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National-roundup-Tyler-Clementi-Victory-Fund-Republican-busted-

National roundup: Tyler Clementi, Victory Fund, Republican busted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Legacy Celebration, Mitchell Gold, co-founder and co-chair of Faith in America, and Jane Clementi, co-founder and co-chair of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, announced that their organizations will be joining forces to work together to end religious-based bullying, a press release noted. In part, Gold said, "Now more than ever, as anti-LGBTQ religious fundamentalists have ...


World-news-Olympic-resolution-LGBTQ-Poland-book-Canadas-apology

World news: Olympic resolution, 'LGBTQ Poland' book, Canada's apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - All 193 United Nations member-states adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a press release noted. The resolution—which passed by consensus—included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern said, "While Egypt and Russia tried to export and sanction discrimination ...


Same-sex-prep4love-ads-targeted-by-vandals

Same-sex prep4love ads targeted by vandals - Posters in the prep4love advertising campaign—launched last year by the Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ), an ad-hoc coalition of advocates and service providers—have occasionally been defaced in various Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ) locations, particularly advertisements that have featured images of gay men. According to CTA and CPWG officials, however, the defaced ads are replaced as quickly ...


LGBTQ-and-HIV-intimate-partner-violence-report-released

LGBTQ and HIV intimate partner violence report released - From a press release. Full reports linked below. - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report today on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016. The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate partner violence ( IPV ) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states across the country, including California, Texas, New York, ...


Community-groups-to-boycott-the-Magnificent-Mile-on-Black-Friday

Community groups to boycott the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday - From Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression - Members of churches, unions, and community organizations will fan out from the Water Tower at 806 N. Michigan Ave. onto the Magnificent Mile next week Friday, "Black Friday," to ask shoppers to boycott the major retailers there during the holidays, to underscore their determination to seek justice for Laquan McDonald, who was murdered by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke ...


HRC-New-FBI-hate-crimes-statistics-harrowing

HRC: New FBI hate-crimes statistics "harrowing" - New 2016 statistics released by the FBI on Nov. 13 show increases in hate-crimes against persons on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation bias. According to the report, about 6,121 hate crimes were reported in 2016, representing an increase of about five percent. Of those, 1,076 crimes were directed against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation—an ...


Advocates-to-court-Stop-jailing-people-due-to-poverty

Advocates to court: Stop jailing people due to poverty - From a press release - On any given day, tens of thousands of people are incarcerated in county jails in Illinois. Most of these people are being incarcerated pretrial—meaning they have not been convicted of a crime and are only being incarcerated because they are too poor to post bond. In June, the state of Illinois passed the Bail Reform Act of 2017. In Cook ...


EEOC-cuts-backlog-16-labor-union-warns-justice-denied-

EEOC cuts backlog 16%, labor union warns justice denied - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The union representing career civil service employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agency has set off alarm bells by announcing that it has slashed a decades-long backlog in discrimination cases. "Realistically, justice could not have been served for 12,000 Americans complaining of workplace discrimination who got moved off of EEOC's books this year," said Gabrielle ...


National-roundup-Father-kills-son-Calif-education-Kenneth-Cole-situation-

National roundup: Father kills son, Calif. education, Kenneth Cole situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Nevada man faces murder charges after authorities say he shot and killed his 14-year-old son, and friends say the father may have targeted his son because he was gay, according to an ABC7Chicago item that cites KTNV. Police say 53-year-old Wendell Melton got into an argument with his 14-year-old son, Giovanni Melton, prompting the father to shoot and kill ...


Men-use-Grindr-app-to-lure-robbery-victims

Men use Grindr app to lure robbery victims - Two men lured nine individuals into armed robberies in the Rogers Park neighborhood using the Grindr hook-up app, according to a Nov. 11 report on the Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown blog. Stephen Jackson of Evanston and Trenell Kirkman of Blue Island are being held without bail after luring nine various men into a gangway in the 7600 block of ...


Members-of-Congress-Announce-Amicus-Brief-in-Key-LGBTQ-Rights-Case-

Members of Congress Announce Amicus Brief in Key LGBTQ Rights Case - From a press release - WASHINGTON — ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AT 10:00 AM, Members of Congress announce an amicus brief in support of civil rights protections for historically marginalized groups. The case focuses on whether a business can legally discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation, race, religion and ability, among others, by citing First Amendment protections for "sincerely" held religious beliefs. In 2012, ...


