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National-HRC-on-anti-LGBT-bills-Wal-Mart-biased

National: HRC on anti-LGBT bills; Wal-Mart biased - HRC report warns of anti-LGBT bills The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide, "Chipping Away at Equality," that compiles more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality via religious language, according to a press release. Many ...


LGBT-activists-talk-community-and-why-Black-lives-matter

LGBT activists talk community and why 'Black lives matter' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A discussion on how the "Black Lives Matter" movement incorporated the LGBT community became a widely encompassing meditation on the nature of community itself Feb. 19, as activists from myriad backgrounds gathered to ask what justice looks like for LGBT African-Americans. The forum, "What is Justice for the Black Same Gender Loving and Transgender Communities?," came at the end of ...


2015-Trans-100-set-to-debut-under-new-management

2015 Trans 100 set to debut under new management - The profound sadness and somber commemoration of the names of those transgender individuals who have fallen over the past year and are the focal point of the annual Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ) takes place one month before the onset of a season renowned for darkness and bitter cold. In the comparably short span of three ...


US-murders-of-trans-and-gender-exploring-people-continue

U.S. murders of trans and gender-exploring people continue - Following the Feb. 10 murder of transgender woman Penny Proud in New Orleans, the community nationwide was stunned as two more trans and gender-exploring individuals were slain in the United States within the span of five days. On Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio, 22-year-old Brian Golec was stabbed to death by Golec's father who is now in police custody under ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Lawrence-Massachusetts-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Lawrence, Massachusetts - From a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violencehomicide of Oscar Mendez in Lawrence, Massachusetts. According to local media, Miguel Rivera, 50, is accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend, Oscar Mendez, 39, at their apartment. Rivera was also injured during the altercation This is the seventh intimate partner, family, or stalking related homicide ...


Chicagoans-join-Lambda-Legal-national-board

Chicagoans join Lambda Legal national board - ( New York, February 9, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal announced it has elected three new leaders to serve on its Board of Directors, including: Dr. Beth Meyerson, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy & Administration at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; Roderick Hawkins, Vice President of External Affairs with the Chicago Urban League; and David de Figueiredo, Senior Vice ...


Epidemic-Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-largely-ignored

Epidemic: Murders of trans women of color largely ignored - [Originally posted Feb. 15 at Windy City Times] Shortly after Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time magazine last year, the media worldwide erupted with stories and opinions concerning the Transgender Tipping Point. Attempting to discern what it really meant, a June 24, 2014 editorial in the New Statesman declared that "something enormous is happening in our culture. In ...


World-Nepal-and-marriage-mob-attacks-gay-man-Nick-Jonas-in-Sydney

World: Nepal and marriage; mob attacks gay man; Nick Jonas in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country, Gay Star News reported. The committee, led by former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report more than four years after its formation. The committee also advised ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Discrimination-as-religion

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Discrimination as religion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: I was reading about a bakery that didn't want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because it goes against the baker's religion. Can't the couple just go somewhere else? A: Private businesses, such as bakeries and grocery stores that offer goods to the public, are usually bound by public accommodation laws. ...


-Natl-roundup-Larry-Kramers-honor-cold-case-revived-Kristin-Beck

Nat'l roundup: Larry Kramer's honor; cold case revived; Kristin Beck - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York City-based Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) will host its annual spring gala Monday, March 23, and plans to honor Larry Kramer, according to a press release. Kramer is one of the organization's original six founders, and is the award-winning writer of the play and HBO's Emmy-winning film adaptation of The Normal Heart. Founded in 1982 by ...


Muslim-youth-group-condemns-shooting-in-Copenhagen

Muslim youth group condemns shooting in Copenhagen - From a press release - Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ( AMYA ), an auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, categorically condemns today's unconscionable shooting in Copenhagen and offers its prayers and support for the citizens of Denmark and all peace-loving people around the world. "We are deeply pained to know that another shooting has taken place," said Dr. Bilal Rana, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim ...


