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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


NYC-nightclub-owner-attacked

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


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

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


DoJ-withdraws-pro-trans-protections

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


LCHJ-moving-to-larger-office

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


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

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


County-sheriff-headlines-criminal-justice-forum

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


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

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


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

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


Activists-prepare-for-rumored-anti-LGBT-executive-order-Trump-advised-to-deemphasize-it

Activists prepare for rumored anti-LGBT executive order, Trump advised to deemphasize it - From a press release - The leak of a proposed executive order from President Donald Trump giving legal protections to individuals, businesses and organizations—including federal employees—accused of anti-LGBT discrimination sparked outrage among advocates the week of Jan. 30. The White House disavowed the order, insisting that it was a prospective document that was not intended to be issued. According to a Feb. 3 Politico report, ...


Funders-addressing-LGBTQ-criminalization-and-criminal-justice-reform

Funders addressing LGBTQ criminalization and criminal justice reform - From a press release - ( New York, NY - January 30, 2017 ) Funders for LGBTQ Issues released a new infographic, Philanthropy OUTlook: LGBTQ Criminalization and Criminal Justice Reform ( 2017 ). The infographic is available for download at https://www.lgbtfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Philanthropy_OUTlook_LGBTQ_Criminalization_and_Criminal_Justice_Reform.pdf . The infographic explores the scope and character of funding to address LGBTQ criminalization and criminal justice reform. It finds that the Elton John ...


Atty-Gen-Madigan-urges-Gov-Rauner-to-fight-executive-orders-protect-immigrants

Atty Gen Madigan urges Gov. Rauner to fight executive orders, protect immigrants - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today sent a letter to Gov. Rauner condemning the federal executive orders on immigration and urging him to use his authority to protect all Illinois residents from the harm caused by the executive actions. While there is a temporary halt to the immigration travel ban, other provisions of the Orders could greatly impact the ...


Lawyer-files-complaint-against-Human-Relations-Commission

Lawyer files complaint against Human Relations Commission - A Chicago trial lawyer and his firm filed a lawsuit Jan. 18 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the Chicago Commission on Human Relations ( CCHR ) has "knowingly and intentionally been engaging in the unauthorized practice of law." The suit was filed by Robert Scott of the law firm Scott, Halsted & Babetch. CCHR investigates complaints about violations ...


Top-DOJ-Lawyer-Joins-Lambda-Legal

Top DOJ Lawyer Joins Lambda Legal - From a press release - ( New York, February 2, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal announced the hiring of Sharon McGowan, a top attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, as the organization's new Director of Strategy. "Sharon McGowan is one of the most influential and effective LGBT rights lawyers in the country," said Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda ...


Lambda-Legal-secures-settlement-for-HIV-flight-paramedic

Lambda Legal secures settlement for HIV+ flight paramedic - From a press release - ( St. Louis, MO, February 2, 2017 ) Today, Lambda Legal resolved a federal discrimination lawsuit involving Air Evac Lifeteam, and its employee Clinton "Clint" Moore, who was removed from his job as a flight paramedic after disclosing his HIV-positive status. In the lawsuit, Mr. Moore alleged that Air Evac violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) and ...


Harris-reintroduces-bill-easing-gender-marker-change

Harris reintroduces bill easing gender-marker change - State Rep. Greg Harris (D), on Feb. 1, re-introduced legislation allowing transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender-marker on their birth certificate. While the state has allowed for changing gender-markers since the '50s, current law requires the applicant to show proof that they have undergone gender-reassignment surgery, which some transgender persons may not be willing or able to undergo. ...


Immigration-refugee-groups-resist-Trump-policies-support-LGBT-asylum-seekers-

Immigration, refugee groups resist Trump policies, support LGBT asylum-seekers - Community members held a fundraising event, on Jan. 28, for Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Partners ( CLASP ) at the Uptown home of activist Andy Thayer and his husband Aldo Hernandez. CLASP provides housing for recently arrived immigrants as well as necessities such as Ventra cards. According to activist Charlotte Lill, who volunteers with the group, "Once folks come and ...


State-reps-host-Syrian-refugee-forum

State reps host Syrian refugee forum - CHICAGO — As a timely first edition to her 2017 Advocacy and Engagement Series, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, hosted a Syrian Refugee Forum alongside state Reps. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, and Ann Williams, D-Chicago, on Monday evening at Concordia Place. "Since he stepped into office less than two weeks ago, Donald Trump has wasted no time enacting policies that are ...