LGBTQ-persecution-reported-in-Azerbaijan-senators-call-on-State-Dept-to-investigate

LGBTQ persecution reported in Azerbaijan, senators call on State Dept. to investigate - From the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin - WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of senators today called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for the investigation following recent news reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's ...


Federal-lawsuit-blasts-Chicagos-destruction-of-homeless-tent-cities

Federal lawsuit blasts Chicago's destruction of homeless tent cities - CHICAGO — A new filing in an ongoing federal lawsuit paints a detailed picture of a dramatic increase in attacks on homeless people following the police evictions of Lake Shore Drive "Tent Cities" in September, according to a press release from activists. "Rather than just leave the former tent city residents alone after forcing their eviction from the Lake Shore ...


World-news-Apologies-to-gay-men-activist-stabbed-Taipei-parade-

World news: Apologies to gay men, activist stabbed, Taipei parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first minister apologized on behalf of the Scottish government to gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses, BBC.com reported. Nicola Sturgeon made the apology at Holyrood Nov. 7 to coincide with new legislation giving an automatic pardon to those affected. Sturgeon promised the legislation when she presented her program in September; the law will also allow the removal of ...


National-roundup-Guilty-convictions-Puerto-Rico-club-restroom-signs

National roundup: Guilty convictions, Puerto Rico club, restroom signs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A North Carolina man has been convicted of beating and burning a man to death after they met at a bar, WRAL.com reported. A Guilford County jury returned the guilty verdict against 29-year-old Garry Gupton, who was charged with killing 46-year-old Stephen White at a hotel in Greensboro in 2014. Gupton testified that he met White at a gay bar ...


Anti-Trump-Pence-protest-held-in-Loop

Anti-Trump/Pence protest held in Loop - On Nov. 4, Refuse Fascism hosted a protest rally and march in downtown Chicago calling for the removal of President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence from office. The event also marked a kick-off of protest actions that will take place in 22 U.S. cities every day until the goal is met. The rally and march started at Federal ...


Case-of-Kevin-Clewer-murdered-in-2004-focus-of-Nov-11-Case-Files-Chicago-

Case of Kevin Clewer, murdered in 2004, focus of Nov. 11 Case Files Chicago - From a press release - Thirteen years after Chicago resident Kevin Clewer was murdered, his family still searches for answers to help police find his killer. Case Files Chicago and Area North Detectives have teamed to bring a renewed interest in this case. The crime and call for action will be featured in the television series Case Files Chicago, scheduled to air Saturday, Nov. 11, ...


HRC-to-Secretary-Tillerson-Speak-Out-on-Global-Anti-LGBTQ-Attacks

HRC to Secretary Tillerson: Speak Out on Global Anti-LGBTQ Attacks - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a letter from HRC President Chad Griffin to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the growing attacks against the LGBTQ community around the world. In the letter, Griffin calls on Secretary Tillerson to speak out against the anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses occurring in Egypt, Chechnya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, ...


US-Congress-Unanimously-Condemns-Anti-LGBTQ-Violence-In-Chechnya-Trump-Silent

U.S. Congress Unanimously Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Violence In Chechnya, Trump Silent - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the U.S. Senate's passage of a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ people in Chechnya. Last night, the Senate adopted the resolution by voice vote. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a nearly identical bipartisan resolution in June. To date, neither President Trump nor U.S. ...


Nine-civil-rights-groups-file-amicus-brief-in-public-accommodations-SCOTUS-case-

Nine civil rights groups file amicus brief in public accommodations SCOTUS case - From press releases - Nine Civil Rights Organizations Led By Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law File Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Case Regarding Discrimination In Public Accommodations Press Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broad coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or "friend of the court" brief Monday for the ...


Ill-AG-files-brief-in-Supreme-Court-baker-bias-case

Ill. AG files brief in Supreme Court baker bias case - From a press release - Chicago — Arguing that a business owner's personal beliefs do not give him a right to discriminate against customers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 19 attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of Colorado's public accommodations law. The brief was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, ...


