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

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


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

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


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

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


Equality-Calif-comments-on-Bernstein-death

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


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

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


World-news-Israel-lifts-blood-ban-EU-opinion-Billie-Jean-King

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


Lambda-Legal-employees-win-union-election

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


National-roundup-NYC-speaker-Fire-and-Fury-Grindr-crime

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


WORLD-NEWS-Theresa-May-lesbian-couples-gender-neutral-Jesus

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


HRC-responds-to-failure-of-discriminatory-invasive-voter-fraud-commission-

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


World-news-Gay-teens-death-conversion-therapy-Cher-in-Sydney

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


Arrests-made-in-NY-quadruple-homicide

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


Chicagoans-sue-Lyft-driver-after-bias-incident

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


World-Gay-couple-killed-Indonesia-crackdown-1st-Aussie-wedding

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


Three-pro-LGBTQ-equality-laws-to-take-effect-in-the-new-year

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


Garrett-unqualified-and-anti-LGBTQ-Trump-Pence-nominee-rejected-

Garrett, unqualified and anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence nominee, rejected - 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, announced they would continue to fight against—and defeat—Trump nominees with a history of bigotry toward the LGBTQ community following the failed committee vote on Scott Garrett to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the ...


National-roundup-Sally-Ride-Doug-Jones-gay-son-drag-queen-murder

National roundup: Sally Ride, Doug Jones' gay son, drag-queen murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Postal Service announced that Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be honored with a postage stamp next year, according to NewNowNext.com. The commemorative Forever stamp joins a four-stamp step paying tribute to advancement in science, technology, engineering and math ( a.k.a. STEM ). Other stamps launching in 2018 includes ones celebrating Lena Horne, Illinois, bioluminescent ...


Looking-back-at-2017s-top-ten-news-events-

Looking back at 2017's top ten news events - 2017 was the year the 1960s tried to make a comeback. There was the resurgence in white nationalist activity, widespread sexual harassment, and renewed concern about the use of nuclear weapons. The new president, Donald Trump, fanned perilous fires. He also tried to make friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin while an unfolding investigation was showing the Trump campaign had ...


A-Different-World-Why-We-Owe-the-Cosby-Accusers-an-Apology

A Different World: Why We Owe the Cosby Accusers an Apology - "The sins of the fathers. They just fucked it all up. We had the best family. We had it all. We had it all in our hands. He just pulled us through the wringer. Narcissistic….He took it from his father, who took it from his father, who took it from his father. Let's break this curse. So it won't fall ...


HRC-Puerto-Rico-Gov-Rossello-Must-Veto-Anti-LGBTQ-Bill

HRC: Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello Must Veto Anti-LGBTQ Bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo RossellÃ" to veto a bill passed by the Senate on Sunday that could allow anyone who claims a religious exemption the right to discriminate against the Commonwealth's LGBTQ community and visitors. "This legislation would allow a dangerous license to discriminate, putting LGBTQ people and ...


Uganda-Police-Raid-Queer-Kampala-Film-Festival-Blocking-LGBT-Cultural-Event

Uganda Police Raid Queer Kampala Film Festival, Blocking LGBT Cultural Event - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Nairobi, December 15, 2017 ) — Ugandan police raided and forcibly closed the Queer Kampala International Film Festival on December 9, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The festival featured films and documentaries portraying the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer ( LGBTIQ ) people. Police offered no formal legal basis for forcibly shutting down the ...


Misinformation-Nation-The-Threat-to-Americas-Federal-Data-and-Civil-Rights-in-new-report

Misinformation Nation, The Threat to America's Federal Data and Civil Rights in new report - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The federal government's collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, Misinformation Nation: The Threat ...


HRC-Five-Years-After-Sandy-Hook-Time-for-Gun-Safety-Reform-

HRC: Five Years After Sandy Hook, Time for Gun Safety Reform - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: "Five years ago today, 26 innocent people — including 20 children — were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the ...


