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-Acceptance-of-LGBT-people-and-rights-has-increased-around-the-world

Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized, increasing in the most accepting countries and decreasing in the least. In a series of new studies, researchers developed and utilized a groundbreaking new measure ...


Officials-say-Lesbian-mom-who-drove-family-off-cliff-was-drunk

Officials say Lesbian mom who drove family off cliff was drunk - In California, Mendocino County authorities said that a woman who drove herself, her wife and their adopted children off a cliff in the family SUV in March was legally drunk, according to SFGate. A toxicology report concluded Jennifer Hart had a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent and that her wife, Sarah Hart, and two of their children had ...


Schock-corruption-trial-continues

Schock corruption trial continues - Department of Justice prosecutors and attorney for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) met in a Chicago federal appeals court April 18 regarding corruption charges against the ex-politician, Politico reported. In November 2016, Schock was indicted on several charges, including wire, mail and tax fraud and misappropriation of government funds, among other things. He resigned in March 2015. ...


Communities-who-Exposed-Gang-Database-Criticize-CPD-Superintendents-Plan-

Communities who Exposed Gang Database Criticize CPD Superintendent's Plan - From a Organized Communities Against Deportations press release - For the last year and a half, a group of community organizations has been working to research and expose the harm of Chicago's Gang Database in communities of color across the city, resulting in the campaign with Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez and the CPD's admission of wrongfully including him in the database, the release of important information about the database through various ...


NeverAgainChicago-town-hall-April-15-

#NeverAgainChicago town hall April 15 - The #NeverAgainChicago town hall—in which attendees will openly discuss the call to action taking place across the nation by students and allies to end gun violence—will take place at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., on Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m. In response to that call and the National School Walkout on April 20, people are urged to ...


Town-hall-examines-Latinx-issues

Town hall examines Latinx issues - Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago and Equality Illinois sponsored a town hall meeting between community members, advocates and elected officials to discuss issues pertinent to the Latinx community in the current political climate. The gathering, held March 28 at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Ave., featured a panel comprised of state Sens. Iris Y. Martinez ...


Community-activists-meet-with-AGs-staff-on-policing-issues

Community, activists meet with AG's staff on policing issues - Representatives from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office met April 6 with advocates, service providers and community members to discuss difficulties between some LGBT Chicagoans and the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). The meeting was held at Center on Halsted, and was the first small-scale gathering officials are holding to formulate a consent decree for reform of CPD. It ...


DOJ-proposes-roll-back-of-data-collection-on-crime-victimization-of-LGBT-youth

DOJ proposes roll back of data collection on crime victimization of LGBT youth - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it will seek to stop asking 16 and 17 year olds to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity on the National Crime Victimization Survey ( NCVS ). "Asking NCVS respondents to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity provides crucial data on ...


In-Indonesia-Four-Arrested-for-Same-Sex-Conduct-at-Risk-of-Public-Torture

In Indonesia Four Arrested for Same-Sex Conduct, at Risk of Public Torture - From a Human Rights Watch news release - ( Jakarta, April 3, 2018 ) — Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four people detained in Aceh under a local ordinance that criminalizes same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal Code, they face up to 100 lashes in public — a punishment that constitutes torture under international human rights law. "These vigilante raids and ...


Attny-Genl-Lisa-Madigan-among-AGs-suing-to-block-census-citizenship-question

Attny Gen'l Lisa Madigan among AGs suing to block census citizenship question - From a news release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 17 other attorneys general, six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, today filed a lawsuit to block the federal administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census. Demanding citizenship information would depress Census turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threatening the states' fair representation in Congress ...


Dart-detainment-case-sees-further-developments-

Dart detainment case sees further developments - A class-action lawsuit was filed late Feb. 26 on behalf of people allegedly being unconstitutionally detained under Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's review policy for defendants already cleared for release by Cook County bond court judges—and there is an issue with what Dart's chief policy officer, Cara Smith, told Windy City Times. The suit alleges that Dart's employees are detaining ...


Reports-SWAT-teams-respond-following-Boystown-suicide-threat

Reports: SWAT teams respond following Boystown suicide threat - SWAT teams and other police personnel responded the late evening of March 30 and early morning of March 31 after a Lake View man threatened to harm himself in his apartment, according to multiple reports. Much of the area around the Halsted Street Boystown strip, from Roscoe to Cornelia, was shut down, according to CWB Chicago. Police arrived at about ...


