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Illinois-companies-run-gamut-in-HRCs-corporate-index

Illinois companies run gamut in HRC's corporate index - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 72 in Illinois. In total, 887 companies were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 851 in last year's. The average score for companies and law firms based in ...


ACLU-LGBT-groups-call-on-Obama-to-grant-clemency-to-Chelsea-Manning

ACLU, LGBT groups call on Obama to grant clemency to Chelsea Manning - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and over a dozen LGBT groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information to the media to raise public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence. Ian Thompson, ACLU ...


Governor-who-signed-North-Carolinas-HB2-concedes-race

Governor who signed North Carolina's HB2 concedes race - Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded in his race for the governor's office. On Dec. 5, McCrory released a video congratulating Roy Cooper in his win. Democratic Attorney General Cooper lead incumbent McCrory by about 10,250 votes from 4.7 million cast. McCrory, who became the first sitting North Carolina governor to lose a re-election bid, signed several controversial ...


NCAVP-mourns-intimate-partner-violence-homicide-of-Dalia-Elhefny-Sabae-in-PA-

NCAVP mourns intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae in PA - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae, age 28, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania which occurred on November 10, 2016. According to media reports, Sabae, a bisexual woman, was allegedly killed by her husband, Michael Cwiklinski, age 47, against whom she had sought Orders of Protection in the ...


Trumps-Attorney-General-choice-led-anti-LGBTQ-campaign-rights-groups-oppose-Sessions-

Trump's Attorney General choice led anti-LGBTQ campaign, rights groups oppose Sessions - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released the following statement on the revelation that Senator Jeff Sessions — President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. Attorney General — led a campaign to block an LGBTQ student group from holding a conference at a public university while he was Alabama Attorney General. The news unearthed by CNN's Andrew ...


GLAAD-launches-Trump-Accountability-Project

GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for journalists, editors, producers, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of Donald Trump and those in or being considered for his administration. The resource also catalogues other discriminatory ...


President-Obama-makes-World-AIDS-Day-proclamation

President Obama makes World AIDS Day proclamation - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - WORLD AIDS DAY, 2016 Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. HIV/AIDS has taken tens of millions of lives — and far too many people with HIV have struggled to get the care, treatment, and compassion they deserve. But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, ...


HRC-Equality-North-Carolina-call-on-McCrory-to-concede

HRC, Equality North Carolina call on McCrory to concede - From an HRC press release - RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina once again called on Pat McCrory to concede. Instead of accepting the fact that voters rejected his bid for re-election, McCrory launched an all-out effort to throw the integrity of the election into question by lodging baseless voter protests in more than half of the state's ...


New-Report-Examines-Discriminatory-State-HIV-Criminalization-Laws

New Report Examines Discriminatory State HIV Criminalization Laws - From a press release - Report released on World AIDS Day highlights how these outdated laws perpetuate dangerous misinformation and aren't based in fact or modern science ( Denver, December 1, 2016 )—A new report released today by the Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ) focuses on HIV criminalization laws, which can still carry penalties such as 35-year prison terms and registration as a sex ...


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Bar associations respond to increase in hate-motivated violence, harassment - From a press release - Statement of the Hispanic National Bar Association ( HNBA ), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ( NAPABA ), the National Association of Women Lawyers ( NAWL ), the National Bar Association ( NBA ), the National LGBT Bar Association ( LGBT Bar ), and the National Native American Bar Association ( NNABA ) on the Recent Increase in ...


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Native Son Awards honor George C. Wolfe, Don Lemon, DeRay Mckesson - From a press release - New York - December 1, 2016—Last night—Wednesday, November 30—journalist, content creator and LGBT activist Emil Wilbekin hosted the inaugural Native Son Awards honoring Tony Award-winning director and playwright, George C. Wolfe; journalist and CNN Tonight Host, Don Lemon; and Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson at The Cadillac House in New York City. The event—sponsored by Cadillac, Belvedere Red and ...


Millennial-Impact-Project-five-year-report-A-generation-largely-eager-to-give

Millennial Impact Project five-year report: A generation largely eager to give - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS ( Nov. 29, 2016 ) — Today Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, released a five-year retrospective on the Millennial Impact Project. The project has heard from more than 75,000 millennials ( born 1980 to 2000 ) to date, providing new insights into how the generation activates and engages with the causes they care about. The report details ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm almost positive a certain beloved daytime talk-show host once had me kicked out of a backstage dressing room at the Emmy Awards. I can't prove it, but this person, who has short blonde hair, has a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about."—Kathy Griffin's clearly afraid to name Ellen DeGeneres. But we're not—because we have positive stories about ...


