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Hate-Crime-Summit-Wednesday-Oct-25-

Hate Crime Summit Wednesday, Oct. 25 - A Hate Crime Summit will be convened Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. The event is free and open to the public. The Hate Crime Summit is an opportunity to raise awareness regarding hate crimes, address the barriers to reporting ...


Hate-crimes-summit-Oct-25

Hate-crimes summit Oct. 25 - In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies and law-enforcement officials will take part Wed., Oct. 25, in the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' second annual hate-crimes summit, "Bridging Systems Against Hate." The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The summit is an opportunity to ...


Demonstration-planned-for-Federal-Building-Plaza-Tuesday-at-5-pm

Demonstration planned for Federal Building Plaza Tuesday at 5 p.m. - A news conference and a demonstration are planned for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The news conference is to begin at 4:30 p.m. and the demonstration at 5 p.m. at Federal Building Plaza at Dearborn and Adams Streets. Both are convened by: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Black Lives Matter, Chicago Arab American Action Network Lifted Voices Let Us ...


World-news-Australia-and-marriage-gay-journalist-Pakistani-bill

World news: Australia and marriage, gay journalist, Pakistani bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to come out opposing same-sex marriage is not going down well with his own sister, PinkNews reported. Abbott—a right-wing politician who was prime minister of Australia from 2013 until 2015—is a strong opponent of LGBT equality despite his own sister, Christine Forster, waiting for the right to marry her same-sex partner, Virginia Edwards. ...


National-roundup-Trans-ban-responses-NYC-beating-History-Month-Icons

National roundup: Trans-ban responses, NYC beating, History Month Icons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the service of transgender troops and his move to ban them from the military, a press release stated. Regarding his recent tweets announcing his ban, Trump said, "As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military. It's been a very ...


Driver-who-plowed-into-Charlottesville-crowd-reported-to-have-held-Nazi-views

Driver who plowed into Charlottesville crowd reported to have held Nazi views - A 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12—killing one person and leaving 19 injured—reportedly had long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before the crash, The Washington Post stated. The woman he killed, Heather Heyer, was a 32-year-old paralegal from ...


Final-arrested-SlutWalk-protester-released-on-bail

Final arrested SlutWalk protester released on bail - SlutWalk Chicago supporters rallied at Cook County Jail Sunday afternoon Aug. 13 in support of the fifth and final marcher who had been arrested during the previous day's protest in downtown Chicago. At around 1 p.m., activists and community members met to offer support. As Windy City Times reported Aug. 12, five marchers were detained and later confirmed arrested at ...


Chicagoans-rally-for-Charlottesville

Chicagoans rally for Charlottesville - At least two events in support of anti-white supremacists protesters in Charlottesville were held in Chicago Aug. 13, the day after one woman was murdered and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into a group fighting the Nazis who had come to their Virginia town. A broad coalition of progressive organizations held an evening vigil at Federal Plaza ...


LGBT-groups-decry-Va-rally-violence

LGBT groups decry Va. rally violence - On Aug. 12, a rally turned tragic in Charlottesville, Virginia, as hundreds of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotestors—and a car plowed into crowds, killing one person ( reportedly in the counterprotestor contingent ) and injuring 19 others, multiple media outlets reported. City officials stated that they had not yet determined if the crash happened ...


133000-LGBT-Indiana-workers-Lack-Statewide-Protection-from-Discrimination

133,000 LGBT Indiana workers Lack Statewide Protection from Discrimination - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Approximately 133,000 LGBT workers in Indiana are vulnerable to employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, State & Local Policy Director, and Brad Sears, David Sanders Distinguished Scholar, at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. Only 36% of Indiana's workforce is covered by local non-discrimination ...


Black-and-Pink-hosts-gathering-of-LGBTQ-prison-abolitionists

Black and Pink hosts gathering of LGBTQ prison abolitionists - On Aug. 4, Black and Pink Chicago hosted its second national gathering at Chicago's Teachers Union Center. The event brought out LGBTQ prison abolitionists from around the country to speak about their experiences and the prison system as well as raise money for the Black and Pink organization. The event, which was free to the public, began with a celebration ...