Chicago-Women-Take-Action-supports-call-for-help-to-end-gun-violence

Chicago Women Take Action supports call for help to end gun violence - From a press release - ( January 31, 2017 ) - Chicago Women Take Action ( CWTA ) supports activists, elected officials, health professionals and everyone working to end the gun violence in Chicago. We reject the concept that Chicago is "Afghanistan." We are not. We are a city with a devastating gun violence problem that mostly affects distressed communities. We do not need to ...


Organizations-and-politicians-respond-to-Trump-LGBT-controversy-

Organizations and politicians respond to Trump LGBT controversy - Though the White House indicated Jan. 30 that President Donald Trump would not be issuing an executive order adversely affecting the LGBT community, national LGBT organizations and their allies—and some local openly gay politicians—said the following day that they were nevertheless ready for a fight. Several leaders from advocacy organizations gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Human Rights Campaign ...


Rep-Feigenholtz-brings-legislation-to-protect-womens-right-to-choose

Rep. Feigenholtz brings legislation to protect women's right to choose - From a press release - Springfield— On the heels of the largest women's demonstration in history and a definitive message sent to newly elected President Donald Trump, a state lawmaker is asking Illinois to send a message of its own. State Representative Feigenholtz has introduced House Bill 40, legislation that protects a women's right to choose in Illinois. After repeated threats that are becoming reality ...


Trump-picks-most-conservative-judge-LGBT-groups-decry-choice

Trump picks most conservative judge, LGBT groups decry choice - Of the three judges President Trump was said to be considering for the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, he chose the one who is the most conservative and least likely to be concerned about equal rights for LGBT people. Trump on Tuesday night introduced federal appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, as his choice to fill the seat left ...


Orthodox-LGBTs-talk-about-coming-out-staying-visible

Orthodox LGBTs talk about coming out, staying visible - When Zehorit Sorek, an Israeli Orthodox Jew, realized some years back that she was a lesbian, she told herself that she was faced with three possible choices. She could be an out lesbian, and become a secular Jew, denying herself the meaning she garners from Orthodox practice. Conversely, she could deny her lesbianism and live as a straight woman might, ...


Trumps-immigration-order-spurs-protests-stay

Trump's immigration order spurs protests, stay - Thousands of protesters gathered at airports across the country Jan. 28 to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that barred citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—from entering the United States for 90 days. The order also temporarily suspended entry to all refugees for 120 days. However, Trump encountered a roadblock in the federal ...


Groups-speak-out-on-Trumps-anti-Muslim-executive-order

Groups speak out on Trump's anti-Muslim executive order - From press releases - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release: Washington, DC, January 29, 2017—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is releasing the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's latest Executive Order. "Trump's latest Executive Order is religious hatred and thinly veiled racism by fiat. In the targeting of specific countries, he is telegraphing his despicable anti-Muslim, ...


Sanctuaries-in-Practice-dialogue-engages-immigration-crackdown

Sanctuaries in Practice dialogue engages immigration crackdown - There was a palpable sense of apprehension as a Jan. 25 audience filled a lecture hall at DePaul University's Schmitt Academic Center. That apprehension was tempered with a less subdued desire to defy the immigration policies emerging from President Donald Trump's administration by first learning about and then implementing Sanctuaries in Practice, beginning with the DePaul campus. The event, hosted ...


Legislation-targets-Illinois-trans-students-statewide-coalition-responds

Legislation targets Illinois trans students, statewide coalition responds - From a press release - As organizations that work with LGBTQ communities, we call on the Illinois General Assembly to reject discriminatory legislation introduced this week that would isolate and stigmatize transgender and gender non-conforming youth by forcing them to use separate restrooms and locker rooms from their peers in schools. Related coverage at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Morrison-files-new-anti-trans-bathroom-bill/57907.html . House Bill 664 is sponsored by State ...


Former-employee-of-abuse-survivors-group-files-retaliation-lawsuit

Former employee of abuse survivors group files retaliation lawsuit - A Chicago woman has filed a lawsuit against an abuse-survivors' advocacy organization, alleging that the group fired her in retaliation for investigating the organization's finances. Gretchen Rachel Hammond, who is a senior newswriter for Windy City Times, filed the lawsuit against Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests ( SNAP ) in Cook County Circuit Court on Jan. 17. SNAP's ...