Pulse-gunmans-widow-found-not-guilty

Pulse gunman's widow found not guilty - In Florida, a jury found the widow of the gunman in the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre not guilty of helping her husband plan the mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people in the LGBT-inclusive spot. The verdict was returned March 30 in the case of Noor Salman after the jury deliberated for two days. Prosecutors claimed Salman knew about ...


Medical-civil-rights-student-groups-ask-court-to-back-trans-student-rights

Medical, civil rights, student groups ask court to back trans student rights - From a press release - CHICAGO — A range of experts from Illinois and beyond — with expertise in civil rights, medical care, and the struggles for acceptance as a transgender student — are asking the state appellate court to reverse a decision to single out and limit a female student's use of the girls' locker room because she is transgender. This support for Nova ...


City-ACLU-groups-enter-agreement-on-police-oversight

City, ACLU, groups enter agreement on police oversight - From an ALCU press release - CHICAGO — In a major development in the fight for federal oversight of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), over a dozen community groups today reached an agreement with the City of Chicago and the Illinois Attorney General. The community coalition comes from two major lawsuits, Communities United v. City of Chicago ), filed by the ACLU of Illinois ...


Kenya-Court-Finds-Forced-Anal-Exams-Unconstitutional

Kenya Court Finds Forced Anal Exams Unconstitutional - From www.hrw.org - ( Nairobi, March 22, 2018 ) — A Court of Appeal in Mombasa, Kenya, ruled on March 22, 2018, that conducting forced anal examinations on people who are accused of same-sex relations is unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It was a resounding victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) rights activists in Kenya and beyond. The ...


Title-VII-Where-and-why-sex-matters-to-LGBT-employees

Title VII, Where and why "sex" matters to LGBT employees - Lori Franchina worked as a rescue worker for Providence, Rhode Island, and for four years, everything was fine. Then one day, she was paired up with a male worker notorious for sexually harassing female colleagues. The male worker immediately began harassing Franchina, constantly offering to have sex with her, and openly taunting her as a lesbian in front of other ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-calls-for-reevaluation-the-role-of-guns-in-America

National LGBTQ Task Force calls for reevaluation the role of guns in America - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force released a new platform on gun policy that condemned the myth that mental health is linked to gun violence, while at the same time it laid out how police brutality, racism, transphobia, homophobia, and misogyny are all part of the gun violence problem. On March 19, the National LGBTQ Task Force released its gun ...


Millennium-Parks-security-plan-unveiled-

Millennium Park's security plan unveiled - Coinciding with the start of the busy summer season on May 19, Millennium Park will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, according to an OEMC ( Office of Emergency Management and Communications ) press release. Firearms, knives and other weapons will be prohibited to ensure the ...


Ahead-of-Supreme-case-leaders-advocates-unite-to-affirm-businesses-should-be-open-to-all-

Ahead of Supreme case, leaders, advocates unite to affirm businesses should be open to all - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Celebrities, civil rights leaders, LGBT advocates, hundreds of businesses, faith leaders, and many others are uniting to celebrate "Open To All Week," affirming that businesses open to the public should be open to all — and not given a license to discriminate. "Open To All Week" coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1968 landmark ...


GLAD-NCLR-urge-8th-Circuit-to-find-Title-VII-prohibits-sexual-orientation-discrimination-

GLAD, NCLR urge 8th Circuit to find Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination - From a press release - NCLR and GLAD file brief urging the Eighth Circuit to find sexual orientation discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act Brief argues that exclusion of LGBT people from Title VII's protection is unworkable and unfair ST. LOUIS, MO—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) ...


Attorney-General-Lisa-Madigan-defends-constitutionality-of-anti-discrimination-law

Attorney General Lisa Madigan defends constitutionality of anti-discrimination law - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 18 other attorneys general, filed an amicus brief defending the constitutionality of Minnesota's anti-discrimination law. The brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the case of Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey. The case was brought by the owners of a videography business that do not ...


Businesses-attorneys-general-rights-groups-tell-court-discrimination-is-bad-for-business

Businesses, attorneys general, rights groups tell court discrimination is bad for business - From a press release - ( St. Louis, March 14, 2018 ) — Today 47 businesses, attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia, the nation's leading LGBT rights organizations, and several other organizations submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of Lambda Legal client Mark Horton, a gay man whose job offer from a ...


