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Health-advocate-Revised-AHCA-is-worse-than-the-first-version

Health advocate: Revised AHCA is worse than the first version - The revised Affordable Healthcare Act ( AHCA ) has been decried as "terrible for women, LGBTQ people and our families" by advocacy coalitions promoting access to affordable healthcare. According to an April 20 statement from Lois Uttley, who is both director of MergerWatch Project and a co-founder of Raising Womens' Voices, the revised ACHA duplicates many shortcomings of the original ...


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Report: States failing trans, gender-expansive, gender-nonconforming youth - From a press release - ( New York, April 24, 2017 ) — A new report published today, Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommend Practice and Reality for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth in Out-of-Home Care, offers the first comprehensive analysis of the troubling lack of explicit laws and policies in most states to protect transgender, gender expansive and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) youth ...


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Equality Florida applauds resignation of Frank Artiles - From a press release - TALLAHASSEE, FL — Equality Florida applauds the resignation of Senator Frank Artiles following intense public pressure from advocacy organizations, elected leaders, and his constituents. Equality Florida's Public Policy Director, Hannah Willard, provided the following statement: 'Frank Artiles's resignation after intense pressure from across the political spectrum sends an important message that we will not treat bigotry and hateful slurs as ...


Film-with-trans-teen-gets-restricted-R-rating-from-MPAA-petition-launched

Film with trans teen gets restricted 'R' rating from MPAA, petition launched - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today continued calls for the Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ) to reconsider its decision to give the upcoming transgender-inclusive film '3 Generations' a restricted 'R' rating. GLAAD also announced a Change.org petition launched by Blair Durkee, a transgender woman in South Carolina, which also urges the ...


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Relationships & Law Today: IRS notice allows same-sex estate tax exclusions - The IRS, in conjunction with the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 ( 2013 ), issued Notice 2017-15, which now spells out the procedures same-sex married couples should use to recalculate the transfer-tax treatment for property transferred to spouses before the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ). DOMA, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Yes, it was extremely surprising. I wouldn't have put myself in that position if I'd thought it would happen. I've been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar. We'd been completely alone for five days. Nothing around us. There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free."—Orlando ...


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Trailblazing judge found dead in N.Y. - Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam—the first African-American woman to serve on New York state's highest court—was found dead April 12 in the Hudson River. She was 65. The New York Police Department said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, and that the case is under investigation. Lambda Legal issued a press release mourning Abdus-Salaam's passing. Associate Legal Director ...


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Alabama Senate passes anti-LGBTQ bill; HRC Alabama calls Gov. Ivey to reject - Montgomery, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Alabama State Senate and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh for passing the anti-LGBTQ H.B. 24. HRC Alabama calls upon Governor Kay Ivey to not sign this bill, which would most harm the children in Alabama's child welfare system. The bill, deceptively titled the "Child Placing Agency ...


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MOMBIAN VIEWS Love and science: How science has helped LGBTQ families - This coming weekend, the March for Science in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of other global locations will encourage science that "upholds the common good" and allows evidence-based policymaking in the public interest ( marchforscience.com ). I thus thought this was a good time to look at how science has specifically helped LGBTQ parents and our children. First, and perhaps most ...


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BOOK REVIEW Trans*Am - by Molly Sprayregen - By Joseph McClellan. $18.28; ThreeL Media; 176 pages In Trans*Am, Joseph McClellan explores what it means to be a cisgender man who has always found himself primarily attracted to transgender women. Using a combination of theory and personal anecdote, McClellan seeks to both de-stigmatize and de-fetishize the concept of transamory by illuminating the compelling emotional and physical reasons behind his ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Chad Beguelin helps give 'Aladdin' its magic - The musical version of Disney's Aladdin takes the popular cartoon and gives it even more of a shine. The story follows a young man discovering a genie in a lamp. He uses his wishes to pursue a princess and battle an evil Grand Vizier. The book was written by Chad Beguelin, who also wrote lyrics along with Tim Rice and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Matthew Aaron taps a 'Landline' - Out actor Matthew Aaron wrote, directed, and starred in the new indie film Landline. It stars Tom Arnold, Betsy Brandt, and Jim O'Heir. This the first sports related film that features LGBT leads working with Major League Baseball. Cubs player Ryne Sandberg plays himself in Landline. Aaron has hosted The Matthew Aaron Show, an internet radio gig in which he ...


