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ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-My-child-just-came-out-to-me-Now-what

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL My child just came out to me. Now what? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My daughter recently came out as lesbian and, while I was shocked at first, I want to be there for her and be supportive. But to be honest, I don't know where to start, or what the best resources are for more information. There is so much online, and I'm not sure what to trust. What do you recommend? ...


Dueling-lawsuits-filed-over-NC-law

Dueling lawsuits filed over N.C. law - The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit May 9 against North Carolina authorities—hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, asking a federal court to rule that the state's so-called "bathroom law" is not discriminatory. At a press conference, Lynch said, "This action is about a great ...


Michael-Jordan-opposes-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBT-law-House-Bill-2

Michael Jordan opposes North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Basketball icon and former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan has spoken out against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2, Yahoo! News reported. Signed into law March 23 by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, House Bill 2, among other things, bans transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and prevents local municipalities from instituting LGBT-related protective ...


National-roundup-GLAAD-PSA-Alabama-ordinance-AIDS-memorial

National roundup: GLAAD PSA, Alabama ordinance, AIDS memorial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD announced the release of a public service announcement ( PSA ), "HIV & AIDS: Why Aren't We Talking?," in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ). This is the second PSA launched as part of an ongoing partnership following GLAAD's release of a resource guide for journalists covering HIV and AIDS and a PSA starring a ...


World-news-African-LGBT-campaign-custody-win-suicide-report-gay-imam

World news: African LGBT campaign, custody win, suicide report, gay imam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scalabrini Centre, a migrant rights and resources organization, officially launched its "Let's Face It" campaign as part of an effort to promote gay and lesbian rights and highlight emerging hate-crimes legislation, AllAfrica.com reported. They've cited the 20th anniversary of South Africa's constitution, the first to recognize gay rights, as a fitting time to take up the issue. In a photo-campaign ...


Downstate-man-charged-after-Target-disturbance-over-restroom-policies

Downstate man charged after Target disturbance over restroom policies - A Bourbonnais, Illinois, Target Store and its neighboring businesses were placed on lockdown for two hours, on May 2, after a man created a disturbance over the retail chains' restroom policies for its transgender customers, NBC 5 reported. Initial reports said that an "active shooter" situation had broken out at the store, located about 52 miles southwest of Chicago, but ...


Lambda-Legal-announces-new-executive-director

Lambda Legal announces new executive director - From press releases - Rachel B. Tiven has been hired as the new CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest legal organization fighting for equality on behalf of LGBT people and those living with HIV. Tiven is currently executive director of the Immigrant Justice Corps. "Rachel's track record of strengthening and growing mission-driven organizations into national forces for legal, political, and social change made ...


Coalition-aims-for-Servin-firing-CSU-funding

Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago police officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University ( CSU ). The protest was organized by a coalition that included members of Black Youth Project 100, ...


Bangladesh-LGBT-activist-murdered-

Bangladesh LGBT activist murdered - From a press release - On April 25, two men were hacked to death, including U.S. Embassy worker Xulhaz Mannan. Mannan was the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, and a leading gay-rights activist. The banned group Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the killings that took place in the capital of Dhaka. The group said the two were ...


Rauner-meets-with-trans-bill-advocates

Rauner meets with trans-bill advocates - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on April 13, met with advocates from Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda, especially with regards to two current pieces of transgender-related legislation. Advocates encouraged Rauner to sign HB 6073, legislation state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored that eases the process by which transgender Illinoisans can change the gender markers on ...


Task-force-releases-scathing-CPD-report

Task force releases scathing CPD report - A task force commissioned in December by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in the wake of the protracted investigation and prosecution of the Laquan McDonald shooting, released a frank and critical assessment of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) on April 13. The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force was headed by Chicago Police Board Chair Lori Lightfoot, who is openly lesbian. ...


SC-sheriff-makes-anti-trans-speech-

S.C. sheriff makes anti-trans speech - - Conservative podcast Dimsdale Debate posted a video of Sheriff Chuck Wright talking about South Carolina's so-called bathroom bill at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women's meeting at the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department, according to WYFF4.com. A bill proposed in South Carolina, S. 1203, would limit use the use of public bathrooms by LGBT individuals to that of their birth gender. In part, he ...


