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  Man behind memorial crosses diagnosed with terminal cancer

Greg Zanis—the Aurora man who has built more than 27,000 white crosses to commemorate victims of gun violence—has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, The Chicago Tribune reported. Also, despite surgery to remove the tumor, the disease ...


  Suspect in fatal stabbing back in custody, being questioned by police

Nearly two weeks after the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old bisexual barista Kenneth Paterimos Jr. outside Richard's Bar in West Town, first-degree murder suspect Thomas Tansey, a 30-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was taken into Chicago police ...


  Arrest warrant issued in case of bisexual man stabbed at local bar

A no-bail arrest warrant was issued Thursday, Feb. 27 for 30-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran and University Village resident Thomas Tansey in the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old bisexual barista and Pilsen resident Kenneth Paterimos Jr. According ...


  Reports: Robber uses hook-up app to lure victims

Chicago police are looking for a man who used a hook-up app to meet—then rob—other men, according to ABC 7. The offender reportedly met their victim via Grindr the evening of Jan. 28 in the 900-block ...


  WORLD Trans activist killed, Israeli center, Brazilian priest, Netflix film

In South Africa, Limpopo police are investigating the death of transgender activist Nare Mphela, 28, whose decomposing body was found in a rented room, News24 reported. "The deceased was found with multiple stab wounds and was ...


  NATIONAL Lily Tomlin, St. Louis, activist slashed, LGBTQ political candidates

Iconic LGBTQ comedian Lily Tomlin joined with several other comedy legends for a PSA in support of aging pets, The Washington Blade noted. In the video that The Grey Muzzle Organization produced, Tomlin is featured alongside ...


  NU professor talks about delving into the heart of 'Infectious Blackness'

The tale of Michael Johnson took a turn this past July—when he was released from a Missouri jail 25 years early. In 2013, Johnson—a Black man who was a college student—was arrested in St. Charles, Missouri, ...


  NATIONAL Subway attack, Matthew Shepard, OUT100, Indiana hospital

In Manhattan, a man was hit with a hammer and pushed onto the subway tracks in what police believe may be a hate crime, LGBTQ Nation reported. The alleged attacker then approached the 21-year-old victim waving ...


  National Black Justice Coalition calls for action on murders of transgender teens

WASHINGTON— Bailey Reeves, at 17-years-young, and Bee Love, at only 18, became the 17th and 18th trans people murdered in the United States this year. Bailey, a trans woman of color, was found dead in Baltimore, ...


  Woman astronaut accused of hacking wife's account

Anne McClain, a former U.S. Army pilot who flew more than 800 combat hours during Operation Iraqi Freedom before joining NASA in 2013, has been accused of identity theft and improper access to estranged spouse Summer ...


  NCAVP Reports on Anti-LGBTQ Violence During Pride Season

August 14, New York, NY- A special report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ), Pride and Pain: A Snapshot of Anti-LGBTQ Hate and Violence During Pride Season 2019, outlines incidents and trends ...


  Reports: Would-be Vegas bomber targeted Jewish, LGBTQ communities

A man who authorities say worked as a security guard was arrested and accused of plotting to firebomb a Las Vegas synagogue or a LGBTQ-centered nightclub/bar, CBS News reported. An FBI-led anti-terrorism task force arrested Las ...


  Reports: Man to testify about role in suicide-murder plot

An Oxford University official will testify against a Northwestern University researcher with whom he carried out a murder plot as part of a plea deal, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Andrew Warren, who worked as a clerk ...


  NATIONAL Court briefs, flag burned, Amazon books removed

The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership and Freedom for All Americans announced that 206 major corporations have signed a "friend of the court" brief that will be filed ...


  Handyman arrested in gay ex-actor's death

Oregon authorities arrested a man in connection with the death of actor Dennis Day, an original member of Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club, Deadline noted. The former Disney star was 76 when his husband, Ernie Caswell, ...


  Convicted Lake View killer hangs himself

A Chicago man who'd been convicted of killing two gay men in 1987 has died after hanging himself in jail. The incident, which took place the evening of July 2, was reported on the CWB Chicago ...


  CPD unveils 'Pride Squad Car'

In advance of the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) has debuted a new vehicle, the Chicago Sun-Times noted. The car will be deployed to CPD's 19th District ...


  LGBT flags vandalized at Wicker Park church

Police are investigating a possible hate crime after a message was spray-painted on an LGBT flag at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1500 N. Hoyne Ave., WGN-TV reported. Surveillance video shows the vandal armed with spray paint ...


