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Jeb-Bush-maintains-anti-marriage-equality-stance

Jeb Bush maintains anti-marriage equality stance - From a press release - WASHINGTON — During the Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC ) this week, some media reports have suggested that Jeb Bush is the "gay-friendly republican" of the 2016 cycle — even during the same week he is scheduled to meet with anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins. The Human Rights Campaign's Fred Sainz released the following statement: "At the end of the ...


Tennessee-couples-ask-Supreme-Court-to-end-checkerboard-of-marriage-laws

Tennessee couples ask Supreme Court to end checkerboard of marriage laws - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., February 27, 2015 )—Three couples challenging Tennessee's marriage ban filed a brief in the Supreme Court of the United States today, asking the Court to rule that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry and thereby put an end to "a checkerboard nation in which same-sex couples' marriages are dissolved and reestablished as they travel or move ...


KY-Senate-passes-Bathroom-Bully-Bill-Republicans-join-opposition

KY Senate passes "Bathroom Bully Bill", Republicans join opposition - From a press release - ( Frankfort, KY ) After a rare double committee vote—one virtually in secret—the Kentucky Senate passed Senator C.B. Embry's anti-transgender "Bathroom Bully Bill" Senate Bill 76 with a vote of 27-9 after lengthy debate. Three Republicans joined Senate Democrats opposing the bill, including Senator Jared Carpenter ( Berea ), Senator John Schickel ( Union ), and Senator Julie Raque Adams ...


Ohio-marriage-case-brief-filed-at-US-Supreme-Court

Ohio marriage case brief filed at U.S. Supreme Court - From a press release - ( Washington, February 27, 2015 ) - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and Ohio-based Gerhardstein & Branch today filed their brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Henry v. Hodges and Obergefell v. Hodges arguing that Ohio's ban on recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of ...


Same-sex-married-war-veteran-denied-veterans-benefits-

Same-sex married war veteran denied veterans benefits - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, strongly condemned a move by the Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ), requiring a female Iraq war veteran, Melissa Perkins-Fercha, to pay back her federal veterans benefits tied to her legal wife and daughter because the state of Texas does not recognize ...


Facebook-adds-free-form-field-for-gender-identity-

Facebook adds free-form field for gender identity - From press releases - From GLSEN NEW YORK ( Feb. 26, 2015 ) — GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, applauded Facebook's decision to allow users to add their own description beyond the pre-set options to accurately describe their gender identity. Users can also control with whom they share their gender identity, an important safety and privacy feature. "Facebook's new free-form field for gender ...


GLAAD-launches-new-HIV-and-AIDS-awareness-campaign

GLAAD launches new HIV and AIDS awareness campaign - From a press release - The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation joins campaign that includes new style guide for media, as well as public service announcements New York, Friday, February 27, 2015 — On the 83rd birthday of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, GLAAD today announced a new partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ) and AIDS United to renew the attention of Americans, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Benedict Cumberbatch—it's not only the most awesome name in show business, it's also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to announce Ben Affleck."—Neil Patrick Harris' callback to last year's Oscars, and part of his introduction of Idina Menzel and John Travolta. How can I start this column without talking about Lady Gaga. Even I, who knew she ...


Ricky-Martin-Beyond-the-Bon-Bon

Ricky Martin: Beyond the 'Bon Bon' - Ricky Martin talks love life, shirtless selfies and how he'd react to having gay sons A single tweet changed Ricky Martin's life, and then it changed the world. When the internationally famed Puerto Rican heartthrob came out in 2010, declaring himself on Twitter "a fortunate homosexual man" who's "very blessed to be who I am," Martin, 43, stepped out of ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Betty-Buckley-puts-out-haunting-Ghostlight

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Betty Buckley puts out haunting 'Ghostlight' - Tony Award winner Betty Buckley has taken on TV, movies and musicals over the years in a very lengthy career that continues to shine. She is also an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. Her Broadway break came in 1969 for the musical 1776. Sunset Boulevard brought her an Olivier Award then Cats won her the Tony. Movies have included ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Escape-Artist

