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Suspected-Lakeview-assailant-charged-

Suspected Lakeview assailant charged - A Chicago man has been charged in the April 14 attack of a 22-year-old woman that took place in Boystown, Chicago Tribune reported. Marcus Lynch, 20, of the 4700 block of S. Loomis Blvd., was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon and one count of armed robbery. Nearby surveillance cameras helped identify the suspect, ...


Police-expect-to-release-footage-of-Boystown-assailant-

Police expect to release footage of Boystown assailant - Chicago police are expected to shortly release images and video of a man who assaulted a woman in broad daylight in Boystown the afternoon of April 14, ABC7 reported. The 22-year-old victim was attacked in an alley near the 3500 block of North Halsted Street at around 4:25 p.m. The woman told police that she heard someone approaching from behind. ...


Tom-of-Finland-stamps-launch-Evans-cleared-of-charges

Tom of Finland stamps launch; Evans cleared of charges - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including male drawings by Tom of Finland—a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late 20th-century gay culture, according to an LGBTQ Nation item. Finland's Postal Museum will also debut an exhibition titled "Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of ...


Statue-stolen-from-HBHC-Peace-Garden-again

Statue stolen from HBHC Peace Garden again - A statue commemorating the late Mary York, the lesbian attorney and community activist who died of cancer in 2008, has been stolen from the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) Peace Garden. York, who had been the president of the Board of Directors for the Lesbian Community Care Project, died the same year as Lisa Tonna. Both women had ...


Court-date-set-for-alleged-hate-crimes-assailant

Court date set for alleged hate crimes assailant - A May 21 trial date has been set for Terry Glover, who is accused of participating in the beating of two women because they are lesbians. Glover faces two counts of felony hate crimes, as well as two counts each of robbery and assault, after allegedly participating in the beatings, which took place in the Austin neighborhood. Glover pled not ...


Bennett-files-more-against-Rev-Jesse-Jackson-

Bennett files more against Rev. Jesse Jackson - Tommy Bennett has filed more documents in his discrimination complaint against civil-rights and Rainbow PUSH leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson. In the initial complaint, filed with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations ( CCHR ), Bennett claimed that he experienced sexual orientation-based discrimination almost immediately after he started the job in 2007, saying that a now-former membership and ...


Violence-Against-Women-office-issues-LGBTQ-guidance

Violence Against Women office issues LGBTQ guidance - From a NCAVP press release - Today, the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women ( OVW ) released guidance on a series of Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs ) to inform the intimate partner and sexual violence field about the new nondiscrimination grant condition within the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, an queer ( ...


Prison-Rape-Elimination-Act-helps-LGBT-immigrant-detainees-

Prison Rape Elimination Act helps LGBT immigrant detainees - Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new analysis that examines "How the Prison Rape Elimination Act Helps LGBT Immigrants in Detention." The brief, by CAP Policy Analyst Sharita Gruberg, details the risks that LGBT immigrants face in the U.S. detention system, why these standards are so vital for protecting immigrants, and why we still need ...


Rhode-Island-gay-Speaker-of-the-House-resigns-following-raid

Rhode Island gay Speaker of the House resigns following raid - The openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, abruptly resigned his leadership position Saturday following a police raid on his home Friday for a criminal investigation. The subject of the investigation has yet to be disclosed. The Providence Journal reported Saturday night that federal and state police agents with search warrants entered Fox's home and ...


GLSEN-Matthew-Shepard-Foundation-release-Shepard-curriculum-

GLSEN, Matthew Shepard Foundation release Shepard curriculum - From a press release - NEW YORK, Mar. 18, 2014—GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press are excited to announce the release of new classroom curriculum titled He Continues to Make a Difference: Commemorating the Life of Matthew Shepard. Based on the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime ...


NCAVP-mourns-death-of-lesbian-couple-in-Texas-

NCAVP mourns death of lesbian couple in Texas - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the death of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson in Galveston County, Texas; Calls for National Awareness About Domestic and Hate Violence Against LGBTQ People The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply concerned about the homicides of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson in Galveston County, Texas. Their bodies were discovered on March 7th, behind a ...