Report-NC-law-could-cost-state-567M-

Report: N.C. law could cost state $567M - The Center for American Progress has distributed an analysis of the potential economic cost of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law HB2. Based on publicly available estimates of the economic impact of lost or at-risk business activity or events, the state's economy could potentially lose out on more than $567.5 million in private-sector economic activity through 2018. Among those businesses/activities lost pending ...


Bureau-of-Democracy-Human-Rights-Labor-Country-Reports-on-Human-Rights-Practices

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, Labor: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - From www.state.gov - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices preface by John F. Kerry Secretary of State The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global governance crisis. In every part of the world, we see an accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors to close the space for civil society, to stifle media and Internet ...


NCTE-condemns-South-Carolina-Sheriff-Wright-for-threatening-trans-women-

NCTE condemns South Carolina Sheriff Wright for threatening trans women - From a press release - Last week, in remarks at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women's Meeting, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright addressed the anti-trans bill moving through South Carolina's legislature. S. 1203 would restrict access to restrooms in public buildings based on the sex listed on an individual's birth certificate and is currently being heard in a Senate subcommittee. In expressing his support for the bill, ...


HRC-Equality-North-Carolina-ask-Gov-McCrory-legislative-leaders-for-HB-2-records-

HRC, Equality North Carolina ask Gov. McCrory, legislative leaders for H.B. 2 records - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina, the state's leading LGBT advocacy organization, announced that it has filed an open records request seeking information from the office of Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger and Speaker Tim Moore about H.B.2. View the letters to the office of Gov. McCrory, Senator Berger and ...


LGBT-adults-nearly-twice-as-likely-to-encounter-cyber-bullying

LGBT adults nearly twice as likely to encounter cyber bullying - From a press release - NEW YORK, N.Y. — April 14, 2016 — Tomorrow, the annual GLSEN Day of Silence will again call attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. In this light, parents, students and educators alike continue to be alarmed at unacceptably high levels of bullying that adversely affect environments at school, at home and online. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and ...


Fire-Department-pioneer-reflects-on-making-history

Fire Department pioneer reflects on making history - "I was a tomboy from an early age and knew there was something different about me since I was 7," said longtime Chicago Fire Department ( CFD ) paramedic Pat Ciara. She is the highest-ranking out lesbian in the history of the CFD. "I wanted to do traditionally boy things but my mom, who was concerned with what the neighbors ...


Task-Force-calls-for-sweeping-change-in-Chicago-policing

Task Force calls for sweeping change in Chicago policing - From a press release - CHICAGO — Members of the Police Accountability Task Force today presented comprehensive findings and recommendations to rebuild the fabric of trust between Chicago's Police Department and the communities they serve. The Task Force was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in December of last year in the wake of the delayed release of the video that depicted the shooting death of ...


Cook-County-Board-votes-to-boycott-NC-and-Miss

Cook County Board votes to boycott N.C. and Miss. - The Cook County Board of Commissioners, on April 13, passed bills boycotting North Carolina and Mississippi for non-vital city business. The bills, sponsored by Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr., come in response to virulently anti-LGBT legislation that was recently passed in those states. As such, Cook County will not enter into new contracts with North Carolina- or Mississippi-headquartered businesses, nor will ...


Entertainment-industry-leaders-urging-legislators-to-halt-anti-LGBT-bills-

Entertainment industry leaders urging legislators to halt anti-LGBT bills - From a GLAAD press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released an open letter by entertainment leaders inVariety calling for an end to anti-LGBT bills popping up across the country. Art Director's Guild, CAA, National Association of Latino Independent Producers ( NALIP ), Netflix, SAG-AFTRA, Univision, and Viacom all undersigned ...


GLAAD-calls-on-music-industry-to-push-against-anti-GLBT-Tennessee-bills-

GLAAD calls on music industry to push against anti-GLBT Tennessee bills - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today called on the music industry to take a stand against discriminatory bills currently pending in Tennessee, which threaten the rights and safety of LGBT people. Tennessee's House Bill 1840 would allow counselors to refuse mental health services to LGBT patients, and Tennessee's ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Day-of-Silence

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Day of Silence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I'm a queer/LGBTQ student, and I've been out at school for a little while. My school's gay-straight alliance ( GSA ) wants to participate in GLSEN's upcoming National Day of Silence and we've been looking forward to having a lot of people join us. Most of the teachers and students are encouraging, but we've run into some issues when ...


