed up with local artists to create ...


Law-student-receives-fellowship-to-work-on-LGBTQ-youth-issues-

Law student receives fellowship to work on LGBTQ youth issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kara Ingelhart was going to be a scientist. She was at Indiana University, home of the famed Kinsey Institute. She would get her Ph.D. in gender studies. "And I was like, huh, the law could move faster than science at advancing things, maybe? I don't know if that's true anymore, but I thought that at the time," Ingelhart remembered. She ...


Man-held-without-bond-in-fatal-Lake-View-robbery

Man held without bond in fatal Lake View robbery - A 22-year-old man is being held without bond for the fatal shooting of another man in Lake View on the early morning of May 30. Kristopher K. Pitts, of the 1100 block of N. Central Park Ave., faces one count each of first-degree murder and armed robbery, according to Chicago Sun-Times. He allegedly shot and killed Kevin O. O'Malley, of ...


Dennis-Hasterts-congressional-legacy

Dennis Hastert's congressional legacy - Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who held his position from 1999 through 2007, and represented Illinois' 14th Congressional District for 20 years, is facing a federal indictment for trying to evade federal bank reporting requirements, and lying to investigators about the purpose of those bank transactions. A date for Hastert's arraignment had not been announced as of press time, ...


Reports-Hastert-misconduct-involved-sexual-abuse-claims

Reports: Hastert 'misconduct' involved sexual-abuse claims - The previously undisclosed misconduct that was at the root of an FBI investigation of former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert appears to be sexual abuse of a male, according to reports. That investigation led to a federal indictment, announced May 28, against Hastert for trying to evade bank reporting requirements and lying to federal authorities. Quoting sources familiar with ...


Amendment-to-hate-crimes-law-clears-General-Assembly

Amendment to hate crimes law clears General Assembly - The Illinois State Senate, on May 20, unanimously passed an amendment to the state's hate crimes statutes that advocates say—if the legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner—will help protect LGBT institutions from vandalism as well as ensure that transgender Illinoisans are better protected under those statutes. The bill, HB 3930, unanimously passed the House on April 16. It was ...


Missouri-HIV-case-gets-national-attention

Missouri HIV case gets national attention - In Missouri, a former college student has been found guilty of exposing one of his sex partners to HIV as well as attempting to expose four others to the virus. Prosecutors said ex-Lindenwood University student Michael Johnson, 23, allegedly continued to hook up with various men, and even reportedly lied to them when asked about his HIV status. Felony charges ...


Missing-Chicago-trans-woman-located

Missing Chicago trans woman located - A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry who had been missing since May 6, 2015 has been located according to her father Jerry Nicholas, Sr. However Nicholas believes she remains in an extremely dangerous situation both medically and in terms of her surroundings. Nicholas and family friend Derek Banks said that Berry had undergone brain surgery at Rush University ...


Laramie-OKs-ordinance-17-years-after-Shepards-death

Laramie OKs ordinance 17 years after Shepard's death - In Wyoming, the Laramie City Council approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance—17 years after gay student Matthew Shepard's death took place in the same town, The Chicago Tribune noted. The council voted seven to two in favor of the measure that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. ...


Black-gay-man-found-guilty-by-Missouri-jury-of-recklessly-infecting-

Black gay man found guilty by Missouri jury of "recklessly infecting" - From press releases - National HIV experts say conviction out of touch with current science and HIV prevention strategies Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in HIV legal and policy work, said: - "Michael Johnson's conviction for exposing one of his sex partners to HIV ...


Griner-Johnson-suspended-by-WNBA-after-DV-incident

Griner, Johnson suspended by WNBA after DV incident - From the WNBA - As a result of the domestic violence incident between Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA has suspended the players for seven regular-season games, without pay. The couple, who were married two weeks after the incident, were arrested at their home in Goodyear, Ariz., April 22, 2015, on identical misdemeanor charges of ...


Gay-engineer-involved-in-Amtrak-crash

Gay engineer involved in Amtrak crash - The engineer involved in the May 12 Amtrak train crash in Pennsylvania has been identified as gay activist Brandon Bostian, Gay Star News noted. Bostian, 32, has told authorities he can't remember what happened when the train jumped the tracks, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 200. The engineer has been vocal in his support of gay ...


Local-attorney-Bashor-new-Natl-LGBT-Bar-Association-boardmember

Local attorney Bashor new Nat'l LGBT Bar Association boardmember - The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation has announced the appointment of eight new board members. One of the members is Nicole Bashor ( now an affiliate representative ), who is an attorney in Quarles & Brady LLP's Intellectual Property Group. Bashor provides counseling on patent, trademark, copyright and social-media issues. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising ...


