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Plaintiff-Seeks-to-Unseal-Video-of-California-Prop-8-Marriage-Equality-Trial

Plaintiff Seeks to Unseal Video of California 'Prop 8' Marriage Equality Trial - 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, backed efforts by Prop 8 plaintiff Kris Perry to release the full record of the groundbreaking case, including videotapes, which have remained under court seal. Prop 8 was the 2008 amendment to the California Constitution ...


Chay-Reed-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Miami-NCAVP-responds

Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman, killed in Miami, NCAVP responds - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman killed in Miami, Florida; the 9th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Chay Reed, a Black transgender woman, killed in Miami, Florida on April 21st, 2017. According to ...


Madigan-lauds-hate-crimes-legislation-after-House-passage

Madigan lauds hate-crimes legislation after House passage - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, on April 25, lauded the House passage of HB 3711, a measure significantly expanding the state's hate crimes legislation by addressing the use of technology in harassment and expanding the possibility for civil action on behalf of victims. The bill passed in the House, where it was sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace ( D-Rockford ...


Reports-GOP-urges-Trump-to-reverse-Obama-era-protections-

Reports: GOP urges Trump to reverse Obama-era protections - Republican congressmen, on April 5, urged President Donald Trump to rethink advancing his administration's February executive order that would have enshrined a number of so-called religious freedoms, many of them anti-LGBT, into law. The letter, originally reported on April 24 by USA Today, reminded Trump of a number of campaign promises he made in support of the anti-LGBT First Amendment ...


World-news-Nigerian-arrests-lesbians-attacked-Chechnya-items

World news: Nigerian arrests, lesbians attacked, Chechnya items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigerian prosecutors have charged 53 men with conspiracy to organize a gay wedding and related crimes punishable by up to 14 years in jail, The Guardian reported, citing AFP. The accused, ages 20 to 30, appeared at a magistrates court in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, after being arrested at a hotel where they allegedly attended the wedding, ...


Slain-French-officer-was-gay-activist-

Slain French officer was gay activist - Xavier Jugele—the 37-year-old police officer murdered in the April 20 Islamic State attack on Paris' Champs-Elysees—was openly gay and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Police fatally shot the gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi. The New York Times reported that Jugele was among the authorities who responded to a terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, and he ...


Criminal-HIV-transmission-charges-dropped-against-suburban-man

Criminal HIV-transmission charges dropped against suburban man - Criminal charges have been dropped against a Wilmette personal trainer who last year was accused of criminal transmission of HIV. Prosecutors for the Cook County State's Attorney Office, on April 20, said they would be dropping charges against Jimmy Amutavi, who was last year charged with three counts of criminal HIV-transmission, which is a class-2 felony. Three women accused Amutavi ...


Bending-Toward-Justice-April-26-

'Bending Toward Justice' April 26 - Bexley Seabury seminary will present "Bending Toward Justice" on Wed., April 26, 2-7 p.m., at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron St. This is an annual convocation that primarily gathers alums and friends of the seminary, but is open to the entire community. The event will feature The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, The Rev. Canon John Floberg and Kenji Kuramitsu—church ...


Relationships-Law-Today-IRS-notice-allows-same-sex-estate-tax-exclusions-

Relationships & Law Today: IRS notice allows same-sex estate tax exclusions - The IRS, in conjunction with the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 ( 2013 ), issued Notice 2017-15, which now spells out the procedures same-sex married couples should use to recalculate the transfer-tax treatment for property transferred to spouses before the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ). DOMA, ...


Trailblazing-judge-found-dead-in-NY

Trailblazing judge found dead in N.Y. - Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam—the first African-American woman to serve on New York state's highest court—was found dead April 12 in the Hudson River. She was 65. The New York Police Department said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, and that the case is under investigation. Lambda Legal issued a press release mourning Abdus-Salaam's passing. Associate Legal Director ...


Alabama-Senate-passes-anti-LGBTQ-bill-HRC-Alabama-calls-Gov-Ivey-to-reject-

Alabama Senate passes anti-LGBTQ bill; HRC Alabama calls Gov. Ivey to reject - Montgomery, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Alabama State Senate and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh for passing the anti-LGBTQ H.B. 24. HRC Alabama calls upon Governor Kay Ivey to not sign this bill, which would most harm the children in Alabama's child welfare system. The bill, deceptively titled the "Child Placing Agency ...


