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Knight-at-the-Movies-And-So-It-Goes-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: And So It Goes; film notes - There is precious little in Rob Reiner's latest film—a golden-years romantic comedy titled And So It Goes—that bears any resemblance to real life. The set-up is that all-too-familiar story of opposites ( eventually ) attracting that has long been a staple of Hollywood; a purposely fake world where the two opposites—she, a would-be cabaret singer dressed to the nines, can ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I know a lot of secrets about Andy. I guess the one that would most surprise people is he's a top. Believe me, there's nothing wrong with that. But I'm just saying I think that would surprise people. And I don't know this from personal experience, but from conversations I have had. I mean, it surprised me when I heard ...


Obamas-order-bans-anti-LGBT-bias-for-federal-contractors-

Obama's order bans anti-LGBT bias for federal, contractors - President Obama has signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection ( which includes sexual orientation ) for federal employees a prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity. See Windy City Times coverage on the day of the signing at these ...


VIEWS-Hobby-Lobby-already-affects-LGBTs

VIEWS Hobby Lobby already affects LGBTs - Since the Supreme Court announced its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, I've encountered many conversations in person and in print about the decision's impact on our community. However, too many people are asking the wrong question. Editorials ask "if" or "how" the Hobby Lobby decision "might" impact LGBTQ people, ignoring the members of our community who have been affected ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Nancy-Garden-Lesbian-hero

THE AMAZON TRAIL Nancy Garden: Lesbian hero - People all over the world were heartbroken to hear of Nancy Garden's death in June. The Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) was only weeks from presenting her an award for her beloved 1982 novel Annie On My Mind. Thousands upon thousands of kids worldwide found understanding of themselves or others by reading the classic young adult romance between ...


NLGJA-names-LGBT-Journalist-Hall-of-Famers-Excellence-honorees

NLGJA names LGBT Journalist Hall of Famers, Excellence honorees - From press releases - Washington, D.C. — The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) announced today the 2014 inductees into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame: Tracy Baim, Windy City Media publisher, editor, author, historian and filmmaker; Lisa Keen, often considered the dean of America's gay political reporting; and Donna Cartwright, veteran copy editor at The New York Times and longtime ...


Jessie-Mueller-makes-good-on-Broadway

Jessie Mueller makes good on Broadway - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that when Jessie Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role of the Broadway jukebox show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, her entire Evanston family of talented actors was overflowing with pride and admiration. The same could also be said for local theater fans who had seen Mueller triumph ...


Sam-accepts-Arthur-Ashe-Award-at-ESPYs

Sam accepts Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYs - At the recent ESPY Awards, openly gay NFL player Michael Sam received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Following ESPN's broadcast of a video about Sam's life, he kissed boyfriend Vito Cammisano, and walked onto the stage at the Nokia Theater to accept the award from actor/former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Huffington Post noted. In a speech many described ...


Colorado-marriage-ban-overturned-by-Federal-Court

Colorado marriage ban overturned by Federal Court - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado's ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to allow the ...


Live-The-Wage-Challenge-issued-to-Congress-Try-living-it

'Live The Wage Challenge' issued to Congress: Try living it - From a press release - Washington DC — Marking five years since the last federal minimum wage increase, paycheck fairness advocates today issued the 'Live The Wage Challenge' to Congress: Step into the shoes of a minimum wage worker and live for one week on just $77. Earning just $7.25 an hour, the average full time minimum wage worker struggles to survive on just $77 ...


LGBT-youth-more-likely-than-heterosexual-youth-to-try-suicide

LGBT youth more likely than heterosexual youth to try suicide - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— According to a new study authored by several contributing experts published in the American Journal of Public Health, sexual minority youth had higher prevalence than heterosexual youth of each of 6 outcomes studied, including self-harm, feeling sad, and suicide ideation, planning, and attempts. The study, using a large sample pooled from probability samples across the U.S., adds to ...


GLAADs-Vito-Russo-Test-Offensive-film-content-from-largest-studios-

GLAAD's Vito Russo Test: Offensive film content from largest studios - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 —GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar ...


Dustin-Lance-Black-plane-scare-Quinto-movie-news-NeNe-vs-Wendy

Dustin Lance Black plane scare; Quinto movie news; NeNe vs. Wendy - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dustin Lance Black—the openly gay screenwriter who won as Oscar for his work on the film Milk—has been hired to adapt Paramount TV's event series Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the same name, according to Deadline. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick will produce the project. The story of Charles Lindbergh—both in his ...