LGBT-legal-event-with-ACLUs-Strangio-Nov-7-

LGBT legal event with ACLU's Strangio Nov. 7 - "What can the law do for LGBT rights? A conversation with ACLU's Chase Strangio" will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m., at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Community Room, 5733 S. University Ave. Strangio is a staff attorney with ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project, is a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and National Public Radio, ...


Summit-tackles-hate-crimes-and-community-responses

Summit tackles hate crimes and community responses - Chicago Commission on Human Relations ( CCHR ) and other community stakeholders convened the second Hate Crime Summit to address bias-based crimes against members of local constituencies, among them Chicago's LGBT community, on Oct. 25. The event was intended as an exercise in "bridge-building in the face of hate," said CCHR Commissioner Mona Noriega in her opening remarks. The morning's ...


ACLU-and-Lambda-Legal-Announce-Proposed-Settlement-With-North-Carolina

ACLU and Lambda Legal Announce Proposed Settlement With North Carolina - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — Transgender people in North Carolina will not be barred from using public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity under a consent decree proposed today by Gov. Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, and LGBT North Carolinians who are challenging state anti-LGBT laws H.B. 2 and H.B. ...


Woman-in-custody-after-CTA-robbery-and-attack-

Woman in custody after CTA robbery and attack - A woman is in custody after an Oct. 16 attack at the Wabash and Washington 'L' platform left an 81-year-old man in intensive care. "A female is in custody and charges are pending," according to Chicago Police Department spokesperson P.O. Sweeney, who added that more information would be released once charges were approved. The assailant was characterized as male in ...


Lyft-joins-fight-against-domestic-abuse

Lyft joins fight against domestic abuse - Lyft has unveiled a new program, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in partnership with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to increase public awareness of domestic violence through a limited-time Lyft app promotion. Through Oct. 23, Lyft riders can enter code "PPURSE" in their profiles, or follow in-app prompts, to unlock the experience and join the fight to end ...


Senators-criticize-Sessions-for-urging-courts-to-immunize-discrimination-against-LGBTs

Senators criticize Sessions for urging courts to immunize discrimination against LGBTs - From a Lambda Legal press release - Washington, DC — Today, Lambda Legal blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Senators challenged Sessions' efforts to roll back the civil rights of the most vulnerable Americans, including a number of policies, statements, and actions directly targeting LGBT people, women, people of color, religious minorities, and immigrants. Sessions' testimony comes just weeks after a ...


World-news-Sydney-cops-torture-victim-suicide-study-Prince-Harry

World news: Sydney cops, torture victim, suicide study, Prince Harry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four cops in Sydney claim they were singled out for investigation on drug charges simply because they are gay, NewNowNext.com reported. In early 2015, New South Wales ( NSW ) police officers Christian McDonald, Christopher Sheehy, Shane Housego and Steven Rapisarda were told of an anonymous complaint that they had used illegal narcotics. The citation stated the four were "notorious ...


Attny-Gen-Madigan-sues-Homeland-Security-for-failing-to-open-immigration-files

Attny Gen Madigan sues Homeland Security for failing to open immigration files - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with nine other attorneys general, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) request for information relating to the detention and deportation of immigrants. In June, Madigan joined the same coalition of attorneys general in issuing ...


Justice-Dept-steps-in-trans-murder-case

Justice Dept. steps in trans murder case - In an unusual move that Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated, the Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, according to The New York Times. Kedarie Johnson ( a 16-year-old student in Burlington, Iowa ) was fatally shot in March 2016. Christopher ...


After-removing-trans-protection-Sessions-seeks-credit-for-DoJ-work-on-hate-crime-

After removing trans protection, Sessions seeks credit for DoJ work on hate crime - From press releases - Lambda Legal Calls out Sessions' Hypocrisy as He Touts DOJ Assistance in Iowa Hate Crimes Case "For Sessions to seek credit for helping prosecute hate crimes against transgender people is akin to him handing out gasoline and matches and then looking for a pat on the back when he prosecutes someone for committing arson." NEW YORK (October 15, 2017) ...


Trans-Teen-Who-Died-By-Suicide-Protected-By-Federal-Law-Federal-Court-Rules

Trans Teen Who Died By Suicide Protected By Federal Law, Federal Court Rules - From a press release - ( San Diego, CA, October 13, 2017 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) filed an amended complaint on behalf of the mother of a transgender boy in her lawsuit against a hospital for discrimination against her son. Katharine Prescott filed the amended complaint after the Court's ruling on September ...


