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Amendment-to-hate-crimes-law-clears-General-Assembly

Amendment to hate crimes law clears General Assembly - The Illinois State Senate, on May 20, unanimously passed an amendment to the state's hate crimes statutes that advocates say—if the legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner—will help protect LGBT institutions from vandalism as well as ensure that transgender Illinoisans are better protected under those statutes. The bill, HB 3930, unanimously passed the House on April 16. It was ...


Missouri-HIV-case-gets-national-attention

Missouri HIV case gets national attention - In Missouri, a former college student has been found guilty of exposing one of his sex partners to HIV as well as attempting to expose four others to the virus. Prosecutors said ex-Lindenwood University student Michael Johnson, 23, allegedly continued to hook up with various men, and even reportedly lied to them when asked about his HIV status. Felony charges ...


Missing-Chicago-trans-woman-located

Missing Chicago trans woman located - A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry who had been missing since May 6, 2015 has been located according to her father Jerry Nicholas, Sr. However Nicholas believes she remains in an extremely dangerous situation both medically and in terms of her surroundings. Nicholas and family friend Derek Banks said that Berry had undergone brain surgery at Rush University ...


Laramie-OKs-ordinance-17-years-after-Shepards-death

Laramie OKs ordinance 17 years after Shepard's death - In Wyoming, the Laramie City Council approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance—17 years after gay student Matthew Shepard's death took place in the same town, The Chicago Tribune noted. The council voted seven to two in favor of the measure that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. ...


Black-gay-man-found-guilty-by-Missouri-jury-of-recklessly-infecting-

Black gay man found guilty by Missouri jury of "recklessly infecting" - From press releases - National HIV experts say conviction out of touch with current science and HIV prevention strategies Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in HIV legal and policy work, said: - "Michael Johnson's conviction for exposing one of his sex partners to HIV ...


Griner-Johnson-suspended-by-WNBA-after-DV-incident

Griner, Johnson suspended by WNBA after DV incident - From the WNBA - As a result of the domestic violence incident between Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA has suspended the players for seven regular-season games, without pay. The couple, who were married two weeks after the incident, were arrested at their home in Goodyear, Ariz., April 22, 2015, on identical misdemeanor charges of ...


Gay-engineer-involved-in-Amtrak-crash

Gay engineer involved in Amtrak crash - The engineer involved in the May 12 Amtrak train crash in Pennsylvania has been identified as gay activist Brandon Bostian, Gay Star News noted. Bostian, 32, has told authorities he can't remember what happened when the train jumped the tracks, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 200. The engineer has been vocal in his support of gay ...


Local-attorney-Bashor-new-Natl-LGBT-Bar-Association-boardmember

Local attorney Bashor new Nat'l LGBT Bar Association boardmember - The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation has announced the appointment of eight new board members. One of the members is Nicole Bashor ( now an affiliate representative ), who is an attorney in Quarles & Brady LLP's Intellectual Property Group. Bashor provides counseling on patent, trademark, copyright and social-media issues. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising ...


ALCC-reveals-new-name

ALCC reveals new name - The red carpet was rolled out at the historical home of Dr. Nabeela Rasheed on May 2 for AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's ( ALCC's ) first-ever May Ball. Guests came dressed to impress to the venue, which was recently featured on the HGTV television network. The enormous house party featured food, wine and champagne and dancing to the DJ's ...


Life-of-slain-Pakistan-activist-celebrated-in-Chicago-

Life of slain Pakistan activist celebrated in Chicago - Video below - T2F ( The Second Floor ) café in Karachi Pakistan was a personal labor of love for its founder and activist Sabeen Mahmud. Many who entered the building described it as an oasis. Nothing was suppressed or silenced there. For eight years it was a place where the limitless freedom inherent with artistic expression lined its brightly lit walls and ...


Groups-respond-to-Baltimore-and-Freddie-Gray

Groups respond to Baltimore and Freddie Gray - From press releases - From Lambda Legal "Freddie Gray's death reminds us that we are miles from an equality that would protect the most vulnerable members of our community from violence and discrimination." ( New York, April 29, 2015 ) —Yesterday, members and allies of the LGBT community raised their voices for justice as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the six ...


Election-dates-set-for-Schock-seat-ex-US-rep-sued

Election dates set for Schock seat; ex-U.S. rep sued - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7, and the date for the Special General Election is Sept. 10. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent ...