Bill-T-Jones-among-Obama-honorees-

Bill T. Jones among Obama honorees - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday afternoon, July 28, 2014, President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. Among the honorees is openly gay dance legend Bill T. Jones. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the ...


Clinical-counselor-Matthew-Dempsey-on-gay-men-body-image

Clinical counselor Matthew Dempsey on gay men, body image - Body-image issues are not just a problem for women. More men ( especially those who are gay ) have been negatively influenced by images of six-pack abs, bulging chests and biceps, and thin torsos. Slate recently cited an International Journal of Eating Disorders article that suggests that 15 percent of gay or bisexual men have struggled with disordered eating habits ...


Journalist-Vargas-detained-Lambda-Legals-call

Journalist Vargas detained; Lambda Legal's call - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Border Patrol agents detained the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-activist Jose Antonio Vargas in McAllen, Texas, after he told them he was in the country illegally, CNN reported. He was released on his own recognizance with a notice to appear before an immigration judge. Vargas, who's also come out as openly gay, became an outspoken advocate pushing for an overhaul of ...


Exec-order-bans-fed-employee-contractor-anti-gay-bias-

Exec order bans fed employee, contractor anti-gay bias - Groups react to signing of historic order - President Obama, after being greeted by loud cheers and a standing ovation, signed two executive orders July 21 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity among federal employees and contractors. "Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government—the government of the people by the people and for the people—will ...


Presidents-remarks-at-signing-executive-order-banning-bias

President's remarks at signing executive order banning bias - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - East Room, 10:39 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House, everybody. I know I'm a little late. But that's okay because we've got some big business to do here. Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters — I ...


Obama-signs-order-protecting-federal-employees-from-bias

Obama signs order protecting federal employees from bias - WASHINGTON, DC—In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning (July 21) signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which ...


LGBTs-Connect-at-Netroots-Nation

LGBTs Connect at Netroots Nation - More than 120 LGBT activists, bloggers, organizations, funders, and journalists from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico gathered in Detroit this past week for a day-long discussion about the future of the LGBT movement and ways to effect progressive social change within it and beyond. Organized by Mike Rogers, vice chairman and managing director of Raw Story Media, the LGBT ...


10th-Circuit-affirms-marriage-equality-for-Oklahomans

10th Circuit affirms marriage equality for Oklahomans - 17th consecutive federal court ruling in favor of marriage equality - From Press Releases Statement from ACLU of Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma joins numerous Oklahomans and their families in celebrating the latest victory for marriage equality in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Bishop v. Smith, affirmed an Oklahoma Federal District ...


Obama-executive-order-to-protect-34-million-fed-employees-

Obama executive order to protect 34 million fed employees - President Obama will reportedly sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity among federal employees and contractors on July 21. Senior administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Washington Blade that Obama would amend Executive Order 11246, which bars discrimination within a number of categories, to include protections for LGBT individuals. The ...


Supreme-Court-grants-stay-in-Utah-marriage-case

Supreme Court grants stay in Utah marriage case - From a press release - NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah. The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014 when a court struck down Utah's marriage bans as unconstitutional. The Supreme ...


Florida-state-court-rules-marriage-ban-unconstitutional-

Florida state court rules marriage ban unconstitutional - From press releases - Equality Florida Institute (Miami, FL, July 17, 2014)—Today, a state trial court in Monroe County issued a decision striking down Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Monroe County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Court's order provides that the Monroe County Clerk can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on July 22, 2014. Said Nadine ...


PASSAGES-Elaine-Stritch-dies-at-89

PASSAGES Elaine Stritch dies at 89 - Legendary Broadway and screen actress Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89. Stritch, whose stage career began in the 1940s, is perhaps known for her association with Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Stritch nabbed Tony nominations for William Inge's 1955 play Bus Stop, Sondheim's Company and Noel Coward's 1961 musical Sail Away before winning just a few years ago ...


Report-looks-at-youth-of-color-views-on-LGBT-agenda

Report looks at youth of color views on LGBT agenda - From a press release - Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation. But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, less is known about how young people view the ...


