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President-Obama-speaks-on-ten-year-anniversary-of-Katrina

President Obama speaks on ten-year anniversary of Katrina - From the White House - Remarks by the President, 4 p.n. CDT, at the Andrew Sanchez Community Center, New Orleans, Louisiana: THE PRESIDENT: Everybody, have a seat. Hello, everybody! Where y'at? It is good to be back in the Big Easy. And this is the weather in August all the time, right? ( Laughter. ) As soon as I land in New Orleans, ...


Portland-Oregon-Catholic-school-to-protect-openly-gay-employees-

Portland, Oregon, Catholic school to protect openly gay employees - From press releases - Press release from DignityUSA: DignityUSA, the nation's foremost organization of LGBT Catholics, celebrates the decision of the Board and administration of St. Mary's Academy to add sexual orientation to their employment non-discrimination policy, and to welcome LGBT people, even if married or considering marriage, to their staff. The decision follows a community outcry after the Catholic school withdrew a job ...


Actor-Lily-Tomlin-talks-Grandma-Grace-and-being-grateful

Actor Lily Tomlin talks 'Grandma,' 'Grace' and being grateful - How delightful is it to see Lily Tomlin, one of the heroes of Our Community, having such a good year? First, there has been her reteaming with Jane Fonda ( her onscreen pal from the adored feminist comedy 9 to 5 ) in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, in which Tomlin brings her endearing character, an aging hippie, depth, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Filth: disgustingly offensive dirt, garbage, anything viewed as grossly indecent or obscene. That's how Mr. Webster defines "filth," and who would argue with him? With that definition and those words, this column was launched 20 years ago. Back then, it was called "Filth" and it was supposed to be a temporary gig. But here I am, two decades later, wondering ...


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Gilded lilies: Lily Tomlin, Laverne Cox unite in 'Grandma' - A pair of LGBT icons from different generations—beloved septuagenarian Lily Tomlin and more recently minted trailblazer Laverne Cox—come together in the acclaimed feature dramedy Grandma. It's certainly an apropos collaboration, since one of the Sundance Film Festival hit's themes is how generations collide and, despite some friction, can potentially join forces in the spirit of support for a mutual cause. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Lily Tomlin; the late, great Laird Cregar - Lily plays a grandma In Grandma, from writer-director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin plays a character who is a lesbian—a big one. Elle Reid is a loud, proud, majorly out lesbian who is unapologetic in her feminist, humanist views and isn't exactly shy about expressing them to all and sundry. Tomlin has played a lesbian character before—in Tea with Mussolini, co-starring ...


Gary-Gates-on-the-past-present-and-future-LGBT-movement

Gary Gates on the past, present and future LGBT movement - Researching the demographic characteristics of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population is no easy task, but it's a business Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar & Williams Institute Research Director Gary J. Gates has perfected over time. "I see much of my work as attempting to make visible LGBT populations that have historically not been visible in data sources often used to ...


Trans-group-to-hold-education-rally-outside-Warner-Bros-on-Stonewall-film-

Trans group to hold 'education rally' outside Warner Bros on Stonewall film - A group of educators and organizers will hold an educational event in response to the new film Stonewall, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m., Warner Brothers Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, Ca. 91505. Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions, or SAID, hosts an education rally regarding the highly disputed Stonewall film. Professors, historians, noted advocates and community leaders are scheduled to speak ...


Report-Militarys-transgender-ban-could-end-by-May-2016

Report: Military's transgender ban could end by May 2016 - From press releases - Washington — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, responded to a report by USA Today that the military could officially lift its ban on transgender service by May of 2016. "For far too long, transgender service members and their families have been ...


Virginia-shooter-gay-manifesto-says

Virginia shooter gay, manifesto says - In a manifesto, Vester Lee Flanagan II—who shot and killed WDBJ7-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on Aug. 26 before taking his own life—says he was a gay Black man. He also apparently claims he was a victim of homophobia from his co-workers, including "black men and white females," Breitbart reported. Flanagan, additionally, reportedly left a suicide note ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2015-Toyota-Camry-hybrid-still-young-and-restless

VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota Camry hybrid still young and restless - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - You have to wonder how anyone can afford a new car these days when the average price for a new vehicle is running about $28,000, and the monthly payment on a new car starts at around $400. In this scenario, this year's Toyota Camry Hybrid ( completely redesigned for 2015 ) is average. But in every other field of consideration, ...