Illinois-State-Crime-Commission-targets-teen-sex-trade

Illinois State Crime Commission targets teen sex trade - From a press release - ( Oak Brook, IL ) —- Heroin use in the US is skyrocketing, and the effects are being felt close to home here in Illinois suburbs. According to data published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the rate of use of heroin increased from 1.4 million in 2004 to 2.1 million in 2012. Time reporter Jason McGahan ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Job-seeking-while-openly-gay

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Job-seeking while openly gay - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Lambda Legal, Q: I just graduated college, and am looking for my first full-time job. I was very active on campus advocating for LGBT rights, and I'm concerned about how that may affect my chance to find employment. What are my rights with regards to being out while job-seeking? A: Congratulation on getting your degree, and good luck with ...


Plan-advanced-to-improve-conditions-in-juvenile-justice-facilities-

Plan advanced to improve conditions in juvenile justice facilities - From ACLU-IL - March 17, 2014CHICAGO — Conditions and services for young persons detained at six state-run juvenile justice facilities across Illinois will dramatically improve under a plan filed in court late last week. The agreed plan was jointly filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois ( ACLU ) and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice ( DJJ ) in R.J. ...


The-Death-of-the-American-Trial-discussed-at-Darrow-event

'The Death of the American Trial' discussed at Darrow event - On the seventy-sixth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow's death, this year's annual Darrow commemoration March 13 focused on the "The Death of the American Trial" with professor Robert P. Burns, author of a 2009 book by the same title. Despite deep snow that kept participants from gathering right at the Darrow plaque in Jackson Park, and even though the ...


Quigley-Polis-support-LGBT-concerns-on-solitary-confinement

Quigley, Polis support LGBT concerns on solitary confinement - Topic addressed in Senate Judiciary subcommittee - From a United States House of Representatives news release WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( D-IL ) and Jared Polis ( D-CO ) released the following statement supporting LGBT concerns being addressed in a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing taking place later today on the issue of solitary confinement in our federal prison system. "Merely replacing the threat of ...


The-Justice-Conference-Feb-21-22-in-Elgin

The Justice Conference Feb. 21-22 in Elgin - The Justice Conference—an annual event that focuses on creating dialogue and action around justice-related issues like human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights—will take place Feb. 21-22. Judson University's Marjorie Thulin Performance Hall of the Alice and Edward Thompson Center, 1151 N. State St., Elgin, will host a simulcast event. The main event will be in Los Angeles. Registration ...


Body-of-missing-gay-FSU-student-found

Body of missing gay FSU student found - The body of missing Florida State University student Ryan Uhre was found in a building in downtown Tallahassee Feb. 18, more than two weeks after he disappeared, according to NBC Miami. Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said the cause of death was unknown but that there was no suspicion of foul play. However, Tallahassee police earlier said they were looking ...


-Police-investigate-Feb-15-Lakeview-fight

Police investigate Feb. 15 Lakeview fight - Chicago Police Department is investigating an altercation that took place the early morning of Feb. 15 in the 3300 block of North Halsted Street. Jeremiah Thomas, 33, of Chicago, was taken to Thorek Memorial Hospital with a small laceration to the head after the incident, which occurred at Nookies Tree Restaurant, 3334 N. Halsted St., at about 3:50 a.m. According ...


Search-for-missing-gay-FSU-student-continues

Search for missing gay FSU student continues - Investigators are again reaching out to the public for help in finding missing Florida State University ( FSU ) student Ryan Uhre, according to WTXL.com. Friends of Uhre reported him missing Feb. 7, nearly a week after he was last seen Feb. 2 leaving a bar. A SouthFloridaGayNews.com op-ed by Norm Kent states that the 23-year-old Uhre—who was last enrolled ...


Prosecutors-assailant-sentenced-to-four-years

Prosecutor's assailant sentenced to four years - Luis Cotto, 24, was sentenced Feb. 11 to four years in prison for beating and stabbing a Cook County prosecutor who had attempted to help a gay couple that Cotto and a friend were harassing, Chicago Tribune reported. The incident occurred Sept. 14, 2012, on the 200 block of West Diversey Parkway. The prosecutor, who has since left the state's ...


Jury-indicts-suspect-in-death-of-gay-mayoral-candidate

Jury indicts suspect in death of gay mayoral candidate - A man arrested in the death of Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco McMillian has been indicted on a charge of murder, according to SFGate.com. ( The Washington Post had reported that McMillian was gay. ) The circuit clerk's office said that Lawrence Reed was indicted Feb. 11 by a grand jury in Quitman County. Prosecutors say phone records indicate McMillian ...


