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US-Senator-Tammy-Baldwin-protects-LGBTI-human-rights-in-foreign-policy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin protects LGBTI human rights in foreign policy - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin successfully fought to include an amendment to the FY 2018 State Department appropriations legislation to prevent the elimination of two critical offices for ensuring LGBTI rights are a U.S. foreign policy priority. "America must lead by example, and eliminating offices that help facilitate LGBTI human ...


Lambda-Legal-Welcomes-Jamie-Gliksberg-as-New-Staff-Attorney-in-Chicago

Lambda Legal Welcomes Jamie Gliksberg as New Staff Attorney in Chicago - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Chicago, IL, September 26, 2017 )—Lambda Legal announced today the addition of Jamie Gliksberg to the organization as a staff attorney in its Midwest Regional Office, located in Chicago. Gliksberg comes to Lambda Legal from Steptoe & Johnson and previously, Sidley Austin. She has experience in a variety of civil rights matters, including advocacy on behalf of prisoners, immigrant ...


Groups-watch-for-judges-setting-money-bonds-too-high-for-many-to-pay

Groups watch for judges setting money bonds too high for many to pay - From a press release - On Monday, Sept. 18, a general order by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans aimed at stopping judges from setting bonds that people can't pay, went into effect for those charged with felonies. A wide array of community and faith groups, brought together by the Coalition to End Money Bond, were in court to observe the first week of the ...


Advocates-for-Student-Sexual-Assault-Survivors-condemn-Educations-ending-guidelines

Advocates for Student Sexual Assault Survivors condemn Education's ending guidelines - From a press release - Washington, DC — A coalition of legal and policy advocates today condemned a decision by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to rescind and replace guidance on federal Title IX law originally issued in 2011 to assist schools in addressing and investigating campus sexual violence. DeVos announced new guidance today which will make it harder for schools to hold students accountable ...


Hate-graffiti-sprayed-on-homes-of-Lincoln-Square-families

Hate graffiti sprayed on homes of Lincoln Square families - In the early-morning hours of Sept. 24, Bradd Easton left his Lincoln Square house that he shares with husband Jeff Zacharias and their college-aged daughter to walk their dog, like he normally does every morning. That is when he found "anti white cuck" spray painted on his property's sidewalk in both black and white colors just below the staircase going ...


DeVos-reverses-Obama-era-guidelines-to-schools-on-sexual-assault-

DeVos reverses Obama-era guidelines to schools on sexual assault - On Sept. 22, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era Title IX guidance to schools on dealing with sexual assault on campus. In so doing, she reversed federal policy that has played an important role in driving schools to do more to protect sexual-assault victims. The department issued a letter saying that it was rescinding guidance issued in 2011 ...


Guidelines-issued-regarding-Equifax-breach

Guidelines issued regarding Equifax breach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit bureaus, announced that a data breach likely compromised the information of approximately 143 million Americans. What people should know —As a credit-reporting agency, Equifax collects information about consumers and how we handle our financial obligations. —Equifax and other credit bureaus sell this information to lenders and credit-scoring companies to determine ...


State-ACLU-retains-Guidetti-as-lawyer

State ACLU retains Guidetti as lawyer - The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Illinois announced it has retained Ghirlandi Guidetti as a staff attorney in its Chicago office after Guidetti served a year as a Tom Steel Fellow at the ACLU starting in 2016. The fellowship was made possible through funding from the Pride Law Fund. As the year-long fellowship comes to a close, ...


Civil-Asset-Forfeiture-Reform-HB-303-removes-financial-incentives-for-local-police

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform (HB 303) removes financial incentives for local police - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — The ACLU of Illinois and legislative sponsors celebrated the signing of House Bill 303 today. The new law passed with bipartisan support in the Illinois legislature and reforms various asset forfeiture statutes to increase fairness to property owners, increase transparency in the forfeiture process, and remove financial incentives that encourage police and prosecutors to seize citizens' property. ...


Trans-woman-is-20th-killed-this-year

Trans woman is 20th killed this year - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Derricka Banner, 26, was found shot and killed in a vehicle on Sept. 12, according to QNotes. Banner is believed to be at least the 20th traansgender person murdered in the country so far this year. Almost all of the victims have been women of color. Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, has been arrested; he is being ...