Arroyo-Preckwinkle-propose-bans-on-doing-business-with-North-Carolina-Mississippi

Arroyo, Preckwinkle propose bans on doing business with North Carolina, Mississippi - From a press release - Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. ( 8th District ) and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle proposed 2 Resolutions banning any use of County monies in doing business with the Governments of the State of North Carolina and Mississippi and with any businesses headquartered in these States. On March 23, 2016, the State of North Carolina adopted the Public Facilities ...


Director-of-IL-ACLUs-police-project-comments-on-reports-of-police-spying

Director of IL ACLU's police project comments on reports of police spying - From a press release - Statement of Karen Sheley, Director of Police Practices Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on Media reports on police spying on protest groups April 10, 2016 The Chicago Sun Times posted a story this weekend detailing Chicago Police Department activities aimed at monitoring the activities of protest groups, especially African American groups, in the aftermath of the release of ...


Prosecutors-confirm-Hastert-abuse-allegations

Prosecutors confirm Hastert abuse allegations - The allegations at the center of an indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert revolve around the sexual abuse of four or five boys, according to reports. The incidents, which will not be prosecuted because of statutes of limitation, were mentioned by prosecutors in a sentencing memo on April 8. Hastert admitted in Oct. 2015 to structuring bank withdrawals to ...


Oldham-sentenced-to-six-months-in-jail

Oldham sentenced to six months in jail - OFrank Oldham Jr., the former executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS ( NAPWA ), was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, according to the Washington Blade. A Montgomery County, Maryland, circuit court judge sentenced Oldham April 4 for the incidents, which allegedly took place in 2012. Oldham was active in a ...


130-CEOs-business-leaders-urging-lawmakers-to-repeal-anti-LGBT-North-Carolina-Law

130+ CEOs, business leaders urging lawmakers to repeal anti-LGBT North Carolina Law - From a press release - WASHINGTON - This morning, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from GE, the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Oracle, Whole Foods Market, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, LabCorp., American Society of Interior Designers, BD, Thermo Fisher ...


Lambda-Legal-issues-FAQ-for-LGBT-community-in-Mississippi

Lambda Legal issues FAQ for LGBT community in Mississippi - From a press release - ( Jackson, April 6, 2016 ) — Today, Lambda Legal released a Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs ) guide for the LGBT community in Mississippi after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523, an anti-LGBT bill that invites a broad range of individuals, private businesses and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Mississippi based on religious beliefs ...


Tennessee-House-Committee-advances-legislative-assault-on-transgender-students-

Tennessee House Committee advances legislative assault on transgender students - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign blasted a vote of 8 to 4 by the Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Committee advancing HB 2414 — an outrageous bill targeting transgender students in public schools and universities. The measure, which now moves to the House Finance Committee, seeks to force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent ...


Despite-outcry-anti-LGBT-bill-heads-to-Mississippi-Gov-Bryant-

Despite outcry, anti-LGBT bill heads to Mississippi Gov. Bryant - From a press release - JACKSON, MS - Today, following the Mississippi State Legislature's final vote to approval H.B. 1523, a measure opposed by some of the state's largest employers, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Mississippi called on Governor Phil Bryant to veto this harmful legislation. Major corporations are among those urging Governor Bryant, House Speaker Philip A. Gunn and Lt. Governor Tate ...


-TLDEF-responds-to-guilty-plea-in-killing-of-Islan-Nettles

TLDEF responds to guilty plea in killing of Islan Nettles - From a press release - ew York, NY - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund ( TLDEF ) responded to news from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that 25-year-old James Dixon has pleaded guilty to First Degree Manslaughter in the August 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman from Harlem. Dixon faces 12 years in prison after accepting ...


National-roundup-NC-law-Barney-talks-Bernie-Ala-governor

National roundup: N.C. law, Barney talks Bernie, Ala. governor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two transgender men and a lesbian professor joined the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality North Carolina seeking an injunction against House Bill 2, a law that revokes all LGBT protections in the state and forces transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the sex listed on birth certificates, among other things, Advocate.com reported. Lead plaintiff Joaquin Carcaño, 27, of ...