Kansas-governor-removes-LGBT-protections

Kansas governor removes LGBT protections - Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas, issued an executive order to remove discrimination protections for LGBT state employees, The Chicago Tribune reported. State employees in Kansas can now legally be fired, harassed or denied a job for being gay or transgender, LGBT-rights advocates said. Brownback said an 2007 executive order by Kathleen Sebelius—who was then the state's Democratic governor—went too ...


Masen-Davis-extremely-proud-of-time-at-Transgender-Law-Center-

Masen Davis 'extremely proud' of time at Transgender Law Center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kris Hayashi moves from deputy director to executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) on Feb. 1, replacing Masen Davis, who is leaving the organization Feb. 15. Davis, 43, has been with TLC for more than seven years and said he wants to "remain in the movement," although he first plans to take a break, ...


Voter-canvassers-file-racial-profiling-lawsuit-against-CPD

Voter canvassers file racial-profiling lawsuit against CPD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two voter canvassers announced the filing of a false arrest lawsuit against the city of Chicago Feb. 3 in which they claim that Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officers racially profiled and then arrested them, even though they were simply engaged in work for a Chicago-based alliance dedicated to the policy-change organization The Grassroots Collaborative. The lawsuit centers around ...


Obsessed-man-attacks-lesbian-couples-kills-one

Obsessed man attacks lesbian couples, kills one - Virginia Coast Guardsman Adrian Loya was apprehended after he attacked a lesbian couple in their Massachusetts home, fatally shooting one woman and gravely injuring her wife because he was obsessed with one of the women, according to The New York Daily News. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lisa Trubnikova, 31, died at the scene of the rampage in Cape Cod. Her ...


Lambda-urges-IN-Senate-Judiciary-Committee-to-reject-Senate-Bill-568-

Lambda urges IN Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Senate Bill 568 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, February 9, 2015 ) - Today, the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote 'no' on Senate ...


HRC-details-legislation-geared-toward-undermining-LGBT-equality

HRC details legislation geared toward undermining LGBT equality - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON—Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide for journalists compiling more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly-coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality in a shroud of religious language. The bills—many modeled on a failed attempt in Arizona last year that ...


Charges-brought-in-Atlanta-intimate-partner-homicide-

Charges brought in Atlanta intimate partner homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the alleged intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicide of Ashley Belle that occurred on Jan. 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to media citing police sources, Ashley Belle's domestic partner, Laura Bozeman, has been charged in connection with her death, which occurred after two days of verbal ...


Denver-police-shoot-kill-lesbian-teen

Denver police shoot, kill lesbian teen - In Denver, authorities shot and killed 17-year-old lesbian Jessica Hernandez during a Jan. 26 confrontation—relaunching a conversation about the issues of police force and interactions with communities of color, according to Advocate.com. Initial police reports stated that Hernandez was behind the wheel of a stolen car when officers responded to a call about suspicious activity in an alley. Police claim ...


Human-trafficking-survivor-performs-7-Layers-Captive

Human trafficking survivor performs "7 Layers Captive" - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Human trafficking claims an estimated 27 million victims worldwide, producing nearly $31 billion in revenue each year through the largest exploitation of innocent men, women, and children ever seen in history. In the United States alone, an estimated 100,000-300,000 children are trafficked every year. These terrifying facts uphold the fact that we as human beings must recognize ...


Exxon-to-include-protections-based-on-orientation-gender-identity

Exxon to include protections based on orientation, gender identity - From a press release - ExxonMobil has revised its Equal Employment Opportunity ( EEO ) policy to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Statement by Tico Almeida, founder and President of Freedom to Work, on news that Exxon-Mobil has finally added protections for LGBT employees. Almeida is a civil rights attorney who brought forward the historic and currently pending lawsuit Freedom to ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Texas

Transgender woman of color killed in Texas - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Ty Underwood, a transgender woman of color, in Tyler, Texas. According to local media reports, Ty Underwood was found shot to death early Monday morning on January 26th, after a woman called 911 to say a car had hit a telephone pole and that her ...