BOOK REVIEW The Escape Artist - By Judith Katz. $13.46; Bywater Books; 314 pages   Originally published in 1997, The Escape Artist reappears under a new publishing company with all its magic intact. A shul for whores, 1900s Buenos Aires, cross-dressing, magical tricks and a charming love story between two young Jewish women—that is the recipe concocted here and laid out in a story that provides ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Circle-Maggie-Smith-

Knight at the Movies: The Circle; Maggie Smith - Although a bit clunky in execution, the story related in director Stefan Haupt's The Circle ( Der Kreis ) is nevertheless such a powerful and tender one that it quickly overcomes its minor shortcomings. It's lovely to know that Switzerland thought so highly of the movie it made the film its official submission for both Golden Globe and Oscar consideration. ...


VIEWS-A-road-map-beyond-Black-History-Month

VIEWS A road map beyond Black History Month - Black History Month ( which kicked off Feb. 1 ) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans. If Dr. Carter Woodson, the "Father of Black History," were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African-American community. It speaks volumes about our survival ...


National-HRC-on-anti-LGBT-bills-Wal-Mart-biased

National: HRC on anti-LGBT bills; Wal-Mart biased - HRC report warns of anti-LGBT bills The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide, "Chipping Away at Equality," that compiles more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality via religious language, according to a press release. Many ...


Report-Michael-Sam-to-take-up-Dancing-

Report: Michael Sam to take up 'Dancing' - Michael Sam is reportedly set to compete in a different area: dancing. TMZ has reported that Sam will be participating on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Yahoo! Sports noted. Sam, who announced to the world a little more than a year ago that he's gay, is not currently on an NFL roster. The free-agent defensive end has been out of ...


National-Pol-and-trans-granddaughter-suicide-FBI-and-Fred-Phelps

National: Pol and trans granddaughter; suicide; FBI and Fred Phelps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) has opened up about his transgender granddaughter, according to a Huffington Post column by Marsha Aizumi. Honda discussed his grandchild in a video at Courageous Conversation, a one-day symposium for superintendents and school leaders that focuses on how to make schools safer for their students. In addition, he posted a photo of both ...


Entertainment-Darren-Criss-Kelly-Clarkson-chef-Art-Smith-Tom-Ford

Entertainment: Darren Criss; Kelly Clarkson; chef Art Smith; Tom Ford - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Glee star Darren Criss is set to replace John Cameron Mitchell in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to NewNowNext.com. Mitchell is temporarily stepping out from the show to recover from a knee surgery, but is expected back late in February. After Mitchell leaves the show for good, though, Criss will step into those iconic heels ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Actor-Colm-Feore-reigns-as-King-Lear

NUNN ON ONE Actor Colm Feore reigns as 'King Lear' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Colm Feore became a actor after leaving his birthplace of Boston behind, attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. His skills grew from working at the Stratford Festival of Canada playing many leading parts in the works of Shakespeare. He went on to Broadway in Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. His movie career includes roles in Pearl ...


New-rule-defining-spouse-in-Family-and-Medical-Leave-Act-could-impact-118000-

New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 - From a Williams Institute press release - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that eligible workers in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take federal job-protected family and medical leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) and extends these rights ...


Gay-Games-generated-68M-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-noms-due

Gay Games generated $6.8M; Sports Hall of Fame noms due - Report: Gay Games generated $6.8M The Gay Games that took place in Cleveland, Ohio, last summer generated $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Crain's Cleveland Business reported. The report was issued in conjunction with a panel discussion, "2014 Gay Games Lessons ...


Oscars-NPH-Lady-Gaga-and-inclusive-remarks

Oscars: NPH, Lady Gaga and inclusive remarks - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 87th Academy Awards Feb. 22—and most of the wins went as expected. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her role in the Alzheimer's drama Still Alice (directed by same-sex couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland), Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and J.K. Simmons (previously known for ...