BOOKS-Angela-Koenig-Lesbian-Chicago-novelist-on-works-influences-

BOOKS Angela Koenig: Lesbian Chicago novelist on works, influences - Chicago lesbian novelist Angela Koenig grew up in rural Nebraska and lived in Sioux City, Iowa. Then, she lived in Denver and San Francisco for a number of years before returning to the Midwest. She's the author of Rebellion in Ulster, a novel that followed a dashing lesbian scholar's path to becoming a revolutionary. Its sequel, Rendezvous in the Himalaya, ...


BOOKS-New-book-spotlights-out-high-school-and-college-athletes

BOOKS New book spotlights out high-school and college athletes - Jeff Sheng played tennis his first three years at Thousand Oaks High School in California, but opted not to play as a senior. He was closeted, afraid to come out at the time. Now 34, and still based in Southern California, Sheng is back on the court. He's not holding back his swing, nor his sexual orientation. After all, he ...


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MOVIES Becoming 'Friends' with Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Max Joseph - There's a new group of Friends in town and this time there is a musical spin to it. Max Joseph, from MTV's Catfish, is directing the new film We Are Your Friends. The story surrounds Cole Carter, played by actor Zac Efron ( Hairspray; Neighbors ), who's to be a DJ from celebrity musicmaker James Reed. Emily Ratajkowski—who many know ...


Homeland-Security-raids-Rentboycom-offices-in-New-York-

Homeland Security raids Rentboy.com offices in New York - From press releases - Transgender Law Center condemns Rentboy.com raid Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly raided the offices of Rentboy.com in New York, which has been operating in public view for 18 years, and arrested several staff on charges of racketeering and promoting prostitution. This bust comes at a time when human rights advocates globally are uniting around a call to decriminalize ...


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Entertainment: Josh Hutcherson; 'Atlanta'; Zachary Quinto; Adam Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has said he wishes he could shut down Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT charity he helped co-found in 2011, as a way to combat homophobia in schools, and "positively influence the perception of and behavior towards LGBTQ peers," NewNowNext.com. The organization is still going strong, but he's hoping that one day soon, it won't ...


National-Hillary-Texas-hate-crime-Trump-18th-trans-murder

National: Hillary; Texas hate crime; Trump; 18th trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid media reports of clerks of officials refusing to issue marriage licenses, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage "needs to be enforced across our country," The Washington Blade reported. At a town-hall meeting in Las Vegas, Clinton said, "First, as president, I will do everything I can to make sure that marriage ...


GOP-candidates-duck-on-the-Equality-Act-

GOP candidates duck on the Equality Act - Polling shows that Americans will oppose candidates who are against Equality Act protections WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on the Republican candidates running for president to tell the American public where they stand on the Equality Act, a landmark federal non-discrimination bill that would finally extend key civil rights protections to LGBT Americans. ...


Ellen-Page-challenges-Ted-Cruz-on-LGBT-discrimination-at-Iowa-State-Fair-

Ellen Page challenges Ted Cruz on LGBT discrimination at Iowa State Fair - From a press release, link to video included - WASHINGTON — Today, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz found himself on the defensive in Iowa after his speech on the Des Moines Register Soap Box after taking questions from actress Ellen Page, who came out in 2014 at HRC's Time to Thrive conference. Watch the exchange at the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/ellen-page-grills-ted-cruz-iowa-state-fair-33231356 . Page has become an activist and role model for ...


NIH-Research-at-crucial-point-in-AIDS-pandemic

NIH: Research at crucial point in AIDS pandemic - From a press release - Extraordinary progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research over the last 34 years, transforming what was once a terrifying and almost inevitably fatal disease into a treatable disorder. People with HIV/AIDS can now experience an almost normal life expectancy if antiretrovirals are started promptly and continued for life. But the disease remains a significant public health concern, with approximately 50,000 ...


