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National politics debated during Philadelphia celebrations - There was a discussion of LGBT politics July 2, 2015 in Philadelphia as part of the 50th Anniversary of the city's Reminder Day events, 1965-1969. The discussion was held in the historic Congress Hall, where the U.S. House of Representatives met from 1790 to 1800. On the panel were Kirk Fordham, executive director, Gill Action Fund; Kate Kendell, executive director, ...


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Wreath laying honors gay pioneers in Philadelphia - Video below - Supreme Court marriage plaintiff James Obergefell and three of the original picketers at Philadelphia's Reminder Day annual gay protests from 1965-1969 were at a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Gay Pioneers plaque across from Independence Hall July 2. Paul Kunstler, Ada Bello and John James joined the special occasion, reminding people of the dozens of courageous gay pioneers who gathered ...


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DOJ supports transgender student's right to appropriate restroom - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. The DOJ filed the statement in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case brought by the American ...


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Entertainment: Celebs react to marriage news; Jeremy Renner; Spider-Man - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Celebrities reacted to the news regarding marriage equality. Many more seemed to be on the "pro" side, with people such as David Beckham, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Tyson Beckford, Ricky Martin and Sir Ian McKellen reacting positively, according to Queerty. Donnie Wahlberg posted a photo of himself and fellow New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight ( ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Broadway 'losers' - At the 2015 Tony Awards, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's complex musical Fun Home ( based upon lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir of the same name ) bested some more populist choices like An American in Paris and Something Rotten! for the top prize of Best Musical. Conversely, Lincoln Center Theater's sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I have a gay ex-husband. People always say to me, 'How did you not know? He loves decorating and fashion and clothes.' But we actually did have sex a lot. I didn't know at the time, though, that in his mind he was fucking the bartender at the Olive Garden!"—Fran Drescher's speech after being honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation ...


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BOOK REVIEW Course Correction - By Ginny Gilder, $26.95; Beacon Press; 272 pages The song went 'round and 'round in your head. Maybe that's why it's called "a round." You know how it works: One group starts to sing and, when they get to a certain point, the next group begins anew and so on, until the endings lap like waves. But, as in the ...


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TELEVISION David Oyelowo talks personalities, sexuality in HBO's 'Nightingale' - The HBO movie Nightingale, starring Oscar nominee David Oyelowo ( Selma ), opens with a horrific act—and for the rest of the approximately 90-minute film, he holds court as the only character on the screen, as the viewer sees different layers of his character, Peter Snowden. Oyelowo recently talked with Windy City Times about different aspects of the movie, including ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Scott Turner Schofield, 'Bold' turn on daytime soap - Scott Turner Schofield is a diversity speaker who has created a pathway into acting on television. Schofield debuted this past May on The Bold and the Beautiful as Nick becoming the only transgender actor that is part of a regular broadcast daytime television cast. Several shows created by Schofield, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps and Debutant Balls, have ...


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VIEWS A victory for and by our children - I've been married to my spouse for 22 years. Only nine of them have been as legal spouses, however, and until last Friday ( June 26 ), even that legality came with an asterisk: "Void where prohibited." Our son was 3 when we wed, and he now remembers nothing but the equality we have in our home state of Massachusetts. ...


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Trans activist writes about Obama actions - Jennicet Gutierrez—a transgender activist who heckled President Obama and was ejected from a White House LGBT reception—wrote in a June 25 Washington Blade op-ed that she finds the president's actions on transgender immigrants disheartening, The Hill noted. Gutierrez wrote that her protest on June 24 is justified, given what she considers to be Obama's past inaction on helping transgender immigrants. ...


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Website answers questions about marriage - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website—MarriageEqualityFacts.org—to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits and protections that marriage affords. Created by American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian ...


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ENTERTAINERS 'Drag Race' alum Ginger Minj takes 'Christ' on the road - The talented and funny Ginger Minj almost won the RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo during season seven. Before that, she reigned over the pageant circuit in the South. Hailing from Leesburg, Florida, she now calls Orlando her home. Presented by Murray & Peter, Crossdresser for Christ: The Musical will take her on a whirlwind tour. Windy City Times: Hi, Ginger. ...


