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Gay-man-attacked-in-Edgewater

Gay man attacked in Edgewater - A man walking to the Bryn Mawr L stop, 1119 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in Edgewater was assaulted the evening of Jan. 13, and he said the perpetrator used anti-gay slurs while doing so. The victim's shoulder was broken in the attack. Scott Peterson, who lives nearby, first encountered the perpetrator at about 5:15 p.m. while inside the Dunkin' Donuts ...


Judge-in-Schock-trial-recuses-herself

Judge in Schock trial recuses herself - The federal judge overseeing the criminal corruption case against former Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock recused herself Jan. 19, citing information about Schock's efforts to delay her from becoming her court's chief judge. U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough agreed with defense attorneys who said that information showing that Schock worked with Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ) in 2011 ...


Poll-10M-LGBTQs-reside-in-US

Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates to 10 million LGBTQ adults living in the United States—an increase of approximately 1.75 million from 2012. This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of ...


Torres-to-work-with-Howard-Brown-

Torres to work with Howard Brown - Crispin Torres is moving from Lambda Legal to Howard Brown Health. Torres, the community educator at Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office, will start at Howard Brown on Feb. 1. He will concentrate on policy and legislative work there. In an email he said, "I am very excited for this new opportunity, albeit sad to say goodbye to some of my ...


-Activists-want-to-quash-Uptown-TIF-subsidy

Activists want to quash Uptown TIF subsidy - From a press release - Lawyers for activists who last year filed an Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the Chicago City Council, have moved for the court to quash a City Council vote last June that approved a TIF subsidy for hi-rises in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The City Council approved the Montrose-Clarendon $15.8 million TIF subsidy for what they call "luxury housing on prime lakefront ...


EEOC-report-on-charges-of-work-discrimination-details-LGBT-cases

EEOC report on charges of work discrimination details LGBT cases - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016. This is the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC has increased. Overall, EEOC resolved 97,443 charges in fiscal year 2016 and secured more than ...


175-mayors-from-42-states-launch-coalition-for-LGBT-protections-

175 mayors from 42 states launch coalition for LGBT protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in advance of the upcoming inauguration, 175 mayors across the country from cities large and small announced "Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination," a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not listed in the coalition. Illinois mayors listed in the coalition ...


Wife-of-Orlando-shooter-arrested

Wife of Orlando shooter arrested - Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando nightclub mass shooter at Pulse Nightclub, was arrested in San Francisco Jan. 16. Salman was charged with aiding and abetting as well as obstruction of justice in the case of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. She moved to the San Francisco area after the June 2016 shooting, in which her husband, ...


Berlin-washroom-vandalized

Berlin washroom vandalized - A washroom at the popular Boystown nightclub Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., was vandalized the evening of Jan. 14, according to social media reports. The perpetrators drew swastikas and wrote "King Trump" on the washroom wall and smashed a mirror. On a post appearing on Berlin's Facebook page, employee Greg Haus wrote, "This is so upsetting to me. I've been ...


Justice-Dept-Pattern-of-rights-violations-in-Chicago-Police-Dept

Justice Dept.: Pattern of rights violations in Chicago Police Dept. - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The department found that CPD officers' practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable ...


Attack-on-Affordable-Care-Act-Lambda-Legal-urges-action-to-save-lives

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal urges action to save lives - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., January 11, 2017 ) — As the Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director, Scott Schoettes, and Transgender Rights Project, Director M. Dru Levasseur, issued the following statements: Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director, Lambda Legal: "The ACA has had a transformative impact on the health and well-being of ...


Two-spirit-transgender-woman-killed-in-Sioux-Falls-South-Dakota

Two-spirit transgender woman killed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year-old two-spirit transgender woman found dead in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 6th, 2017. According to Mic, her death is being investigated as a homicide. Jamie identified as two-spirit, a Native American/First Nations term that has historically encompassed many ...