World-news-UK-hate-crimes-intersex-report-Irma-damages-center

World news: UK hate crimes, intersex report, Irma damages center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey has shown that the number of attacks on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK has soared by nearly 80 percent in the past four years, The Independent reported. More than one in five LGBT people ( 20 percent ) have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the ...


Gay-Seattle-mayor-resigns

Gay Seattle mayor resigns - Openly gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation in the wake of a new sexual-abuse allegation against him—this time, from a family member, The Seattle Times reported. The resignation occurred shortly after a younger cousin was publicly accusing Murray, 62, of molesting him in New York in the 1970s. It was the fifth such allegation against Murray. Murray, ...


Brave-Space-Alliance-to-create-trans-drop-in-spot-in-new-home

Brave Space Alliance to create trans drop-in spot in new home - The building that will be the new home of Brave Space Alliance ( a space that belongs to the Let Us Breathe Collective and others ) stands at 1434 W. 51st St, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood—and it has previously been a place of refuge. "It was a convent, actually. The space was used during WWII, where the ...


The-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-to-unveil-Take-A-Stand-Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum to unveil Take A Stand Center - ( September 6, 2017 — CHICAGO, IL ) The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will unveil its new multi-million-dollar Take A Stand Center, an immersive permanent exhibition with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Furthering the Museum's mission of empowering and enabling people to stand up for humanity, the Take A ...


Lambda-asks-Supreme-Court-to-affirm-LGBT-employment-rights-in-Georgia-case

Lambda asks Supreme Court to affirm LGBT employment rights in Georgia case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ( Atlanta, September 7, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was harassed at work and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. The petition seeks a nationwide ruling that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. "It's ...


UAE-Singaporean-arrests-highlight-policing-of-gender-expression-misuse-of-law

UAE: Singaporean arrests highlight policing of gender expression, misuse of law - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, September 7, 2017 ) — The United Arab Emirates should stop arbitrarily arresting transgender, gay, and gender non-conforming people on the grounds of a law that criminalizes men "disguising" as women, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 9, 2017, Emirati police in Abu Dhabi detained two Singaporean nationals in a shopping mall. A court convicted them ...


Illinois-Attny-Gen-blasts-US-Sec-of-Eds-scrapping-of-guidance-on-campus-assault-

Illinois Attny Gen blasts US Sec of Ed's scrapping of guidance on campus assault - From a Illinois Attorney General's Office press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to replace guidance that ensured college campuses around the country respond to allegations of sexual violence. Madigan said DeVos' decision abandons survivors and causes confusion for students and schools nationwide. The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' current guidance instructs colleges on how to respond to ...


Federal-Judge-sets-hearing-on-injunction-against-eviction-of-homeless-from-viaducts

Federal Judge sets hearing on injunction against eviction of homeless from viaducts - From a press release* - CHICAGO, 9/8/17 — This afternoon a federal court judge set a 10 am, Thursday, Sept. 14 hearing to determine the fate of an injunction brought by activists aiming to stop a threatened September 18th eviction of homeless people living underneath Lake Shore Drive bridge viaducts in the city's Uptown neighborhood. The hearing will be held in Judge Sidney Schenkier's courtroom ...


PFLAG-responds-to-DeVos-planned-change-to-campus-sexual-assault-guidance

PFLAG responds to DeVos' planned change to campus sexual assault guidance - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—released the following statement from Charles R. Middleton, member of the Board of Directors: "As someone who spent half a century in higher education and as a retired university president and former dean, I understand ...


Cook-County-judge-finds-former-Chicago-priest-a-Sexually-Violent-Person-

Cook County judge finds former Chicago priest a Sexually Violent Person - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that a Cook County judge found a former Chicago priest a Sexually Violent Person ( SVP ). Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Porter ruled that Daniel McCormack, 48, formerly a Roman Catholic priest and pastor of St. Agatha's Church in Chicago, must remain in the custody of the Illinois Department of ...