-Justice-Conference-Feb-21-22-in-Elgin

Justice Conference Feb. 21-22 in Elgin - The Justice Conference—an annual event that focuses on creating dialogue and action around justice-related issues like human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights—will take place Feb. 21-22. Judson University's Marjorie Thulin Performance Hall of the Alice and Edward Thompson Center, 1151 N. State St., Elgin, will host a simulcast event. The main event will be in Los Angeles. The ...


Stolen-violin-found-in-attic

Stolen violin found in attic - Tips led police to a Milwaukee home where they recovered a nearly 300-year-old violin worth millions that was stolen from an orchestra concertmaster, according to CNN. The Stradivarius violin, known as the "ex-Lipinski," was found in a suitcase in the attic of the home. The violin, appraised at $5 million, was stolen Jan. 27 from Frank Almond, the orchestra's concertmaster. ...


100K-offered-for-stolen-violin

$100K offered for stolen violin - Update below - An anonymous source is offering $100,000 for the safe return of a 1715 Stradivarius violin stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster, according to the Associated Press. The rare violin was on loan to Frank Almond when a robber used a stun gun on him and took the instrument Jan. 27. The reward is offered to anyone who can provide ...


Man-accused-of-2011-shooting-found-not-guilty

Man accused of 2011 shooting found not guilty - A man accused of killing an aspiring fashion designer in 2011 has been found not guilty, according to DNAInfo.com. Dione Deshawn Moody, 31, was shot and killed just as he was returning to his apartment in the 2000 block of East 68th Street on Dec. 11, 2011. The shooter asked Moody for change. When Moody realized he was being robbed, ...


Harassers-of-bullied-transgender-student-merely-suspended

Harassers of bullied transgender student merely suspended - From a GLSEN press release - NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2014 — GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is calling on the Contra Costa County, Calif., district attorney's office to drop charges against a bullied transgender student, Jewlyes Gutierrez, who was the only student charged in an alleged altercation on campus with three other students, all of whom were suspended. Mobile phone video of ...


New-guidelines-may-help-end-school-to-prison-pipeline

New guidelines may help end school-to-prison pipeline - From a press release - The U.S. Dept. of Education and Dept. of Justice Jan. 8 released groundbreaking federal guidance to assist schools in making their disciplinary practices, which research shows disproportionately impacts youth of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) youth, less discriminatory while encouraging positive interventions over student push-out or removal. The guidelines, however, do not specifically reference LGBT ...


Lawmakers-meet-in-Lakeview-on-concealed-carry

Lawmakers meet in Lakeview on concealed carry - State lawmakers held a panel Dec. 30 at 19th district police headquarters, 850 W. Addison, to discuss HB 183, the state's concealed carry law, with business owners and community members. State Reps. Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams took part in the discussion, as did Senate President John Cullerton. All three representatives acknowledged that the upcoming legislation is cumbersome and unwieldy, ...


Subway-ad-defaced-with-anti-gay-graffiti

Subway ad defaced with anti-gay graffiti - Gap's annual "Make Love" holiday campaign has already seen the company's ads defaced in New York with graffiti defaming Muslims. Now the ads have been targeted in Chicago—this time with anti-gay slurs. In a New York subway station last week, an ad featuring Sikh actor and designer Waris Ahluwahlia had the words "make love" replaced with "make bombs" and the ...


Lesbians-look-for-prison-release-in-San-Antonio-abuse-case

Lesbians look for prison release in San Antonio abuse case - From a press release - San Antonio—Three women, imprisoned for many years on child sex abuse charges, will have a hearing in 175th Criminal District Court in San Antonio Nov. 18. The National Center for Reason and Justice ( NCRJ ) as well as supporters of the women will be in the courtroom and have high hopes that a judge will release the women on ...


Bar-owner-charged-with-arson-fraud

Bar owner charged with arson, fraud - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 8 defendant Frank Elliott appeared for his first day in court at the Fourth Municipal District Courthouse in Maywood for the alleged burning of his own property in Oak Park, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. Elliott, 26, is facing up to seven years in prison for each of two counts of arson and 15 years ...