Black-gay-dads-behind-photo-split

Black gay dads behind photo split - The two African-American dads who cultivated a large Internet following due to their photo-perfect family have split, People reported. In a letter to their 187,000 followers that spanned six Instagram posts, Caleb Anthony, 27, revealed that he and Kordale Lewis, 26, are "no longer together." The Atlanta couple, who have two young daughters and a son, generated a huge Web ...


Social-Security-will-retroactively-grant-spousal-benefits-in-Lambda-case-

Social Security will retroactively grant spousal benefits in Lambda case - From a Lambda Legal press release - "With this good news, we are hopeful that widows, widowers and retirees, wherever they lived, who need Social Security spousal benefits will be able to receive them." ( Chicago, August 20, 2015 ) — Today, in a status conference with Lambda Legal in federal court in Chicago, the Department of Justice announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) ...


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Knight at the Movies: Blackbird; Olive Films - Blackbird Patrik-Ian Polk has been dubbed "The father of gay Black cinema"—a title he is only too happy to claim, as he told The Guardian in a recent interview. The 42-year-old filmmaker has been a torchbearer in that area for close to 20 years beginning, with his film Punks in 2000, although it was Noah's Arc, his series for Logo ...


AFER-shutting-down

AFER shutting down - The American Foundation for Equal Rights ( AFER )—which fought to overturn California's anti-gay Proposition 8—has announced it is ceasing operations. The announcement came approximately a month after the U.S. Supreme Court victory on marriage equality and the Freedom To Marry's decision to close down as well. Activists Chad Griffin ( now the president of the Human Rights Campaign ) ...


DANCING-ABOUT-ARCHITECTURE-Annual-September-collection

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE Annual September collection - The release day of the week ( now Friday ) may have changed along with the rest of the music industry, but one thing remains chronologically constant in our world, and that is September being an amazing month for new albums. Traditionally tied in with back-to-school and to give artists enough time to promote for the holiday buying months, September ...


NCAVP-mourns-deaths-across-the-nation

NCAVP mourns deaths across the nation - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Kandis Capri of Phoenix, AZ; Elisha Walker of Rowan County, NC; and Tamara Dominguez in Kansas City, MO. This spike in violence now brings the total number of reported homicides against transgender or gender non-conforming people to 17. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Kandis Capri, ...


Missouri-Court-of-Appeals-allows-lesbian-mother-to-seek-custody

Missouri Court of Appeals allows lesbian mother to seek custody - From a press release - ( Kansas City, MO, August 18, 2015 )—Today, the Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Missouri held that a woman who planned for and raised twin children with her long-term same-sex partner can seek custody of the children. In McGaw v. McGaw, two women in a committed relationship had twins through donor insemination and raised the children together ...


Minor-League-Baseball-player-comes-out-another-milestone

Minor League Baseball player comes out "...another milestone" - Billy Bean received a random text message during spring training for the 2015 baseball season from David Denson who said he plays baseball, though was a bit short on specifics, and was hoping Bean, the Major League Baseball Ambassador for Inclusion, would call him back. They talked the next day and Bean sensed Denson was young. Denson said he played ...


Call-it-Out-RNC-quietly-passes-anti-LGBT-resolution

Call it Out: RNC quietly passes anti-LGBT resolution - From a press release - WASHINGTON —The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that the Republican National Committee ( RNC ) passed an anti-LGBT resolution in support of the First Amendment Defense Act ( FADA ). Going far beyond protecting the rights established in the First Amendment, this anti-LGBT legislation would undermine the rule of law and promote ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-The-Equality-Act

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL The Equality Act - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the introduction of the Equality Act in July, questions have arisen about just how the bill is designed to protect LGBT people and its potential impact on employers, businesses and religious entities. In an attempt to answer many of these questions, legal teams at Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for American Progress, Family Equality Council, Human Rights ...


National-roundup-Ohio-ruling-trans-candidate-Missouri-murder

National roundup: Ohio ruling; trans candidate; Missouri murder - n Ohio, the Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct ruled that the state's judges should not refuse to perform same-sex marriages based on personal or religious beliefs, Reuters reported. The advisory ( and non-binding ) opinion was issued in response to inquiries from judges and a judicial association seeking guidance, after a number of Ohio judges refused to marry same-sex ...