Lambda-attorney-talks-legal-climate-at-Raising-the-Bar

Lambda attorney talks legal climate at 'Raising the Bar' - Speaking at Equality Illinois' 2017 Raising the Bar Breakfast on Aug. 1, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Senior Workforce Strategist Gregory Nevins suggested that, at least for the near future, advancements in LGBT rights are most likely to happen at the judicial level. "Lawyers should be really thankful for the profession that we have," Nevins said. "Courts don't deal in ...


Federal-Bar-Assn-makes-history-with-LGBT-section

Federal Bar Assn makes history with LGBT section - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Last year, the Federal Bar Association carved its own place in LGBT history with the formation of a law section specifically for that demographic. Since then, the LGBT Law Section has held various events to increase membership and visibility. The current chair is Chirag Badlani, of the Chicago firm Hughes Socol Piers Rensick & Dym, Ltd. He recently talked with ...


LCHJ-celebrates-Mexico-Aug-17-

LCHJ celebrates Mexico Aug. 17 - Legal Council for Health Justice ( LCHJ ) will host its annual summer benefit at Boystown neighborhood Sidetrack on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. This year's event, "ˇBIENVENIDOS!," will celebrate the diverse, vibran, and welcoming country of Mexico. More than 350 influential guests from law, medicine, politics and social service are slated to attend. ˇBIENVENIDOS! will feature Mexican cuisine ...


Gay-man-files-federal-civil-rights-suit-after-homophobic-attacks-home-burned-

Gay man files federal civil rights suit after homophobic attacks, home burned - From a press release - OKLAHOMA CITY—Yesterday, Randy Gamel-Medler, an Oklahoma gay man, filed a federal equal protection lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against nine defendants from Blaine County, Oklahoma, including Mayor of Hitchcock Rick Edsall, Sheriff of Blaine County Tony Almaguer, and Undersheriff of Blaine County David Robertson. The lawsuit also includes state law claims for assault, ...


In-legal-win-EEOC-says-Walmart-discriminated-against-transgender-employee-

In legal win EEOC says Walmart discriminated against transgender employee - From a press release - New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne Robison, in her battle against workplace discrimination by Walmart subsidiary, Sam's Club East, Inc. Ms. Robison faced bigotry on the job at Sam's Club stores in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida. The EEOC has issued a Letter of ...


Rogers-Park-man-attacked-while-walking-dogs

Rogers Park man attacked while walking dogs - Sean Blay, a gay man who is a resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood, was, on the morning of Aug. 6, attacked while walking his two dogs. Blay and the dogs were near the intersection of Touhy and Paulina at about 8:30 a.m. when they were about to pass another man who was loudly speaking on his iPhone, Blay said. ...


NU-professor-surrenders-to-authorities

NU professor surrenders to authorities - I A Northwestern University associate professor as well as a British payroll assistant wanted in the July 27 Chicago killing of a hairstylist have been taken into custody in California, multiple media outlets have reported. Northwestern University associate professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren, 56, are suspects connected to the death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. Warren ...


NU-professor-sought-in-stabbing

NU professor sought in stabbing - Northwestern University associate professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren, 56, are being sought regarding the fatal stabbing of a man in a River North apartment, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. In connection with the July 27 death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, a judge issued arrest warrants for Lathem and Warren, charging them with first-degree murder. Lathem—an associate ...


Lambda-attorney-talks-legal-climate-at-Raising-the-Bar

Lambda attorney talks legal climate at 'Raising the Bar' - Speaking at Equality Illinois' 2017 Raising the Bar Breakfast on Aug. 1, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney and Senior Workforce Strategist Gregory Nevins suggested that, at least for the near future, advancements in LGBT rights are most likely to happen at the judicial level. "Lawyers should be really thankful for the profession that we have," Nevins said. "Courts don't deal in ...