Mississippi-adoption-ban-overturned

Mississippi adoption ban overturned - On March 31, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III overturned Mississippi's ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. In ruling for the couples who had sued, Jordan said the ban is unconstitutional after recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage as well as benefits for gay and lesbian couples. "It also seems highly unlikely that the same ...


120-major-business-leaders-call-for-repeal-of-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBT-law

120+ major business leaders call for repeal of North Carolina's anti-LGBT law - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from Hyatt, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Lauren, American Apparel, Qualcomm, Twilio, Udacity, Pandora Media, ...


Illinois-Freemason-head-opposes-gay-bans

Illinois Freemason head opposes gay bans - The head of the Grand Lodge of Illinois Freemasons has publicly opposed actions by grand lodges in Tennessee and Georgia banning gay members. On March 26, Grand Master Anthony R. Gracco wrote on the Grand Lodge of Illinois' website that the ban upheld in Tennesee two days earlier "is not consistent with Masonic principles. It contradicts the open and inclusive ...


Pride-at-Work-on-Supreme-Court-Ruling-in-Friedrichs-v-California-Teachers-Association

Pride at Work on Supreme Court Ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 29, 2016 the Supreme Court voted of 4-4 to uphold a decades-old ruling that threatened the continued viability of unions for workers in government, education, and other public sector jobs. Pride at Work celebrates this important victory that will protect the rights of working people and their families. This outcome is particularly important for LGBTQ ...


HRC-Attack-on-LGBT-Mississippians-returns-to-House-

HRC: Attack on LGBT Mississippians returns to House - From a press release - JACKSON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after the State Senate followed in the House's footsteps to approve H.B. 1523 by a 31 to 17 vote. This comes despite the tremendous backlash that states like Georgia and North Carolina have faced for their legislatures voting in favor of bills that would put the LGBT ...


Lambda-provides-analysis-of-Supreme-Court-nominee-Judge-Merrick-Garlands-record-

Lambda provides analysis of Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland's record - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, March 29, 2016 ) — Today Lambda Legal released the results of its review of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's judicial record. "The bottom line is that we need a Senate hearing to fully understand Judge Garland's judicial philosophy," said Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair at Lambda Legal. "His record to date doesn't ...


Same-sex-couple-prevails-against-BB-

Same-sex couple prevails against B&B - From a press release - An administrative law judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission ordered Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast, in Paxton, to stop discriminating by turning away same-sex couples from its facilities for civil unions or marriages and to pay $15,000 each to the couple who brought the case. In 2011, Timber Creek turned away Todd and Mark Wathen, who were planning a ...


North-Carolina-Attorney-General-will-not-defend-constitutionality-of-House-Bill-2

North Carolina Attorney General will not defend constitutionality of House Bill 2 - From a press release - RALEIGH — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office "will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2," the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC, and Lambda Legal — four ...


Queer-filmmaker-Moses-Tulasi-arrested-and-held-after-protest-in-India

Queer filmmaker Moses Tulasi arrested and held after protest in India - Queer filmmaker Moses Tulasi was arrested March 22 with students and faculty members on the campus of Hyderabad Central University located close to the outskirts of the Southern India city. The director of the acclaimed documentary Walking the Walk—which is set in Hyderabad and focuses on events surrounding and following the murder of a local trans woman named Pravallika— was ...


National-roundup-Louisiana-action-trans-related-crimes-San-Francisco-mayor

National roundup: Louisiana action, trans-related crimes, San Francisco mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The press secretary for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said that the governor soon will rescind an executive order signed in May by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal that allowed businesses and state agencies to refuse to provide services to gays if doing so contravened their "sincerely held religious beliefs," Deadline reported. The announcement, made in response to a Deadline inquiry, came ...


Trans-related-bills-advance-to-Illinois-House-committee

Trans-related bills advance to Illinois House committee - Legislation that would force transgender students to use separate restroom facilities from their peers—as well as another bill that would make it easier for transgender Illinoisans to change the gender marker on their birth certificates—advanced into the Illinois House Human Services Committee on March 23. The committee next meets April 5. House Bill 4474, which state Rep. Thomas Morrison introduced, ...