Entertainment-news-Ellen-Eddie-Redmayne-Dolly-Parton-Sam-Smith

Entertainment news: Ellen; Eddie Redmayne; Dolly Parton; Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will kick off the 13th season of Ellen DeGeneres' The Ellen Show," according to Page Six. "These 3 women are changing the world," The Ellen Show tweeted along with a photo of the trio. The new season of the show premieres Sept. 8 on NBC. Speaking of DeGeneres, she's ...


NLGJA-lists-2015-inductees-to-LGBT-Journalists-Hall-of-Fame

NLGJA lists 2015 inductees to LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame - From a press release - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 and the 10th year of our LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame. Please join us in recognizing this year's inductee: Randy Alfred, Alison Bechdel, Alan Bell, Lou Chibbaro, Jr., Charles Kaiser and Armistead Maupin. Leroy Aarons founded NLGJA in 1990 — and inspired us ...


LGBTQs-in-LA-protest-homicides-targeting-transgender-people

LGBTQs in LA protest homicides targeting transgender people - Today, Tuesday, August 18 in Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m., LGBTQ activists and community leaders will be holding a rally to call for an end to the continued violence and homicides targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people taking place throughout the country. Supported by the National LGBTQ Task Force, the rally is organized by TransLatin@ Coalition, FAMILIA: Trans and Queer ...


Designer-Dolce-apologizes-for-comment

Designer Dolce apologizes for comment - Italian fashion designer Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana has apologized for controversial comments he made opposing gay adoption and in-vitro fertilization, The Huffington Post reported. "I've done some soul-searching," Dolce told Vogue. "I've talked to Stefano a lot about this. I realized my words were inappropriate, and I apologize." The designers, who are both openly gay, came under fire ...


NCTE-policy-advisor-is-first-openly-trans-White-House-official

NCTE policy advisor is first openly trans White House official - The White House has hired its first transgender official. National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Freedman-Gurspan previously served as NCTE's policy advisor for the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. In a statement, NCTE Executive Director Mara ...


Open-TVs-Nupita-Obama-Creates-Vogua-explores-queer-love

Open TV's 'Nupita Obama Creates Vogua' explores queer love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a network executive for Open TV, an online platform for indie arts and artists, Aymar Jean Christian would rather promote the careers of others than worry about himself. But even he admitted that the network's latest pilot, Nupita Obama Creates Vogua, which he wrote and directed, was influenced by his own affairs. The episode ( https://player.vimeo.com/video/134807299?color=c1f9bb, https://vimeo.com/134807299 ) explores ...


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Chelsea Manning found guilty of breaking prison rules - Chelsea Manning was found guilty on four charges of breaking prison rules and will receive 21 days of restrictions on recreation as punishment, although she did not receive indefinite isolation. After the hearing, she tweeted, "I was found guilty of all 4 charges @ today's board; I am receiving 21 days of restrictions on recreation—no gym, library or outdoors," according ...


Natl-Minority-Donor-Awareness-Month-Minorities-are-63-percent-of-waiting-list-

Nat'l Minority Donor Awareness Month: Minorities are 63 percent of waiting list - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ITASCA, Ill. ( August 12, 2015 ) Of the more than 5,300 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant in the state of Illinois, 63 percent are minorities. Throughout the month of August, during which the urgent need for minority organ and tissue donors is observed, Gift of Hope shares a story that demonstrates how fragile life is ...


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Baseball player comes out as gay - David Denson—a minor-league player for Major League Baseball's ( MLB's ) Milwaukee Brewers—has come out as gay, The Chicago Tribune reported. Denson, 20, plays for the Helena Brewers in the rookie Pioneer League. He is the first penly gay player on a team affiliated with MLB. He came out with the help of Billy Bean, MLB's ambassador of inclusion. He ...


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PASSAGES Civil-rights icon Julian Bond dies - Julian Bond—a giant in the civil-rights movement who once headed the NAACP—has died at age 75 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. While attending Morehouse College, Bond became one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s. Later, he also became a writer, educator, legislator and television commentator, among other things. In ...


