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NW-Indiana-coalition-launching-Sept-10

NW Indiana coalition launching Sept. 10 - The NW Indiana Gay-Straight Coalition, a 501( c )( 4 ) organization, will hold its kickoff event Saturday, Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m., at ArtSpace, 717 Franklin St., in Michigan City. According to a press release, "The focus of this newly formed group will be to create a community-based organization with goals of fostering policies of gun-safety reform without taking away ...


National-roundup-Pulse-Nightclub-Clinton-endorsement-mayor-marries

National roundup: Pulse Nightclub, Clinton endorsement, mayor marries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Survivors of the Pulse Nightclub massacre who were treated at two Orlando, Florida, hospitals will not be billed for their medical care, ABC News reported. Orlando Health, the healthcare network that includes Orlando Regional Medical Center, said in a statement to ABC News, "Orlando Health has not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to Pulse patients and we don't ...


Labor-issues-regulations-for-federal-contractors-on-LGBTQ-non-discrimination-protections

Labor issues regulations for federal contractors on LGBTQ non-discrimination protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor ( DOL ) has issued final regulations implementing President Obama's executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Among its provisions, the regulations will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the ...


Lambda-Legal-honors-NCAA-for-fight-for-LGBT-rights-in-Indiana-and-nation-wide-

Lambda Legal honors NCAA for fight for LGBT rights in Indiana and nation-wide - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, August, 24, 2016 ) — On Friday, September 16, Lambda Legal will honor the NCAA at its annual Indiana Benefit, the largest annual LGBT civil rights event in the state, in recognition of the NCAA's leadership in promoting fairness and equality for LGBT people in the Hoosier state and throughout the country. The NCAA national office was ...


NC-blocked-from-enforcing-anti-trans-law-against-plaintiffs-while-suit-proceeds-

NC blocked from enforcing anti-trans law against plaintiffs while suit proceeds - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal court today granted a request to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity, against three transgender individuals who are challenging the law in court. In granting the preliminary injunction, the court found that the challengers are likely ...


Cleric-No-violence-against-LGBTs

Cleric: No violence against LGBTs - Prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has banned his followers from committing violence against LGBT people, The Washington Blade noted. Members of the Mahdi army—a Shiite militia that al-Sadr heads—have been accused of kidnapping, torturing and executing LGBT Iraqis for the past several years. Some consider al-Sadr, 43, to be one of the most influential religious and popular figures in ...


Trans-artist-challenges-liquor-law

Trans artist challenges liquor law - A queer and transgender performance artist, on Aug. 24, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, maintaining that the city's policy prohibiting women from baring their breasts in venues with liquor licenses is discriminatory. Bea Sullivan-Knoff said at an Aug. 24 press conference at City Hall that the rule has impeded her ability to ...


Death-of-trans-activist-causes-outrage-in-Turkey-

Death of trans activist causes outrage in Turkey - There is outrage in Istanbul, Turkey, over the murder of transgender woman Hande Kader. Turkey remains conservative on LGBTI issues; however, a protest was staged Aug. 21 over Kader's death. Hundreds of demonstrators attended. Kader, a 22-year-old sex worker and activist, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Roommate Davut Dengiler had hoped she was still alive but ...


US-juvenile-criminal-justice-systems-endanger-lives-futures-of-LGBTQ-youth

U.S. juvenile, criminal justice systems endanger lives, futures of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Denver, CO, August 23, 2016 — A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). Among the report's most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBT youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBT ...


President-Preckwinkle-applauds-signing-of-Juvenile-Justice-Bill

President Preckwinkle applauds signing of Juvenile Justice Bill - From a press release - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today hailed action by the governor in signing into law juvenile justice reform legislation she championed this year. HB 6291 sponsored by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, which will take effect January 1, 2017, will reduce or eliminate mandatory five-year probation sentences for juveniles and reduce commitments to juvenile prison for drug crimes. Sen. ...