Report-Discrimination-common-against-LGBTs-in-law-enforcement-

Report: Discrimination common against LGBTs in law enforcement - LOS ANGELES— Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) people in law enforcement face pervasive discrimination, according to a new study from the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. Currently, there is no nationwide comprehensive nondiscrimination law that protects workers from employment discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, and only a patchwork of inconsistent ...


Bar-owner-appears-in-court-charged-with-arson-and-fraud

Bar owner appears in court, charged with arson and fraud - On Nov. 5, defendant Frank Elliot appeared for his first day in court at the Fourth Municipal District Courthouse in Maywood on charges involving the Oak Park gay bar Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. Elliot, 26, is facing up to seven years in prison for each of two counts of arson and 15 ...


Velvet-Rope-owner-charged-in-arson-

Velvet Rope owner charged in arson - Frank Elliot, 26, was arrested by Oak Park police Nov. 1 in connection with a fire that destroyed his gay bar Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, 728 Lake St., on June 2, 2012. The fire was suspicious from the start, with Elliott alleging he was targeted in a hate crime, but other concerned it may have been motivated by an insurance ...


GLAD-honors-author-of-Goodridge-decision

GLAD honors author of Goodridge decision - November marks the 10-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ( SJC ) ruling that made the state the first in the nation where same-sex couples could legally marry. The court's decision jump-started the freedom to marry movement nationwide, which now includes 14 states and the District of Columbia. The ruling also infused the larger LGBT equality effort with ...


Forum-looks-at-bias-in-the-Deep-South

Forum looks at bias in the Deep South - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With same-sex marriage taking center stage in the nation's discussion on the basic civil rights of lesbians and gays, The Center on Halsted, with sponsorship from the IMPACT Program at Northwestern University and the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ), recently presented the forum "Anti-LGBT Youth Bias in the Deep South and Rural America." Alesdair Ittelson, an attorney and ...


Gay-Congressman-under-fire-arrest-in-shooting-death-of-gay-equestrian

Gay Congressman under fire; arrest in shooting death of gay equestrian - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Officials at the University of Mississippi are investigating a situation that involved football players and other freshmen disrupted a performance of The Laramie Project with anti-gay heckling, according to the New York Times. Regarding the Laramie episode, the school's bias-response team recommended that every student who attended the play be ordered to attend an educational session led by faculty and ...


Insurance-broker-employee-claims-anti-gay-harassment

Insurance broker employee claims anti-gay harassment - An employee of online insurance broker GoHealth, LLC, has filed complaints with the Illinois Department of Labor and the City of Chicago Council on Human Relations, alleging one of the company's vice-presidents verbally harassed him. Sean O'Connor of Chicago worked as a media associate for GoHealth until April of this year. According to the complaints, he was attending a work ...


Police-look-for-person-of-interest-after-Peoria-murder

Police look for 'person of interest' after Peoria murder - PEORIA—Police are searching for a man they're calling a 'person of interest' after the murder of a nightclub owner Oct. 2. The body of Todd Scholl, 47, owner of the bars Berlin and Diesel, both of which have at times served a largely gay clientele, was found dead in an apartment building at 105 SW Perry Ave., located close to ...


Getting-arrested-shouldnt-be-a-death-sentence

Getting arrested shouldn't be a death sentence - Guest view by Andy Thayer - In the spring of 2004 a friend of mine, activist and mother May Molina of N. Halsted Street, was arrested by Town Hall District police and put in lock up. Thanks to deliberate medical neglect by the Chicago Police Department, the next morning she was dead. A community activist deeply involved in organizing against police misconduct, May had a number ...


LGBT-domestic-violence-murder-stats-stun-advocates

LGBT domestic violence murder stats stun advocates - LGBT domestic violence murders hit an all-time high last year. That is according to a new report by LGBT anti-violence groups. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) reported 21 domestic violence murders for 2012, more than three times its recorded number for 2010 and two more than it recorded in 2011. Those numbers are detailed in an ...


Four-unsolved-homicides-of-transgender-women-in-September

Four unsolved homicides of transgender women in September - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply concerned about four unsolved homicides of transgender women of color that occurred during the month of September in 2013, which continues a disturbing trend of homicides of transgender and gender non-conforming women and people of color in the past few years. Konyale Madden was found beaten to death in ...