HRC-shares-lesson-from-Indiana-with-state-lawmakers-across-nation

HRC shares lesson from Indiana with state lawmakers across nation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign sent a new case study to state lawmakers across the country urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills like the religious refusal bill in Indiana that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination. The case study comes after the Indianapolis Star reported this week that the state "plans to spend millions to repair ...


Bennett-honored-Chairs-named-Roosevelt-pres-named-Hall-of-Fame-benefit

Bennett honored; Chairs named; Roosevelt pres named, Hall of Fame benefit - LAGBAC honors Lambda Legal's Jim Bennett The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( LAGBAC ) announced that Jim Bennett, Midwest regional drector for Lambda Legal, was honored at the Vanguard Awards Luncheon on April 2. The Vanguard Awards is an annual luncheon organized by six local bar associations, including LAGBAC. The event is designed to honor individuals and ...


Freedom-Indiana-to-work-for-local-nondiscrimination-LGBT-protections-

Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), today announced it will focus its efforts for the rest of this year on helping cities and towns craft local nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT Hoosiers. The group plans to push ...


Report-and-web-forums-detail-lives-of-African-American-girls

Report and web forums detail lives of African-American girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recent incidents involving the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police officers have led to a resurgence in nationwide discussions about the devastating effects of systemic and pervasive racial inequality which is intertwined throughout American society and institutions. Conspicuously missing from those conversations have been the voices of Black girls and women whose experiences from the moment ...


Florida-eye-clinic-to-pay-150000-in-trans-sex-discrimination-case

Florida eye clinic to pay $150,000 in trans/sex discrimination case - From a press release - TAMPA, Fla. — Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Fla.-based organization of health care professionals, will pay $150,000 to settle one of the first two lawsuits ever filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) alleging sex discrimination against a transgender individual, the agency announced today. Lakeland additionally agreed to implement a new gender discrimination policy and to ...


Poll-Pence-Indiana-business-hurt-by-Religious-Liberty-fight

Poll: Pence, Indiana business hurt by "Religious Liberty" fight - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Governor Mike Pence finds himself deeply damaged following the fight over Indiana's "religious refusal" bill that put LGBT Hoosiers at risk for discrimination, according to a brand new poll of Hoosiers by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). And in a warning sign to governors in other states where similar anti-LGBT bills are pending, a stunning 75 ...


Cities-and-states-issue-Indiana-travel-bans

Cities and states issue Indiana travel bans - More cities and states have weighed in on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by issuing bans on nonessential state- or city-funded travel to Indiana. No such plans are presently in store for Illinois, however. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock—calling the law "just wrong, plain and simple"—said March 31 that Denver employees would not be travelling to the Hoosier State ...


Springfield-MO-repeals-nondiscrimination-ordinance-protecting-LGBTQs

Springfield, MO, repeals nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQs - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release - SPRINGFIELD, MO, April 8, 2015—A slim majority of voters in Springfield, Missouri have repealed the city's nondiscrimination ordinance approved by the city council last year. The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund provided on-the-ground organizing, logistical and financial support in the effort to reject Question 1—a ballot measure that called for the repeal of the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. "We are ...


Open-group-letter-on-2015-violence-against-LGBTQs-trans-women-of-color-

Open group letter on 2015 violence against LGBTQs, trans women of color - From a press release - This is an open letter from LGBTQ organizations in the United States regarding the epidemic violence that LGBTQ people, particularly transgender women of color, have experienced in 2015. We appear to be in a moment of crisis in LGBTQ communities. Unfortunately, this is not new: our movement was born out of a response to violence and police raids, and ...


Indiana-style-bill-passed-by-Florida-House-Committee

Indiana-style bill passed by Florida House Committee - From a press release - Equality Florida today strongly condemned the Florida House Judiciary Committee for passing an adoption bill that allows discrimination against prospective LGBT parents, and places children seeking a permanent home at continued risk. "This is Indiana-style legalized discrimination plain and simple," said Carlos Guillermo Smith. "But it's even worse, because this promotes state-sanctioned and taxpayer-funded discrimination. The legislators who voted for ...


Arkansas-bill-signed-by-Governor-falls-short-for-LGBTs

Arkansas bill signed by Governor falls short for LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Arkansas legislature passed and Governor Asa Hutchinson signed legislation that improves the disastrous H.B. 1228 but falls short of providing needed non-discrimination protections to all Arkansans. Though an improvement, the legislation can still be used as a weapon to discriminate against LGBT people, people of color, minority faiths, women and other Arkansans at risk. The earlier ...