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Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Joan Garner - From a press release - ( Atlanta, April 19, 2017 ) Joan Garner, the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner and former Lambda Legal board member, passed away yesterday, after a long battle with breast cancer. Simone Bell, Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director, issued the following statement: "Lambda Legal is heartbroken at the news of Joan Garner's passing. She was a dedicated member of Lambda ...


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Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March 2018; five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and '90's House, co-hosted by Lance Bass; and 11 returning series. The network also announced a June 5 premiere date for new satirical scripted series Daytime Divas, ...


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New book Edges of the Rainbow, LGBTQ Japan, out in May - From a press release - "The exquisite humanity in this book transcends all geographical and cultural difference to show us what is universal in ourselves, and germane to place. A triumph of insight and heart." — Hilton Als, 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner and staff writer for The New Yorker The LGBTQ community in Japan has faced its challenges. Even as some religious and warrior orders have ...


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NUNN ON ONE The return of Joey McIntyre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Joseph "Joey" McIntyre will always be remembered as a member of New Kids on the Block. After the madness died down a bit, he went on to sell over a million records as a solo artist. The New Kids new EP launches May 12. He began acting on off-Broadway in The Fantastics, the musical Wicked and in Jonathan Larson's Tick, ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Art-of-the-Affair

BOOK REVIEW The Art of the Affair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. $20; Bloomsbury; 88 pages It's all about who you know. The guy who bags your groceries might have stock tips for you. A co-worker introduces you to your next best friend. You find a great restaurant from your stylist, a new job from a former classmate, and your neighbor gives you gardening advice. It's ...


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National: Anti-hate campaigns, bisexual governor, another United situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Media Matters For America—in coalition other organizations including the National Center for Transgender Equality, The National LGBTQ Task Force, SoulForce, The Equality Federation and The Matthew Shepard Foundation— launched the Eliminate Hate campaign, a press release stated. The campaign is a new effort aiming to expose, undermine and mitigate the influence and impact of anti-LGBTQ hate groups, while empowering and ...


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Brand devoted to queer women, femmes is launching events - A new national event brand for queer women and femmes called PEACH will hold its first series of pop-up gatherings—Peaches Through the Ages—April 21 at The Bedford in Wicker Park. This '60s-themed kickoff event was created and curated by Black Thread Agency in partnership with Tito's Handmade Vodka and @LGBT_History. The event will feature music by DJ Tess and DJ ...


Trump-administration-dismisses-HB2-lawsuit

Trump administration dismisses HB2 lawsuit - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and ACLU of North Carolina condemned the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, according to a joint press release. The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal have worked on Carcano v. McCrory, a federal court challenge to HB 2, ...


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Fight Back PAC launched for small money, big power - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the news that President Trump has raised $53 million in the first 75 days of his presidency, Fight Back PAC announced its launch today as the first grassroots Super PAC in the nation dedicated to defeating President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress at the ballot box. Fight Back PAC, unlike most ...


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'Survivor' outing generates controversy - On the April 12 episode of the longtime CBS show Survivor, Jeff Varner outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender—and that move sparked controversy. Varner, who is gay, shared the information during a Tribal Council, asking Smith, "Why haven't you told anyone you're transgender?" Other contestants criticized Varner for revealing a personal matter, with Varner responding that he outed Smith ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I used to think that the best thing about being gay was that you didn't have to have kids. I mean, how many decent parents are there? Really?"—Sir Ian McKellen discusses if he thinks being gay deprived him of any opportunities in life. I guess the answer is no. One must enjoy moments with the fragile oldsters while one can. ...