  Video, other items released in Smollett case

On June 24, Chicago authorities released a video of embattled actor Jussie Smollett wearing a noose on Jan. 29, the night when he was allegedly attacked—along with hundreds of other videos as well as hundreds of ...


  Another investigation ordered in Smollett case

In the ongoing saga that is the Jussie Smollett case, things have taken yet another turn as Cook County Judge Michael Toomin ordered a special prosecutor appointed to re-investigate the circumstances of the embattled actor's alleged ...


  Boystown threats send man to prison

A man who invoked the Pulse nightclub shooting while making threats against Boystown nightclubs and various individuals has been sentenced to seven concurrent 42-month prison terms. The June 21 sentencing of the man making the threats, ...


  Zoe Spears is 10th trans woman killed this year

Zoe Spears, a 23-year-old Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, reported. She is the 10th trans woman reported murdered this year in the United States. On June 1, Johana "Joa" Medina ...


  Zoe Spears is 10th Black trans woman slain in 2019, NBJC responds

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, June 13, Zoe Spears ( 23 ) was killed in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, a Washington D.C. suburb. Spears is the tenth Black transgender woman murdered in 2019. She was killed just a ...


  NATIONAL San Jose LGBTQ Center vandalized, rainbow-flag items, Ricky Martin

In California, a San Jose LGBTQ center was vandalized—and rather than being a random incident, it is believed the center may have been targeted, reported. The windows and door were shattered at the LGBTQ Youth ...


  Man charged in dating-app attack

Uptown resident Cedric Johnson was charged with eight counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and individual counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after a Lake View attack involving another man he met ...


  Dating-app meeting leads to Lake View attack

On June 14, a man was injured after someone he met online attacked him with a hammer in Lake View, The Chicago Tribune reported. Two males connected through a dating app and agreed to hang out ...


  Smollett not coming back to 'Empire'

Embattled actor Jussie Smollett will not be returning to the Fox show Empire for its sixth and final season, USA Today reported. Show co-creator Lee Daniels took to Twitter June 4 to refute a Variety report ...


  Laquan McDonald doc '16 Shots' out June 14

Showtime Documentary Films announced it will premiere the new documentary 16 Shots, from Oscar-nominated director Richard Rowley ( Dirty Wars ), on Friday, June 14, at 8 p.m. CT. According to a press release, the feature ...


  Judge orders Smollett files to be unsealed

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins, on May 23, ordered the case file in the now-defunct prosecution of openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett unsealed, The Chicago Tribune reported. Media outlets had sought to have ...


  New study on gun violence against LGBTs highlights need for research

A new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law examines gun violence against LGBT people, including suicides, homicides, and other forms of gun violence. Researchers conclude that gun violence is a significant concern ...


  Chicagoan alleges discrimination by Nashville employer

A Chicago man has sued his former employer in federal court, alleging that he was dismissed from his pharmaceutical research position after he came out to co-workers. Researcher Guy Stehley alleges that he was dismissed from ...


  Ex-officer charged in Andersonville incident

Eric Elkins—a now-retired Chicago police sergeant who was under investigation and who had a history of sexual-abuse allegations—is among two people charged in an Andersonville aggravated-battery incident that took place Sept. 29, 2018. Windy City Times ...


  Suspects arrested in murder of queer reporter

In Northern Ireland, authorities have arrested two teens ( aged 18 and 19 ) in connection with the murder of 29-year-old investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed during rioting in Londonderry, reported. McKee, who ...


  Flyers about murder victim distributed in Lake View

Cook County Crime Stoppers distributed flyers April 13 in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood concerning the murder of Kevin Clewer. On March 24, 2004, Clewer, who was 31, was found murdered with 42 stab wounds in his ...


  Chicago to sue Smollett for $130K

The City of Chicago is planning on suing actor Jussie Smollett after he allegedly concocted an attack against himself. Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city is suing Smollett to repay the Windy City $130,106 for ...


  Ashanti Carmon murdered, DC transgender and LGBTQ organizations plan vigil

April 2, 2019, Washington, DC—The Transgender community condemns the murder of Ashanti Carmon, a 27-year-old transgender woman who was brutally shot multiple times to death in the 5000 Block of Jost Street in the town of ...


  Reports: Prosecutors drop Smollett charges

Cook County prosecutors all dropped the 16 counts of disorderly conduct facing Empire actor Jussie Smollett, according to multiple sources. Smollett maintains that he was the victim of a brutal attack in Streeterville the early morning ...


