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Equality-Act-focus-of-roundtable-talk

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


Illinois-woman-charged-with-attack-on-actress-Kelly-McGillis

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


LGBT-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-spike

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


HRC-endorses-gun-violence-prevention-measures

HRC endorses gun-violence prevention measures - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) made a policy announcement in the aftermath of the June 12 attack in Orlando targeting the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub. During a special meeting of the Human Rights Campaign's board of directors, the board adopted a resolution that HRC President Chad Griffin recommended. The joint resolution of HRC and the HRC Foundation ...


Chicago-Muslim-and-LGBTQ-leaders-unite-against-efforts-to-divide-

Chicago Muslim and LGBTQ leaders unite against efforts to divide - In a defiant statement of unity following the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., staff members of leading Muslim and LGBTQ advocacy organizations expressed "solidarity against hate" during a joint press conference on June 20 at the offices of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). "We are here to join together to ...


Sen-Durbin-visit-to-Town-Hall-apartments-spurs-discussion-on-gun-control-

Sen. Durbin visit to Town Hall apartments spurs discussion on gun control - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ( D-Illinois ) paid a visit to the Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing's Town Hall Apartments in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood June 17. There, he took the opportunity to tour the LGBTQ-inclusive senior housing facility constructed on the site of the decommissioned Town Hall police station and opened in August 2014. Durbin also sat down for ...


Stabbing-reports-of-fights-in-Lake-View-early-June-19-

Stabbing, reports of fights in Lake View early June 19 - A 22-year-old man was stabbed after a fight at approximately 3:15 a.m. June 19 on the 800 block of West Belmont Avenue, according to police. According to CPD News Affairs spokesman Jose Estrada, the man got into a fight with three acquaintances and was both stabbed and pepper-sprayed. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he is reported to ...


Local-responses-to-Orlando-continue-

Local responses to Orlando continue - As the nation's LGBT community reels from the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Chicago-area individuals, organizations and businesses continued to respond to the Florida tragedy, especially those in the Latinx community. Gay Liberation Network announced that it would be changing the theme of its Pride parade entry June 26 and asked supporters to join its Chicago 4 Orlando ...


Immigrant-Action-Orlando-provides-legal-services-to-survivors-of-Orlando-shootings-

Immigrant Action Orlando provides legal services to survivors of Orlando shootings - Orlando, FL - The American Immigration Lawyers Association's ( AILA ) Central and South Florida Chapters has partnered with Immigration Equality to launch "Immigrant Action Orlando," a collaboration between pro bono immigration law practitioners in Florida and Immigration Equality, the nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. In the days following the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, survivors ...


Affinity-hosts-event-to-respond-to-Orlando-shootings-

Affinity hosts event to respond to Orlando shootings - Affinity Community Services, in partnership with The Care Plan, and the University of Chicago, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Chicago Center for HIV elimination hosted a community open house to create a space for individuals heal and process the shootings in Orlando June 12. The event was Friday, June 17 at the Center for ...


Orlando-victims-honored-at-Puerto-Rican-Peoples-Parade-

Orlando victims honored at Puerto Rican People's Parade - Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA ( PRCC-Vida/SIDA ) honored the victims of the massacre at the LGBTQ Pulse Orlando Night Club & Ultra Lounge at the Puerto Rican People's Parade, June 18 in Humboldt Park. Vida/SIDA marched behind a float carrying this year's Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen, Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Fontaine, a former Ru Paul Drag Race contestant, was crowned by ...


Former-Bears-player-Robinson-found-dead-in-Milwaukee-

Former Bears player Robinson found dead in Milwaukee - On the evening of June 11, former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryant ( Bryan ) Robinson was found dead in a room at the Midpoint Motel in Milwaukee. He was 41. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office report said Robinson checked into the motel for a six-hour stay at 9 a.m. that morning with another man, and wasn't seen by ...


