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Soccer-sensation-Abby-Wambach-set-for-the-2014-season

Soccer sensation Abby Wambach set for the 2014 season - Abby Wambach has been out since she was 22, just not to the world. Her soccer coaches and teammates knew. So too did her friends and family. And over the past 12 years or so, Wambach has developed into one of the best soccer players in the world, hands down. Her sexual orientation has had no impact on the field. ...


Mom-shoots-boyfriends-partner-claims-violent-man

Mom shoots boyfriend's partner, claims violent man - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned about the homicide of Jamie Johnson, age 36, in Pickens County, Alabama. According to local media reports, 51 year-old Anita Hill has been arrested and charged with shooting her son's boyfriend of four years in the back at a Love's Truck Stop. As of now, local authorities are not ...


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Boy George on St. Patrick's Day, Easter Lady Bunny - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - For over 30 years, out musician Boy George has entertained fans as a singer, songwriter, DJ and author. With the birth of his group, Culture Club, he had a string of hits starting with "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" then progressing into "Church of the Poison Mind" and "Karma Chameleon." George O'Dowd eventually went solo and landed back ...


Ptown-to-celebrate-marriage-equality-in-May

P'town to celebrate marriage equality in May - The gay mecca of Provincetown, Mass., will commemorate 10 years of marriage equality with a number of celebrations throughout the month of May. People will be able to, among other things, join one of the couples that filed for a same-sex marriage license in Provincetown in 2004 as they renew their vows on their 10th anniversary on May 17; or ...


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Pam Grier talks 'Dining Out For Life,' comic conventions - Pam Grier is a Golden Globe nominated actress that began her movie career in 1970s with blaxploitation projects like Coffy and Foxy Brown. Quentin Tarantino brought her back in the spotlight with his film Jackie Brown. The L Word had her supporting our community for six seasons as Kit Porter then she garnered an Emmy nomination for the cartoon Happily ...


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Knight at the Movies: Hateship Loveship; film notes - Like Carol Burnett just after she left her long-running TV variety show and wedged herself into a series of characters without a shred of humor, SNL alumna Kristen Wiig may think that dimming down her natural comedic gifts is what's required when playing "serious roles." Wiig has quickly established herself in movies with a batch of characters who are downtrodden ...


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Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox honored at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Behind the Candelabra, The Fosters, Call Me Kuchu, Bridegroom among award recipients at Los Angeles event, LGBT advocates from Uganda and Russia accept awards Los Angeles, Sunday, April 13, 2014 — GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, honored Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox, Norman Lear, and the best in film and television at ...


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PFLAG National holds Straight for Equality Awards Gala - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY—April 11, 2014—PFLAG National last night held its sixth annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis. Straight for Equality—a nationwide outreach and education project created by PFLAG National—educates, engages, and empowers allies to advocate for and support people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). This year's honors went ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-LGBTs-in-immigration-detention-facilities

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: LGBTs in immigration detention facilities - Q: I have a cousin who was recently picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ), and she's transgender. She is planning to apply for asylum in the United States because she is afraid she will be persecuted if she is deported. I heard that there are new rules to protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities. What ...


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Prop 8 opponents set wedding date; trans teacher's return - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—two of the plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court case Hollingsworth v. Perry, which led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8—announced the date for their wedding celebration, according to a press release. The couple's marriage celebration will take place June 28, and will be hosted by Hilton Hotels & Resorts at the The Beverly Hilton, ...


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'Drag Race' trans controversy; Tonys to honor Rosie - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The show RuPaul's Drag Race will refrain from using an anti-trans slur in the wake of controversy, according to The Huffington Post. During a mini-challenge on the show titled "Female or She-male," contestants were asked to identify whether a photo showed a cisgender ( non-trans ) woman or a former "Drag Race" contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I have no problem with your pelvis at all, actually."—Bruno Tonioli disagrees with the other Dancing with the Stars judges, who complained that James Maslow's bottom half was somewhat out of sync. Then again, I'm sure Bruno never met a groin he didn't like. Can I tell you a secret? Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but one of my life's ambitions ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Welch's PB&J Snacks ( http://www.welchs.com ): Round, bite-sized snacks with peanut butter-and-jelly centers? Yes, please. They're include 100 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, so there's a health benefit—but these items have amazing taste. These items retail for $2.79 for an eight-pack. —Oculus ( http://www.oculus2014.com ): This psychological horror film, currently in theaters, is better than I ...