  Jussie Smollett Charges dropped, National Black Justice Coalition responds

WASHINGTON, DC— This morning, news broke that the charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly orchestrating a hate crime have been dropped. In response to the news David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition ...


  Smollett pleads not guilty

Embattled actor Jussie Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, pled not guilty in Cook County court March 14 regarding 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the ...


  Cardinal sentenced in child sex-abuse case

Cardinal George Pell, 77—the most senior Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of child sex abuse—was sentenced to six years in prison in Australia on March 13, NBC News reported. Pell could have gotten as many ...


  BB gun shot at A'ville Starbucks

Several people were taken to the hospital after a "female offender" opened fire with a BB gun at the Starbucks at 5300 N. Clark St., in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, on March 13, noted. Witness Rich ...


  Smollett indicted on 16 counts

A Cook County grand jury charged embattled Empire actor Jussie Smollett in a 16-count indictment that alleges he lied to Chicago authorities about being the victim of a what is being called a phony attack, The ...


  Prosecutor chosen to oversee consent decree

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. announced, on March 1, that former Illinois Inspector General Maggie Hickey has been chosen to oversee court-mandated reforms to the Chicago Police Department, The Chicago Tribune reported. Also, Dow said ...


  Brothers in Smollett case express 'regret'

Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo—the brothers who allegedly took part in what police say was a staged Jan. 29 hate-based attack on actor Jussie Smollett—issued a statement expressing "tremendous regret" for their involvement, reported. "They understand ...


  Senior cleric convicted of child sex abuse

In Australia, Cardinal George Pell—the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse—has been convicted of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys, USA Today reported. Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser and the Vatican's economy minister, ...


  Smollett dropped from rest of 'Empire' season

The producers of the Fox TV show Empire are dropping Jussie Smollett's character from the final two episodes of this season "to avoid further disruption on set," WGN-TV reported. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we ...


  Police: Smollett behind 'shameful' stunt, actor out on $100K bail (UPDATE)

At a Feb. 21 press conference that attracted a crowd of media, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that openly gay actor Jussie Smollett faked a threatening letter and then, a week later, staged a racist, ...


  More Smollett news, controversial letter, Foxx recuses self

More developments have taken place regarding the case of Jussie Smollett—the openly gay Empire actor who claimed he was attacked in a hate-motivated crime Jan. 29, CBS 2 Chicago reported. Ola and Abel Osundairo—the two brothers ...


  Smollett now officially a suspect in case (UPDATE Smollett turns himself in)

Chicago authorities have said openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect in a criminal investigation, reported. In a Feb. 20 tweet from Chicago Police Department's Anthony Guglielmi, he said, "Case Update: ...


  Report: Police focusing on Smollett, in latest twist

In the latest twist involving the Jussie Smollett case, a police-affiliated source has said Chicago authorities are investigating if the openly gay Empire actor paid two brothers ( identified by other media outlets as Olabinjo and ...


  Suspects released in Jussie Smollett case

Chicago authorities, on Feb. 15, released two brothers of Nigerian descent (identified by other media outlets as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo) who had been questioned about a reported attack on openly gay Empire star Jussie Smollett, ...


  Police questioning people of interest in Jussie Smollett case (UPDATE)

Chicago authorities are questioning two people of interest who were seen on surveillance cameras in the area where openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett says he was attacked in Streeterville recently, The Chicago Tribune reported. Smollett ...


  Controversial police sergeant retires

Eric Elkins—a Chicago police sergeant who was under investigation and who had a history of sexual-abuse allegations—has retired, The Chicago Tribune reported. Elkins was placed on desk duty in 2015, when four teen boys alleged he ...


  Gay 'Empire' actor breaks silence after Chicago attack (UPDATE)

Just days after saying he was attacked in an apparent hate crime in Chicago, openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett released a statement Feb. 1. The statement was first published in Essence magazine. "Let me start ...


  Jussie Smollett of Empire attacked, community groups respond

From the National Black Justice Coalition: WASHINGTON, DC— This morning, news broke that Tuesday night, Jussie Smollett, a cast member of 'Empire,' was brutally attacked in an apparent hate crime. In response to the news David ...


  Seventeen-year-old charged with 2018 Stanton murder according to reports

A 17-year-old has been charged with the murder of Dejanay Stanton, a transgender Chicagoan who was killed this past August. The alleged assailant, Tremon Hill, faces one first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 30 episode. Stanton's ...