Puerto-Rican-Parade-to-memorialize-Orlando-23-victims-were-Puerto-Rican-

Puerto Rican Parade to memorialize Orlando; 23 victims were Puerto Rican - During Saturday's Puerto Rican Day Parade, Chicago's Puerto Rican LGBT community will memorialize the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting, including the 23 Orlando shooting victims that have been identified to be of Puerto Rican descent. It will be part of the 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Democratic State Senate nominee Omar Aquino, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and Vida/SIDA contingent ...


City-announces-beefed-up-Pride-security

City announces beefed-up Pride security - CIncreased uniformed and plainclothes officers, cooperation from state and federal partners and additional private security staff are among the measures the city is taking to ensure safety at upcoming LGBTQ Pride celebrations, according to officials. City, police and event officials announced the measures at a June 16 press conference at Town Hall 19th Police District headquarters at Addison and Halsted. ...


President-Obama-speaks-in-Orlanda-Florida

President Obama speaks in Orlanda, Florida - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, Florida 3:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Four days ago, this community was shaken by an evil and hateful act. Today, we are reminded of what is good. That there is compassion, empathy and decency, and most of all, there is love. That's the Orlando that we've seen in recent days. ...


Affinity-Community-Open-House-in-response-to-Orlando-

Affinity Community Open House in response to Orlando - Affinity Community Services, in partnership with The Care Plan, and the University of Chicago, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Chicago Center for HIV elimination is hosting a community open house event to create a space for individuals heal and process the event in Orlando earlier this week. The event is Friday, June 17 and ...


LGBTQ-and-gun-violence-prevention-groups-call-for-tough-gun-laws

LGBTQ and gun violence-prevention groups call for tough gun laws - From a press release - Washington DC, June 16, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force has joined 52 other LGBTQ and gun-violence prevention groups in an open letter calling on Congress for tougher restrictions on gun access for known and suspected terrorists and those with hate crime convictions. Open Letter As U.S. government leaders continue to grapple with addressing gun violence-prevention following last weekend's ...


LGBT-Community-centers-issue-call-for-gun-law-reform

LGBT Community centers issue call for gun law reform - From a press release - Our hearts break for the LGBT community in Orlando and for the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed. While we are still learning many facts about the shooting, one thing is clear: this attack targeted LGBT people, particularly the many LGBT Latinx people attending Latin night at the Pulse nightclub. As community center leaders, we see ...


GLAAD-responds-to-reports-about-Orlando-gunmans-sexual-orientation

GLAAD responds to reports about Orlando gunman's sexual orientation - From a press release - GLAAD today responded to reports speculating about the Orlando gunman's sexual orientation following witness accounts that he may have used gay dating apps and may have previously visited Pulse nightclub. "Forty-nine innocent people were brutally massacred in an LGBT space — this we know for certain," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "This atrocity was an attack on ...


Chicagos-Latino-Community-stands-with-the-LGBTQ-Latino-Community-

Chicago's Latino Community stands with the LGBTQ Latino Community - From a press release - This weekend, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) community was attacked in Orlando, Florida in what is considered to be the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting occurred at Pulse, a nightclub for the LGBTQ community, during its weekly "Latin" night. Forty-nine individuals died, and an additional 53 were injured. The majority of those ...


LGBTQ-International-group-says-Beyond-ISIS-

LGBTQ International group says 'Beyond 'ISIS' - by Jessica Stern, Executive Director Outright Action International - OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub on 12 June 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 people whose lives were taken and the more than 50 people injured. These events were not only a tragedy for the LGBTIQ ...


Kirk-asks-FBI-for-increased-Pride-security-

Kirk asks FBI for increased Pride security - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has asked the FBI's Chicago office for additional support at the June 26 Pride parade, according to NBC 5. Kirk, on June 15, asked FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge David W. Paun have a plan ensuring attendees' safety in the wake of the shooting in the Orlando nightclub Pulse in the early morning of June ...


Obamas-remarks-Monday-on-June-12-attack-on-Orlando-LGBT-bar-

Obama's remarks Monday on June 12 attack on Orlando LGBT bar - From the White House - Oval Office 11:13 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: I just had the opportunity to get the latest briefing from FBI Director Comey, as well as Deputy Attorney General Yates and the rest of my national security team about the tragedy that took place in Orlando. They're going to be doing a more extensive briefing around noon — just a little ...


