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Class-Action-Lawsuit-Targets-Chicago-Polices-Gang-Database-

Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database - From a press release - Chicago — The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on Tuesday to announce a new federal class action against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), targeting CPD's unconstitutional Gang Database, and urging City Council to take action. Read the lawsuit here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R-XOJaBqeqZew0thuzSqMb8GJytt1fqc/view ...


Activist-Martinez-injured-in-hit-and-run

Activist Martinez injured in hit-and-run - A Chicago activist and publicist was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident in the Logan Square neighborhood. Anthony Martinez was struck by a vehicle as he crossed in the crosswalk at the intersection of Fullerton and Kimball Avenues at 7 p.m. on June 6. Martinez headed the LGBT-advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda. Martinez could not make note of the ...


-Angela-Davis-to-Greet-Freed-Political-Prisoners-June-17

Angela Davis to Greet Freed Political Prisoners June 17 - Renowned activist and scholar Angela Davis will greet the scores of people released from Illinois prisons after their wrongful convictions were overturned, at a celebration called a "Welcome Home Rally for the Victims of Police Torture". The event will take place Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 pm at the Trinity United Church of Christ at 400 W. 95th St. Among ...


NATIONAL-Historic-ad-bullying-case-Trevor-Project-gala

NATIONAL Historic ad, bullying case, Trevor Project gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new campaign ad for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno—focusing on his record of progressive accomplishments for the state—ends with him kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the front lawn of his home, according to a Victory Fund press release. To the organization's knowledge, it is the first political ad in U.S. history to feature a kiss between a candidate ...


Pride-Fund-Adds-Pulse-Survivors-to-Board-of-Advisors

Pride Fund Adds Pulse Survivors to Board of Advisors - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC/ ORLANDO, FL, June 11, 2018 — The two year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando is tomorrow, June 12. The death of 49 people and 53 injured inspired the founding of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. Our issues impact every community in the country, every day. Pride Fund would appreciate the opportunity to brief you ...


HRC-Marks-Two-Years-Since-Deadly-Pulse-Nightclub-Shooting-Honoring-Victims-with-Action-

HRC Marks Two Years Since Deadly Pulse Nightclub Shooting, Honoring Victims with Action - From a news release - HWASHINGTON — Tomorrow, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) will honor the lives of the 49 people — most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx - killed in the attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. "Every day, we carry forward the memories of the 49 people whose lives were cruelly and tragically taken at ...


Illinois-civil-rights-laws-remain-in-force-after-Supreme-Court-ruling-EI-calls-for-vigilance-

Illinois civil rights laws remain in force after Supreme Court ruling, EI calls for vigilance - From a news release - CHICAGO—In a 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to vociferously defend the rights of LGBTQ Americans to be free from discrimination when participating in public commerce. The decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was issued in favor of the baker, focusing on the manner in which the Colorado Civil Rights Commission adjudicated the matter, ...


James-E-Snyder-becomes-first-openly-gay-president-of-Illinois-Judges-Association

James E. Snyder becomes first openly gay president of Illinois Judges Association - From an Illinois Judges Association news release - The Honorable James E. Snyder has been installed as President of the Illinois Judges Association during the annual meeting on June 1, 2018, at Chicago-Kent College of Law, in Chicago. The oath of office was administered by the Honorable Mary Jane Theis of the Illinois Supreme Court. "Judge Snyder embodies commitment to social justice and service to all communities" Justice ...


Body-of-missing-River-Forest-man-located

Body of missing River Forest man located - The body of a West Suburban gay man who went missing two weeks ago was recovered May 24, according to the Chicago Tribune. Howard Wax was last seen at his River Forest home the morning of May 12. His automobile was located several hours later at the side of the Chicago Skyway bridge. The Cook County medical examiner's office told ...


Recent-Preemption-Bills-Undermine-Democracy-and-Threaten-LGBT-Equality

Recent Preemption Bills Undermine Democracy and Threaten LGBT Equality - From a news release - Washington, D.C., May 8, 2018—Across the country, cities and counties are taking steps to promote progress and to protect their residents on a range of issues, including workers' rights and benefits, the minimum wage, nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people, pro-immigrant policies, environmental efforts, and more. However, a new report examines how many state ...


Local-dealership-settles-anti-gay-discrimination-suit

Local dealership settles anti-gay discrimination suit - A Chicago car dealership will pay $100,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) lawsuit, after an employee alleged that they were discriminated against for being gay and having a disability. The agency announced the settlement in an April 26 statement. EEOC alleged that an employee at Evergreen Kia, 9205 S. Western Ave., was discriminated against ...


Authorities-searching-for-missing-suburban-man

Authorities searching for missing suburban man - Chicago Police Department and River Forest Police Department are asking for information as to the whereabouts of a Western Suburban resident who disappeared last weekend, Chicago Tribune reported. Howard Wax, 51, was last seen at his River Forest home the morning of May 12. His car was found unoccupied several hours later on the Chicago Skyway bridge. No foul play ...