76-major-companies-join-HRC-friend-of-court-brief-on-lesbian-fired-by-Georgia-hospital

76 major companies join HRC friend of court brief on lesbian fired by Georgia hospital - From HRC website - Today, HRC announced a "friend of the court" brief signed by 76 major U.S. companies supporting Jameka Evans, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, in her efforts to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear her case. Evans was was harassed in the workplace and fired from her job as a hospital security officer because of her sexual ...


UIC-to-host-second-hate-crimes-summit

UIC to host second hate-crimes summit - Raising awareness and action against hate, the Hate Crime Coalition brings the Hate Crime Summit: Bridging Systems Against Hate to University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) on Wed., Oct. 25. This is the second year that the Hate Crime Coalition is delivering the Hate Crime Summit, with the first in 2014. "I think our environment has changed," said ...


US-wrong-on-UN-death-penalty-resolution-LGBT-affirming-pastor-says

U.S. wrong on U.N. death penalty resolution, LGBT-affirming pastor says - From a press release - The pastor of an LGBT-affirming New Orleans church is denouncing the vote of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations against a resolution that condemned capital punishment for same-sex relations, adultery and other acts deemed criminal in many countries. Last Friday, the U.S. delegation voted against a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council that called for countries to ...


Suit-filed-for-community-group-involvement-in-Chicago-Police-reform

Suit filed for community group involvement in Chicago Police reform - From a press release - CHICAGO —Seeking to ensure that concerns about interactions between Chicago police and people with disabilities are part of any reform effort, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Equip for Equality filed a federal lawsuit today with Chicago-based organizations Community Renewal Society, Communities United, Next Steps and ONE Northside. The groups seek the participation of impacted community groups in ...


Movement-to-End-Police-Violence-in-St-Louis-is-Met-with-Police-Violence

Movement to End Police Violence in St. Louis is Met with Police Violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force strongly condemns the ongoing police assaults of peaceful demonstrators in St. Louis as near daily protests continue following the verdict of not guilty in a first-degree murder case involving St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson announced his not guilty verdict on Friday, September 15 in Stockley's killing of ...


5th-Circuit-denies-challenge-to-Mississippi-law-high-court-appeal-to-come

5th Circuit denies challenge to Mississippi law, high court appeal to come - From a press release - ( Jackson, October 2, 2017 ) — Mississippi civil rights attorney Rob McDuff, along with Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal, today announced they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied their en banc petition asking the full court to rehear the case challenging Mississippi House Bill 1523, ...


HRC-Statement-on-Mass-Shooting-in-Las-Vegas

HRC Statement on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the mass shooting in Las Vegas where at least 58 people have been killed and 515 injured. HRC President Chad Griffin said: "After Newtown, our nation called for action. After Tucson, Virginia Tech, Aurora, San Bernardino, Charleston, and Alexandria, we called for action. After the shooting at ...


Transgender-teen-brutally-murdered-in-Missouri

Transgender teen brutally murdered in Missouri - HRC press release below - Three suspects were arrested in conjunction with the graphic murder of a transgender teenager in Texas County, Missouri. The body of Ally Steinfeld, 17, was discovered near the residence of 24-year-old Briana Calderas, who was arrested along with Isis Schauer and Andrew Vrba, both 18. Vrba told police he repeatedly stabbed Steinfeld, gouging out her eyes and genitals; the women ...


Hate-group-Alliance-Defending-Freedom-center-of-anti-LGBTQ-industry

Hate group Alliance Defending Freedom center of anti-LGBTQ industry - From a Media Matters press release - Alliance Defending Freedom ( ADF ) is the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation and is representing plaintiff Jack Phillips in the upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. The case may determine whether businesses serving the public have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of "religious" or "artistic freedom." ADF ...


Census-Bureau-reverses-previous-decision-to-exclude-LGBTQ-question-

Census Bureau reverses previous decision to exclude LGBTQ question - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Today, the US Census Bureau reversed a previous decision to exclude a question on sexual orientation from the Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study. In response to this victory, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, issued the following statement: "Make no mistake - public pressure on the Trump Administration works. It was messages from the ...