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Book on LGBTQ hospice care to be published - The book LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, is slated to be released in April. According to a press release, "This is the only handbook for hospice and palliative care professionals looking to enhance their care delivery or their programs with LGBTQ-inclusive care. Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in clear, easy-to-understand language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Lesbian-comic-stumbles-upon-good-Fortune

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Lesbian comic stumbles upon good Fortune - Lesbian funnywoman Emily Fortune Feimster ( better known as simply Fortune Feimster ) is on fire these days. Born in Belmont, North Carolina, Feimster left the southeast behind to move to California to pursue comedy. She started with the Groundlings then landed a spot on Last Comic Standing. Chelsea Handler made her a regular roundtable host on Chelsea Lately. Her ...


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White House Press Secretary Spicer's Hitler Remarks in Tandem With Holocaust Deniers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 2017—Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer made comments denying Hitler's use of chemical weapons when referencing Assad and the people of Syria. "We are outraged by White House press secretary Sean Spicer's denial of Hitler's use of chemical weapons, which in fact contributed to the death of over 6 million Jews and others through the ...


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Intimate partner violence related homicide in downtown Brooklyn, New York - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence ( IPV ) related homicide of James Johnson in downtown Brooklyn, New York which occurred on the morning of April 9th, 2017. According to media reports, a 42-year-old-man, identified in the press as the victim's boyfriend, has been arrested and charged with 41-year-old James ...


ICYMI-Trumps-Army-Sec-nominee-dismisses-anti-LGBTQ-attacks-as-politics

ICYMI: Trump's Army Sec. nominee dismisses anti-LGBTQ attacks as "politics" - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Late last week, Donald Trump tapped one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ politicians in the country to lead the U.S. Army. Tennessee State Senator Mark Green's anti-LGBTQ record includes describing former President Obama's guidance protecting transgender students an example of "tyrannical government," saying being transgender is a "disease", encouraging the state of Tennessee to defy the Supreme Court ...


ACLU-of-IL-sues-for-documents-on-implementation-of-Trump-Muslim-ban

ACLU of IL sues for documents on implementation of Trump Muslim ban - From a press release - Chicago — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans. Today's action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country. The ACLU of Illinois lawsuit is seeking records from U.S. Customs and Border ...


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New Nevada law: Child welfare, juvenile justice agencies must respect gender identity - From a press release - ( Carson City, NV — April 11, 2017 ) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 99, a bill that requires child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in Nevada to treat transgender children in their care in accordance with their gender identity. The law also requires child welfare agency and juvenile justice staff as well as foster parents ...


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Melissa Etheridge lends anthem "Giant" to the McGregor campaign - From a press release - SEATTLE — Former Seattle City Commissioner Mac McGregor is one of 11 transgender candidates running for office in the U.S. in 2017. If elected, Mac would become the first transgender person to hold a seat on Seattle City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in Washington state. McGregor is a former women's world martial arts champion and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Ann Mahoney, from 'Walking Dead' to 'Sun Records' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Ann Mahoney shot into the spotlight on the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, playing the a lesbian character named Olivia. Before meeting an untimely end, Olivia was in charge of the pantry and armory in the town of Alexandria Safe-Zone. Mahoney moved to New Orleans from New York when she was younger. She studied acting at Greensboro College ...


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National: Trans lawsuit, gay Alaska politicians, Glamour honors trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT-rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates, a press release stated. The suit—filed on behalf of three transgender women and one transgender man as well as ...


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Entertainment: '3 Generations,' Elton John, Adore Delano, Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Weinstein Company plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America's ( MPAA ) decision to assign an "R" rating to its forthcoming trans-centered film 3 Generations, according to a press release. The film—which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon—"provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society ...


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Gorsuch confirmed; LGBT equality groups critical of decision - Filling a space created by the death of Antonin Scalia, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump's nominee Neil Gorsuch, 49, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 54-45, largely along party lines. Gorusch's confirmation happened after Republicans triggered what has been called the "nuclear option," in which a simple majority was needed. Gorsuch, a Denver-based judge on the ...


Trump-nominates-radical-anti-LGBTQ-state-legislator-to-lead-US-Army

Trump nominates radical anti-LGBTQ state legislator to lead U.S. Army - From press releases - From HRC: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, denounced President Donald Trump's decision to nominate Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, Green would succeed former Secretary of the U.S. Army Eric Fanning, who made ...