Longest-ever-wrongfully-incarcerated-woman-in-US-history-sues-

Longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history sues - Officers concocted homophobic theory - From a press release RENO, NV — Attorneys for Cathy Woods, who according to the National Registry of Exonerations' database is the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history, filed suit in federal court here today against four former Reno, NV and Shreveport, LA cops, a district attorney and a physician who knowingly caused her wrongful imprisonment. The former police ...


NBA-All-Star-Game-moves-to-New-Orleans-due-to-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBTQ-law

NBA All-Star Game moves to New Orleans due to North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a report from the Associated Press that the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) is moving the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana — a city with explicit LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Citing the hostile environment created by North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, and after repeated warnings the ...


G-PAC-hosts-discussion-on-LGBTQs-and-gun-laws-

G-PAC hosts discussion on LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC hosted an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Aug. 18 at Weinberg/Newton Gallery. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" was a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. G-PAC is a coalition of dozens of groups working to counter the influence of ...


LGBTQ-Advocates-Welcome-Justice-Departments-Decision-to-Nix-Use-of-Private-Prisons-

LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Justice Department's Decision to Nix Use of Private Prisons - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 18, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming the decision by the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) to stop using private prisons. "The decision by the Department of Justice to stop using private prisons is a significant breakthrough in the process of radically reforming our criminal justice system. Private prisons have been a complete failure—providing substandard ...


Event-to-examine-LGBTQs-and-gun-laws

Event to examine LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC is hosting an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" is a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. The panel discussion, which ...


18th-trans-woman-killed-in-US

18th trans woman killed in U.S. - In Columbus, Ohio, trans woman Rae'Lynn Thomas was fatally shot by James Allen Byrd, the ex-boyfriend of her mother, Renee Thomas. An official from New York City's Anti-Violence Project said this is the 18th confirmed killing of a transgender or gender nonconforming person in 2016. Renee said her daughter transitioned 10 years ago. Rae'Lynn's aunt, Shannon, added that Rae'Lynn was ...


Belize-overturns-anti-sodomy-law

Belize overturns anti-sodomy law - The Belize Supreme Court made a historic ruling Aug. 10 in favor of gay activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country's anti-sodomy law. This is the first case started in the Caribbean and the first case where the sodomy laws have been overturned. It was originally brought to court in 2010, and was heard in 2013. Orozco, executive ...


Gay-man-attacked-in-Logan-Square

Gay man attacked in Logan Square - A Logan Square man said that a group of teenagers attacked him because he is gay. Levi Frerichs was returning home from a birthday party in the 2600 block of North Spaulding Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on July 29 when he was assaulted by the group of six teens—all between the ages of 16-19—who were also shouting homophobic slurs, ...


Rauner-signs-bills-addressing-assault-victims-follow-up

Rauner signs bills addressing assault victims' follow-up - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on Aug. 12, signed legislation addressing procedures that assist victims of sexual assault. Senate Bill 3096, according to a press statement, provides sexual assault victims with stricter protections during the evidence collection process and ensures transfer of evidence from the hospital to law enforcement agencies in a timely manner. The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Scott M. ...


LGBT-groups-rally-in-DC-for-gun-reform

LGBT groups rally in D.C. for gun reform - From a press release - Activists from diverse groups concerned about gun violence will come from across the country will unite Aug. 13 to tell political leaders "Enough." Organizing began after the tragic events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Group founder, Jason Hayes, was over-come with emotion. Like many, Hayes felt an overpowering need to shout, to yell, to scream, to ...


Event-to-examine-LGBTQs-and-gun-laws

Event to examine LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC is hosting an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" is a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. The panel discussion, which ...


Gay-fast-food-worker-joins-fight-for-higher-wages

Gay fast-food worker joins fight for higher wages - Samuel Santana, 20, of Cicero appreciates his job at an area Burger King, where he's worked for 10 months, but wants to make more money. He makes $8.25 an hour and rarely works more than 30 hours a week. "It feels like I'm living off chump change. One week I'll get 12 hours, the next week I'll get 10, so ...


