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NCAVP-mourns-intimate-partner-violence-homicide-of-Dalia-Elhefny-Sabae-in-PA-

NCAVP mourns intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae in PA - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae, age 28, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania which occurred on November 10, 2016. According to media reports, Sabae, a bisexual woman, was allegedly killed by her husband, Michael Cwiklinski, age 47, against whom she had sought Orders of Protection in the ...


Bar-associations-respond-to-increase-in-hate-motivated-violence-harassment-

Bar associations respond to increase in hate-motivated violence, harassment - From a press release - Statement of the Hispanic National Bar Association ( HNBA ), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ( NAPABA ), the National Association of Women Lawyers ( NAWL ), the National Bar Association ( NBA ), the National LGBT Bar Association ( LGBT Bar ), and the National Native American Bar Association ( NNABA ) on the Recent Increase in ...


Chicago-woman-alleges-CPD-attack-during-protest

Chicago woman alleges CPD attack during protest - On the second anniversary of the brutal shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by an officer of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), a small group of people gathered near the scene of the crime at 4100 S. Pulaski Rd., where McDonald was gunned down by Jason Van Dyke, who now faces charges of first degree murder. The Oct. ...


San-Antonio-Four-exonerated

'San Antonio Four' exonerated - The highest court in Texas has exonerated the so-called "San Antonio Four." Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted in the late 1990s of gang-raping two little girls who were Ramirez's nieces. The women had recently come out as lesbians, and prosecutors used their sexuality as a motive for the crimes. They were wrongfully convicted close ...


New-journal-article-explores-sexual-victimization-by-women

New journal article explores sexual victimization by women - Press release from The Williams Institute - LOS ANGELES — Using U.S. federal agency data, researchers find that female sexual perpetration is more common than previously recognized. The researchers' findings contradict the common belief that female sexual perpetration is rare. Sexual victimization by women perpetrators occurs mostly against men and occasionally against women. The research, published in a paper titled "Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women: Federal Data ...


Homicide-of-Deon-L-Brown-in-Nashville-TN-is-possible-hate-violence-homicide-

Homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, TN, is possible hate violence homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, Tennessee. According to media reports, Deon Brown's body was found on Monday morning, November 14th, in the parking lot of a local trucking business in West Nashville. He had been stabbed to death. Friends of Deon have stated that he ...


San-Antonio-4-exonerated-in-appeals-court-lesbians-wrongfully-convicted-

San Antonio 4 exonerated in appeals court, lesbians wrongfully convicted - From a press release - Filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi woke up to a phone call from attorney Mike Ware of The Innocent Project of Texas telling her the great news that "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that the women known as the "San Antonio 4" be declared innocent and exonerated." This sentence was stated exactly in the court decision this morning. The ...


Bias-motivated-harassment-in-TN-follows-hatchet-attack-on-NC-transgender-woman

Bias-motivated harassment in TN follows hatchet attack on NC transgender woman - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that two men in Tennessee had their home vandalized by having an anti-LGBTQ slur pinned to their home with a knife bearing the likeness of President-elect Donald Trump. This incident comes the same week that the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics for 2015. ...


HRC-Trans-People-of-Color-Coalition-report-details-violence-against-trans-community

HRC, Trans People of Color Coalition report details violence against trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition ( TPOCC ) released A Matter of Life and Death: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America 2016, a new, heartbreaking report documenting the often deadly violence faced by the transgender community and exploring the factors that fuel these tragic attacks. ...


Court-finds-Minnesota-transgender-surgery-ban-unconstitutional

Court finds Minnesota transgender surgery ban unconstitutional - Legacy Projec, Affinity Community Services, The Northalsted Business Alliance, The Center on Halsted join - ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota district court ruled this week that transgender people on the state's Medical Assistance progam in Minnesota deserve access to medically necessary services related to gender transition. Since 2005, surgical treatments for gender dysphoria have been excluded from coverage even though equivalent treatments were covered under the federal Medicare program and private insurance plans. In ...