Progressive-gender-identity-law-passes-in-Europe

Progressive gender identity law passes in Europe - From a press release - ( New York )—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) celebrates the unanimous passage of the "Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015" by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change ...


Wal-Mart-asks-Governor-Hutchinson-to-veto-HB-1228

Wal-Mart asks Governor Hutchinson to veto H.B. 1228 - From a press release - WASHINGTON— In response to the Arkansas House sending Governor Asa Hutchinson H.B. 1228 to sign into law, Wal-Mart released a statement from its CEO, Doug McMillan, asking the governor to veto the bill. H.B. 1228 would permit discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state based on "sincerely-held religious beliefs." In ...


INCITE-conference-comes-to-Chicago-with-defiance

INCITE! conference comes to Chicago with defiance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was 15 years ago that a group of women of color activists, including five from Chicago, decided that something had to be done about the systematic and systemic social, political and institutional violence they faced in the United States which was then disregarded by most advocacy groups. They came together to, according to the website, "organize a little conference" ...


States-attorneys-office-launches-hate-crimes-council

State's attorney's office launches hate-crimes council - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an effort to address hate crimes that occur in communities throughout Cook County, state's attorney Anita Alvarez has formed the Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecutions Council. The council will be tasked with creating and maintaining partnerships with communities that are typically targeted by hate crimes. "I believe strongly that law enforcement cannot effectively address hate crimes in isolation and ...


World-Pope-eats-with-inmates-Swedish-pronoun-HIV-candidate

World: Pope eats with inmates; Swedish pronoun; HIV+ candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis recently had lunch with prisoners at an Italian prison, some of whom were gay or transgender, according to an On Top Magazine item. The pontiff visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale during a visit to Naples, Italy. Approximately 90 inmates attended the lunch, including 10 prisoners from a section of the facility that houses gay, transgender ...


More-companies-protest-Indiana-law

More companies protest Indiana law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, major corporations signed on to launch a statement by businesses speaking out against an onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation being considered in states around the country. The statement, launched today by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, calls on public officials to defeat or abandon efforts ...


Angies-List-drops-expansion-plan-in-Indiana

Angie's List drops expansion plan in Indiana - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS, March 28, 2015 ( GLOBE NEWSWIRE ) — Angie's List ( Nasdaq:ANGI ) CEO Bill Oesterle today announced the company has pulled its proposed campus expansion project on Indianapolis' Near East Side from City-County Council consideration as a result of the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. "We are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we ...


Protesters-decry-religious-freedom-law-in-Indianapolis

Protesters decry religious-freedom law in Indianapolis - Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 28 to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), saying it would promote discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation, and then marched to the Indiana Statehouse while chanting "No hate in our state" and "Who's state? Our state!" LGBTQ protesters and allies were joined ...


Arkansas-Senate-passes-Indiana-style-bill-legislation-on-to-governor-

Arkansas Senate passes Indiana-style bill, legislation on to governor - From a press release - LITTLE ROCK— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and HRC Arkansas condemned the Arkansas senate's passage of H.B. 1228, an Indiana-style bill that will open the door to discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state. After a formal procedural hurdle, the bill will be on its way to ...


Indianas-Gov-Pence-signs-religious-exemptions-bill-groups-respond

Indiana's Gov. Pence signs religious exemptions bill, groups respond - From press releases - [UPDATED with statements issued on March 27 and 28, 2015] Lambda Legal slams Indiana Gov. Pence's rush to sign discriminatory religious exemptions bill (Indianapolis, IN, March 26, 2015) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today signed SB101, the deeply flawed bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, ...


Pence-signs-religious-freedom-bill-into-law

Pence signs "religious freedom" bill into law - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on March 26, signed into law so-called religious freedom legislation that allows business owners and service providers within the state to refuse service to customers based upon the their religious beliefs. Pence signed the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in a private ceremony that was closed to media, but was photographed with ...


Video-spoof-dramatizes-unintended-consequences-of-religious-freedom-bills

Video spoof dramatizes unintended consequences of religious freedom bills - From a Truth Wins Out press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out announced the release today of the second video in its "Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom" campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote exclusion. In our new video, we show how such laws can open a can of worms and backfire on ...


New-study-Chicago-leads-NYC-in-police-stop-and-frisk-

New study: Chicago leads NYC in police stop-and-frisk - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago police are now among the nation's leaders in the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" practice, replacing New York City which had been notorious for the technique. That startling finding is at the core of a new report issued today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on the practice by the Chicago Police Department. The report ...


