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Justice-Dept-steps-in-trans-murder-case

Justice Dept. steps in trans murder case - In an unusual move that Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated, the Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, according to The New York Times. Kedarie Johnson ( a 16-year-old student in Burlington, Iowa ) was fatally shot in March 2016. Christopher ...


After-removing-trans-protection-Sessions-seeks-credit-for-DoJ-work-on-hate-crime-

After removing trans protection, Sessions seeks credit for DoJ work on hate crime - From press releases - Lambda Legal Calls out Sessions' Hypocrisy as He Touts DOJ Assistance in Iowa Hate Crimes Case "For Sessions to seek credit for helping prosecute hate crimes against transgender people is akin to him handing out gasoline and matches and then looking for a pat on the back when he prosecutes someone for committing arson." NEW YORK (October 15, 2017) ...


Trans-Teen-Who-Died-By-Suicide-Protected-By-Federal-Law-Federal-Court-Rules

Trans Teen Who Died By Suicide Protected By Federal Law, Federal Court Rules - From a press release - ( San Diego, CA, October 13, 2017 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) filed an amended complaint on behalf of the mother of a transgender boy in her lawsuit against a hospital for discrimination against her son. Katharine Prescott filed the amended complaint after the Court's ruling on September ...


76-major-companies-join-HRC-friend-of-court-brief-on-lesbian-fired-by-Georgia-hospital

76 major companies join HRC friend of court brief on lesbian fired by Georgia hospital - From HRC website - Today, HRC announced a "friend of the court" brief signed by 76 major U.S. companies supporting Jameka Evans, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, in her efforts to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear her case. Evans was was harassed in the workplace and fired from her job as a hospital security officer because of her sexual ...


UIC-to-host-second-hate-crimes-summit

UIC to host second hate-crimes summit - Raising awareness and action against hate, the Hate Crime Coalition brings the Hate Crime Summit: Bridging Systems Against Hate to University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) on Wed., Oct. 25. This is the second year that the Hate Crime Coalition is delivering the Hate Crime Summit, with the first in 2014. "I think our environment has changed," said ...


US-wrong-on-UN-death-penalty-resolution-LGBT-affirming-pastor-says

U.S. wrong on U.N. death penalty resolution, LGBT-affirming pastor says - From a press release - The pastor of an LGBT-affirming New Orleans church is denouncing the vote of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations against a resolution that condemned capital punishment for same-sex relations, adultery and other acts deemed criminal in many countries. Last Friday, the U.S. delegation voted against a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council that called for countries to ...


Suit-filed-for-community-group-involvement-in-Chicago-Police-reform

Suit filed for community group involvement in Chicago Police reform - From a press release - CHICAGO —Seeking to ensure that concerns about interactions between Chicago police and people with disabilities are part of any reform effort, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Equip for Equality filed a federal lawsuit today with Chicago-based organizations Community Renewal Society, Communities United, Next Steps and ONE Northside. The groups seek the participation of impacted community groups in ...


Movement-to-End-Police-Violence-in-St-Louis-is-Met-with-Police-Violence

Movement to End Police Violence in St. Louis is Met with Police Violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force strongly condemns the ongoing police assaults of peaceful demonstrators in St. Louis as near daily protests continue following the verdict of not guilty in a first-degree murder case involving St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson announced his not guilty verdict on Friday, September 15 in Stockley's killing of ...


5th-Circuit-denies-challenge-to-Mississippi-law-high-court-appeal-to-come

5th Circuit denies challenge to Mississippi law, high court appeal to come - From a press release - ( Jackson, October 2, 2017 ) — Mississippi civil rights attorney Rob McDuff, along with Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal, today announced they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied their en banc petition asking the full court to rehear the case challenging Mississippi House Bill 1523, ...


HRC-Statement-on-Mass-Shooting-in-Las-Vegas

HRC Statement on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the mass shooting in Las Vegas where at least 58 people have been killed and 515 injured. HRC President Chad Griffin said: "After Newtown, our nation called for action. After Tucson, Virginia Tech, Aurora, San Bernardino, Charleston, and Alexandria, we called for action. After the shooting at ...


Transgender-teen-brutally-murdered-in-Missouri

Transgender teen brutally murdered in Missouri - HRC press release below - Three suspects were arrested in conjunction with the graphic murder of a transgender teenager in Texas County, Missouri. The body of Ally Steinfeld, 17, was discovered near the residence of 24-year-old Briana Calderas, who was arrested along with Isis Schauer and Andrew Vrba, both 18. Vrba told police he repeatedly stabbed Steinfeld, gouging out her eyes and genitals; the women ...


Hate-group-Alliance-Defending-Freedom-center-of-anti-LGBTQ-industry

Hate group Alliance Defending Freedom center of anti-LGBTQ industry - From a Media Matters press release - Alliance Defending Freedom ( ADF ) is the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation and is representing plaintiff Jack Phillips in the upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. The case may determine whether businesses serving the public have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of "religious" or "artistic freedom." ADF ...


Census-Bureau-reverses-previous-decision-to-exclude-LGBTQ-question-

Census Bureau reverses previous decision to exclude LGBTQ question - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Today, the US Census Bureau reversed a previous decision to exclude a question on sexual orientation from the Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study. In response to this victory, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, issued the following statement: "Make no mistake - public pressure on the Trump Administration works. It was messages from the ...


Equality-Illinois-gala-to-honor-Planned-Parenthood-and-Jim-Bennett-

Equality Illinois gala to honor Planned Parenthood and Jim Bennett - From a press release - CHICAGO—For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality Illinois announced Wednesday. More ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Fights-Trump-Census-Bureau-Erasure

National LGBTQ Task Force Fights Trump Census Bureau Erasure - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: On Tuesday, the Census Bureau announced that it is removing the planned sexual orientation question from a national survey. "Who and how the Census counts has enormous consequences for resource distribution, representation and LGBTQ protections," said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director. "We shouldn't have to keep telling this administration that we count. In case we weren't ...


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

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


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

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


National-roundup-Catholic-Univ-amfAR-battle-Texas-hate-crime-assaults

National roundup: Catholic Univ.; amfAR battle; Texas hate-crime assaults - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The seminary at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., rescinded an invitation to Rev. James Martin amid ongoing criticism he is too welcoming toward the LGBT community, NewNowNext.com reported. Martin—who was appointed advisor to the Vatican's secretariat for communications earlier this year—released his book Building a Bridge in June. In it, he addressed how Catholics can be more inclusive, and criticized ...


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Guidelines-issued-regarding-Equifax-breach

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


State-ACLU-retains-Guidetti-as-lawyer

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Gay-Seattle-mayor-resigns

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Gay-Jamaican-activist-murdered

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


Madigan-sues-city-for-police-reform

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Affirming-ministries-join-1000-Minister-March

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


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

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


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

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


Trump-pardonx-Arpaio-draws-condemnation-

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


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

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


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

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


MOMBIAN-In-the-wake-of-Charlottesville

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Report-Rutherford-suits-cost-515K

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


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

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


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

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


Hate-crimes-summit-Oct-25

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Chicagoans-rally-for-Charlottesville

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


LGBT-groups-decry-Va-rally-violence

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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