Minority-owned-businesses-experience-vandalism

Minority-owned businesses experience vandalism - Three minority-owned businesses—Resonance Massage and Body Work, Steve's Postal Plus and Sushi Para D—on the 500 block of West Diversey Pkwy. between Clark Street and Sheridan Road were targets of vandalism that destroyed their storefront windows over the course of a month. ( Resonance and Steve's are gay-owned. ) On Oct. 4, Sushi Para D was vandalized while, on Oct. ...


Report-calls-for-reform-of-asset-forfeiture-system-in-Illinois

Report calls for reform of asset forfeiture system in Illinois - From a press release - CHICAGO — During the decade between 2005 and 2015, law enforcement in Illinois took more than $319 million in property and cash from individuals, using a system that did not require criminal charges being filed against anyone, let alone a conviction, to justify the seizure. The data and background on the use of asset forfeiture is contained in a new ...


Chicago-joins-in-national-protest-movement-against-Trump

Chicago joins in national protest movement against Trump - Thousands of Chicagoans have been taking to the streets since the election of the Trump/Pence presidential ticket Nov. 8. The night after the election, masses of people swarmed Trump Tower downtown, and marched through the streets, closing down Lake Shore Drive in solidarity with many groups threatened by a Trump White House, from immigrants and LGBTQs, to all people of ...


LGBTQI-Human-Rights-Case-Moves-Forward-

LGBTQI Human Rights Case Moves Forward - From a press release - Oral argument on motions for summary judgment in Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, a federal lawsuit in which Sexual Minorities Uganda ( SMUG ), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights ( CCR ), is suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-LGBTQI activist and conservative evangelical pastor, for his role in the persecution of LGBTQI people in Uganda. The lawsuit alleges ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-Noony-Norwood-killed-in-Virginia

Transgender woman of color Noony Norwood killed in Virginia - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Noony Norwood, age 30 a Black transgender woman, killed in Richmond, Virginia on November 6th, 2016. According to a Community Alert from local NCAVP member organization the Virginia Anti-Violence Project ( VAVP ), Noony Norwood was shot on the southside of Richmond on November 5th ...


Federal-court-rules-on-lawsuit-prohibiting-sexual-orientation-discrimination

Federal court rules on lawsuit prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) announced today that a federal court has denied a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by EEOC, ruling that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964. On March 1, EEOC filed the U.S. government's first ...


Loyola-students-interrupt-inauguration-protest-University-handling-of-sexual-assault-

Loyola students interrupt inauguration, protest University handling of sexual assault - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, November 4, 2016- A group of Loyola University Chicago students, under the name of Students for Reproductive Justice, interrupted President Rooney's inauguration ceremony. The action began in the afternoon on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. In an act of silent protest, students duct taped their mouths shut and held up a 'blood-stained' bed sheet with "Silence is Violence" written ...


Federal-Judge-Rules-Discrimination-Based-on-Sexual-Orientation-Illegal

Federal Judge Rules Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Illegal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), praised the decision of a federal judge in Pittsburgh who sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott ...


Appeals-court-rules-on-lesbian-couples-legal-fees

Appeals court rules on lesbian couple's legal fees - The Ilinois First District Appellate Court, on Oct. 28, upheld a Cook County Circuit Court decision awarding more than $68,000 in legal fees to a lesbian couple who claimed they were harassed by their condominium's owners association. The story was reported by Cook County Record on Nov. 1. The Chicago Commission on Human Relations awarded those fees to Pat Gilbert ...


LGBTQ-Advocates-Call-on-President-to-Stop-Standing-Rock-Pipeline-

LGBTQ Advocates Call on President to Stop Standing Rock Pipeline - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates across the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, the organization is joining calls for the President to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline being built in sacred Native American lands. "We proudly join LGBTQ advocates ...


AFC-releases-position-statement-on-gun-violence-and-community-violence

AFC releases position statement on gun violence and community violence - From http://www.aidschicago.org - The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in HIV/AIDS policy, as well as prevention, care and ...