World-Turing-notebook-ISIS-killing-gays-king-makes-history

World: Turing notebook; ISIS killing gays; king makes history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook said to contain detailed mathematics and computer science notes written by Alan Turing, the late gay British cryptographer, is going up for auction in April, the International Business Times noted. Turing—the subject of the current theatrical release The Imitation Game—cracked the Nazi enigma code at the height of World War II, helping push the Allies to victory. The ...


DJ-held-after-fatal-Lake-Shore-Drive-crash

DJ held after fatal Lake Shore Drive crash - A popular Chicago DJ is being held on $1 million bond after a Jan. 19 car crash resulting in the death of a woman riding in his car, NBC5 reported. Rafael Rodriguez, also known as DJ Lego, was allegedly speeding and lost control of his car in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, running it into a frozen ...


Moxie-networks-LGBTs-in-urban-planning-areas

Moxie networks LGBTs in urban planning areas - Steven Vance, a transportation blogger for Streetsblog, made a simple suggestion last January: that there be a group for queer transportation professionals. At the time, Daniel Ronan was in the midst of a six-month job search, having moved to Chicago from Portland, Oregon, without a job and had spoken with more than 90 people in three months from three different ...


IGLHRC-MADRE-on-alleged-executions-for-sodomy-by-ISIS-in-Iraq

IGLHRC, MADRE on alleged executions for sodomy by ISIS in Iraq - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) and MADRE, the global women's rights group, condemn the recent killing of at least five individuals by the Islamic State, two of whom were allegedly murdered for homosexual conduct. While the story has been widely reported since January 17th as the execution of two gay men for homosexuality, no ...


Uber-driver-accused-of-sexual-assault-on-man-in-Boystown

Uber driver accused of sexual assault on man in Boystown - A Villa Park man stands accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old man who hailed a ride from him on the car-sharing service UberX this past summer. According to DNAinfo, Adnan Nafasat, 46, faces allegations that he choked and groped the passenger before trying to get him to perform oral sex. At a hearing on Jan. 14, Nafasat was ordered held ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Transgender-people-and-jail

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Transgender people and jail - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: My friend was recently incarcerated in prison in Florida and I'm worried about her safety because she's transgender. Are there laws that can protect her? A: Unfortunately, the situation your friend is in is all too common—prisons incarcerate a transgender woman in a male, rather than a female, facility where she is at constant ...


World-news-Nigerian-comes-out-Charlie-Hebdos-LGBT-link

World news: Nigerian comes out; Charlie Hebdo's LGBT link - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Popular Nigerian brand expert Kehinde Bademosi ( also known as Kenny Badmus ), who took to his Facebook page to reveal he was HIV-positive on Dec. 1, has taken to his wall again to reveal that he is gay, Naij.com reported. On World AIDS Days last month, the Orange Academy founder took a bold step by revealing that he was ...


Egyptian-court-acquits-26-Egyptian-men-after-bath-house-raid

Egyptian court acquits 26 Egyptian men after bath house raid - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responds to the recent news of an Egyptian court's decision to acquit 26 men after they were arrested on charges of "debauchery" during a December 7 police raid on a Cairo bathhouse. "While the courts were right to acquit the men, noting the weakness of the case against them this ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Rhode-Island-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Rhode Island - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicide of Pamela Donahue that occurred on December 2, 2014 in Providence, Rhode Island. According to local media sources, Pamela's girlfriend, Sendra J. Beauregard has been charged with her homicide. According to the police report, a roommate who lived with Donahue ...


Former-Round-Lake-Heights-officer-alleges-harassment-

Former Round Lake Heights officer alleges harassment - A former Round Lake Heights police officer, on Dec. 30, filed a federal lawsuit against the Village and the Village's police chief, alleging that he was fired last summer after refusing the police chief's advances. According to the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, Hossein Isbitan was subjected to repeated advances made by police chief John Roehlk ...