National-roundup-Kosilek-appeal-GetEQUALs-bill-of-rights-

National roundup: Kosilek appeal; GetEQUAL's bill of rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, according to a GLAD press release. The petition for certiorari asserts that the First Circuit Court of Appeals overstepped its role with ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Keeping-affordable-in-the-Affordable-Care-Act

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: Keeping 'affordable' in the Affordable Care Act - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I was finally able to get health insurance through Obamacare and thankfully I qualified for the federal subsidies to help pay my premium. However, I heard that the subsidies might not be available for too much longer, is that true? A: In some states, they may not be. The Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) reformed aspects of the ...


World-news-Plane-crash-reopened-Swedish-singer-Costa-Rica-bill

World news: Plane crash reopened; Swedish singer; Costa Rica bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations ( UN ) is reopening the case of a plane crash that killed former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961, TIME.com reported. Hammarskjold was on his way to what is now a part of Zambia to help broker peace between secessionist fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo and UN troops who were trying to stabilize the newly ...


Indiana-passes-nations-most-anti-LGBTQ-law-

Indiana passes nation's most anti-LGBTQ law - From news releases - From Lambda Legal: (Indianapolis, IN, March 23, 2015) - Today, the Indiana House of Representatives, with a vote of 63-31, passed a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement condemning SB 101's passage, which ...


Lambda-urges-Indiana-House-to-reject-discrimination-Bill-SB-101

Lambda urges Indiana House to reject discrimination Bill SB 101 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, March 19, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana House of Representatives will consider a bill, passed by the Indiana Senate one month ago, which seeks to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement urging ...


-States-Attorney-Alvarez-steps-up-efforts-on-hate-crimes

State's Attorney Alvarez steps up efforts on hate crimes - From a press release - State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has formed a new Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecutions Council in an effort to raise awareness and improve response to the issue of Hate Crimes in communities throughout Cook County. A chief focus of the council will be on creating and maintaining proactive partnerships with communities typically targeted by Hate Crimes in an effort to raise ...


-Jan-9-murder-of-Papi-Edwards-confirmed-as-trans-related

Jan. 9 murder of Papi Edwards confirmed as trans-related - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Papi Edwards, a transgender woman of color, in Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot to death at the Fern Valley Motel on January 9, 2015. Early police and media accounts consistently misnamed and misgendered the victim, and only now are we learning that, according to BuzzFeed ...


Transformative-Justice-Law-Project-holds-open-house

Transformative Justice Law Project holds open house - In 2011, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey report Injustice at Every Turn detailed the inordinately high numbers and "wide range of alarming experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people with police and the criminal justice system." "Black and Latino/a incidences of being incarcerated due only to gender identity/expression were at 41 percent and 21 percent respectively," the report stated. "Sixteen ...


Group-offers-tools-to-end-trans-domestic-violence-murder-

Group offers tools to end trans domestic violence murder - From a FORGE press release - Already in the first few months of this year, an unconscionable and seemingly growing number of transwomen, especially trans women of color, have been murdered in the U.S., a fact that is deeply - and rightfully - upsetting to our community. Circumstance behind a number of these murders seem to be rooted in domestic or intimate partner violence. At least ...


Study-Discrimination-by-law-enforcement-toward-LGBTs-pervasive-

Study: Discrimination by law enforcement toward LGBTs pervasive - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals. To address such discrimination and to improve effective policing more generally in the United States, President Obama's Task Force on ...


CA-wont-do-business-with-companies-discriminating-against-trans-employees

CA won't do business with companies discriminating against trans employees - From a press release - SACRAMENTO - The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), Equality California ( EQCA ), and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) applaud the introduction of a California Bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by denying transgender workers the same benefits and healthcare coverage they ...


National-HRC-on-anti-LGBT-bills-Wal-Mart-biased

National: HRC on anti-LGBT bills; Wal-Mart biased - HRC report warns of anti-LGBT bills The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide, "Chipping Away at Equality," that compiles more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality via religious language, according to a press release. Many ...


LGBT-activists-talk-community-and-why-Black-lives-matter

LGBT activists talk community and why 'Black lives matter' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A discussion on how the "Black Lives Matter" movement incorporated the LGBT community became a widely encompassing meditation on the nature of community itself Feb. 19, as activists from myriad backgrounds gathered to ask what justice looks like for LGBT African-Americans. The forum, "What is Justice for the Black Same Gender Loving and Transgender Communities?," came at the end of ...