Mesha-Caldwell-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Mississippi

Mesha Caldwell, transgender woman of color, killed in Mississippi - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Mesha Caldwell, a transgender woman of color killed in Canton, Mississippi; the 1st reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Mesha Caldwell, a Black transgender woman, killed in Canton, Mississippi on January 4th, 2017. ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Newport-News-Virginia-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Newport News, Virginia - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence related homicide of India Monroe, a transgender woman of color killed in Newport News, Virginia; the 23rd reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP responded to in 2016. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of India Monroe, a Black transgender woman ...


Timber-Creek-owners-file-court-appeal

Timber Creek owners file court appeal - The co-owner of a downstate bed and breakfast, who was found to have discriminated against a gay couple wishing to have their civil-union ceremony performed there, is appealing that ruling through the courts and not a full Illinois Human Rights Commission ( IHRC ) panel, claiming that gay members of a previous panel could not deliver an impartial decision. Timber ...


HB2-repeal-fails

HB2 repeal fails - During a special session Dec. 21, North Carolina legislators failed to repeal House Bill 2 ( HB2 )—the state's so-called "bathroom bill." Signed by outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in March, HB2 bans people from using public bathrooms that don't correspond to their biological sex, as listed on their birth certificates. Backlash against HB2 caused huge economic losses for the ...


New-tracking-tool-for-religious-bills-launched-

New tracking tool for religious bills launched - On Dec. 13, the daily online publication Rewire introduced a new resource, the Religious Imposition Legislative Tracker, a comprehensive and timely database of state and federal legislation that seeks to expand the reach of religious power into secular lives. The legislative tracker details state and federal measures related to religious imposition, such as RFRAs ( Religious Freedom Restoration Acts ), ...


Know-Your-Rights-Ensuring-Equality-for-LGBTQ-Employees

Know Your Rights: Ensuring Equality for LGBTQ Employees - GUEST COLUMN - The Corporate Equality Index ( "CEI" ), an annual list published by the Human Rights Campaign ( "HRC" ) Foundation that rates workplaces on LGBTQ equality, recently released its 15th Edition, which reported that a record number of businesses are now embracing inclusive policies for LGBTQ employees. The CEI praises the success of the nation's largest employers, stating that they ...


National-roundup-Pulse-lawsuit-lesbian-judge-removed-artists-against-Ivanka

National roundup: Pulse lawsuit, lesbian judge removed, artists against Ivanka - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The families of three men shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier this year are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google for allegedly providing the Islamic State terrorist with material support, Forbes noted. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and obtained by Fox News, the families of Tevin Crosby, ...


Looking-back-National-news-

Looking back: National news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Oh, 2016. It was a year of ( sometimes extremely ) emotional highs and lows—including developments regarding what was quite possibly the most polarizing election ever as well as a mass shooting that, sadly, made the record books. —Trump card: The biggest news of the year had to be the election of Republican Donald Trump—who had been known before ...


Judge-issues-decision-in-Open-Meetings-suit

Judge issues decision in Open Meetings suit - A Cook County judge, on Dec. 20, ruled that the Chicago City Council violated the Open Meetings Act ( OMA ) by not having any forum for public comment in its monthly meetings. The partial ruling by Judge Diane Larsen comes after a lawsuit from two gay activists, Andy Thayer and Rick Garcia, who were unable to enter the May ...


Miss-man-pleads-guilty-to-hate-crime-in-trans-murder-

Miss. man pleads guilty to hate crime in trans murder - 1st gender identity case under Shepard/Bird act - Joshua Brandon Vallum, 29, of Lucedale, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today to a federal hate crime for assaulting and murdering Mercedes Williamson because she was a transgender woman. Williamson was 17 years old and resided in Alabama at the time of her death. Vallum was charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The plea ...


Community-labor-faith-leaders-to-join-in-January-14-mobilization-for-resistance

Community, labor, faith leaders to join in January 14 mobilization for resistance - Chicago, IL- On Saturday, January 14th, mobilizations will be held across the country to build community, celebrate immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims and refugees from hateful attacks and policies expected to come under the upcoming administration. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, three area locals of the Service Employees International Union, United Food and ...