Pride-Fund-to-End-Gun-Violence-responds-to-White-House-gun-reform-package

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence responds to White House gun reform package - From a Pride Fund to End Gun Violence press release - March 11, 2018 — Washington, DC — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, the nation's only LGBTQ political organization dedicated to gun violence prevention, issued the following statement on the emerging gun reform package from the Trump Administration. Pride Fund founder and executive director Jason Lindsay: "The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have reignited the ...


Emma-Gonzalez-at-Equality-Florida-Gala-Saturday-March-10

Emma Gonzalez at Equality Florida Gala Saturday March 10 - From a press release - Miami, FL — Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) communities, will honor the student leaders and advisors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay/Straight Alliance on March 10 at their annual Miami gala. Emma Gonzalez, president of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas GSA, ...


Emails-prove-DOJ-halted-LGBTQ-inclusion-in-census-Task-Force-responds

Emails prove DOJ halted LGBTQ inclusion in census, Task Force responds - ( Washington, DC, March 8, 2018 ) — "The Census should count LGBTQ people because we count. New information uncovered about the Trump administration confirms that the Department of Justice chose to halt the Census Bureau's progress toward adding sexual orientation and gender identity questions to the Census. The Census controls billions of dollars in federal funding, determines our representation ...


WORLD-New-museum-EU-condemns-gay-cure-trans-lawmaker

WORLD New museum, EU condemns gay 'cure,' trans lawmaker - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to condemn gay "cure" therapy and urged member countries to ban the practice, PinkNews reported. The EU body voted 435-109 to adopt text calling on member states to outlaw the discredited practice. Experts overwhelmingly agree that attempts to cure sexuality are futile, misguided and often extremely harmful; attempts to force people to repress their ...


NATIONAL-Grindr-case-Adam-Rippon-gay-bar-owner-dies

NATIONAL Grindr case, Adam Rippon, gay-bar owner dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chancler Encalade, 20, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a man because of the victim's sexual orientation, announced the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Texas, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Dallas Division. According to the plea agreement, Encalade admitted that he, Nigel Garrett and ...


Lambda-Legal-Pressesfor-Federal-LGBT-Employment-Protection-in-New-Appeals-Court-Case

Lambda Legal Pressesfor Federal LGBT Employment Protection in New Appeals Court Case - From a press release - ( St. Louis, March 7, 2018 ) —Today, Lambda Legal and co-counsel Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD. filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of Mark Horton, a healthcare sales specialist whose job offer at St. Louis-based Midwest Geriatric Management ( MGM ) was withdrawn when the employer learned Horton is gay. ...


HRC-Responds-to-HUD-Secretarys-Move-to-Erase-Non-Discrimination-from-Mission-Statement-

HRC Responds to HUD Secretary's Move to Erase Non-Discrimination from Mission Statement - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to Secretary Ben Carson's release of a new mission statement for the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) that removed several key phrases from the existing mission statement that prioritized ...


New-Stop-Frisk-Report-Released-for-the-City-of-Chicago

New Stop & Frisk Report Released for the City of Chicago - From a press release - Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys today released the latest report on investigatory stops and protective pat downs by Chicago Police officers. The report is the most recent evaluation of data gathered and analyzed as part of an agreement between the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department and the ACLU of Illinois. Under the agreement, Judge Keys was retained to ...


200-candidates-lawmakers-refusing-funding-support-from-NRA

200+ candidates, lawmakers refusing funding, support from NRA - From a press release - Parkland,FL, March 6, 2018—In only 10 days since the campaign's nationwide launch, the #NoNRAMoney Pledge has reached over 60 million people online and has drawn more than 200 candidates and lawmakers who are publicly refusing funding and support from the National Rifle Association. Nearly a dozen candidates for Governor have signed including every Democrat running to replace Florida Governor Rick ...


HRC-Opposes-Trump-Pence-Judicial-Nominee-Thomas-Farr

HRC Opposes Trump-Pence Judicial Nominee Thomas Farr - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, sent a letter to senators urging them to oppose Donald Trump's nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "Thomas Farr's long career undermining the fundamental rights ...