Lambdas-Camilla-Taylor-among-Crains-Chicago-Most-Influential-Woman-Lawyers

Lambda's Camilla Taylor among Crain's Chicago "Most Influential Woman Lawyers" - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, July 31, 2017 )—Crain's Chicago Business today announced the selection of Lambda Legal Senior Counsel, Camilla Taylor, as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago. Lambda Legal congratulates Camilla Taylor on this special recognition. "This is a well-deserved recognition for someone who is a brilliant advocate and strategist. Camilla has been an influential constitutional lawyer ...


Equality-Illinois-honors-51-law-firms-for-LGBTQ-Inclusivity

Equality Illinois honors 51 law firms for LGBTQ Inclusivity - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, is recognizing 51 law firms in Illinois, a 25 percent increase from last year, for leading the way in 2017 in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for LGBTQ employees and for supporting the LGBTQ community. The recognition results from the annual Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey, which found that more ...


Indonesia-Rejects-75-UN-Human-Rights-Concerns

Indonesia Rejects 75 UN Human Rights Concerns - By Phelim Kine. Shared by Human Rights Watch - The Indonesian government says it will likely reject 75 recommendations by United Nations member countries to improve human rights abuses in Indonesia. Those recommendations targeted issues such as threats to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people, the abusive blasphemy law, and the death penalty. An Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official described the recommendations ...


Report-LGBTQ-youth-disproportionately-jailed-mistreated

Report: LGBTQ youth disproportionately jailed, mistreated - LGBTQ youth are astoundingly overrepresented in the justice system. While only 7 to 9 percent of all youth nationwide identify as LGB, they make up 20 percent of all youth who are in juvenile justice facilities in the nation with LGB girls alone making up 39.4 percent. Of all these LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in juvenile justice facilities, 85 ...


Black-and-Pink-to-hold-family-gathering-in-Chicago

Black and Pink to hold family gathering in Chicago - Black and Pink will hold its second-ever family gathering in Chicago on Aug. 4-6. The gathering will bring together formerly incarcerated LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive people for community and skills building in addition to healing opportunities. The weekend will feature an Aug. 4 community celebration and fundraising dinner at the Chicago Teacher's Union Hall that is free and open to the ...


Couple-files-bias-complaint-against-Akira

Couple files bias complaint against Akira - A Chicago couple, one of whom is a transgender woman, has filed a discrimination complaint against the local clothing chain Akira. David Hartwell and his partner Jada Ayala, on Feb. 27, filed an Illinois Department of Human Rights complaint against the retailer, alleging that they were denied service because Ayala is transgender; they further allege that the stores' co-owner and ...


Restorative-Justice-Community-Court-to-launch-next-month

Restorative Justice Community Court to launch next month - The first Restorative Justice Community Court ( RJCC ) in the state of Illinois will launch at UCAN's North Lawndale campus in August, with Cook County Circuit Court Judge Colleen Sheehan presiding. RJCC will be held once a week on Thursdays beginning Aug. 31. Sheehan, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, RJCC ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Black-and-Pink-comes-to-Chicago

GUEST COLUMN Black and Pink comes to Chicago - This August, Chicago is poised to make queer history. From August 4-6, the Windy City will host one of the largest gatherings of formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people and their allies. They will be coming together for a national gathering sponsored by Black and Pink, a national organization with over 12,000 members behind and beyond bars. Although in recent years, many ...


Justice-Department-says-civil-rights-laws-wont-apply-to-LGBTQ-people-

Justice Department says civil rights laws won't apply to LGBTQ people - From press releasees - From HRC: Trump-Pence Administration Asserts Civil Rights Laws Won't Apply to LGBTQ People DOJ files amicus brief in direct opposition to decades of legal interpretation from federal courts WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement in response to an amicus brief filed by the Department of Justice arguing that Title VII does not protect ...


Lambda-Legal-ACLU-challenge-fake-repeal-of-North-Carolinas-discriminatory-HB-2-

Lambda Legal, ACLU challenge fake repeal of North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of North Carolina announced they have taken steps to expand the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law HB 2 to include a challenge to its discriminatory replacement, HB 142, which left many of the harms caused by HB 2 in place. The advocacy groups also added ...