Michael-Sam-to-stop-footballâ€for-now

Michael Sam to stop footballâ€"for now - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the National Football League ( NFL ), has declined to play football—for now, according to NBC Sports. Sam, who made his Canadian Football League debut for the Montreal Alouettes recently in a close loss, tweeted that he needs to focus on his mental health. "The last 12 months have ...


Howard-Brown-Health-Center-designated-federally-qualified-health-center

Howard Brown Health Center designated federally qualified health center - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on Aug. 11, selected Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The FQHC designation, the highest that can be awarded to a U.S. health center, means HBHC is qualified to receive both grants under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act as well as enhanced ...


-APA-adopts-trans-GNC-guidelines

APA adopts trans, GNC guidelines - During the American Psychological Association's ( APA's ) 123rd Annual Convention, new practice guidelines were adopted that involve gender. The 16 recommendations state that psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming ( GNC ) people should seek to provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about their clients' gender identities or gender expressions. For example, one guideline explains ...


Guide-for-helping-trans-students-released

Guide for helping trans students released - Five national organizations have introduced "Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools," a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all transgender students, kindergarten through 12th grade. The lead authors are Asaf Orr, the Transgender Youth Project staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian ...


Trans-immigrants-in-custody-are-subject-of-US-House-briefing

Trans immigrants in custody are subject of U.S. House briefing - U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, hosted a briefing on transgender immigrants in custody Aug. 5 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. The briefing, which was open to congressional staff and members, comes on the heels of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's ( ICE ) announcement this past June of new guidance concerning transgender detainees. Prior to the release ...


13th-trans-woman-murdered-in-US

13th trans woman murdered in U.S. - In Dallas, Shade Schuler, 22, was found dead—making her the 13th transgender woman murdered in the United States this year, according to LoneStarQ.com. This total surpasses the total from all of last year. Schuler's body was actually found July 29. However, it was so badly decomposed that it took authorities nearly two weeks to identify her. In a statement, National ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Dude ... No underwear and pierced ... F—- me.. You never showed me that shit."—Steven Tyler texts his love/envy/astonishment at Lenny Kravitz's exposed private parts. But more on that later—or on BillyMasters.com. This week we have a plethora of penises. I almost called them a gaggle—but I know better than to underestimate my fans' gag reflex! While that surely whets ...


New-England-Journal-of-Medicine-Health-costs-minimal-for-trans-military-

New England Journal of Medicine: Health costs minimal for trans military - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A new analysis published today in the prestigious New England Journal ‹of Medicine finds that the cost of providing transition-related health care for transgender service members will be minimal after the Pentagon lifts its ban. In "Caring for Our Transgender Troops—The Negligible Cost of Transition-Related Care," Dr. Aaron Belkin, Palm Center director and visiting professor at ...


VIEWS-Where-is-my-Black-body-safe-in-America-

VIEWS Where is my Black body safe in America? - To so many African-American women—myself, included—Sandra Bland's death resulting from police brutality is not new news. The national attention it's receiving is, however. The reality of unarmed African-American women being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored—especially with the focus of police brutality on African-American males. And when gender identity ...


Trans-woman-killed-in-Detroit

Trans woman killed in Detroit - Amber Monroe, a 20-year-old Black trans woman, became the 12th trans woman murdered in the United States this year, according to WXYZ.com. Monroe was a student at Detroit's Wayne State University, and was found shot and killed near 6 Mile and Woodward, WXYZ.com noted. Last August, Detroit police were investigating three hate crimes, including a murder, against transgender people in ...


-Entertainment-Lambert-NPH-Chers-50-years-Alexander-Skarsgard

Entertainment: Lambert; NPH; Cher's 50 years; Alexander Skarsgard - Adam Lambert shut down an Australian radio host for perpetuating gay stereotypes, Gay Star News reported. While Lambert promoted his new album, The Original High, on a breakfast radio show, co-host Jackie O suggested that the Ghost Town singer date The Voice Australia judge Ricky Martin—because they're both single and gay. However, Lambert would have none of that, saying, "Don't ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Ivy-Levan-talks-Biscuit-bisexuality-

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Ivy Levan talks 'Biscuit,' bisexuality - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Powerhouse vocalist Ivy Levan released her debut last week and she is poised to take over the music world. Growing up in Arkansas forced the young singer to become a rebel forming her into the artist she is today. The singer has impressed her gay following with the catchy "Biscuit" song that she performed at Roscoe's recently. That strong single ...