ALCC-reveals-new-name

ALCC reveals new name - The red carpet was rolled out at the historical home of Dr. Nabeela Rasheed on May 2 for AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's ( ALCC's ) first-ever May Ball. Guests came dressed to impress to the venue, which was recently featured on the HGTV television network. The enormous house party featured food, wine and champagne and dancing to the DJ's ...


Life-of-slain-Pakistan-activist-celebrated-in-Chicago-

Life of slain Pakistan activist celebrated in Chicago - Video below - T2F ( The Second Floor ) café in Karachi Pakistan was a personal labor of love for its founder and activist Sabeen Mahmud. Many who entered the building described it as an oasis. Nothing was suppressed or silenced there. For eight years it was a place where the limitless freedom inherent with artistic expression lined its brightly lit walls and ...


Groups-respond-to-Baltimore-and-Freddie-Gray

Groups respond to Baltimore and Freddie Gray - From press releases - From Lambda Legal "Freddie Gray's death reminds us that we are miles from an equality that would protect the most vulnerable members of our community from violence and discrimination." ( New York, April 29, 2015 ) —Yesterday, members and allies of the LGBT community raised their voices for justice as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the six ...


Election-dates-set-for-Schock-seat-ex-US-rep-sued

Election dates set for Schock seat; ex-U.S. rep sued - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7, and the date for the Special General Election is Sept. 10. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent ...


HRC-shares-lesson-from-Indiana-with-state-lawmakers-across-nation

HRC shares lesson from Indiana with state lawmakers across nation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign sent a new case study to state lawmakers across the country urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills like the religious refusal bill in Indiana that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination. The case study comes after the Indianapolis Star reported this week that the state "plans to spend millions to repair ...


Bennett-honored-Chairs-named-Roosevelt-pres-named-Hall-of-Fame-benefit

Bennett honored; Chairs named; Roosevelt pres named, Hall of Fame benefit - LAGBAC honors Lambda Legal's Jim Bennett The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( LAGBAC ) announced that Jim Bennett, Midwest regional drector for Lambda Legal, was honored at the Vanguard Awards Luncheon on April 2. The Vanguard Awards is an annual luncheon organized by six local bar associations, including LAGBAC. The event is designed to honor individuals and ...


Freedom-Indiana-to-work-for-local-nondiscrimination-LGBT-protections-

Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), today announced it will focus its efforts for the rest of this year on helping cities and towns craft local nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT Hoosiers. The group plans to push ...


Report-and-web-forums-detail-lives-of-African-American-girls

Report and web forums detail lives of African-American girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recent incidents involving the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police officers have led to a resurgence in nationwide discussions about the devastating effects of systemic and pervasive racial inequality which is intertwined throughout American society and institutions. Conspicuously missing from those conversations have been the voices of Black girls and women whose experiences from the moment ...


Florida-eye-clinic-to-pay-150000-in-trans-sex-discrimination-case

Florida eye clinic to pay $150,000 in trans/sex discrimination case - From a press release - TAMPA, Fla. — Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Fla.-based organization of health care professionals, will pay $150,000 to settle one of the first two lawsuits ever filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) alleging sex discrimination against a transgender individual, the agency announced today. Lakeland additionally agreed to implement a new gender discrimination policy and to ...


Poll-Pence-Indiana-business-hurt-by-Religious-Liberty-fight

Poll: Pence, Indiana business hurt by "Religious Liberty" fight - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Governor Mike Pence finds himself deeply damaged following the fight over Indiana's "religious refusal" bill that put LGBT Hoosiers at risk for discrimination, according to a brand new poll of Hoosiers by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). And in a warning sign to governors in other states where similar anti-LGBT bills are pending, a stunning 75 ...


Cities-and-states-issue-Indiana-travel-bans

Cities and states issue Indiana travel bans - More cities and states have weighed in on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by issuing bans on nonessential state- or city-funded travel to Indiana. No such plans are presently in store for Illinois, however. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock—calling the law "just wrong, plain and simple"—said March 31 that Denver employees would not be travelling to the Hoosier State ...


Springfield-MO-repeals-nondiscrimination-ordinance-protecting-LGBTQs

Springfield, MO, repeals nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQs - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release - SPRINGFIELD, MO, April 8, 2015—A slim majority of voters in Springfield, Missouri have repealed the city's nondiscrimination ordinance approved by the city council last year. The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund provided on-the-ground organizing, logistical and financial support in the effort to reject Question 1—a ballot measure that called for the repeal of the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. "We are ...


Open-group-letter-on-2015-violence-against-LGBTQs-trans-women-of-color-

Open group letter on 2015 violence against LGBTQs, trans women of color - From a press release - This is an open letter from LGBTQ organizations in the United States regarding the epidemic violence that LGBTQ people, particularly transgender women of color, have experienced in 2015. We appear to be in a moment of crisis in LGBTQ communities. Unfortunately, this is not new: our movement was born out of a response to violence and police raids, and ...