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Lambda Legal launches marriage tracker, online reporting website - From a news release - ( New York, NY, June 29, 2015 ) — Following the U.S. Supreme Court's sweeping decision on Friday ushering in marriage in all 50 states, Lambda Legal has introduced a new resource, the Marriage Tracker. The platform allows same-sex couples and families to report issues they have encountered while seeking a marriage license or recognition of their marriage by businesses, ...


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Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba County Texas - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) This is a developing story. Today, Jason White and his fiancée Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk in Texas. However, the clerk, Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxton's nonbinding opinion that clerks ...


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National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame July 24 - From a press release - The 2015 National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Friday, July 24, at Center on Halsted at 7 pm. There will be a VIP reception beginning at 6 p.m. 2015 Inductees are Kye Allums, Megan Rapinoe, Roy Simmons, Helen Hull Jacobs, Roger Brigham, Dale Scott, Chris Morgan, Gene Dermody, and Robbie Rogers. ( Attendance of ...


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Texas victim of a hate motivated violence dies - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the hate violence motivated homicide of Ricky Griffin in Dallas, Texas. According to media reports, Kieron Alexander, 25, beat Ricky Griffin, 54, to death and attempted to set him on fire in an apartment in northeast Dallas on Monday, June 21st for making "unwanted sexual gestures toward him." ...


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Update: Protesters arrested at White House - On Tuesday, June 30, undocumented trans and queer leaders from across the country conducted a "die-in" in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of 16th and H St. NW (at the White House) to symbolize the deaths of LGBTQ immigrants in detention as well as those LGBTQ immigrants who have been deported back to their death, according to a press release ...


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ICE has new guidance on care of transgender immigrants in custody - - U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has announced updated guidelines concerning the care of transgender immigrants in custody. This announcement comes on the heels of a letter that was sent by 35 members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson calling for limits on the use of ...


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Supreme Court decision, Obergefell analyzed - The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision striking down state bans against same-sex marriage has been touted as "probably the strongest manifesto in favor of marriage" and pilloried as "a threat to American democracy." It has energized celebrations at LGBT Pride events and private living rooms across the country and prompted warnings of "an all out assault against the religious ...


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VA extends benefits to same-sex couples following supreme court ruling - From press releases - From The American Military Partner Association WASHINGTON — On Monday, June 29, 2015, the VA confirmed they would begin extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples nationwide as a result of the historic marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court last week. Previously, the VA had denied some benefits to same sex couples who lived in states where their marriages ...


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LGBT advocacy groups issue guide after historic marriage ruling - From a press release - ( New York, June 26, 2015 )—In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website MarriageEqualityFacts.org to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits, and protections that marriage affords. Created by American Civil ...


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U.S. Supreme Court backs marriage equality, groups and leaders respond - The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized marriage equality nationwide. The ruling was 5-4. See the ruling here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf . From Lambda Legal: "For the first time, LGBT people in America will live in a nation that respects their love and their families. Today, the Constitution and our democracy shine brightly." (Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015) — In an historic decision, ...


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Supreme Court: State bans on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional - Below: Video of reaction outside Supreme Court - [Updated June 26, 11 a.m. ] In a widely expected yet stunning victory for LGBT people nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 26) that state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision requires states to both issue marriage licenses to couples and to recognize marriage licenses obtained in other states by same-sex couples. The ...


President-and-Vice-President-speak-on-marriage-equality-decision

President and Vice President speak on marriage equality decision - From the White House - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY Rose Garden, 11:14 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest ...


New-Jersey-jury-finds-JONAH-guilty-of-consumer-fraud

New Jersey jury finds JONAH guilty of consumer fraud - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, June 25, 2015 )—After hours of deliberations, a New Jersey jury found Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing ( JONAH ) liable for consumer fraud. JONAH, a group that promised gay men that it would turn them into heterosexuals, was sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2012 under New Jersey's consumer fraud law. The ...


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Chapin Hall seeks national estimate, understanding of homeless youth - From a press release - Chicago — June 25, 2015 - With headlines across the country calling attention to a growing population of homeless youth, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is launching Voices of Youth Count, a multi-year original research and policy effort designed to understand how many unaccompanied homeless and runaway youth there are in the United States, create a clear and ...