MUSIC-Trans-singer-Ty-Nic-releases-Who-I-Am

MUSIC Trans singer Ty Nic releases 'Who I Am' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Nic isn't your typical college student. Currently studying business at the College of DuPage, Nic plans on earning a certificate in audio engineering after graduation. But his aspirations aren't what make Nic atypical; he is a 20-year-old transgender singer who just released his first single "Who I Am" off his freshman studio album, My Journey. Since his junior year ...


MUSIC-Jay-Brannan-Queer-and-folk

MUSIC Jay Brannan: Queer and folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan's YouTube channel, the Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn't have many haters. He also may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued: On his May 2014 posting of a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," one of the comments reads: "not to take anything away from a ...


Black-LGBT-trailblazers-Maddow-talks-Perry-ENDA-debate

Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ebony Magazine has released its list of the top 10 Black LGBT trailblazers on the rise. They include actress Laverne Cox; WNBA player Brittney Griner; advocate Janet Mock; writer/filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler; violinist/mezzo-soprano Tona Brown; activist Tiq Milan; musician Siya; pro football player Michael Sam; singer Big Freedia; and educator/ex-NBA player Wade Davis. Amid all of the mistakes that ...


Andy-Cohen-on-show-Stevie-Nicks-Robbie-Rogers-TV-series

Andy Cohen on show; Stevie Nicks; Robbie Rogers TV series - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen recently talked with TV Guide about his show Watch What Happens Live, which is marking its fifth year. Among the things Cohen said is that he feels he can go places nobody else can when interviewing friends such as Kelly Ripa; that he loved Martha Stewart talked about having a threesome and sexting; and that Lady Gaga ...


Georgia-man-sues

Georgia man sues - A former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Georgia, Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man, according to LGBTQ Nation. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May after announcing on Facebook that he planned to marry ...


Report-shows-religious-right-strategy-on-LGBT-equality

Report shows religious right strategy on LGBT equality - Within a few short years now, legal same-sex marriage has arrived in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The armed forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and federal law, which barred openly gay military service, has been repealed ( for the LGB aspect of the LGBT population ). And for all the religious right and social conservatives' efforts to ...


-NCLR-applauds-USDA-trans-non-bias-rule-

NCLR applauds USDA trans non-bias rule - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., July 16, 2014 )—Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) released a final rule that extends crucial non-discrimination protections to transgender and gender non-conforming participants in many USDA services and programs. The rule amends the existing USDA non-discrimination rule, 7 C.F.R. 15( d ), to add "gender identity" as a prohibited basis for discrimination in ...


CDC-educates-on-dangers-of-smoking-for-HIV

CDC educates on dangers of smoking for HIV+ - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; July 16, 2014-The CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign marks a historic partnership between the CDC's tobacco and HIV divisions to spread the news about the synergistic bad effects of smoking while HIV+. CDC has been hosting national webinars with all of their tobacco grantees, all of their HIV grantees, and directly with HIV community based organizations ...


Report-outlines-workplace-barriers-for-LGBT-youth-

Report outlines workplace barriers for LGBT youth - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — This generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth is unlike any previous generation. While individual experiences vary, many are coming out earlier and expressing their gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, unemployment for young people under age 25 has been more than twice the national average for years, and the challenges facing young people ...


Bipartisan-International-Human-Rights-Act-in-the-House-

Bipartisan International Human Rights Act in the House - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today welcomes the introduction of The International Human Rights Defense Act in the House of Representatives under the leadership of Rep. John Tierney ( D-MA ) and Rep. Gibson ( R-NY ). The bill, which was first introduced in the Senate ( S. 2472 ) last month by Senator Edward J. Markey ( D-MA ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "His coming-out was followed by a marriage. My marriage was followed by a coming-out."—Arianna Huffington quips after being brought onstage by Neil Patrick Harris at the recent NYC TrevorLIVE. Arianna was being honored with the Trevor Hero Award—presumably because she was married to a gay man and wrote a biography about Maria Callas. My critique of a work is often ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Sally-Ride-Americas-First-Woman-in-Space

BOOK REVIEW Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space - Ny Lynn Sherr, $28; Simon & Schuster; 376 pages And the cow jumped over the moon. You spent many years wondering if that were possible, although countless nursery rhyme books said it was so. Yes, a human could surely go there, but a bovine? Eventually, you learned the truth: men and women can overcome gravity, but cows stay grounded. ...