City-of-Orlando-begins-to-release-victim-names-

City of Orlando begins to release victim names - Orlando officials, on June 12, slowly began to release the names of individuals who were killed in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub early that morning. Forty-nine victims lost their lives, many of them members of Central Florida's Latino LGBT community. Authorities said that they would regularly update the list as victims' families were notified. As of Windy City Times' ...


Reps-Quigley-Lee-Baldwin-Statement-on-Blood-Donor-Ban-

Reps. Quigley, Lee, Baldwin Statement on Blood Donor Ban - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ( HPSCI ), and Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and ...


Hundreds-at-Center-on-Halsted-vigil-for-Orlando-

Hundreds at Center on Halsted vigil for Orlando - Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Chicago politicians, clergy, activists and artists, were among those who, on June 13, spoke at a vigil at Center on Halsted in remembrance of those killed and wounded in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the early morning of June 12. The event was one of several that evening in the ...


More-Chicago-and-suburban-vigils-for-Orlando-

More Chicago and suburban vigils for Orlando - More Chicago-area vigils for Orlando Taking on not only anti-LGBT hate, but also the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that opportunists have tried to foster out of the Orlando tragedy, a group of South Side Chicagoans put on a thoughtful event June 13, according to attendee Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network. Southsiders for Peace, the Unitarian Church and allied individuals ...


Hundreds-of-Chicagoans-honor-Orlando-shooting-victims

Hundreds of Chicagoans honor Orlando shooting victims - Video below article - About 300 Chicagoans gathered in Lakeview at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe June 12, in memory of victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub early that morning that left 50 dead and more than 50 wounded. Speakers addressed a number of issues that the Florida massacre—the largest mass shooting in U.S. history—touched upon, from gun control ...


At-least-49-killed-in-Orlando-mass-shooting-at-LGBT-bar-

At least 49 killed in Orlando mass shooting at LGBT bar - In what has now become the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, at least 49 people were killed, on June 12, when a gunman opened fire at an Orlando, Florida, LGBT nightclub, Pulse. More than 50 people are also reported as injured, and the gunman also died. The previous largest mass killing targeting LGBTs occurred June 24, 1973, in New ...


Chicago-woman-charged-after-Evanston-Target-explosion

Chicago woman charged after Evanston Target explosion - A Chicago woman faces felony charges for allegedly setting off an explosion in the women's restroom of the Evanston Target Store June 8. Heidi E. Schmidt, 44, of the 4000 block of W. Crystal St. in Chicago, has been charged with one count of aggravated arson and one count of unlawful possession of an explosive or incendiary device. According to ...


Activists-upset-that-Ald-Burke-wants-to-add-police-to-hate-crime-law

Activists upset that Ald. Burke wants to add police to hate-crime law - From a press release - Alderman Edward M. Burke has introduced an ordinance to expand Chicago's hate crime ordinance to include any offense against police officers or firefighters. "It is the goal of this ordinance to give prosecutors and judges every tool to punish those who interfere with, or threaten or physically assault, our public safety personnel," Ald. Burke said in a news release yesterday. ...


Man-sentenced-in-NYC-fight

Man sentenced in NYC fight - A New York City jury convicted Bayna Lekheim El-Amin in a May 2015 attack on two gay men at Chelsea's Dallas BBQ. El-Amin was convicted on all but one assault count for bashing Ethan Adams and Jonathan Snipes with a wooden chair on May 15, 2015. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree attempted assault and two counts of ...


-Trans-activist-dies-after-being-shot

Trans activist dies after being shot - Pakistani transgender activist Alesha, 23, has died after being shot and allegedly deprived of hospital treatment. She was shot eight times in Peshawar May 22 during an altercation between a group of men and several transgender people. Although the specific cause was not immediately clear, but transgender Pakistanis are frequently victims of violence and extortion. Immediately following the shooting, Alisha ...