Indiana-style-bill-passed-by-Florida-House-Committee

Indiana-style bill passed by Florida House Committee - From a press release - Equality Florida today strongly condemned the Florida House Judiciary Committee for passing an adoption bill that allows discrimination against prospective LGBT parents, and places children seeking a permanent home at continued risk. "This is Indiana-style legalized discrimination plain and simple," said Carlos Guillermo Smith. "But it's even worse, because this promotes state-sanctioned and taxpayer-funded discrimination. The legislators who voted for ...


Arkansas-bill-signed-by-Governor-falls-short-for-LGBTs

Arkansas bill signed by Governor falls short for LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Arkansas legislature passed and Governor Asa Hutchinson signed legislation that improves the disastrous H.B. 1228 but falls short of providing needed non-discrimination protections to all Arkansans. Though an improvement, the legislation can still be used as a weapon to discriminate against LGBT people, people of color, minority faiths, women and other Arkansans at risk. The earlier ...


Progressive-gender-identity-law-passes-in-Europe

Progressive gender identity law passes in Europe - From a press release - ( New York )—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) celebrates the unanimous passage of the "Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015" by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change ...


Wal-Mart-asks-Governor-Hutchinson-to-veto-HB-1228

Wal-Mart asks Governor Hutchinson to veto H.B. 1228 - From a press release - WASHINGTON— In response to the Arkansas House sending Governor Asa Hutchinson H.B. 1228 to sign into law, Wal-Mart released a statement from its CEO, Doug McMillan, asking the governor to veto the bill. H.B. 1228 would permit discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state based on "sincerely-held religious beliefs." In ...


INCITE-conference-comes-to-Chicago-with-defiance

INCITE! conference comes to Chicago with defiance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was 15 years ago that a group of women of color activists, including five from Chicago, decided that something had to be done about the systematic and systemic social, political and institutional violence they faced in the United States which was then disregarded by most advocacy groups. They came together to, according to the website, "organize a little conference" ...


States-attorneys-office-launches-hate-crimes-council

State's attorney's office launches hate-crimes council - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an effort to address hate crimes that occur in communities throughout Cook County, state's attorney Anita Alvarez has formed the Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecutions Council. The council will be tasked with creating and maintaining partnerships with communities that are typically targeted by hate crimes. "I believe strongly that law enforcement cannot effectively address hate crimes in isolation and ...


World-Pope-eats-with-inmates-Swedish-pronoun-HIV-candidate

World: Pope eats with inmates; Swedish pronoun; HIV+ candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis recently had lunch with prisoners at an Italian prison, some of whom were gay or transgender, according to an On Top Magazine item. The pontiff visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale during a visit to Naples, Italy. Approximately 90 inmates attended the lunch, including 10 prisoners from a section of the facility that houses gay, transgender ...


More-companies-protest-Indiana-law

More companies protest Indiana law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, major corporations signed on to launch a statement by businesses speaking out against an onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation being considered in states around the country. The statement, launched today by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, calls on public officials to defeat or abandon efforts ...


Angies-List-drops-expansion-plan-in-Indiana

Angie's List drops expansion plan in Indiana - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS, March 28, 2015 ( GLOBE NEWSWIRE ) — Angie's List ( Nasdaq:ANGI ) CEO Bill Oesterle today announced the company has pulled its proposed campus expansion project on Indianapolis' Near East Side from City-County Council consideration as a result of the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. "We are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we ...


Protesters-decry-religious-freedom-law-in-Indianapolis

Protesters decry religious-freedom law in Indianapolis - Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 28 to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), saying it would promote discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation, and then marched to the Indiana Statehouse while chanting "No hate in our state" and "Who's state? Our state!" LGBTQ protesters and allies were joined ...


Arkansas-Senate-passes-Indiana-style-bill-legislation-on-to-governor-

Arkansas Senate passes Indiana-style bill, legislation on to governor - From a press release - LITTLE ROCK— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and HRC Arkansas condemned the Arkansas senate's passage of H.B. 1228, an Indiana-style bill that will open the door to discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state. After a formal procedural hurdle, the bill will be on its way to ...


Indianas-Gov-Pence-signs-religious-exemptions-bill-groups-respond

Indiana's Gov. Pence signs religious exemptions bill, groups respond - From press releases - [UPDATED with statements issued on March 27 and 28, 2015] Lambda Legal slams Indiana Gov. Pence's rush to sign discriminatory religious exemptions bill (Indianapolis, IN, March 26, 2015) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today signed SB101, the deeply flawed bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, ...