Intimate-partner-violence-claims-victim-Ava-Tucker-in-Virginia

Intimate partner violence claims victim Ava Tucker in Virginia - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Ava Tucker, age 26, in Henrico County, Virginia which occurred on October 27th, 2016. According to local media reports, Ava's ex-girlfriend, Sheena Yolanda Wilson, age 33, confessed to her homicide and turned herself in to police. Ava's sister, Latesha Tucker, has spoken ...


After-Orlando-PFP-and-international-partners-present-staged-readings

After Orlando, PF&P and international partners present staged readings - From a press release - Producer Iris Sowlat, in association with Chicago's Pride Arts Center, Missing Bolts Productions Inc. ( Blair Baker & Zac Kline artistic directors ) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press ( Caridad Svich, founder ) are pleased to present After Orlando, an evening of staged readings of 16 short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. ...


Historic-Cook-County-Lawsuit-Challenges-Jailing-Those-Too-Poor-to-Pay-Bond

Historic Cook County Lawsuit Challenges Jailing Those Too Poor to Pay Bond - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL.— In the first class-action lawsuit of its kind filed in Cook County, community members unlawfully detained in Cook County Jail are suing to end the unconstitutional practice of setting monetary bonds that defendants cannot pay. On Tuesday Oct. 25 at 9 a.m., local community organizations and attorneys will hold a press conference to announce the filing of the ...


Disarm-event-takes-first-unified-steps-in-ending-gun-violence

Disarm event takes first, unified steps in ending gun violence - Video below article - It was a haunting rendition of Andra Day's "Rise Up" performed by Victor Valencia which set the tone for the LGBTQ Town Hall Disarm Gun Violence Oct. 20 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. More than 120 attended the event, which took place on the second anniversary of the death of Laquan McDonald, slain by Chicago Police ...


Protestors-march-in-Uptown-for-tent-city-residents

Protestors march in Uptown for tent-city residents - On the crisp fall morning of Oct. 13, about 50 marchers gathered at the People's Church on Lawrence Ave. to take part in a march and rally on behalf of Uptown homeless tent city residents and to push for the passage of the Keeping the Promise Ordinance. Keeping the Promise Ordinance is, according to the press release distributed for this ...


Gloria-Steinem-gives-address-at-luncheon-on-reproductive-freedom

Gloria Steinem gives address at luncheon on reproductive freedom - According to activist Gloria Steinem, the right to reproductive freedom "is at least as basic a freedom of speech or freedom of assembly, perhaps more so." Nearly 1,500 community members attended Personal PAC's 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon Oct. 13 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, where Steinem was the keynote speaker. She described the efforts of the religious right to ...


2015-Report-on-Intimate-Partner-Violence-in-LGBTQ-HIV-Affected-Communities-released-

2015 Report on Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ, HIV-Affected Communities released - From a press release - NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2015. The report looks at the experiences of 1,976 survivors of intimate partner violence ( IPV ) who reported to 17 NCAVP member organizations from 14 states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, ...


National-HisHealthorg-Spirit-Day-app-LGBTs-and-gun-violence

National: HisHealth.org, Spirit Day app, LGBTs and gun violence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NASTAD ( National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors ) announced the launch of a new online training platform, HisHealth.org, to help doctors, nurses and medical professionals identify and unlearn racial biases that create barriers to good care and elevate the quality of healthcare for Black gay men and other Black men who have sex with men. Among other ...


HRCs-Municipal-Equality-Index-details-state-of-LGBTQ-equality-in-9-Illinois-cities-

HRC's Municipal Equality Index details state of LGBTQ equality in 9 Illinois cities - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its fifth annual Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including 9 in Illinois. The 2016 Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ), the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law ...


18-years-after-hate-killed-Matthew-Shepard-the-politics-of-hatred-today

18 years after hate killed Matthew Shepard, the politics of hatred today - From an HRC press release - "We are still fighting the hate that killed Matthew." On the 18th anniversary of her son's brutal murder, Judy Shepard — also a member of HRC's Board of Directors — and HRC President Chad Griffin teamed up to draw attention to the hatred that still exists today. In this powerful TIME piece, Shepard and Griffin draw connections from Shepard's killing ...


