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Tax-guide-launched-to-help-LGBTQ-taxpayers

Tax guide launched to help LGBTQ taxpayers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force has launched a groundbreaking income tax preparation guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people. The new taxpayer resource is intended to guide LGBTQ people with questions they might want to ask when sitting in front of their tax preparer or program. The first-of-its-kind guide translates complicated ...


White-House-Obama-administration-creating-opportunities-for-all-Americans

White House: Obama administration creating opportunities for all Americans - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - President Obama believes that the values that made our economy the strongest in the world include making sure everyone does their fair share, everyone gets a fair shake, and hard work and responsibility are rewarded. That's why President Obama has worked to improve the lives of all Americans, including African-Americans, by providing economic and educational opportunities, improving health care coverage, ...


Outserve-SLDN-names-Matt-Thorn-Executive-Director-

Outserve-SLDN names Matt Thorn Executive Director - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) February 4, 2016 — OutServe-SLDN's Board of Directors takes great pride in announcing today that Matt Thorn has been hired to serve as our Executive Director on a permanent basis. Thorn has held the position of Interim Executive Director since February 2015. "Over the past year Matt has demonstrated incredible commitment to the interests of our members ...


Lesbian-filmmakers-earn-Oscar-nomination-film-at-Music-Box-Feb-5-11

Lesbian filmmakers earn Oscar nomination; film at Music Box Feb. 5-11 - by Sari Staver - When San Francisco filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman were nominated for an Oscar for their film Last Day of Freedom, friends started asking one question: "What are you wearing?" to the Academy Awards gala. "That was the last thing on our minds," said Hibbert-Jones, 53, an associate professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "I thought ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-

Knight at the Movies: - Hail, zombies! This week, your local Cineplex offers two films of very different genres. We have a black comedy about classic Hollywood and a post-apocalyptic variation on a literary classic, neither of which was screened in time for WCT deadlines. At this point in their career—with an unusually strong track record of more than 15 critically hailed, commercially successful movies—any ...


VIEWS-MARK-MY-WORDS-Insensitive-anti-Semitic-protests-

VIEWS: MARK MY WORDS Insensitive, anti-Semitic protests - VIEWS - When I was a boy of 13, my grandmother took me to my first civil-rights demonstration to teach me about racism and social justice. She knew those issues well: Our family fled from the pogroms in Russia, others in our family perished in the Holocaust and Grandmom even fought for women's rights. On that day, I marched with Cecil B. ...


Report-Trans-youth-more-likely-to-have-Aspergers

Report: Trans youth more likely to have Asperger's - Nearly a quarter of young persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or transgender, screened positive for Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, according to a new paper in the academic journal LGBT Health. The study was a small retrospective review of intake files of 39 children at Boston Children's Hospital. Lead author Daniel E. Shumer explained, "We found that 23 percent ...


First-trans-murder-of-2016-in-Texas

First trans murder of 2016 in Texas - Austin, Texas, resident Monica Loera, 43, has become the first transgender murder victim in the United States in 2016. Loera—who was misidentified as male in some media reports—was shot Jan. 22, according to BuzzFeed. Police said they arrested JonCasey William Rowell, 29, over Loera's death. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Travis County jail ...


HRC-releases-state-equality-index

HRC releases state equality index - A Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) report says that a patchwork of state and local non-discrimination laws continues to leave millions of LGBT people—including those who are legally married—without reliable protections from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. HRC's 2015 State Equality Index ( issued in partnership with the Equality Federation ) also reveals that, ...


SAG-Awards-the-model-of-diversity

SAG Awards the model of diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. Idris Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the same evening—for best supporting actor in a movie ( for ...


THE-RACE-IS-ON-Tight-race-between-Clinton-and-Sanders

THE RACE IS ON: Tight race between Clinton and Sanders - There were some interesting LGBT moments in the days running up to Monday's Iowa caucuses—caucuses in which Human Rights Campaign-endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton appears to have essentially split the vote with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and an early favorite among some Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, finished surprisingly strong. With 99 percent of the voted counted, Secretary of ...