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BOOK REVIEW Falling into Place - By Catherine Reid. $24.99; Beacon Press; 184 pages, by Liz Baudler Catherine Reid's essays, at their highest, hearken back to Leopold, Emerson and Thoreau. Her celebration of a life slowed and tied to the seasons of rural Massachusetts feels like something missing from the modern-day canon. Even as wetlands turn into strip malls and global temperatures creep up ...


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LaBarbera detained in Canada - Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Naperville-based anti-LGBT group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality ( AFTAH ), was detained April 10 when trying to enter Canada for a speaking engagement, but was ultimately allowed to enter the country. His detention followed complaints, and an online petition, from Intolerance Free Weyburn, a newly-formed Weyburn, Saskatchewan, rights group that objected to LaBarbera's appearance ...


Federal-Judge-Ohio-must-recognize-same-sex-marriages-

Federal Judge: Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages - From press releases - New York — Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Black struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married. He ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state—as married. Evan Wolfson, president of ...


ACLU-sues-Michigan-to-honor-same-sex-marriages-

ACLU sues Michigan to honor same-sex marriages - From a press release - DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit today to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed last month are recognized by the state. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit ...


-RuPauls-Drag-Race-changes-course-on-slur-word

RuPaul's Drag Race changes course on slur word - From GLAAD - After hearing the concerns of many people in the transgender community, Logo today announced that the network will stop using the phrase "You've got she-mail" on its hit series RuPaul's Drag Race, according to GLAAD. Additionally, the network said it has removed from its platforms an episode of the series which featured a segment called "Female or She-male." In a ...


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National Day of Silence, Chicago Night of Noise today - NEW YORK, APRIL 11, 2014 — Hundreds of thousands of students at more than 8,000 schools are expected to participate in the 19th annual GLSEN Day of Silence today to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. UPDATE: See coverage of the event at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Day-of-Silence-broken-with-stories-and-celebration/47016.html . Students will remain silent throughout the school day ...


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Proposed minimum wage would help same-sex couples - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — An increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lift at least 20,000 people in same-sex couples out of poverty, according to a new Williams Institute study. The study is co-authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar M.V. Lee Badgett and Alyssa Schneebaum, and also finds that a minimum wage increase would reduce the poverty rate ...


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Harvey Milk Forever Stamp to be dedicated at White House - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House May 22. Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk's achievements gave hope and ...


Fourth-Circuit-looks-at-rights-of-intersex-child

Fourth Circuit looks at rights of intersex child - From a press release - New York, April 9, 2014—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should protect the right of an intersex child to recover damages from doctors who authorized and performed irreversible and unnecessary cosmetic genital surgery on him during infancy, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today. The ...


Monica-Jones-found-guilty-under-prostitution-ordinance

Monica Jones found guilty under prostitution ordinance - According to Monica Jones, she walked into a Phoenix Arizona Municipal Courtroom on April 11 with the cards already stacked against her. Jones was arrested in May 2013 under the city's manifestation of prostitution ordinance that gives police broad discretionary powers in deciding if a woman has intent to commit an act of prostitution. As a transgender woman of color, ...


Obama-pushing-voting-rights-at-Texas-event-

Obama pushing voting rights at Texas event - From the White House - April 10, 2014: REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, Texas 12:16 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. ( Applause. ) Thank you so much. Please, please, have a seat. Thank you. What a singular honor it is for me to be here today. I want ...


Wis-has-first-trans-elected-official

Wis. has first trans elected official - In Wisconsin, transgender man Gypsy Vered Meltzer was elected to the Appleton City Council, marking a historic first, the Appleton Post Crescent reported. The advocacy group Fair Wisconsin said that Meltzer is the first openly transgender individual to hold elected office in the state after he defeated Barney Lemanski 295 votes to 199. Meltzer said his dreadlocks, 50-plus tattoos and ...