Executive-actions-to-ban-refugees-attack-sanctuary-cities-immigrant-communities-respond-

Executive actions to ban refugees, attack sanctuary cities, immigrant communities respond - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders Wednesday targeting sanctuary cities and expanding the border wall; as well as others Thursday increasing surveillance on immigrant communities, blocking visas from being issued to seven Arab or Muslim countries ( Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen ), and halting the ability of refugees to come to ...


Morrison-files-new-anti-trans-bathroom-bill

Morrison files new anti-trans bathroom bill - State Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ), on Jan. 25, again filed a new bathroom bill that would essentially relegate transgender Illinois students to using either designated washroom and changing-room facilities or the facilities available for their gender-identity assigned at birth. This is Morrision's second attempt at such a bill. His first try, filed in Jan. 2016, stalled in the ...


HRC-calls-Trumps-immigration-executive-order-unconscionable-

HRC calls Trump's immigration executive order unconscionable - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that President Donald Trump will follow up his executive order to start construction of a border wall with an executive order to suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and create further obstacles for all people seeking to enter the U.S. "President Trump's attacks ...


CPD-investigating-death-of-Steamworks-customer

CPD investigating death of Steamworks customer - Police are investigating after a man was found unresponsive in the jacuzzi area of Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St., the night of Jan. 23. The incident was originally reported Jan. 24 at the Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown Blog. The 36-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 11:58 p.m. The man had reportedly ...


World-news-Mexican-mass-shooting-intersex-model-Trumps-action

World news: Mexican mass shooting, intersex model, Trump's action - Several people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a gay-friendly club in Cancun, Mexico, GayNZ.com reported. The Blue Parrot Beach Club in Playa del Carmen was hosting the last night of one of the world's largest electronic music festivals, BPM, when shots were fired. The Telegraph reported that five people were killed and another 15 were injured, figures ...


HRC-previews-2017-anti-LGBTQ-actions-anticipated-in-statehouses

HRC previews 2017 anti-LGBTQ actions anticipated in statehouses - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released a new report previewing battles against anti-LGBTQ state legislation expected in the year ahead. With at least 40 anti-LGBTQ bills in 16 states introduced so far, HRC anticipates that, as in 2016, anti-equality activists ...


Gay-man-attacked-in-Edgewater

Gay man attacked in Edgewater - A man walking to the Bryn Mawr L stop, 1119 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in Edgewater was assaulted the evening of Jan. 13, and he said the perpetrator used anti-gay slurs while doing so. The victim's shoulder was broken in the attack. Scott Peterson, who lives nearby, first encountered the perpetrator at about 5:15 p.m. while inside the Dunkin' Donuts ...


Judge-in-Schock-trial-recuses-herself

Judge in Schock trial recuses herself - The federal judge overseeing the criminal corruption case against former Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock recused herself Jan. 19, citing information about Schock's efforts to delay her from becoming her court's chief judge. U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough agreed with defense attorneys who said that information showing that Schock worked with Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ) in 2011 ...


Poll-10M-LGBTQs-reside-in-US

Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates to 10 million LGBTQ adults living in the United States—an increase of approximately 1.75 million from 2012. This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of ...


Torres-to-work-with-Howard-Brown-

Torres to work with Howard Brown - Crispin Torres is moving from Lambda Legal to Howard Brown Health. Torres, the community educator at Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office, will start at Howard Brown on Feb. 1. He will concentrate on policy and legislative work there. In an email he said, "I am very excited for this new opportunity, albeit sad to say goodbye to some of my ...


-Activists-want-to-quash-Uptown-TIF-subsidy

Activists want to quash Uptown TIF subsidy - From a press release - Lawyers for activists who last year filed an Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the Chicago City Council, have moved for the court to quash a City Council vote last June that approved a TIF subsidy for hi-rises in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The City Council approved the Montrose-Clarendon $15.8 million TIF subsidy for what they call "luxury housing on prime lakefront ...


EEOC-report-on-charges-of-work-discrimination-details-LGBT-cases

EEOC report on charges of work discrimination details LGBT cases - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016. This is the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC has increased. Overall, EEOC resolved 97,443 charges in fiscal year 2016 and secured more than ...


175-mayors-from-42-states-launch-coalition-for-LGBT-protections-

175 mayors from 42 states launch coalition for LGBT protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in advance of the upcoming inauguration, 175 mayors across the country from cities large and small announced "Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination," a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not listed in the coalition. Illinois mayors listed in the coalition ...


Wife-of-Orlando-shooter-arrested

Wife of Orlando shooter arrested - Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando nightclub mass shooter at Pulse Nightclub, was arrested in San Francisco Jan. 16. Salman was charged with aiding and abetting as well as obstruction of justice in the case of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. She moved to the San Francisco area after the June 2016 shooting, in which her husband, ...