Transgender-Youth-Face-Major-Barriers-to-Fertility-Preservation

Transgender Youth Face Major Barriers to Fertility Preservation - From a press release - Few transgender adolescents opted to pursue fertility preservation, according to a report from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. While all patients were counseled about available options for fertility preservation prior to initiating hormones for medical transition, only 12 percent chose to see a fertility specialist and less than 5 ...


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Senate leaders go nuclear to assure anti-equality Gorsuch appointed, HRC responds - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the move by Senate Republicans to deploy the "nuclear option" to hand anti-equality Judge Neil Gorsuch a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States by shamefully changing Senate rules and bypassing the historic 60-vote threshold for high court nominees. "We are deeply disappointed by the ...


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Lambda Legal Sues Puerto Rico for Anti-Trans Birth Certificate Policy - From a press release - ( San Juan, PR, April 6, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates. "Puerto Rico categorically prohibits changes to the gender ...


LGBTQ-Youth-Disproportionately-Incarcerated-in-US-Juvenile-Justice-System

LGBTQ Youth Disproportionately Incarcerated in U.S. Juvenile Justice System - From a press release - Los Angeles - This time focused on youth in detention, a new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that sexual minority youth are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates. Once they are incarcerated they are more likely to be held for long periods of time and experience sexual victimization. "The rates of sexual victimization of youth in custody by ...


-HRC-Releases-New-Coming-Home-Faith-Guide-for-LGBTQ-Mormons-

HRC Releases New "Coming Home" Faith Guide for LGBTQ Mormons - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Coming Home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to Self, a guide for LGBTQ Mormons. HRC worked with an advisory team of Mormon scholars and ...


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Glamour names trans activist, environmentalist, b'ball champ Women of the Year - From a press release - For six decades Glamour has honored trailblazing women who have pushed our culture forward, and the brand's 2017 class of campus changemakers is no exception. This year's winners include a transgender rights activist, an environmentalist, and a two-time NCAA Division I women's basketball champion. All 10 honorees are featured in Glamour's May issue, on national newsstands April 11. They will ...


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LGBT military concerned by impending nomination of Mark Green as Army Secretary - From an AMPA press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military spouses and their families, expressed deep concern over reports that President Donald Trump is expected to nominate state Senator Mark Green ( R-TN ) as Secretary of the Army. "We are deeply concerned over reports ...


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Billy Masters - One of my treasured proofreaders sent me this email: "I never stopped to think of how the rainbow flag began, and how it could be one person's invention. I just assumed it was 'always there', and always a symbol of gay pride." He had just read about the passing of Gilbert Baker, the man credited with creating the first rainbow ...


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MUSIC Xavier Rizi Timane: 'Love Is All We Need' - Xavier Rizi Timane's video "Love Is All We Need" has more than 1 million YouTube views since it was published in late February. Filmed outside Los Angeles, the video promotes love, strength, tolerance and unity amid President Donald Trump's divisive policies and rhetoric, and features a diverse group of people representative of United States society, including immigrants, LGBT people and ...


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BOOKS Psychiatrist talks about 'Letting Go of Living Straight' - Psychiatrist Loren Olson has said that he had no idea he was gay until age 40. Despite some early experiences with men and doubts about his masculinity, Olson had married and had children. Influenced by his own journey, Olson, who now lives as an out and proud gay man, focuses his work on the population of men who have sex ...


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Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


Previously-attacked-Wisconsin-man-fatally-stabbed

Previously attacked Wisconsin man fatally stabbed - Andrew G. Nesbitt was fatally stabbed in his Madison, Wiscosin, apartment, He was 46, according to Madison.com. Darrick E. Anderson, 23, was arrested on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide. It turned out that Nesbitt, who was gay, was also brutally attacked outside a gay bar in Oshkosh in 2011—an event that spurred him to advocate for LGBT victims ...


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LGBTQ candidates win election in Alaska, state's only out elected officials - From a press release - Washington, DC — Two Victory Fund endorsed candidates — Felix Rivera and Christopher Constant — won their races for Anchorage Assembly to become the only openly LGBTQ elected officials in Alaska. Tuesday's wins are groundbreaking for Anchorage and the entire state, as both candidates faced numerous opponents and campaigned on their commitment to LGBTQ equality and social justice. "These historic ...


