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  Man Who May Have Been Sentenced to Death Because He is Gay Appeals to 8th Circuit

From a press release

( St. Louis, Missouri ) Six civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Lambda Legal, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National ...


  Sen. Harris, Sen. Carper introduce Census Equality Act

From a press release

WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force worked with Sen. Kamala Harris ( D-CA ) and Sen. Tom Carper ( D-DE ) have introduced legislation to make the Census see the LGBTQ community. The bill, called the ...


  Lambda Legal CEO Rachel Tiven Resigns

From a news release

( New York August 3, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal announced that Rachel B. Tiven, CEO, will resign. Lambda Legal's Board of Directors released the following statement: Rachel B. Tiven has resigned as CEO of ...


  Reports: Mother says daughter targeted for being a lesbian

A West Side woman has said that her 15-year-old daughter, who was attacked the afternoon of July 31, was targeted for being a lesbian, according to reports. The girl, Amari Graves, and a 13-year-old female friend ...


  TRANS TRAGEDIES The violence never stops, 16 transgender murders already in 2018

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was the first known transgender person to be killed in 2018. The 42-year-old was arguing with her husband, Mark Steel-Knudslien, when he stabbed and beat her to death. Christa was the founder of ...


  LGBTQ Advocates Say Kavanaugh Confirmation to Supreme Court a Threat to Queer Lives

From a Lambda Legal press release

( Washington, DC, July 31, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and 62 national, state, and local LGBTQ organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to ...


  Pro-LGBT groups respond to 'religious liberty' task force

On July 30, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice's creation of a "religious-liberty task force" to "help the department fully implement our religious guidance"—and many pro-LGBT organizations were quick to respond. Out ...


  Suburban man charged with sending racist, anti-gay hate mail

A gay man who resides in Batavia, Illinois, was among several residents of the western suburbs who received hate mail from a local resident taking umbrage with statements they'd posted or supported on social media. Anton ...


  Attorney Gloria Allred raises rights issues at LAGBAC event

Speaking at Sidetrack on July 26, Los Angeles-based attorney Gloria Allred recalled that, since she has argued a number of cases on behalf of LGBT clients, she's frequently been asked by men if she's a lesbian. ...


  Allred to address LGBT bar association event

Famed attorney Gloria Allred will deliver the keynote address and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke will be honored at the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Foundation's ( LAGBAC Foundation ) 14th Annual 'Lawyers ...


  Activists discuss fighting laws about HIV transmission

Laws criminalizing the transmission of HIV/AIDS are outdated, perpetuate stigma, and give incentives for not knowing ones' own HIV status, say experts. In a July 18 webinar, "HIV Criminalization 101," Attorney Scott Schoettes of Lambda Legal ...


  Landmark Settlement in Class Action Will Accommodate Deaf Prisoners

From a news release

Chicago ( July 25, 2018 ) - A groundbreaking settlement has been reached in a class action that will fundamentally improve the lives of Illinois prisoners who are deaf and hard of hearing. The class action ...


  New sketches of Gacy victims released

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ( NCMEC ), along with the Cook County Sheriff's Office, has released new facial reconstructions for two of John Wayne Gacy's six unknown victims. Gacy raped and murdered ...


  Fourth transgender woman of color murdered in Florida, misgendering goes on

From a Equality Florida and GLAAD news release

Orlando, FL — Today, Equality Florida and GLAAD mourn the death of Sasha Garden, a transgender woman of color murdered in Orlando on Thursday, July 19. Sasha is the fourth known transgender woman of color brutally ...


  Trial date set in Aaron Schock case

U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce has set the corruption trial for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) for Jan. 28, 2019, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Schock resigned from office in 2015, and was charged ...


  Matson withdraws from 48th Ward aldermanic race

Embattled 48th Ward aldermanic candidate Morry Matson announced on July 17 that he was withdrawing from the 2019 election, citing health reasons. "Mr. Matson suffered a brain seizure in May and will be undergoing brain surgery ...


  ACLU Responds to Police Shooting in Chicago's South Shore Neighborhood

from an ACLU

Statement of Karen Sheley, Police Practices Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on the shooting death in South Shore Chicago is reeling once again from another life ended too soon following a police shooting. ...