Lambda-ACLU-challenge-North-Carolinas-preventing-local-governments-from-protecting-LGBTs

Lambda, ACLU challenge North Carolina's preventing local governments from protecting LGBTs - Lambda Legal and the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday to challenge the constitutionality of a law passed by North Carolina last week to prevent local governments from protecting LGBT people against discrimination. The announcement came the same day Georgia's Republican governor vetoed a bill that claimed to protect the freedom of religious officials to decline to perform ...


Man-found-guilty-of-threatening-state-rep

Man found guilty of threatening state rep - Chicagoan Stephen Bona has been found guilty of two counts of threatening Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives, according to MySuburbanLife.com. Bona left messages such as "we know where you live," "there's no longer a ban on assault weapons" and "think about that before you speak next time" after Ives made statements on a radio program about same-sex marriage and concealed ...


Disney-Marvel-Studios-to-stop-production-in-Georgia-if-anti-LGBT-bill-is-law

Disney, Marvel Studios to stop production in Georgia if anti-LGBT bill is law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised Disney and Marvel Studios for answering a call to action from HRC President Chad Griffin, who urged Hollywood to abandon future productions in Georgia if Governor Deal signs an anti-LGBT bill, H.B. 757, into law. The appalling legislation could weaken local non-discrimination protections and allow businesses to discriminate and ...


North-Carolina-lawmakers-unveil-sweeping-anti-LGBT-bill

North Carolina lawmakers unveil sweeping anti-LGBT bill - From a Freedom For All Americans press release - WASHINGTON — Leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly unveiled a sweeping bill today in response to the recent Charlotte ordinance which extends nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) residents. The monstrous bill voids the Charlotte ordinance in its entirety and cobbles together some of the most extreme anti-LGBT measures that have, for the most ...


Obama-names-US-Supreme-Court-nominee

Obama names U.S. Supreme Court nominee - President Obama announced on March 16 that he is nominating Merrick Garland—a 63-year-old white male chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.—to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. In making his announcement, Obama said Garland is a "thoughtful, fair-minded judge who follows the law." "People respect Merrick's deep and abiding passion for ...


Kokomo-Ind-passes-pro-LGBT-ordinance

Kokomo, Ind., passes pro-LGBT ordinance - In Indiana, the Kokomo Common Council voted March 7 ( by a vote of five to four ) to approve legislation that would protect LGBT citizens from various forms of discrimination, The Kokomo Tribune reported. Among those voting in favor of the ordinance were Council President Bob Hayes and Vice President Mike Kennedy as well as members Steve Whikehart, Donnie ...


Federal-Court-says-Texas-prison-chief-must-remain-a-defendant-in-trans-womans-case

Federal Court says Texas prison chief must remain a defendant in trans woman's case - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Houston, TX, March 14, 2016 ) — Today, a U.S. District Court rejected an attempt to remove Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( TDCJ ), as a defendant in Zollicoffer v. Livingston, Lambda Legal's federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star ( legal name: Zollicoffer ), a transgender woman currently in TDCJ custody. ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Its-tax-season

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL It's tax season - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After DOMA was struck down in 2013, the federal government recognized marriages of same-sex couples for tax purposes, although, in violation of the Constitution, many states did not. Following the Supreme Court's watershed decision in Obergefell v. Hodges ending state-level marriage discrimination, we received questions from around the country about the income tax filing process and how Obergefell has affected ...


Darrow-symposium-looks-at-Cook-County-Jail-race-and-justice

Darrow symposium looks at Cook County Jail, race and justice - About 65 people helped to celebrate the life and work of famed attorney Clarence Darrow at the March 13 annual Darrow tribute on Chicago's South Side. After a short ceremony outside with politicians and advocates at the Darrow Bridge, the inside program at the Museum of Science & Industry focused on Cook County Jail, first with a performance by Fawzia ...


Two-charged-in-NU-offensive-and-inflammatory-graffiti-incident

Two charged in NU offensive and inflammatory graffiti incident - On the main Northwestern University campus in Evanston, two students have been arrested for inflammatory graffiti that was spray-painted in Alice Millar Chapel, according to The Chicago Tribune. The students—Anthony Morales, 19, and Matthew Kafker, 18—have been charged with institutional vandalism, hate crime to a place of worship and criminal damage to property. Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, saying, "These ...


