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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 ...


Lambda-Legal-appeals-in-Mississippi-High-Court-for-non-biological-lesbian-mother-

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 ...


Aldermen-urge-action-regarding-hate-crime-increase

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 ...


Cleopatra-Cowley-Pendleton-speaks-about-her-daughter-Wear-Orange-Day

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 ...


Johnston-appointed-to-Berwyn-Township-Trustees

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, ...


141-Men-Arrested-in-Gay-Sauna-in-Indonesia

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 ...


Sherrell-Faulkner-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina

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 ...


Homicide-of-Imer-Alvarado-in-Fresno-California-possible-hate-violence

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 ...


Family-law-firm-forges-new-LGBT-partnership-

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 ...


Texas-House-Passes-Damaging-Child-Welfare-Bill-

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 ...


Madigan-among-20-attorneys-general-calling-for-special-council-in-Russian-interference

Madigan among 20 attorneys general calling for special council in Russian interference - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today sent a letter with 19 other attorneys general to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. In their letter, Madigan and the attorneys general call the firing of former FBI Director James Comey during ...


Discrimination-in-Texas-House-Passes-Anti-LGBTQ-Bill-HB-3859

Discrimination in Texas: House Passes Anti-LGBTQ Bill HB 3859 - From an HRC press release - AUSTIN — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called out the Texas House of Representatives for passing HB 3859, a bill that would allow child welfare organizations — including adoption and foster care agencies — to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents and children in need of a loving, secure home. It could also lead to concrete harm to ...


Darwin-receives-LAGBAC-award

Darwin receives LAGBAC award - Longtime legal and political advocate Susana Darwin ( left ) received the 2017 LAGBAC ( Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ) Vanguard Award. The Hon. Cecilia Horan ( right ), LAGBAC board president, presented the award. Photo courtesy of Darwin ...


Reproductive-rights-measure-heads-to-Rauners-desk

Reproductive rights measure heads to Rauner's desk - A measure ensuring that access to legal abortions remains viable in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned, on May 10, passed the Illinois State Senate and is headed for the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he would veto the legislation. The bill, HB 40, was passed in the Senate in a 33-22 vote. Besides ensuring that ...


Reports-Ald-Lopez-under-guard-after-gang-threats

Reports: Ald. Lopez under guard after gang threats - Ald. Ray Lopez ( 15th ) is under guard from Chicago police after receiving threats following gang shootings throughout his ward the weekend of May 6-7, according to reports. Lopez is one of the five members of the City Council's LGBT Caucus and an outspoken opponent of gang activity. Lopez angered some with public comments about the shootings, but on ...


National-roundup-Funeral-home-suit-Stephen-Colbert-another-trans-killing

National roundup: Funeral-home suit, Stephen Colbert, another trans killing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal has joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, Mississippi, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death—leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his spouse's passing, a Lambda Legal press release noted. The suit against Picayune Funeral Home seeks damages for breach of contract, negligent ...


Brenda-Bostick-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-New-York-City

Brenda Bostick, a Black transgender woman, killed in New York City - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Brenda Bostick, a Black transgender woman killed in New York City; the 10th 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 Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old Black transgender woman, who died on May 4th, 2017 from injuries ...


AVP-mourns-the-death-of-a-transgender-woman-in-Chelsea-Manhattan

AVP mourns the death of a transgender woman in Chelsea, Manhattan - From a press release - AVP has learned of the death of a 59-year-old transgender woman in Chelsea. At the time of this alert, there is not much public information and we will update you online as we know more. According to media reports, a transgender woman was found unconscious with apparent head trauma last Thursday night on 7th Avenue and 29th Street in Manhattan. ...


HRC-Launches-Timeline-of-Trumps-Unprecedented-Attacks-on-LGBTQ-Community

HRC Launches Timeline of Trump's Unprecedented Attacks on LGBTQ Community - 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, launched a website — HRC.org/Trump — chronicling the Trump Administration's unprecedented attacks against the LGBTQ community. The timeline, which will continue to be updated, spotlights efforts to undermine the LGBTQ community from rescinding guidelines protecting ...


Federal-Court-certifies-lawsuit-charging-unconstitutional-prison-healthcare

Federal Court certifies lawsuit charging unconstitutional prison healthcare - From a press release - CHICAGO — In a decision with wide-ranging implications for prisoners across Illinois, a federal judge ruled last week that long-standing problems with the medical and dental care provided in Illinois's state prisons must be addressed systemically, rather than relying on individual challenges from prisoners. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso has held that the lawsuit, Lippert v. Baldwin, can move ...


Lambda-sues-Mississippi-funeral-home-for-refusing-to-transport-cremate-gay-mans-body

Lambda sues Mississippi funeral home for refusing to transport, cremate gay man's body - From a press release - ( Picayune, MS, May 2, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today announced it has joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, MS, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death, leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his beloved spouse's passing. The suit seeks damages for breach ...


City-committee-meets-about-hate-crimes

City committee meets about hate crimes - The Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations, on April 26, held a public meeting and listening session addressing the prevalence of hate crimes in the city. The session was convened in response to the increase of hate-crimes as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League ( ADL ), said Commission of Human ...


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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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