Freedom-Square-in-Day-18-protesting-Homan-Square-

Freedom Square in Day 18 protesting Homan Square - Damon Williams of the two-year-old Let Us Breathe Collective in Chicago speaks at Freedom Square, across from the police department's Homan Square facility where there are allegations of thousands of people tortured and detained without access to attorneys. The Freedom Square space is providing food and donated products, plus lessons and community building with people from the area and all ...


Ugandan-police-arrest-15-at-pride-event-

Ugandan police arrest 15 at pride event - On Aug. 4 in Uganda, authorities raided a nightclub that was hosting a gay-pride event, arresting at least 15 people. The arrested individuals were charged with promoting homosexuality ( which is not legal in that country ) and staging an illegal gathering. The incident took place at Club Venom in Kampala, the country's capital. Gay-rights activist Clare Byarugaba told Reuters ...


LGBT-people-of-color-face-bias-abuse-in-criminal-justice-system-

LGBT people of color face bias, abuse in criminal justice system - From a press release - As the nation focuses on disparities in policing and criminal justice, a new report spotlights how our broken system adversely impacts LGBT people of color. Washington, D.C., August 4, 2016 — The events of the summer of 2016 have spurred renewed dialogue and protests about the unequal treatment of people of color, particularly black and Latino people, in the ...


The-Movement-for-Black-Lives-releases-platform

The Movement for Black Lives releases platform - The Movement for Black Lives recently posted its platform as well as demands such as reparations, investing/divesting, economic justice, political power, community control and ending the war on Black people. The platform is listed below. Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving ...


Gov-Rauner-signs-marijuana-related-criminal-justice-bills-

Gov. Rauner signs marijuana-related criminal-justice bills - On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed criminal-justice reform measures SB 2228 and HB 4360. SB 2228—which state Sen. Heather Steans initially filed and had state Rep. Kelly Cassidy as the chief House sponsor—amends the Cannabis Control Act by providing a statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $200 fine for possession of 10 grams or less and ...


Task-Force-slams-Chelsea-Manning-treatment-

Task Force slams Chelsea Manning treatment - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 1, 2016—Former Army private Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement as a result of administrative charges brought against her, which include a suicide attempt. Manning, a transgender woman, was convicted in 2013 for leaking classified government documents to Wikileaks. The latest incident is part of the ongoing mistreatment Manning has experienced at the men's military prison at ...


Chelsea-Manning-faces-indefinite-solitary-confinement-

Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement - From a press release - LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life. If convicted of these "administrative offenses," she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence. "It is deeply ...


Area-senior-files-discrimination-suit

Area senior files discrimination suit - Lambda Legal, on July 27, announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against a Chicago-area senior housing facility for discriminating against a resident because of her sex and sexual orientation. Karen Loewy, senior attorney and seniors program strategist for Lambda Legal, made the announcement at the federal courthouse ...


Schock-grand-jury-dismissed-with-no-indictment

Schock grand jury dismissed with no indictment - After more than a year of investigation, a federal grand jury involving former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) ended June 30 without indicting him. "Our position has been and remains that while administrative errors may have been made during Mr. Schock's time in Congress, no aspect of this matter involves anything criminal," said George Terwilliger, Schock's lead attorney. ...


Trans-woman-shot-in-Ind-church-disputes-suspects-link

Trans woman shot in Ind.; church disputes suspect's link - In Evansville, Indiana, a trans woman was shot in the jaw by a 26-year-old man who has been connected to a hate group. Gerald Duane Lewis was arraigned in the shooting of Crystal Cash at her place of business. Cash survived the attack and was able to provide a description of the attacker. Lewis, using the name Gadiell Ben Israel, ...


Vigil-held-on-one-year-anniversary-of-Sandra-Blands-death

Vigil held on one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland's death - Despite thunderstorms, hundreds of people went to Chicago's Federal Plaza on July 13 for a vigil held in honor of the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a Black woman and Chicagoland native who died in police custody. Women's All Point Bulletin and Black Lives Matter Chicago hosted the candlelight vigil. Attendees received candles and balloons that were ...