Anti-LGBT-message-found-in-restroom-at-Hamburger-Marys-

Anti-LGBT message found in restroom at Hamburger Mary's - At closing time on May 28, one of the bartenders working for the Andersonville Brewing side of Hamburger Mary's/Mary's Attic did his regular check of the restrooms and found an anti-LGBT message—"Die Fags"—on the inside of one of the two single occupancy bathrooms in the establishment. The bartender texted owner Ashley Wright, who was at home and asleep at the ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-My-child-just-came-out-to-me-Now-what

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL My child just came out to me. Now what? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My daughter recently came out as lesbian and, while I was shocked at first, I want to be there for her and be supportive. But to be honest, I don't know where to start, or what the best resources are for more information. There is so much online, and I'm not sure what to trust. What do you recommend? ...


Dueling-lawsuits-filed-over-NC-law

Dueling lawsuits filed over N.C. law - The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit May 9 against North Carolina authorities—hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, asking a federal court to rule that the state's so-called "bathroom law" is not discriminatory. At a press conference, Lynch said, "This action is about a great ...


Michael-Jordan-opposes-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBT-law-House-Bill-2

Michael Jordan opposes North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Basketball icon and former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan has spoken out against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2, Yahoo! News reported. Signed into law March 23 by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, House Bill 2, among other things, bans transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and prevents local municipalities from instituting LGBT-related protective ...


National-roundup-GLAAD-PSA-Alabama-ordinance-AIDS-memorial

National roundup: GLAAD PSA, Alabama ordinance, AIDS memorial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD announced the release of a public service announcement ( PSA ), "HIV & AIDS: Why Aren't We Talking?," in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ). This is the second PSA launched as part of an ongoing partnership following GLAAD's release of a resource guide for journalists covering HIV and AIDS and a PSA starring a ...


World-news-African-LGBT-campaign-custody-win-suicide-report-gay-imam

World news: African LGBT campaign, custody win, suicide report, gay imam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scalabrini Centre, a migrant rights and resources organization, officially launched its "Let's Face It" campaign as part of an effort to promote gay and lesbian rights and highlight emerging hate-crimes legislation, AllAfrica.com reported. They've cited the 20th anniversary of South Africa's constitution, the first to recognize gay rights, as a fitting time to take up the issue. In a photo-campaign ...


Downstate-man-charged-after-Target-disturbance-over-restroom-policies

Downstate man charged after Target disturbance over restroom policies - A Bourbonnais, Illinois, Target Store and its neighboring businesses were placed on lockdown for two hours, on May 2, after a man created a disturbance over the retail chains' restroom policies for its transgender customers, NBC 5 reported. Initial reports said that an "active shooter" situation had broken out at the store, located about 52 miles southwest of Chicago, but ...


Lambda-Legal-announces-new-executive-director

Lambda Legal announces new executive director - From press releases - Rachel B. Tiven has been hired as the new CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest legal organization fighting for equality on behalf of LGBT people and those living with HIV. Tiven is currently executive director of the Immigrant Justice Corps. "Rachel's track record of strengthening and growing mission-driven organizations into national forces for legal, political, and social change made ...


Coalition-aims-for-Servin-firing-CSU-funding

Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago police officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University ( CSU ). The protest was organized by a coalition that included members of Black Youth Project 100, ...


Bangladesh-LGBT-activist-murdered-

Bangladesh LGBT activist murdered - From a press release - On April 25, two men were hacked to death, including U.S. Embassy worker Xulhaz Mannan. Mannan was the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, and a leading gay-rights activist. The banned group Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the killings that took place in the capital of Dhaka. The group said the two were ...


Rauner-meets-with-trans-bill-advocates

Rauner meets with trans-bill advocates - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on April 13, met with advocates from Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda, especially with regards to two current pieces of transgender-related legislation. Advocates encouraged Rauner to sign HB 6073, legislation state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored that eases the process by which transgender Illinoisans can change the gender markers on ...