Legal-specialist-talks-about-aspects-of-criminal-justice-system

Legal specialist talks about aspects of criminal-justice system - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Angelica D'Souza ( a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree this year ) is the only LGBT and hate-crime victim witness specialist at the Cook County state's attorney's office. She works with LGBT individuals as well as other people who are affected by hate crimes. She often accompanies victims to court hearings, provides resources for them, and serves as ...


Gay-Jamaican-activist-murdered

Gay Jamaican activist murdered - Dexter Pottinger—an out gay Jamaican activist/fashion designer—was found stabbed to death Aug. 31 in his home in Kingston, Advocate.com reported. Authorities have reportedly arrested a suspect and plan to charge the person. Pottinger had apparently been killed several days before his body was found. In 2016, Pottinger ( known as the "face of Pride" ) played a key role in ...


Madigan-sues-city-for-police-reform

Madigan sues city for police reform - Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to announce a lawsuit to seek an enforceable consent decree to implement the numerous reforms outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice ( DoJ ) in its investigation of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). In light of the new DoJ administration's preference not to ...


National-roundup-Houston-help-panic-defense-Dan-Savage

National roundup: Houston help, panic defense, Dan Savage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston's LGBT community center launched a special relief fund to help LGBT people who are among the thousands of people in Houston and surrounding jurisdictions who lost their homes to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Washington Blade reported. "The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston, Texas, for days, ...


World-news-Arabic-media-Tom-of-Finland-trans-women-attacked

World news: Arabic media, 'Tom of Finland,' trans women attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International launched a new report "Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017." ( The report is available in both English and Arabic. ) OutRight said the report finds that currently journalists in the region often use derogatory terms that perpetuate homophobia and transphobia and reflect a ...


Activists-march-against-racism-from-Charlottesville-to-DC

Activists march against racism, from Charlottesville to D.C. - Activists from the Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C., many LGBTQs among them, are marching to confront white supremacy. The activists note on their You Carin page: "We are marching ... to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found. We can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead. "We ...


Report-Arabic-media-perpetuating-homophobia-transphobia-in-region

Report: Arabic media perpetuating homophobia, transphobia in region - From an OutRight Action International press release - Today, OutRight Action International launches a new report titled, 'Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.' The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, and social media platforms to ...


Hate-Crime-Summit-Wednesday-Oct-25-

Hate Crime Summit Wednesday, Oct. 25 - In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies and law-enforcement officials will take part Wed., Oct. 25, in the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' second annual hate-crimes summit, "Bridging Systems Against Hate." The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The summit is an opportunity to ...


Affirming-ministries-join-1000-Minister-March

Affirming ministries join 1000 Minister March - From a press release - Washington, DC August 28, 2017 — Today, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ) joined the National Action Network, Reverend Al Sharpton and one thousand other ministers and clergy from 31+ states and diverse denominations, ages, and backgrounds to convene at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, located at 1964 Independence Ave SW, for the "1000 Ministers March" and ...


March-against-white-supremacy-draws-3000-downtown-

March against white supremacy draws 3,000 downtown - Organizers said around 3,000 people came out for a march Aug. 27 to express solidarity against white supremacy. Representing more than 40 community groups and beginning with a rally in Federal Plaza, organizers and speakers expressed their desire to be in solidarity with groups in San Francisco and Berkeley who were protesting far-right rallies the weekend of Aug 26-27. Many ...


AIDS-researcher-alleges-false-arrest-and-mistreatment-from-CPD

AIDS researcher alleges false arrest and mistreatment from CPD - A longtime AIDS researcher and physician is alleging that the Chicago Police Department subjected him to a false-arrest and mistreatment while in custody. David Ostrow, MD, was arrested Aug. 21 at 1:45 p.m. while he was dining outside Little Wok, 3144 N. Broadway. According to a CPD spokesperson, Ostrow was arrested and charged with retail theft of display merchandise worth ...


Trump-pardonx-Arpaio-draws-condemnation-

Trump pardonx Arpaio, draws condemnation - From press releases - HRC Condemns Trump's Pardon of Anti-Immigrant, Racist, Anti-LGBTQ Joe Arpaio WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement condemning President Donald Trump's presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "Joe Arpaio must be held accountable for his long record of violating the civil rights of Maricopa County's Latinx population, and carrying out a ...