Indiana-gay-rights-measure-killed

Indiana gay-rights measure killed - In Indiana, Senate Bill 344—the so-called "LGB, no T" bill because it did not provide protections for the transgender community—died in the state Senate on Feb. 2 without a vote, WISHTV.com reported. The Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee had previously passed the bill. The author of the bill, Sen. Travis Holdman ( R-Markle ) refused to permit amendments ...


National-Gay-Senate-candidate-Utah-pro-LGBT-bill-Rentboy-indictment

National: Gay Senate candidate; Utah pro-LGBT bill; Rentboy indictment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rand Paul will have an out gay man as challenger in his U.S. Senate re-election campaign in Kentucky, with Lexington mayor Jim Gray announcing a bid for the seat, Advocate.com noted. (Paul was running simultaneous races for president and re-election as senator until he dropped his presidential bid Feb. 3.) Running for both was immediately a line of attack for ...


Entertainment-Ricky-Martin-Vampire-Weekend-Celebrity-Apprentice-Tim-Gunn

Entertainment: Ricky Martin; Vampire Weekend; Celebrity Apprentice; Tim Gunn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Puerto Rican music superstar Ricky Martin will be receiving a star on the Walk of Fame in Puerto Rico on Feb. 3, according to a Latin Post item that cites People en Espanol. The out singer, one of the artists credited with popularizing Latin pop in the U.S., began his career as a member of the boy band Menudo in ...


Defense-Department-proposes-rule-change-to-give-medical-benefits-to-transgender-troops-

Defense Department proposes rule change to give medical benefits to transgender troops - From American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN statements - From a American Military Partner Association press release: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense ( DoD ) has proposed a new rule change that will lift the "regulatory prohibition that categorically excludes all treatment of gender dysphoria," thereby extending crucially needed medical care to transgender service members, veterans, and military family members covered under Tricare. The proposed change would ...


New-Report-connects-religious-exemptions-to-historic-efforts-to-deny-civil-rights-

New Report connects religious exemptions to historic efforts to deny civil rights - From a press release - ATLANTA — Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund will release its report, Striking a Balance: Advancing Civil and Human Rights While Preserving Religious Liberty, documenting how the religious arguments commonly used today against LGBT equality have been used to oppose the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage and equality, racial integration, inter-racial marriage, immigration, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ...


New-research-released-Spatial-Stigma-Health-in-Post-Industrial-Detroit

New research released: Spatial Stigma, Health in Post-Industrial Detroit - From a press release - DETROIT, MI, February 1, 2016……Detroit Youth Passages ( DYP ), a project dedicated to understanding how young peoples' life circumstances impact their lives and promoting positive change, has published a groundbreaking research paper in the most recent issue of The International Quarterly of Community Health Education ( IQCH ) entitled "Spatial Stigma and Health in Post-Industrial Detroit." Louis Graham, a ...


SAG-Awards-exhibit-diversity-

SAG Awards exhibit diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. "Ladies and gentleman, welcome to diverse TV," actor Idris Elba said. Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the ...


President-Obama-releases-statement-for-African-American-History-Month-

President Obama releases statement for African American History Month - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2016 PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: America's greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand the reach of freedom to all. For too long, our most basic liberties ...


Plans-for-gay-top-level-domain-at-risk

Plans for .gay top-level domain at risk - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) With claims from the Economist Intelligence Unit ( EIU ) that the word 'GAY' is "not a well-known abbreviation for the community of LGBTQIA people," the international organization responsible for maintaining the Internet's global domain system has denied dotgay LLC's community application proposal to operate the .GAY top-level domain ( TLD ). Lexus Nexus search, ...


Presidential-candidates-answer-survey-on-plans-to-end-HIV-and-AIDS-epidemic

Presidential candidates answer survey on plans to end HIV and AIDS epidemic - From a Gay Men's Health Crisis press release - New York, NY: Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) - the world's first and leading HIV and AIDS service organization - sent all of the candidates running for president a survey asking about their plans to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic on December 3, 2015. The purpose of the survey was not to endorse a candidate, but rather ...