2015-Trans-100-set-to-debut-under-new-management

2015 Trans 100 set to debut under new management - The profound sadness and somber commemoration of the names of those transgender individuals who have fallen over the past year and are the focal point of the annual Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ) takes place one month before the onset of a season renowned for darkness and bitter cold. In the comparably short span of three ...


US-murders-of-trans-and-gender-exploring-people-continue

U.S. murders of trans and gender-exploring people continue - Following the Feb. 10 murder of transgender woman Penny Proud in New Orleans, the community nationwide was stunned as two more trans and gender-exploring individuals were slain in the United States within the span of five days. On Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio, 22-year-old Brian Golec was stabbed to death by Golec's father who is now in police custody under ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Lawrence-Massachusetts-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Lawrence, Massachusetts - From a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violencehomicide of Oscar Mendez in Lawrence, Massachusetts. According to local media, Miguel Rivera, 50, is accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend, Oscar Mendez, 39, at their apartment. Rivera was also injured during the altercation This is the seventh intimate partner, family, or stalking related homicide ...


Chicagoans-join-Lambda-Legal-national-board

Chicagoans join Lambda Legal national board - ( New York, February 9, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal announced it has elected three new leaders to serve on its Board of Directors, including: Dr. Beth Meyerson, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy & Administration at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; Roderick Hawkins, Vice President of External Affairs with the Chicago Urban League; and David de Figueiredo, Senior Vice ...


Epidemic-Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-largely-ignored

Epidemic: Murders of trans women of color largely ignored - [Originally posted Feb. 15 at Windy City Times] Shortly after Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time magazine last year, the media worldwide erupted with stories and opinions concerning the Transgender Tipping Point. Attempting to discern what it really meant, a June 24, 2014 editorial in the New Statesman declared that "something enormous is happening in our culture. In ...


World-Nepal-and-marriage-mob-attacks-gay-man-Nick-Jonas-in-Sydney

World: Nepal and marriage; mob attacks gay man; Nick Jonas in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country, Gay Star News reported. The committee, led by former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report more than four years after its formation. The committee also advised ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Discrimination-as-religion

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Discrimination as religion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: I was reading about a bakery that didn't want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because it goes against the baker's religion. Can't the couple just go somewhere else? A: Private businesses, such as bakeries and grocery stores that offer goods to the public, are usually bound by public accommodation laws. ...


-Natl-roundup-Larry-Kramers-honor-cold-case-revived-Kristin-Beck

Nat'l roundup: Larry Kramer's honor; cold case revived; Kristin Beck - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York City-based Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) will host its annual spring gala Monday, March 23, and plans to honor Larry Kramer, according to a press release. Kramer is one of the organization's original six founders, and is the award-winning writer of the play and HBO's Emmy-winning film adaptation of The Normal Heart. Founded in 1982 by ...


Muslim-youth-group-condemns-shooting-in-Copenhagen

Muslim youth group condemns shooting in Copenhagen - From a press release - Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ( AMYA ), an auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, categorically condemns today's unconscionable shooting in Copenhagen and offers its prayers and support for the citizens of Denmark and all peace-loving people around the world. "We are deeply pained to know that another shooting has taken place," said Dr. Bilal Rana, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim ...


Kansas-governor-removes-LGBT-protections

Kansas governor removes LGBT protections - Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas, issued an executive order to remove discrimination protections for LGBT state employees, The Chicago Tribune reported. State employees in Kansas can now legally be fired, harassed or denied a job for being gay or transgender, LGBT-rights advocates said. Brownback said an 2007 executive order by Kathleen Sebelius—who was then the state's Democratic governor—went too ...


Masen-Davis-reflects-on-time-at-Transgender-Law-Center-

Masen Davis reflects on time at Transgender Law Center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kris Hayashi moves from deputy director to executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) on Feb. 1, replacing Masen Davis, who is leaving the organization Feb. 15. Davis, 43, has been with TLC for more than seven years and said he wants to "remain in the movement," although he first plans to take a break, ...


Voter-canvassers-file-racial-profiling-lawsuit-against-CPD

Voter canvassers file racial-profiling lawsuit against CPD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two voter canvassers announced the filing of a false arrest lawsuit against the city of Chicago Feb. 3 in which they claim that Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officers racially profiled and then arrested them, even though they were simply engaged in work for a Chicago-based alliance dedicated to the policy-change organization The Grassroots Collaborative. The lawsuit centers around ...


Obsessed-man-attacks-lesbian-couples-kills-one

Obsessed man attacks lesbian couples, kills one - Virginia Coast Guardsman Adrian Loya was apprehended after he attacked a lesbian couple in their Massachusetts home, fatally shooting one woman and gravely injuring her wife because he was obsessed with one of the women, according to The New York Daily News. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lisa Trubnikova, 31, died at the scene of the rampage in Cape Cod. Her ...