LGBT-groups-urged-to-take-on-gun-violence-as-an-LGBT-public-health-issue

LGBT groups urged to take on gun violence as an LGBT public health issue - From a press release - BOSTON, October 13, 2016-Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief showing that gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community, and urging the LGBT community to join the movement to enact a reasonable gun control agenda in the United States. "Much of the public's focus on gun control is to prevent ...


Brandi-Chill-Bledsoe-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Cleveland

Brandi "Chill" Bledsoe, transgender woman of color, killed in Cleveland - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Brandi "Chill" Bledsoe, age 32, a Black transgender woman, killed in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 2016. According to media reports, Brandi Blesoe was found dead in a driveway in what is suspected to be a homicide. Initial media reports and the medical examiner misgendered ...


Ohios-Largest-Ever-Wrongful-Conviction-Verdict-Upheld-for-Black-Gay-Man-

Ohio's Largest-Ever Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld, for Black Gay Man - From a press release - CLEVELAND — A judge ruled this morning that the City of Cleveland cannot evade financial responsibility for paying out a record sum, $13.21 million, from a federal civil rights case against two of its officers and the City. Judge Robert C. McClelland ruled that the City must pay the original award, "plus statutory interest," bringing the total sum to $14,632,336.99. ...


LGBTQs-gun-violence-prevention-coalition-to-provide-education-action

LGBTQs, gun-violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx, community and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for "Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall For Action" Thursday, Oct. 20. The event will focus on education, coalition building and ...


7th-Circuit-agrees-to-rehear-Lambdas-Indiana-employment-discrimination-case

7th Circuit agrees to rehear Lambda's Indiana employment discrimination case - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, October 11 , 2016 ) — The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today granted en banc review in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, meaning that the entire court will hear the employment discrimination appeal of Lambda Legal's client, Kimberly Hively. Hively was denied full-time employment at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana, six ...


Wilmette-man-accused-of-criminal-HIV-transmission

Wilmette man accused of criminal HIV transmission - A Wilmette man has been accused of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus to three women he dated, according to reports. According to a June 10 Skokie Police Department news release, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, on July 7, approved three counts of criminal HIV transmission, which is a Class 2 felony, against the man. "These charges were the result ...


Majority-agrees-trans-Americans-deserve-job-public-accommodations-equality-

Majority agrees trans Americans deserve job, public accommodations equality - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY— October 11, 2016 — A new national survey reveals that a growing number of Americans today believe that discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in workplaces and in public accommodations is wrong. The new survey informed respondents that federal law prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations ( e.g., at ...


HIV-prisoners-focus-of-AFC-Black-Lives-Matter-conference-

HIV+ prisoners focus of AFC Black Lives Matter conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Issues facing HIV-positive prisoners were the primary focus of the latest AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Black Lives Matter series conference Oct. 6 at the University Center in Chicago. The Race, Politics and Restorative Justice Black Lives Matter series conference featured plenary remarks by Elissa Johnson ( Southern Poverty Law Center senior staff attorney ) on "HIV Positive ...


Incarceration-issues-addressed-at-daylong-AFC-Black-Lives-Matter-Conference

Incarceration issues addressed at daylong AFC Black Lives Matter Conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a rousing address, Benneth Lee ( Northeastern University justice studies professor and founder/CEO of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated ) spoke on "Felony Disenfranchisement, Human Rights and Social Justice" from a personal viewpoint at the latest AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Black Lives Matter series: Race, Politics and Restorative Justice conference Oct. ...


Activist-returns-after-Israelis-intercept-boat

Activist returns after Israelis intercept boat - Lesbian South African activist Leigh Ann Naidoo is set to land on home soil after Israeli authorities detained her and other female activists who traveled on the Women's Boat to Gaza, which sought to peacefully end the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Musa Marawu, of the South African embassy in Tel Aviv, told the Mail & Guardian Oct. 6 that the ...