  Tunney urges action over police staffing numbers

In correspondence with constituents released July 13, Ald. Tom Tunney ( 44th Ward ) urged constituents to contact the Mayor's Office or the office of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson over what he said were frustrating levels ...


  WORLD Bulgarian court, Australian crimes, pivotal Indian case

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A Sofia, Bulgaria, court has backed the right of a same-sex couple to live in the country, in the first such case for the EU nation that does not recognize same-sex marriage, VOA News reported. The ...


  Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to Supreme Court, groups respond

From news releases

Lambda Legal on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh "Judge Kavanaugh would guarantee 40 more years of Trump's values on the Supreme Court." ( Washington, DC, July 9, 2018 ) — Today, Rachel B. Tiven, Chief ...


  Police Brutality Bonds Report Reveals Companies Profiting from Police Violence

From a press release

CHICAGO—Today, the Action Center on Race & the Economy ( ACRE ) held a press conference to release the new "POLICE BRUTALITY BONDS: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence," report showing the estimated cost of ...


  Fear Grows Serial Killer Targeting Jacksonville's Transgender Community

From a news release

Jacksonville, FL — Equality Florida mourns the murder of a transgender woman killed this Sunday in Jacksonville and joins with local LGBTQ leaders in calling on law enforcement to change policies that are hampering the investigation ...


  WORLD Attacker subdued, United Nations news, group attacks Budweiser

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A gay army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, stepped in to shut down an attack by a belligerent and violently homophobic man on a bus in London, noted. Former Grenadier Guardsman Lee ...


  Raoul for AG attacks opponent on anti-gay views

From a press release

CHICAGO — As we celebrate Pride Month, Kwame Raoul's campaign for Attorney General has released a new video, "Republican Erika Harold: Wrong for Illinois," highlighting her shocking views on the safety of children and same-sex couples ...


  Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database

From a press release

Chicago — The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on Tuesday to announce a new federal class action against the City of Chicago ...


  Activist Martinez injured in hit-and-run

A Chicago activist and publicist was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident in the Logan Square neighborhood. Anthony Martinez was struck by a vehicle as he crossed in the crosswalk at the intersection of Fullerton and ...


  Angela Davis to Greet Freed Political Prisoners June 17

Renowned activist and scholar Angela Davis will greet the scores of people released from Illinois prisons after their wrongful convictions were overturned, at a celebration called a "Welcome Home Rally for the Victims of Police Torture". ...


  NATIONAL Historic ad, bullying case, Trevor Project gala

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A new campaign ad for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno—focusing on his record of progressive accomplishments for the state—ends with him kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the front lawn of his home, according to a ...


  Pride Fund Adds Pulse Survivors to Board of Advisors

From a news release

WASHINGTON, DC/ ORLANDO, FL, June 11, 2018 — The two year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando is tomorrow, June 12. The death of 49 people and 53 injured inspired the founding of the Pride ...


  HRC Marks Two Years Since Deadly Pulse Nightclub Shooting, Honoring Victims with Action

From a news release

HWASHINGTON — Tomorrow, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) will honor the lives of the 49 people — most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx - killed in the attack at the Pulse Nightclub in ...


  Illinois civil rights laws remain in force after Supreme Court ruling, EI calls for vigilance

From a news release

CHICAGO—In a 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to vociferously defend the rights of LGBTQ Americans to be free from discrimination when participating in public commerce. The decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado ...


  James E. Snyder becomes first openly gay president of Illinois Judges Association

From an Illinois Judges Association news release

The Honorable James E. Snyder has been installed as President of the Illinois Judges Association during the annual meeting on June 1, 2018, at Chicago-Kent College of Law, in Chicago. The oath of office was administered ...


  Body of missing River Forest man located

The body of a West Suburban gay man who went missing two weeks ago was recovered May 24, according to the Chicago Tribune. Howard Wax was last seen at his River Forest home the morning of ...


  Recent Preemption Bills Undermine Democracy and Threaten LGBT Equality

From a news release

Washington, D.C., May 8, 2018—Across the country, cities and counties are taking steps to promote progress and to protect their residents on a range of issues, including workers' rights and benefits, the minimum wage, nondiscrimination protections ...


  Local dealership settles anti-gay discrimination suit

A Chicago car dealership will pay $100,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) lawsuit, after an employee alleged that they were discriminated against for being gay and having a disability. The ...