-National-roundup-Indiana-gay-straight-alliance-gay-panic-bill

National roundup: Indiana gay-straight alliance; 'gay panic' bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of three students at North Putnam High School who have been denied the right to form a gay-straight alliance ( GSA ) club during non-instructional time at school, claiming the school's denial violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution, a press release stated. ( ...


Year-in-review-World-news-

Year in review: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Arrested in Nigeria: Following passage of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria, more than three dozen gay men were arrested. Several organizations, including Human Rights First, expressed outrage at the development. —From Russia with hate: Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law—which made for a lot of criticism at the Sochi Olympics held in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin ...


Art-becomes-activism-at-We-Must-Breathe

Art becomes activism at 'We Must Breathe' - On Dec. 18, playwrights, spoken-word artists and actors gathered to talk about race at Victory Gardens Theater's "We Must Breathe" event. The one-night-only performance aimed to add an artistic component to the national #BlackLivesMatter movement that has erupted in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner ( and non-indictments of those deaths ). In addition to ...


National-news-Tim-Cook-gay-Texas-judge-Janet-Mock-engaged

National news: Tim Cook; gay Texas judge; Janet Mock engaged - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a "substantial" donation to help fund a gay-rights campaign in his home state of Alabama and two other Southern states, On Top Magazine reported. The Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Project One America seeks to increase rights for LGBT communities in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Cook announced he was gay in October, reportedly ...


Lesbian-police-officer-sues-city-of-Markham

Lesbian police officer sues city of Markham - A lesbian police officer on Dec. 17 sued the city of Markham in federal court, maintaining that she was harassed for being a lesbian, CBS 2 reported. Officer Brittney Jackson alleges that she was repeatedly harassed by fellow officers since joining the force in May 2010. According to her complaint, one officer allegedly asked Jackson why she "didn't give the ...


Guide-provides-vital-information-for-transgender-prisoners-

Guide provides vital information for transgender prisoners - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) have released "Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners," a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf ...


Trans-individual-missing-from-Warren-Michigan-area-

Trans individual missing from Warren, Michigan area - From a press release - [UPDATE BELOW] WARREN - Equality Michigan is asking for help in locating Jay Ralko, a 22 year old missing Warren area trans individual. Jay was last seen on December 10th driving a Ford Escape Charcoal Gray, plate # CJK7951 with chrome pipe running boards and rain deflectors on the windows. Anyone with information should please call Equality Michigan at 313-466-4345 ...


-Marine-charged-with-transgender-womans-murder

Marine charged with transgender woman's murder - Philippine government prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with murder in the killing of a Filipino, according to The Huffington Post. The prosecutors said Pemberton acknowledged attacking the victim, jennifer Laude, after he found out she was transgender. In October, Laude's body was found in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. She had apparently been strangled and drowned in ...


Gay-manager-of-cafe-killed-in-Sydney-hostage-situation-

Gay manager of cafe killed in Sydney hostage situation - Tori Johnson, the gay café manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, was killed as he fought off an armed terrorist who took the cafe and its patrons hostage, according to Towleroad. Johnson, who managed the café for two years, was trying to disarm the terrorist to provide cover for the other hostages as they fled during a ...


Many-GLBT-homicides-connected-to-sex-work-rallies-Dec-17

Many GLBT homicides connected to sex work, rallies Dec. 17 - From a press release - On Dec. 17, the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sex worker rights and social justice organizations in over 60 cities across the United States and world are staging marches, protests, and public events to call attention to violence committed against sex workers. In Chicago, Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago is organizing a march against violence and a vigil and ...


Senate-confirms-first-openly-gay-judge-to-federal-bench-in-Texas

Senate confirms first openly gay judge to federal bench in Texas - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, December 16, 2014 ) — The U.S. Senate tonight confirmed Robert Pitman to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. Lambda Legal Fair Courts Project ...