Activists-sue-City-Council-over-open-meeting-violations

Activists sue City Council over open-meeting violations - LGBT- and housing-rights activists, on July 14, announced they were filing a lawsuit against the Chicago City Council for violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The announcement was made in front of mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on the fifth floor of Chicago's city hall. Activists contend that, despite being first in line—and arriving about 90 minutes early—for the May ...


ACLU-Praises-Ruling-to-Uphold-Contempt-Order-Against-Kim-Davis

ACLU Praises Ruling to Uphold Contempt Order Against Kim Davis - From a press release - KENTUCKY — A federal appeals courts today dismissed Kim Davis's appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis upheld the order that found Davis in contempt. ACLU LGBT Project Staff Attorney Ria Tabacco Mar has this comment: "Kentucky's new marriage law goes into effect this Friday, allowing ...


Relationships-the-Law-Today-Transgender-Phobia-Continues

Relationships & the Law Today: Transgender Phobia Continues - Being a teenager is hard enough, so one can only imagine the difficulty in being a transgender teenager. Transgender teens face a host of issues as they struggle for support and acceptance at home, at school and in society. Unfortunately, Illinois lawmakers are not making the transgender teen's life any easier. A new proposal in Illinois to amend the state ...


New-CEO-speaks-on-Lambda-Legals-future-visibility

New CEO speaks on Lambda Legal's future visibility - For Rachel Tiven, the incoming CEO of Lambda Legal, her new position represents a sort of homecoming. "I started my career at Lambda, back in 1999," said Tiven, an attorney and activist who has, for the last several years, been active with immigration issues. "I worked as part of its media team, which is very fitting because one of my ...


-Vice-President-Joe-Biden-on-Standing-together-to-stop-the-violence

Vice President Joe Biden on Standing together to stop the violence - In last week's address, Vice President Joe Biden commemorated the lives of the five police officers who were killed and the seven people who were wounded in Dallas. The police officers were providing safety to those who were peacefully marching against racial injustices in the criminal justice system—and the shocking images of the lives lost in St. Paul and Baton ...


Gay-officer-among-those-shot-in-Dallas-groups-comment-on-developments

Gay officer among those shot in Dallas; groups comment on developments - A former Army reservist who served a tour in Afghanistan went on a shooting rampage over July 7-8 during a protest over recent police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana, killing five police officers ( including an openly gay individual ) and wounding up to nine others. Police used a "bomb robot" on July 8 to end a ...


LGBT-groups-condemn-shootings-of-Black-men-

LGBT groups condemn shootings of Black men - From press releases - At least two national LGBT organizations have issued releases condemning the July shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile—Black men who were recently shot by police in, respectively, Louisiana and Minnesota. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "We are horrified and profoundly saddened by the recent murders of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, ...


Man-jumped-after-Pride-Parade

Man jumped after Pride Parade - An Indiana man required 14 stitches after a brutal attack the afternoon of the June 26 Pride Parade. Michael Rakow, of Griffith, Indiana, was walking with a friend on the 600 block of West Barry Avenue at about 3 p.m., wishing passersby "happy pride" and hugging them, he said. He approached a group of three men who rejected the overtures. ...


Protestors-demonstrate-for-sensible-budget-process

Protestors demonstrate for sensible budget process - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Even as state lawmakers and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a stopgap budget that would at least carry various services and operations through the rest of the calendar year, hundreds of protestors gathered June 30 in front of the James R. Thompson Center to call attention to the need for a sensible state budget-negotiating process in Illinois. Numerous social services ...


National-roundup-Miss-ruling-lesbian-NC-politician-Iowa-case-settled

National roundup: Miss. ruling, lesbian N.C. politician, Iowa case settled - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A federal judge ruled that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Associated Press reported. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law July 1. Mississippi's religious-objections measure, House Bill 1523, was filed ...