NCAVP-mourns-homicide-of-Jazz-Alford-transgender-woman-of-color-in-Alabama

NCAVP mourns homicide of Jazz Alford, transgender woman of color in Alabama - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Jazz Alford, a transgender woman of color killed in Birmingham, Alabama; the 21st reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2016 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jazz Alford, age 30, a Black transgender woman, killed in Birmingham, Alabama on September ...


Vigil-for-TT-honors-slain-trans-woman-celebrates-Black-trans-power

Vigil for T.T. honors slain trans woman, celebrates Black trans power - In an unprecedented display of defiance and frustration, more than 150 people from across the racial and gender spectrum gathered outside Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ in Lakeview Oct. 6 to hold a vigil and march for T.T. Saffore—a transgender woman of color who was murdered Sept. 11 in Garfield Park. Saffore was one of 43 known transgender individuals ...


UN-official-to-look-into-anti-LGBTI-abuses

UN official to look into anti-LGBTI abuses - The United Nations expert Vitit Muntarbhorn was given a three-year term on Sept. 30 to investigate abuses against LGBTI people. Muntarbhorn is an international law professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has served on several UN committees. The council that appointed him overcame objections by Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch welcomed the appointment, saying the ...


LGBTQ-groups-Illinois-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Coalition-join-for-education-action

LGBTQ groups, Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition join for education, action - From a press release - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx, community and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for "Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall For Action" Thursday, Oct. 20. The event will focus on education, coalition building and ...


CIAA-moves-championships-out-of-NC-fallout-from-anti-LGBTQ-HB2-law-continues

CIAA moves championships out of NC, fallout from anti-LGBTQ HB2 law continues - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, praised the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association ( CIAA ) decision to stand up for the safety of the ...


GLN-founder-arrested-during-protest-for-homeless-rights

GLN founder arrested during protest for homeless rights - Gay Liberation Network co-founder Andy Thayer, Northside Action for Justice member Marc Kaplan and Uptown Tent City organizer Ryne Poelker were arrested at the Uptown offices of 34th ward Ald. James Cappleman Oct. 3. They were charged with criminal trespassing and taken in a paddy wagon to the precinct at Belmont and Western. . Thayer told Windy City Times that ...


LGBTQ-groups-Illinois-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Coalition-join-for-education-action

LGBTQ groups, Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition join for education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx, community and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for "Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall For Action" Thursday, Oct. 20. The event will focus on education, coalition building and ...


Man-found-guilty-of-rape-murder-of-teen-lesbian-couple

Man found guilty of rape, murder of teen lesbian couple - In Texas, a San Patricio County jury found David Stickland guilty of capital murder and aggravated sexual assault in connection with a 2012 attack on Mollie Olgin, 19, and Kristene Chapa, then 18. Following an eight-day trial, Stickland was convicted Sept. 28 of sexually assaulting Olgin and Chapa before shooting them in their heads at a park at Saint Violet ...


Equality-Florida-to-join-gun-safety-advocates-to-combat-epidemic-of-violence-

Equality Florida to join gun safety advocates to combat epidemic of violence - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL - Today, Equality Florida made a significant policy announcement to formally endorse common sense gun violence prevention policies in response to the hate-fueled attack in Orlando this past June, targeting the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub's Latin night. The announcement includes a position paper detailing the deep history of hate violence against the LGBTQ people and Equality Florida's ...


Federal-Solitary-Confinement-Reform-Bill-introduced-ACLU-responds

Federal Solitary Confinement Reform Bill introduced, ACLU responds - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Durbin ( D-Ill. ) and Chris Coons ( D-Del. ) introduced the Solitary Confinement Reform Act, which would require federal prisons to ensure that any period in solitary is as brief as possible and under the least restrictive conditions possible. It would also mandate that prisoners in solitary spend at least four hours per day outside ...