Berlin-washroom-vandalized

Berlin washroom vandalized - A washroom at the popular Boystown nightclub Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., was vandalized the evening of Jan. 14, according to social media reports. The perpetrators drew swastikas and wrote "King Trump" on the washroom wall and smashed a mirror. On a post appearing on Berlin's Facebook page, employee Greg Haus wrote, "This is so upsetting to me. I've been ...


Justice-Dept-Pattern-of-rights-violations-in-Chicago-Police-Dept

Justice Dept.: Pattern of rights violations in Chicago Police Dept. - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The department found that CPD officers' practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable ...


Attack-on-Affordable-Care-Act-Lambda-Legal-urges-action-to-save-lives

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal urges action to save lives - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., January 11, 2017 ) — As the Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director, Scott Schoettes, and Transgender Rights Project, Director M. Dru Levasseur, issued the following statements: Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director, Lambda Legal: "The ACA has had a transformative impact on the health and well-being of ...


Two-spirit-transgender-woman-killed-in-Sioux-Falls-South-Dakota

Two-spirit transgender woman killed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year-old two-spirit transgender woman found dead in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 6th, 2017. According to Mic, her death is being investigated as a homicide. Jamie identified as two-spirit, a Native American/First Nations term that has historically encompassed many ...


Mesha-Caldwell-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Mississippi

Mesha Caldwell, transgender woman of color, killed in Mississippi - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Mesha Caldwell, a transgender woman of color killed in Canton, Mississippi; the 1st reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Mesha Caldwell, a Black transgender woman, killed in Canton, Mississippi on January 4th, 2017. ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Newport-News-Virginia-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Newport News, Virginia - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence related homicide of India Monroe, a transgender woman of color killed in Newport News, Virginia; the 23rd reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP responded to in 2016. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of India Monroe, a Black transgender woman ...


Timber-Creek-owners-file-court-appeal

Timber Creek owners file court appeal - The co-owner of a downstate bed and breakfast, who was found to have discriminated against a gay couple wishing to have their civil-union ceremony performed there, is appealing that ruling through the courts and not a full Illinois Human Rights Commission ( IHRC ) panel, claiming that gay members of a previous panel could not deliver an impartial decision. Timber ...


HB2-repeal-fails

HB2 repeal fails - During a special session Dec. 21, North Carolina legislators failed to repeal House Bill 2 ( HB2 )—the state's so-called "bathroom bill." Signed by outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in March, HB2 bans people from using public bathrooms that don't correspond to their biological sex, as listed on their birth certificates. Backlash against HB2 caused huge economic losses for the ...


New-tracking-tool-for-religious-bills-launched-

New tracking tool for religious bills launched - On Dec. 13, the daily online publication Rewire introduced a new resource, the Religious Imposition Legislative Tracker, a comprehensive and timely database of state and federal legislation that seeks to expand the reach of religious power into secular lives. The legislative tracker details state and federal measures related to religious imposition, such as RFRAs ( Religious Freedom Restoration Acts ), ...


Know-Your-Rights-Ensuring-Equality-for-LGBTQ-Employees

Know Your Rights: Ensuring Equality for LGBTQ Employees - GUEST COLUMN - The Corporate Equality Index ( "CEI" ), an annual list published by the Human Rights Campaign ( "HRC" ) Foundation that rates workplaces on LGBTQ equality, recently released its 15th Edition, which reported that a record number of businesses are now embracing inclusive policies for LGBTQ employees. The CEI praises the success of the nation's largest employers, stating that they ...


National-roundup-Pulse-lawsuit-lesbian-judge-removed-artists-against-Ivanka

National roundup: Pulse lawsuit, lesbian judge removed, artists against Ivanka - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The families of three men shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier this year are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google for allegedly providing the Islamic State terrorist with material support, Forbes noted. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and obtained by Fox News, the families of Tevin Crosby, ...


Looking-back-National-news-

Looking back: National news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Oh, 2016. It was a year of ( sometimes extremely ) emotional highs and lows—including developments regarding what was quite possibly the most polarizing election ever as well as a mass shooting that, sadly, made the record books. —Trump card: The biggest news of the year had to be the election of Republican Donald Trump—who had been known before ...