Chicagoans-to-March-in-Solidarity-Against-White-Supremacists

Chicagoans to March in Solidarity Against White Supremacists - From a Solidarity Against White Supremacy press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of Chicagoans representing more than 40 community and labor organizations will assemble at 2 pm, Sunday, August 27th to say NO to white supremacists, and the political culture & public officials propagating hate, violence and inequality. The event, entitled Solidarity Against White Supremacy, will begin at Federal Plaza, corner of Adams and Dearborn Streets, and march ...


Gov-Rauner-Signs-LGBTQ-Public-Service-Bill

Gov. Rauner Signs LGBTQ Public Service Bill - From a press release - CHICAGO—At a time when federal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans are being rolled back at the federal level, a bill to encourage public service by LGBTQ Illinoisans has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The LGBTQ Public Service Bill is an initiative of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ...


MOMBIAN-In-the-wake-of-Charlottesville

MOMBIAN In the wake of Charlottesville - VIEWPOINT - As a child, there were two things I thought were unfathomable and absolutely morally wrong: nuclear war and Nazis. To see both in the news again as real threats to our country sickens and appalls me. But while nuclear war felt like a broad threat against all humanity, Nazism felt more personal. It was hate largely directed against a group—Jews—of ...


-Business-owner-defends-sign-that-mocks-trans-women

Business owner defends sign that mocks trans women - A Lockport business owner said that his sign mocking transgender individuals was intended as "satire," Herald-News reported Aug. 16. The sign, which said, "Help wanted—must be female from birth," was posted by owner Richard Tisch at the Will Co. Loan Company pawn shop. Tisch maintained that the sign was a satire intended to protest taxpayers having to pay for transition ...


Professor-cohort-back-in-Chicago-in-stabbing-case

Professor, cohort back in Chicago in stabbing case - Former Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren, a University of Oxford employee—wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in a River North residence—arrived back in Chicago Aug. 18 after being extradited. Lathem, 43, had been held in a California jail since turning himself in Aug. 4 in California. Warren, 56, also turned himself in to authorities. ...


Lawyers-Stabbing-was-part-of-a-fantasy

Lawyers: Stabbing was part of a fantasy - Prosecutors said Aug. 20 that the stabbing of 26-year-old hairdresser Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in late July was part of a fantasy that two suspects carried out, according to a Chicago Sun-Times article. Former Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren, a University of Oxford employee, both stabbed the victim, the attorneys said. ( Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed 47 times, according to the ...


Tent-city-occupants-given-Sept-18-deadline-to-clear-out

Tent city occupants given Sept. 18 deadline to clear out - City officials, on Aug. 18, said that work would begin work in mid-September on two Lake Shore Drive viaducts on the North Side that are currently occupied by several persons experiencing homelessness, Chicago Sun-Times reported. The viaducts are located at Wilson and Lawrence avenues. Residents of the encampments have asked city officials to assist them in finding permanent housing before ...


Report-Rutherford-suits-cost-515K

Report: Rutherford suits cost $515K - One of two civil lawsuits against former Republican Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford started at trial on Aug. 21—and the cases have already cost the public a substantial sum, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Private attorneys for Rutherford—who now runs a company that arranges tours of Cuba—have charged the state $515,193.99, records revealed. In 2015, George Daglas, Ashvin Lad and Patrick ...


Rauner-signs-hate-crimes-bill-among-other-measures

Rauner signs hate-crimes bill, among other measures - Gov. Bruce Rauner's office announced, on Aug. 18, that Rauner had signed a number of new bills, among them one that significantly expands hate-crime protections. HB 3711 was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Litesa Wallace ( D-Rockford ) and in the Senate by state Sen. Omar Aquino ( D-Chicago ). The bill was shepherded by Illinois Attorney General ...


Man-gets-65-years-for-killing-gay-vet

Man gets 65 years for killing gay vet - South Bend, Indiana, resident Jabreeh Davis-Martin—convicted of fatally beating a gay Afghanistan war veteran—has been sentenced to the maximum of 65 years in prison, according to a WTHR item. Davis-Martin was sentenced after being convicted of murder in the January 2016 slaying of 27-year-old Jodie Henderson, a member of the Army National Guard. Davis-Martin attacked Henderson with a bar stool ...