More-than-95-million-raised-for-Pulse-victims

More than $9.5 million raised for Pulse victims - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL - Equality Florida announced a total of more than $9.5M has been raised for the victims of the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting largely through a record-setting GoFundMe campaign that drew more than 120,000 donors from over 120 countries. Equality Florida has prepared all donations collected to be combined with OneOrlando, to prepare for distribution beginning September 27th. Equality ...


Trans-murders-rising-alongside-anti-trans-rhetoric-

Trans murders rising alongside anti-trans rhetoric - An illustration used as part of a 1938 children's book Der Giftpilz ( The Poisoned Mushroom ) by Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher features a menacing-looking, burly caricature of a Jewish man confronting two young children, Else and Hans, who stare up at him in wonder as he uses a bag of caramels to entice them to come with him. In ...


LGBTQs-gun-violence-prevention-coalition-to-provide-education-action

LGBTQs, gun violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO—In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a forum aimed at education, coalition-building and action. The free program will feature various speakers who ...


Court-rules-for-trans-Wisconsin-boy

Court rules for trans Wisconsin boy - A federal court ruled Sept. 20 that a Wisconsin school must immediately halt its discriminatory policy of singling out a transgender boy, Ashton Whitaker, and forcing him to use a restroom separate from all other students. Whitaker—with Transgender Law Center and Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, representing him—asked for the preliminary injunction so that he could use the restroom during ...


Mbiganyi-Lashani-The-life-behind-one-of-Chicagos-500-murder-victims

Mbiganyi Lashani: The life behind one of Chicago's 500 murder victims - On July 18, Mbiganyi Lashani was in in his kitchen preparing a meal. "So a dove came and sat on my window, as I was getting the skillet ready, it flew away," he wrote on social media. Friends thought it was a good omen. Eleven days later, just before six in the morning on July 29, Chicago Police Department ( ...


National-roundup-Pence-in-lawsuit-BiWeek-trans-murders

National roundup: Pence in lawsuit, #BiWeek, trans murders - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender man prohibited from changing his legal name because of his immigration classification is suing Indiana state officials, including Gov. Mike Pence, a press release stated. The lawsuit—filed Sept. 13 by MALDEF ( Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund ) and Transgender Law Center on behalf of a 31-year-old Indiana resident—alleges that a 2010 state law requiring proof ...


SIDEBAR-LGBTQs-gun-violence-prevention-coalition-to-provide-education-action

SIDEBAR LGBTQs, gun-violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO—In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a forum aimed at education, coalition-building and action. The free program will feature various speakers who ...


Natl-LGBTQ-Task-Force-reacts-to-police-shooting-of-unarmed-Black-man-Terence-Crutcher-

Nat'l LGBTQ Task Force reacts to police shooting of unarmed Black man Terence Crutcher - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 20, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is describing the killing by Tulsa Police of an unarmed Black man, Terence Crutcher, as an "outrageous act of police violence." The killing, captured on video, clearly shows an unarmed Mr. Crutcher with his hands above his head. "This is an outrageous act of police violence. Our thoughts and prayers are ...


HRC-ENC-civic-leaders-thank-Charlotte-Mayor-Roberts-for-with-LGBTQs

HRC, ENC, civic leaders thank Charlotte Mayor Roberts for with LGBTQs - From a press release - Charlotte, NC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and other civic leaders joined together in Charlotte to denounce Governor McCrory's latest ploy to deflect blame for his disastrous and hateful HB2 law. As Governor McCrory and Republican legislative leaders continue ...


LGBTQ-and-Illinois-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Coalition-join-for-education-action

LGBTQ and Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition join for education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 20 for a forum aimed at education, coalition building and action. The free program will feature various ...


-National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-condemns-police-killing-of-13-year-old-Black-boy

National LGBTQ Task Force condemns police killing of 13-year-old Black boy - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 16, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is condemning the killing of a 13-year-old Black boy by police in Columbus, Ohio. "Yet another police killing of a young Black person. This painful spate of police-involved shootings appears to be never ending. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tyre King. As we've said before, ...


LGBTQ-and-Illinois-Gun-Violence-Prevention-Coalition-join-for-education-action

LGBTQ and Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition join for education, action - CHICAGO — In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 20 for a forum aimed at education, coalition building and action. The free program will feature various ...