Black-LGBTQIA-Migrant-Project-launches-to-build-community-power

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project launches to build community power - From a press release, video below - The Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project ( BLMP ) [ https://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/blmp ] , a first-of-its-kind program housed at Transgender Law Center and made possible by a 2017 Open Society Foundations Soros Justice Fellowship, launched Wednesday with an accompanying 20-minute documentary [ see video below ] and opportunities for community members to get involved . "As a Black transgender Nigerian migrant, I ...


AG-Madigan-to-appeal-FCC-vote-to-eliminate-net-neutrality-rules

AG Madigan to appeal FCC vote to eliminate net neutrality rules - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that she, along with other state attorneys general, will appeal the Federal Communications Commission's ( FCC ) action to eliminate existing net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers ( ISPs ) from discriminating among consumers and content providers. The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was approved today in a 3-2 ...


Inaugural-gender-justice-symposium-focuses-on-women-of-color

Inaugural gender/justice symposium focuses on women of color - Calls for trauma-informed intervention were heard throughout the first ever Gender and Justice Symposium at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital on Dec. 7, led by the state's attorney herself. "What we know far too often when we look into the history of the perpetrator they too have been victimized," said Kim Foxx. Foxx touched on her own history ...


AG-Madigan-calls-for-delay-on-net-neutrality-votes-demands-investigation

AG Madigan calls for delay on net neutrality votes, demands investigation - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today called for a federal investigation in light of widespread reports that millions of comments received by the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) in its net neutrality rule-making process were submitted under fraudulent or stolen identities. Madigan also called for the FCC to delay its vote on its plan to end existing net ...


Nomination-of-Mateer-withdrawn-right-wing-leaning-Willett-confirmed

Nomination of Mateer withdrawn, right-wing leaning Willett confirmed - From news releases, HRC video below - From HRC: Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee will Not Be Confirmed WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, claimed victory as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. ...


Chicago-police-to-wear-body-cameras

Chicago police to wear body cameras - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Dec. 10 that all patrol officers in the city are now equipped with body cameras as part of ongoing police reform efforts. The final police districts—Calumet, Near West, Albany Park and Grand Central—have come online, one year ahead of schedule. In total, more than 7,000 sworn CPD personnel ( including ...


Attorney-discusses-Cakeshop-case-at-WBAI-event

Attorney discusses Cakeshop case at WBAI event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Based on the transcript from the U.S. Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop deliberations earlier that day, Lambda Legal Senior Council and former National Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor had a strong opinion. "Today was not a very good day for LGBT rights," Taylor explained to a crowd at Charles Schwab at 430 N. Michigan Ave. Schwab and the Women's Bar Association ...


World-news-Couple-tortured-Trans-Day-of-Rage-Bermuda-marriage-repeal-

World news: Couple tortured, 'Trans Day of Rage,' Bermuda marriage repeal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple in Uzbekistan were arrested and tortured by police, who charged them with engaging in illegal sexual relations, NewNowNext reported. Male homosexuality is punishable by up to three years in prison in the majority-Muslim country, but the law is rarely enforced. In 2016, late President Islam Karimov condemned same-sex relationships as a "vile phenomenon of Western culture." India's ...


People-protest-Trumps-Jerusalem-declaration-

People protest Trump's Jerusalem declaration - Speaking out against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, approximately 200 people rallied in Daley Plaza on Dec. 7, WGN-TV reported. Apparently, there was a brief skirmish that involved neo-Nazi counterprotesters—but the demonstrators made them depart. Pro-Palestine demonstrators then marched through the Loop to the Israeli consulate at Madison and Canal streets after ...


Imprisoned-trans-woman-seeks-court-order-to-protect-her-from-assaults-by-guards

Imprisoned trans woman seeks court order to protect her from assaults by guards - From a press release - Illinois — The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center and the Uptown People's Law Center have asked the federal court for an emergency order to protect Strawberry Hampton ( incarcerated under the name Deon Hampton ) from further abuse and harassment at the hands of Illinois Department of Corrections ( IDOC ) employees. Ms. Hampton is a 26-year old transgender ...