DoL-extends-Family-and-Medical-Leave-Act-to-same-sex-spouses

DoL extends Family and Medical Leave Act to same-sex spouses - From a press release - The Family Equality Council applauds the Department of Labor's issuance today of a final rule change extending access to job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) to employees with same-sex spouses regardless of where in the country they live. Under the old rule, the FMLA required that an employee live in a state that recognized ...


Maya-Angelou-to-be-honored-with-Forever-stamp

Maya Angelou to be honored with Forever stamp - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou — the beloved author, poet, actress and champion of equality — with a Forever Stamp. "Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word," said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. "Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, ...


Randy-Berry-is-State-Departments-first-LGBT-Human-Rights-Envoy-

Randy Berry is State Department's first LGBT Human Rights Envoy - From press releases - From an HRC press release WASHINGTON —— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) applauded the appointment of Randy W. Berry, a veteran senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, as the State Department's first ever LGBT Human Rights Envoy. HRC praised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for creating this new senior-level position to oversee the United ...


10-M-invested-in-HIV-AIDS-response-in-two-cities-hit-hard-by-HIV-AIDS

$10 M invested in HIV/AIDS response in two cities hit hard by HIV/AIDS - From a press release - RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ViiV Healthcare today announced the launch of a four-year, $10 million initial investment to fuel a concerted community response to the HIV epidemic among Black Men who have Sex with Men ( MSM ) in Baltimore, Maryland and Jackson, Mississippi, two U.S. cities hard hit by HIV/AIDS. The goal for this ...


Defense-Secretary-Ashton-Carter-comments-on-transgender-service

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comments on transgender service - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, at a town hall in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter answered a question concerning service by transgender people, saying "I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them." The American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the statement with a call to action urging the ...


US-murders-of-trans-and-gender-exploring-people-continue

U.S. murders of trans and gender-exploring people continue - Following the Feb. 10 murder of transgender woman Penny Proud in New Orleans, the community nationwide was stunned as two more trans and gender-exploring individuals were slain in the United States within the span of five days. On Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio, 22-year-old Brian Golec was stabbed to death by Golec's father who is now in police custody under ...


SPLC-suit-demands-healthcare-for-transgender-inmate-in-Georgia-prison

SPLC suit demands healthcare for transgender inmate in Georgia prison - From a press release - MACON, Ga. — The Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender woman who has been denied medically necessary treatment and sexually assaulted by other inmates while held at a men's prison. WATCH: Ashley made secret video inside the prison to tell her story - ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Lawrence-Massachusetts-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Lawrence, Massachusetts - From a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violencehomicide of Oscar Mendez in Lawrence, Massachusetts. According to local media, Miguel Rivera, 50, is accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend, Oscar Mendez, 39, at their apartment. Rivera was also injured during the altercation This is the seventh intimate partner, family, or stalking related homicide ...


HUD-tells-homeless-shelters-to-respect-self-identified-gender

HUD tells homeless shelters to respect self-identified gender - From the National Center for Transgender Equality - Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) released long-awaited guidance to ensure equal access for transgender people in homeless shelters. The guidance, issued to shelters and transitional housing programs across the country, call for access to shelter and programs to be based on a person's self-identified gender. This follows similar guidance issued by the Department of ...


Alan-Cumming-stars-in-GLAAD-GMHC-campaign-on-FDAs-blood-donor-policy

Alan Cumming stars in GLAAD/GMHC campaign on FDA's blood donor policy - From a press release - New York, Thursday, February 19, 2015 — A coalition of organizations, including GLAAD and Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ), today launch a new PSA and social media campaign starring Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ( FDA's ) blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men. Created by Saatchi ...


Lesbian-couple-weds-in-Texas

Lesbian couple weds in Texas - The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin, according to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The Feb. 19 ruling does not invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of ...


Looming-dilemma-Choosing-an-advocate

Looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate - Just beyond the February 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. The event will be ...