Sixty-companies-launch-business-coalition-for-the-Equality-Act

Sixty companies launch business coalition for the Equality Act - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has announced the launch of HRC's Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a coalition of 60 major employers that have officially endorsed the bipartisan Equality Act. Since HRC joined with lawmakers and advocates last July to introduce the Equality Act in Congress, HRC has continued to build support from the business ...


Darrow-symposium-to-explore-racism-poverty

Darrow symposium to explore racism, poverty - The annual Clarence Darrow symposium—marking the 78th anniversary of Darrow's passing, and taking place Sunday, March 13—will examine the issues of racism and poverty. Speaking on the topic "Cook County Jail: Then and Now, The Impact of Poverty and Racism," Hanke Gratteau, who is director of the Cook County Sheriff's Justice Institute, will describe today's jail population and the efforts ...


Illinois-state-reps-divided-over-trans-issues

Illinois state reps divided over trans issues - While Illinois has been embroiled in budget battles and who should control Chicago Public Schools, two bills were introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives aimed specifically at the transgender community. State Rep. Greg Harris introduced HB 6073, which would amend the Illinois Vital Records Act to be consistent with other Illinois and federal processes for changing one's sex marker ...


Relationships-Law-Today-Culturally-sensitive-healthcare-for-the-LGBTQ-community

Relationships & Law Today: Culturally sensitive healthcare for the LGBTQ community - In February 2007, Lisa Pond unexpectedly collapsed after suffering an aneurysm aboard a cruise ship while it was docked. Lisa was transported to a Miami trauma center where she was admitted at 3:30 p.m. Lisa's partner of 18 years, Janice Langbehn, informed the admitting clerk that she was Lisa's life partner and offered to provide Lisa's medical history, but the ...


EEOC-files-first-suits-for-gay-employees

EEOC files first suits for gay employees - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) has filed its first lawsuits against companies for allegedly discriminating against gay and lesbian workers. In the first suit, the EEOC alleges Pennsylvania-based Scott Medical Health Center discriminated against a gay employee. A separate lawsuit accuses Maryland pallet manufacturer IFCO Systems of discriminating against a lesbian worker. In the Scott case, the ...


Task-Force-marks-International-Womens-Day-joining-UN-call-for-gender-equality

Task Force marks International Women's Day, joining UN call for gender equality - From a press release - Washington DC, March 8, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is celebrating International Women's Day 2016 by joining the United Nation's call for the acceleration of gender equality. "As we celebrate International Women's Day, and the progress that has been made toward gender equality here and across the globe, it's vital that we intensify all efforts for full equality ...


Historic-filibuster-to-stop-anti-LGBT-measure-in-Missouri-enters-17th-hour

Historic filibuster to stop anti-LGBT measure in Missouri enters 17th hour - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised Missouri Senate Democrats for leading a historic filibuster — now in its 17th hour — to stop Republicans from moving forward with Senate Joint Resolution ( SJR ) 39 — a measure that could enshrine discrimination against LGBT Missourians and their families into the state constitution. Still going strong ...


US-Supreme-Court-reverses-Alabama-courts-refusal-to-recognize-same-sex-adoption

U.S. Supreme Court reverses Alabama court's refusal to recognize same-sex adoption - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of the United States reversing an Alabama Supreme Court's refusal to recognize an adoption by a lesbian non-biological mother. HRC joined a coalition of organizations on an amicus brief urging the court to hear the case. "Any attempt to deny legal rights ...


Beth-E-Richie-to-speak-on-gender-violence-at-March-8-breakfast

Beth E. Richie to speak on gender violence at March 8 breakfast - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. —-The Northwestern University Women's Center will co-sponsor an off-campus talk related to gender violence by noted scholar, activist and author Beth E. Richie, during a March 8 breakfast commemorating International Women's Day. International Women's Day ( March 8 ) is a global day that recognizes the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a ...