MOMBIAN-Picking-up-the-shards

MOMBIAN Picking up the shards - I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. For decoration, I melted sugar into sheets and broke it into shards to represent the glass ceiling that I hoped she would shatter. On Nov. 9, however, I found myself looking at the remains of the cake and wondering if it better represented ...


Website-gathers-stories-of-Irish-LGBT-emigrants-for-sake-of-policy

Website gathers stories of Irish LGBT emigrants for sake of policy - Paul Dowling believes in the power of story-telling and how it can create change and connection. He shows this belief in his story/policy initiative about LGBT Irish emigrants, At Home Abroad. Dowling hails from Ireland and now lives in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood with his husband. He works as a social worker with Chicago Irish Immigrant Support, a not-for-profit immigration and ...


San-Antonio-Four-exonerated

'San Antonio Four' exonerated - The highest court in Texas has exonerated the so-called "San Antonio Four." Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted in the late 1990s of gang-raping two little girls who were Ramirez's nieces. The women had recently come out as lesbians, and prosecutors used their sexuality as a motive for the crimes. They were wrongfully convicted close ...


-AMA-adopts-new-policies

AMA adopts new policies - The American Medical Association ( AMA ) recently gathered physician and medical student leaders from all corners of medicine during its Interim Meeting and voted to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the nation. Among a few of the policies are the following: —Parity in reproductive health insurance coverage for same-sex couples: In recognition that same-sex couples ...


Relationships-the-Law-Today-Supreme-Court-looks-at-transgender-bathroom-policies

Relationships & the Law Today: Supreme Court looks at transgender bathroom policies - A recurring column - A transgender boy banned from using the boys' restroom at his high school sued his county school board alleging that it impermissibly discriminated him in violation of Title IX of the U.S. Constitution. The student's birth-assigned sex is female, but his gender identity is male. Since he was a freshman, he began hormone therapy, legally changed his name to a ...


Federal-court-rehears-gay-discrimination-case

Federal court rehears gay discrimination case - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on Nov. 30, reheard oral arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, an Indiana math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, tests whether the sex discrimination protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2017-Nissan-Armada-really-huge-really-cozy-and-really-gay

VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Nissan Armada: really huge, really cozy and really gay - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - Ever been invaded by something big and overwhelming and Spanish? During the Renaissance, the Spanish Armada was a force to be reckoned with—until Queen Elizabeth I took it down a peg or three, that is. Today's Armada is Japanese, not Spanish, but it's still something that you shouldn't ignore. The 2017 Nissan Armada, a really huge truck/SUV/tanker/ floating party, is ...


NLGJA-President-Receives-CNN-Diversity-Ovation-Award

NLGJA President Receives CNN Diversity Ovation Award - From a press release - Washington, D.C.- Today NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is excited to announce that NLGJA President Jen Christensen is the recipient of the 2016 CNN Diversity Ovation Award. Christensen is an exemplification of NLGJA's commitment to diversity and mission to ensure more fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people, and NLGJA is proud of her accomplishment. "In ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Breon-Arzell-is-a-Travel-ing-man

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Breon Arzell is a 'Travel'-ing man - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Breon Arzell presents Pegasus Theatre's Rutherford's Travels playing the title character, Rutherford Calhoun. It is the tale of Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave who travels to New Orleans and winds up on a slave ship headed to Africa. After moving to Chicago three years ago from Detroit, Arzell has appeared at as Steppenwolf, Bailiwick and Raven theaters. The ...


Entertainment-news-Andy-Cohen-Ruby-Rose-RuPaul-GALECAs-top-actresses-Madonna

Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


National-roundup-World-AIDS-Day-mayor-harassed-ex-pol-comes-out-

National roundup: World AIDS Day, mayor harassed, ex-pol comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ), The Advocate ( with the support of Michael J. Libow and in conjunction with The NAMES Project Foundation ) is bringing three installation panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Los Angeles for display at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills Public Library, a ...


President-Obama-presents-the-Medal-of-Freedom-to-Ellen-DeGeneres-and-others

President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Ellen DeGeneres and others - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT PRESENTATION OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM East Room, 3:13 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! Hey! Thank you. ( Applause. ) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. We've got some work to do here. ( Laughter. ) ...