National-roundup-Houston-news-arrest-in-murder-Christies-veto

National roundup: Houston news; arrest in murder; Christie's veto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A conservative Christian pastors' group in Houston has once again sued Mayor Annise Parker over issues relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to Advocate.com. The Houston Area Pastors Council sued Parker for legal fees and damages associated with an earlier suit, which had accused city ...


Changeorg-signs-off-on-petitions-with-hate-speech

Change.org signs off on petitions with hate speech - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Change.org, the online petition organization, is just one of the sites where people can express views in today's world of interactive media. Recently, select material posted on the open online platform has raised questions and uproar as it is classified as hate speech. Change.org's mission, as stated on its website, is to "empower people everywhere to create the change they ...


HRC-Troubling-night-for-LGBT-equality-at-GOP-debate

HRC: Troubling night for LGBT equality at GOP debate - From news releases - From HRC CLEVELAND — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, responded to a slew of anti-LGBT comments and positions by candidates competing in the first Republican presidential primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio. During it, Mike Huckabee defended the existing ban on transgender military service, ...


Corporate-giants-support-Comprehensive-Federal-LGBT-Non-Discrimination-Law

Corporate giants support Comprehensive Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Law - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Four new major American companies have become the latest to endorse the Equality Act, federal legislation that would establish full, federal equality for all LGBT Americans. In doing so, these leading companies - IBM, Oracle, Orbitz, and Symantec - made clear that they believe all LGBT Americans should have the protections from discrimination in federal law that they ...


APA-adopts-guidelines-for-working-with-transgender-gender-nonconforming

APA adopts guidelines for working with transgender, gender-nonconforming - From a press release - TORONTO - Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should seek to provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about their clients' gender identities or gender expressions, according to practice guidelines adopted during the American Psychological Association's 123rd Annual Convention. The "Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People" were adopted by APA's Council of ...


Survey-to-assess-needs-realities-of-transgender-people-with-HIV-AIDS

Survey to assess needs, realities of transgender people with HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Oakland, CA — Today, Transgender Law Center launched the Positively Trans ( T+ ) survey, a first-of-its-kind community-led needs assessment to examine the legal and policy landscape as experienced by transgender women, men, and gender non-conforming people living with HIV/AIDS across the country. The survey is open for responses in English and in Spanish. "As transgender people living with HIV/AIDS, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Ross-Mathews-Riding-the-rainbow

NUNN ON ONE Ross Mathews: Riding the rainbow - Ross Mathews came out in a big way on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Known as "Ross the Intern," he became a household name virtually overnight. He went on to be a regular correspondent for the show then tackled Celebrity Fit Club, as well as becoming a regular on Chelsea Lately. He landed his own show Hello Ross on ...


Company-launches-LGBT-focused-greeting-cards

Company launches LGBT-focused greeting cards - Jason Bradley-Krauss married his husband, Chris, last October in New York City, and they received numerous gift cards of congratulations—including six of the exact same card, sent from friends. "I quickly realized that there was a big hole in the marketplace; there weren't a lot of card options to be sent to gay people, to congratulate them on being married," ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-With-RuPaul-Skin-is-in

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION With RuPaul, 'Skin' is in - Drag personality RuPaul Charles keeps busy constantly working on projects from books, music, to a makeup line. Charles is currently reigning on television over at the Logo channel as well as now judging Skin Wars on GSN. RuPaul's Drag Race just received it's first Emmy nomination ever for Outstanding Makeup and Season 4 RuVealed premieres July 31. It was also ...


MOVIES-Best-of-Enemies-directors-talk-Gore-Vidal-William-Buckley

MOVIES 'Best of Enemies' directors talk Gore Vidal, William Buckley - By Gary M. Kramer - The highly entertaining and extremely engaging documentary, Best of Enemies presents the 10 famous televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. during the 1968 presidential nominating conventions. Directors Morgan Neville ( 20 Feet from Stardom ) and Robert Gordon show how these compulsively watchable arguments "changed television forever." They provide astute portraits of both men—the "great debater" ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Rock-n-roll-Meryl

Knight at the Movies: Rock 'n' roll Meryl - Someday I'd like to see a YouTube compilation of Meryl Streep in all her character get-ups, acting with herself and chewing up scenery like there's no tomorrow. When my imagination gets going, I like to think of all those Streep characters residing in a hotel for women—Streep women. Kind of like the Footlights Club, the residence for single actresses in ...