One-Indiana-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-bill-stopped-another-advances

One Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration bill stopped, another advances - In Indiana, Senate Bill 66—a so-called "Super RFRA ( Religious Freedom Restoration Act )" bill—was stopped Jan. 27, IndyStar.com reported. The measure, which also would have repealed last year's so-called RFRA "fix," failed to advance from a Senate committee after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said the "timing is incorrect." "These rights belong to each and every one ...


Indiana-Senate-committee-stops-Super-RFRA

Indiana Senate committee stops 'Super RFRA' - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — This morning, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not have any testimony or votes on Senate Bill 66, also known as Super RFRA, which means the bill is dead for the legislative season. The bill would have made it legal for any business or individual to ignore local laws that are already on the books to protect ...


Academy-aims-to-increase-diversity

Academy aims to increase diversity - In a response to public backlash regarding the racial makeup of the latest batch of Oscar acting nominees, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announced what it referred to as "a sweeping series of substantive changes" to its rules Jan. 22 to promote diversity in its membership, TheWrap reported. The board unanimously decided to commit to doubling the number ...


Gay-athlete-has-figure-skating-win-trans-Olympians-

Gay athlete has figure-skating win; trans Olympians - Gay athlete takes figure-skating title Adam Rippon—who publicly came out as gay last year—is the newest U.S. men's amateur figure-skating champion. Rippon edged runner-up Max Aaron at the U.S. Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Jan. 24 in a battle that has reignited the talk on athleticism versus artistry. While Aaron nailed two quadruple jumps ( and third-place finisher ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "First of all, Lily should have won. And I would love to go down on you."—Amy Schumer's perhaps drunken acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy at the Critics' Choice Awards. Given the recent rumors about Amy, perhaps she stole this joke from Jane Wagner. With discussions that diversity is missing from the current crop of Oscar nominees is ...


BOOKS-Photography-book-looks-at-trans-life-in-Cuba

BOOKS Photography book looks at trans life in Cuba - Cuba: The small island nation has captivated Americans for decades. It's a veritable lost world unto itself, full of vintage cars and the memory of a revolution. Californian photographer Eric Politzer had the unique opportunity to visit and chronicle Havana's transgender and gay cabaret subculture. His new book, Out! Las Transformitas of Havana, follows the lives of a number of ...


MOMBIAN-LGBTQ-parents-creating-change

MOMBIAN LGBTQ parents creating change - I spent last week at the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference in Chicago, joining 4,000 activists from across the spectrum—of all ages, colors and backgrounds—to learn, network and plan for the future. Here's a look at some of the family-related highlights I observed. The conference started with a plenary panel on "Black Feminism and the Movement for Black ...


Report-reflects-increasing-bisexuality

Report reflects increasing bisexuality - A Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) report on sexual behavior, attraction and identity among adults in the United States reveals that men and women younger than 45 are more likely to identify as bisexual today than they were earlier this decade. More than 9,000 adults ages 18 to 44 were interviewed for the CDC's 2011-2013 National Survey of ...


Entertainment-Caitlyn-memoir-Idris-Elba-Christian-Bale-Jillian-Michaels

Entertainment: Caitlyn memoir; Idris Elba; Christian Bale; Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grand Central Publishing announced that it plans a spring 2017 publication for a memoir by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender activist and reality star and former Olympic athlete, the Associated Press noted. The book, currently untitled, will be co-written by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who wrote a Vanity Fair cover story about Jenner. According to Grand Central, the memoir ...


Survey-shows-Indiana-lost-60M-in-convention-money-over-religious-objections-law

Survey shows Indiana lost $60M in convention money over religious objections law - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — A brand new survey from Visit Indy is set to be released on Thursday that shows Indiana lost as much as $60 million in convention revenue alone because of last year's disastrous and divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ) fight. As reported by the Associated Press late last night, "12 out-of-state groups were surveyed and all ...


Spitzers-death-draws-mixed-views-on-his-legacy

Spitzer's death draws mixed views on his legacy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sari Staver - In the wake of the recent death of psychiatrist Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, gay and lesbian psychiatrists have renewed the debate of his legacy. Spitzer, 83, died Dec. 25 in Seattle. His wife told media outlets the cause was complications of heart disease. Spitzer was an outspoken and controversial member of the American Psychiatric Association ( APA ), whose textbooks ...