Homicide-of-Deon-L-Brown-in-Nashville-TN-is-possible-hate-violence-homicide-

Homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, TN, is possible hate violence homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, Tennessee. According to media reports, Deon Brown's body was found on Monday morning, November 14th, in the parking lot of a local trucking business in West Nashville. He had been stabbed to death. Friends of Deon have stated that he ...


Book-focuses-on-gay-baby-boomers-in-the-present-day

Book focuses on gay baby boomers in the present day - Jesus Ramirez-Valles' book Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology puts the gay baby boomers' experience into perspective. Ramirez-Valles is a professor and head of community health sciences at University of Illinois, Chicago ( UIC ) School of Public Health. He is also a scholar, filmmaker, and an advocate of LGBT and Latino health. Ramirez-Valles grew ...


LGBT-doc-on-Mariela-Castro-debuting-Nov-28

LGBT doc on Mariela Castro debuting Nov. 28 - A documentary about LGBT-rights activist Mariela Castro—the daughter of President Raul Castro and a member of Cuba's National Assembly—will debut Monday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. CT on HBO. Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution follows Castro and her LGBT supporters as they spread their universal message of equality across the country. In addition, Castro serves as the director of ...


Report-LGBTQs-lacking-in-Spanish-language-scripted-TV-

Report: LGBTQs lacking in Spanish-language scripted TV - GLAAD recently released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, "Nearly Invisible." The report offers an analysis of LGBTQ characters in prime-time Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. "Nearly Invisible" found that only 14 of the 516 characters examined were LGBTQ ( 3 percent )—and only seven of those characters appeared in more than half ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Holiday-movie-offerings-

Knight at the Movies: Holiday movie offerings - Like it or not, it's beginning to look like Christmas and if holiday movies are your thing ( and longtime readers of this column know that they are mine ), there's a nice assortment of holiday-themed movies—new and old on the big and small screen—to crank up your Yuletide spirit. Highlights of area screenings, some holiday fare on the small ...


-TRAVEL-San-Juan-Puerto-Rico-Lovely-and-lively

TRAVEL San Juan, Puerto Rico: Lovely and lively - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Looking to get away from the incoming icy weather? Well, then, look east—to the lovely island of Puerto Rico and the capital of San Juan, which hosted a writers' retreat recently. What ensued was a montage of captivating sights and experiences. Staying in a ( former ) convent Upon arriving in San Juan, I was immediately whisked away to ...


Wally-Brewster-resigns-from-ambassadorship-

Wally Brewster resigns from ambassadorship - Openly gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster, on Nov. 23, announced that he would be resigning from his post, effective 20 January 2017. The news came via the Dominican Republic's U.S. Embassy's Twitter account, where Brewster added that he and his husband, Bob Satawake, would move on to "new adventures." Brewster and Satawake, who both had ...


San-Antonio-4-exonerated-in-appeals-court-lesbians-wrongfully-convicted-

San Antonio 4 exonerated in appeals court, lesbians wrongfully convicted - From a press release - Filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi woke up to a phone call from attorney Mike Ware of The Innocent Project of Texas telling her the great news that "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that the women known as the "San Antonio 4" be declared innocent and exonerated." This sentence was stated exactly in the court decision this morning. The ...


LGBTQs-nearly-invisible-in-US-Spanish-language-media-trans-virtually-non-existent

LGBTQs nearly invisible in U.S. Spanish-language media, trans virtually non-existent - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, Nearly Invisible. Nearly Invisible offers an analysis of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) characters in primetime Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The report found that only 14 ...


VA-cancels-plans-to-provide-transition-surgery-to-trans-veterans

VA cancels plans to provide transition surgery to trans veterans - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In response to the Veterans Administration's decision this week to cancel plans to provide transition surgery to transgender veterans until "appropriated funding is available," the Palm Center released a study showing that the cost of providing transition-related health care would be $20.6 million, approximately one one-hundredth of one percent of the VA's $183.2 billion budget. The ...


National-roundup-Veterans-lawsuit-anti-trans-attack-True-Colors-honored

National roundup: Veteran's lawsuit, anti-trans attack, True Colors honored - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Air Force veteran H. Edward Spires, 91, filed a federal lawsuit against the Secretary of the Air Force seeking to upgrade his discharge status from "undesirable" to honorable, a press release stated. The Air Force discharged Spires in 1948 because of his "homosexuality." Despite his faithful service in the Air Force, for nearly 70 years, Spires has been ineligible for ...