Equality-Illinois-gala-to-honor-Planned-Parenthood-and-Jim-Bennett-

Equality Illinois gala to honor Planned Parenthood and Jim Bennett - From a press release - CHICAGO—For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality Illinois announced Wednesday. More ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Fights-Trump-Census-Bureau-Erasure

National LGBTQ Task Force Fights Trump Census Bureau Erasure - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: On Tuesday, the Census Bureau announced that it is removing the planned sexual orientation question from a national survey. "Who and how the Census counts has enormous consequences for resource distribution, representation and LGBTQ protections," said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director. "We shouldn't have to keep telling this administration that we count. In case we weren't ...


US-Senator-Tammy-Baldwin-protects-LGBTI-human-rights-in-foreign-policy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin protects LGBTI human rights in foreign policy - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin successfully fought to include an amendment to the FY 2018 State Department appropriations legislation to prevent the elimination of two critical offices for ensuring LGBTI rights are a U.S. foreign policy priority. "America must lead by example, and eliminating offices that help facilitate LGBTI human ...


Lambda-Legal-adds-attorney-Jamie-Gliksberg

Lambda Legal adds attorney Jamie Gliksberg - Lambda Legal announced the addition of Jamie Gliksberg to the organization as a staff attorney in its Midwest regional office, located in Chicago. Gliksberg comes to Lambda Legal from Steptoe & Johnson and, previously, Sidley Austin. She has experience in a variety of civil rights matters, including advocacy on behalf of prisoners, immigrant victims of violent crime, and asylum seekers, ...


National-roundup-Catholic-Univ-amfAR-battle-Texas-hate-crime-assaults

National roundup: Catholic Univ.; amfAR battle; Texas hate-crime assaults - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The seminary at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., rescinded an invitation to Rev. James Martin amid ongoing criticism he is too welcoming toward the LGBT community, NewNowNext.com reported. Martin—who was appointed advisor to the Vatican's secretariat for communications earlier this year—released his book Building a Bridge in June. In it, he addressed how Catholics can be more inclusive, and criticized ...


Groups-watch-for-judges-setting-money-bonds-too-high-for-many-to-pay

Groups watch for judges setting money bonds too high for many to pay - From a press release - On Monday, Sept. 18, a general order by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans aimed at stopping judges from setting bonds that people can't pay, went into effect for those charged with felonies. A wide array of community and faith groups, brought together by the Coalition to End Money Bond, were in court to observe the first week of the ...


Advocates-for-Student-Sexual-Assault-Survivors-condemn-Educations-ending-guidelines

Advocates for Student Sexual Assault Survivors condemn Education's ending guidelines - From a press release - Washington, DC — A coalition of legal and policy advocates today condemned a decision by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to rescind and replace guidance on federal Title IX law originally issued in 2011 to assist schools in addressing and investigating campus sexual violence. DeVos announced new guidance today which will make it harder for schools to hold students accountable ...


Hate-graffiti-sprayed-on-homes-of-Lincoln-Square-families

Hate graffiti sprayed on homes of Lincoln Square families - In the early-morning hours of Sept. 24, Bradd Easton left his Lincoln Square house that he shares with husband Jeff Zacharias and their college-aged daughter to walk their dog, like he normally does every morning. That is when he found "anti white cuck" spray painted on his property's sidewalk in both black and white colors just below the staircase going ...


DeVos-reverses-Obama-era-guidelines-to-schools-on-sexual-assault-

DeVos reverses Obama-era guidelines to schools on sexual assault - On Sept. 22, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era Title IX guidance to schools on dealing with sexual assault on campus. In so doing, she reversed federal policy that has played an important role in driving schools to do more to protect sexual-assault victims. The department issued a letter saying that it was rescinding guidance issued in 2011 ...


Guidelines-issued-regarding-Equifax-breach

Guidelines issued regarding Equifax breach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit bureaus, announced that a data breach likely compromised the information of approximately 143 million Americans. What people should know —As a credit-reporting agency, Equifax collects information about consumers and how we handle our financial obligations. —Equifax and other credit bureaus sell this information to lenders and credit-scoring companies to determine ...