Hate-crimes-summit-Oct-25

Hate-crimes summit Oct. 25 - In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies and law-enforcement officials will take part Wed., Oct. 25, in the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' second annual hate-crimes summit, "Bridging Systems Against Hate." The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The summit is an opportunity to ...


Demonstration-planned-for-Federal-Building-Plaza-Tuesday-at-5-pm

Demonstration planned for Federal Building Plaza Tuesday at 5 p.m. - A news conference and a demonstration are planned for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The news conference is to begin at 4:30 p.m. and the demonstration at 5 p.m. at Federal Building Plaza at Dearborn and Adams Streets. Both are convened by: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Black Lives Matter, Chicago Arab American Action Network Lifted Voices Let Us ...


World-news-Australia-and-marriage-gay-journalist-Pakistani-bill

World news: Australia and marriage, gay journalist, Pakistani bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to come out opposing same-sex marriage is not going down well with his own sister, PinkNews reported. Abbott—a right-wing politician who was prime minister of Australia from 2013 until 2015—is a strong opponent of LGBT equality despite his own sister, Christine Forster, waiting for the right to marry her same-sex partner, Virginia Edwards. ...


National-roundup-Trans-ban-responses-NYC-beating-History-Month-Icons

National roundup: Trans-ban responses, NYC beating, History Month Icons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the service of transgender troops and his move to ban them from the military, a press release stated. Regarding his recent tweets announcing his ban, Trump said, "As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military. It's been a very ...


Driver-who-plowed-into-Charlottesville-crowd-reported-to-have-held-Nazi-views

Driver who plowed into Charlottesville crowd reported to have held Nazi views - A 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12—killing one person and leaving 19 injured—reportedly had long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before the crash, The Washington Post stated. The woman he killed, Heather Heyer, was a 32-year-old paralegal from ...


Final-arrested-SlutWalk-protester-released-on-bail

Final arrested SlutWalk protester released on bail - SlutWalk Chicago supporters rallied at Cook County Jail Sunday afternoon Aug. 13 in support of the fifth and final marcher who had been arrested during the previous day's protest in downtown Chicago. At around 1 p.m., activists and community members met to offer support. As Windy City Times reported Aug. 12, five marchers were detained and later confirmed arrested at ...


Chicagoans-rally-for-Charlottesville

Chicagoans rally for Charlottesville - At least two events in support of anti-white supremacists protesters in Charlottesville were held in Chicago Aug. 13, the day after one woman was murdered and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into a group fighting the Nazis who had come to their Virginia town. A broad coalition of progressive organizations held an evening vigil at Federal Plaza ...


LGBT-groups-decry-Va-rally-violence

LGBT groups decry Va. rally violence - On Aug. 12, a rally turned tragic in Charlottesville, Virginia, as hundreds of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotestors—and a car plowed into crowds, killing one person ( reportedly in the counterprotestor contingent ) and injuring 19 others, multiple media outlets reported. City officials stated that they had not yet determined if the crash happened ...


133000-LGBT-Indiana-workers-Lack-Statewide-Protection-from-Discrimination

133,000 LGBT Indiana workers Lack Statewide Protection from Discrimination - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Approximately 133,000 LGBT workers in Indiana are vulnerable to employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, State & Local Policy Director, and Brad Sears, David Sanders Distinguished Scholar, at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. Only 36% of Indiana's workforce is covered by local non-discrimination ...


Black-and-Pink-hosts-gathering-of-LGBTQ-prison-abolitionists

Black and Pink hosts gathering of LGBTQ prison abolitionists - On Aug. 4, Black and Pink Chicago hosted its second national gathering at Chicago's Teachers Union Center. The event brought out LGBTQ prison abolitionists from around the country to speak about their experiences and the prison system as well as raise money for the Black and Pink organization. The event, which was free to the public, began with a celebration ...


Lambda-attorney-talks-legal-climate-at-Raising-the-Bar

Lambda attorney talks legal climate at 'Raising the Bar' - Speaking at Equality Illinois' 2017 Raising the Bar Breakfast on Aug. 1, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Senior Workforce Strategist Gregory Nevins suggested that, at least for the near future, advancements in LGBT rights are most likely to happen at the judicial level. "Lawyers should be really thankful for the profession that we have," Nevins said. "Courts don't deal in ...