Entertainment-news-Ricky-Martin-Kelly-Osbourne-Jussie-Smollett-Frank-Ocean

Entertainment news: Ricky Martin, Kelly Osbourne, Jussie Smollett, Frank Ocean - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he popped the question to artist Jwan Yosef, his boyfriend of more than a year, People reported. "We just got engaged," he gushed. "I proposed. I was really nervous. But I got on my knees and I took out —not a box... I just had them in a little ...


Bias-motivated-harassment-in-TN-follows-hatchet-attack-on-NC-transgender-woman

Bias-motivated harassment in TN follows hatchet attack on NC transgender woman - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that two men in Tennessee had their home vandalized by having an anti-LGBTQ slur pinned to their home with a knife bearing the likeness of President-elect Donald Trump. This incident comes the same week that the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics for 2015. ...


31-retired-military-officers-warn-of-dfforts-to-politicize-personnel-policy

31 retired military officers warn of dfforts to politicize personnel policy - From a Palm Center press release - In response to potential Trump administration members' comments this week targeting minority military members and calling for the elimination of merit-based personnel policies, thirty-one retired Flag and General Officers released a statement today warning against making military personnel decisions on the basis of social judgments and political agendas: "As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe the incoming administration must ...


Conference-call-planned-about-funding-LGBTQ-issues-in-challenging-times

Conference call planned about funding LGBTQ issues in challenging times - From a Funders for LGBTQ Issues press release - Last week, our work got harder. Donald Trump was elected President after a divisive campaign that intentionally stoked xenophobia and racism and was filled with base insults toward women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Trump is not an ordinary politician. He has promised to deport millions of immigrants, to explicitly profile Muslims, and to strip millions of Americans of ...


Roy-Coopers-Lead-Grows-to-6000-as-McCrory-Refuses-to-Admit-Loss

Roy Cooper's Lead Grows to 6,000+ as McCrory Refuses to Admit Loss - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, blasted Pat McCrory for refusing to admit defeat despite vote tallies showing that Roy Cooper has increased his ...


HRC-Trans-People-of-Color-Coalition-report-details-violence-against-trans-community

HRC, Trans People of Color Coalition report details violence against trans community - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition ( TPOCC ) released A Matter of Life and Death: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America 2016, a new, heartbreaking report documenting the often deadly violence faced by the transgender community and exploring the factors that fuel these tragic attacks. ...


Alliance-for-Justice-Choice-of-Sessions-for-AG-shocking-

Alliance for Justice: Choice of Sessions for AG shocking - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2016: Commenting on the announcement that president-elect Donald Trump will tap Senator Jeff Sessions for the role of U.S. Attorney General, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement: "The choice of Senator Sessions to lead the Department of Justice is more than deeply unsatisfactory; it is a blatantly inflammatory act in a time ...


Labor-Civil-Rights-Faith-Groups-Call-on-Trump-to-Denounce-Hate-Fueled-Acts

Labor, Civil Rights, Faith Groups Call on Trump to Denounce Hate-Fueled Acts - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Labor, civil rights and faith leaders and others called on President-elect Donald Trump today to unequivocally denounce the hundreds of hate-fueled acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction and even assault that have happened since his election. During the campaign, Trump's style was to bully, intimidate and use racist, bigoted and sexist language. He made proposals and used language that helped ...


Youth-crisis-calls-to-Trevor-Project-go-up-in-days-following-election

Youth crisis calls to Trevor Project go up in days following election - From a press release - NEW YORK — November 15, 2016 — The election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence took many by surprise, especially young people. After a divisive campaign marked by threats of stripping LGBTQ rights, and arguably the most anti-LGBT political party platform in U.S. history, the Republicans took control of our congress and executive branch of government leading many to fear ...


Court-finds-Minnesota-transgender-surgery-ban-unconstitutional

Court finds Minnesota transgender surgery ban unconstitutional - Legacy Projec, Affinity Community Services, The Northalsted Business Alliance, The Center on Halsted join - ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota district court ruled this week that transgender people on the state's Medical Assistance progam in Minnesota deserve access to medically necessary services related to gender transition. Since 2005, surgical treatments for gender dysphoria have been excluded from coverage even though equivalent treatments were covered under the federal Medicare program and private insurance plans. In ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "So, when I'm alone, I do masturbate a lot. I don't know why. It's like you have those days where it's just like, I have a ton of writing to do, or a ton of reading to do, and you're just like, OK, I'm going to be on the couch all day or in bed all day just doing that. ...