South-Dakota-House-fails-to-override-Gov-Daugaards-veto-of-anti-trans-bill-

South Dakota House fails to override Gov. Daugaard's veto of anti-trans bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Failing to reach the required two-thirds majority needed, today the South Dakota House of Representatives voted 36 to 29 to override Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard's veto of HB 1008 — reckless legislation attacking the dignity and rights of transgender children in public schools by attempting to prevent them from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender ...


Poverty-and-racisms-impact-on-Cook-County-Jail-the-focus-of-annual-Darrow-event

Poverty and racism's impact on Cook County Jail the focus of annual Darrow event - From a press release - CHICAGO — In 1902, famed attorney Clarence Darrow told a roomful of inmates in the Cook County Jail that people are in jail "simply because they cannot avoid it on account of circumstances which are entirely beyond their control." This year—when many of the inmates of Cook County Jail are still locked up because they cannot afford $5,000 bail, because ...


Report-Criminal-justice-system-causes-disproportional-harm

Report: Criminal-justice system causes disproportional harm - A major report offers a comprehensive analysis to date of how LGBT people—particularly, those of color—face higher rates of incarceration and unfair treatment and abuse in the criminal justice system. "Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People" documents how pervasive stigma and discrimination, enforcement of laws and discriminatory policing strategies mean that LGBT people are disproportionately likely ...


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Chicagoans among LGBT Bar Association's board members - The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation, the country's largest organizations of LGBTA legal professionals, announced the appointment of four new board members—and two are from Chicago. Kylie Byron, an at-large member of the association, is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She received her J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in 2014. Association ...


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South Dakota Gov. vetoes dangerous bill attacking transgender children - On March 1, Republican South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed HB 1008, a bill that would have restricted transgender students' use of restrooms, locker rooms and other gender-specific facilities in public schools. LGBT groups, businesses and child-advocacy organizations as well as celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner had all called on Daugaard to veto the bill. "If and ...


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National: Trans stabbing; pro-gay Rubio supporter; Edie Windsor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Police are investigating the stabbing death of an African-American transgender woman in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood, NBC Philadelphia reported. Maya Young, 25, suffered multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest. "Maya's name and memory now join an ever growing list of trans identified people who have lost their lives at far too young an age to violence," said Nellie Fitzpatrick, ...


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Report: IPRA and police board systemically failed to protect civilians - From a Community Renewal Society press release - Chicago— A new research report from Community Renewal Society finds that the two civilian oversight agencies charged with investigating and disciplining police misconduct in Chicago—the Independent Police Review Authority ( IPRA ) and the Police Board—are failing in their fundamental duty to protect the public. In response, Community Renewal Society proposes the FAIR COPS ( Freedom through Accountability, Investigation, and ...


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Darrow event to focus on impact of poverty, racism on Cook County Jail - CHICAGO — In 1902, famed attorney Clarence Darrow told a roomful of inmates in the Cook County Jail that people are in jail "simply because they cannot avoid it on account of circumstances which are entirely beyond their control." This year—when many of the inmates of Cook County Jail are still locked up because they cannot afford $5,000 bail, because ...


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Report: Criminal justice system disproportionately harms LGBTs - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — From Senate Republicans to Hillary Clinton, there is a rare and growing consensus across the political spectrum that, with the highest incarceration rate in the world, the United States' criminal justice system in need of reform. However, one population has been largely absent from the discussion: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people. A major ...


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Christina Lopez, undocumented transgender detainee, granted bond - From a press release - In a major victory, Christina Lopez, the undocumented transgender woman at the center of Not1More Deportation's #freeChristina campaign, was granted a $10,000 bond with conditions yesterday after being held for over a year and a half in immigration detention. Christina's case is particularly urgent because she has Hepatitis C, and the Santa Ana detention center where she is being held ...


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Lambda Legal launches petition for U.S. Senate: "Do Your Job" - ( New York, February 19, 2016 ) — Lambda Legal today launched a petition drive calling upon U.S. Senators to do their job and give President Obama's Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing and a swift vote. Noting that the work of the Supreme Court is too important to leave a seat vacant for a year and that it is ...


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Polling: Majority of Americans support a bill like the Equality Act - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after new polling shows that a majority of Americans in all 50 states support a bill like the bipartisan Equality Act, which was introduced last year with an unprecedented number of original co-sponsors and would extend existing civil rights protections to LGBT people. The polling released ...







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