National-Gay-and-Lesbian-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-nominations-open-

National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame nominations open - From a press release - ( Chicago, February 18th, 2015 ) — The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2015. Nominees can be gay or lesbian individuals, organizations that have made tremendous strides in recognizing gay and lesbian athletes, or individual "Allies." The nomination form can be found at www.gayandlesbiansports.com and is due by March ...


Epidemic-Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-largely-ignored

Epidemic: Murders of trans women of color largely ignored - [Originally posted Feb. 15 at Windy City Times] Shortly after Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time magazine last year, the media worldwide erupted with stories and opinions concerning the Transgender Tipping Point. Attempting to discern what it really meant, a June 24, 2014 editorial in the New Statesman declared that "something enormous is happening in our culture. In ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - - "The audience, for the most part, is awake because they're bobbing up and down all the time. And we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges. But we're not—at least I wasn't—100% sober, because before we went to the State of the Union, we had dinner together."—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains why she was dozing off during the State of ...


Two-reports-detail-wide-discrimination-against-transgender-Americans-

Two reports detail wide discrimination against transgender Americans - - When the Supreme Court of the United States rules on the issue of same-sex marriage later this year, many of the advocacy organizations and groups nationwide that have fought for a resolution to the issue are hopeful that LGBTQ equality will take a giant leap forward. However two reports released February 18 by the Denver-based LGBT think tank The Movement ...


Rep-Honda-speaks-about-transgender-granddaughter

Rep. Honda speaks about transgender granddaughter - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — PFLAG National and The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) have issued the following joint note of support to Congressman Mike Honda ( CA-17 ), who at today's Courageous Conversation symposium in Los Angeles, CA, shared that he has a beloved transgender granddaughter: On behalf of the many API and LGBTQ families across this ...


Openly-gay-man-Chief-of-Staff-for-Secretary-of-Defense

Openly gay man Chief of Staff for Secretary of Defense - From an American Military Partner Association press release - WASHINGTON, DC - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, released the following statement today in response to Eric Fanning's appointment as the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Defense. "We are thrilled to see Fanning's appointment because of his experience first and ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-From-Bristol-to-Budapest-with-singer-George-Ezra

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC From Bristol to 'Budapest' with singer George Ezra - Young upstart George Ezra is ready to conquer this side of the pond and with recent tour mates he's well on his way. The new album Wanted on Voyage has spawned an iTunes Single of the Week, with "Budapest" hitting nearly 86 million streams. His sound has crossed borders, taking on both Alternative and Adult Top 40 charts. In his ...


SAGE-announces-holistic-approach-to-housing-initiative

SAGE announces holistic approach to housing initiative - Last month, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ) members convened at the New York SAGE Center to announce its nationwide housing initiative, addressing its national strategy to alleviate LGBT elder housing issues. Leaders from many major SAGE partners, including Equal Rights Center ( ERC ), Enterprise Community and HELP USA were assembled on a panel to articulate ...


For-gay-diver-ring-is-more-important-than-championship

For gay diver, ring is more important than championship - MACOMB—Doug Ogilvie knew his boyfriend Eric Fashimpaur planned to propose. Fashimpaur let him see the engagement ring to ensure he liked it. He learned Ogilvie's ring size to know it would fit. But when would it happen. Valentine's Day 2014 didn't seem to be the day since Fashimpaur said he had to work, so Ogilvie went to breakfast at the ...


Entertainment-news-Ricky-Martin-Melissa-Manchester-Madonna-banned

Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin will start his 20-date "One World" tour in North America on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Las Vegas, according to a press release. ( Other stops include Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami, among others. ) The tour is in support of his newest album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Whomever Wants to Listen ). Speaking of Martin, ...


BOOKS-Love-Together-looks-at-longtime-gay-couples-

BOOKS 'Love Together' looks at longtime gay couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin—aside from having more "o's" in it than any other city in the country, it's also where Tim Clausen as called home for most of his life. The city played host to the very first screening in the world of the Wizard of Oz in 1939, and it is a fitting tribute that the sleepy bastion of Milwaukee vacation ...


