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Tax-guide-launched-to-help-LGBTQ-taxpayers

Tax guide launched to help LGBTQ taxpayers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force has launched a groundbreaking income tax preparation guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people. The new taxpayer resource is intended to guide LGBTQ people with questions they might want to ask when sitting in front of their tax preparer or program. The first-of-its-kind guide translates complicated ...


First-trans-murder-of-2016-in-Texas

First trans murder of 2016 in Texas - Austin, Texas, resident Monica Loera, 43, has become the first transgender murder victim in the United States in 2016. Loera—who was misidentified as male in some media reports—was shot Jan. 22, according to BuzzFeed. Police said they arrested JonCasey William Rowell, 29, over Loera's death. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Travis County jail ...


HRC-releases-state-equality-index

HRC releases state equality index - A Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) report says that a patchwork of state and local non-discrimination laws continues to leave millions of LGBT people—including those who are legally married—without reliable protections from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. HRC's 2015 State Equality Index ( issued in partnership with the Equality Federation ) also reveals that, ...


The-Child-Soldier-From-the-Congo-to-Chicago

The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - The forced use of a child in armed conflicts profoundly injures the person coerced and gravely insults the idea of the dignity of a human being—an essential value of our civilization and of our self-understanding. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 boys and girls under the age of 18 have been forced in over 30 conflicts worldwide to use violence ...


Lesbian-and-Gay-Bar-Association-of-Chicago-names-Cecilia-Horan-President

Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago names Cecilia Horan President - From a press release - Chicago, Illinois — February 2, 2016 — LAGBAC names new president. The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( "LAGBAC" ) named Cecilia Horan as its new president on January 1, 2016. Horan is LAGBAC's first woman president. Horan is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in tort litigation and insurance coverage disputes. ...


One-Indiana-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-bill-stopped-another-advances

One Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration bill stopped, another advances - In Indiana, Senate Bill 66—a so-called "Super RFRA ( Religious Freedom Restoration Act )" bill—was stopped Jan. 27, IndyStar.com reported. The measure, which also would have repealed last year's so-called RFRA "fix," failed to advance from a Senate committee after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said the "timing is incorrect." "These rights belong to each and every one ...


Hastert-sentencing-rescheduled-for-April-

Hastert sentencing rescheduled for April - U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin rescheduled former U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert's sentencing for April 8, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. Hastert's lawyer said his client "nearly died" in early November as he began to suffer a series of ailments—including a stroke and a severe blood infection—that hospitalized him for weeks. The sentencing was previously slated for Feb. 29. ...


Indiana-Senate-committee-stops-Super-RFRA

Indiana Senate committee stops 'Super RFRA' - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — This morning, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not have any testimony or votes on Senate Bill 66, also known as Super RFRA, which means the bill is dead for the legislative season. The bill would have made it legal for any business or individual to ignore local laws that are already on the books to protect ...


Lambda-Legal-to-Indiana-Legislators-Reject-these-Bills

Lambda Legal to Indiana Legislators: Reject these Bills! - From a press release - "These bills do not protect LGBT people from discrimination—instead, they intentionally legalize discrimination, and any senator who supports them is not helping LGBT Hoosiers." ( Indianapolis, IN, January 25, 2016 )—Lambda Legal today called for the Indiana Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees to vote down SB 100, SB 344 and SB 66, three bills which would enshrine discrimination and ...


Petition-seeks-day-of-no-murder

Petition seeks day of no murder - A petition aims to make Sunday, March 27, a day of no murder. Initiated by Karen Mooney, she says about the Thou Shalt Not Murder petition ( in an email ) that "One signature at a time, we will say that murder of any kind will no longer be tolerated. We will say that we are watching; that every single ...


South-African-jurist-to-speak-at-NU-Jan-20-21-

South African jurist to speak at NU Jan. 20-21 - Edwin Cameron, one of South Africa's most prominent jurists, who revealed his HIV-positive status, will deliver two public lectures Jan. 20-21 at Northwestern University. He will first talk Wed., Jan. 20, at Harris Hall Room 107, 1881 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, at 5 p.m. Cameron will focus on South Africa's transition to an inclusive democracy. Then on Thursday, Jan. 21, at ...