Lambda-urges-IN-Senate-Judiciary-Committee-to-reject-Senate-Bill-568-

Lambda urges IN Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Senate Bill 568 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, February 9, 2015 ) - Today, the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote 'no' on Senate ...


HRC-details-legislation-geared-toward-undermining-LGBT-equality

HRC details legislation geared toward undermining LGBT equality - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON—Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide for journalists compiling more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly-coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality in a shroud of religious language. The bills—many modeled on a failed attempt in Arizona last year that ...


Charges-brought-in-Atlanta-intimate-partner-homicide-

Charges brought in Atlanta intimate partner homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the alleged intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicide of Ashley Belle that occurred on Jan. 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to media citing police sources, Ashley Belle's domestic partner, Laura Bozeman, has been charged in connection with her death, which occurred after two days of verbal ...


Denver-police-shoot-kill-lesbian-teen

Denver police shoot, kill lesbian teen - In Denver, authorities shot and killed 17-year-old lesbian Jessica Hernandez during a Jan. 26 confrontation—relaunching a conversation about the issues of police force and interactions with communities of color, according to Advocate.com. Initial police reports stated that Hernandez was behind the wheel of a stolen car when officers responded to a call about suspicious activity in an alley. Police claim ...


Human-trafficking-survivor-performs-7-Layers-Captive

Human trafficking survivor performs "7 Layers Captive" - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Human trafficking claims an estimated 27 million victims worldwide, producing nearly $31 billion in revenue each year through the largest exploitation of innocent men, women, and children ever seen in history. In the United States alone, an estimated 100,000-300,000 children are trafficked every year. These terrifying facts uphold the fact that we as human beings must recognize ...


Exxon-to-include-protections-based-on-orientation-gender-identity

Exxon to include protections based on orientation, gender identity - From a press release - ExxonMobil has revised its Equal Employment Opportunity ( EEO ) policy to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Statement by Tico Almeida, founder and President of Freedom to Work, on news that Exxon-Mobil has finally added protections for LGBT employees. Almeida is a civil rights attorney who brought forward the historic and currently pending lawsuit Freedom to ...


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Transgender woman of color killed in Texas - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Ty Underwood, a transgender woman of color, in Tyler, Texas. According to local media reports, Ty Underwood was found shot to death early Monday morning on January 26th, after a woman called 911 to say a car had hit a telephone pole and that her ...


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World: Turing notebook; ISIS killing gays; king makes history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook said to contain detailed mathematics and computer science notes written by Alan Turing, the late gay British cryptographer, is going up for auction in April, the International Business Times noted. Turing—the subject of the current theatrical release The Imitation Game—cracked the Nazi enigma code at the height of World War II, helping push the Allies to victory. The ...


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DJ held after fatal Lake Shore Drive crash - A popular Chicago DJ is being held on $1 million bond after a Jan. 19 car crash resulting in the death of a woman riding in his car, NBC5 reported. Rafael Rodriguez, also known as DJ Lego, was allegedly speeding and lost control of his car in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, running it into a frozen ...


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Moxie networks LGBTs in urban planning areas - Steven Vance, a transportation blogger for Streetsblog, made a simple suggestion last January: that there be a group for queer transportation professionals. At the time, Daniel Ronan was in the midst of a six-month job search, having moved to Chicago from Portland, Oregon, without a job and had spoken with more than 90 people in three months from three different ...


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IGLHRC, MADRE on alleged executions for sodomy by ISIS in Iraq - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) and MADRE, the global women's rights group, condemn the recent killing of at least five individuals by the Islamic State, two of whom were allegedly murdered for homosexual conduct. While the story has been widely reported since January 17th as the execution of two gay men for homosexuality, no ...


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Uber driver accused of sexual assault on man in Boystown - A Villa Park man stands accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old man who hailed a ride from him on the car-sharing service UberX this past summer. According to DNAinfo, Adnan Nafasat, 46, faces allegations that he choked and groped the passenger before trying to get him to perform oral sex. At a hearing on Jan. 14, Nafasat was ordered held ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Transgender people and jail - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: My friend was recently incarcerated in prison in Florida and I'm worried about her safety because she's transgender. Are there laws that can protect her? A: Unfortunately, the situation your friend is in is all too common—prisons incarcerate a transgender woman in a male, rather than a female, facility where she is at constant ...







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