Black-Lives-Matter-protests-continue-

'Black Lives Matter' protests continue - Chicago faith communities responded Dec. 7 to the recent New York and Missouri grand-jury decisions not to indict in the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Windy City Times' Dec. 7 coverage with photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Chicago-faith-communities-call-for-justice-in-police-killings/49903.html . ...


Liz-Abzug-joins-GetEQUAL-in-push-for-LGBTQ-civil-rights-law-

Liz Abzug joins GetEQUAL in push for LGBTQ civil rights law - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senator Jeff Merkley ( D-OR ) will announce at an event in Washington, DC, that he intends to introduce an LGBTQ equality bill in the next Congressional session. The event comes on the heels of an effort by GetEQUAL — a national grassroots social justice organization fighting for full LGBTQ equality — to survey and then ...


Victory-Gardens-Theater-presents-We-Must-Breathe

Victory Gardens Theater presents We Must Breathe - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Victory Gardens Theater announces We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets, a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. We Must Breathe features performances from poets and playwrights directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie ...


Trans-woman-killed-while-seeking-help

Trans woman killed while seeking help - Los Angeles police are searching for the person who shot a transgender woman to death as she banged on the front door of a residence for help, according to The Huffington Post. Deshawnda Bradley, 21—also known as Tata and Deshawnda Sanchez—was shot around 4 a.m. on Dec. 3. Police said they were investigating whether the killing was a hate crime. ...


Murder-of-LA-trans-woman-is-12th-anti-trans-murder-in-2014

Murder of LA trans woman is 12th anti-trans murder in 2014 - From a news release - Los Angeles, CA, December 5, 2014 —The Los Angeles Police Department has announced they are investigating the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez, who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles earlier this week. "The National LGBTQ Task Force is outraged by the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez and the ongoing homicides targeting transgender women of color taking place throughout the nation. ...


EdgeAlliance-founder-Flosi-named-in-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct

EdgeAlliance founder Flosi named in allegations of sexual misconduct - The Archdiocese of Chicago released documents in November outlining internal allegations of sexual abuse by former Chicago-area priest James Vincent Flosi, along with more than 30 others. Flosi is a founder of the EdgeAlliance AIDS agency in Chicago, Flosi, ordained in 1971 after attending St. Mary of the Lake University, has been an associate pastor at various parishes, including St. ...


Groups-condemn-police-violence-urge-NYPD-accountability

Groups condemn police violence, urge NYPD accountability - From press releases - ( New York, December 3, 2014 ) - Today, less than two weeks after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury decided that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was shown on tape using a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner that ultimately led to Garner's death, will not ...


Chicago-police-violence-against-Black-Latino-youth-focus-of-UN-committee

Chicago police violence against Black, Latino youth focus of UN committee - From a press release - Chicago 12/1 — On Friday, 11/28, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( UNCAT ) issued Concluding Observations after holding their 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this month, during which the U.S. was under review. From Nov. 12 to 13, We Charge Genocide ( WCG ) joined groups and individuals from across the country who traveled to the United ...


LGBT-groups-criticize-Ferguson-grand-jurys-lack-of-indictment-in-Brown-killing-

LGBT groups criticize Ferguson grand jury's lack of indictment in Brown killing - From press releases - The National LGBTQ Task Force describes the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown as "shocking and painful for millions." The following statement is by Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force: "People across this nation feel angry and outraged by this decision. Justice has been denied ...


HRC-releases-municipal-index

HRC releases municipal index - Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released Municipal Equality Index ( MEI )—which "examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there," according to its website. There are six categories in this index: non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, municipality as employer, municipal services, law ...


CPD-Underage-drinking-robberies-among-Lake-View-priorities

CPD: Underage drinking, robberies among Lake View priorities - Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officials said at the most recent Town Hall Police District CAPS meeting, held Nov. 6, that crime in parts of Lake View has been going down. Police Commander Elias Voulgaris said that areas of the district—which is made up of police beats 1923, 1924 and 1925—had seen significant reductions in robberies in recent months, ...