Legal-activists-poised-to-fight-back-some-states-face-hurdles

Legal activists poised to fight back, some states face hurdles - The Supreme Court of the United States will rule any day now on whether it is a violation of the federal constitution for states to bar same-sex couples from marrying. But for weeks now, in apparent anticipation that the court will strike down such bans, states that still have or want to keep their bans have been passing legislation aimed ...


Barbara-Gittings-Gay-Pioneer

Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer - Her smile was perhaps her biggest asset. Barbara Gittings countered the vitriol of homophobes by using any tactic at her disposal. Sometimes that was verbal debate. Or wearing a flowery dress, smiling, and carrying a protest sign. Or creative activism with a kissing booth. But mainly, Gittings used her persistence and boundless energy to wear down her enemies, winning victory ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Fuck off. EVERY show has new stuff & YOU know I'm KNOWN for that."—Kathy Griffin tweets a response to someone who said he'd wait to see her "till u can com up w som new stuff." Them's fighting words. If you've learned nothing else from the two decades I've been writing this column, it's that the better looking you are, ...


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The mysteries of Debra Messing - This season of The Mysteries of Laura has just wrapped up but Debra Messing and the gang are already gearing up for second time around in the fall. In case anyone missed it the series follows a single mom NYPD homicide detective who cracks cases who is raising twin boys while clashing with her police detective ex-husband. The Mysteries of ...


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South Bend, Ind., mayor comes out - Peter Buttigieg, the 33-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, publicly came out as gay in an op-ed in The South Bend Tribune. He wrote that while "I'm not used to viewing this as anyone else's business … it's clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good." Buttigieg went on to ...


Undocumented-transgender-woman-interrupts-President-calls-for-end-to-deportation

Undocumented transgender woman interrupts President, calls for end to deportation - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Just moments ago, Jennicet Gutierrez interrupted the President during the White House pride celebration shouting "President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations." As a transgender woman who is undocumented, Gutierrez said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at ...


UK-native-Sarah-Outen-on-homestretch-of-four-year-adventure

UK native Sarah Outen on homestretch of four-year adventure - In 2009, Sarah Outen rowed across the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Mauritius. It was an inspiring, empowering adventure that launched her toward her current expedition. Outen, 29, from Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, is traveling from London to London—literally, around the world. She's now on the homestretch of a four-year adventure. "I wanted to extend that experience of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial - By Kenji Yoshino, $26; Crown; 384 pages Third finger, left hand. If you're wearing a ring there, chances are that it means more than a bit of metal around your digit. It's undoubtedly more precious than the sum of its parts. It means a commitment of marriage—that is, if you can get married, because some still cannot. And in ...


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Book examines the great gay riot - Ann Bausum is no stranger to social-justice history. She has written more than half a dozen books focusing on the topic in the last two decades. However, she had never focused on the LGBT community and spent the majority of her resources on women's rights, the right to vote and the African-American civil rights' movement since the 1960s. She had ...


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BOOKS 'Crossword' a study of gay Mexican identity - By Melissa Wasserman Rigoberto GonzÃílez's Mexican identity comes across and queer identity is written down, but his newest book of poetry, Our Lady of the Crossword, is not an unsolvable puzzle. The author explores queer identity's complexities in Mexico and the United States as well as the border that unites the two countries. This theme reflects from the front cover ...


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Cece Peniston 'finally' finds fashion - CeCe Peniston scored five number one Billboard dance hits within three years. Her signature song "Finally" has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. ( She wrote the massive hit song when she was only 21. ) Now, at 45, she enters a new chapter in her life with a fashion line. Windy City met Peniston at her hotel room ...


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MOVIES 'Horses' director on lesbian romance, working with animals - By Gary M. Kramer - German writer/director Monika Treut has been a vibrant force in queer cinema for decades. Her debut film, Seduction: The Cruel Woman, in 1985, was an instant classic, and her reputation as a filmmaker of importance was cemented with her feminist effort, The Virgin Machine. Other career highlights include her sexy contribution to the anthology, Erotique, her trans documentary, Gendernauts, and ...