NATIONAL-Election-news-Pulse-Nightclub-drag-queen-attacked

NATIONAL Election news, Pulse Nightclub, drag queen attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ohio state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio won the Democratic primary election on Nay 8 and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November, a Victory Fund press release touted. Antonio, a Victory Fund Spotlight candidate, defeated an anti-LGBTQ challenger who authored an anti-trans amendment to Cleveland's non-discrimination ordinance when a city council member. Of ...


The-Shepards-keynote-hate-crimes-summit

The Shepards keynote hate-crimes summit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Judy and Dennis Shepard gave the keynote address at the Matthew Shepard Foundation- and Center on Halsted ( the Center )-sponsored hate-crimes summit and community reception May 10 at the Center. The Shepards addressed approximately 50 law-enforcement officials, first responders and prosecutors on the importance of doing proper hate crimes investigations. Dennis explained that when he would speak to law ...


Hate-crimes-summit-at-Center-on-May-10

Hate-crimes summit at Center on May 10 - The Matthew Shepard Foundation is joining forces with the Center on Halsted for a hate-crimes summit and community reception, taking place Thursday, May 10, at 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ( the summit ) and 6:30-8 p.m. ( the reception ) at the Center, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event is a training for law enforcement, first responders and prosecutors who are ...


Gay-man-severely-injured-in-attack-robbery

Gay man severely injured in attack/robbery - A Chicago resident sustained multiple injuries after a severe beating and robbery the evening of March 23. Glenn Collins, who is gay, had just left work at 9 p.m. at Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th Pl., and was walking to his car when he was approached by four men who attacked him. "I was facing my driver's-side door," he recalled. ...


Fired-Rockford-area-lesbian-files-EEOC-complaint-

Fired Rockford-area lesbian files EEOC complaint - A Winnebago County resident has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against her former employer on the grounds that she was fired for being a lesbian. Brooke Berentes, who lives in Machesney Park, Illinois, a suburb of Rockford, said in her April 10 complaint that her boss at Choice Furniture, located in Rockford, fired her about ...


Man-who-threatened-Boystown-shooting-mistakenly-released

Man who threatened Boystown shooting mistakenly released - A man who this past winter was jailed after threatening violence against patrons and staff of a Boystown bar has been mistakenly released from Cook County Jail. The release was first reported May 2 on the CWB Chicago blog. A manhunt is underway for Shane Sleeper, who allegedly threatened to perpetrate a mass shooting similar to the killings at the ...


Man-who-threatened-Boystown-shooting-captured

Man who threatened Boystown shooting captured - Shane Sleeper, who was mistakenly released by authorities even after a litany of charges, including terrorism and hate crime charges, were issued by Cook County prosecutors earlier this week, was apprehended the afternoon of May 3 at an Uptown apartment. Sleeper's capture was first reported on the CWB Chicago blog. Sleeper was accused of issuing threats this past winter against ...


-WORLD-Iran-trans-assaults-legal-action-in-Japan-Harry-and-Meghan

WORLD Iran trans assaults, legal action in Japan, Harry and Meghan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A shocking video showing the harassment and sexual assault of a group of trans women has shown how police at the scene stood by and did nothing to protect them in Iran, Gay Star News reported. In the short video, one of the trans women is screaming hysterically as a mob of men surround them on a public street. Witnesses ...


-Community-airs-census-concerns-to-journalists

Community airs census concerns to journalists - Although the 2020 census won't take place for another two years, the concern about its potential accuracy is starting early in Chicago. "We've had problems in the past and we don't want those to take place," said journalist Steve Franklin, who was hosting a "speed-dating" program for journalists and public policy advocates on behalf of the non-profit Public Narrative, which ...


Cosby-found-guilty-of-assaulting-lesbian

Cosby found guilty of assaulting lesbian - In Pennsylvania, a jury found Bill Cosby, 80, guilty of three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an out lesbian, in 1994. At the time, Constand was a Temple University employee he had mentored. The prosecution painted Cosby as a deceiver while the defense attempted to portray him as the deceived. Five other women ( including former supermodel ...


Extremist-Anti-LGBTQ-Judicial-Nominee-Kyle-Duncan-Confirmed

Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed - From press releases - HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan From an HRC press release: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the U.S. Senate's confirmation of extremist, anti-LGBTQ nominee Kyle Duncan, put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration ...


Racial-justice-workshop-April-28-at-Univ-Church

Racial-justice workshop April 28 at Univ. Church - A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Rev. Velda Love—the recently appointed Minister for Racial Justice for the United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland—will facilitate the workhop, which Black Lives Matter of University Church is hosting. ...


-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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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, ...







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