Supreme-Court-cake-argument-Kennedy-leaning-toward-the-baker-

Supreme Court cake argument, Kennedy leaning toward the baker? - Many media reporting on the oral arguments in Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado said the court's always pivotal vote from Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed to be leaning away from the pro-LGBT trend he has established for years. Associated Press said Kennedy seemed "conflicted." The New York Times said he said things favorable to both sides in ...


VIEWPOINT-My-Black-lesbian-body-is-a-target-for-police-brutality-

VIEWPOINT My Black lesbian body is a target for police brutality - The reality of unarmed African-American women—LBTQ, gender nonconforming and straight—being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored, especially with the focus of police brutality on our males. Like so many African-American women, Sandra Bland's death in 2015, resulting from police brutality was not new news. The national attention it received ...


HRC-Calls-on-Congress-to-Reject-NRA-Gun-Bill

HRC Calls on Congress to Reject NRA Gun Bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign urged Members of Congress to vote "no" on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill, which has been identified as high priority legislation by the National Rifle Association ( NRA ), would allow people who are prohibited from getting a concealed carry permit in a state with strong ...


Masterpiece-Cakeshop-Case-up-today-could-have-sweeping-consequences-for-LGBTQs

Masterpiece Cakeshop Case up today, could have sweeping consequences for LGBTQs - From press releases - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release: National LGBTQ Task Force: Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Could Roll LGBTQ Rights Back A Half-Century ( Washington, DC, December 5, 2017 ) — The National LGBTQ Task Force was out at full strength on the steps of the Supreme Court to rally for the court to uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, ...


ACLU-launches-OpenToAll-campaign-before-Masterpiece-Cakeshop-Supreme-Court-arguments

ACLU launches #OpenToAll campaign before Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court arguments - From a press release - CHICAGO - On December 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether a business open to the public has a constitutional right to discriminate. David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012 to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. But bakery owner Jack Phillips informed them that the bakery wouldn't ...


Supreme-Court-denies-review-in-Turner-v-Pidgeon-GLAD-and-NCLR-respond

Supreme Court denies review in Turner v. Pidgeon, GLAD and NCLR respond - From a GLAD and NCLR press release - "This case is not over. It will now return to the Texas trial court for a final decision. It was an uphill battle to persuade the Supreme Court to grant review at this juncture because of the Court's firm rule about taking cases only after a final judgment even where, as we noted in our friend of the court brief, ...


Chicago-Gang-Database-Targets-Black-and-Latino-Men-New-Research-Shows

Chicago Gang Database Targets Black and Latino Men, New Research Shows - From a press release - ( Chicago, Illinois ) - In a recent analysis of the Chicago Police Department's Strategic Subject List ( SSL ), a tool used by the Chicago Police Department to predict who will be involved in gun violence, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) found that amongst those labeled as potential gang members 75% are Black ...


New-UN-Independent-Expert-on-Sexual-Orientation-and-Gender-Identity-appointed

New UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity appointed - From a press release - Today, Victor Madrigal-Borloz was appointed the new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity ( IE SOGI ). The Human Rights Council formally confirmed his position as the IE SOGI in a plenary. Victor Madrigal-Borloz follows Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn in the position, as Professor Muntarbhorn stepped down ...


Masterpiece-Cakeshop-Case-to-be-heard-Dec-5-LGBT-Asians-South-Asians-file-briefs

Masterpiece Cakeshop Case to be heard Dec. 5, LGBT Asians/South Asians file briefs - From a press release - The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) filed two amicus ( "friend of the court" ) briefs in federal courts defending the rights of LGBT people, Asian Americans, and immigrants. Those cases involve a claim of religious exemption to allow anti-LGBT discrimination in Colorado and a harsh anti-immigrant, anti-sanctuary city law in Texas SB4. — Fighting A ...