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Knight at the Movies: Let's get serious about Pride - Celebrate Pride with Larry Kramer and these other LGBT pioneers. There are many reasons Our People celebrate Pride. One of the most compelling, of course, is to honor the achievements of those who came before us; the brave activists who fought the culture wars on so many fronts. One of the fiercest, Larry Kramer, is the subject of a forthcoming ...


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LGBT groups call for removal of Confederate flag from 'public square' - The following letter was issued by national and regional LGBT organizations in opposition to public displays of the Confederate flag. The letter was sent June 23 to BuzzFeed News. The Confederate battle flag and versions of the same do not stand for heritage. It is, as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said, "a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally racist ...


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Kameny to be inducted into Department of Labor Hall of Honor - From a press release - WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will induct civil rights leader and worker rights equality pioneer Frank Kameny into the Department of Labor's Hall of Honor on Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at its national headquarters. A World War II veteran and Harvard-educated doctor of astronomy with the U.S. Army Map Service, Kameny was discharged, and ...


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Report on violence: LGBTQH still disproportionately targeted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 9, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its annual report on violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals. The report provides the most in-depth information on this topic currently available in the United States. It shows that LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons of color, transgender individuals, youth, low-income individuals and gay men continue to be disproportionately ...


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World: Soccer star comes out; 'Thrones' criticized; activist fined - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Swiss soccer star Ramona Bachmann has revealed she is a lesbian, according to Gay Star News. The 24-year-old has revealed she is in a committed relationship with Camille Lara, a 21-year-old student based in Sweden. The news has been welcomed by the mayor of Zurich, Corin Maunch—herself an out lebsian. Vitaly Milonov, the notorious architect of Russia's "gay propaganda" laws, ...


OPM-calls-for-ban-of-benefit-exclusions-aimed-at-trans-federal-employees-

OPM calls for ban of benefit exclusions aimed at trans* federal employees - From a press release - Washington DC— Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ) called on all Federal Employee Health Benefits ( FEHB ) plans to ban general exclusions that target transgender federal employees and dependents. The announcement came in the form of an OPM's Carrier Letter to all insurance plans that cover federal workers. Starting in January 2016, insurance plans for ...


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NAACP responds to Gov. Haley's call to remove SC State Capitol confederate flag - From a press release - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's call to remove the confederate flag from the state capitol is a welcomed and long overdue act of responsive leadership that is much needed in the Palmetto State. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. ( LDF ) has long voiced its opposition to the flag's use on state property as it represents a ...


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Legislation to lift transgender military ban to be introduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to the news that Rep. Jackie Speier ( D-CA ) plans to introduce federal legislation to lift the ban on transgender service members in the military caused by outdated regulations. "It's far past time for this unjust ban that harms our transgender service members and their families ...


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VIEWS Why celebrate LGBT 50th anniversary at Independence Hall? - Despite popular misconception, the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with Stonewall. Like the Boston Tea Party, it was an important event. In the early 1960s, there were about 200 gay activists in the U.S. Most were located in New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The largest umbrella organization was the Eastern Conference of Homophile ...


National-Seattle-mayor-in-Israel-adoption-law-mural-defaced

National: Seattle mayor in Israel; adoption law; mural defaced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Despite vocal efforts by supporters of the movement to boycott Israel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joined tens of thousands of people in Tel Aviv's annual Gay Pride Parade, according to Haaretz.com. Murray, 60, who is openly gay, also participated in an international conference organized by the local LGBT community, and met with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. Murray expressed his ...


Study-Social-support-networks-important-to-LGBT-youth-adjustment

Study: Social support networks important to LGBT youth adjustment - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO — JUNE 23, 2015 — The need to prevent stigma-related health risks for LGBT youth and young adults — including mental health, substance abuse, suicide, homelessness and sexual health risks — calls for developing low cost options that promote well-being and increase connectedness. A new study from the Family Acceptance Project that examined the role of family, peers ...


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Entertainment: John Barrowman; Dallas Buyers Club; Ellen Page; Downton Abbey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay actor John Barrowman ( Doctor Who; Torchwood; Arrow ) is again in trouble with the trans community after using an anti-trans slur and then telling those who were offended to "lighten up," according to Gay Star News. The situation first started in October 2014, when the Scottish-American entertainer posted a video online in which he used the word "tranny-tastic." ...