Labor-secretary-reflects-on-Obamas-LGBT-record

Labor secretary reflects on Obama's LGBT record - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Obama administration has made great strides, but still has work ahead, when it comes to LGBT rights, according to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Perez had been scheduled to give a plenary address at the Creating Change conference, hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force, in Chicago. However, it was cancelled due to inclement weather in Washington, ...


Publishing-company-launches-with-book-on-Audre-Lorde

Publishing company launches with book on Audre Lorde - From a press release - New York, NY, January 26, 2016…..Villarosa Media, founded by a family with over 50 years of combined journalism and literary experience, is poised to become a new player in the publishing business, a boutique publishing company of quality fiction and nonfiction books primarily by and about African Americans and the African diaspora. Their inaugural book, The Wind is Spirit, was ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Ava-Cherry-talks-Bowie-and-Vandross-

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Ava Cherry talks Bowie and Vandross - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Originally from Woodlawn, Illinois, singer Ava Cherry was influenced musically by her love affair with the late David Bowie. In return, he released some of his most creative music during that time with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs. Cherry moved him in a more R&B direction with Young Americans and also sang with the Astronettes, ...


National-roundup-Intersex-bill-Dump-Trump-Minnesota-judge

National roundup: Intersex bill; 'Dump Trump'; Minnesota judge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Indiana, state Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, said he hopes his bill about consent for intersex children in state custody will open up a broader discussion on gender issues, according to Nuvo.net. House Bill 1242 would prevent intersex children in the custody of the state from receiving gender-differentiation procedures, unless medically necessary. "It's not a familiar topic," Clere said. ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Dodge-Charger-Rallye-rallying-as-much-fun-as-racing

VEHICLE REVIEW: 2016 Dodge Charger Rallye, rallying as much fun as racing - AUTOS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a difference between a race and rally. In terms of the Dodge Charger, you would race an R/T, SRT, or the all-mighty Hellcat, but you would rally, well, a Rallye. Edition, that is. To drive a Charger Rallye, you choose brains over raw brawn, a V6 over a HEMI, but the underlying car has game no matter its game. ...


Auto-show-has-new-website-app

Auto show has new website, app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Auto Show has an all-new website and will launch an accompanying smartphone app in January designed to enhance the attendee experience and bring the nation's largest auto show to life across the globe. The 2016 version of ChicagoAutoShow.com will have, among other things, historical videos and social-media integration that is purportedly smoother than in years past. The website's ...


Lambda-Legal-to-Indiana-Legislators-Reject-these-Bills

Lambda Legal to Indiana Legislators: Reject these Bills! - From a press release - "These bills do not protect LGBT people from discrimination—instead, they intentionally legalize discrimination, and any senator who supports them is not helping LGBT Hoosiers." ( Indianapolis, IN, January 25, 2016 )—Lambda Legal today called for the Indiana Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees to vote down SB 100, SB 344 and SB 66, three bills which would enshrine discrimination and ...


Labor-secretary-reflects-on-Obamas-LGBT-record

Labor secretary reflects on Obama's LGBT record - The Obama administration has made great strides, but still has work ahead, when it comes to LGBT rights, according to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Perez had been scheduled to give a plenary address at the Creating Change conference, hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force, in Chicago. However, it was cancelled due to inclement weather in Washington, ...


Eve-Ensler-and-others-sign-on-to-Stop-Hate-Dump-Trump

Eve Ensler and others sign on to "Stop Hate, Dump Trump" - From a press release - New York, NY, January 20, 2016…….A diverse coalition cutting across race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and party affiliation has organized to give voice to Americans calling out Donald Trump for his hate speech, misogyny, Islamaphobia, and racism. A new web site, http://www.stophatedumptrump.com, will provide a platform for those who do not and will not stand for the continued threats, rhetoric ...