  Family's Pride flag stolen; neighbors rally

In the suburb of Barrington, a family's gay-pride flag was stolen and replaced with an American flag—but then neighbors rallied by displaying their own rainbow flags, reported. Casey Handal said, "The outpouring of support was ...


  Gay Chicagoan killed in Missouri

D'Angelo Bratton-Bland—a Lincoln University Student Government Association president who graduated from Chicago's Perspectives Math and Science Academy Academy and hoped to return there to teach—was shot in Jefferson City, Missouri, and died Dec. 12, according to ...


  Couple sue police officer, others after nightclub attack

A gay Chicago couple is continuing their civil lawsuit against a Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officer, an Oak Park police officer and two others after they allegedly assaulted the couple in front of the ...


  AMA policy supports services for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence

CHICAGO — While intimate partner violence ( IPV ) can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples, efforts to address this public health problem have remained mostly focused on heterosexual women despite other populations experiencing IPV at ...


  Reports: Off duty cop sued after brawl at Andersonville bar

An off-duty Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officer has been sued by two Chicago men who allege they were brutally beaten by the officer and others outside @mosphere nightclub in Andersonville on Sept. 29, according ...


  WORLD Taiwan march, Brazilian politics, monument desecrated

More than 100,000 people marched through Taiwan's capital of Taipei on Oct. 27 to press the government to deliver on its promise of marriage equality amid an increasingly heated debate over whether civil laws should recognize ...


  Groups respond to Tree of Life shootings

National LGBTQ Task Force Condemns the Anti-Semitic Attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue WASHINGTON-DC: On the anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh today, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey ...


  Rally to demand progress on Chicago murders of transgender women

Following the unsolved murders of two black transgender women in Chicago in 2018 and as the Trump administration readies a new attack on transgender people across the country, transgender advocates in Chicago will hold a press ...


  NATIONAL Facebook action, HRC campaign, gay-bar shooting

Facebook is again receiving criticism for taking action against LGBTQ advertising, with ads for a comedy show and social groups, among others, being blocked on the site, reported, citing The Washington Post. This is not ...


  Transgender woman killed on Chicago's West Side

A transgender Chicago woman died after a fight the week of Oct. 1, the second such murder in the city in just over a month. The 31-year-old-victim was stabbed to death after a fight at about ...


  CPD: Likely same suspect in Rogers Park shootings

Residents of the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city's Far North Side can expect a heightened police presence after ballistics from the shooting that fatally wounded a man found dead on Chicago's lakefront Oct. 1 matched ...


  Rogers Park man shot as he walked his dog

A 73-year-old gay man was killed in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city's North Side the morning of Sept. 30. Douglass Watts was found fatally shot, with a single gunshot would to the head, just ...


  5th Florida Black Transgender Women is Found Murdered

SARASOTA — Equality Florida issued a call to action following the murder of Londonn Moore, the fifth Black transgender woman murdered in the state in a little over six months. At 3pm ET today a national ...


  Fundraisers, event planned in trans woman's memory

Two online fundraising efforts are in force to assist family members of Dejanay Stanton, who was know by many as De'janay Lanorra, a transgender woman who was murdered Aug. 30 on Chicago's South Side. Stanton's mother, ...


  Judicial panel denies gay death-row inmate's appeal

An appellate panel voted two to one on Sept. 7 to deny the certificate of appealability to a gay death-row prisoner who maintained that jury's ruling that sentenced him to death was partially motivated by anti-LGBT ...


  New York, Dept. of Correction Pays Victim $280K After Attack at Rikers

( New York, Sept. 12, 2018 ) —Lambda Legal client Thomas Hamm, brutally attacked while he visited his incarcerated partner at a men's facility on Rikers Island, was awarded $280,000 in the resolution of a federal ...


  Report on Bond Reform, Community Groups Prepare for the Rally to #EndMoneyBail

On Sept. 18, the Coalition to End Money Bond will release a report evaluating the implementation of General Order 18.8A one year after it went into effect. This evening, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, community groups from ...


  Incoming NU student killed in gun crossfire

A 25-year-old incoming Northwestern University student was killed Sept. 2 as he waited for a bus in the Rogers Park neighborhood, caught in gunfire exchange between two other men. Shane Colombo, who was scheduled to enter ...


  WORLD Police entrapment, Belgian secretary, Japanese hotel

Police in Kyrgyzstan are using false nicknames on LGBT dating apps to entrap gay and bisexual men, PinkNews reported. Nazik, an advocate for LGBT+ rights in Kyrgzstan, said she's has been "beaten with a bottle" because ...

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