Pence-signs-religious-freedom-bill-into-law

Pence signs "religious freedom" bill into law - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on March 26, signed into law so-called religious freedom legislation that allows business owners and service providers within the state to refuse service to customers based upon the their religious beliefs. Pence signed the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in a private ceremony that was closed to media, but was photographed with ...


Video-spoof-dramatizes-unintended-consequences-of-religious-freedom-bills

Video spoof dramatizes unintended consequences of religious freedom bills - From a Truth Wins Out press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out announced the release today of the second video in its "Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom" campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote exclusion. In our new video, we show how such laws can open a can of worms and backfire on ...


New-study-Chicago-leads-NYC-in-police-stop-and-frisk-

New study: Chicago leads NYC in police stop-and-frisk - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago police are now among the nation's leaders in the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" practice, replacing New York City which had been notorious for the technique. That startling finding is at the core of a new report issued today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on the practice by the Chicago Police Department. The report ...


National-roundup-Kosilek-appeal-GetEQUALs-bill-of-rights-

National roundup: Kosilek appeal; GetEQUAL's bill of rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, according to a GLAD press release. The petition for certiorari asserts that the First Circuit Court of Appeals overstepped its role with ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Keeping-affordable-in-the-Affordable-Care-Act

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: Keeping 'affordable' in the Affordable Care Act - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I was finally able to get health insurance through Obamacare and thankfully I qualified for the federal subsidies to help pay my premium. However, I heard that the subsidies might not be available for too much longer, is that true? A: In some states, they may not be. The Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) reformed aspects of the ...


World-news-Plane-crash-reopened-Swedish-singer-Costa-Rica-bill

World news: Plane crash reopened; Swedish singer; Costa Rica bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations ( UN ) is reopening the case of a plane crash that killed former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961, TIME.com reported. Hammarskjold was on his way to what is now a part of Zambia to help broker peace between secessionist fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo and UN troops who were trying to stabilize the newly ...


Indiana-passes-nations-most-anti-LGBTQ-law-

Indiana passes nation's most anti-LGBTQ law - From news releases - From Lambda Legal: (Indianapolis, IN, March 23, 2015) - Today, the Indiana House of Representatives, with a vote of 63-31, passed a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement condemning SB 101's passage, which ...


Lambda-urges-Indiana-House-to-reject-discrimination-Bill-SB-101

Lambda urges Indiana House to reject discrimination Bill SB 101 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, March 19, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana House of Representatives will consider a bill, passed by the Indiana Senate one month ago, which seeks to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement urging ...


-States-Attorney-Alvarez-steps-up-efforts-on-hate-crimes

State's Attorney Alvarez steps up efforts on hate crimes - From a press release - State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has formed a new Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecutions Council in an effort to raise awareness and improve response to the issue of Hate Crimes in communities throughout Cook County. A chief focus of the council will be on creating and maintaining proactive partnerships with communities typically targeted by Hate Crimes in an effort to raise ...


-Jan-9-murder-of-Papi-Edwards-confirmed-as-trans-related

Jan. 9 murder of Papi Edwards confirmed as trans-related - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Papi Edwards, a transgender woman of color, in Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot to death at the Fern Valley Motel on January 9, 2015. Early police and media accounts consistently misnamed and misgendered the victim, and only now are we learning that, according to BuzzFeed ...


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Transformative Justice Law Project holds open house - In 2011, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey report Injustice at Every Turn detailed the inordinately high numbers and "wide range of alarming experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people with police and the criminal justice system." "Black and Latino/a incidences of being incarcerated due only to gender identity/expression were at 41 percent and 21 percent respectively," the report stated. "Sixteen ...


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Group offers tools to end trans domestic violence murder - From a FORGE press release - Already in the first few months of this year, an unconscionable and seemingly growing number of transwomen, especially trans women of color, have been murdered in the U.S., a fact that is deeply - and rightfully - upsetting to our community. Circumstance behind a number of these murders seem to be rooted in domestic or intimate partner violence. At least ...


Study-Discrimination-by-law-enforcement-toward-LGBTs-pervasive-

Study: Discrimination by law enforcement toward LGBTs pervasive - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals. To address such discrimination and to improve effective policing more generally in the United States, President Obama's Task Force on ...


CA-wont-do-business-with-companies-discriminating-against-trans-employees

CA won't do business with companies discriminating against trans employees - From a press release - SACRAMENTO - The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), Equality California ( EQCA ), and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) applaud the introduction of a California Bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by denying transgender workers the same benefits and healthcare coverage they ...


National-HRC-on-anti-LGBT-bills-Wal-Mart-biased

National: HRC on anti-LGBT bills; Wal-Mart biased - HRC report warns of anti-LGBT bills The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide, "Chipping Away at Equality," that compiles more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality via religious language, according to a press release. Many ...







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