State-ACLU-retains-Guidetti-as-lawyer

State ACLU retains Guidetti as lawyer - The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Illinois announced it has retained Ghirlandi Guidetti as a staff attorney in its Chicago office after Guidetti served a year as a Tom Steel Fellow at the ACLU starting in 2016. The fellowship was made possible through funding from the Pride Law Fund. As the year-long fellowship comes to a close, ...


Civil-Asset-Forfeiture-Reform-HB-303-removes-financial-incentives-for-local-police

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform (HB 303) removes financial incentives for local police - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — The ACLU of Illinois and legislative sponsors celebrated the signing of House Bill 303 today. The new law passed with bipartisan support in the Illinois legislature and reforms various asset forfeiture statutes to increase fairness to property owners, increase transparency in the forfeiture process, and remove financial incentives that encourage police and prosecutors to seize citizens' property. ...


Trans-woman-is-20th-killed-this-year

Trans woman is 20th killed this year - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Derricka Banner, 26, was found shot and killed in a vehicle on Sept. 12, according to QNotes. Banner is believed to be at least the 20th traansgender person murdered in the country so far this year. Almost all of the victims have been women of color. Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, has been arrested; he is being ...


World-news-UK-hate-crimes-intersex-report-Irma-damages-center

World news: UK hate crimes, intersex report, Irma damages center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey has shown that the number of attacks on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK has soared by nearly 80 percent in the past four years, The Independent reported. More than one in five LGBT people ( 20 percent ) have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the ...


Gay-Seattle-mayor-resigns

Gay Seattle mayor resigns - Openly gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation in the wake of a new sexual-abuse allegation against him—this time, from a family member, The Seattle Times reported. The resignation occurred shortly after a younger cousin was publicly accusing Murray, 62, of molesting him in New York in the 1970s. It was the fifth such allegation against Murray. Murray, ...


Brave-Space-Alliance-to-create-trans-drop-in-spot-in-new-home

Brave Space Alliance to create trans drop-in spot in new home - The building that will be the new home of Brave Space Alliance ( a space that belongs to the Let Us Breathe Collective and others ) stands at 1434 W. 51st St, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood—and it has previously been a place of refuge. "It was a convent, actually. The space was used during WWII, where the ...


The-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-to-unveil-Take-A-Stand-Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum to unveil Take A Stand Center - ( September 6, 2017 — CHICAGO, IL ) The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will unveil its new multi-million-dollar Take A Stand Center, an immersive permanent exhibition with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Furthering the Museum's mission of empowering and enabling people to stand up for humanity, the Take A ...


Lambda-asks-Supreme-Court-to-affirm-LGBT-employment-rights-in-Georgia-case

Lambda asks Supreme Court to affirm LGBT employment rights in Georgia case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ( Atlanta, September 7, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was harassed at work and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. The petition seeks a nationwide ruling that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. "It's ...


UAE-Singaporean-arrests-highlight-policing-of-gender-expression-misuse-of-law

UAE: Singaporean arrests highlight policing of gender expression, misuse of law - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, September 7, 2017 ) — The United Arab Emirates should stop arbitrarily arresting transgender, gay, and gender non-conforming people on the grounds of a law that criminalizes men "disguising" as women, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 9, 2017, Emirati police in Abu Dhabi detained two Singaporean nationals in a shopping mall. A court convicted them ...


Illinois-Attny-Gen-blasts-US-Sec-of-Eds-scrapping-of-guidance-on-campus-assault-

Illinois Attny Gen blasts US Sec of Ed's scrapping of guidance on campus assault - From a Illinois Attorney General's Office press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to replace guidance that ensured college campuses around the country respond to allegations of sexual violence. Madigan said DeVos' decision abandons survivors and causes confusion for students and schools nationwide. The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' current guidance instructs colleges on how to respond to ...


Federal-Judge-sets-hearing-on-injunction-against-eviction-of-homeless-from-viaducts

Federal Judge sets hearing on injunction against eviction of homeless from viaducts - From a press release* - CHICAGO, 9/8/17 — This afternoon a federal court judge set a 10 am, Thursday, Sept. 14 hearing to determine the fate of an injunction brought by activists aiming to stop a threatened September 18th eviction of homeless people living underneath Lake Shore Drive bridge viaducts in the city's Uptown neighborhood. The hearing will be held in Judge Sidney Schenkier's courtroom ...