LGBT-intimate-partner-violence-report-shows-21-murders-

LGBT intimate partner violence report shows 21 murders - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) on Oct. 1 released its report Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ( LGBTQ ), and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012. NCAVP collected data concerning intimate partner violence within LGBTQ and HIV-affected relationships from 19 anti-violence programs in 20 states across the country, including Alabama, ...


Police-look-for-assailants-in-five-Lakeview-robberies

Police look for assailants in five Lakeview robberies - Chicago police are on the lookout for suspects in five recent night and early morning robberies in Lakeview. According to a Sept. 30 community alert, two robberies took place on the 900 block of W. Belmont Ave.; the first was Sept. 11 at 3:30 a.m. and the second was Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Incidents also occurred on the 3500 ...


-Angela-Davis-on-Guns-Violence-and-History

Angela Davis on Guns, Violence, and History - Prison abolitionist and activist Angela Davis was in Chicago Sept. 7, as the keynote speaker at "Bending the Arc," a new symposium series in honor of late civil-rights attorney and activist Robert Howard. The event took place at St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Beth Richie, professor of Criminal Justice and Gender and Women's Studies at University of Illinois at ...


ICE-to-limit-solitary-confinement-in-immigration-detention

ICE to limit solitary confinement in immigration detention - From a press release - Washington, DC - The National Center for Transgender Equality applauds the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directive issued Sept. 12, which has the potential to meaningfully improve federal oversight of use of solitary confinement in immigration detention. This development is especially important for transgender detainees and other vulnerable individuals who are regularly subjected to this harsh treatment for their ...


San-Antonio-City-Council-OKs-LGBT-inclusive-updates-to-ordinances

San Antonio City Council OKs LGBT-inclusive updates to ordinances - From a press release - Washington — San Antonio — the nation's seventh-largest city — today added sexual orientation and gender identity protections into ordinances governing city employment, contracting, housing and public accommodations. The City Council passed the updates by a 8-3 vote, and despite an ugly smear campaign mounted by anti-LGBT activists that included harmful propaganda directed particularly at transgender San Antonians. "The San ...


Companies-with-business-in-Russia-asked-to-back-repeal-of-laws

Companies with business in Russia asked to back repeal of laws - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - (San Francisco, CA, September 5, 2013)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced the launch of a campaign—"Stop LGBT Hate in Russia"—calling on global companies doing business in Russia to demand the repeal of new laws that target and hurt lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and allies. Over the past few months, Russia has enacted a series ...


Mob-of-20-beats-gay-man-in-hate-crime

Mob of 20 beats gay man in hate crime - In Cleveland, Ohio, a group of approximately 20 men attacked a gay man who once lived in suburban Chicago in what authorities are calling a hate crime. Jared Fox—a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 nominee who now resides in New York City—was visiting his family in Cleveland, where he grew up, when he decided to go out Aug. ...


South-Africa-to-introduce-hate-crimes-legislation-on-corrective-rape

South Africa to introduce hate crimes legislation on corrective rape - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — South Africa's Minister of Justice confirmed that the government intends to introduce the concept of hate crimes law for the first time after more than 170,000 people from 175 nations joined one of the largest international campaigns ever hosted on Change.org. Ndumie Funda, founder of Luleki Sizwe, a South African activist group launched, led the campaign following ...


Bradley-Manning-sentenced-to-35-years-in-prison

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison - Judge Col. Denise Lind sentenced U.S. soldier Bradley Manning Aug. 21 to 35 years in a military prison for turning over more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks, according to Reuters. Military prosecutors had sought 60 years. Manning—who will be imprisoned at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.—could be eligible for parole in about a decade, after serving ...


Missing-queer-performer-found-safe

Missing queer performer found safe - A well-known performer in Chicago's queer scene has been found safe after a four-day search that consumed friends and acquaintances. Alberto Ramon Gutierrez, 26, also known by performance name "Mister Junior" went missing Aug. 12. Friends feared for his safety after reading a Facebook post that suggested he might be in danger. He was last seen at his Pilsen apartment, ...


Alleged-attacker-arraigned-on-hate-crimes-charges

Alleged attacker arraigned on hate crimes charges - A Chicago man was arraigned Friday morning on two counts of felony hate crimes, as well as two counts each of robbery and assault, after allegedly participating in the beatings of two Austin women because they are gay. Terry Glover, 24, pled not guilty to the charges. He remains in jail, where he is being held on a $1 million ...