Task-force-releases-scathing-CPD-report

Task force releases scathing CPD report - A task force commissioned in December by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in the wake of the protracted investigation and prosecution of the Laquan McDonald shooting, released a frank and critical assessment of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) on April 13. The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force was headed by Chicago Police Board Chair Lori Lightfoot, who is openly lesbian. ...


SC-sheriff-makes-anti-trans-speech-

S.C. sheriff makes anti-trans speech - - Conservative podcast Dimsdale Debate posted a video of Sheriff Chuck Wright talking about South Carolina's so-called bathroom bill at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women's meeting at the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department, according to WYFF4.com. A bill proposed in South Carolina, S. 1203, would limit use the use of public bathrooms by LGBT individuals to that of their birth gender. In part, he ...


Report-NC-law-could-cost-state-567M-

Report: N.C. law could cost state $567M - The Center for American Progress has distributed an analysis of the potential economic cost of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law HB2. Based on publicly available estimates of the economic impact of lost or at-risk business activity or events, the state's economy could potentially lose out on more than $567.5 million in private-sector economic activity through 2018. Among those businesses/activities lost pending ...


Bureau-of-Democracy-Human-Rights-Labor-Country-Reports-on-Human-Rights-Practices

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, Labor: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - From www.state.gov - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices preface by John F. Kerry Secretary of State The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global governance crisis. In every part of the world, we see an accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors to close the space for civil society, to stifle media and Internet ...


NCTE-condemns-South-Carolina-Sheriff-Wright-for-threatening-trans-women-

NCTE condemns South Carolina Sheriff Wright for threatening trans women - From a press release - Last week, in remarks at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women's Meeting, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright addressed the anti-trans bill moving through South Carolina's legislature. S. 1203 would restrict access to restrooms in public buildings based on the sex listed on an individual's birth certificate and is currently being heard in a Senate subcommittee. In expressing his support for the bill, ...


HRC-Equality-North-Carolina-ask-Gov-McCrory-legislative-leaders-for-HB-2-records-

HRC, Equality North Carolina ask Gov. McCrory, legislative leaders for H.B. 2 records - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina, the state's leading LGBT advocacy organization, announced that it has filed an open records request seeking information from the office of Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger and Speaker Tim Moore about H.B.2. View the letters to the office of Gov. McCrory, Senator Berger and ...


LGBT-adults-nearly-twice-as-likely-to-encounter-cyber-bullying

LGBT adults nearly twice as likely to encounter cyber bullying - From a press release - NEW YORK, N.Y. — April 14, 2016 — Tomorrow, the annual GLSEN Day of Silence will again call attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. In this light, parents, students and educators alike continue to be alarmed at unacceptably high levels of bullying that adversely affect environments at school, at home and online. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and ...


Fire-Department-pioneer-reflects-on-making-history

Fire Department pioneer reflects on making history - "I was a tomboy from an early age and knew there was something different about me since I was 7," said longtime Chicago Fire Department ( CFD ) paramedic Pat Ciara. She is the highest-ranking out lesbian in the history of the CFD. "I wanted to do traditionally boy things but my mom, who was concerned with what the neighbors ...


Task-Force-calls-for-sweeping-change-in-Chicago-policing

Task Force calls for sweeping change in Chicago policing - From a press release - CHICAGO — Members of the Police Accountability Task Force today presented comprehensive findings and recommendations to rebuild the fabric of trust between Chicago's Police Department and the communities they serve. The Task Force was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in December of last year in the wake of the delayed release of the video that depicted the shooting death of ...


Cook-County-Board-votes-to-boycott-NC-and-Miss

Cook County Board votes to boycott N.C. and Miss. - The Cook County Board of Commissioners, on April 13, passed bills boycotting North Carolina and Mississippi for non-vital city business. The bills, sponsored by Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr., come in response to virulently anti-LGBT legislation that was recently passed in those states. As such, Cook County will not enter into new contracts with North Carolina- or Mississippi-headquartered businesses, nor will ...