Gay-couple-among-those-displaced-by-fire-

Gay couple among those displaced by fire - A Rogers Park couple are trying to rebuild their lives, and find their lost pets, in the wake of an extra-alarm fire that left them homeless. Nicholas Hayes and Andrew Breen lived in the building on the 1700 Block of West Estes Avenue. Breen had already left for work when the fire broke out in the early morning hours of ...


Friday-BYP100-to-lead-symbolic-funeral-procession-honor-Black-lives-lost-

Friday: BYP100 to lead symbolic funeral procession, honor Black lives lost - From a press release - CHICAGO- On Friday, January 15th The Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) Chicago Chapter will lead a symbolic traveling funeral procession to remember Black lives lost to police violence and institutional racism in the City of Chicago. The coffins in the funeral procession will be sent to Chicago City Council Aldermen who have failed in their decision-making to protect ...


Michigan-murderer-sentenced-to-30-60-years

Michigan murderer sentenced to 30-60 years - From an Equality Michigan press release - On July 14, 2015, 25-year-old Ashton O'Hara's body was found brutally murdered in a Detroit, MI field. Last night, nearly six months after the body was found, O'Hara's killer, Larry B. Gaulding, 39, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for tampering with evidence, to be served concurrently. O'Hara, who was also known as ...


ACLU-responds-to-reports-on-decrease-in-pedestrian-stops-by-CPD

ACLU responds to reports on decrease in pedestrian stops by CPD - From a press release - Statement of Karen Sheley, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois: A number of media reports in recent days have pointed to a dramatic reduction in the number of pedestrian stops by officers of the Chicago Police Department. A number of sources — some anonymous — point to the agreement between the City and the ACLU regarding street stops, requiring ...


Recap-Brief-on-anti-trans-law-Gay-media-Tutus-daughter-Chamber-partnership

Recap: Brief on anti-trans law; Gay media; Tutu's daughter; Chamber partnership - Brief examines anti-trans legislation A policy brief released from The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity, a press release stated. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of ...


Gov-Rauner-to-seek-end-of-consent-decrees-ACLU-responds-

Gov. Rauner to seek end of consent decrees, ACLU responds - From an ACLU press release - Statement of Edwin C. Yohnka: American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on Governor Rauner's declaration to seek end of consent decrees, Jan. 12, 2016: Yesterday, in a series of interviews marking his first year in office, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said that a "big part" of his administration's plan going forward would be to seek release from court oversight in ...


National-Marriage-milestone-gay-man-at-SOTU-they-prevails-Stanford-program

National: Marriage milestone; gay man at SOTU; 'they' prevails; Stanford program - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Nevada, Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New Year's Eve, according to the Associated Press. The country stated that Phoenix residents Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Whats-next-for-the-LGBT-rights-movement

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL What's next for the LGBT-rights movement? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I am a gay man who recently came out and am interested in volunteering in the movement. Lambda Legal has done a lot of work for LGBT people, including the fight for marriage equality. I know marriage was important, but not the whole battle, and wonder what's next for the LGBT movement? A: Last year will go down in ...


CPD-makes-push-for-LGBT-recruits

CPD makes push for LGBT recruits - Officers from the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) will, on January 14 from 6-7 p.m., be available at a booth at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., as part of an outreach to recruit members from the city's LGBT community. "They're making an overall citywide push to reach as many communities as possible," said Jose Rios, CPD's LGBT ...


Anti-LGBT-state-local-legislation-previewed-by-HRC

Anti-LGBT state, local legislation previewed by HRC - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) previewed state and local legislative battles in the year ahead, including anti-LGBT bills likely to be considered in at least 27 states. HRC anticipates that, as in 2015, anti-LGBT activists will push for measures that give legal cover to discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states. The analysis also ...


Mayor-calls-for-more-tasers-Black-Youth-Project-100-responds

Mayor calls for more tasers, Black Youth Project 100 responds - From a press statement - The following is a statement from the Black Youth Project 100: We ended the year mourning the murders of Quintonio LaGrier and Bettie Jones by the Chicago Police Department. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in response to this terror that started with the unnecessary presence of the police, stated that the Chicago Police Department needs more training on when to use guns, ...