Senators-call-for-action-on-Chechen-human-rights-violations-against-LGBTIs

Senators call for action on Chechen human rights violations against LGBTIs - From a press release - Boston ( April 19, 2017 ) — Senators Edward J. Markey ( D-Mass. ) and Todd Young ( R-Ind. ) today led a bipartisan group of 12 senators in calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to continue to put diplomatic pressure on their Russian counterparts to respond to the ...


World-news-Chechnya-Elton-John-South-Korean-army-Church-of-Scotland

World news: Chechnya, Elton John, South Korean army, Church of Scotland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid news that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in concentration camps in the Chechyna region of Russia, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is denying the reports, Advocate.com noted. "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area," Dmitry Peskow said, according to ABC News. Chechen authorities have also rejected the reports, claiming that gay ...


National-Anti-hate-campaigns-bisexual-governor-another-United-situation-

National: Anti-hate campaigns, bisexual governor, another United situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Media Matters For America—in coalition other organizations including the National Center for Transgender Equality, The National LGBTQ Task Force, SoulForce, The Equality Federation and The Matthew Shepard Foundation— launched the Eliminate Hate campaign, a press release stated. The campaign is a new effort aiming to expose, undermine and mitigate the influence and impact of anti-LGBTQ hate groups, while empowering and ...


UN-Ambassador-Nikki-Haley-Condemns-LGBTQ-Attacks-in-Chechnya

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Condemns LGBTQ Attacks in Chechnya - From a press release - NEW YORK — Last week GLAAD — the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization — released a public call urging U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the violent attacks on LGBTQ men in Chechnya and investigate reports of anti-LGBTQ concentration camps set up by the Chechen government. GLAAD's public call received widespread support on Twitter. Today Ambassador Haley released a statement. ...


Intimate-partner-violence-related-homicide-in-downtown-Brooklyn-New-York

Intimate partner violence related homicide in downtown Brooklyn, New York - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence ( IPV ) related homicide of James Johnson in downtown Brooklyn, New York which occurred on the morning of April 9th, 2017. According to media reports, a 42-year-old-man, identified in the press as the victim's boyfriend, has been arrested and charged with 41-year-old James ...


ACLU-of-IL-sues-for-documents-on-implementation-of-Trump-Muslim-ban

ACLU of IL sues for documents on implementation of Trump Muslim ban - From a press release - Chicago — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans. Today's action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country. The ACLU of Illinois lawsuit is seeking records from U.S. Customs and Border ...


Illinois-lawmakers-to-push-for-regulated-taxed-adult-use-of-marijuana-

Illinois lawmakers to push for regulated, taxed adult use of marijuana - From a press release - CHICAGO — Sponsors of a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use in Illinois will join local and national marijuana policy reform advocates for a news conference on Wednesday to announce the next step for the legislation and launch a coalition that will support it. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT in the James ...


Gorsuch-confirmed-LGBT-equality-groups-critical-of-decision

Gorsuch confirmed; LGBT equality groups critical of decision - Filling a space created by the death of Antonin Scalia, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump's nominee Neil Gorsuch, 49, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 54-45, largely along party lines. Gorusch's confirmation happened after Republicans triggered what has been called the "nuclear option," in which a simple majority was needed. Gorsuch, a Denver-based judge on the ...


New-Howard-Brown-Health-Program-expands-support-for-survivors-of-sexual-assault

New Howard Brown Health Program expands support for survivors of sexual assault - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 10, 2017 ) — Howard Brown Health has launched an innovative Sexual Harm Response Project called in.power* to better assist survivors of sexual assault in gaining access to needed medical, behavioral health, legal, and support services. The program is designed to serve all people who experience sexual harm inclusive of diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ...


LGBTQ-Youth-Disproportionately-Incarcerated-in-US-Juvenile-Justice-System

LGBTQ Youth Disproportionately Incarcerated in U.S. Juvenile Justice System - From a press release - Los Angeles - This time focused on youth in detention, a new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that sexual minority youth are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates. Once they are incarcerated they are more likely to be held for long periods of time and experience sexual victimization. "The rates of sexual victimization of youth in custody by ...