MUSIC-Out-singer-Jen-Foster-returns-with-double-album

MUSIC Out singer Jen Foster returns with double album - By Skylar Baker-Jordan - Jen Foster is no stranger to the rainbow spotlight. In addition to producing three albums and three EPs, the video for her song "Closer to Nowhere" was number one on LOGO in both 2008 and 2009, and her collaboration with the She4Me project has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube. Windy City Times sat down with her ...


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Demystifying sexual abuse in the LGBTQ community - Even with social-media posts flying every which way through the glass ceiling and into the depths of cyberspace, sexual abuse among lesbians is still not in the forefront of what readers seem to consume on a daily basis. Rather, it's which celebrity dyed their hair this week and headlines like, "Did Lindsay Lohan really Photoshop her own backside for Instagram?" ...


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Cell-phone company plans to benefit the LGBT community - Patrick Adams went to dinner one night last June with a business colleague, William, who commented that a waitress was very attractive. Patrick agreed that she was, but said the male bartender was hotter. William soon learned that Adams was gay, and their conversation at that restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, continued about gay life—the good and the bad, including ...


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'In the Life' series archived; Wolfe Video; Creating Change - Digital portal archives PBS' 'In the Life' Coverage of the 1993 march on Washington and the story of murdered transgender teen Fred Martinez are a couple of the new "In the Life" digital research portal that the UCLA Film and Television Archive has created. The videos and other resources are publicly accessible online as part of a new LGBT moving-image ...


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Summer reading: LGBT books - There's too much stuff in your house. Too much stuff leads to frustration. Frustration leads to cleaning. Cleaning leads to finding ( more ) stuff you forgot you had … like the bookstore gift certificate you got seven months ago. Uh, oh. So now what? You've read all the Buzz Books—so what get with that new-found gift certificate treasure? Here ...


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LGBTQ Groups endorse Voting Rights Act Restoration - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, August 5, 2015—On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, over 30 national LGBTQ organizations are endorsing the restoration of the law, which was gutted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder. "This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the VRA's passage and voter suppression tactics continue to emerge that restrict eligible voters ...


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Entertainment news: Jake Gyllenhaal; 'The Wiz'; Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ten years after Brokeback Mountain, actor Jake Gyllenhaal was asked if he thought the landscape had changed for actors playing gay, according to LGBTQ Nation. Gyllenhaal told BET, "Oh definitely it's changed. I think playing a role and living a life are two very different things. I think telling stories, and all different stories, is what makes acting so great. ...


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National: Pope in Philly; 'confused' politician; trans woman punched - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the heels of a historic victory in the United States for same-sex marriage, LGBT Catholics are pushing for a historic meeting with Pope Francis when he visits the country in September for the first time, IBTimes.com reported. When the pope comes to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the Pontifical Council for the Family, LGBT Catholics are expected to ask the ...


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Webinar discusses latest issues involving women and PrEP - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 30, the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group held an informational webinar on PrEP and transgender women. The webinar featured panelists within both medical and transgender communities. Among the topics discussed were possible reasons that PrEP is not widely used and potential ways to increase its use. Manju Chatani-Gada, co-coordinator of the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group, ...


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WNBA Cares joins Bright Pink for Breast Health Awareness Week - From a press release - NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2015 — The WNBA and its teams will help raise awareness and inspire others in the fight against breast cancer during WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week from Aug. 4-9. In partnership with Bright Pink, the WNBA will focus on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Gregory Alexander, $14.99; Mill City Press; 290 pages I am going to start by giving you, gentle readers, a caveat to this review: I am culturally a Roman Catholic. Anne Rice is quoted as having loved this book, saying it's "irresistible, profoundly compelling…" That being said, I do not share Rice's unmitigated high praise of The Holy Mark. ...







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