Schock-pleads-not-guilty-to-charges

Schock pleads not guilty to charges - Former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock ( R-Ill. ) has pled not guilty to federal charges that he improperly used campaign and taxpayer money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Schock, 35, is accused of using campaign accounts and his U.S. House office budget for personal expenses; said expenses included travel and even rent payments. He resigned from Congress in March 2015. ...


Report-looks-at-LGBT-social-justice-groups-

Report looks at LGBT social-justice groups - The 2016 National LGBT Movement Report, now out, provides a comprehensive and standardized look at LGBT movement's finances across LGBT social-justice organizations that focus on broad LGBT advocacy, issue-specific advocacy, legal advocacy, and research and public education. The 36 organizations profiled represent 45 percent of the budgets of all LGBT social-justice organizations. This new report, by the Movement Advancement Project ...


Johnson-HIV-conviction-reversed

Johnson HIV conviction reversed - Judges from the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals, on Dec. 20, reversed the convictions of gay college student Michael Johnson, who was sentenced to three decades in prison for exposing persons to HIV, and ordered that he be retried. The appellate judges said in their ruling that the lower court incorrectly allowed evidence—phone calls Johnson made from jail that ...


Gun-Violence-Prevention-PAC-IL-on-weekend-Chicago-gun-violence-Fernwood-

Gun Violence Prevention PAC IL on weekend Chicago gun violence, Fernwood - From a press release - Gun Violence Prevention PAC Illinois statement on weekend Chicago gun violence and mass shooting in Fernwood. At the close of the weekend, Illinois surpassed over 4200 shootings, including 5 people in a single location in Fernwood where 4 have died. It's time to connect the dots. Since Illinois has allowed conceal and carry of loaded guns in public, shooting deaths ...


Civil-rights-leader-in-lawsuit-against-American-Airlines

Civil rights leader in lawsuit against American Airlines - From an American Federation of Teachers press release - WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II's federal civil rights lawsuit against American Airlines: "It is horrifying that an African-American man on one of America's great airlines was subject to the same racist, discriminatory and humiliating treatment as African-Americans were decades ago. The fact that he happens to be one ...


US-House-aims-to-cut-crucial-LGBTQ-protections

U.S. House aims to cut crucial LGBTQ protections - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted the House Freedom Caucus' efforts to end two crucially important protections for LGBTQ people at the federal level. As part of a document outlining more than 200 rules, regulations and executive orders they want revoked, the caucus targeted federal guidance on the fair and equal treatment of transgender students ...


Mississippis-anti-LGBT-law-reaches-5th-Circuit-Lambda-Legal-joins-opening-briefs

Mississippi's anti-LGBT law reaches 5th Circuit: Lambda Legal joins opening briefs - From a press release - (New York, NY, December 16, 2016) — Today legal advocates, now joined by Lambda Legal, are filing papers in Barber v. Bryant, the federal challenge brought by Mississippi civil rights attorney Robert McDuff and the Mississippi Center for Justice to HB 1523, Mississippi's discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that was enacted in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision granting marriage for ...


New-tracking-tool-for-religious-imposition-bills-

New tracking tool for religious imposition bills - From a press release - Religious imposition laws are designed to shield private individuals and businesses from complying with nondiscrimination laws, and permit them to deny people basic services based on stated religious beliefs. The past few years have seen a sharp uptick in the introduction of such bills, most notably in the form of expanded Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ) laws, in ...


Lambda-Legal-goes-to-11th-Circuit-for-security-guard-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian-

Lambda Legal goes to 11th Circuit for security guard forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, December 15, 2016 ) — Today the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Lambda Legal's case on behalf of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was harassed, punished and eventually forced to leave her job because she is a lesbian. This case, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, has the potential to change the landscape for ...


All-Survivors-Project-to-study-shape-policy-on-male-sexual-victimization-in-war

All Survivors Project to study, shape policy on male sexual victimization in war - From a press release - The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law announces the launch of the All Survivors Project, documenting sexual and gender based violence against boys and men in situations of armed conflict and displacement. The project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees ( UNHCR ), will provide best practices ...