Killings-persecution-of-gays-continues-in-Chechnya-governments-asked-to-condemn

Killings, persecution of gays continues in Chechnya, governments asked to condemn - From a OutRight press release - On 1 April 2017, Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 men have been arbitrarily detained and at least three have been murdered by Chechen authorities for their alleged "non traditional" sexual orientation. Independent sources have confirmed the mass detention, described acts of torture, and suggested that the number of men killed may be as many as 20. The scale ...


Activist-Litwok-speaks-at-LGBTQ-criminal-justice-roundtable

Activist Litwok speaks at LGBTQ criminal justice roundtable - Activist Evie Litwok was the featured speaker at an LGBTQ criminal justice policy roundtable event March 31 at Chicago law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson. Litwok is a formerly incarcerated, Jewish lesbian feminist and founder and director of Witness to Mass Incarceration. She is currently on probation. Witness to Mass Incarceration is a digital library of interviews with formerly incarcerated LGBTQ ...


Previously-attacked-Wisconsin-man-fatally-stabbed

Previously attacked Wisconsin man fatally stabbed - Andrew G. Nesbitt was fatally stabbed in his Madison, Wiscosin, apartment, He was 46, according to Madison.com. Darrick E. Anderson, 23, was arrested on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide. It turned out that Nesbitt, who was gay, was also brutally attacked outside a gay bar in Oshkosh in 2011—an event that spurred him to advocate for LGBT victims ...


-Couple-accused-of-assaulting-teen-boys

Couple accused of assaulting teen boys - A married same-sex couple is accused of sexually assaulting three teen boys in their Prospect Heights, Illinois, home, WLS-TV reported. Authorities claimed Christopher Wheeler, 30, and husband Anthony Wheeler, 25, enticed teenage boys to their house. When the boys got to their home, the couple allegedly showed them pornography and gave them alcohol before engaging in sexual activity. The Wheelers ...


Landmark-Federal-Court-Decision-Extends-Workplace-Protections-to-Lesbian-Gay-People

Landmark Federal Court Decision Extends Workplace Protections to Lesbian, Gay People - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 4, 2017 ) —In a groundbreaking, 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. The court found that such discrimination is a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law ...


Lambda-Legal-Judge-Gorsuchs-Refusal-to-Correct-his-Anti-LGBT-Record-is-Disqualifying

Lambda Legal: 'Judge Gorsuch's Refusal to Correct his Anti-LGBT Record is Disqualifying' - From a press release - ( New York, NY, April 3, 2017 ) — Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination for the Supreme Court to the full Senate for a vote. Lambda Legal opposes Judge Gorsuch's nomination and urges the full Senate to vote 'No'. "Judge Gorsuch's vision of the law excludes LGBT people from the ...


Report-Chechen-authorities-arresting-killing-gay-men

Report: Chechen authorities arresting, killing gay men - Over the past few days, gay men in the Chechen Republic have disappeared—and a Russian publication reported that Chechen authorities were arresting and killing them, The New York Times reported. The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 gay men were detained "in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such." However, a spokesman for Chechnya's ...


Rauner-orders-Human-Rights-Commission-folded-into-Dept-of-Human-Rights

Rauner orders Human Rights Commission folded into Dept. of Human Rights - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 31, issued an executive order consolidating the state's Human Rights Commission with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ( IDHR ). The move was among many departmental consolidations Rauner ordered that same day, and, according to a press release, was aimed at expediting anti-discrimination cases—resolving a case takes on average about four years—and would save ...


NCAVP-reports-possible-hate-violence-homicide-of-Andrew-Nesbitt-in-Madison-

NCAVP reports possible hate violence homicide of Andrew Nesbitt in Madison - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hate-violence homicide of Andrew Nesbitt, age 46, who was found stabbed to death in his apartment in Madison, Wisconsin on March 27th, 2017. According to media reports, police have arrested a suspect, and have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. Andrew was a ...