49-celebs-honor-49-Victims-of-Orlando-

49 celebs honor 49 Victims of Orlando - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released a special tribute to the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub on Latin night. The 18-minute tribute — directed by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, with the support of their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television — features a diverse cast of 49 actors, ...


Equality-Act-focus-of-roundtable-talk

Equality Act focus of roundtable talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Equality Act was the focus of a roundtable discussion featuring U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans, Lambda Legal counsel Camilla Taylor and Kimberly Hively —LGBT civil rights plaintiff in the Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College case—June 20 at Hinshaw & Culbertston's Chicago headquarters. Moderated by Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney Cecilia Horan ...


Illinois-woman-charged-with-attack-on-actress-Kelly-McGillis

Illinois woman charged with attack on actress Kelly McGillis - Henderson County authorities say actress Kelly McGillis ( Top Gun; Witness; The Accused; The Innkeepers ), 58, was the victim of stalking and assault in her western North Carolina home—and the alleged perpetrator is a woman from Illinois. Laurence Marie Dorn, 38, has been charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication. ...


LGBT-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-spike

LGBT gun-rights group sees membership spike - The Pink Pistols, a national gun club for gays and lesbians, wants their community to take up arms in self-defense in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, according to NBC News. Spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton, who argues that the LGBT community needs to exercise their Second Amendment rights in order to defend themselves, says the group saw ...


HRC-endorses-gun-violence-prevention-measures

HRC endorses gun-violence prevention measures - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) made a policy announcement in the aftermath of the June 12 attack in Orlando targeting the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub. During a special meeting of the Human Rights Campaign's board of directors, the board adopted a resolution that HRC President Chad Griffin recommended. The joint resolution of HRC and the HRC Foundation ...


Chicago-Muslim-and-LGBTQ-leaders-unite-against-efforts-to-divide-

Chicago Muslim and LGBTQ leaders unite against efforts to divide - In a defiant statement of unity following the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., staff members of leading Muslim and LGBTQ advocacy organizations expressed "solidarity against hate" during a joint press conference on June 20 at the offices of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). "We are here to join together to ...


Sen-Durbin-visit-to-Town-Hall-apartments-spurs-discussion-on-gun-control-

Sen. Durbin visit to Town Hall apartments spurs discussion on gun control - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ( D-Illinois ) paid a visit to the Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing's Town Hall Apartments in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood June 17. There, he took the opportunity to tour the LGBTQ-inclusive senior housing facility constructed on the site of the decommissioned Town Hall police station and opened in August 2014. Durbin also sat down for ...


Stabbing-reports-of-fights-in-Lake-View-early-June-19-

Stabbing, reports of fights in Lake View early June 19 - A 22-year-old man was stabbed after a fight at approximately 3:15 a.m. June 19 on the 800 block of West Belmont Avenue, according to police. According to CPD News Affairs spokesman Jose Estrada, the man got into a fight with three acquaintances and was both stabbed and pepper-sprayed. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he is reported to ...


Local-responses-to-Orlando-continue-

Local responses to Orlando continue - As the nation's LGBT community reels from the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Chicago-area individuals, organizations and businesses continued to respond to the Florida tragedy, especially those in the Latinx community. Gay Liberation Network announced that it would be changing the theme of its Pride parade entry June 26 and asked supporters to join its Chicago 4 Orlando ...


Immigrant-Action-Orlando-provides-legal-services-to-survivors-of-Orlando-shootings-

Immigrant Action Orlando provides legal services to survivors of Orlando shootings - Orlando, FL - The American Immigration Lawyers Association's ( AILA ) Central and South Florida Chapters has partnered with Immigration Equality to launch "Immigrant Action Orlando," a collaboration between pro bono immigration law practitioners in Florida and Immigration Equality, the nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. In the days following the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, survivors ...