HRC-highlights-anti-LGBTQ-state-bills-Illinois-protections-laws-legislative-proposals-

HRC highlights anti-LGBTQ state bills, Illinois protections, laws, legislative proposals - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its third annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBTQ equality across America, including in Illinois. HRC's State Equality Index reveals that in many states opponents of equality are ramping up efforts to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people by ...


Transgender-employee-in-Louisiana-prevails-in-employment-discrimination-case

Transgender employee in Louisiana prevails in employment discrimination case - From a press release - ( LAKE CHARLES, LA, Dec. 7, 2016 )—A former employee of an installment loan company in Lake Charles, Louisiana has prevailed in his sex discrimination case. Tristan Broussard filed a federal complaint against the company in April 2015 alleging that he was fired from his job after the company learned that he is a transgender man. The case then proceeded ...


Louisiana-Judge-strikes-down-Governors-Executive-Order-protecting-LGBTQ-state-workers-

Louisiana Judge strikes down Governor's Executive Order protecting LGBTQ state workers - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Forum for Equality issued the following statements in response to a ruling by Judge Todd Hernandez of the 19th Judicial District Court striking down Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' executive order protecting LGBTQ state workers and contractors from discrimination. "This is a setback with serious consequences for LGBTQ state ...


International-Human-Rights-Day-LGBTIQ-activists-urge-Trump-to-uphold-human-rights-

International Human Rights Day: LGBTIQ activists urge Trump to uphold human rights - From a press release - ( New York ) — LGBTIQ activists from Iraq, Lebanon, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden, Thailand, and USA gathered at the office of OutRight Action International, formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, in New York City, to discuss the impact of the incoming Trump Administration and urge the President-elect and his administration to maintain US ...


World-news-Indias-pride-Romanian-court-Prince-Harry-Rihanna

World news: India's pride, Romanian court, Prince Harry/Rihanna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thousands of people took to the streets of New Delhi to celebrate India's LGBT community on Nov. 27, The Wall Street Journal reported. LGBTA marched at the annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade, shouting slogans and holding placards amid growing calls to decriminalize gay sex in the country. Section 377 of the Indian penal code—a colonial-era law that was reinstated by ...


NCAVP-mourns-intimate-partner-violence-homicide-of-Dalia-Elhefny-Sabae-in-PA-

NCAVP mourns intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae in PA - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae, age 28, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania which occurred on November 10, 2016. According to media reports, Sabae, a bisexual woman, was allegedly killed by her husband, Michael Cwiklinski, age 47, against whom she had sought Orders of Protection in the ...


Bar-associations-respond-to-increase-in-hate-motivated-violence-harassment-

Bar associations respond to increase in hate-motivated violence, harassment - From a press release - Statement of the Hispanic National Bar Association ( HNBA ), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ( NAPABA ), the National Association of Women Lawyers ( NAWL ), the National Bar Association ( NBA ), the National LGBT Bar Association ( LGBT Bar ), and the National Native American Bar Association ( NNABA ) on the Recent Increase in ...


Chicago-woman-alleges-CPD-attack-during-protest

Chicago woman alleges CPD attack during protest - On the second anniversary of the brutal shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by an officer of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), a small group of people gathered near the scene of the crime at 4100 S. Pulaski Rd., where McDonald was gunned down by Jason Van Dyke, who now faces charges of first degree murder. The Oct. ...


San-Antonio-Four-exonerated

'San Antonio Four' exonerated - The highest court in Texas has exonerated the so-called "San Antonio Four." Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted in the late 1990s of gang-raping two little girls who were Ramirez's nieces. The women had recently come out as lesbians, and prosecutors used their sexuality as a motive for the crimes. They were wrongfully convicted close ...