Would-be-shooter-pleads-not-guilty

Would-be shooter pleads not guilty - Indiana resident James Wesley Howell—who told authorities he was headed to a West Hollywood gay-pride event last July, and was founded with a loaded assault rifle and explosive chemicals—has pled not guilty to weapons charges, CBS News reported. Howell was stopped in Santa Monica, California, with a loaded rifle with magazines as well as 15 pounds of chemicals. He was ...


New-report-Cycle-of-Risk-Intersection-of-Poverty-Violence-Trauma

New report: Cycle of Risk, Intersection of Poverty, Violence, Trauma - Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has released "Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma," its report detailing poverty throughout Illinois. Among other things, the report found: —Poverty continues to pose barriers to a substantial number of Illinoisans. More than one-third of Illinoisans and nearly half of Chicagoans are considered low-income or living in poverty. The number of poor people ...


Trump-administration-omits-LGBTQs-from-2020-census-American-Community-Survey-

Trump administration omits LGBTQs from 2020 census, American Community Survey - Important data collection on LGBT populations rolled back - Dashing the hopes of pro-LGBT individuals and organizations, the Trump administration, on March 28, canceled plans to ask U.S. residents about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census. Initially, sexual orientation and gender identity were among the proposed subjects for 2020; however, hours later the Census released an updated list striking the sexual orientation proposal. "The Subjects ...


Alphonza-Watson-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Baltimore

Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore, Maryland on March 22nd, 2017. According to media reports, she was shot to death in the early morning hours and two men were witnessed fleeing the scene. Alphonza's mother, Peggy Watson, called her the "the sunshine of our ...


Letter-to-the-editor-Reaching-out-to-Ron

Letter to the editor: Reaching out to Ron - I am both amazed and humbled by Ron Clewer's letter to the editor in Windy City Times ( the March 15 issue ) concerning his late brother's murder. Ron. my prayers are with you and your family. You honor your brother's memory by this act. In this age of unbridled ego, as is shown by the me generation, you gave ...


Ald-Deborah-Mells-office-burglarized

Ald. Deborah Mell's office burglarized - The office of Chicago Ald. Deborah Mell, of the 33rd Ward, was apparently burglarized in the early morning hours of March 20, WLS reported. Authoriites said a male suspect threw an object through the glass door of the office at about 3:25 a.m.; he then stole a piece of computer equipment. Mell represents an area that includes the neighborhoods of ...


South-Side-trans-woman-reported-missing

South Side trans woman reported missing - A South Side transgender woman Sherry Nicholas ( AKA Sherry Berry ) has been reported missing for the second time since her first disappearance in April 2015. According to the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), Berry was last seen in the area of 7900 S. Marquette Ave. on March 9 and may need medical treatment. Her father, Jerry Nicholas, ...


Transgender-Women-of-Color-to-Rally-on-National-Day-of-Action-to-End-Violence

Transgender Women of Color to Rally on National Day of Action to End Violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ advocates in a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color. Since the beginning of the year, seven transgender women of color have been murdered across the country. In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, hate crimes targeting transgender women have skyrocketed since the election ...


Chicago-has-an-opioid-epidemic-local-agencies-battle-growing-crisis

Chicago has an opioid epidemic, local agencies battle growing crisis - High-profile opioid-related deaths in recent years, including the singer Prince, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Glee's Cory Monteith have focused widespread attention on an epidemic affecting cities across the nation, including Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office found that in 2015, Cook County had 609 opioid-related overdose deaths, 403 of which were in Chicago. Though heroin is often blamed, ...


Center-relaunches-therapy-group-for-LGBT-violence-survivors

Center relaunches therapy group for LGBT violence survivors - The Anti-Violence Project ( AVP ) at the Center on Halsted "empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy." the Center states. Windy City Times spoke with Rachel L. Tillman, a licensed clinical professional counselor who runs the AVP, about ...


Report-Calls-for-Fighting-Poverty-Treating-Trauma-as-Solutions-to-Violence-

Report Calls for Fighting Poverty, Treating Trauma as Solutions to Violence - From a press release - We are experiencing a surge of lethal violence in Chicago, and staggering rates of poverty in Chicago and across Illinois. Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma, a report released today, argues that addressing Illinois's violence crisis requires investing in reducing poverty and treating trauma. This latest report on Illinois poverty from Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research ...