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Lambda reaches $2 million fundraising goal - The national LGBT rights organization Lambda Legal, on June 18, reached its goal of raising $1 million for a $1 million matching grant. The funds were raised after the organization launched its #IDo initiative this spring. Lambda board co-chair Karen K. Dixon, along with her wife Nan Schaffer, former Chicagoans who now reside in Washington, D.C., issued the challenge at ...


National-referral-database-launched-for-trans-and-queer-communities

National referral database launched for trans and queer communities - From a press release - RAD Remedy is pleased to announce the open beta launch of the Referral Aggregator Database ( RAD ), a Yelp-style database designed specifically to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer people to safe, affirming, and comprehensive care nationwide. This project is the first of RAD Remedy's initiatives that address the significant health disparities and care barriers faced by these ...


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Chicago's Henry Gerber House designated National Historic Landmark - From a National Park Service press release - WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LBGT ) Pride month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Henry Gerber House in Chicago, Illinois, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the nation's second LGBT related property to achieve such recognition. Once the residence of noted gay rights activist Henry ...


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Trans teen to guest on USA's 'Royal Pains' - Transgender teen Nicole Maines makes her acting debut as a guest star in on the June 23 episode of USA Network's Royal Pains at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. She will be on episode 704, "The Prince of Nucleotides." Maines will play Anna, a trans teenage choreographer whom Hank ( played by Mark Feuerstein ) treats. He soon discovers that ...


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Gov. Pence to speak to Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner - From a Freedom Indiana press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the grassroots organization that is pushing for statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Mike Pence's comments at the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner this evening. Pence formally announced he is running for re-election in 2016 and said he is open to continuing the conversation about updating state laws ...


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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch speak to Lambda Legal annual event - From a USDOJ press release - Remarks as prepared for delivery WASHINGTON, D.C. Thank you, Karen [Dixon] and Patrick [Menasco], for that kind introduction and for the extraordinary vision and unwavering commitment that you and your colleagues at Lambda Legal bring to some of the most critical issues facing our nation today. Under the steady hand of Executive Director [Kevin] Cathcart, your efforts have yielded spectacular ...


Wayne-Besen-Show-goes-weekdays-on-WCPT

Wayne Besen Show goes weekdays on WCPT - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago's Progressive Talk radio announced today it is launching "The Wayne Besen Show," which will focus on local and national political issues. The new daily program is tentatively set to debut Monday, July 20 and will air 2-5 p.m. on WCPT AM 820 and WCPT FM 92.5. It replaces Jeff Santos, a nationally syndicated talk show. The Wayne ...


Leaders-call-massacre-at-historic-Black-church-in-Charleston-a-national-tragedy

Leaders call massacre at historic Black church in Charleston a national tragedy - Statements from the White House, Task Force, Lambda, NCLR, HRC, LPAC, Pride at Work - From THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:20 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, I spoke with, and Vice President Biden spoke with, Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over ...


Biography-of-gay-pioneer-Barbara-Gittings-out-in-time-for-Pride

Biography of gay pioneer Barbara Gittings out in time for Pride - CHICAGO - Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer, the first full-length biography of the woman who has been called the mother of the gay-rights movement, is available in time for Pride 2015. The book is by journalist Tracy Baim, author of 11 books on LGBT history. Award-winning writer Lillian Faderman wrote the foreword for the book. It is available in both a ...


Supreme-Court-LGBT-decision-to-be-celebrated-or-protested-in-50-cities

Supreme Court LGBT decision to be celebrated or protested in 50+ cities - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - CHICAGO — On the day that the Supreme Court announces its decision on marriage rights for same-sex couples, Chicagoans will join a coalition of over 50 cities responding to the decision. In Chicago, the response will be at 7 PM with an LGBT community speak-out in front of the city's LGBT community center, the Center on Halsted at 3656 N. ...