Governor-Quinn-signs-Sexual-Health-Education-bill-

Governor Quinn signs Sexual Health Education bill - Based on press releases - Governor Quinn has today signed The Sexual Health Education bill (HB 2675) into law. HB 2675 creates a standard for existing sexual health education courses taught in public schools grades 6-12. It provides medically accurate, age-appropriate, complete information on reducing STIs and unintended pregnancies including information on abstinence, contraception, healthy relationships and boundary setting. Statement from Carole Brite, Planned Parenthood ...


Crimes-Against-Humanity-case-against-Scott-Lively-will-proceed-

Crimes Against Humanity case against Scott Lively will proceed - From a press release - Burlington, Vt. - Truth Wins Out is pleased that the historic "crimes against humanity" lawsuit against anti-gay hate group leader Scott Lively will proceed, after a federal judge denied Lively's motion to dismiss the case outright. The lawsuit, filed by the Center For Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), accuses Lively of inciting persecution against LGBT ...


Bureau-County-settles-HIV-medication-lawsuit

Bureau County settles HIV medication lawsuit - A man who was detained for a week without his HIV medication in Illinois has settled a federal lawsuit against the Bureau County Sheriff's Office, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois has announced. Arick Buckles, a Chicago-based HIV/AIDS advocate, was detained in Princeton, Ill. three years ago on a forgery warrant dating back to 2003. Despite his repeated ...


Queer-performer-missing-since-Monday

Queer performer missing since Monday - [ UPDATE: Gutierrez has been found safe and well. See update at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Missing-queer-performer-found-safe/44089.html . ] Friends and family of a well-known queer burlesque performer are looking for information related to his disappearance. Alberto Ramon Gutierrez, also known by performance name "Mister Junior," has been missing from his Pilsen apartment since Monday, Aug. 12, say friends. Friends are concerned for his ...


Gender-variant-people-among-those-detained-for-CTA-robbery

Gender-variant people among those detained for CTA robbery - Five people, including two that police described as "men in dresses," were arrested for allegedly robbing a passenger on the CTA Blue Line Aug. 12. Of those arrested, just two have been charged said Chicago Police News Affairs Office John Mirabelli. The robbery occurred at approximately 6:13 a.m. on the 400 block of S. Clinton, said News Affairs Officer Daniel ...


Free-personal-safety-workshop-Sept-11

Free personal safety workshop Sept. 11 - From a press release - Five Fingers of Self-Defense, a free personal safety workshop, will be co-sponsored by Alderman Tom Tunney for Ward 44 community members at Thousand Waves, 1220 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago on Sept. 11, from 7 -8:30 p.m. In recent weeks/months there has been an upsurge in the number of robberies in the 44th Ward. Alderman Tunney and Thousand Waves Martial Arts ...


Bradley-Manning-apologizes-in-court

Bradley Manning apologizes in court - Convicted information revealer Army Pfc. Bradley Manning acknowledged Aug. 14 that he "hurt people and hurt the United States" by leaking thousands of pages of classified documents, according to CNN. "I understood what I was doing was wrong but I didn't appreciate the broader effects of my actions," the out former Army intelligence analyst said during his sentencing hearing at ...


ABA-urges-curtailing-of-gay-panic-defense

ABA urges curtailing of 'gay panic' defense - The American Bar Association (ABA) adopted policies relating to the "gay panic" defense when the association's policymaking body met during the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, a press release stated. The House of Delegates approved six recommendations sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section regarding the "gay panic" defense, including the ABA urging "federal, state, local and territorial governments ...


South-Side-forum-takes-on-stop-and-frisk

South Side forum takes on stop and frisk - An Aug. 8 forum questioned Chicago Police Department's use of "stop and frisk" tactics, wherein officers detain individuals they suspect of criminal activity and search them for weapons. Some elected officials and policy advocates have called for an aggressive expansion of stop and frisk in order to quell the number of murders in the city. Such an explicit policy has ...


Lakeview-officials-in-hot-seat-over-area-crime

Lakeview officials in hot seat over area crime - It's not the crime rates that Lakeview residents want addressed: it's the perception. That's the message that a packed room at the District 19 police station had for District Commander Elias Voulgaris Aug. 8. Residents say that recorded crime rates may not be on the rise, but that incidents hurting the quality of life in the neighborhood are. More than ...