Out-singer-James-talks-Whitney-Houston-defying-labels

Out singer James talks Whitney Houston, defying labels - MUSIC - Openly gay singer-songwriter Aiden James plays an acoustic guitar and wears his heart on his sleeve. But don't give him the folk-singer label just because of it. The Philadelphia native is the epitome of a one-man band with the ability to play 11 instruments and wrote, arranged, engineered, performed, produced and mixed his latest record Trouble With This. In advance ...


Laverne-Cox-on-FREE-CECE-kids-and-uniting-LGBTs

Laverne Cox on 'FREE CECE,' kids and uniting LGBTs - Laverne Cox has changed the world as the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time Magazine this past June. Portraying Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has brought her into the computers and living rooms of people everywhere. Cox's latest endeavor is a documentary currently in production called FREE CECE, in which she ...


Major-League-Baseball-recognizing-Glenn-Burkes-legacy-

Major League Baseball recognizing Glenn Burke's legacy - At one of the biggest events of the Major League Baseball season, the league is honoring former player Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's in the 1970s, was gay, and died in 1995 at the age of 42 due to complications from AIDS. The New York Times reported that, as part of a concerted ...


Eychaner-Foundation-announces-1000-Kids-for-Iowa

Eychaner Foundation announces "1,000 Kids for Iowa" - From a press release - Des Moines, Iowa - The Eychaner Foundation held a press conference today at 3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite 209, Des Moines, Iowa, to announce a major new crisis initiative to relocate children incarcerated along the southwestern border of the United States to Iowa. The foundation was started by gay businessman Rich Eychaner, brother of Chicago gay businessman Fred Eychaner. The ...


Progress-in-four-years-of-the-National-HIV-AIDS-strategy

Progress in four years of the National HIV/AIDS strategy - From THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary - On July 15, 2010, President Obama released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which envisions that"the United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination." The ...


Lisa-Whelchel-sets-the-Facts-straight-with-new-movie

Lisa Whelchel sets the 'Facts' straight with new movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - They taught us the Facts of Life growing up, and now return for a Hallmark movie titled For Better or for Worse. Lisa Welchel ( as Wendy ) and Kim Fields ( as Roseanne ) have reunited onscreen, this time as wedding planners with a new divorce attorney located next door. Business rivals clash and comedy ensues. Lisa Welchel began ...


Pride-at-Works-head-discusses-Brunei-womens-groups

Pride at Work's head discusses Brunei, women's groups - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride at Work recently appointed openly gay activist and advocate Jerame Davis as the interim executive director of its Washington, D.C., headquarters. Pride at Work is a constituency group that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT community for social and economic justice. One of the first orders of business with Davis as the executive director ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Sex-reassignment-surgery-and-Medicare

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Sex-reassignment surgery and Medicare - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I am transgender woman in my late 60s. I only recently came out and I'm not sure what type of transition-related medical care I need yet. What is covered by my Medicare plan for people like me? A: Congratulations on coming out! There have been some recent changes in coverage for transgender people who have Medicare, and thankfully the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Fred-Willard-returns-to-Second-City

NUNN ON ONE Fred Willard returns to Second City - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Actor and comedian Fred Willard will always be remembered for his improvisational skills. This Is Spinal Tap—along with films like Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration—have cemented that. He went on to such movies as WALL-E and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. His television roles have been numerous, ranging from Laverne & Shirley ...


Book-features-50-prominent-Chicagoans

Book features 50 prominent Chicagoans - From a press release - Any one can leverage life's lessons to achieve greater personal success; find and refine their passions; and achieve goals. The 50 inspirational Chicagoans profiled in Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose provide a powerful catalyst for jump starting or advancing one's own personal odyssey. The new book Bright Lights of the ...


Child-with-HIV-once-thought-cured-shows-re-infection-signs

Child with HIV, once thought cured, shows re-infection signs - A Mississippi child, previously thought to have been in remission from HIV, has once again shown signs of the infection, researchers say. Doctors had announced in March 2013 that the child seemed to have been cured, following an aggressive treatment of antiretroviral drugs that were begun just a few days after their birth. It was the second widely known case ...


WGCI-host-tweets-anti-trans-slur-then-apologizes

WGCI host tweets anti-trans slur, then apologizes - On July 10, The Advocate's Parker Molloy published a story concerning Chicago station WGCI's use of an anti-trans slur about Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox on its Twitter account. The hip-hop and R&B station was tweeting about the John Legend video "You & I ( Nobody in the World )" in which women of all races, ages and body types stare ...