HRC-Arkansas-to-gov-Veto-SB202

HRC Arkansas to gov: Veto SB202 - From a press release - Little Rock— Today, HRC Arkansas calls on Governor Asa Hutchinson to exercise his executive powers and veto Senate Bill 202 ( SB202 ), which would prohibit municipalities from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people. Anti-LGBT Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester is sponsor of SB202, the "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act". If SB202 takes effect, Arkansas cities will lose their ability ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Vicki-Lawrence-takes-Mama-on-a-road-trip

NUNN ON ONE Vicki Lawrence takes 'Mama' on a road trip - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Vicki Lawrence has entertained generations for decades as a triple threat: an actress, a comedienne and a singer. She began on CBS playing multiple characters on The Carol Burnett Show for its entire run. During the sixth season, Thelma Harper was born, playing Eunice Higgins's mother. Mama's Family eventually got its own show and still remains popular in syndication. She ...


National-news-LGBT-domain-

National news: '.LGBT' domain; - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - '.LGBT' domain off and running Five companies and individuals on both sides of the Atlantic have helped initiate the ".LGBT" domain. The pioneering companies/people are #Boom Magazine ( www.boom.lgbt ), The Original LGBT Expo ( www.expo.lgbt ), legal expert Angela Giampolo ( www.lawyer.lgbt ), Out Now ( www.OutNow.lgbt ) and digital media company PinkNews ( www.pinknews.lgbt ). Dublin-based global domain-registry ...


Landmark-study-proves-LGBTQ-canvassers-get-lasting-results

Landmark study proves LGBTQ canvassers get lasting results - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the Feb. 24 mayoral elections around the corner, armies of voter canvassers—some paid professionals, some volunteers—will work their way through entire zip-codes knocking on front doors never knowing with absolute certainly the sort of reception that awaits them. In one of seven myths about voter canvassing, the website Voter Gravity stated "as hard as it is for people to ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Miss-Fame-journeys-from-the-farm-to-RuPauls-Drag-Race

NUNN ON ONE: TV Miss Fame journeys from the farm to 'RuPaul's Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Searching for America's next drag superstar is never easy and now a whole race begins with season seven. RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo continues to grow in popularity on the Logo Channel. Revving up this time is New York candidate Miss Fame. First taking on the modeling world then moving into makeup has not been an easy road. Windy City ...


-Natl-roundup-Larry-Kramers-honor-cold-case-revived-Kristin-Beck

Nat'l roundup: Larry Kramer's honor; cold case revived; Kristin Beck - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York City-based Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) will host its annual spring gala Monday, March 23, and plans to honor Larry Kramer, according to a press release. Kramer is one of the organization's original six founders, and is the award-winning writer of the play and HBO's Emmy-winning film adaptation of The Normal Heart. Founded in 1982 by ...


ACLU-urges-federal-court-to-force-DCFS-changes

ACLU urges federal court to force DCFS changes - From a press release - CHICAGO — Citing risk of harm to thousands of children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ), the ACLU of Illinois has asked a federal judge to order DCFS to jump-start reforms at the agency. The request to the court comes after more than four months of unsuccessful negotiations during which the ...


Army-considers-change-in-policy-on-transgender-soldiers

Army considers change in policy on transgender soldiers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) released the following statement today in response to the news that the Army is considering a policy change regarding dismissal of transgender service members, who are still prohibited from serving openly. According to documents obtained by USA Today, any decision to discharge a transgender service member will soon need ...


PASSAGES-Leslie-Gore-dies-at-68

PASSAGES Leslie Gore dies at 68 - Leslie Gore—a singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her song "It's My Party" and followed it with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me"—has died at age 68, according to Newstalk1010.com. According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Feb. 16 of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Quincy Jones discovered Gore ...