HRC-praises-move-by-Dept-of-Education-

HRC praises move by Dept. of Education - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in a statement, praised the U.S. Department of Education for deciding to publish a searchable database—in the coming months—of educational institutions who have sought and/or received an exemption from federal civil-rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. In December, the organization called on the department to make such a move. "We ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm just a gay guy from Indiana who doesn't play basketball."—CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller talks to the press about diversity both in front of and behind the camera. And yet CBS is the only major network NOT doing a Broadway musical. What's up with that? Did you hear about Shuttlegate? Because of increased security at the Golden Globes, everyone ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-45-Years-The-Lady-in-the-Van

Knight at the Movies: 45 Years; The Lady in the Van - Dames As lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II once wrote, "There's nothing like a dame." That certainly applies to two of the movies greatest: Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Charlotte Rampling. These legendary actresses couldn't be more different on screen and achieve their mesmerism over audiences in very different ways. Smith is the mistress of annihilating all and sundry with a quickly ...


Methodist-network-declares-Its-Time

Methodist network declares 'It's Time' - With a population that includes more than 720 communities and 32,000 individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, the three-decade-old Reconciling Ministries Network ( RMN ) of United Methodists has another kind of change it wants to create—this one within the church itself. The national It's Time campaign centers on The United Methodist Church ( UMC ) 2016 general ...


Athlete-Ally-has-new-ambassadors

Athlete Ally has new ambassadors - The pro-LGBT organization Athlete Ally has welcomed six new pro ambassadors—pro athletes who will work with the organization to promote LGBT equality in and out of sports, according to a press release. Among the new ambassadors is transgender U.S. military sergeant and bodybuilder Shane Ortega. Ortega—who resides in Hawaii—said he joined Athlete Ally's mission for LGBT inclusion in and out ...


Web-series-aims-to-tell-realistic-trans-experiences

Web series aims to tell realistic trans experiences - The scripted new media Web series Her Story aims to break new ground in Hollywood by offering a realistic glimpse into trans life. The plot involves complex characters who share in life's everyday struggles, opportunities, elations, and fears. Her Story is co-written by Jen Richards ( I Am Cait ) and Laura Zak ( #Hashtag ), is directed by Sydney ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Gay-Lesbian-History-for-Kids

BOOK REVIEW Gay & Lesbian History for Kids - By Jerome Pohlen, $17.95; Chicago Review Press; 180 pages Every day, you try to catch a little news. It might be online, maybe in a newspaper, magazine, or on TV, but you're a smart kid and you like to stay informed. Lately, you've been hearing a lot about gay rights and gay marriage, and you want to know more. ...


VIEWS-Where-would-MLK-have-stood-on-marriage-equality-

VIEWS Where would MLK have stood on marriage equality? - This Martin Luther King Jr. ( MLK ) holiday reminded me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens. King's civil-rights activism began in the unwelcoming "Heart of Dixie" in 1955, when, on a cold December evening, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger, giving ...


Episcopals-sanctioned-over-marriage-equality-

Episcopals sanctioned over marriage equality - The Anglican Communion suspended the Episcopal Church, its U.S. branch, from voting and decision-making for three years over its acceptance of same-sex marriage. The dramatic demotion follows a string of Episcopal Church decisions stretching back to 2003, when it elected Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as a bishop of New Hampshire. Last July, the Episcopal Church voted to allow ...


VA-revises-policies-on-same-sex-spouses-Lambda-AMPA-conclude-litigation

VA revises policies on same-sex spouses; Lambda, AMPA conclude litigation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs ( VA ) following the VA's changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses. The new policies are consistent with the June 2015 US Supreme Court decision ...


HRC-endorses-Clinton

HRC endorses Clinton - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, according to a press release. HRC's board of directors, composed of 32 community leaders from across the nation, unanimously voted to endorse Clinton—an endorsement she will accept next Sunday, Jan. 24, at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, with HRC President Chad Griffin and the organization's ...