New-journal-article-explores-sexual-victimization-by-women

New journal article explores sexual victimization by women - Press release from The Williams Institute - LOS ANGELES — Using U.S. federal agency data, researchers find that female sexual perpetration is more common than previously recognized. The researchers' findings contradict the common belief that female sexual perpetration is rare. Sexual victimization by women perpetrators occurs mostly against men and occasionally against women. The research, published in a paper titled "Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women: Federal Data ...


Homicide-of-Deon-L-Brown-in-Nashville-TN-is-possible-hate-violence-homicide-

Homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, TN, is possible hate violence homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, Tennessee. According to media reports, Deon Brown's body was found on Monday morning, November 14th, in the parking lot of a local trucking business in West Nashville. He had been stabbed to death. Friends of Deon have stated that he ...


San-Antonio-4-exonerated-in-appeals-court-lesbians-wrongfully-convicted-

San Antonio 4 exonerated in appeals court, lesbians wrongfully convicted - From a press release - Filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi woke up to a phone call from attorney Mike Ware of The Innocent Project of Texas telling her the great news that "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that the women known as the "San Antonio 4" be declared innocent and exonerated." This sentence was stated exactly in the court decision this morning. The ...


Bias-motivated-harassment-in-TN-follows-hatchet-attack-on-NC-transgender-woman

Bias-motivated harassment in TN follows hatchet attack on NC transgender woman - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that two men in Tennessee had their home vandalized by having an anti-LGBTQ slur pinned to their home with a knife bearing the likeness of President-elect Donald Trump. This incident comes the same week that the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics for 2015. ...


HRC-Trans-People-of-Color-Coalition-report-details-violence-against-trans-community

HRC, Trans People of Color Coalition report details violence against trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition ( TPOCC ) released A Matter of Life and Death: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America 2016, a new, heartbreaking report documenting the often deadly violence faced by the transgender community and exploring the factors that fuel these tragic attacks. ...


Court-finds-Minnesota-transgender-surgery-ban-unconstitutional

Court finds Minnesota transgender surgery ban unconstitutional - Legacy Projec, Affinity Community Services, The Northalsted Business Alliance, The Center on Halsted join - ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota district court ruled this week that transgender people on the state's Medical Assistance progam in Minnesota deserve access to medically necessary services related to gender transition. Since 2005, surgical treatments for gender dysphoria have been excluded from coverage even though equivalent treatments were covered under the federal Medicare program and private insurance plans. In ...


Minority-owned-businesses-experience-vandalism

Minority-owned businesses experience vandalism - Three minority-owned businesses—Resonance Massage and Body Work, Steve's Postal Plus and Sushi Para D—on the 500 block of West Diversey Pkwy. between Clark Street and Sheridan Road were targets of vandalism that destroyed their storefront windows over the course of a month. ( Resonance and Steve's are gay-owned. ) On Oct. 4, Sushi Para D was vandalized while, on Oct. ...


Report-calls-for-reform-of-asset-forfeiture-system-in-Illinois

Report calls for reform of asset forfeiture system in Illinois - From a press release - CHICAGO — During the decade between 2005 and 2015, law enforcement in Illinois took more than $319 million in property and cash from individuals, using a system that did not require criminal charges being filed against anyone, let alone a conviction, to justify the seizure. The data and background on the use of asset forfeiture is contained in a new ...


Chicago-joins-in-national-protest-movement-against-Trump

Chicago joins in national protest movement against Trump - Thousands of Chicagoans have been taking to the streets since the election of the Trump/Pence presidential ticket Nov. 8. The night after the election, masses of people swarmed Trump Tower downtown, and marched through the streets, closing down Lake Shore Drive in solidarity with many groups threatened by a Trump White House, from immigrants and LGBTQs, to all people of ...