Muslim-youth-group-condemns-shooting-in-Copenhagen

Muslim youth group condemns shooting in Copenhagen - From a press release - Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ( AMYA ), an auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, categorically condemns today's unconscionable shooting in Copenhagen and offers its prayers and support for the citizens of Denmark and all peace-loving people around the world. "We are deeply pained to know that another shooting has taken place," said Dr. Bilal Rana, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim ...


New-poll-shows-60-percent-of-likely-voters-support-marriage-equality

New poll shows 60 percent of likely voters support marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, ( HRC ) released the results from a new national poll commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The survey showed support for marriage equality continues to expand and that there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the ...


New-GLAAD-report-maps-long-road-to-full-LGBT-acceptance-

New GLAAD report maps long road to full LGBT acceptance - From a press release - GLAAD surveys conducted by Harris Poll show some Americans still 'very uncomfortable' with LGBT families and co-workers GLAAD has released "Accelerating Acceptance," based on two surveys — conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll - which reveal some non-LGBT Americans still report substantial levels of discomfort with LGBT co-workers, family, and neighbors, despite historic legal progress for marriage equality. The ...


Nation-now-has-first-bisexual-governor-

Nation now has first bisexual governor - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted his resignation Feb. 13, just one month into his record fourth term in office—and that move has made Secretary of State Kate Brown the first bisexual governor in the United States, The Atlantic noted. The resignation will take effect Wed., Feb. 18. Kitzhaber's fate was all but sealed Feb. 12, after Brown issued a statement ...


Gerber-House-granted-national-landmark-status-

Gerber House granted national landmark status - The Henry Gerber House, 1710 N. Crilly Ct., got a step closer to becoming a National Historic Landmark Feb. 12, according to reports. It would be the second LGBT-related National Historic Landmark, after the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The National Park System Advisory Board National Historic Landmarks Committee approved the recognition in a unanimous vote in Washington D.C. ...


Fed-Judge-to-Alabama-Judge-Issue-marriage-licenses-

Fed Judge to Alabama Judge: Issue marriage licenses - From a press release - ( Mobile, AL, February 12, 2015 )—Moments ago, United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade instructed Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Today's order followed a hearing in which four same-sex couples, who were unable to obtain marriage licenses in Mobile on Monday when marriage equality went into effect in the ...


Army-approves-hormone-treatment-for-Manning-

Army approves hormone treatment for Manning - The U.S. Army has approved hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking national-security secrets to Wikileaks, according to NBC News. Manning revealed her gender identity as a transgender female after being convicted and sentenced to 35 years in military prison at Fort Leavenworth in July 2013. Chase Strangio—attorney with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & HIV ...


Lesbian-feminist-Barbara-Smith-remains-focused

Lesbian feminist Barbara Smith remains focused - Steadfast Black lesbian feminist activist Barbara Smith has never colored in the lines, and after 40 years fighting for equal rights, she isn't about to start now. "I see all of my work as being connected. So although some people would say, 'You're a publisher;' 'you're a Black feminist activist;' 'you were involved in the civil-rights movement, but also in ...


Jada-Pinkett-Smith-brings-her-edge-to-Gotham

Jada Pinkett Smith brings her edge to 'Gotham' - Since the '90s, Jada Pinkett Smith has built a strong movie career from The Nutty Professor to the Matrix and Madagascar franchises. In her spare time she created a production company, sang in a rock band named Wicked Wisdom and authored a book. She also grew a megastar family after marrying Will Smith with two now famous children. She has ...


VIEWS-The-case-of-Bruce-Jenner-and-our-transphobia

VIEWS The case of Bruce Jenner, and our transphobia - What happens when the voracious 24/7 news cycle clashes with the personal journey of a bold-faced name who appears to be coming into their own as transgender? You get a wave of what many people are interpreting as transphobic coverage. It began on the retouched cover of InTouch, stretched across social media, and landed on the front-page of Saturday's New ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-A-Grey-day-Black-history-and-Oscar-gold

Knight at the Movies: A 'Grey' day, Black history and (Oscar) gold - Just in time for Valentine's Day, here comes Fifty Shades of Grey, the dirty-movie adaptation of the dirty-book phenomenon from E.L. James ( a modern-day Jackie Susann of sorts ). Based on the advance buzz, the most interesting things about the forthcoming cinema sexcapade seem to be all the instances of "no" connected with it. There's no NC-17 rating thanks ...


