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Chicago-panel-calls-for-awareness-action-for-murdered-Black-trans-women

Chicago panel calls for awareness, action for murdered Black trans women - Just as the Aug. 25 sun began to set outside the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Social Justice Initiative's Pop Up JUST Art (PUJA) center on South Halsted Street, activist Monica James read off the names of the 18 transgender women of color murdered in 2015. James asked the more than 100 people who gathered in solidarity with the ...


Transgender-murders-in-Aurora-IL-and-Kansas-City-MO-

Transgender murders in Aurora, IL and Kansas City, MO - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Jasmine Collins of Kansas City, MO, and Keyshia Blige of Aurora, IL. These are the 18th and 19th reported homicides of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2015. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jasmine Collins, a Black transgender woman who was killed ...


Virginia-shooter-gay-manifesto-says

Virginia shooter gay, manifesto says - In a manifesto, Vester Lee Flanagan II—who shot and killed WDBJ7-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on Aug. 26 before taking his own life—says he was a gay Black man. He also apparently claims he was a victim of homophobia from his co-workers, including "black men and white females," Breitbart reported. Flanagan, additionally, reportedly left a suicide note ...


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Homeland Security raids Rentboy.com offices in New York - From press releases - Transgender Law Center condemns Rentboy.com raid Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly raided the offices of Rentboy.com in New York, which has been operating in public view for 18 years, and arrested several staff on charges of racketeering and promoting prostitution. This bust comes at a time when human rights advocates globally are uniting around a call to decriminalize ...


LGBT-groups-join-Amnesty-International-in-call-to-decriminalize-sex-work-

LGBT groups join Amnesty International in call to decriminalize sex work - From a press release - Today, several LGBT rights organizations across the country issued the following joint statement in support of Amnesty International's August 11th resolution supporting sex worker human rights. Joint Statement in Support of Amnesty International Resolution: As LGBT rights organizations in the United States, we join to applaud and support Amnesty International's recent resolution to protect the human rights of ...


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World: Murder suspect charged; fashion figure fired; Montreal parade - Yishai Schlissel, the 39-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of attacking marchers in Jerusalem's gay pride parade, has been charged with the murder of a teenage girl and the attempted murder of six other people, according to an LGBTQ Nation item that cites the UK Telegraph. Schlissel was indicted at Jerusalem District Court for the assault on July 30 that resulted ...


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National: Hillary; Texas hate crime; Trump; 18th trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid media reports of clerks of officials refusing to issue marriage licenses, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage "needs to be enforced across our country," The Washington Blade reported. At a town-hall meeting in Las Vegas, Clinton said, "First, as president, I will do everything I can to make sure that marriage ...


UN-brief-to-include-ISIS-terror-against-LGBTIs

UN brief to include ISIS terror against LGBTIs - From a press release - ( New York ) — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) will brief the U.N. Security Council on Monday, August 24, during the first-ever Council briefing on LGBTI human rights violations. The briefing, an informal session known as an "Arria,", focuses on alleged atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Arria will take ...


Rauner-signs-anti-conversion-therapy-bill

Rauner signs anti-conversion therapy bill - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on Aug. 20, signed HB 217, a law that prohibits so-called "conversion therapy," which supposedly could turn a gay or lesbian patient straight, from being practiced upon minors in the state of Illinois. The bill, the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, and in the Senate by ...


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NCAVP mourns deaths across the nation - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Kandis Capri of Phoenix, AZ; Elisha Walker of Rowan County, NC; and Tamara Dominguez in Kansas City, MO. This spike in violence now brings the total number of reported homicides against transgender or gender non-conforming people to 17. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Kandis Capri, ...


LGBTQs-in-LA-protest-homicides-targeting-transgender-people

LGBTQs in LA protest homicides targeting transgender people - Today, Tuesday, August 18 in Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m., LGBTQ activists and community leaders will be holding a rally to call for an end to the continued violence and homicides targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people taking place throughout the country. Supported by the National LGBTQ Task Force, the rally is organized by TransLatin@ Coalition, FAMILIA: Trans and Queer ...


Tidwell-missing-after-several-days

Tidwell missing after several days - [UPDATE Aug. 20, posted on Facebook: "Just got news from his recent partner Adam that he is OK and getting the help he needs."] Dane Tidwell, CEO of Opus Media, who has been active for many years in LGBT media circles and politics, has gone missing, according to reports. Tidwell was last seen Aug. 13, according to a Facebook post ...


13th-trans-woman-murdered-in-US

13th trans woman murdered in U.S. - In Dallas, Shade Schuler, 22, was found dead—making her the 13th transgender woman murdered in the United States this year, according to LoneStarQ.com. This total surpasses the total from all of last year. Schuler's body was actually found July 29. However, it was so badly decomposed that it took authorities nearly two weeks to identify her. In a statement, National ...