Federal-Bar-Assn-makes-history-with-LGBT-section

Federal Bar Assn makes history with LGBT section - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Last year, the Federal Bar Association carved its own place in LGBT history with the formation of a law section specifically for that demographic. Since then, the LGBT Law Section has held various events to increase membership and visibility. The current chair is Chirag Badlani, of the Chicago firm Hughes Socol Piers Rensick & Dym, Ltd. He recently talked with ...


LCHJ-celebrates-Mexico-Aug-17-

LCHJ celebrates Mexico Aug. 17 - Legal Council for Health Justice ( LCHJ ) will host its annual summer benefit at Boystown neighborhood Sidetrack on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. This year's event, "ˇBIENVENIDOS!," will celebrate the diverse, vibran, and welcoming country of Mexico. More than 350 influential guests from law, medicine, politics and social service are slated to attend. ˇBIENVENIDOS! will feature Mexican cuisine ...


Gay-man-files-federal-civil-rights-suit-after-homophobic-attacks-home-burned-

Gay man files federal civil rights suit after homophobic attacks, home burned - From a press release - OKLAHOMA CITY—Yesterday, Randy Gamel-Medler, an Oklahoma gay man, filed a federal equal protection lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against nine defendants from Blaine County, Oklahoma, including Mayor of Hitchcock Rick Edsall, Sheriff of Blaine County Tony Almaguer, and Undersheriff of Blaine County David Robertson. The lawsuit also includes state law claims for assault, ...


In-legal-win-EEOC-says-Walmart-discriminated-against-transgender-employee-

In legal win EEOC says Walmart discriminated against transgender employee - From a press release - New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne Robison, in her battle against workplace discrimination by Walmart subsidiary, Sam's Club East, Inc. Ms. Robison faced bigotry on the job at Sam's Club stores in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida. The EEOC has issued a Letter of ...


Rogers-Park-man-attacked-while-walking-dogs

Rogers Park man attacked while walking dogs - Sean Blay, a gay man who is a resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood, was, on the morning of Aug. 6, attacked while walking his two dogs. Blay and the dogs were near the intersection of Touhy and Paulina at about 8:30 a.m. when they were about to pass another man who was loudly speaking on his iPhone, Blay said. ...


NU-professor-surrenders-to-authorities

NU professor surrenders to authorities - I A Northwestern University associate professor as well as a British payroll assistant wanted in the July 27 Chicago killing of a hairstylist have been taken into custody in California, multiple media outlets have reported. Northwestern University associate professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren, 56, are suspects connected to the death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. Warren ...


NU-professor-sought-in-stabbing

NU professor sought in stabbing - Northwestern University associate professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren, 56, are being sought regarding the fatal stabbing of a man in a River North apartment, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. In connection with the July 27 death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a judge issued arrest warrants for Lathem and Warren, charging them with first-degree murder. Lathem—an associate ...


Lambda-attorney-talks-legal-climate-at-Raising-the-Bar

Lambda attorney talks legal climate at 'Raising the Bar' - Speaking at Equality Illinois' 2017 Raising the Bar Breakfast on Aug. 1, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Senior Workforce Strategist Gregory Nevins suggested that, at least for the near future, advancements in LGBT rights are most likely to happen at the judicial level. "Lawyers should be really thankful for the profession that we have," Nevins said. "Courts don't deal in ...


Lambdas-Camilla-Taylor-among-Crains-Chicago-Most-Influential-Woman-Lawyers

Lambda's Camilla Taylor among Crain's Chicago "Most Influential Woman Lawyers" - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, July 31, 2017 )—Crain's Chicago Business today announced the selection of Lambda Legal Senior Counsel, Camilla Taylor, as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago. Lambda Legal congratulates Camilla Taylor on this special recognition. "This is a well-deserved recognition for someone who is a brilliant advocate and strategist. Camilla has been an influential constitutional lawyer ...