  Authorities searching for missing suburban man

Chicago Police Department and River Forest Police Department are asking for information as to the whereabouts of a Western Suburban resident who disappeared last weekend, Chicago Tribune reported. Howard Wax, 51, was last seen at his ...


  NATIONAL Election news, Pulse Nightclub, drag queen attacked

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Ohio state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio won the Democratic primary election on Nay 8 and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November, a Victory Fund press release touted. Antonio, ...


  The Shepards keynote hate-crimes summit

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Judy and Dennis Shepard gave the keynote address at the Matthew Shepard Foundation- and Center on Halsted ( the Center )-sponsored hate-crimes summit and community reception May 10 at the Center. The Shepards addressed approximately 50 ...


  Hate-crimes summit at Center on May 10

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is joining forces with the Center on Halsted for a hate-crimes summit and community reception, taking place Thursday, May 10, at 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ( the summit ) and 6:30-8 p.m. ( ...


  Gay man severely injured in attack/robbery

A Chicago resident sustained multiple injuries after a severe beating and robbery the evening of March 23. Glenn Collins, who is gay, had just left work at 9 p.m. at Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th Pl., ...


  Fired Rockford-area lesbian files EEOC complaint

A Winnebago County resident has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against her former employer on the grounds that she was fired for being a lesbian. Brooke Berentes, who lives in Machesney ...


  Man who threatened Boystown shooting mistakenly released

A man who this past winter was jailed after threatening violence against patrons and staff of a Boystown bar has been mistakenly released from Cook County Jail. The release was first reported May 2 on the ...


  Man who threatened Boystown shooting captured

Shane Sleeper, who was mistakenly released by authorities even after a litany of charges, including terrorism and hate crime charges, were issued by Cook County prosecutors earlier this week, was apprehended the afternoon of May 3 ...


  WORLD Iran trans assaults, legal action in Japan, Harry and Meghan

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A shocking video showing the harassment and sexual assault of a group of trans women has shown how police at the scene stood by and did nothing to protect them in Iran, Gay Star News reported. ...


  Community airs census concerns to journalists

Although the 2020 census won't take place for another two years, the concern about its potential accuracy is starting early in Chicago. "We've had problems in the past and we don't want those to take place," ...


  Cosby found guilty of assaulting lesbian

In Pennsylvania, a jury found Bill Cosby, 80, guilty of three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an out lesbian, in 1994. At the time, Constand was a Temple University employee he had mentored. ...


  Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed

From press releases

HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan From an HRC press release: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ...


  Racial-justice workshop April 28 at Univ. Church

A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Rev. Velda Love—the recently appointed Minister ...


  Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world

From a Williams Institute press release

LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized, increasing ...


  Officials say Lesbian mom who drove family off cliff was drunk

In California, Mendocino County authorities said that a woman who drove herself, her wife and their adopted children off a cliff in the family SUV in March was legally drunk, according to SFGate. A toxicology report ...


  Schock corruption trial continues

Department of Justice prosecutors and attorney for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) met in a Chicago federal appeals court April 18 regarding corruption charges against the ex-politician, Politico reported. In November 2016, Schock ...


  Communities who Exposed Gang Database Criticize CPD Superintendent's Plan

From a Organized Communities Against Deportations press release

For the last year and a half, a group of community organizations has been working to research and expose the harm of Chicago's Gang Database in communities of color across the city, resulting in the campaign ...


  #NeverAgainChicago town hall April 15

The #NeverAgainChicago town hall—in which attendees will openly discuss the call to action taking place across the nation by students and allies to end gun violence—will take place at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., ...


  Town hall examines Latinx issues

Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago and Equality Illinois sponsored a town hall meeting between community members, advocates and elected officials to discuss issues pertinent to the Latinx community in the current political climate. The ...


  Community, activists meet with AG's staff on policing issues

Representatives from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office met April 6 with advocates, service providers and community members to discuss difficulties between some LGBT Chicagoans and the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). The meeting was ...


  DOJ proposes roll back of data collection on crime victimization of LGBT youth

From a Williams Institute news release

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it will seek to stop asking 16 and 17 year olds to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity on the National ...