-UMass-Amherst-b-ball-player-Derrick-Gordon-comes-out

UMass Amherst b-ball player Derrick Gordon comes out - From a GLAAD press release - AMHERST, MA — GLAAD and the You Can Play Project, one of North America's leading organizations dedicated to ensuring equality in sports, April 9 hailed Derrick Gordon's coming out as the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA ) Division I basketball player. "The tidal wave of support for gay and lesbian athletes continues to surge forward," said ...


Harvey-Milk-stamp-political-writer-compares-gays-Star-Trek

Harvey Milk stamp; political writer compares gays, Star Trek - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Civil-rights hero Harvey Milk, who in 1977 became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, will have an additional honor, according to Linns.com and MSNBC. On May 22, in honor of Harvey Milk Day, the late San Francisco supervisor and gay-rights activist will become the first openly gay elected official featured on a U.S. postage stamp. ...


GLAAD-to-honor-Laverne-Cox-new-Horror-Story-details

GLAAD to honor Laverne Cox; new 'Horror Story' details - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12, when she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, according to a press release. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award; Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out ...


Judging-American-Idol-with-Keith-Urban

Judging 'American Idol' with Keith Urban - Australian country singer Keith Urban tore up the charts with a string of hits since his debut in 1999 on Capital Nashville. With nine studio albums under his belt, he took a breather to judge Fox's American Idol and concentrate on family life with Nicole Kidman this spring. We gave him a call to discuss judging one of the biggest ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-

Knight at the Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - When it comes to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to 2011's Captain America, it's clear from the box-office receipts and its reviews that this is one of those rare times that audiences and critics have both embraced a movie. In its opening weekend the film had the distinction of having the most financially successful box-office opening of any ...


MOMBIAN-Classic-film-about-lesbian-mothers-now-on-DVD

MOMBIAN Classic film about lesbian mothers now on DVD - MOMBIAN - The Fosters, ABC Family's drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season this week. But The Fosters—and many real-life two-mom families—owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents ...


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Violence Against Women office issues LGBTQ guidance - From a NCAVP press release - Today, the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women ( OVW ) released guidance on a series of Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs ) to inform the intimate partner and sexual violence field about the new nondiscrimination grant condition within the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, an queer ( ...


Transgender-veteran-cop-to-run-for-OK-state-house

Transgender veteran cop to run for OK state house - from a press release - Oklahoma City— After 22 years on the Oklahoma City Police Department preceded by a tour in Desert Storm in the U.S. Army, MSgt. Paula Sophia retired April 8 in order to run for House District 88 on the Democratic ticket. State and municipal laws prohibit active police officers to run for state office, therefore Sophia had to retire in order ...


Open-for-Business-Coalition-to-fight-anti-gay-laws-

Open for Business Coalition to fight anti-gay laws - From a press release - WASHNGTON, D.C.—April 4, 2014—The Open for Business Coalition, comprised of some of the nation's leading business associations, has formed to actively oppose the so-called "Religious Freedom Bills" that are really anti-gay bills and are currently before several state legislatures. The coalition formalized its efforts as Miss. Gov. Phil Byrant signed his state's version of the bill. Many of the coalition ...


Getting-the-what-on-Betty-Who

Getting the 'what' on Betty Who - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Mix pop singers like Robyn and Katy Perry with a pinch of Pink, and there's Betty Who. Born in Sydney, Australia, the blonde bombshell moved to the United States to study music and make it big in 2007. Her song "Somebody Loves You" was featured in a Home Depot wedding proposal video featuring gay couple Spencer Stout and Dustin Reeser; ...


The-Summer-I-Wasnt-Me

The Summer I Wasn't Me - BOOK REVIEW - by Jessica Verdi, $9.99; Sourcebooks; 342 pages This gripping YA ( young adult ) novel is a great read for OAs too! ( That's "older adults" in my lexicon. ) Its focus is on gay reparative therapy—or "de-gayifying" as Lexi ( the "I" in The Summer I Wasn't Me ) would call it. Seventeen-year-old Lexi is sent off by ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Well, I'm a gay guy. ... I'm not a straight guy who can let himself go."—Anderson Cooper responds to Howard Stern's compliment on the Silver Fox's good looks. We open with a fascinating study in contrasts. Two prominent gay men gave interviews where they discussed being public people. First we have Anderson Cooper—previously very private about being gay. He spent ...