Entertainment-news-Ellen-Page-Bette-Midler-Sam-Smith-Chloe-Grace-Moretz

Entertainment news: Ellen Page; Bette Midler; Sam Smith; Chloe Grace Moretz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix kicked off a busy month for Sundance acquisitions by beating other companies to the punch for Tallulah—Sian Heder's dramatic comedy starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, according to TheWrap. Page plays a rootless young woman who takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. Her ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Kristine-W-Living-it-up

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kristine W:'Living' it up - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kristine Weitz broke out of the Vegas scene to release seven albums, with tons of hit singles on the Billboard dance charts over the years. Albums like Land of the Living and Stronger became some of her strongest work and the songs were staples in the gay clubs. Kristine has continually supported the LGBT community over the years, including performing ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Story-of-Fester-the-Cat

BOOK REVIEW The Story of Fester the Cat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Paul Magrs, $16; Berkley; 295 pages Every now and then, you catch your cat staring off into space, and you wonder what he's thinking. Food, maybe—he's always hungry. Outside, perhaps, or where his catnip mouse is hiding? Then again, he could be pondering the meaning of life; you never know, with a cat. Don't you wish you understood what's ...


National-roundup-Murderer-sentenced-Eric-Fanning-Montanas-pro-LGBT-move

National roundup: Murderer sentenced; Eric Fanning; Montana's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The murderer of transgender individual Ashton O'Hara has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for tampering with evidence, according to an Equality Michigan press release. On July 14, 2015, 25-year-old O'Hara's body was found brutally murdered in a Detroit field. O'Hara, who was also known as Jessica Storm, was a Black transgender and ...


Women-focused-Web-series-to-air-Jan-27

Women-focused Web series to air Jan. 27 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a woman's world when it comes to the work of King is a Fink Productions and on Jan. 27 its five-episode original digital series Full Out will premiere on OpenTV. Chicago couple Julie Keck and Jessica King, or the Finks as some call them, own King is a Fink Productions where they write, direct, produce, edit, shoot, and market ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Remembering-David-Bowie

BENT NIGHTS Remembering David Bowie - On Jan. 10, David Robert Jones died of cancer at the age of 69. As one of the most influential pop culture artists of the last 50 years, only The Beatles and Elvis Presley surpassed Jones—known as David Bowie—in importance. As praise poured in from all quarters, what remains is not the question of his importance as an artist but ...


Task-Force-cancels-Israel-focused-event

Task Force cancels Israel-focused event - The National LGBTQ Task Force has cancelled a Jan. 22 event planned by A Wider Bridge (AWB)—a San Francisco-based organization that fosters relations between Israel and the LGBT community—during the 2016 Creating Change conference. [UPDATE: Task Force reverses: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Task-Force-reverses-cancellation-of-Israel-focused-Creating-Change-event-/53987.html .] The cancellation came following objections from online and local activists who maintain that AWB is emblematic of "pinkwashing," a public ...


Dold-first-Republican-to-back-Equality-Act

Dold first Republican to back Equality Act - U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, who hails from Illinois, has become the first Republican member of Congress to co-sponsor the Equality Act. If passed, the Equality Act would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the protections that already exist based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. "Bob Dold is showing tremendous leadership by becoming the first Republican to ...


Carol-The-Danish-Girl-get-Oscar-nods

'Carol,' 'The Danish Girl' get Oscar nods - LGBT-themed films Carol and The Danish Girl were among the movies getting Academy Award nominations, which were announced Jan. 14. Carol received six nods, including nominations for best actress (Cate Blanchett), best supporting actress (Rooney Mara), best adapted screenplay, best cinematography (Edward Lachmann), best costume design (Sandy Powell, who was also nominated for Cinderella, which co-stars Blanchett) and best original ...


David-Bowie-A-man-of-sound-and-vision-

David Bowie: A man of sound and vision - Dancing About Architecture - Much will be written in the years to come of the life, death and in-between of most influential artist of our time, David Bowie, after this week's news of his passing. The point cannot be made harder that Bowie changed the face of popular music, not once or twice like most superstars, but over his entire career. With abbreviation, here's ...


BOOKS-Rock-n-roll-queer-families

BOOKS: Rock 'n' roll queer families - VIEWPOINT - The tension between assimilation and queerness has long hovered over the LGBTQ community. As English writer Jonathan Kemp said a few years ago, "The assimilationists want gay marriage, inclusion in the military, the right to adopt children... Queers, on the other hand, … [regard] the most vibrant and radical aspect of homosexuality as being precisely its opposition to normative sexuality ...