Symposium-to-address-criminalization-of-girls-LGBTQ-NIA-youth-in-Cook-County

Symposium to address criminalization of girls, LGBTQ/NIA youth in Cook County - From a press release - CHICAGO 11/28/17- Gender & Justice is a groundbreaking and timely symposium that will address advocacy and community solutions centering the experiences of justice-involved girls & LGBTQI/GNC youth. It will be the first of its kind in Chicago. The Keynote Speaker is Shakira Washington, Vice President at The National Crittenton Foundation ( TNCF ). Shakira has spent the past twenty years ...


National-roundup-Eventful-TDOR-item-Trump-delay-captive-lesbian-couple

National roundup: Eventful TDOR item, Trump delay, captive lesbian couple - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organizers and participants of Washington, D.C.'s, annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 said they believe the event succeeded in honoring transgender people who lost their lives to violence—despite the disruption of the proceedings by a single protester who demanded that D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham leave, The Washington Blade reported. With nearly 200 people looking on at the ...


National-roundup-Tyler-Clementi-Victory-Fund-Republican-busted-

National roundup: Tyler Clementi, Victory Fund, Republican busted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Legacy Celebration, Mitchell Gold, co-founder and co-chair of Faith in America, and Jane Clementi, co-founder and co-chair of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, announced that their organizations will be joining forces to work together to end religious-based bullying, a press release noted. In part, Gold said, "Now more than ever, as anti-LGBTQ religious fundamentalists have ...


World-news-Olympic-resolution-LGBTQ-Poland-book-Canadas-apology

World news: Olympic resolution, 'LGBTQ Poland' book, Canada's apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - All 193 United Nations member-states adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a press release noted. The resolution—which passed by consensus—included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern said, "While Egypt and Russia tried to export and sanction discrimination ...


Same-sex-prep4love-ads-targeted-by-vandals

Same-sex prep4love ads targeted by vandals - Posters in the prep4love advertising campaign—launched last year by the Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ), an ad-hoc coalition of advocates and service providers—have occasionally been defaced in various Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ) locations, particularly advertisements that have featured images of gay men. According to CTA and CPWG officials, however, the defaced ads are replaced as quickly ...


LGBTQ-and-HIV-intimate-partner-violence-report-released

LGBTQ and HIV intimate partner violence report released - From a press release. Full reports linked below. - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report today on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016. The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate partner violence ( IPV ) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states across the country, including California, Texas, New York, ...


Community-groups-to-boycott-the-Magnificent-Mile-on-Black-Friday

Community groups to boycott the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday - From Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression - Members of churches, unions, and community organizations will fan out from the Water Tower at 806 N. Michigan Ave. onto the Magnificent Mile next week Friday, "Black Friday," to ask shoppers to boycott the major retailers there during the holidays, to underscore their determination to seek justice for Laquan McDonald, who was murdered by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke ...


HRC-New-FBI-hate-crimes-statistics-harrowing

HRC: New FBI hate-crimes statistics "harrowing" - New 2016 statistics released by the FBI on Nov. 13 show increases in hate-crimes against persons on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation bias. According to the report, about 6,121 hate crimes were reported in 2016, representing an increase of about five percent. Of those, 1,076 crimes were directed against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation—an ...


Advocates-to-court-Stop-jailing-people-due-to-poverty

Advocates to court: Stop jailing people due to poverty - From a press release - On any given day, tens of thousands of people are incarcerated in county jails in Illinois. Most of these people are being incarcerated pretrial—meaning they have not been convicted of a crime and are only being incarcerated because they are too poor to post bond. In June, the state of Illinois passed the Bail Reform Act of 2017. In Cook ...


EEOC-cuts-backlog-16-labor-union-warns-justice-denied-

EEOC cuts backlog 16%, labor union warns justice denied - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The union representing career civil service employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agency has set off alarm bells by announcing that it has slashed a decades-long backlog in discrimination cases. "Realistically, justice could not have been served for 12,000 Americans complaining of workplace discrimination who got moved off of EEOC's books this year," said Gabrielle ...