Band-fun-UN-Free-Equal-Campaign-Equality-Champion

Band fun. UN Free & Equal Campaign Equality Champion - From a press release - Grammy Award Winning Band fun. Named United Nations Free & Equal Campaign Equality Champion NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 — Today, United Nations Free & Equal — the UN human rights office's public information campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) equality — announced that Grammy Award winning band fun. is joining the campaign as equality champion. ...


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

National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame open to nominations - From a press release - ( Chicago, April 8th, 2014 ) — The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2014. 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 April ...


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Transgender man's surviving spouse wins benefits - From the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Following the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund's intervention, a major American car manufacturer reversed an initial decision to deny a woman her husband's pension benefits based on its determination that their nearly-30-year marriage was void because he was transgender. We are sharing more details below, but changing the names of those involved, because the surviving spouse wishes to remain ...


Remarks-by-the-President-on-equal-pay-for-equal-work

Remarks by the President on equal pay for equal work - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary - East Room, 11:58 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. ( Applause. ) All right. Well, thanks to my friend, Lilly Ledbetter, not only for that introduction but for fighting for a simple principle: Equal pay for equal work. It's not that complicated. And, Lilly, I assure you, you remain the face of fair pay. ( Laughter. ) People don't ...


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Sobule to release Dottie's Charms on Record Store Day - From a press release - Jill Sobule will release Dottie's Charms on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19th. Her first album in over five years, Dottie's Charms will be available physically on Record Store Day as a limited edition LP with the digital version of the album to follow on Tuesday, May 6th. The 11-song set is Jill's first concept album and features lyrical contributions ...


Hooking-up-with-John-Sanders-of-Starcatcher

Hooking up with John Sanders of 'Starcatcher' - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. Told cleverly with a talented cast depicting more than a hundred characters, one performance definitely stands out in the crowd. John Sanders, as Black Stache, almost single-handedly steals the show. Playing a comical Captain Hook is just one of the many roles Sanders has brought to life. ...


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Atlantic City reps unveil 'Do AC' campaign - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 2 at the River North spot SUB 51, The Atlantic City Alliance ( ACA ) unveiled its "Do AC" campaign for media reps at an event that included everything from "Liza Minnelli" and "Lady Gaga" performers to a meal that featured sushi, salads, mini-cheeseburgers and desserts. Among those in attendance was the city's out gay Republican mayor, Don ...


Supreme-Court-wont-hear-bias-case

Supreme Court won't hear bias case - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court of the United States declined April 7 to hear a case brought by a New Mexico wedding photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex couple's wedding due to religious objections. The case raised similar issues to those raised by a vetoed Arizona law that would have given business owners the right to discriminate. "No court ...


Preview-10th-Circuit

Preview 10th Circuit - The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. The Denver-based court will hear oral arguments Thursday, April 10, at 10 a.m. MDT in the Utah same-sex marriage case Herbert v. Kitchen. By order of the ...


Executive-Orders-on-workplace-leave-out-LGBTs

Executive Orders on workplace leave out LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — This morning, President Obama will sign two executive actions aimed at eliminating sex discrimination in federal contracting. Movement on these critically important orders, intended to support a push for Congress to pass the Pay Check Fairness Act, underscores the need for President Obama to offer protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) workers. "President Obama ...


HHS-Some-same-sex-couples-now-equal-status-for-Medicare

HHS: Some same-sex couples now equal status for Medicare - From a press release - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS ...


Anti-gay-Mozilla-CEO-resigns-after-backlash

Anti-gay Mozilla CEO resigns after backlash - Mozilla co-founder/CEO Brendan Eich has resigned after he came under fire for donating to a campaign to ban gay marriage in California, ABC News reported. The appointment of Proposition 8 supporter Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla ( the company that makes the world's second-most popular Internet desktop browser, Firefox ) provoked dissent within the company's ranks and on its ...


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Mississippi governor signs controversial anti-gay bill - From a GetEQUAL press release - In response to Governor Phil Bryant's signing of Senate Bill 2681, GetEQUAL - a national grassroots social justice organization focused on winning full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) Americans - issued the following statement: Today is a sad day for Mississippi and a sad day for the country. Earlier today, Mississippi Governor Phil ...