LGBTQI-Human-Rights-Case-Moves-Forward-

LGBTQI Human Rights Case Moves Forward - From a press release - Oral argument on motions for summary judgment in Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, a federal lawsuit in which Sexual Minorities Uganda ( SMUG ), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights ( CCR ), is suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-LGBTQI activist and conservative evangelical pastor, for his role in the persecution of LGBTQI people in Uganda. The lawsuit alleges ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-Noony-Norwood-killed-in-Virginia

Transgender woman of color Noony Norwood killed in Virginia - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Noony Norwood, age 30 a Black transgender woman, killed in Richmond, Virginia on November 6th, 2016. According to a Community Alert from local NCAVP member organization the Virginia Anti-Violence Project ( VAVP ), Noony Norwood was shot on the southside of Richmond on November 5th ...


Federal-court-rules-on-lawsuit-prohibiting-sexual-orientation-discrimination

Federal court rules on lawsuit prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) announced today that a federal court has denied a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by EEOC, ruling that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964. On March 1, EEOC filed the U.S. government's first ...


Loyola-students-interrupt-inauguration-protest-University-handling-of-sexual-assault-

Loyola students interrupt inauguration, protest University handling of sexual assault - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, November 4, 2016- A group of Loyola University Chicago students, under the name of Students for Reproductive Justice, interrupted President Rooney's inauguration ceremony. The action began in the afternoon on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. In an act of silent protest, students duct taped their mouths shut and held up a 'blood-stained' bed sheet with "Silence is Violence" written ...


Federal-Judge-Rules-Discrimination-Based-on-Sexual-Orientation-Illegal

Federal Judge Rules Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Illegal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), praised the decision of a federal judge in Pittsburgh who sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott ...


Appeals-court-rules-on-lesbian-couples-legal-fees

Appeals court rules on lesbian couple's legal fees - The Ilinois First District Appellate Court, on Oct. 28, upheld a Cook County Circuit Court decision awarding more than $68,000 in legal fees to a lesbian couple who claimed they were harassed by their condominium's owners association. The story was reported by Cook County Record on Nov. 1. The Chicago Commission on Human Relations awarded those fees to Pat Gilbert ...


LGBTQ-Advocates-Call-on-President-to-Stop-Standing-Rock-Pipeline-

LGBTQ Advocates Call on President to Stop Standing Rock Pipeline - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates across the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, the organization is joining calls for the President to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline being built in sacred Native American lands. "We proudly join LGBTQ advocates ...


AFC-releases-position-statement-on-gun-violence-and-community-violence

AFC releases position statement on gun violence and community violence - From http://www.aidschicago.org - The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in HIV/AIDS policy, as well as prevention, care and ...


Intimate-partner-violence-claims-victim-Ava-Tucker-in-Virginia

Intimate partner violence claims victim Ava Tucker in Virginia - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Ava Tucker, age 26, in Henrico County, Virginia which occurred on October 27th, 2016. According to local media reports, Ava's ex-girlfriend, Sheena Yolanda Wilson, age 33, confessed to her homicide and turned herself in to police. Ava's sister, Latesha Tucker, has spoken ...


After-Orlando-PFP-and-international-partners-present-staged-readings

After Orlando, PF&P and international partners present staged readings - From a press release - Producer Iris Sowlat, in association with Chicago's Pride Arts Center, Missing Bolts Productions Inc. ( Blair Baker & Zac Kline artistic directors ) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press ( Caridad Svich, founder ) are pleased to present After Orlando, an evening of staged readings of 16 short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. ...


Historic-Cook-County-Lawsuit-Challenges-Jailing-Those-Too-Poor-to-Pay-Bond

Historic Cook County Lawsuit Challenges Jailing Those Too Poor to Pay Bond - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL.— In the first class-action lawsuit of its kind filed in Cook County, community members unlawfully detained in Cook County Jail are suing to end the unconstitutional practice of setting monetary bonds that defendants cannot pay. On Tuesday Oct. 25 at 9 a.m., local community organizations and attorneys will hold a press conference to announce the filing of the ...


Disarm-event-takes-first-unified-steps-in-ending-gun-violence

Disarm event takes first, unified steps in ending gun violence - Video below article - It was a haunting rendition of Andra Day's "Rise Up" performed by Victor Valencia which set the tone for the LGBTQ Town Hall Disarm Gun Violence Oct. 20 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. More than 120 attended the event, which took place on the second anniversary of the death of Laquan McDonald, slain by Chicago Police ...