Another-Gacy-victim-identified

Another Gacy victim identified - A 16-year-old runaway from Minnesota has been identified as another victim of notorious Illinois serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The Cook County sheriff's office notified James Byron Haakenson's family recently of this grim fact after the teen's body was identified using DNA technology that was not available during the 1970s. Gacy was convicted of luring 33 young men and boys ...


Lawsuit-filed-in-support-of-suspended-CPS-teacher-Chambers-

Lawsuit filed in support of suspended CPS teacher Chambers - In the two months since suspended Chicago Public School ( CPS ) special-education teacher Sarah Chambers' supporters held a Twitter storm with the #LetSarahTeach hashtag, she has gotten more and more support from students, parents, fellow teachers, community leaders and elected officials—including legal backing, in the form of a lawsuit. Despite this support, CPS is still pushing for her termination; ...


Senate-Republicans-Confirm-Trumps-Anti-LGBTQ-Judicial-Nominee

Senate Republicans Confirm Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Senate's confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush's confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government. "Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee ...


Hastert-released-from-prison

Hastert released from prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, has been released from the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota. He spent the last 13 months there for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, records revealed. HIs official release date was Aug. 16. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of ...


Evanston-city-attorney-receives-LGBT-award

Evanston city attorney receives LGBT award - According to Evanston Assistant Corporation Counsel Mario Treto, much of his work—both in his professional life and his volunteer activities—is about providing a voice for the voiceless. "I like to be in a position to advocate for individuals who might be unable to otherwise advocate for themselves—just having a seat at the table to discuss issues that are important," Treto ...


Judges-honor-head-of-safe-schools-group

Judges honor head of safe-schools group - The LGBT group Alliance of Illinois Judges honored Owen Daniel-McCarter, executive director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, with its Community Leadership Award on June 21. Held at the Chicago Bar Association, the event also featured the Alliance installing its officers and board of directors. ...


Report-analyzes-lack-of-measure-of-judicial-diversity

Report analyzes lack of measure of judicial diversity - States fail to collect basic information on the demographic and professional backgrounds of state judges, according to a new report Lambda Legal and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy ( ACS ) released. In the 35-page report—"Diversity Counts: Why States Should Measure the Diversity of Their Judges and How They Can Do It"—researchers ask key decision-makers to collect ...


Report-Man-found-in-medical-distress-at-Steamworks-later-dies

Report: Man found in medical distress at Steamworks, later dies - A 31-year-old man was pronounced dead early the morning of July 11 after being found in medical distress in a room at Steamworks Baths, 3246 N. Halsted St., in Lake View. The incident was first reported July 11 on the Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown (CWB blog. The man was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was ...


HRC-to-Trump-Address-Anti-LGBTQ-Chechnya-Crisis-With-Putin-at-G-20-Summit-

HRC to Trump: Address Anti-LGBTQ Chechnya Crisis With Putin at G-20 Summit - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a letter ( http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/Putinletter7517.pdf ) from HRC President Chad Griffin to President Donald Trump ahead of Trump's scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit this week . In the letter, Griffin urges Trump to forcefully raise concern with Putin over Chechen attacks against gay ...


Full-Eleventh-Circuit-Denies-Georgia-Anti-Gay-Employment-Discrimination-Case

Full Eleventh Circuit Denies Georgia Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination Case - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta July 6, 2017 ) —Today, Lambda Legal announced it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied its en banc petition asking that the full Court rehear the case of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was harassed at work and effectively terminated from her job because she ...


Ebony-Morgan-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Lynchburg-VA

Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, VA - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman killed in Lynchburg, VA; the 15th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, Virginia on July 2nd, 2017. According to ...


Federal-Bar-Assns-LGBT-Section-pushing-LGBT-professional-development-

Federal Bar Assn's LGBT Section pushing LGBT professional development - From a press release - Arlington, VA — The Federal Bar Association's LGBT Law Section is working to enhance the successful practice and development of LGBT Federal Practitioners and their allies. The Section supports and educates professionals with an interest in LGBT-related issues. In addition, it serves and assists each chapter and circuit of the Association by developing and implementing programs, publications, and activities involving ...