Entertainment-industry-leaders-urging-legislators-to-halt-anti-LGBT-bills-

Entertainment industry leaders urging legislators to halt anti-LGBT bills - From a GLAAD press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released an open letter by entertainment leaders inVariety calling for an end to anti-LGBT bills popping up across the country. Art Director's Guild, CAA, National Association of Latino Independent Producers ( NALIP ), Netflix, SAG-AFTRA, Univision, and Viacom all undersigned ...


GLAAD-calls-on-music-industry-to-push-against-anti-GLBT-Tennessee-bills-

GLAAD calls on music industry to push against anti-GLBT Tennessee bills - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today called on the music industry to take a stand against discriminatory bills currently pending in Tennessee, which threaten the rights and safety of LGBT people. Tennessee's House Bill 1840 would allow counselors to refuse mental health services to LGBT patients, and Tennessee's ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Day-of-Silence

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Day of Silence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I'm a queer/LGBTQ student, and I've been out at school for a little while. My school's gay-straight alliance ( GSA ) wants to participate in GLSEN's upcoming National Day of Silence and we've been looking forward to having a lot of people join us. Most of the teachers and students are encouraging, but we've run into some issues when ...


Arroyo-Preckwinkle-propose-bans-on-doing-business-with-North-Carolina-Mississippi

Arroyo, Preckwinkle propose bans on doing business with North Carolina, Mississippi - From a press release - Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. ( 8th District ) and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle proposed 2 Resolutions banning any use of County monies in doing business with the Governments of the State of North Carolina and Mississippi and with any businesses headquartered in these States. On March 23, 2016, the State of North Carolina adopted the Public Facilities ...


Director-of-IL-ACLUs-police-project-comments-on-reports-of-police-spying

Director of IL ACLU's police project comments on reports of police spying - From a press release - Statement of Karen Sheley, Director of Police Practices Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on Media reports on police spying on protest groups April 10, 2016 The Chicago Sun Times posted a story this weekend detailing Chicago Police Department activities aimed at monitoring the activities of protest groups, especially African American groups, in the aftermath of the release of ...


Prosecutors-confirm-Hastert-abuse-allegations

Prosecutors confirm Hastert abuse allegations - The allegations at the center of an indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert revolve around the sexual abuse of four or five boys, according to reports. The incidents, which will not be prosecuted because of statutes of limitation, were mentioned by prosecutors in a sentencing memo on April 8. Hastert admitted in Oct. 2015 to structuring bank withdrawals to ...


Oldham-sentenced-to-six-months-in-jail

Oldham sentenced to six months in jail - OFrank Oldham Jr., the former executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS ( NAPWA ), was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, according to the Washington Blade. A Montgomery County, Maryland, circuit court judge sentenced Oldham April 4 for the incidents, which allegedly took place in 2012. Oldham was active in a ...


130-CEOs-business-leaders-urging-lawmakers-to-repeal-anti-LGBT-North-Carolina-Law

130+ CEOs, business leaders urging lawmakers to repeal anti-LGBT North Carolina Law - From a press release - WASHINGTON - This morning, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from GE, the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Oracle, Whole Foods Market, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, LabCorp., American Society of Interior Designers, BD, Thermo Fisher ...


Lambda-Legal-issues-FAQ-for-LGBT-community-in-Mississippi

Lambda Legal issues FAQ for LGBT community in Mississippi - From a press release - ( Jackson, April 6, 2016 ) — Today, Lambda Legal released a Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs ) guide for the LGBT community in Mississippi after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523, an anti-LGBT bill that invites a broad range of individuals, private businesses and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Mississippi based on religious beliefs ...


Tennessee-House-Committee-advances-legislative-assault-on-transgender-students-

Tennessee House Committee advances legislative assault on transgender students - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign blasted a vote of 8 to 4 by the Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Committee advancing HB 2414 — an outrageous bill targeting transgender students in public schools and universities. The measure, which now moves to the House Finance Committee, seeks to force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent ...