Benchmark-Judicial-Voting-Guide-for-March-2018-Cook-County-Primaries

Benchmark Judicial Voting Guide for March 2018 Cook County Primaries - From a Benchmark PAC for Cook County Judges press release - Democracy depends on voters casting informed ballots, but even the most well-intentioned voter can struggle when it comes to electing judges. In 2018, the Circuit Court of Cook County has 39 openings for judge to fill — 10 for all voters in the county to vote on, and 29 scattered across the county's 15 subcircuits. This is where the Benchmark ...


Lawsuit-alleges-Dart-detains-people-unlawfully

Lawsuit alleges Dart detains people unlawfully - A class-action lawsuit was filed late Feb. 26 on behalf of people allegedly being unconstitutionally detained under Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's review policy for defendants already cleared for release by Cook County bond court judges, according to a joint press release from Thedford Garber Law and the Chicago Community Bond Fund. The suit alleges that Dart's employees are detaining ...


Texas-man-gets-ten-years-prison-for-hate-crime-based-on-sexual-orientation-

Texas man gets ten years prison for hate crime based on sexual orientation - From a Department of Justice news release - Chancler Encalade, 20, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for assaulting a man because of the victim's sexual orientation, announced the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Texas, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Dallas Division. According to the plea agreement, Encalade admitted he, Nigel Garrett, and ...


LGBTQ-working-people-lose-if-Supreme-Court-guts-unions-in-Janus-v-AFSCME

LGBTQ working people lose if Supreme Court guts unions in Janus v. AFSCME - From a Pride At Work press release - Washington-DC: LGBTQ advocates call out the dangerous threat to LGBTQ working people that the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case represents. On February 26, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could squeeze labor unions, if the court rules that some workers do not need to pay for the union representation they receive. Gutting ...


The-NRA-Doesnt-Care-About-Jack-PSA-launched-by-Pride-Fund-to-End-Gun-Violence

The NRA Doesn't Care About Jack PSA launched by Pride Fund to End Gun Violence - Video below. From a press release - March 1, 2018 — Washington, DC — "The NRA Doesn't Care About Jack" is the latest digital public service announcement ( PSA ) from Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, highlighting America's frustration with the NRA and their hold on the public policy debate over firearm safety. Pride Fund is America's only national LGBTQ political organization dedicated solely to gun ...


Judge-refuses-bail-reduction-to-man-accused-of-Boystown-threats

Judge refuses bail reduction to man accused of Boystown threats - A Chicago man being held In Cook County Jail after allegedly making threats to Lake View-area businesses will not be receiving a reduction in his bail after repeated outbursts in his Feb. 28 court hearing. The court incident was reported March 1 on the CWB Chicago blog. Shane Sleeper faces a number of charges after a series of threats leveled ...


American-Bar-Association-Resolution-prohibits-discrimination-against-jurors

American Bar Association Resolution prohibits discrimination against jurors - From a press release - Washington, D.C. - We are delighted to announce that, upon the urging of the National LGBT Bar Association's Executive Director, D'Arcy Kemnitz, the ABA House of Delegates has adopted HOD Resolution 108D, which urges federal, state, local, territorial and tribal courts to extend Batson v. Kentucky to prohibit discrimination against jurors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity ...


2nd-Federal-Appeals-Court-Rules-LGBT-Workers-Protected-Against-Employment-Discrimination

2nd Federal Appeals Court Rules LGBT Workers Protected Against Employment Discrimination - Court: rules Title VII covers sexual-orientation bias - On Feb. 26, a U.S. appeals court in New York City ruled that a federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—also prohibits bias against gay and lesbian employees. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled previous decisions, stating that a worker's gender is necessarily a factor in discrimination based on ...


Fund-site-launched-to-help-Amy-Armstrong-after-robbery-in-Mexico

Fund site launched to help Amy Armstrong after robbery in Mexico - An online GoFundMe campaign has been formed to assist Chicago-based entertainer Amy Armstrong after an establishment she helps manage in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was robbed. According to the GoFundMe site, Armstrong returned to the Palm Cabaret, the Puerto Vallarta nightclub where she is entertainment director, after an engagement on a cruise ship. The morning after her return, she discovered that ...