YEAR-IN-REVIEW-Transgender-murders-increased-in-2015

YEAR IN REVIEW Transgender murders increased in 2015 - For the U.S. transgender community, 2015 marked a year of progress. However, it was also a year in which there was an increase in the reported number of transgender women ( most being individuals of color ) who were murdered. Below is a list of the more than 20 trans women whose lives ended untimely—and violently. The list is courtesy ...


President-Obama-on-gun-reform

President Obama on gun reform - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON COMMON-SENSE GUN REFORM East Room 11:43 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. ( Applause. ) Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. Thank you. ( Applause. ) Thank you so much. Mark, I want to thank you for your introduction. I still remember the first time we met, the time we spent ...


Historic-Chicago-reparations-payments-begin-to-survivors-of-police-torture

Historic Chicago reparations payments begin to survivors of police torture - From a CTJM & People's Law Office press release - Chicago, IL- Today the City of Chicago began the process of disbursing financial reparations in the Burge torture cases. 57 living survivors of police torture perpetuated by those working at the behest of disgraced former Commander Jon Burge were recipients. The payment fulfills a critical component of the historic reparations ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council last May. As ...


Natl-LGBT-racial-health-groups-file-amicus-brief-with-high-court-on-abortion-

Nat'l LGBT, racial, health groups file amicus brief with high court on abortion - From a NCLR press release - ( Washington, D.C., January 5, 2016 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and a coalition of 13 other LGBT, racial justice, and health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 ...


Quigley-Howard-Brown-HHS-push-to-enroll-LGBTs-in-Healthcare-Marketplace

Quigley, Howard Brown, HHS push to enroll LGBTs in Healthcare Marketplace - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Kathleen Falk, Region V Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health urged those that have yet to sign up for health care insurance to take action before the January ...


World-news-Intersex-Kenyan-Chinese-law-gender-fluid-lion

World news: Intersex Kenyan; Chinese law; gender-fluid lion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A young intersex Kenyan has died after several days in hospital, following an attack the victim's own family orchestrated, Gay Star News noted. Muhadh Ishmael died of blood loss Dec. 21, 2015—allegedly because he could not pay his hospital bill of 25,780 Ksh, or $260. His body was not accepted by his family for burial, and friends are currently organizing ...


Federal-Court-denies-FedExs-push-to-throw-out-suit-by-widow-of-26-year-employee

Federal Court denies FedEx's push to throw out suit by widow of 26-year employee - From a press release - ( San Francisco, January 4, 2016 )—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied FedEx's attempt to throw out a lawsuit filed by Stacey Schuett, a widow of a longtime FedEx employee who has been denied the survivor pension benefits her same-sex spouse earned during her long career with the company. FedEx refuses to provide the benefits because its pension ...


Chicago-police-to-hold-public-meeting-on-search-for-new-superintendent-

Chicago police to hold public meeting on search for new superintendent - Chicago Police Board President Lori E. Lightfoot announced today that the Police Board will be holding a special public meeting to receive community input on the search for a new Superintendent of Police. When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. CST. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Where: Chicago Urban League 4510 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago Who: Lori ...


ISIS-executes-gay-15-year-old-according-to-Syrian-media

ISIS executes gay 15 year-old according to Syrian media - From a press release - San Francisco, CA — Over the New Year's holiday weekend, ARA News, an independent Syrian media outlet, reported that ISIS had executed a 15 year-old teen boy on charges of homosexuality by throwing him from the top of a building in central Deir ez-Zor. Neil Grungras, Executive Director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration ( ORAM ), released ...


Cosby-criminal-case-involves-lesbian-

Cosby criminal case involves lesbian - In Pennsylvania, the Montgomery County district attorney's office charged Bill Cosby, 78, with alleged aggravated indecent assault of lesbian Andrea Constand. Cosby's attorneys said in a statement that the charge was "filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county's DA during which this case was made the focal ...


Conversion-therapy-law-starts-Jan-1

Conversion-therapy law starts Jan. 1 - A statute prohibiting conversion therapy for individuals younger than 18 is among the new laws that will take effect in Illinois Jan. 1, 2016, according to an NBC News item. HB 217, the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, passed the Illinois Senate in late May after sailing through the state House. State Sen. Daniel Biss and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy ...