Despite-outcry-anti-LGBT-bill-heads-to-Mississippi-Gov-Bryant-

Despite outcry, anti-LGBT bill heads to Mississippi Gov. Bryant - From a press release - JACKSON, MS - Today, following the Mississippi State Legislature's final vote to approval H.B. 1523, a measure opposed by some of the state's largest employers, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Mississippi called on Governor Phil Bryant to veto this harmful legislation. Major corporations are among those urging Governor Bryant, House Speaker Philip A. Gunn and Lt. Governor Tate ...


-TLDEF-responds-to-guilty-plea-in-killing-of-Islan-Nettles

TLDEF responds to guilty plea in killing of Islan Nettles - From a press release - ew York, NY - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund ( TLDEF ) responded to news from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that 25-year-old James Dixon has pleaded guilty to First Degree Manslaughter in the August 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman from Harlem. Dixon faces 12 years in prison after accepting ...


National-roundup-NC-law-Barney-talks-Bernie-Ala-governor

National roundup: N.C. law, Barney talks Bernie, Ala. governor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two transgender men and a lesbian professor joined the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality North Carolina seeking an injunction against House Bill 2, a law that revokes all LGBT protections in the state and forces transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the sex listed on birth certificates, among other things, Advocate.com reported. Lead plaintiff Joaquin Carcaño, 27, of ...


Mississippi-adoption-ban-overturned

Mississippi adoption ban overturned - On March 31, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III overturned Mississippi's ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. In ruling for the couples who had sued, Jordan said the ban is unconstitutional after recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage as well as benefits for gay and lesbian couples. "It also seems highly unlikely that the same ...


120-major-business-leaders-call-for-repeal-of-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBT-law

120+ major business leaders call for repeal of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from Hyatt, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Lauren, American Apparel, Qualcomm, Twilio, Udacity, Pandora Media, ...


Illinois-Freemason-head-opposes-gay-bans

Illinois Freemason head opposes gay bans - The head of the Grand Lodge of Illinois Freemasons has publicly opposed actions by grand lodges in Tennessee and Georgia banning gay members. On March 26, Grand Master Anthony R. Gracco wrote on the Grand Lodge of Illinois' website that the ban upheld in Tennesee two days earlier "is not consistent with Masonic principles. It contradicts the open and inclusive ...


Pride-at-Work-on-Supreme-Court-Ruling-in-Friedrichs-v-California-Teachers-Association

Pride at Work on Supreme Court Ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 29, 2016 the Supreme Court voted of 4-4 to uphold a decades-old ruling that threatened the continued viability of unions for workers in government, education, and other public sector jobs. Pride at Work celebrates this important victory that will protect the rights of working people and their families. This outcome is particularly important for LGBTQ ...


HRC-Attack-on-LGBT-Mississippians-returns-to-House-

HRC: Attack on LGBT Mississippians returns to House - From a press release - JACKSON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after the State Senate followed in the House's footsteps to approve H.B. 1523 by a 31 to 17 vote. This comes despite the tremendous backlash that states like Georgia and North Carolina have faced for their legislatures voting in favor of bills that would put the LGBT ...


Lambda-provides-analysis-of-Supreme-Court-nominee-Judge-Merrick-Garlands-record-

Lambda provides analysis of Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland's record - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, March 29, 2016 ) — Today Lambda Legal released the results of its review of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's judicial record. "The bottom line is that we need a Senate hearing to fully understand Judge Garland's judicial philosophy," said Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair at Lambda Legal. "His record to date doesn't ...


Same-sex-couple-prevails-against-BB-

Same-sex couple prevails against B&B - From a press release - An administrative law judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission ordered Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast, in Paxton, to stop discriminating by turning away same-sex couples from its facilities for civil unions or marriages and to pay $15,000 each to the couple who brought the case. In 2011, Timber Creek turned away Todd and Mark Wathen, who were planning a ...


North-Carolina-Attorney-General-will-not-defend-constitutionality-of-House-Bill-2

North Carolina Attorney General will not defend constitutionality of House Bill 2 - From a press release - RALEIGH — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office "will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2," the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC, and Lambda Legal — four ...







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