Aug-8-forum-looks-at-stop-and-frisk-practices

Aug. 8 forum looks at stop-and-frisk practices - Affinity and the ACLU are hosting a community forum on stop-and-frisk practices at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. The event is happening in the wake of national and global LGBT organizations joining New York City groups in urging local lawmakers to defend historic legislation banning police profiling against a veto by ...


AIDS-activist-former-rep-facing-fraud-charges

AIDS activist, former rep facing fraud charges - A once-prominent AIDS activist and a former state rep are facing federal fraud charges in ongoing controversies related to the alleged misuse of charity funds. Lloyd Kelly, founder of the now-defunct AIDS organization Let's Talk, Let's Test Foundation (LTLTF), and former 34th Dist. Rep. Connie Howard are named in separate federal cases pending in the Central District Court of Illinois. ...


OHare-employee-charged-in-anti-gay-hate-crime

O'Hare employee charged in anti-gay hate crime - by Matthew C. Clark - On July 10, Barney Lonzo, 57, was arrested and charged for battery and a hate crime against a fellow O'Hare Airport employee. According to the arrest report, on June 23 Lonzo, who lives on the 4900 block of Hirsch Street, allegedly struck and shoved his openly gay, male co-worker against a locker while calling him "faggot," "sissy" and "bitch." The ...


Activists-protest-sexual-abuse-of-incarcerated-youth

Activists protest sexual abuse of incarcerated youth - On July 30, approximately 50 people gathered outside the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., to participate in a silent protest against the sexual abuse of incarcerated youth. The event, which began at 8:30 a.m., was scheduled before the Illinois House Restorative Justice Committee held a hearing in response to response to a recent Department of Justice (DoJ) report and ...


9th-Circuit-dismisses-appeal-on-family-health-coverage

9th Circuit dismisses appeal on family health coverage - From a press release - San Francisco (July 23, 2013) — Citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed the appeal of the U.S. District Court ruling in Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Section 3 challenge brought by Lambda Legal and Morrison & ...


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Chicagoan part of 'LGBT Lawyers Under 40' - The National LGBT Bar Association has announced its selections for the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 class of 2013. The list includes Amy Crawford, a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. According to the law firm's website, Crawford's "practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, consumer class actions, professional liability, and labor and employment litigation." The awards will ...


Justice-Dept-pushes-Puerto-Rico-police-on-reforms

Justice Dept. pushes Puerto Rico police on reforms - Agreement includes LGBT coverage - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department today entered into a sweeping civil rights agreement with the commonwealth of Puerto Rico to modernize and reform the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). The agreement resolves a civil suit initiated by the department in December 2012 to remedy a pattern and practice of police misconduct by PRPD. The agreement represents a joint commitment to ...


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Alleged hate crime in Austin - A Chicago man is facing felony hate crime charges after an anti-gay attack on two women in the South Austin neighborhood, according to police. Terry Glover, 24, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime and two counts of felony robbery after he and a group allegedly beat two women while yelling anti-gay slurs July 7. The alleged ...


World-news-Gay-athlete-risking-arrest-Cameroon-activist-killed

World news: Gay athlete risking arrest; Cameroon activist killed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Zealand speed-skater Blake Skjellerup, a gay athlete, will risk arrest and deportation at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year, according to Gay Star News. Skjellerup, 28, will be wearing a rainbow pin to show his support for the LGBT community in Russia. He told Vocativ, "The Olympics are an apolitical movement, however the Olympics is also a celebration of ...


Lakeview-hit-with-iPhone-robberies

Lakeview hit with iPhone robberies - A string of weekend iPhone robberies in Lakeview has 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney cautioning area residents. According to Erin Duffy, director of community outreach for Tunney's office, the neighborhood saw 6-7 robberies July 12-14. "There were a string of robberies throughout the neighborhood between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m.," said Duffy. Duffy said that iPhones appeared to be the ...


LGBT-groups-issue-open-letter-Trayvon-deserves-justice-

LGBT groups issue open letter: Trayvon deserves justice - WASHINGTON, July 15 — A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter: An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin's family and friends. ...







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