Criminal-justice-officials-respond-to-Eisha-Love-case

Criminal-justice officials respond to Eisha Love case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eisha Love's Dec. 18 release after spending three years and nine months in Cook County Jail's all-male Division IX without trial led to a number of unanswered questions regarding the attempted murder in the first degree charges that were initially leveled against her. Love is a transgender woman of color whose story was detailed in the Dec. 23 Windy City ...


Natl-LGBTQ-Task-Force-urges-federal-probe-of-Cleveland-Police-killing-

Nat'l LGBTQ Task Force urges federal probe of Cleveland Police killing - From a press release - Washington, DC, December 29, 2015 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is releasing the following statement in response to yesterday's decision by a grand jury not to indict two Cleveland police officers for the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year old black child. "Parents and families everywhere were emotionally devastated by how Tamir Rice was killed by police a year ...


News-briefs-Anti-trans-bill-proposed-in-Indiana-Rustin-home-state-landmark-

News briefs: Anti-trans bill proposed in Indiana; Rustin home state landmark - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Indiana, Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes has proposed a bill that would make it illegal for transgender people to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, according to an Advocate.com item. The measure would include punishments of a year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for those found to have violated it. Texas, Florida and Kentucky ...


Local-global-activists-meet-with-UN-on-cost-of-LGBT-exclusion-

Local, global activists meet with UN on cost of LGBT exclusion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The LGBTQI community closed out 2015 once again front and center at the United Nations ( UN ) on Dec. 10 ( International Human Rights Day ) when a group of advocates from across the world—including Chicago House CEO Stan Sloan, Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Midwest Director Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program Director ...


Federal-court-Prisoners-with-mental-illnesses-to-get-more-care-less-solitary-

Federal court: Prisoners with mental illnesses to get more care, less solitary - From a press release - CHICAGO, ( December 24, 2015 ) — Dentons, the global law firm, along with Uptown People's Law Center, Equip for Equality, and assistance from Mayer Brown, has secured a major pro bono victory in a seven-year legal battle to improve the treatment of thousands of prisoners with mental illnesses currently incarcerated throughout the Illinois state correctional system. Under the terms ...


Homicide-in-Philadelphia-possibly-hook-up-related-violence

Homicide in Philadelphia possibly hook-up related violence - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hook-up related homicide of Howard Baker, age 75, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to media reports, Baker was found on the floor, naked and strangled with a belt, by a hotel housekeeper around 11 a.m. Monday inside a room at the Rodeway Inn on Walnut Street. Local ...


National-Stonewall-Empire-State-folding-Alabama-lesbians-case

National Stonewall; Empire State folding; Alabama lesbian's case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler ( D-NY ) as well as U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY ) and Charles Schumer ( D-NY ) introduced legislation on Dec. 10 to create the Stonewall National Historic Site, according to a press release. This site would be the nation's first national park site dedicated to LGBT history. The Stonewall National Historic Site will ...


Editorial-Justice-delayed

Editorial: Justice delayed - By Tracy Baim and Gretchen Rachel Hammond - Eisha Love sat in Cook County Jail for nearly four years without a trial. The unfortunate reality is that she is not alone. The criminal legal system in this country provides cruel and unusual punishment even prior to trial for thousands of people each year. Most of the people who end up caught in this web are there because they ...


Graphic-novel-on-struggle-of-LGBTIQ-Iranians-offered-as-free-download

Graphic novel on struggle of LGBTIQ Iranians offered as free download - From a press release - ( New York ) —Following the Facebook serialization of a love story Yousef and Farhad about a gay couple in Iran, OutRight Action International, the global human rights organization, on Monday releases the full 20-page graphic novel to download for free. Download the book at the link https://www.outrightinternational.org/sites/default/files/YandFFinal12182015LR.pdf . The commissioned graphic novel, Yousef and Farhad, though a work ...


In-her-own-words-Eisha-Love-looks-back

In her own words: Eisha Love looks back - Video below article - On Dec. 18, Eisha Love was transferred to Statesville Prison in Joliet, Illinois, to "dress in and dress out"—the process for release having spent three years and nine months in a tiny cell of the Cook County Jail waiting for a trial. After 11 hours of testing, photos, fingerprinting, paperwork and waiting in the bullpen ( a warehouse-sized holding cage ...