Kansas-governor-removes-LGBT-protections

Kansas governor removes LGBT protections - Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas, issued an executive order to remove discrimination protections for LGBT state employees, The Chicago Tribune reported. State employees in Kansas can now legally be fired, harassed or denied a job for being gay or transgender, LGBT-rights advocates said. Brownback said an 2007 executive order by Kathleen Sebelius—who was then the state's Democratic governor—went too ...


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Laverne Cox to co-star on CBS pilot - Laverne Cox already made history, becoming the first openly transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination for her breakout role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. However, she is now looking to break more ground with the first transgender series regular character on broadcast TV played by a transgender actor, according to Deadline. Cox is set to co-star ...


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Billy Masters - "Even though some of your friends might be gay, which is great, they are not 'yours.' You do not own them. We are not cattle. We are not purses. And the next time you feel like saying 'my gays,' replace it with 'my Blacks' and see how that turns out."—Andy Cohen gives The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills a piece ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 46th Ward candidates sound off in debate - - The three candidates vying for the 46th Ward's city council seat—incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, lawyer Amy Crawford and activist Denice Davis—faced off in a debate over the neighborhood's issues in a debate at People's Church, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Feb. 8. Cappleman said that development had flourished under his watch—pointing to the renovation of the Wilson Ave L-station as ...


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VIEWS Remembering the Lovings this Valentine's Day - On this upcoming Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage that many LGBTQ activists are still struggling for in their states. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving ( 1942- 2008 ), who I am honoring as one of my sheroes for Black ...


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Urban Outfitters markets tapestry with Nazi-era anti-gay imagery - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) joined the Anti-Defamation League in calling out retailer Urban Outfitters for selling a striped tapestry featuring a single pink triangle, an unmistakable echo of uniforms Nazis issued to suspected gay male concentration camp prisoners. "Urban Outfitters has seized yet again on imagery of the Holocaust, one of the most abhorrent ...


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Masen Davis 'extremely proud' of time at Transgender Law Center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kris Hayashi moves from deputy director to executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) on Feb. 1, replacing Masen Davis, who is leaving the organization Feb. 15. Davis, 43, has been with TLC for more than seven years and said he wants to "remain in the movement," although he first plans to take a break, ...


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Entertainment: Lance Bass at wedding; Andy Cohen; Lea DeLaria engaged; DGA Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former 'NSYNC member Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin were on hand Feb. 5 as an ambassador at a mass wedding ceremony celebrating 100 LGBT and straight couples in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to NBC Miami. Dubbed "Love is Love," the mass wedding was originally slated to take place on the beach; however, inclement weather forced the couples to an ...


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National roundup: Michigan marriages; mayor's honor; killer found - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that his administration will recognize 300 same-sex marriages that took place during a 24-hour window when they were legal in Michigan last year, according to Advocate.com. However, that doesn't change the Republican administration's plan to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court later this year. The case out of Michigan ...


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President Obama supports marriage equality in Alabama - From a joint NCLR, ACLU press release - ( Washington, DC., February 10, 2015 )—Today, in an interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama stated that he would welcome a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry in every state, stating: "It's time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have the same rights ...


Book-on-bisexual-men-aims-to-fill-a-long-held-void

Book on bisexual men aims to fill a long-held void - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men is an anthology featuring the voices and stories of 61 cisgender and transgender bisexual, pansexual, polysexual and fluid men. The authors range in age from 20 to 77, with multiple contributors in each decade. The two steadfast editors behind the compilation are a white woman ( Robyn Ochs ) and an African-American man ( ...







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