Religious-freedom-conversion-therapy-among-events-issues

Religious freedom, conversion therapy among event's issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Religious Freedom or License to Discriminate?" and "Ending Conversion Therapy: Legal and Legislative Strategies" were two of the many topics discussed at the National LGBT Bar Association's annual Lavender Law conference and career fair Aug. 6 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The conference and career fair, which took place Aug. 5-8, returned to Chicago after a seven-year absence. ...


Attorney-calls-for-trans-related-legal-challenges

Attorney calls for trans-related legal challenges - Members of the transgender community need to be more aggressive in asserting their rights, especially in the courts, according to attorney Jillian Weiss. That includes striving for legal organizations focused on trans rights, said Weiss, giving the keynote at the 2015 Trans Law Symposium August 7. "We bring a specific kind of understanding to being trans in the world that ...


Landmark-agreement-reached-on-investigatory-stops-in-Chicago

Landmark agreement reached on investigatory stops in Chicago - From an ACLU news release - CHICAGO — In a landmark agreement between the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), the City of Chicago, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois ( ACLU ), there will be an independent evaluation of the practices and procedures, and increased transparency and public disclosure regarding Chicago police investigatory stops. These stops ( which may be accompanied by pat ...


Preckwinkle-Garcia-announce-500000-fund-for-restorative-justice

Preckwinkle, Garcia announce $500,000 fund for restorative justice - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Chuy Garcia will visit the offices of the Woodlawn Restorative Justice Hub a project of Southside Together Organizing for Power's on Wednesday August 5th at 8:30am to announce her new $500,000 investment in restorative justice organizations. President Preckwinkle committed to the Reclaim Campaign which includes STOP and the Community ...


Corporate-giants-support-Comprehensive-Federal-LGBT-Non-Discrimination-Law

Corporate giants support Comprehensive Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Law - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Four new major American companies have become the latest to endorse the Equality Act, federal legislation that would establish full, federal equality for all LGBT Americans. In doing so, these leading companies - IBM, Oracle, Orbitz, and Symantec - made clear that they believe all LGBT Americans should have the protections from discrimination in federal law that they ...


Attorney-activist-works-with-marginalized-communities

Attorney/activist works with marginalized communities - Attorney and activist Nebula Li, who identifies as queer and gender non-conforming, has been a practicing attorney focusing on immigration, criminal defense, public benefits and civil rights law at a variety of entities over the years. Currently, Li is a staff attorney and coordinator of Community Legal Education at Community Activism Law Alliance ( CALA ). Li coordinates the Enlace ...


Demystifying-sexual-abuse-in-the-LGBTQ-community

Demystifying sexual abuse in the LGBTQ community - Even with social-media posts flying every which way through the glass ceiling and into the depths of cyberspace, sexual abuse among lesbians is still not in the forefront of what readers seem to consume on a daily basis. Rather, it's which celebrity dyed their hair this week and headlines like, "Did Lindsay Lohan really Photoshop her own backside for Instagram?" ...


Velvet-Rope-owner-pleads-guilty-to-arson-and-fraud

Velvet Rope owner pleads guilty to arson and fraud - A former bar owner accused of burning down his Oak Park nightclub—who at the time maintained that the fire was a hate crime—has pled guilty to one count of arson and one count of insurance fraud, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. The Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown blog reported, on August 3, that Frank Elliott, who owned ...


Six-stabbed-in-repeat-attack-at-Jerusalem-Pride

Six stabbed in repeat attack at Jerusalem Pride - Updated with statements released at later dates - Yishai Shlissel—an Orthodox Jew who stabbed marchers at a Jerusalem gay pride parade a decade ago—launched another knife attack at the same type of parade in the same city on July 30, stabbing and wounding six people, according to various reports. Two were reportedly injured seriously. A 16-year-old teenager, Shira Banki, has died, the Washington Blade noted. (Banki's family has ...


Lambda-Legal-Midwest-Region-welcomes-Garner-Fellow-Aisha-Davis-

Lambda Legal Midwest Region welcomes Garner Fellow Aisha Davis - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, July 29, 2015 ) —This week, Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office welcomed Aisha Davis as Lambda Legal's new Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow. Davis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and most recently served as Law Clerk for the Family Court of the State of Delaware for Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn. As the Tyron ...


ACLU-to-Govs-Commission-Move-from-tough-on-crime-to-smart-on-crime-

ACLU to Gov's Commission: Move from "tough on crime" to smart on crime - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today urged an Illinois Commission to make smarter choices about criminal justice policy for the State, starting with dismantling "policies that have proven ineffective or even counter-productive." In testimony before the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, ACLU Criminal Justice Policy Attorney Benjamin Ruddell will tell the group ...


World-news-Trans-woman-killed-Drag-queens-banned-Rio-prisons

World news: Trans woman killed; Drag queens banned; Rio prisons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Scotland, drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event—with the reason being that they might offend transgender people, The London Evening Standard reported. Organizers of Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an "anti-commercialist" alternative to the Scottish city's main Pride event, have announced the controversial ban. They said, in part, "The decision was taken by ...