National-roundup-Father-kills-son-Calif-education-Kenneth-Cole-situation-

National roundup: Father kills son, Calif. education, Kenneth Cole situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Nevada man faces murder charges after authorities say he shot and killed his 14-year-old son, and friends say the father may have targeted his son because he was gay, according to an ABC7Chicago item that cites KTNV. Police say 53-year-old Wendell Melton got into an argument with his 14-year-old son, Giovanni Melton, prompting the father to shoot and kill ...


Men-use-Grindr-app-to-lure-robbery-victims

Men use Grindr app to lure robbery victims - Two men lured nine individuals into armed robberies in the Rogers Park neighborhood using the Grindr hook-up app, according to a Nov. 11 report on the Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown blog. Stephen Jackson of Evanston and Trenell Kirkman of Blue Island are being held without bail after luring nine various men into a gangway in the 7600 block of ...


Members-of-Congress-Announce-Amicus-Brief-in-Key-LGBTQ-Rights-Case-

Members of Congress Announce Amicus Brief in Key LGBTQ Rights Case - From a press release - WASHINGTON — ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AT 10:00 AM, Members of Congress announce an amicus brief in support of civil rights protections for historically marginalized groups. The case focuses on whether a business can legally discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation, race, religion and ability, among others, by citing First Amendment protections for "sincerely" held religious beliefs. In 2012, ...


LGBTQ-persecution-reported-in-Azerbaijan-senators-call-on-State-Dept-to-investigate

LGBTQ persecution reported in Azerbaijan, senators call on State Dept. to investigate - From the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin - WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of senators today called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for the investigation following recent news reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's ...


Federal-lawsuit-blasts-Chicagos-destruction-of-homeless-tent-cities

Federal lawsuit blasts Chicago's destruction of homeless tent cities - CHICAGO — A new filing in an ongoing federal lawsuit paints a detailed picture of a dramatic increase in attacks on homeless people following the police evictions of Lake Shore Drive "Tent Cities" in September, according to a press release from activists. "Rather than just leave the former tent city residents alone after forcing their eviction from the Lake Shore ...


World-news-Apologies-to-gay-men-activist-stabbed-Taipei-parade-

World news: Apologies to gay men, activist stabbed, Taipei parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first minister apologized on behalf of the Scottish government to gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses, BBC.com reported. Nicola Sturgeon made the apology at Holyrood Nov. 7 to coincide with new legislation giving an automatic pardon to those affected. Sturgeon promised the legislation when she presented her program in September; the law will also allow the removal of ...


National-roundup-Guilty-convictions-Puerto-Rico-club-restroom-signs

National roundup: Guilty convictions, Puerto Rico club, restroom signs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A North Carolina man has been convicted of beating and burning a man to death after they met at a bar, WRAL.com reported. A Guilford County jury returned the guilty verdict against 29-year-old Garry Gupton, who was charged with killing 46-year-old Stephen White at a hotel in Greensboro in 2014. Gupton testified that he met White at a gay bar ...


Anti-Trump-Pence-protest-held-in-Loop

Anti-Trump/Pence protest held in Loop - On Nov. 4, Refuse Fascism hosted a protest rally and march in downtown Chicago calling for the removal of President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence from office. The event also marked a kick-off of protest actions that will take place in 22 U.S. cities every day until the goal is met. The rally and march started at Federal ...


Case-of-Kevin-Clewer-murdered-in-2004-focus-of-Nov-11-Case-Files-Chicago-

Case of Kevin Clewer, murdered in 2004, focus of Nov. 11 Case Files Chicago - From a press release - Thirteen years after Chicago resident Kevin Clewer was murdered, his family still searches for answers to help police find his killer. Case Files Chicago and Area North Detectives have teamed to bring a renewed interest in this case. The crime and call for action will be featured in the television series Case Files Chicago, scheduled to air Saturday, Nov. 11, ...