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Downstate man prepares challenge in LGBT video - A downstate man, who works for the Social Security Administration office in Champaign, said he fears for his job since he's refused to watch a mandatory LGBT diversity-training video. David Hall, of Tolono, works in an information technology position and has been employed by SSA for about 14 years. In April, he and other SSA employees were notified that they ...


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NCAVP mourns killing of T.T. Saffore, a Chicago transgender woman of color - From a press release - September 13, 2016-The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of T.T. Saffore, a Black transgender woman, in Chicago, Illinois. According to media source the Windy City Times, T.T. was found murdered in Chicago's Garfield Park the night of Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. [ View coverage in Windy City Times at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Transgender-woman-found-slain-on-Chicagos-West-Side/56450.html ...


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Wisc. court orders accurate birth certificates for kids of same-sex spouses - The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the state of Wisconsin must issue accurate birth certificates listing both parents for the children of married same-sex couples. Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, live in Madison and were married in New York in September 2012. After several attempts using assisted reproductive technology, Chelsea became ...


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ACC follows NCAA in moving championship games out of North Carolina over HB2 - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, hailed the Atlantic Coast Conference's decision to stand up for the safety of its employees, players, and fans by moving championship games out of North Carolina due to the state's anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. ...


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ACLU asks Court not to review decision protecting trans student's restroom access - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a brief filed with the Supreme Court today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia argue that the Supreme Court should not step in to review a ruling that a local school board violated federal law when it denied a transgender boy access to restrooms consistent with his gender identity. The ACLU brought the ...


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Lambda Legal to honor NCAA in Indiana - On Friday, Sept. 16, Lambda Legal will honor the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA ) with its Corporate Leadership Award at its annual Indiana Benefit—the largest annual LGBT-rights event in the state. The association will be honored "in recognition of the NCAA's leadership in promoting fairness and equality for LGBT people in the Hoosier State and throughout the country," ...


-Vigil-remembers-murdered-trans-woman

Vigil remembers murdered trans woman - About 30 community members gathered Sept. 12 at the corner of North Kenton Avenue and West Monroe Street in Garfield Park to remember a trans woman, T.T., believed to be about 26- or 27-years-old, who was murdered the evening of Sept. 11. Her throat had been cut and a knife was found nearby. At the site where T.T.'s body was ...


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Sept 12 deadline for Pulse Victim's Fund, disbursement set - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL - Equality Florida's fundraising efforts for the victims' families and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting have raised over $8 million, the vast majority from a GoFundMe campaign that has drawn nearly 120,000 contributors from across the world; as well as pledges from corporate sponsors and grassroots fundraising efforts locally and globally. "It is imperative that all victims' ...


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Transgender woman found slain on Chicago's West Side - A West Side transgender woman, T.T. Saffore, was found murdered in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood the evening of Sept. 11, 2016. According to the Chicago Police Department and subsequent reports by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, the body was discovered in the 4500 block of West Monroe Street. The throat had been cut and a knife was found ...


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Clementi's roommate to be retried - The three-judge Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jerseyhas tossed the convictions against Dharun Ravi—a former Rutgers University student whose roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after he was captured on a webcam kissing another man. In 2012, a jury found Ravi guilty of 15 counts of various charges. He was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in jail, three ...


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Death of civil rights activist "horrifying and disturbing" - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 8, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is describing the murder of Daren Seals, a civil rights activist who rose to prominence in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the police killing of Michael Brown as "horrifying and disturbing." Seals' body was found in a burning vehicle, having been shot. "We are deeply saddened by the ...


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Survey analyzes perceptions of police mistreatment - A new survey released Sept. 2 illustrates the perception of the frequency of police harassment against gays and lesbians, as well as transgender individuals, among different demographics. "GenForward: A survey of the Black Youth Project with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research" polled 1,750 persons ages 18-30 to conceptualize how "race and ethnicity shape how respondents experience and think ...







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