Affinity-hosts-event-to-respond-to-Orlando-shootings-

Affinity hosts event to respond to Orlando shootings - Affinity Community Services, in partnership with The Care Plan, and the University of Chicago, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Chicago Center for HIV elimination hosted a community open house to create a space for individuals heal and process the shootings in Orlando June 12. The event was Friday, June 17 at the Center for ...


Orlando-victims-honored-at-Puerto-Rican-Peoples-Parade-

Orlando victims honored at Puerto Rican People's Parade - Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA ( PRCC-Vida/SIDA ) honored the victims of the massacre at the LGBTQ Pulse Orlando Night Club & Ultra Lounge at the Puerto Rican People's Parade, June 18 in Humboldt Park. Vida/SIDA marched behind a float carrying this year's Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen, Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Fontaine, a former Ru Paul Drag Race contestant, was crowned by ...


Former-Bears-player-Robinson-found-dead-in-Milwaukee-

Former Bears player Robinson found dead in Milwaukee - On the evening of June 11, former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryant ( Bryan ) Robinson was found dead in a room at the Midpoint Motel in Milwaukee. He was 41. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office report said Robinson checked into the motel for a six-hour stay at 9 a.m. that morning with another man, and wasn't seen by ...


Puerto-Rican-Parade-to-memorialize-Orlando-23-victims-were-Puerto-Rican-

Puerto Rican Parade to memorialize Orlando; 23 victims were Puerto Rican - During Saturday's Puerto Rican Day Parade, Chicago's Puerto Rican LGBT community will memorialize the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting, including the 23 Orlando shooting victims that have been identified to be of Puerto Rican descent. It will be part of the 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Democratic State Senate nominee Omar Aquino, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and Vida/SIDA contingent ...


City-announces-beefed-up-Pride-security

City announces beefed-up Pride security - CIncreased uniformed and plainclothes officers, cooperation from state and federal partners and additional private security staff are among the measures the city is taking to ensure safety at upcoming LGBTQ Pride celebrations, according to officials. City, police and event officials announced the measures at a June 16 press conference at Town Hall 19th Police District headquarters at Addison and Halsted. ...


President-Obama-speaks-in-Orlanda-Florida

President Obama speaks in Orlanda, Florida - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, Florida 3:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Four days ago, this community was shaken by an evil and hateful act. Today, we are reminded of what is good. That there is compassion, empathy and decency, and most of all, there is love. That's the Orlando that we've seen in recent days. ...


Affinity-Community-Open-House-in-response-to-Orlando-

Affinity Community Open House in response to Orlando - Affinity Community Services, in partnership with The Care Plan, and the University of Chicago, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Chicago Center for HIV elimination is hosting a community open house event to create a space for individuals heal and process the event in Orlando earlier this week. The event is Friday, June 17 and ...


LGBTQ-and-gun-violence-prevention-groups-call-for-tough-gun-laws

LGBTQ and gun violence-prevention groups call for tough gun laws - From a press release - Washington DC, June 16, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force has joined 52 other LGBTQ and gun-violence prevention groups in an open letter calling on Congress for tougher restrictions on gun access for known and suspected terrorists and those with hate crime convictions. Open Letter As U.S. government leaders continue to grapple with addressing gun violence-prevention following last weekend's ...


LGBT-Community-centers-issue-call-for-gun-law-reform

LGBT Community centers issue call for gun law reform - From a press release - Our hearts break for the LGBT community in Orlando and for the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed. While we are still learning many facts about the shooting, one thing is clear: this attack targeted LGBT people, particularly the many LGBT Latinx people attending Latin night at the Pulse nightclub. As community center leaders, we see ...


GLAAD-responds-to-reports-about-Orlando-gunmans-sexual-orientation

GLAAD responds to reports about Orlando gunman's sexual orientation - From a press release - GLAAD today responded to reports speculating about the Orlando gunman's sexual orientation following witness accounts that he may have used gay dating apps and may have previously visited Pulse nightclub. "Forty-nine innocent people were brutally massacred in an LGBT space — this we know for certain," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "This atrocity was an attack on ...