PEW-Center-makes-300000-grant-for-LGBT-50th-Anniversary-documentary

PEW Center makes $300,000 grant for LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary - From a press release - JUNE 16, 2015, Philadelphia, PA- Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced that Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded Independence Visitor Center Corporation ( IVCC ) a $300,000 grant to produce a one hour LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary, titled Gay Pioneers at 50. The documentary will be produced in collaboration with ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You know what interested Brian about politics? Brian was obsessed with whether Mitt Romney wore the Mormon underwear."—An unnamed source at NBC talks about Brian Williams' diverse interests, or lack thereof. He'll have lots of time to investigate Mormon underwear, since we hear NBC will not be bringing him back to the anchor desk. I could have been rear-ended by ...


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TELEVISION Paula Abdul: So she thinks she can judge - Season 12 of the Emmy-winning TV competition show So You Think You Can Dance just kicked things off on Fox. It features open auditions around the United States, then more testing rounds eventually leading to finalists. A variety of dance styles are usually featured but this season there's a twist, with two teams of stage versus street. One contestant will ...


National-LGBT-50th-anniv-event-in-Philly-July-2-5

National LGBT 50th-anniv. event in Philly July 2-5 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 2-5 in Philadelphia, have announced the events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration is being promoted as the first national event after the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The organized LGBT civil-rights movement was galvanized when activists from New ...


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However question is framed, support for same-sex marriage rising - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — A majority of people in the United States support marriage equality, regardless of how various polls frame the question, according to a new report by Andrew R. Flores, public opinion and policy fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, that was published in Public Opinion Quarterly. The report, titled "Examining Variation in Surveying Attitudes ...


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National: Mich., N.C. laws; bar rejects trans woman; Jeb, Trump run for prez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The ACLU is looking at options to challenge laws, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, that will allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to refuse to serve prospective parents, like same-sex or unmarried couples, if doing so would violate the agencies' religious beliefs, The Detroit Free Press reported. Snyder's decision on faith-based adoption came as the U.S. Supreme Court is on ...


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Entertainment: Larry Kramer; Jussie Smollett; Warhol; Kristen Stewart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The feature Larry Kramer in Love & Anger will debut on HBO on Monday, June 29, a press release stated. The debut coincides with Kramer's 80th birthday on June 25. Larry Kramer in Love & Anger is highlighted by present-day footage as he reminisces about his life in the midst of battling complications from a liver transplant and a decade ...


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Jeb Bush: Where does he stand on marriage equality? - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his long-expected campaign launch official today, entering the race just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to issue its ruling in Obergefell v Hodges — a case that could lead to nationwide marriage equality. During the lead-up to his campaign launch, Bush has expressed support for "traditional marriage," and ...


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Fisher-Price, Proud Parenting Program to raise LGBT parenting visibility - From a press release - FORT LAUDERDALE, June 15, 2015 — Fisher-Price and Proud Parenting today announced the launch of the Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery, presented by Fisher-Price®. The goal of the program is to increase the visibility of LGBT parents and to encourage interaction and support between LGBT parents, their friends and their allies. The Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery is ...


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Michael Sam's future in flux - Openly gay football player Michael Sam has seemingly hit another road block, according to Advocate.com. Only a day before his first exhibition match with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, the team announced Sam was on his way back to the United States. After Sam's agent said he missed a June 11 practice because of a migraine, the team said ...


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Hillary Clinton in launch speech: I will be a fighter for all Americans - - On June 13, Hillary Clinton delivered her official launch speech to a capacity crowd on New York City's Roosevelt Island, and included LGBTs in her remarks. At one point, she said, "Here's the good news: There are allies for change everywhere who know we can't stand by while inequality increases, wages stagnate, and the promise of America dims. We should ...


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Equality Florida's statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter - They had grown angry at the constant humiliation and harassment by police. In the face of more brutality, the anger turned to action and a riot broke out. As word spread throughout the city, the crowd was joined by others who started shouting and throwing whatever they could find at the police. No, this isn't a report from Baltimore or ...


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ACLU sues over discriminatory transgender school restroom policy - From a press release - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. The case was filed on behalf of ...


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Zachary Quinto Joins Foundation for a National AIDS Monument Board - From a press release - ( WEST HOLLYWOOD ) — June 10, 2015 — The Foundation for a National AIDS Monument ( 501c3 ) today announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Actor and activist Zachary Quinto has joined the Board, as has William Morris Endeavor Board Member Mark Itkin and marketing executive Tom Whitman, all of whom add a wealth of knowledge, ...







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