Protestors-march-in-Uptown-for-tent-city-residents

Protestors march in Uptown for tent-city residents - On the crisp fall morning of Oct. 13, about 50 marchers gathered at the People's Church on Lawrence Ave. to take part in a march and rally on behalf of Uptown homeless tent city residents and to push for the passage of the Keeping the Promise Ordinance. Keeping the Promise Ordinance is, according to the press release distributed for this ...


Gloria-Steinem-gives-address-at-luncheon-on-reproductive-freedom

Gloria Steinem gives address at luncheon on reproductive freedom - According to activist Gloria Steinem, the right to reproductive freedom "is at least as basic a freedom of speech or freedom of assembly, perhaps more so." Nearly 1,500 community members attended Personal PAC's 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon Oct. 13 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, where Steinem was the keynote speaker. She described the efforts of the religious right to ...


2015-Report-on-Intimate-Partner-Violence-in-LGBTQ-HIV-Affected-Communities-released-

2015 Report on Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ, HIV-Affected Communities released - From a press release - NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2015. The report looks at the experiences of 1,976 survivors of intimate partner violence ( IPV ) who reported to 17 NCAVP member organizations from 14 states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, ...


National-HisHealthorg-Spirit-Day-app-LGBTs-and-gun-violence

National: HisHealth.org, Spirit Day app, LGBTs and gun violence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NASTAD ( National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors ) announced the launch of a new online training platform, HisHealth.org, to help doctors, nurses and medical professionals identify and unlearn racial biases that create barriers to good care and elevate the quality of healthcare for Black gay men and other Black men who have sex with men. Among other ...


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HRC's Municipal Equality Index details state of LGBTQ equality in 9 Illinois cities - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its fifth annual Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including 9 in Illinois. The 2016 Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ), the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law ...


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18 years after hate killed Matthew Shepard, the politics of hatred today - From an HRC press release - "We are still fighting the hate that killed Matthew." On the 18th anniversary of her son's brutal murder, Judy Shepard — also a member of HRC's Board of Directors — and HRC President Chad Griffin teamed up to draw attention to the hatred that still exists today. In this powerful TIME piece, Shepard and Griffin draw connections from Shepard's killing ...


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LGBT groups urged to take on gun violence as an LGBT public health issue - From a press release - BOSTON, October 13, 2016-Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief showing that gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community, and urging the LGBT community to join the movement to enact a reasonable gun control agenda in the United States. "Much of the public's focus on gun control is to prevent ...


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Brandi "Chill" Bledsoe, transgender woman of color, killed in Cleveland - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Brandi "Chill" Bledsoe, age 32, a Black transgender woman, killed in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 2016. According to media reports, Brandi Blesoe was found dead in a driveway in what is suspected to be a homicide. Initial media reports and the medical examiner misgendered ...


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Ohio's Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld, for Black Gay Man - From a press release - CLEVELAND — A judge ruled this morning that the City of Cleveland cannot evade financial responsibility for paying out a record sum, $13.21 million, from a federal civil rights case against two of its officers and the City. Judge Robert C. McClelland ruled that the City must pay the original award, "plus statutory interest," bringing the total sum to $14,632,336.99. ...


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LGBTQs, gun-violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx, community and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for "Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall For Action" Thursday, Oct. 20. The event will focus on education, coalition building and ...


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7th Circuit agrees to rehear Lambda's Indiana employment discrimination case - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, October 11 , 2016 ) — The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today granted en banc review in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, meaning that the entire court will hear the employment discrimination appeal of Lambda Legal's client, Kimberly Hively. Hively was denied full-time employment at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana, six ...


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Wilmette man accused of criminal HIV transmission - A Wilmette man has been accused of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus to three women he dated, according to reports. According to a June 10 Skokie Police Department news release, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, on July 7, approved three counts of criminal HIV transmission, which is a Class 2 felony, against the man. "These charges were the result ...







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