  In Indonesia Four Arrested for Same-Sex Conduct, at Risk of Public Torture

From a Human Rights Watch news release

( Jakarta, April 3, 2018 ) — Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four people detained in Aceh under a local ordinance that criminalizes same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal ...


  Attny Gen'l Lisa Madigan among AGs suing to block census citizenship question

From a news release

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 17 other attorneys general, six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, today filed a lawsuit to block the federal administration from demanding citizenship information in the ...


  Dart detainment case sees further developments

A class-action lawsuit was filed late Feb. 26 on behalf of people allegedly being unconstitutionally detained under Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's review policy for defendants already cleared for release by Cook County bond court judges—and ...


  Reports: SWAT teams respond following Boystown suicide threat

SWAT teams and other police personnel responded the late evening of March 30 and early morning of March 31 after a Lake View man threatened to harm himself in his apartment, according to multiple reports. Much ...


  Pulse gunman's widow found not guilty

In Florida, a jury found the widow of the gunman in the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre not guilty of helping her husband plan the mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people in the LGBT-inclusive spot. ...


  Medical, civil rights, student groups ask court to back trans student rights

From a press release

CHICAGO — A range of experts from Illinois and beyond — with expertise in civil rights, medical care, and the struggles for acceptance as a transgender student — are asking the state appellate court to reverse ...


  City, ACLU, groups enter agreement on police oversight

From an ALCU press release

CHICAGO — In a major development in the fight for federal oversight of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), over a dozen community groups today reached an agreement with the City of Chicago and the ...


  Kenya Court Finds Forced Anal Exams Unconstitutional


( Nairobi, March 22, 2018 ) — A Court of Appeal in Mombasa, Kenya, ruled on March 22, 2018, that conducting forced anal examinations on people who are accused of same-sex relations is unconstitutional, Human Rights ...


  Title VII, Where and why "sex" matters to LGBT employees

Lori Franchina worked as a rescue worker for Providence, Rhode Island, and for four years, everything was fine. Then one day, she was paired up with a male worker notorious for sexually harassing female colleagues. The ...


  National LGBTQ Task Force calls for reevaluation the role of guns in America

From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release

WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force released a new platform on gun policy that condemned the myth that mental health is linked to gun violence, while at the same time it laid out how police brutality, ...


  Millennium Park's security plan unveiled

Coinciding with the start of the busy summer season on May 19, Millennium Park will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, according ...


  Ahead of Supreme case, leaders, advocates unite to affirm businesses should be open to all

From a press release

Washington, D.C. — Celebrities, civil rights leaders, LGBT advocates, hundreds of businesses, faith leaders, and many others are uniting to celebrate "Open To All Week," affirming that businesses open to the public should be open to ...


  GLAD, NCLR urge 8th Circuit to find Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination

From a press release

NCLR and GLAD file brief urging the Eighth Circuit to find sexual orientation discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act Brief argues that exclusion of LGBT people from Title VII's protection is ...


  Attorney General Lisa Madigan defends constitutionality of anti-discrimination law

From a press release

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 18 other attorneys general, filed an amicus brief defending the constitutionality of Minnesota's anti-discrimination law. The brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth ...


  Businesses, attorneys general, rights groups tell court discrimination is bad for business

From a press release

( St. Louis, March 14, 2018 ) — Today 47 businesses, attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia, the nation's leading LGBT rights organizations, and several other organizations submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the ...


  Pride Fund to End Gun Violence responds to White House gun reform package

From a Pride Fund to End Gun Violence press release

March 11, 2018 — Washington, DC — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, the nation's only LGBTQ political organization dedicated to gun violence prevention, issued the following statement on the emerging gun reform package from the ...


  Emma Gonzalez at Equality Florida Gala Saturday March 10

From a press release

Miami, FL — Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) communities, will honor the student leaders and advisors of the ...


  Emails prove DOJ halted LGBTQ inclusion in census, Task Force responds

( Washington, DC, March 8, 2018 ) — "The Census should count LGBTQ people because we count. New information uncovered about the Trump administration confirms that the Department of Justice chose to halt the Census Bureau's ...


  WORLD New museum, EU condemns gay 'cure,' trans lawmaker

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to condemn gay "cure" therapy and urged member countries to ban the practice, PinkNews reported. The EU body voted 435-109 to adopt text calling on member states to outlaw the ...

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