Bar-association-board-has-Kellogg-lawyer-

Bar association board has Kellogg lawyer - The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation has appointed 11 new board members. Among the new board members is Norma Barnes-Euresti, who is vice-president and chief counsel at Kellogg Company. She formerly served as an administrative law judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and also served as an attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Barnes-Euresti is a ...


8466970-granted-to-assist-victims-of-the-Pulse-nightclub

$8,466,970 granted to assist victims of the Pulse nightclub - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Office for Victims of Crime ( OVC ), part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, announced an $8,466,970 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program ( AEAP ) grant to assist victims of the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. OVC will award the grant tomorrow to the Florida Office ...


ACLU-makes-statement-on-open-letter-by-former-US-Attorney-Zachary-Fardon-

ACLU makes statement on open letter by former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon - From a press release - Statement of Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project. American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois RE: Open Letter by former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon March 14, 2017 Yesterday, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Zachary Fardon released an open letter aimed at addressing gun crime in Chicago. The letter calls on City of Chicago to reach a ...


Cook-County-releases-four-group-calls-for-release-of-all-torture-victims

Cook County releases four, group calls for release of all torture victims - From a CAARPR press release - From Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression - The release of Lashawn Ezell, Larod Styles, Charles Johnson, and Troshawn McCoy three weeks ago, after 22 years in prison for a crime they did not commit, is a victory in the struggle for justice for victims of the crimes of Chicago Police Officers, corrupt prosecutors, and judges who turn a ...


Federal-Court-rules-Class-action-on-solitary-confinement-suit-to-proceed

Federal Court rules: Class action on solitary confinement suit to proceed - From an Uptown People's Law Center press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 13, 2017 )—The federal district court ruled Friday that prisoners had alleged sufficient facts to prove that the extreme isolation prisoners are subjected to in solitary confinement violates the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The court also ruled that the conditions in these units, as described ...


Communities-Against-Hate-National-Initiative-to-collect-data-provide-services

Communities Against Hate National Initiative to collect data, provide services - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced the launch of Communities Against Hate, an initiative of 11 prominent national organizations working together to address the disturbing spike in hate incidents across the United States. As part of this initiative, the organizationsare launching a database to bring visibility to hate ...


11th-Circuit-rules-against-employee-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian

11th Circuit rules against employee forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, March 10, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit largely affirmed a lower district court's ruling dismissing the lawsuit of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was targeted for harassment and effectively terminated from her job at Georgia Regional Hospital because she is a lesbian and didn't conform to gender norms in ...


Edgewater-Jewish-day-school-receives-bomb-threat

Edgewater Jewish day school receives bomb threat - Chicago police, on the morning of March 7, responded to a bomb threat placed against an Edgewater Jewish day school in the 5900 block of Sheridan Road, according to reports. Chicago Jewish Day School was promptly evacuated after school officials received the threat. Students were allowed back in the building at about 10:50 a.m., after CPD completed their search. The ...


Jaquarrius-Holland-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Louisiana

Jaquarrius Holland, Black transgender woman, killed in Louisiana - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Jaquarrius Holland, a Black transgender woman killed in Monroe, Louisiana; the 7th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Jaquarrius Holland, a Black transgender woman, killed in Monroe, Louisiana on February 19th, 2017. Her homicide ...


Ciara-McElveen-Black-transgender-New-Orleans-woman-6th-reported-2017-killing

Ciara McElveen, Black transgender New Orleans woman, 6th reported 2017 killing - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ciara McElveen, a Black transgender woman killed in New Orleans, Louisiana; the 6th reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Ciara McElveen, a Black transgender woman, killed in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 27th, 2017. According ...


Fifth-trans-woman-of-color-murdered-in-New-Orleans

Fifth trans woman of color murdered in New Orleans - On Feb. 25, New Orleans ballroom star Chyna Gibson AKA Chyna Doll Dupree became the fifth transgender woman of color murdered in 2017 and the sixth transgender/gender non-conforming individual to be killed since January 1. Her death was reported by award-winning journalist Monica Roberts on her Trans Griot blog. According to Roberts. Gibson's body was found in the parking lot ...