Lambda-Legal-Asks-Court-to-Reopen-Case-of-Intersex-Citizen-Denied-a-Passport

Lambda Legal Asks Court to Reopen Case of Intersex Citizen Denied a Passport - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Denver, CO, June 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to reopen the case of Dana Zzyym, the intersex citizen and U.S. Navy veteran denied a passport because the U.S. State Department continues to refuse to recognize a gender marker that is neither "M" ( male ) nor "F" ( female ). "Dana has been ...


Kellogg-attorney-talks-LGBTs-role-models

Kellogg attorney talks LGBTs, role models - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Norma Barnes-Euresti has accomplished much in her career. Among other things, she is currently 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. She is also one of 11 new board members at the National ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Madison-Wisconsin

Intimate partner violence homicide in Madison, Wisconsin - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of Gerald Moore, which occurred on June 24, 2017. According to local media reports, Gerald died after being stabbed multiple times by Ronald Redeaux, his roommate. The two were in a relationship, and according to police, officers had responded to domestic disturbances ...


Court-Reopens-Lambda-Legal-Case-of-Intersex-Citizen-Denied-a-Passport

Court Reopens Lambda Legal Case of Intersex Citizen Denied a Passport - From a press release - ( Denver, CO, June 27, 2017 ) — A federal district court in Denver today granted Lambda Legal's motion to reopen the case of Dana Zzyym, the intersex citizen and U.S. Navy veteran denied a passport because the U.S. State Department continues to refuse to recognize a gender marker that is neither "M" ( male ) nor "F" ( female ...


Local-attorneys-make-LGBT-Bars-list

Local attorneys make LGBT Bar's list - Four Chicago-area attorneys made The National LGBT Bar Association's "Best Under 40" list this year. They are Tony Neuhoff, a vice president of legal and compliance at GCM Grosvenor; Russell King, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Louis Klapp, a senior associate at Quarles & Brady LLP; and Mario Treto Jr., an assistant city attorney for the City of ...


GUEST-COLUMN-From-the-Inside-Out

GUEST COLUMN From the Inside Out - By Gabe Guzman with Nicole Erin Morse - In prison, everything gets around by word of mouth, and that's how I first heard about Black and Pink. When I was in segregation a few years ago, one of my LGBTQ friends had a few copies of the Black and Pink newspaper. At the time, I didn't know much about LGBTQ culture, because I had been raised in a ...


Pulse-shootings-remembered-at-Pride

Pulse shootings remembered at Pride - View memorial photos of the 49 murder victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub June 12, 2016 at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/PulseOneYear.pdf . The display of photos was created by Brad Delaney from One Million Kids for Equality, Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos. Pulse Special Section Remembering the Pulse tragedy one year later at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Remembering-the-Pulse-tragedy-one-year-later/59386.html . Pulse/Orlando ...


Dykes-on-Bikes-support-Asian-American-group-in-trademark-effort

Dykes on Bikes support Asian-American group in trademark effort - Score one for "Dykes on Bikes." The long-standing organization of lesbian motorcycle enthusiasts filed a brief recently with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an effort by an Asian-American group that sought to trademark the name "The Slants." In a decision issued June 19, the Supreme Court said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ( PTO ) violated the Asian-American group's ...


Commerce-Department-Removes-LGBTQ-Employees-From-EEO-Statement

Commerce Department Removes LGBTQ Employees From EEO Statement - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Commerce has excluded sexual orientation and gender identity in their 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity statement. Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the below statement: "Yet again, we see the Trump/Pence Administration actively seeking to undermine rights for LGBTQ people," said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. "The Department of Commerce's latest move to exclude ...


Lesbian-cop-helps-subdue-Va-shooter

Lesbian cop helps subdue Va. shooter - One of the two members of the U.S. Capitol police credited with preventing a June 13 shooting on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field from turning into a massacre is a member of the LGBTQ community. According to a White House pool report, President and First Lady Melania Trump "met with Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, [receiving a] ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Ithaca

Transgender woman of color killed in Ithaca - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Josie Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color killed in Ithaca, New York; the13th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color, killed in Ithaca, New York on Tuesday, ...