HRC-foundation-releases-municipal-index-

HRC foundation releases municipal index - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation announced that a record number of U.S. cities have achieved perfect scores on its 2015 Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ) by establishing fully inclusive local protections for LGBT people. Since the MEI debuted in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has more than quadrupled, with 47 ( out of ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-calls-for-decriminalization-of-sex-work

National LGBTQ Task Force calls for decriminalization of sex work - From a press release - Washington, DC, December 17, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force is renewing its call to end the criminalization of sex work in the U.S. as it joins advocates across the country in taking part in actions in observance of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Today, to mark the day of action, the organization has published a Sex ...


DoJ-issues-guidance-addressing-gender-bias-in-domestic-violence-policing-

DoJ issues guidance addressing gender bias in domestic violence policing - From a press release - With LGBT community disproportionately impacted by domestic violence, new guidance is an important step in the right direction to address bias by law enforcement WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization responded to new guidance issued by the Department of Justice "designed to ...


Former-state-politician-sentenced-to-prison

Former state politician sentenced to prison - Former state Rep. Connie Howard was sentenced Dec. 8 to three months in jail for fraud committed while in office, according to the United States Attorney's Central District of Illinois Office in Springfield. Howard, who served her South Side district during 1995-2012, will also be confined to her home for three months following her release from jail. She will also ...


Police-board-opens-nationwide-search-for-Chicago-police-department

Police board opens nationwide search for Chicago police department - From a press release - Chicago Police Board President Lori E. Lightfoot announced today that the application material for the position of Superintendent of Police is now available, and can be found on the Police Board's website at ChicagoPoliceBoard.org. "The application is comprehensive in nature. It is designed to require each candidate to not only describe his or her professional and personal qualifications, but to ...


Cassidy-to-announce-bill-removing-criminal-penalties-for-marijuana-possession-

Cassidy to announce bill removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession - State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-14) will introduce new legislation that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. Cassidy will announce the bill at an 11 a.m. press conference at the James R. Thompson Center on Dec. 10. According to a Dec. 9 statement, the new proposal will include provisions Gov. Bruce ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Relationships-the-Law-Today

GUEST COLUMN Relationships & the Law Today - The most important asset that a married couple is likely to acquire during their marriage is their home. Accordingly, it is also the most important asset in need of protection from creditors. It is not uncommon for spouses to incur separate debts and/or judgments against them individually, and thus, spouses can have individual creditors. The mechanism used by a married ...


World-news-Gay-refugees-hashtags-Siberian-princess-trans-candidate

World news: Gay refugees; hashtags; Siberian princess; trans candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay refugees at an asylum center in Amsterdam have allegedly had to move because of homophobic attacks by other residents, the UK Metro reported. Fellow asylum seekers reportedly spat on them and attacked them to the point they were afraid to go outside. Five gay men—three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq—moved to separate accommodations; at the ...


LGBTQ-advocates-disappointed-Chicago-prosecutor-wont-charge-officer

LGBTQ advocates disappointed Chicago prosecutor won't charge officer - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, December 7, 2015—Today, Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that no charges would be filed against Chicago police officer George Hernandez, who shot and killed Ronald Johnson III in October 2014. The news comes just hours after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal probe of the Chicago Police Department. "We are deeply disappointed with the ...


Gay-man-among-the-San-Bernardino-shooting-victims

Gay man among the San Bernardino shooting victims - A 42-year-old gay man, who ran the coffee shop at the Inland Regional Center, was among the 14 victims killed in the shooting attack in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2, according to Los Angeles Times. Daniel Kaufman was finally identified after his boyfriend, Ryan Reyes, and family spent nearly 22 hours trying to ascertain whether he was one of ...


Chicago-Police-Superintendent-fired-by-Rahm-Emanuel-

Chicago Police Superintendent fired by Rahm Emanuel - During a heated, 30-minute press conference at City Hall on Dec.1, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he had asked for the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. McCarthy's firing comes in the wake of ongoing protests and allegations of a cover-up by both the Chicago Police Department, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Emanuel concerning the shooting death ...


Three-killed-at-Acapulco-gay-festival-

Three killed at Acapulco gay festival - Gunmen attacked patrons at a gay festival in Acapulco, Mexico—killing three people and wounding another five, News24.com reported. Attackers stormed the "Reina Gay" festival in Tres Palos on Nov. 29, opening fire on the crowd. Authorities suspended classes at some rural schools near Acapulco in recent weeks and installed security at others because of an increase in violence near the ...