Illinois-justice-talks-marriage-moment

Illinois justice talks marriage 'moment' - Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis said that the date that the United States Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was handed down—June 26—was a most auspicious occasion for her already: It was her 44th wedding anniversary. "My husband and I were greeted by a meditation on marriage by Justice Anthony Kennedy—more profound or beautiful than any greeting ...


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9.5M LGBT adults would be protected under proposed bill - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — A new comprehensive non-discrimination bill introduced July 23, 2015, in Congress would provide protections to an estimated 9.5 million U.S. adults who identify as LGBT, according to Gary Gates, Williams Institute Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director. The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit, ...


Competing-trans-legal-events-set-to-take-place-in-Chicago

Competing trans legal events set to take place in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In order to provide individuals with a cost-effective alternative to the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference—Transgender Law Institute, a number of attorneys who work on trans legal issues got together and created the first-ever Trans Law Symposium. Both events will take place Aug. 7, just blocks away from each other. The symposium will be held at Jenner & ...


ABA-conference-July-30-Aug-4

ABA conference July 30-Aug. 4 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Policing in the wake of Ferguson, drones, LGBT issues and legalized marijuana are among the topics that will be explored at the 2015 American Bar Association ( ABA ) Annual Meeting ( "Greatness in Every Direction" ) July 30-Aug. 4 in Chicago. High-profile speakers at the meeting include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens ( July 31, 12:15 p.m. ...


Lawmakers-introduce-Equality-Act

Lawmakers introduce Equality Act - U.S. lawmakers, on the week of July 20, introduced sweeping legislation that would give federal protections to LGBT Americans in a number of categories. The legislation, known as the Equality Act, essentially extends to the LGBT community the same rights afforded to other groups under the Civil Rights Act and other laws, and broadly covers areas such as public accommodations, ...


Obama-makes-pro-gay-remarks-in-Kenya

Obama makes pro-gay remarks in Kenya - Videos below - President Obama's historic visit with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta went relatively smoothly, save for one issue: gay rights. At a joint press conference July 25, Obama called on African nations to bestow equal rights upon gays and lesbians; however, Kenyatta dismissed the importance of gay rights, calling it a "non-issue." "The idea that they are going to be treated differently ...


Federal-Nondiscrimination-Bill-introduced-in-Congress

Federal Nondiscrimination Bill introduced in Congress - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015 )—Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) and Cory Booker ( D-NJ ) and Rep. John Lewis ( D-GA ), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, ...


3000-clergy-say-First-Amendment-Defense-Act-means-tax-funded-discrimination

3000+ clergy say First Amendment Defense Act means tax-funded discrimination - From a Bend the Arc press release - WASHINGTON, D.C—More than 3,000 faith leaders and clergy sent a letter today to members of Congress urging their opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act ( H.R. 2802 ). The letter ( full text below this release ), coordinated by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and Auburn Seminary, was delivered today to Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Elijah ...


India-Clarke-a-black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Tampa

India Clarke, a black transgender woman, killed in Tampa - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of India Clarke, a black transgender woman who was found beaten to death on Tuesday, July 21st in a park area of the University Area Community Center in Tampa, Florida. Monica Roberts of TransGriot first accurately identified the victim's name and gender identity, which were inaccurately ...


Local-feminist-group-marches-against-rape-gender-violence

Local feminist group marches against rape, gender violence - "Who is ready to smash rape culture, and how are we going to do it?" This was the question asked at the inaugural "Blame the System, not the Victim" march. Organized by the local activist group Feminist Uprising to End Inequality and Exploitation ( FURIE ), protestors took to the streets of downtown Chicago to call for an end to ...


American-Bar-Association-to-discuss-police-misconduct-drones-marijuana

American Bar Association to discuss police misconduct, drones, marijuana - From a press release - CHICAGO, July 14, 2015 — Policing in the wake of Ferguson, drones and legalized marijuana are chief among legal issues that will be explored at the 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting July 30-Aug. 4 in Chicago. High-profile speakers at the meeting include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens ( July 31, 12:15 p.m. ) and Attorney General Loretta ...


Class-action-suit-comes-after-Walmart-denies-health-coverage-to-same-sex-spouses-

Class action suit comes after Walmart denies health coverage to same-sex spouses - From a news release - ( Boston, MA ) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs ( WLC ) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits. The Complaint was filed ...


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White House protesters; Gay firm has new attorney; Locals in top 40 - Protesters arrested at White House On Tuesday, June 30, undocumented trans and queer leaders from across the country conducted a "die-in" in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of 16th and H St. NW ( at the White House ) to symbolize the deaths of LGBTQ immigrants in detention as well as those LGBTQ immigrants who have been deported back to ...


Man-arrested-for-hate-motivated-violence-resulting-in-death

Man arrested for hate motivated violence resulting in death - Dallas police arrested 25-year-old murder suspect Kieron Alexander, who they say beat 54-year-old Ricky Griffin to death and tried to set him on fire in his apartment, The Dallas Morning News reported. Although it is unclear what provoked the attack, Alexander claimed that Griffin "made several unwanted sexual gestures toward him," causing him to lose control and strike the victim. ...


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

Katz named to State Bar Assn 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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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