Judge-plans-to-strike-down-OH-marriage-recog-ban-

Judge plans to strike down OH marriage recog. ban - From press releases - WASHINGTON - Today a federal judge announced he will strike down Ohio's constitutional amendment banning the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. The case Henry V. Wymyslo, was brought by legally married same-sex couples living in Ohio who wish to be listed as married on their children's' birth certificates. "For the second time Judge ...


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51+ LGBTQ groups back #Not1more to end deportations - From press releases - Transgender Law Center and Southerners On New Ground, alongside a broad coalition of LGBTQ organizations, have endorsed the #Not1more Deportation campaign and the protests and marches occurring on the April 4th and 5th National Days of Action across the country. Among the two million immigrants deported by the Obama administration—1,100 people deported every day, and 34,000 people caged in immigration ...


Anti-gay-church-vandalized-Scouts-remove-gay-leader

Anti-gay church vandalized; Scouts remove gay leader - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism of the anti-gay ATLAH World Missionary Church as a hate crime, Gay Star News reported. A suspect spray-painted the phrase "God is Gay" on the message board of the New York City church that has displayed such signs as "Jesus Would Stone Homos." The church has also warned its neighbors with ...


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Quigley speaks on blood ban - On March 31, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley spoke to OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students at the University of Chicago Law School, about re-evaluating the FDA's criteria that prohibits men who have sex with men ( MSM ) from donating blood. MSM are currently prohibited from donating blood for life based on their sexual orientation rather than their level of ...


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Film on gay rugby star; Oprah tour; Tegan and Sara win - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mickey Rourke has said that his upcoming biopic of Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas will be "10 times better than The Wrestler," according to Digital Spy. Rourke revealed that he has written the script for and intends to star in the project, which will be titled The Welshman and center on the life of the first openly gay professional rugby ...


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Mississippi's Religious Freedom Bill passes state legislature - From a press release - WASHINGTON — After differing versions of Mississippi's so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" passed the House and Senate, March 31 a conference committee reported out a final bill that fails to prohibit discrimination against customers based on business owners' personal religious beliefs. on April 1 the final bill passed both houses of the Mississippi legislature and now heads to the desk ...


Group-Deportation-can-be-death-sentence-for-LGBTs

Group: Deportation can be death sentence for LGBTs - From a press release - New York City, NY — In the next few weeks, the Obama administration will have deported 2 million people. On April 5, Immigration Equality will stand in solidarity with NDLON ( the National Day Laborer Organizing Network ) and organizations across the country to raise our collective voice in a National Day of Action for Deportation Relief. "The threat of ...


-Gay-press-spending-sets-record-at-381-million

Gay press spending sets record at $381 million - From a press release - Rivendell Media has released its annual Gay Press Report to reveal that spending in America's "Gay Press" for 2013 is at a record high of $381.4 million, up 18.2% from 2012 and showing that LGBT community media is as strong as ever. Spending and circulation in LGBT print media is up for 2013—bucking the trends in the mainstream press. Actual ...


Extreme-Weight-Loss-looking-for-couples-

'Extreme Weight Loss' looking for couples - The ABC show Extreme Weight Loss, now in its fifth season, is looking for couples. The series is ideally looking for couples who would like to lose weight ( at least 75 pounds ) together, or those who may feel their weight are holding them back from proposing. Trainer Chris Powell will work with contestants over the course of one ...


Arizona-student-fights-for-right-to-walk-while-trans

Arizona student fights for right to walk while trans - On April 11, Monica Jones— a 29-year-old trans woman and student of the Arizona State University's School of Social Work—will enter the Municipal Court of Phoenix and fight for her constitutional right to be able to walk down a city street without being arrested on suspicion of prostitution. Section 23-52 A of the Phoenix Municipal Code prohibits the "manifest[ation] [of] ...


-Anti-gay-Mozilla-CEO-causes-backlash

Anti-gay Mozilla CEO causes backlash - The appointment of Proposition 8 supporter Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla ( the company that makes the world's second-most popular Internet desktop browser, Firefox ) has provoked dissent within the company's ranks and on its board of directors—and now the larger tech world is responding, according to a Forbes article. The dating site OK Cupid has fired back. Users ...


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Cox to receive GLAAD honor from Page - From a press release - Breakout star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12 where she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, it was announced today. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award. Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out publicly. ...