Protesters-close-down-the-Magnificent-Mile

Protesters close down the Magnificent Mile - Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the Black Friday cash registers of its high-end stores were brought to a standstill Nov. 27 by nearly 2,000 protesters who covered the breadth of Michigan Avenue, pausing at each intersection to give voice to each of the 16 gunshots discharged by Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke into the body of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald ...


Organizations-respond-to-McDonald-video

Organizations respond to McDonald video - A number of community organizations and individuals issued responses to the release of video footage that showed the death of Laquan McDonald. Organizations called for a range of actions, from closer investigations of the Chicago Police Department to the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Black Youth Project 100 ( ...


Video-showing-death-of-Laquan-McDonald-released-responses-begin

Video showing death of Laquan McDonald released, responses begin - From press releases - Lambda Legal condemns police violence, stands With Chicago community "We are outraged at the murder of Laquan McDonald and the time it has taken for Chicago officials to release the video and file charges. We extend our deepest sympathy to Laquan McDonald's family, and to every family affected by unnecessary and unjustified police violence. We hope that justice is done." ...


National-roundup-Indiana-bill-Obergefell-backs-Hillary-task-force-

National roundup: Indiana bill; Obergefell backs Hillary; task force - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal sent an open letter to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and leaders of the Indiana House and Senate urging them to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing categories that enjoy protection from discrimination under Indiana law, according to a press release. The letter cautions state leaders not to pass legislation that includes carve-outs allowing service providers ...


Lambda-Legal-settles-lawsuit-on-behalf-of-gay-couple-kicked-out-of-taxi

Lambda Legal settles lawsuit on behalf of gay couple kicked out of taxi - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, November 19, 2015 ) — Today, Lambda Legal settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of two gay men who were unlawfully forced to exit a taxi after they exchanged a brief kiss. As part of the voluntary settlement, the driver of the taxi has apologized to the men and has agreed to make a donation to a ...


Lambda-Legal-calls-for-comprehensive-protections-for-LGBT-Hoosiers

Lambda Legal calls for comprehensive protections for LGBT Hoosiers - From a Lambda Legal press release - "Any bill that gives businesses permission to discriminate against LGBT people in the name of religion, or that fails to protect transgender people is unacceptable. We hope Indiana's leaders have learned that legislating intolerance is bad for the state and moves us backward instead of forward." ( Chicago, IL, November 17, 2015 ) — Today, Lambda Legal sent an open ...


South-Sides-Village-offers-free-legal-clinic-for-sex-workers

South Side's Village offers free legal clinic for sex workers - In April, University of Chicago's Departments of Medicine & Public Health Sciences Associated Professor and Chicago Center for HIV Elimination Director Dr. John Schneider, MD, MPH, created a village on the city's South Side as a response to the dearth of social services available to the LGBTQ community there. Schneider secured commercial space at 1525 E. 55th St. in Hyde ...


Activist-reveals-information-relating-to-sailor-Allen-Schindlers-murder

Activist reveals information relating to sailor Allen Schindler's murder - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO — Eight significant facts behind the 1992 gay-bashing murder of U.S. Navy serviceman Allen Schindler, previously not made public, have been brought to light. A 900-page file from the Navy has been made public, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request made by veteran gay activist Michael Petrelis of San Francisco. Schindler, a young U.S. sailor, was ...


Law-school-event-looks-at-Obergefell-

Law-school event looks at Obergefell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Doug Hallward-Driemeier ( a partner at Ropes & Gray, LLC, and leader of the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice ) was the featured speaker at a University of Chicago Law School event, "Standing Up For Marriage Equality: Insights From the Obergefell Supreme Court Arguments," Nov. 4 at the University of Chicago Law School campus. Hallward-Driemeier, in conversation with Professor ...


Supreme-Court-birth-control-ruling-will-affect-millions-of-LGBTQs

Supreme Court birth control ruling will affect millions of LGBTQs - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2015—The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear seven court cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act's ( 2010 ) accommodation to the birth control benefit, which currently ensures that individuals have access to birth control coverage as part of their employee health insurance plan. The combined cases ask the highest court in the land to ...