Laverne-Cox-makes-Emmy-history-

Laverne Cox makes Emmy history - Orange gets 12 nods - The 2014 Emmy Awards nominations were announced July 10, and there was a lot of love for various TV series. The overall leader was HBO's Game of Thrones, with 19 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey. The new FX show Fargo (based on the movie) scored 18 nods, American Horror Story: Coven got 17 ...


LGBTs-push-to-expand-civil-rights

LGBTs push to expand civil rights - Last week marked the 50th anniversary of historic legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law on July 2 of that year. The landmark legislation banned discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The law also ended racial segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination. The importance of the ...


Colorado-marriage-ban-struck-down-in-state-court

Colorado marriage ban struck down in state court - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled against Colorado's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Centennial State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys from Wilcox & Ogden, P.C. and Thomas Russell ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "When we played in the woods, one of them was Kirk, one of them was Spock, one of them was Indiana Jones and I was Wonder Woman, obviously. And they were like, 'You can't block a phaser with bracelets'. But, uh, you can. Plus I had a lasso!"—Cheyenne Jackson talks about growing up and playing with his brother and their ...


Seattle-double-homicide-may-be-related-to-online-hook-up-

Seattle double homicide may be related to online hook-up - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the double homicides of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, which occurred in the early morning hours of June 1, in the Central District of Seattle. According to local media sources, Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, and may have targeted ...


NGLTF-withdraws-support-of-ENDA

NGLTF withdraws support of ENDA - In an Advocate op-ed, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ( NGLTF ) Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey said the organization has pulled its support of the current version of ENDA. In part, Carey wrote, "After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of ...


Groups-withdraw-support-of-ENDA

Groups withdraw support of ENDA - In an Advocate op-ed, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ( NGLTF ) Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey said the organization has pulled its support of the current version of ENDA. In part, Carey wrote, "After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Nance-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: The Nance; film notes - There is a segment in Rick McKay's wonderful documentary Broadway: The Golden Age in which a bevy of renowned actors talk about the most unforgettable performance they've ever seen: Laurette Taylor as Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 production of The Glass Menagerie. That same reverence has been ascribed to dozens of other one-of-a-kind portrayals in the ensuing decades that ...


Mich-gubernatorial-candidate-Schauer-talks-LGBT-rights

Mich. gubernatorial candidate Schauer talks LGBT rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Phillip-John Puzzo - In Michigan, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate has not defeated a Republican incumbent since 1948. So even though the odds aren't exactly in Mark Schauer's favor, the former Congressman and Battle Creek native is not discouraged. CNN Money recently ranked the Great Lake state in the bottom five in terms of economic strength and employment opportunities in the United States, so ...


Tim-Cook-at-Pride-Parade-LGBT-groups-wont-back-ENDA

Tim Cook at Pride Parade; LGBT groups won't back ENDA - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Days after being a CNBC anchor brought up his sexuality, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his support for his company's employees at San Francisco's annual Gay Pride Parade, IBTimes.com reported. The CEO did not march in the parade, but Cook tweeted a photo of approximately 5,000 Apple employees marching with the company's logo. On the CNBC show Squawk on the ...


Classic-1990s-gay-novels-back-with-21st-Century-updates

Classic 1990s gay novels back with 21st Century updates - From a press release - Novelist Robert Rodi is bringing back his iconic 1990s gay novels with the help of a Kickstarter campaign—and he's adding in a new book showing where all the characters are today. In 1992 Rodi published Fag Hag, a dark comedy about a woman romantically obsessed with a gay man. The nineties was a boom era for gay fiction, and Fag ...


Myth-busting-gay-car-stereotypes

Myth-busting gay car stereotypes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every person on Earth—no matter what race, religion, color, or sexual orientation—suffers from the injustice of stereotypes. As a gay man and a car enthusiast, I noticed that the stereotypes about homosexuals don't stop with how we dress and sound, but also what we drive. I decided to take action and find out if there is any truth in the ...


Auto-news-Porsches-protections-gay-designer-on-Motor-City

Auto news: Porsche's protections; gay designer on 'Motor City' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Porsche's protections; gay designer on 'Motor City' —Porsche's protections: Porsche has new protections and benefits for its lesbian and gay employees, according to Gaywheels.com. The new and expanded workplace policy extends spousal benefits to same-sex couples. However, the company's policy does not yet cover gender-reassignment surgery or associated medical treatments. —Cross' accident: The parents of Illinois state Rep. Tom Cross ...