Kitowit-and-advocates-discuss-hate-crimes-legislation

Kitowit and advocates discuss hate crimes legislation - Elected officials and community leaders gathered at the Chicago headquarters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to discuss the expected impact of HB 2390, recently passed hate crimes legislation that was co-sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit ( D-Aurora ). Among its components, HB 2390 amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to remove caps on restitution for a hate crime as ...


Lambda-attorney-Christopher-Clark-talks-legal-landscape

Lambda attorney Christopher Clark talks legal landscape - Christopher Clark, Lambda Legal's Midwest regional director and national pro bono director, spoke about LGBT rights and the current legal landscape at a June 8 talk sponsored by Out & Equal Chicagoland and CNA Insurance. Clark discussed Lambda Legal's organizational commitment to impact litigation, court cases that can potentially have a broad impact on society. He gave the court case ...


Foss-Eggemann-named-to-Human-Rights-Commission

Foss-Eggemann named to Human Rights Commission - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Maine Township Republican Committeewoman Charlene Foss-Eggemann, a prominent figure in GOP politics in the northwest suburbs, to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The Commission investigates and adjudicates claims of discrimination in the state. A corporate counsel consultant for LexisNexis, Foss-Eggemann is a resident of Park Ridge. "Her extensive experience as an attorney will be ...


Shooting-at-Congressional-baseball-practice-in-Virginia-groups-respond-

Shooting at Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, groups respond - From press releasees - From the Pride Fund: WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 14, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America's only national LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer. STATEMENT FROM JASON ...


NCAVP-hate-violence-report-2016-deadliest-on-record-for-LGBTQ-HIV-communities

NCAVP hate violence report: 2016 deadliest on record for LGBTQ, HIV communities - While the festivals, parades and appearance of Rainbow flags in cities across the world are traditions designed to celebrate Pride month, since 1997 the National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) release of its National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities has served as a sober reminder of the need to ...


Youth-resident-of-Chicago-House-stabbed-to-death

Youth resident of Chicago House stabbed to death - A youth resident of a Sheridan Park housing facility owned by Chicago House was brutally beaten and stabbed to death in the evening hours of June 11 according to multiple news reports. Unconfirmed reports state that 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs was the victim of a domestic assault. On June 12, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced that a Chicago man John ...


Chicagoans-remember-the-Pulse-tragedy

Chicagoans remember the Pulse tragedy - Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater was filled to capacity June 12 as LGBTQ community members and allies came together to mark the year that has passed since the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. An overflow crowd watched on television monitors in the theater's lobby as the program began with remarks from Joanna Thompson, the Center's community outreach ...


Coalition-urges-police-contract-reforms-after-mayor-proposes-independent-monitor-

Coalition urges police contract reforms after mayor proposes independent monitor - From a press release - CHICAGO — Noting the urgency to make changes to the City's contract with the Chicago Police Department, the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability ( CPCA ) today urged the City to commit to a police union contract that is fair and accountable to the people of Chicago. The group's demand comes after last week's public reports that the Emanuel Administration ...


ORLANDO-SPECIAL-Remembering-the-Pulse-tragedy-one-year-later

ORLANDO SPECIAL Remembering the Pulse tragedy one year later - For Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 15th Ward ), the year since the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has marked a significant change in the LGBT Latinx community. "You've seen a growth," Lopez said. "They've become more vocal and more engaged in the year since Pulse, even at the high school level. They're coming out, engaging their communities ...


ACLU-police-reform-advocates-reject-half-measures-in-fixing-Chicago-police

ACLU, police reform advocates reject half measures in fixing Chicago police - From a press release - CHICAGO — Joining the rising chorus of voices concerned with making real, lasting change in the way that the City of Chicago is policed, including from community and civil rights organizations, as well as former officials of the United States Department of Justice, the ACLU of Illinois today called on the City to abandon a reform proposal that does not ...