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VIEWS Emmett Till work raises concerns of appropriation - When artist Dana Schutz presented "Open Casket"—an abstract painting of the open casket of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was lynched in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955—she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted. The painting hangs at the Whitney Museum in New York City but under the daily watchful eye of protestors ...


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Letters to the editor: Stand up and be counted - Dear U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: We write to express our strong disapproval of the Census Bureau's decision to not include consideration of data collection on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) individuals in the 2020 Census and American Community Survey. While the Subjects Planned for the 2020 ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Unbuttoning 'Love and Sex' - Director Marti Lyons and actor Travis Turner are both cagey about revealing too much about The Mystery of Love and Sex. The 2015 drama, by lesbian playwright Bathsheba Doran ( Masters of Sex; Boardwalk Empire ), is now making its Chicago-area premiere at Writers Theatre in Glencoe. "One of the keys of the play is to not give too much ...


FILM-REVIEW-The-Assignment

FILM REVIEW The Assignment - Director: Walter Hill. Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Caitlin Gerard. Running time: 95 min. Release date: April 7 at the AMC Woodridge Michelle Rodriguez is no stranger to controversy. When she came out as bisexual in 2013, the only people who were surprised were those of us who had assumed she was totally lesbian. It's Christmas in ...


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Lambda Legal: Missouri Must Provide Health Care for Incarcerated Transgender Woman - From a press release - ( St. Louis, MO, April 5 2017 ) — Yesterday, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to order the Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) and Corizon LLC ( Corizon ), which MDOC contracts to provide healthcare at its facilities, to provide medically necessary, doctor-recommended health care for the treatment of gender dysphoria for Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old ...


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NCAA to return to N.C.: HRC, Equality NC, ACLU, NCLR respond - The NCAA announced on April 4 that it will return to North Carolina for championship events after the state, on March 30, reached a compromised repeal of HB2—the controversial statute that came to be known as "the bathroom bill." LGBTQ groups were initially quick to criticize the compromise, which they said still allows for discrimination. Among other things, said compromise ...


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BOOK REVIEW Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s-1980s - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Edited by Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden. $29.95; Skira Rizzoli; 190 pages Outsiders, put together by Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden, unites its subjects around the idea of observation. It's hard to see how else edgy Diane Arbus and documentarian Gordon Parks end up in the same book, which stems from a current Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition. Outsiders' ...


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National roundup: Calif. HIV bill, Lillian Faderman, Truth Awards Gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A bill that would modernize California's laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV cleared its first major legislative hurdle, an Equality California press release noted, as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 by a vote of five to two. The bill is authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...


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Entertainment: 'The Black Penguin,' Alexis Arquette, 'Grease' anniv. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andrew Evans has written The Black Penguin ( University of Wisconsin Press ), which describes how, as an "awkward, gay kid," he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin is Evans's memoir, travel tale and love story of his eventual journey to the farthest reaches of the map, ...


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Landmark Federal Court Decision Extends Workplace Protections to Lesbian, Gay People - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 4, 2017 ) —In a groundbreaking, 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. The court found that such discrimination is a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law ...


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LGBTs post several wins in municipal elections, Palatine school board victory - LGBT candidates, and supporters of LGBT issues, had strong showings in municipal elections throughout suburban Cook and collar counties on April 4. As of Wednesday afternoon, the results were as follows: Palatine: A slate consisting of candidates who had supported policies allowing transgender students access to the public accommodations of the gender with which they identify—Edward Yung, Robert LeFevre and ...


More-than-776000-awarded-for-HIV-prevention-among-young-gay-men-trans-persons-of-color

More than $776,000 awarded for HIV prevention among young gay men, trans persons of color - From a press release - DURBIN, DUCKWORTH ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $776,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HIV PREVENTION IN YOUNG GAY MEN WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin ( D-IL ) and Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded a total of $776,730 to Howard Brown Health Center and the Puerto Rican Cultural ...