PFLAG-responds-to-DeVos-planned-change-to-campus-sexual-assault-guidance

PFLAG responds to DeVos' planned change to campus sexual assault guidance - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—released the following statement from Charles R. Middleton, member of the Board of Directors: "As someone who spent half a century in higher education and as a retired university president and former dean, I understand ...


Cook-County-judge-finds-former-Chicago-priest-a-Sexually-Violent-Person-

Cook County judge finds former Chicago priest a Sexually Violent Person - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that a Cook County judge found a former Chicago priest a Sexually Violent Person ( SVP ). Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Porter ruled that Daniel McCormack, 48, formerly a Roman Catholic priest and pastor of St. Agatha's Church in Chicago, must remain in the custody of the Illinois Department of ...


Legal-specialist-talks-about-aspects-of-criminal-justice-system

Legal specialist talks about aspects of criminal-justice system - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Angelica D'Souza ( a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree this year ) is the only LGBT and hate-crime victim witness specialist at the Cook County state's attorney's office. She works with LGBT individuals as well as other people who are affected by hate crimes. She often accompanies victims to court hearings, provides resources for them, and serves as ...


Gay-Jamaican-activist-murdered

Gay Jamaican activist murdered - Dexter Pottinger—an out gay Jamaican activist/fashion designer—was found stabbed to death Aug. 31 in his home in Kingston, Advocate.com reported. Authorities have reportedly arrested a suspect and plan to charge the person. Pottinger had apparently been killed several days before his body was found. In 2016, Pottinger ( known as the "face of Pride" ) played a key role in ...


Madigan-sues-city-for-police-reform

Madigan sues city for police reform - Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to announce a lawsuit to seek an enforceable consent decree to implement the numerous reforms outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice ( DoJ ) in its investigation of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). In light of the new DoJ administration's preference not to ...


National-roundup-Houston-help-panic-defense-Dan-Savage

National roundup: Houston help, panic defense, Dan Savage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston's LGBT community center launched a special relief fund to help LGBT people who are among the thousands of people in Houston and surrounding jurisdictions who lost their homes to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Washington Blade reported. "The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston, Texas, for days, ...


World-news-Arabic-media-Tom-of-Finland-trans-women-attacked

World news: Arabic media, 'Tom of Finland,' trans women attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International launched a new report "Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017." ( The report is available in both English and Arabic. ) OutRight said the report finds that currently journalists in the region often use derogatory terms that perpetuate homophobia and transphobia and reflect a ...


Activists-march-against-racism-from-Charlottesville-to-DC

Activists march against racism, from Charlottesville to D.C. - Activists from the Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C., many LGBTQs among them, are marching to confront white supremacy. The activists note on their You Carin page: "We are marching ... to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found. We can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead. "We ...


Report-Arabic-media-perpetuating-homophobia-transphobia-in-region

Report: Arabic media perpetuating homophobia, transphobia in region - From an OutRight Action International press release - Today, OutRight Action International launches a new report titled, 'Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.' The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, and social media platforms to ...


Hate-Crime-Summit-Wednesday-Oct-25-

Hate Crime Summit Wednesday, Oct. 25 - In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies and law-enforcement officials will take part Wed., Oct. 25, in the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' second annual hate-crimes summit, "Bridging Systems Against Hate." The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The summit is an opportunity to ...


Affirming-ministries-join-1000-Minister-March

Affirming ministries join 1000 Minister March - From a press release - Washington, DC August 28, 2017 — Today, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ) joined the National Action Network, Reverend Al Sharpton and one thousand other ministers and clergy from 31+ states and diverse denominations, ages, and backgrounds to convene at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, located at 1964 Independence Ave SW, for the "1000 Ministers March" and ...


March-against-white-supremacy-draws-3000-downtown-

March against white supremacy draws 3,000 downtown - Organizers said around 3,000 people came out for a march Aug. 27 to express solidarity against white supremacy. Representing more than 40 community groups and beginning with a rally in Federal Plaza, organizers and speakers expressed their desire to be in solidarity with groups in San Francisco and Berkeley who were protesting far-right rallies the weekend of Aug 26-27. Many ...







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