ACLU-Sues-on-behalf-of-Black-transgender-woman-illegally-profiled-jailed-

ACLU Sues on behalf of Black transgender woman illegally profiled, jailed - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Iowa, and cooperating attorneys at the Des Moines law firm Babich Goldman, P.C., filed a complaint today with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission against The Drury Inn hotel for discriminating against a Black transgender woman based on her gender identity and race in July 2015. Meagan Taylor, a Black transgender ...


Task-Force-lauds-Missouri-students-courage-racial-justice-campaign

Task Force lauds Missouri students' courage, racial justice campaign - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 9, 2015—Today, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe announced he would be resigning from his post. The decision comes after months of peaceful protests organized by the university's students and faculty calling for an end to racism and discrimination against black students and people of color. Over the weekend, the school's football team joined the boycott by ...


Indiana-Chamber-of-Commerce-backs-gay-rights-protections

Indiana Chamber of Commerce backs gay rights protections - The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, on Nov. 5, called on the state's General Assembly to add protections for LGBT citizens to it civil-rights laws, the ( Northwest Indiana ) Times reported. The powerful business group said protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity to be added to the state's existing anti-discrimination statutes. "The time has come for Indiana to ...


Prisoners-and-allies-group-releases-hard-hitting-report-on-LGBTQ-prisoners

Prisoners and allies group releases hard-hitting report on LGBTQ prisoners - The 10-year-old Boston-based nationwide network of current and former LGBTQ prisoners and their "free-world" allies Black and Pink released the report "Coming Out of Concrete Closets" on Oct. 20. The almost 70-page document is the product of the largest survey yet to be conducted with LGBTQ prisoners. More than 1,100 incarcerated people took part by answering more than 130 questions ...


California-Civil-Rights-Coalition-ready-to-fight-following-Houston-LGBT-vote

California Civil Rights Coalition ready to fight following Houston LGBT vote - From a press release - Los Angeles — Following the loss of a ballot referendum that would have upheld the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ( HERO ), a coalition of California civil rights and LGBT organizations is cautioning supporters to prepare for a similar fight against a potential anti-LGBT ballot initiative in California. HERO protected Houstonians from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces across ...


Houston-repeals-non-discrimination-law

Houston repeals non-discrimination law - Lambda Legal, Task Force, ACLU, Interfaith Alliance respond - In Houston on Nov. 3, residents rejected an equal-rights ordinance by a wide margin. Conservative opponents of the law claimed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)—which would have incorporated sexual orientation and gender identity as well as 13 classes already under federal protection, including sex, race and religion—would allow men dressed as women, including sexual predators, to enter women's restrooms. ...


National-Couple-arrested-Julian-Castro-Sally-Field-Don-Lemon-petition-

National: Couple arrested; Julian Castro, Sally Field; Don Lemon petition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Hawaii, the Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store, The Huffington Post reported. Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, who were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles in March, claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Oct. 27 that they were harassed and ...


OutRight-CEO-Stern-hopeful-for-future-of-global-human-rights

OutRight CEO Stern 'hopeful' for future of global human rights - As a former first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and the current executive director of OutRight ( formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ), Jessica Stern remains optimistic even while starring squarely in the face of adversity. "Over the 15 years I've been doing this work, LGBTI communities have organized in nearly every corner ...


World-news-Fatal-attack-blood-ban-ends-marriage-news

World news: Fatal attack; blood ban ends; marriage news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following a savage attack that caused him to suffer a brain hemorrhage, a gay man has died, LGBTQ Nation reported. In 2014, architect Mikhail Pischevsky was attacked shortly after leaving a nightclub in Minsk, Belarus. Following several operations, doctors had to make the difficult decision to remove roughly 20 percent of Pischevsky's brain in hopes of saving him. For "unintentionally ...


Obamas-executive-order-to-benefit-formerly-incarcerated-LGBTQs

Obama's executive order to benefit formerly incarcerated LGBTQs - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2015 — President Obama plans to issue a new executive order that would help reduce employment discrimination against formerly incarcerated people applying for federal government jobs. Earlier this year, the National LGBTQ Task Force sent a letter along with a dozen organizations urging the President to eliminate the requirement from job applicants to check off a ...







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