Three-concerts-planned-connected-to-Chicago-Cabaret-Convention-opening-April-19

Three concerts planned connected to Chicago Cabaret Convention opening April 19 - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) New York's renowned musical organization, The Mabel Mercer Foundation, announced today that it will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth "Chicago Cabaret Convention." Three completely different concerts are planned, opening Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton, ...


Lambda-Legal-Judge-Gorsuchs-Refusal-to-Correct-his-Anti-LGBT-Record-is-Disqualifying

Lambda Legal: 'Judge Gorsuch's Refusal to Correct his Anti-LGBT Record is Disqualifying' - From a press release - ( New York, NY, April 3, 2017 ) — Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination for the Supreme Court to the full Senate for a vote. Lambda Legal opposes Judge Gorsuch's nomination and urges the full Senate to vote 'No'. "Judge Gorsuch's vision of the law excludes LGBT people from the ...


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Patricia Arquette, Moonlight and more rally for change at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Los Angeles, Sunday, April 2, 2017 — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ advocacy organization, honored Patricia Arquette, Troye Sivan, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will air exclusively on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Cameron ...


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Mary Lambert to release her first EP, Bold, May 5 - From a press release - March 31, 2017 — ( Los Angeles, CA ) — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has struck out on her own as an independent artist and will release her first EP, entitled Bold, on May 5th. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks entirely on her own, and wrote two with hit ...


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NC Gov. Roy Cooper's HB2 Betrayal: What They're Saying - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - On the eve of Transgender Day of Visibility, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore shamefully attempted to pass off to the public an egregious so-called "deal" that doubles down on the state's HB2-like discrimination against LGBTQ people — particularly transgender people. Over the past several days, civil rights groups including ...


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NCAVP reports possible hate violence homicide of Andrew Nesbitt in Madison - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hate-violence homicide of Andrew Nesbitt, age 46, who was found stabbed to death in his apartment in Madison, Wisconsin on March 27th, 2017. According to media reports, police have arrested a suspect, and have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. Andrew was a ...


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PASSAGES Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies - Gilbert Baker—best known for creating the LGBT symbol known as the rainbow flag—died in his sleep on March 30 in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. He was 65. Baker's first flag ( which had eight colors, but which now has six, after pink and turquoise were dropped ) flew over the 1978 Pride festivities in San Francisco. Harvey Milk, San ...


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North Carolina HB2 "repeal" passed, remains discriminatory - From press releases - ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn 'Fake' Repeal of HB 2 RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is delivering a letter to Gov. Roy ...


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GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD has unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. ...


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LGBTQ Advocates: Reject Backroom Deal on NC's HB2 - From press releases - From HRC and Equality North Carolina: HRC and Equality North Carolina urged North Carolina lawmakers to reject a backroom "deal" that would both continue the harms of the discriminatory HB2 law and push the possibility of full repeal further out of reach. The most recent proposal would specifically prohibit cities from passing protections ensuring that transgender people are able to ...


New-GLAAD-Study-Reveals-Twenty-Percent-of-Millennials-Identify-as-LGBTQ-

New GLAAD Study Reveals Twenty Percent of Millennials Identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll, which shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. The survey — fielded online November 2-4, 2016 among 2,037 U.S. adults ages 18 ...


An-analysis-of-the-state-foster-care-system

An analysis of the state foster-care system - ACLU is advocating for better outcomes for LGBT youth The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has had an official policy on caring for LGBT youth in foster care since 2001, according to DCFS sources. But it seems that many of the people responsible for enforcing that policy are unaware of its existence. While it does require caregivers to ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan! Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!"—Kristi Yamaguchi probably didn't think twice before mentioning broken limbs to Nancy Kerrigan. But am I the only one who thinks Dancing with the Stars ratings would have gone through the roof if they also invited Tonya Harding to compete? Who says you can't ...


BOOKS-Partner-violence-among-LGBTQs-presents-unique-challenges

BOOKS Partner violence among LGBTQs presents unique challenges - In new book, Chicago author dispels myths and finds intimate partner violence is more prevalent than believed Many LGBTQ people experience some form of violence from their partners at some point, but this often goes unreported and even unnoticed. In fact, more than 43 percent of lesbian women and 26 percent of gay men in the U.S. have experienced some ...







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