PULSE-One-Year-Later-Center-on-Halsted-to-host-LGBTQ-Community-Vigil-Service

PULSE: One Year Later, Center on Halsted to host LGBTQ Community Vigil Service - From a press release - Center on Halsted is hosting Chicagoland's LGBTQ community on Monday, June 12, 2017 to mark one year since the PULSE nightclub shootings that happened in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. The Candle Lighting Vigil and Sunset Bell Toll will commemorate each of the 49 lives taken while sharing the resiliency amongst those still living. Last year at Center on ...


Lambda-Legal-to-Texas-Legislature-Dont-Tempt-us-to-Sue-You

Lambda Legal to Texas Legislature: Don't Tempt us to Sue You - From a press release - ( Austin, TX — June 6, 2017 ) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced he would be calling the Texas legislature into special session July 18 to complete unfinished business on the state budget. Inexplicably, among 18 other measures, Gov. Abbott also announced he would be including on the agenda for the special session reconsideration of misguided legislation driven ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-issues-Know-Your-Rights-materials

Attorney General Madigan issues "Know Your Rights" materials - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced a "Know Your Rights" public awareness campaign that provides resources and materials to immigrants, consulate offices and non-profit organizations to educate immigrants on their constitutional rights in the wake of recent federal executive actions on immigration enforcement and so-called sanctuary cities. In addition to the information, a pocket-sized guide is intended to ...


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Lambda Legal appeals in Mississippi High Court for non-biological lesbian mother - From a press release - ( Jackson, June 1, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and local counsel Dianne Ellis filed an appeal in the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Christina Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage to children she and her now ex-wife planned for and raised together. "Our sons have two mothers and they deserve the right to a legal ...


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Aldermen urge action regarding hate-crime increase - Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell, chair of the Committee on Human Relations, and colleagues introduced a resolution on May 24 to urge Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore the Illinois State Hate Crimes Commission and for lawmakers to pass House Bill 3711. HB 3711 strengthens the Illinois Hate Crimes Act by "expanding protections, provides civil enforcement authority to Attorney General, ensures hate ...


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Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton speaks about her daughter, Wear Orange Day - On June 2, a 20-year-old girl and her family celebrates her birthday with her friends. Outgoing, selfless and gentle-hearted, she has so very many and they crowd into every corner of the family home. It's never been a quiet place but today especially the music and myriad of conversations seem to match each other in enthusiastic volume. The kitchen is ...


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Johnston appointed to Berwyn Township Trustees - Joey Johnston, a gay man who in February lost a bid for a post on the Berwyn Township Trustees board, has been appointed to the board after one of the winners in that race decided not to take her oath of office. Johnston was one of several candidates in the 2017 contests—many of them LGBT—affiliated with the Berwyn United organization, ...


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141 Men Arrested in Gay Sauna in Indonesia - On May 21, Indonesian authorities arrested 141 men, claiming they were engaging in a "gay sex party" at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, according to an OutRight Action International press release. Indonesia does not have laws criminalizing homosexuality, except in the Aceh province; however, the country does have severe anti-pornography laws that have been used to target ...


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Sherrell Faulkner, Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman killed in Charlotte, North Carolina; the11th 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 Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to media reports, Sherrell ...


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Homicide of Imer Alvarado, in Fresno, California possible hate violence - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hate-violence homicide of Imer Alvarado on the night of May 16th in Fresno, California. According to media reports, Imer was fatally shot multiple times, following a dispute with a suspect whom police are currently seeking. Though Imer was dressed in feminine-presenting clothing at the time of ...


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Family-law firm forges new LGBT partnership - With the freedom to marry won, naturally the LGBTQ community discovered that it has also come with some heavy baggage including everything from estate planning to divorce. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, a Chicago firm, was well-positioned to take on such a thriving new set of challenges. Now they have forged a partnership with LAGBAC—a Chicago-based association of LGBT legal professionals ...


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Texas House Passes Damaging Child Welfare Bill - From a press release - ( Austin, TX — May 10, 2017 ) — The Texas House of Representatives today passed HB 3859, a discriminatory bill that would allow child placement agencies in the state foster care system — including agencies receiving state and federal funding — to prioritize their religious beliefs above the needs of children in its care. The bill would prevent the ...







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