ELECTIONS-25th-Dist-State-Rep-candidate-Adrienne-Irmer-on-guns-LGBTQ-employment

ELECTIONS 25th Dist. State Rep. candidate Adrienne Irmer on guns, LGBTQ employment - Until recently, Adrienne Irmer was on the legislative staff of the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management. She is one of a crowded field of candidates vying to replace retiring State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie in the 25th district. Irmer's challengers are William Calloway, Grace Chan McKibben, Angelique Collins, Anne Marie Miles, Flynn Rush, and Curtis Tarver II: Windy City ...


Lambda-Legal-Announces-2018-National-Liberty-Awards-Honoree-Evan-Wolfson

Lambda Legal Announces 2018 National Liberty Awards Honoree Evan Wolfson - From a press release - ( NEW YORK February 23, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest LGBT legal organization, announced Evan Wolfson as a recipient of this year's Liberty Award. The Liberty Awards National Dinner honors advocates, activists and allies in the fight for LGBT equality. Evan Wolfson will receive the Kevin Cathcart Community Legacy Award, an award named in ...


CBA-to-honor-Lori-Lightfoot-Feb-28

CBA to honor Lori Lightfoot Feb. 28 - Lori E. Lightfoot, of Mayer Brown LLP, and Larry R. Rogers Jr., of Power Rogers & Smith, will be honored with the Chicago Bar Association's ( CBA's ) Earl B. Dickerson Award on Wed., Feb. 28, at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct. A reception will start at 11:30 a.m., with a luncheon following. The awards were established in ...


Leaders-note-Trump-District-Court-nominees-anti-LGBT-slant-

Leaders note Trump District Court nominee's anti-LGBT slant - Civil-rights leaders from across the country condemned the Trump administration's nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Gordon Giampietro, after the discovery of two 2015 audio recordings where Giampietro mocks a Supreme Court justice and calls same-sex marriage "an assault on nature against God's plan." Organizations such as Lambda Legal, The Leadership Conference on Civil ...


State-License-to-Discriminate-Bills-Threaten-LGBT-Access-to-Services

State 'License to Discriminate' Bills Threaten LGBT Access to Services - From a press release - ( New York, February 19, 2018 ) — The rash of new "religious exemption" laws passed by state legislatures around the United States represent a thinly-veiled assault against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In the absence of robust nondiscrimination protections, these laws function as ...


Chicagoans-Unite-to-Rally-and-March-for-Gun-Reform

Chicagoans Unite to Rally and March for Gun Reform - From a press release - CHICAGO — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Women's March Chicago, and Indivisible have joined forces to lead a rally and march from Federal Plaza to Trump Tower, declaring that the time for "thoughts and prayers" is long past and the time for action is now. We demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis ...


Lawyers-group-responds-to-reports-of-Fla-shooters-white-nationalist-ties-

Lawyers group responds to reports of Fla. shooter's white nationalist ties - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Thursday responding to reports that Parkland, Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz was affiliated with a white nationalist group: "This administration has failed to confront the growing tide of white supremacy in our country. Their words and their policies have ...


Trans-women-sue-Illinois-Department-of-Corrections

Trans women sue Illinois Department of Corrections - Six transgender women have sued the Illinois Department of Corrections over what they say are the gross inadequacies in the medical treatment provided to prisoners with gender dysphoria, according to a press release from the ACLU of Illinois. The lawsuit says that the plaintiffs suffer extreme harms due to the outright denial of care related to gender dysphoria, long delays ...


Lambda-files-suit-in-union-case

Lambda files suit in union case - Lambda Legal—joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force and PFLAG—filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ( AFSCME ). The case challenges unions' ability to collect "fair share" fees from workers who, while not themselves part of the union, ...


Civil-and-Human-Rights-coalition-condemns-committee-approval-of-Nielson

Civil and Human Rights coalition condemns committee approval of Nielson - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah: "Yet again, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are rubber stamping Trump's ...


Reports-say-Robber-met-victims-through-Grindr

Reports say Robber met victims through Grindr - Chicago Police Department issued a community alert on Feb. 2 warning the community of two armed robberies wherein the perpetrator met his victims through the Grindr hook-up app, met them at their apartments, then produced a knife and took their property. The police report was first detailed in a CWB Chicago post on Feb. 2. According to reports, the first ...