Equality-Illinois-honors-51-law-firms-for-LGBTQ-Inclusivity

Equality Illinois honors 51 law firms for LGBTQ Inclusivity - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, is recognizing 51 law firms in Illinois, a 25 percent increase from last year, for leading the way in 2017 in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for LGBTQ employees and for supporting the LGBTQ community. The recognition results from the annual Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey, which found that more ...


Indonesia-Rejects-75-UN-Human-Rights-Concerns

Indonesia Rejects 75 UN Human Rights Concerns - By Phelim Kine. Shared by Human Rights Watch - The Indonesian government says it will likely reject 75 recommendations by United Nations member countries to improve human rights abuses in Indonesia. Those recommendations targeted issues such as threats to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people, the abusive blasphemy law, and the death penalty. An Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official described the recommendations ...


Report-LGBTQ-youth-disproportionately-jailed-mistreated

Report: LGBTQ youth disproportionately jailed, mistreated - LGBTQ youth are astoundingly overrepresented in the justice system. While only 7 to 9 percent of all youth nationwide identify as LGB, they make up 20 percent of all youth who are in juvenile justice facilities in the nation with LGB girls alone making up 39.4 percent. Of all these LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in juvenile justice facilities, 85 ...


Black-and-Pink-to-hold-family-gathering-in-Chicago

Black and Pink to hold family gathering in Chicago - Black and Pink will hold its second-ever family gathering in Chicago on Aug. 4-6. The gathering will bring together formerly incarcerated LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive people for community and skills building in addition to healing opportunities. The weekend will feature an Aug. 4 community celebration and fundraising dinner at the Chicago Teacher's Union Hall that is free and open to the ...


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Couple files bias complaint against Akira - A Chicago couple, one of whom is a transgender woman, has filed a discrimination complaint against the local clothing chain Akira. David Hartwell and his partner Jada Ayala, on Feb. 27, filed an Illinois Department of Human Rights complaint against the retailer, alleging that they were denied service because Ayala is transgender; they further allege that the stores' co-owner and ...


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Restorative Justice Community Court to launch next month - The first Restorative Justice Community Court ( RJCC ) in the state of Illinois will launch at UCAN's North Lawndale campus in August, with Cook County Circuit Court Judge Colleen Sheehan presiding. RJCC will be held once a week on Thursdays beginning Aug. 31. Sheehan, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, RJCC ...


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GUEST COLUMN Black and Pink comes to Chicago - This August, Chicago is poised to make queer history. From August 4-6, the Windy City will host one of the largest gatherings of formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people and their allies. They will be coming together for a national gathering sponsored by Black and Pink, a national organization with over 12,000 members behind and beyond bars. Although in recent years, many ...


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Justice Department says civil rights laws won't apply to LGBTQ people - From press releasees - From HRC: Trump-Pence Administration Asserts Civil Rights Laws Won't Apply to LGBTQ People DOJ files amicus brief in direct opposition to decades of legal interpretation from federal courts WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement in response to an amicus brief filed by the Department of Justice arguing that Title VII does not protect ...


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Lambda Legal, ACLU challenge fake repeal of North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of North Carolina announced they have taken steps to expand the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law HB 2 to include a challenge to its discriminatory replacement, HB 142, which left many of the harms caused by HB 2 in place. The advocacy groups also added ...


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Another Gacy victim identified - A 16-year-old runaway from Minnesota has been identified as another victim of notorious Illinois serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The Cook County sheriff's office notified James Byron Haakenson's family recently of this grim fact after the teen's body was identified using DNA technology that was not available during the 1970s. Gacy was convicted of luring 33 young men and boys ...


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Lawsuit filed in support of suspended CPS teacher Chambers - In the two months since suspended Chicago Public School ( CPS ) special-education teacher Sarah Chambers' supporters held a Twitter storm with the #LetSarahTeach hashtag, she has gotten more and more support from students, parents, fellow teachers, community leaders and elected officials—including legal backing, in the form of a lawsuit. Despite this support, CPS is still pushing for her termination; ...


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Senate Republicans Confirm Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Senate's confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush's confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government. "Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee ...


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Hastert released from prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, has been released from the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota. He spent the last 13 months there for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, records revealed. HIs official release date was Aug. 16. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of ...







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