Decalogue-Society-of-Lawyers-hosts-hate-crimes-forum

Decalogue Society of Lawyers hosts hate-crimes forum - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An Oct. 29 forum at Ezra Habonim/Niles Township Jewish Congregation Synagogue in Skokie focused on certain aspects of hate crimes, including civil and criminal remedies. Speakers included Judge Renee Goldfarb, Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Betsy Shuman-Moore ( director of Fair Housing and Hate Crime Projects for the Chicago Committee of Lawyers for Civil Rights Under Law ) and Arnold ...


Trans-woman-of-color-killed-in-Indianapolis

Trans woman of color killed in Indianapolis - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Tajshon Sherman, a transgender woman of color, whose body was discovered on October 26 in the East Indianapolis section of Indianapolis, Indiana. According to local media reports, Tajshon's body was found at the Tudor Park condominiums late Sunday night with bleeding around the head, indicating ...


Expose-of-Chicago-Police-published

Expose of Chicago Police published - From a news release - CHICAGO — In a two-month investigation, two Chicago-based independent journalists writing for the award-winning news organization Truthout have uncovered patterns and practices at the Chicago Police Department raising questions about officers on the force with repeat misconduct allegations and a history of shooting citizens, often with commendations. The investigation found: 21 police officers currently serving on the force who ...


HRC-releases-guide-to-state-level-hate-crimes-advocacy-

HRC releases guide to state-level hate crimes advocacy - From a press release - WASHINGTON — On the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 ( HCPA ), the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a guide providing analysis of the current landscape of hate crimes laws in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. "LGBT Americans will never be ...


Experts-activists-discuss-hate-crimes-laws-prevention

Experts, activists discuss hate-crimes laws, prevention - Law enforcement officials and community advocates were among those who gathered Oct. 20 at UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., for a hate-crime summit held in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. While there has not been a significant increase in the number of ...


Intimate-partner-violence-report-out

Intimate partner violence report out - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has released the report "Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ( LGBTQ ), and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013." NCAVP's 2013 report documents 21 homicides—the highest number of LGBTQ intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicides recorded and on par with the 21 homicides in ...


ExxonMobil-faces-complaint-alleging-anti-LGBT-hiring-bias-

ExxonMobil faces complaint alleging anti-LGBT hiring bias - Updated Monday, Oct 27, 2014 - A national LGBT organization that last year filed a complaint against oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, alleging hiring bias, had a hearing on the matter Oct. 21. Freedom to Work initially filed a complaint against the company with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) in May 2013, saying that ExxonMobil favored non-LGBT job applicants over LGBT candidates. The case ...


White-House-addressing-intersection-of-HIV-AIDS-violence-with-women-girls

White House addressing intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence with women, girls - The White House has announced developments in connection with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Last year, the Interagency Federal Working Group released a report, "Addressing the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender—Related Health Disparities." The report outlined five major recommendations and emphasized the need for cross-agency collaboration to better address how violence against women and ...


Man-pleads-guilty-in-2013-anti-gay-attack

Man pleads guilty in 2013 anti-gay attack - A Chicago man pled guilty Oct. 21 for his part in a July 2013 attack on two gay women in the Austin neighborhood. Terry Glover was convicted of two charges each of aggravated assault and committing a hate crime, and was sentenced by Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan to three years in prison, with credit for the 471 days he has ...


Report-released-on-LGBTQ-HIV-affected-Intimate-Partner-Violence-

Report released on LGBTQ, HIV-affected Intimate Partner Violence - From a press release - For a second year in a row, the report shows highest homicide rate ever recorded. -Reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected intimate partner violence (IPV) increased slightly in 2013. -For a second year in a row there were 21 IPV homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people documented; the highest total recorded -In 2013, 76 % of IPV homicide victims were gay ...