Newton-Iowa-students-rights-violated-One-Iowa-responds

Newton, Iowa student's rights violated, One Iowa responds - From a One Iowa press release - [Des Moines]— Today, the ACLU of Iowa announced it is representing a transgender student from Newton High School after his free speech rights established by Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Schools were violated and his gender identity was not respected by a teacher. According to the ACLU of Iowa's media release, the student was in a class with Newton High ...


Tiara-Richmond-a-trans-woman-of-color-murdered-on-Chicagos-South-Side

Tiara Richmond: a trans woman of color murdered on Chicago's South Side - On the morning of Feb. 21, national media was slowly picking up on the story that the Trump administration intended to roll back Title IX guidance for transgender students. As has been the pattern since, Jan. 20 attention nationwide was focused entirely on what was precisely going to emerge from The White House and when. At 6 am in the ...


National-roundup-LGBT-DREAMers-David-Furnish-death-of-Ohio-trans-woman

National roundup: LGBT DREAMers, David Furnish, death of Ohio trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Williams Institute estimates that there are more than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the United States, and more than 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program, a press release noted. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, ...


Virginia-legislature-sends-anti-LGBTQ-bill-to-governor-

Virginia legislature sends anti-LGBTQ bill to governor - From a Equality Virginia press release - RICHMOND — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality Virginia blasted the Virginia House of Representative's final vote of 54 to 38 passing House Bill ( HB ) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion. The dangerous anti-LGBTQ proposal now ...


CTA-denies-immigration-component-to-Lake-View-security-checks

CTA denies immigration component to Lake View security checks - Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ), on Feb. 15, denied online rumors that CTA security checkpoints, some of which have taken place in Lake View in recent weeks, were being performed in order to verify passengers' immigration status. Word of a checkpoint—which normally entails a search of a CTA-riders' bags for explosives—at the Addison Red Line stop circulated online Feb. ...


More-than-75000-LGBT-DREAMers-36000-have-participated-in-DACA

More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles - The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, temporary work authorization and ...


High-court-challenging-AKs-ban-on-listing-both-same-sex-parents-on-birth-certificates-

High court challenging AK's ban on listing both same-sex parents on birth certificates - From an HRC press release - LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States challenging a decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court that seeks to deny same-sex couples equal parental rights. The challenge was filed today by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Ropes & Gray, LLP and Arkansas attorney Cheryl ...


Washington-State-Supreme-Court-Florist-discriminated-against-same-sex-couple-

Washington State Supreme Court: Florist discriminated against same-sex couple - From a press release - OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that a florist in Richland violated the state's anti-discrimination law when she denied service to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were refused service by Arlene's Flowers because they are gay. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Washington are representing Freed and Ingersoll ...


Law-firm-receives-perfect-score-on-HRC-index-for-nine-years

Law firm receives perfect score on HRC index for nine years - For the ninth year in a row, the global law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP ( which has a branch in Chicago ) has earned a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's ( HRC ) 2017 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ). HRC's CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices applicable to LGBT ...


NC-Governor-Cooper-proposes-yet-another-HB2-repeal-deal

NC Governor Cooper proposes yet another HB2 repeal deal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to a new proposal announced today by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that would fully repeal the state's deeply discriminatory HB2 law and introduce additional unnecessary legislation. After the North Carolina General Assembly failed to follow through on their end of a bargain the Governor brokered ...


JoJo-Striker-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Toledo-OH

JoJo Striker, Black transgender woman, killed in Toledo, OH - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of JoJo Striker, a Black transgender woman, killed in Toledo, OH on Feb. 8, 2017; the 3rd reported killing of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017. All three homicide victims have been transgender women of color. Initial reports misgendered JoJo, but recent ...


NYC-nightclub-owner-attacked

NYC nightclub owner attacked - The owner of a popular New York City-based drag nightspot said that he suffered a brutal attack because he is gay. Mark Zschiesche, who owns the LIPS Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side, as well as other locations, posted a video to Facebook on Feb. 12 that shows his face bruised and his nose ...