BlackPride4-trial-begins-GetEQUAL-BQIC-calls-for-support-on-social-media-

#BlackPride4 trial begins, GetEQUAL/BQIC calls for support on social media - From a GetEQUAL/Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus press release - On June 17th, 2017, Black Queer and Trans people gathered with their allies at the Columbus Pride Festival in Columbus, Ohio with the intent of silently blocking the parade for seven minutes. This action was to protest the murders of Henry Green and Tyre King, both slain by members of the Columbus Police Department in 2016, as well as to ...


Civil-Human-Rights-Coalition-urges-Labor-Dept-to-let-workers-to-keep-tips

Civil, Human Rights Coalition urges Labor Dept. to let workers to keep tips - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor ( DOL ) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ( NPRM ) to rescind portions of tip regulations DOL issued in 2011 pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act ( FLSA ). The Leadership Conference noted the proposed rule deviates ...


NATIONAL-Log-Cabin-Republicans-DNC-official-leaves-Grindr-case

NATIONAL Log Cabin Republicans, DNC official leaves, Grindr case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The highest-ranking openly LGBT official at the Democratic National Committee has departed from her role less than one year after she started serving in the position, The Washington Blade noted. Jess O'Connell, who was named as the DNC's chief executive officer in May, said in a statement that she's leaving the organization in a development first reported by NBC News. ...


NATIONAL-Pro-LGBT-groups-lawsuit-LPACs-search-iconic-gay-bar-closes

NATIONAL Pro-LGBT groups' lawsuit, LPAC's search, iconic gay bar closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN asked a federal district court to permanently block enforcement of the Trump Administration's plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services, per a press release. The motion for summary judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington follows four U.S. district court rulings and two federal ...


Publix-Grocery-Chain-Denies-HIV-Prevention-Pill-to-Employees

Publix Grocery Chain Denies HIV Prevention Pill to Employees - From a press release. Feb. 6 news update below - One of the more prominent supermarket brands in the southeast has taken a hard line against including the HIV-prevention medication known as pre-exposureprophylaxis ( PrEP ) in its employee insurance coverage, reports Ryan Lee in The Body. The lack of justification offered by Publix is fueling speculation that the company is refusing to cover the drug on moral grounds, given ...


Trump-Pence-pick-Brownback-confirmed-Ambassador-Internatl-Religious-Freedom

Trump-Pence pick Brownback confirmed Ambassador Internat'l Religious Freedom - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback — Donald Trump's anti-LGBTQ nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote after Brownback's nomination failed to earn a majority of votes in the Senate. Despite last minute ...


WORLD-NEWS-Laverne-Cox-HIV-cases-possible-serial-killer

WORLD NEWS Laverne Cox, HIV cases, possible serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA ) has given a man with HIV permission to seek medical approval to become an airline pilot after reversing its previous ban, The Guardian reported. The Scottish man, known as Andrew, came forward last year to disclose that the CAA had refused to allow him to start training as a pilot for easyJet because ...


Report-2017-worst-in-20-years-for-hate-related-LGBTQ-homicides-

Report: 2017 worst in 20 years for hate-related LGBTQ homicides - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs 2017 Report on LGBTQ Hate Violence Homicides reports the highest number of homicides in the 20 years NCAVP has been recording this data. According to the report, released Jan. 22, 52 LGBTQ people in the U.S. were murdered in hate-related homicides last year, a shocking 86% increase from 2016. Of the 52 victims, 71% ...


Lambda-joins-brief-holding-that-defunding-unions-would-undermine-work-protections

Lambda joins brief, holding that defunding unions would undermine work protections - From a press release - ( New York, January 19, 2018 ) — Lambda Legal, joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, and PFLAG, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ( AFSCME ), a challenge to unions' ability to collect "fair share" ...


City-moves-to-dismiss-lawsuit-ACLU-demands-commitment-to-Chicago-Police-reform

City moves to dismiss lawsuit, ACLU demands commitment to Chicago Police reform - From a press release - The below statement comes from Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois. "It has been one year since the U.S. Department of Justice issued its highly critical report, finding the Chicago Police Department in desperate need of reform. CPD remains broken. Leadership still does not sufficiently train, supervise, or discipline its officers. Black and Latino Chicagoans, and those ...