Judge-issues-decision-in-Open-Meetings-suit

Judge issues decision in Open Meetings suit - A Cook County judge, on Dec. 20, ruled that the Chicago City Council violated the Open Meetings Act ( OMA ) by not having any forum for public comment in its monthly meetings. The partial ruling by Judge Diane Larsen comes after a lawsuit from two gay activists, Andy Thayer and Rick Garcia, who were unable to enter the May ...


Miss-man-pleads-guilty-to-hate-crime-in-trans-murder-

Miss. man pleads guilty to hate crime in trans murder - 1st gender identity case under Shepard/Bird act - Joshua Brandon Vallum, 29, of Lucedale, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today to a federal hate crime for assaulting and murdering Mercedes Williamson because she was a transgender woman. Williamson was 17 years old and resided in Alabama at the time of her death. Vallum was charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The plea ...


Community-labor-faith-leaders-to-join-in-January-14-mobilization-for-resistance

Community, labor, faith leaders to join in January 14 mobilization for resistance - Chicago, IL- On Saturday, January 14th, mobilizations will be held across the country to build community, celebrate immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims and refugees from hateful attacks and policies expected to come under the upcoming administration. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, three area locals of the Service Employees International Union, United Food and ...


Schock-pleads-not-guilty-to-charges

Schock pleads not guilty to charges - Former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock ( R-Ill. ) has pled not guilty to federal charges that he improperly used campaign and taxpayer money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Schock, 35, is accused of using campaign accounts and his U.S. House office budget for personal expenses; said expenses included travel and even rent payments. He resigned from Congress in March 2015. ...


Report-looks-at-LGBT-social-justice-groups-

Report looks at LGBT social-justice groups - The 2016 National LGBT Movement Report, now out, provides a comprehensive and standardized look at LGBT movement's finances across LGBT social-justice organizations that focus on broad LGBT advocacy, issue-specific advocacy, legal advocacy, and research and public education. The 36 organizations profiled represent 45 percent of the budgets of all LGBT social-justice organizations. This new report, by the Movement Advancement Project ...


Johnson-HIV-conviction-reversed

Johnson HIV conviction reversed - Judges from the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals, on Dec. 20, reversed the convictions of gay college student Michael Johnson, who was sentenced to three decades in prison for exposing persons to HIV, and ordered that he be retried. The appellate judges said in their ruling that the lower court incorrectly allowed evidence—phone calls Johnson made from jail that ...


Gun-Violence-Prevention-PAC-IL-on-weekend-Chicago-gun-violence-Fernwood-

Gun Violence Prevention PAC IL on weekend Chicago gun violence, Fernwood - From a press release - Gun Violence Prevention PAC Illinois statement on weekend Chicago gun violence and mass shooting in Fernwood. At the close of the weekend, Illinois surpassed over 4200 shootings, including 5 people in a single location in Fernwood where 4 have died. It's time to connect the dots. Since Illinois has allowed conceal and carry of loaded guns in public, shooting deaths ...


Civil-rights-leader-in-lawsuit-against-American-Airlines

Civil rights leader in lawsuit against American Airlines - From an American Federation of Teachers press release - WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II's federal civil rights lawsuit against American Airlines: "It is horrifying that an African-American man on one of America's great airlines was subject to the same racist, discriminatory and humiliating treatment as African-Americans were decades ago. The fact that he happens to be one ...


US-House-aims-to-cut-crucial-LGBTQ-protections

U.S. House aims to cut crucial LGBTQ protections - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted the House Freedom Caucus' efforts to end two crucially important protections for LGBTQ people at the federal level. As part of a document outlining more than 200 rules, regulations and executive orders they want revoked, the caucus targeted federal guidance on the fair and equal treatment of transgender students ...


Mississippis-anti-LGBT-law-reaches-5th-Circuit-Lambda-Legal-joins-opening-briefs

Mississippi's anti-LGBT law reaches 5th Circuit: Lambda Legal joins opening briefs - From a press release - (New York, NY, December 16, 2016) — Today legal advocates, now joined by Lambda Legal, are filing papers in Barber v. Bryant, the federal challenge brought by Mississippi civil rights attorney Robert McDuff and the Mississippi Center for Justice to HB 1523, Mississippi's discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that was enacted in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision granting marriage for ...


New-tracking-tool-for-religious-imposition-bills-

New tracking tool for religious imposition bills - From a press release - Religious imposition laws are designed to shield private individuals and businesses from complying with nondiscrimination laws, and permit them to deny people basic services based on stated religious beliefs. The past few years have seen a sharp uptick in the introduction of such bills, most notably in the form of expanded Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ) laws, in ...







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