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Adrian Gonzalez talks Here TV show, nudity in Chicago - TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT audiences probably first noticed actor Adrian Gonzalez as the hotter-than-hot boyfriend of a man whose ex attempted to win him back in the 2011 movie August, which was as steamy as its title. Now Gonzalez, a graduate of Northwestern University, is on From Here on OUT, Here TV's first-ever original sitcom. The series revolves a man's attempts to get ...


YouTube-star-Hall-on-Beyonce-coming-out-viral-videos

YouTube star Hall on Beyonce, coming out, viral videos - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay entertainer Todrick Hall has created a sort of cottage industry as a YouTube viral sensation that allows him to showcase his talents on a worldwide scale. As a Broadway veteran and a former American Idol contestant, the Texas native is like a one-man band whose talents as a singer, dancer and directer—just to name a few—have garnered the ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Anita-and-Saving-Mr-Banks-notes

Knight at the Movies: Anita and Saving Mr. Banks; notes - At first glance it might seem rather odd to associate the gracious Anita Hill with P.L. Travers, the famously contrarian writer of the Mary Poppins books recently portrayed by Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks. But consider this: As Freida Mock's new documentary about Hill, Anita, reminds us, it must have taken some kind of courage—built upon an immense set ...


Former-Mr-Universe-Bob-Paris-on-Oprah-coming-out-marriage

Former Mr. Universe Bob Paris on Oprah, coming out, marriage - Bob Paris is best known as a former professional bodybuilder who earned the title of Mr. Universe in 1983. Despite being an openly gay man, his sexual orientation was not known by segments of the general population. Paris had been in a high-profile relationship with model and bodybuilder Rod Jackson and, in 1989, the two got married in a commitment ...


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Billy Masters - "Well, @guardian, it makes for a nice change. .. at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again."—Patrick Stewart's Twitter response to "The Guardian" announcing that he's gay—which, as it turns out, is untrue. But, in many ways, is indeed a compliment. It's just been announced that Uma Thurman will take on the starring ...


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Deputy Attny General Cole speaks at Law Enforcement Training - From the justice Department - Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Delivered Remarks at the Community Relations Service Transgender Law Enforcement Training Launch, March 27, 2014 Good morning, and thank you, Tony. I am proud to be here to help launch the Community Relations Service's Transgender Law Enforcement Training, which we will debut in just a few minutes. I want to thank CRS Director Grande ...


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Report highlights less documented LGB health risks - A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs. Many studies have shown that gay men have a higher risk of HIV infection and that LGBT youth are at higher risk of being bullied and considering ...


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Federal gov't recognizes Michigan marriages - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold, ABC News reported. Holder's action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married March 22, which means they can file federal ...


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Maryland trans non-discrimination bill passes - From a press release - eWashington, DC - Today, with passage of the Fairness for All Marylandrs Act through the House of Delegates, Maryland is poised to join 17 states plus DC and Puerto Rico in explicitly banning workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. The Senate passed the bill previously and Governor O'Malley ...


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Billy Masters - "It was pretty much the gayest gym on the planet and I assumed you were gay because there weren't a lot of other reasons to be there."—Anderson Cooper recalls the first time he saw Seth Meyers and his impression of the funnyman. Certainly, I've always found the only reason to be at a gym is to pick up gay men. ...


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Spring LGBT movie preview - Take heart Chicagoans: The spring thaw is finally here! Film fans can expect plenty of cinematic treats to savor with the usual dose of homoerotic content—both overt and covert—amongst these highlights of upcoming titles. Unless otherwise noted, the opening date listed refers to at least a one week theatrical run. MARCH Cinema Q IV—The fourth annual Cinema Q finishes ...


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Hannah Thomas: Out singer showcases voice in various genres - SPRING MOVIES/MUSIC SPECIAL NUNN ON ONE - Hannah Thomas is breaking down barriers with genre-defying music that is anywhere from country to rock. Her last CD, Goodbye on Wasted Time, contained seven songs. She now she moves in a new direction with a Kickstarter campaign for a follow-up. The out and proud singer performed on tour with the Indigo Girls, appearing on song choices with the duo's ...


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Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week - From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services News Division - A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to bring attention to the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans and to highlight the progress we've made in our work to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans, especially through implementation of ...







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