Effort-launched-to-overhaul-unfair-state-forfeiture-laws

Effort launched to overhaul unfair state forfeiture laws - From a press release - CHICAGO — A system that takes an average of $30 million annually from Illinois residents, often without a charge or a conviction, is being targeted for legislative reform in Springfield. Seeking to ensure that property is never forfeited in Illinois without a criminal conviction, Representative Guzzardi and Senator Harmon filed House Bill 689 and Senate Bill 1578 to overhaul state ...


DoJ-withdraws-pro-trans-protections

DoJ withdraws pro-trans protections - In a brief filed Feb. 10, the Department of Justice ( DoJ )—less than two days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general—started withdrawing its support for Title IX protections for transgender students. The DoJ withdrew its request for a partial stay on a Texas court ruling that prohibited the federal government from enforcing a President Obama-related provision that ...


ACLU-responds-to-decision-in-shooting-of-Quintonio-LeGrier-and-Bettie-Jones

ACLU responds to decision in shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones - From a press release - Statement of Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois on the decision in shooting of Quintonio LeGreir and Bettie Jones February 11, 2017 Yesterday, prosecutors announced that Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo will not be charged with the tragic shooting deaths of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones. The following can be attributed to Karen Sheley, police practices ...


Donald-Trump-Signs-Harmful-Police-Enforcement-Executive-Orders

Donald Trump Signs Harmful Police Enforcement Executive Orders - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2017—President Donald Trump announced today that he had signed three executive orders that stand to significantly increase the criminalization and incarceration of some of the nation's most vulnerable populations by broadening law enforcement agencies' powers. "Trump's executive orders that expand the discretionary power of police enforcement are a clear attack on freedom, justice and equality. These ...


Supreme-Court-to-hear-trans-student-case-March-28

Supreme Court to hear trans student case March 28 - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear, on March 28, the case of a transgender student who's suing his Virginia school to obtain access to the restroom consistent with his gender identity. The court, which agreed to take up the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board late last year, announced it would hold arguments in the case on that ...


LGBT-Bar-association-goes-on-the-offensive

LGBT Bar association goes on the offensive - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National LGBT Bar Association — the country's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ( LGBT ) and allied legal professionals — announces the introduction of the Secure A Fair & Equitable ( S.A.F.E. ) Trial Act to the DC City Council by Councilmember David Grosso, which would ban the use of the gay and trans ...


LCHJ-moving-to-larger-office

LCHJ moving to larger office - Legal Council for Health Justice ( LCHJ )—whose programs include AIDS Legal Council, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and Homeless Outreach Project—is moving to an expanded space in Chicago's Loop. The new space will be at 17 N. State St., Suite 900, , and will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. After having successfully ...


Incarceration-of-LGBs-three-times-rate-of-general-population-

Incarceration of LGBs three times rate of general population - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles, CA — A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that sexual minorities are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates, and once incarcerated they are more likely to experience mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization. Approximately 238,000 sexual minorities are incarcerated in the United States. The nationwide incarceration rate of sexual minorities was previously unknown. "Mass incarceration ...


County-sheriff-headlines-criminal-justice-forum

County sheriff headlines criminal-justice forum - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Illinois' criminal-justice system has a long way to go despite limited progress in recent years, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a Feb. 1 forum at the Union League Club of Chicago. The proper reforms are doable, he said. However, "there has to be this outrageous sense of urgency," he added. "These are real human beings [who] deserve to ...


Trayvon-Martin-events-Feb-16-17-

Trayvon Martin events Feb. 16-17 - Trayvon Martin events Feb. 16-17 On Feb. 16-17, the Chicago Humanities Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History and the Chicago Urban League will present Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin—the parents of Trayvon Martin—for a discussion about justice and their son. The events are: —Thursday, Feb. 16, at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., ...


Lake-Zurich-High-School-sued-over-hazing-rituals

Lake Zurich High School sued over hazing rituals - Two former members of suburban Lake Zurich High School's football team have sued Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in federal court, alleging that they were subjected to sexual assault and degrading behavior as part of the team's hazing rituals, according to Chicago Tribune. The suit was filed Feb. 1 and also names various coaching staff and school officials ...







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