-Two-anti-LGBT-hate-attacks-in-Brooklyn

Two anti-LGBT hate attacks in Brooklyn - The New York City Anti-Violence Project has learned of an anti-gay hate violence attack that occurred Monday, Oct. 13 on Washington Avenue near Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights Brooklyn. According to media sources, a 33-year-old man was followed into his apartment building and attacked with a hammer by a man yelling anti-gay slurs. At this time, the suspect remains at ...


NY-Appeals-Court-holds-hearing-on-Lateisha-Green-hate-crime-conviction-

NY Appeals Court holds hearing on Lateisha Green hate crime conviction - From an Empire State Pride Agenda press release - The following can be attributed to Empire State Pride Agenda's Transgender Rights Organizer EÃ"ghann Renfroe: "We stand with our community in support of Lateisha Green, a young woman who was taken from us too soon, and whom the justice system has utterly failed. This young transgender woman of color was shot and killed in Syracuse, New York in 2008 by ...


UIC-policy-expert-named-to-NFLs-violence-panel

UIC policy expert named to NFL's violence panel - Beth Richie, director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been named a senior adviser to the National Football League's policy group addressing domestic violence and sexual assault. Richie, who is openly gay, joins a previously announced group tasked with developing the NFL's educational and service programs, and to ...


One-night-in-the-area-of-Austin

One night in the area of Austin - Part Two - It was around 12:30 in the morning of Sept. 13 when I joined social worker Channyn Lynne Parker for a drive through the small radius of Austin and West Garfield Park. There—on March 28, 2012—Eisha Love ( then 22 ) defended herself from an attack by two men and was subsequently charged with attempted murder in the first degree. Within ...


CA-governor-signs-bill-banning-use-of-panic-defenses

CA governor signs bill banning use of panic defenses - From a press release - SACRAMENTO — On Saturday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2501, legislation that prohibits the use of "gay panic" and "transgender panic" defenses to reduce murder charges to manslaughter in criminal trials. The passage of this bill makes California the first state in the country to prohibit the use of gay and transgender panic defenses through legislation. "This ...


A-tale-of-two-murders-Connected-or-not

A tale of two murders: Connected or not? - Part One - Fewer than six miles west of the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Chicago's City Hall sits the corner of West Madison Street and North Kilbourn Avenue. It is part of the neighborhood of Austin—a disregarded, neglected backyard obscured by the magnificent opulence of the Chicago loop and kept quietly hidden from the marveling eyes of the record 46.2 million ...


Mother-of-Eisha-Love-Heartbreak-and-courage

Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage - Novelist and poet Barbara Kingsolver once wrote that "sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." For one Chicago mother raising a large family alone in the West Side neighborhood of Austin, her strength was tested without remission every single day. In the two-and-a-half years since she received a panicked call from her eldest daughter on the morning ...


UNs-Free-Equal-Grindr-controversy-Chinese-serial-killer

UN's Free & Equal; Grindr controversy; Chinese serial killer - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Free & Equal—the United Nations Human Rights Office's global public education campaign for LGBT equality—has released "UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising," a video highlighting the campaign's impact to date, according to a press release. The ongoing campaign was launched in July 2013 at a press conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, and featuring then-UN High Commissioner for ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Trans-health-care

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Trans health care - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, I have put off going to the doctor's office for a long time out of fear of mistreatment because I am trans. I have had terrible experiences in the past so I avoid seeking care at all costs. And, I hear that I won't have coverage for the health care I need because of exclusions in ...


ABA-names-awardees-for-LGBT-advances-in-law-profession-

ABA names awardees for LGBT advances in law profession - From a press release - CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2014 — Three longstanding LGBT legal activists will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its third annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 7, 2015, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston. Named after the New York City Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, ...


Proclamation-marks-20th-anniversary-of-Violence-Against-Women-Act

Proclamation marks 20th anniversary of Violence Against Women Act - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Twenty years ago, our Nation came together to declare our commitment to end violence against women. The Violence Against Women Act ( VAWA ), written by then United States Senator Joe Biden and signed into law on September 13, 1994, changed ...







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