Chicagos-Latino-Community-stands-with-the-LGBTQ-Latino-Community-

Chicago's Latino Community stands with the LGBTQ Latino Community - From a press release - This weekend, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) community was attacked in Orlando, Florida in what is considered to be the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting occurred at Pulse, a nightclub for the LGBTQ community, during its weekly "Latin" night. Forty-nine individuals died, and an additional 53 were injured. The majority of those ...


LGBTQ-International-group-says-Beyond-ISIS-

LGBTQ International group says 'Beyond 'ISIS' - by Jessica Stern, Executive Director Outright Action International - OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub on 12 June 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 people whose lives were taken and the more than 50 people injured. These events were not only a tragedy for the LGBTIQ ...


Kirk-asks-FBI-for-increased-Pride-security-

Kirk asks FBI for increased Pride security - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has asked the FBI's Chicago office for additional support at the June 26 Pride parade, according to NBC 5. Kirk, on June 15, asked FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge David W. Paun have a plan ensuring attendees' safety in the wake of the shooting in the Orlando nightclub Pulse in the early morning of June ...


Obamas-remarks-Monday-on-June-12-attack-on-Orlando-LGBT-bar-

Obama's remarks Monday on June 12 attack on Orlando LGBT bar - From the White House - Oval Office 11:13 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: I just had the opportunity to get the latest briefing from FBI Director Comey, as well as Deputy Attorney General Yates and the rest of my national security team about the tragedy that took place in Orlando. They're going to be doing a more extensive briefing around noon — just a little ...


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City of Orlando begins to release victim names - Orlando officials, on June 12, slowly began to release the names of individuals who were killed in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub early that morning. Forty-nine victims lost their lives, many of them members of Central Florida's Latino LGBT community. Authorities said that they would regularly update the list as victims' families were notified. As of Windy City Times' ...


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Reps. Quigley, Lee, Baldwin Statement on Blood Donor Ban - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ( HPSCI ), and Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and ...


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Hundreds at Center on Halsted vigil for Orlando - Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Chicago politicians, clergy, activists and artists, were among those who, on June 13, spoke at a vigil at Center on Halsted in remembrance of those killed and wounded in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the early morning of June 12. The event was one of several that evening in the ...


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More Chicago and suburban vigils for Orlando - More Chicago-area vigils for Orlando Taking on not only anti-LGBT hate, but also the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that opportunists have tried to foster out of the Orlando tragedy, a group of South Side Chicagoans put on a thoughtful event June 13, according to attendee Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network. Southsiders for Peace, the Unitarian Church and allied individuals ...


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Hundreds of Chicagoans honor Orlando shooting victims - Video below article - About 300 Chicagoans gathered in Lakeview at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe June 12, in memory of victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub early that morning that left 50 dead and more than 50 wounded. Speakers addressed a number of issues that the Florida massacre—the largest mass shooting in U.S. history—touched upon, from gun control ...


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At least 49 killed in Orlando mass shooting at LGBT bar - In what has now become the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, at least 49 people were killed, on June 12, when a gunman opened fire at an Orlando, Florida, LGBT nightclub, Pulse. More than 50 people are also reported as injured, and the gunman also died. The previous largest mass killing targeting LGBTs occurred June 24, 1973, in New ...


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Chicago woman charged after Evanston Target explosion - A Chicago woman faces felony charges for allegedly setting off an explosion in the women's restroom of the Evanston Target Store June 8. Heidi E. Schmidt, 44, of the 4000 block of W. Crystal St. in Chicago, has been charged with one count of aggravated arson and one count of unlawful possession of an explosive or incendiary device. According to ...


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Activists upset that Ald. Burke wants to add police to hate-crime law - From a press release - Alderman Edward M. Burke has introduced an ordinance to expand Chicago's hate crime ordinance to include any offense against police officers or firefighters. "It is the goal of this ordinance to give prosecutors and judges every tool to punish those who interfere with, or threaten or physically assault, our public safety personnel," Ald. Burke said in a news release yesterday. ...







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