State-of-the-Union-address-by-President-Obama

State of the Union address by President Obama - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., 9:10 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year that I've come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I'm going to try to make it a little shorter. ( Applause. ) I know some of ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Wedding-Heard-Round-the-World-America-s-First-Gay-Marriage

BOOK REVIEW The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America 's First Gay Marriage - By Michael McConnell with Jack Baker, as told to Gail Langer Karwoski, $22.95; University of Minnesota Press; 200 pages There's always been a picket fence in your future. You could just picture it: charming spouse, two-point-five kids, minivan, Cape Cod with manicured lawn, birthday parties on the patio, all surrounded by that picket fence. It was a perfect dream ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Can I just ask you a question? What the fuck does sugar tits even mean?"—The bleeped question from Ricky Gervais to Mel Gibson at the Golden Globes. What was his response? "I dunno. Ask the guy who said it, it wasn't me." A likely story! Look, I loves me some Jane Fonda as much as the next gay man. But ...


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SENIOR MOMENTS From completely gaga to Lady Gaga - VIEWPOINT - Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, LGBT's were completely gaga in the eyes of the medical profession. Until the late 19th century, homosexuality was a "moral weakness," then it became a "mental disorder," as doctors jumped on board the homophobia gravy train and made the life of homosexuals miserable for the next 100 years. In 1899, Chicago ...


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Chicagoans among 'Advocates to Watch' - Northwestern University pediatrics professor Robert Garofalo and Howard Brown Health Center youth counselor Cassie Warren are among the "16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016." The list is generated each year by Mark S. King on his blog, MyFabulousDisease.com, and highlighted in Plus magazine. Garofalo is known for his founding of the organization Fred Says ( named after his dog ...


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TELEVISION It's simply the 'Dress' for Chicagoan Precious Davis - Precious Davis is having a moment: last year she got engaged to fiance Myles Brady and to start 2016, the trans professional, activist and performer appears on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" on Friday, Jan. 15. "It was a dream come true," said Davis. "Everyone was so comforting.The entire experience of filming it was everything that I thought ...


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National LGBTQ Task Force responds to President Obama's last State of the Union - - Washington DC, January 12, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is issuing the following statement regarding tonight's State of the Union, President Barack Obama's last. "Tonight the president reminded all of us of our core American values of dignity and mutual respect—in what is a fiercely divisive political climate. A climate that has included an unprecedented deluge of hate ...


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GMHC: Gervais' Golden Globes comments perpetuate transphobia - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement regarding Ricky Gervais' transphobic jokes at the Golden Globes. STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE: The trans community had an incredible year in film and television, and countless members of the LGBT community and our allies sat down on Sunday night ready to watch the star studded Golden Globes. ...


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Entertainment: Tom and Dustin; Gervais' barbs; Charlie Carver; Jaden Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black are on the cover of OUT magazine's "Love Issue." Of their relationship's beginning, Daley said, "We spoke every day, nonstop. My phone would buzz, and we'd just be in constant communication; it was kind of insane—like there was nothing else around me." On their initial encounter, Black said, "Tom ...


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National: Marriage milestone; gay man at SOTU; 'they' prevails; Stanford program - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Nevada, Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New Year's Eve, according to the Associated Press. The country stated that Phoenix residents Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay ...


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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fails to support LGBT nondiscrimination protections - Freedom Indiana statement on Gov. Mike Pence's lack of leadership to protect LGBT people from discrimination INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender people, issued the following statement on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's lack of leadership on the issue during his "State of the State" address ...


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TELEVISION Meet the 'Elites': Kentrell Collins and Jerel Maddox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Mobile, Alabama-based gay and gender non-conforming team The Prancing Elites ( Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox, Kentrell Collins, Tim Smith, and Adrian Clemon ) made quite the impression when it debuted on Oxygen, thanks to a mix of, among other things, down-home wisdom, a fighting spirit—and, of course, dance skills. The Prancing Elites Project is returning to the network this ...







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