Musician-keeps-alive-legacy-of-gay-themed-country-album-

Musician keeps alive legacy of gay-themed country album - MUSIC: Lavender Country - Bobby Taylor never says "no" to a musical gig. From playing solo to performing the oldies in the duo Memory Lane Songs, Taylor helps to revive Lavender Country, the first album of country music with gay themes ( an unusual feat for someone Black and straight ). Celebrating his 75th birthday a few weeks ago, the Illinois native certainly has ...


Drag-Race-in-UK-Gaga-Judas-Priest-Sean-Hayes-new-gig

Drag Race in U.K.; Gaga, Judas Priest; Sean Hayes' new gig - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul is interested in hosting a U.K. version of RuPaul's Drag Race, Gay Star News reported. RuPaul confirmed that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular U.S. show in Britain. However, the idea is still in the works and has yet to be formally pitched to a network. Lady Gaga ...


TELEVISION-Major-Crimes-airing-coming-out-story-July-7

TELEVISION 'Major Crimes' airing coming-out story July 7 - TNT's Major Crimes has a coming-out storyline airing Monday, July 7. The plotline involves teen Rusty ( Graham Patrick Martin ), who currently lives with Capt. Sharon Raydor ( played by lead Mary McDonnell ). The show itself is a spinoff of The Closer, which starred Kyra Sedgwick. Several of those stars, including G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison ( whom ...


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Study: Religious counseling associated with suicide tries - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—A new study finds that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals ( LGB ) who sought mental health treatment from health care providers were no less likely to attempt suicide than LGB people who did not seek any treatment at all, but seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt. The study, ...


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Hollywood luminary talks lesbians, drag and Uma Thurman - Long before dishing lesbian wisdom to Melissa McCarthy's mess of a character in this summer's road-trip comedy Tammy, Kathy Bates had the gay community in shackles. It didn't take a sledgehammer to maintain our obsession with her—it just took the Hollywood icon's every turn on television ( Six Feet Under; American Horror Story ), Broadway ( 'night, Mother ) and ...


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George Takei: On Trump, Stern and 'Oh, my!' - NUNN ON ONE - The actor that will be forever be known as Sulu from Star Trek has been a pioneer for the LGBT community and boldly gone where many gays have not gone before. Not only has he performed in six Star Trek films but when he came out of the closet he made a big splash for equality. His work with Japanese ...


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National news - From George Chauncey's Gay New York to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, work-related LGBT literature and authors whose books focus on work are being highlighted for LGBT Pride Month as part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America, according to a press release. The Web-based project, http://www.dol.gov/books, aims to engage the public about the Labor ...


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Married same-sex couples to receive FMLA benefits - The U.S. Labor Department has stated that married same-sex couples nationwide will soon have access to emergency-leave benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ). Labor Department officials issued a proposed rule that would expand the definition of "spouse" under the FMLA to include all legally married gay and lesbian couples, regardless of their state of residence. ...


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Bisexual Research Collaborative On Health formed - From a press release - Leading bisexual health researchers and community activists from across the country agreed to form the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health ( BiRCH ) at a meeting hosted by The Fenway Institute in Boston on June 26. BiRCH will continue high-level discussions of bisexual health research, plan a national conference, and look for ways to raise public awareness of bi health ...


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Billy Masters - "Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time."—Carrie Fisher. Most television shows don't deliver breaking news over the summer. But most shows ain't The View. During the talk show's 17-year history, most of the explosive moments have taken place when the temperature rises. Original moderator Meredith Vieira left the show amicably on June 9, 2006. Two weeks later, Star Jones ambushed ...


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BOOK REVIEW Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante - By Monica Nolan. $15; Kensington Books; 288 pages You've had it. You're about ready to quit your job—again—and that bothers you. Job-bobbing isn't what you wanted to do as a career but there you are, feeling like an ill-employed rubber ball, ready to bounce to the next workplace. Maybe you just don't know what you're good at yet. Or maybe, ...


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BOOK REVIEW Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir - By Mark Gevisser $27; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 352 pages Turn left. You used to need a map to know that info, but these days, a voice from a screen tells you where to go on your trip. It's easy and fairly reliable, so who would want to go back to wrestling with a map, or wondering if turning ...







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