HRC-to-Secretary-Tillerson-Speak-Out-on-Global-Anti-LGBTQ-Attacks

HRC to Secretary Tillerson: Speak Out on Global Anti-LGBTQ Attacks - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a letter from HRC President Chad Griffin to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the growing attacks against the LGBTQ community around the world. In the letter, Griffin calls on Secretary Tillerson to speak out against the anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses occurring in Egypt, Chechnya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, ...


US-Congress-Unanimously-Condemns-Anti-LGBTQ-Violence-In-Chechnya-Trump-Silent

U.S. Congress Unanimously Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Violence In Chechnya, Trump Silent - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the U.S. Senate's passage of a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ people in Chechnya. Last night, the Senate adopted the resolution by voice vote. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a nearly identical bipartisan resolution in June. To date, neither President Trump nor U.S. ...


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Nine civil rights groups file amicus brief in public accommodations SCOTUS case - From press releases - Nine Civil Rights Organizations Led By Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law File Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Case Regarding Discrimination In Public Accommodations Press Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broad coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or "friend of the court" brief Monday for the ...


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Ill. AG files brief in Supreme Court baker bias case - From a press release - Chicago — Arguing that a business owner's personal beliefs do not give him a right to discriminate against customers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 19 attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of Colorado's public accommodations law. The brief was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, ...


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LGBT legal event with ACLU's Strangio Nov. 7 - "What can the law do for LGBT rights? A conversation with ACLU's Chase Strangio" will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m., at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Community Room, 5733 S. University Ave. Strangio is a staff attorney with ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project, is a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and National Public Radio, ...


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Summit tackles hate crimes and community responses - Chicago Commission on Human Relations ( CCHR ) and other community stakeholders convened the second Hate Crime Summit to address bias-based crimes against members of local constituencies, among them Chicago's LGBT community, on Oct. 25. The event was intended as an exercise in "bridge-building in the face of hate," said CCHR Commissioner Mona Noriega in her opening remarks. The morning's ...


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ACLU and Lambda Legal Announce Proposed Settlement With North Carolina - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — Transgender people in North Carolina will not be barred from using public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity under a consent decree proposed today by Gov. Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, and LGBT North Carolinians who are challenging state anti-LGBT laws H.B. 2 and H.B. ...


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Woman in custody after CTA robbery and attack - A woman is in custody after an Oct. 16 attack at the Wabash and Washington 'L' platform left an 81-year-old man in intensive care. "A female is in custody and charges are pending," according to Chicago Police Department spokesperson P.O. Sweeney, who added that more information would be released once charges were approved. The assailant was characterized as male in ...


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Lyft joins fight against domestic abuse - Lyft has unveiled a new program, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in partnership with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to increase public awareness of domestic violence through a limited-time Lyft app promotion. Through Oct. 23, Lyft riders can enter code "PPURSE" in their profiles, or follow in-app prompts, to unlock the experience and join the fight to end ...


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Senators criticize Sessions for urging courts to immunize discrimination against LGBTs - From a Lambda Legal press release - Washington, DC — Today, Lambda Legal blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Senators challenged Sessions' efforts to roll back the civil rights of the most vulnerable Americans, including a number of policies, statements, and actions directly targeting LGBT people, women, people of color, religious minorities, and immigrants. Sessions' testimony comes just weeks after a ...


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World news: Sydney cops, torture victim, suicide study, Prince Harry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four cops in Sydney claim they were singled out for investigation on drug charges simply because they are gay, NewNowNext.com reported. In early 2015, New South Wales ( NSW ) police officers Christian McDonald, Christopher Sheehy, Shane Housego and Steven Rapisarda were told of an anonymous complaint that they had used illegal narcotics. The citation stated the four were "notorious ...


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Attny Gen Madigan sues Homeland Security for failing to open immigration files - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with nine other attorneys general, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) request for information relating to the detention and deportation of immigrants. In June, Madigan joined the same coalition of attorneys general in issuing ...


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) ...







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