Equality-Calif-comments-on-Bernstein-death

Equality Calif. comments on Bernstein death - Equality California released a statement regarding the murder of Blaze Bernstein, whom the organization said was a gay college student from the University of Pennsylvania whose death in Orange County is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The organization's executive director, Rick Zbur, said, in part, "We expect a thorough investigation into the claims that this was a hate-crime ...


HRC-International-Corporate-Equality-Index-to-rate-global-LGBTQ-workplace-inclusion

HRC International Corporate Equality Index to rate global LGBTQ workplace inclusion - From a press release - SANTIAGO — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation kicks off its groundbreaking partnership with FundaciÃ"n Iguales & Pride Connection with an international launch of HRC's Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), the premier report tracking LGBT inclusion in the world's largest companies. HRC has previously launched the CEI internationally in Mexico, marking the historic HRC Equidad MX ...


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World news: Israel lifts blood ban, EU opinion, Billie Jean King - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Israel announced that it would be lifting a ban on gay and bisexual male blood donors—a change that has not been made in the United States, Newsweek reported. Israel's national emergency service devised a "double testing" system that allows blood banks to screen donations twice, allowing gay and bisexual men to make immediate donations, according to the The Times of ...


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Lambda Legal employees win union election - Employees at Lambda Legal voted 42-8 in favor of forming a union at the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. Eligible staff in all six regional offices, including lawyers, fundraisers, communication and administrative and support staff will be members of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Alexis Paige, a ...


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National roundup: NYC speaker, 'Fire and Fury,' Grindr crime - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay member of the New York City Council was elected speaker of the legislative body, The Washington Blade reported. Corey Johnson, 35, is the first HIV-positive person to be elected speaker, which is the second most powerful elected official in city government after the mayor. Johnson—a GLAAD staffer who has also written for Towleroad—first rose to prominence in 2000 ...


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WORLD NEWS Theresa May, lesbian couples, gender-neutral Jesus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, Labour has demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May reverse the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the new universities regulator because of what it said was a history of "homophobia and misogyny," The Independent reported. It was announced last weekend that Young, a right-wing journalist who has helped establish a number of free schools, is to ...


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HRC responds to failure of discriminatory, invasive voter fraud commission - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following response after the Trump-Pence Administration announced they would disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice President Mike Pence, following numerous lawsuits and no real evidence of election fraud. Last May, Mike Pence was named Chairman of the newly-created Commission to prove he ...


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World news: Gay teen's death, conversion therapy, Cher in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sixteen-year-old Brazilian teenager Gabryel Magalhaes, known as Gabryel Selenator on social media, was beaten to death by his own father after he reportedly found out he was gay, Hornet reported, citing News Rondonia. Magalhaes was a huge Selena Gomez fan, and many of the singer's fans have taken to social media to express their sadness over the teenage boy's tragic ...


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Arrests made in N.Y. quadruple homicide - Two men have been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children in their upstate Troy, New York, apartment, according to Time magazine. Justin Mann and James White—both from Schenectady, New York—pled not guilty to murder charges Dec. 30 in Troy. A property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers and 22-year-old Brandi Mells ( who were ...


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Chicagoans sue Lyft, driver after bias incident - Two Chicagoans have filed a lawsuit against rideshare giant Lyft, alleging that a Lyft driver, who is also named in the suit, pulled a gun on them and used anti-gay slurs. According to the complaint, filed the week of Dec. 11, the plaintiffs, Chicagoan Charlie Calvin and another person identified as "John Doe," commissioned a ride from Lyft driver Jaleesa ...


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World: Gay couple killed, Indonesia crackdown, 1st Aussie wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple were killed in a massive fire at a luxury five-star hotel in Loch Lomond, Scotland, PinkNews reported. Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson, who are believed to be from London, had ben staying at the Cameron House Hotel. According to Towleroad, Midgley was a freelance writer for the London Evening Standard, covering travel and culture for the lifestyle ...


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Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws to take effect in the new year - From an EI press release - CHICAGO—Three pro-LGBTQ equality laws that were legislative priorities for Equality Illinois go into effect with the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, laws that ban the anti-LGBTQ panic defense, modernize birth certificate changes, and encourage LGBTQ public leadership opportunities will help build a better Illinois. "Across the country, we have seen attacks on the LGBTQ community increase in number ...







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