Not-Straight-Not-White-highlights-history-of-Black-gay-men

'Not Straight, Not White' highlights history of Black gay men - Kevin Mumford believes his book, Not Straight, Not White, is one of the first non-fiction books to simultaneously highlight both Black and gay identities. "In the mainstream press I think you get these very singular categories of public discourses, and it's hard to get them to be more complicated," said Mumford, a history professor at the University of Illinois-Champaign. "There's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Accepted-How-the-First-Gay-Superstar-Changed-the-WWE

BOOK REVIEW Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed the WWE - By Pat Patterson with Bertrand Hebert $25.95; ECW Press; 258 pages You are the champion of all time. Nobody can beat you; nobody can even tie your record. When it comes to thumb-wresting, you know all the moves and you really throw your arm into it for the win. Hands-down, you're the best. So now read Accepted, by Pat Patterson ...


Book-of-essays-speaks-Black-queer-truths-of-the-next-generation

Book of essays speaks Black queer truths of the next generation - E. Patrick Johnson's book, titled No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, reveals tactful truth from the next generation of scholars and activists about the Black queer experience. Johnson is chair of the Department of African-American studies and the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African-American studies at Northwestern University. He is a Southerner in the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-PODCASTS-Kirsten-Vangsness-talks-Criminal-Minds-being-queer

NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The California native is appearing in new movies like Kill Me, Deadly and Axis, along with heading to Chicago for a live podcast reading. Windy City Times: So you began your ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Our-only-hope

THE AMAZON TRAIL Our only hope - The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society. I'm not going to write about the ...


First-Lady-honors-True-Colors-as-top-youth-creative-develoment-program

First Lady honors True Colors as top youth creative develoment program - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, DC ) — True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive and the country's largest and longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth theater program, today received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Represented by participant Traeshayona "Trae" Weekes, 18, True Colors was ...


White-House-appoints-Steve-Bannon-organizations-respond

White House appoints Steve Bannon, organizations respond - From press releases - NCLR Response to Trump's Appointment of Steve Bannon as Chief White House Strategist ( November 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights responds to President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Stephen Bannon, whose news agency has been a vehicle for extreme views about racial and religious minorities, women, and LGBTQ people as his chief White House strategist ...


Ellen-DeGeneres-among-Presidential-Medal-of-Freedom-winners

Ellen DeGeneres among Presidential Medal of Freedom winners - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The ...


Labor-Faith-and-Civil-Rights-Leaders-to-Ask-Trump-to-Call-for-an-End-to-Hate-Incidents-

Labor, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders to Ask Trump to Call for an End to Hate Incidents - From a press release - WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers will hold a press conference on Friday Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. with civil rights and faith leaders and others to ask President-elect Donald Trump to use his bully pulpit to call for an end to the wave of racist, bigoted, violent incidents since his election. The leaders will release a letter signed by more ...


NC-to-issue-accurate-birth-certificates-for-kids-born-to-married-same-sex-couples

NC to issue accurate birth certificates for kids born to married same-sex couples - From a press release - ( Raleigh, NC November 15, 2016 ) — Lambda Legal announced today it has reached a settlement with the state of North Carolina on behalf of Melissa and Meredith Weiss, a married lesbian couple denied accurate birth certificates listing both mothers as parents of their two sons. The State has agreed to amend the Weiss' sons' birth certificates to place ...


Poz-Magazine-announces-Poz-100-for-2016

Poz Magazine announces "Poz 100" for 2016 - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 14, 2016 — POZ magazine, the award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the annual "POZ 100," highlighting individuals working to combat HIV/AIDS chosen from nominations by readers. This year, POZ focused on nominees located in the South ( as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the South ...


Entertainment-Wanda-Sykes-Transformation-female-superheroes-John-Legend

Entertainment: Wanda Sykes, 'Transformation,' female superheroes, John Legend - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wanda Sykes drew boos from the audience ( and then reportedly flipped off audience members ) at a charity event in Boston over the weekend when she criticized President-elect Donald Trump, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Onstage at the Nov. 12 Comics Come Home benefit show at the TD Garden, Sykes said, "After the election, I was going around consoling people. ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Real-Housewife-Cynthia-Bailey-walks-the-runway-alone

NUNN ON ONE: TV Real Housewife Cynthia Bailey walks the runway alone - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reality Star Cynthia Bailey worked the runway for Wilhelmina Models that led her from New York to Atlanta. She joined the third season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta and has been a regular ever since. She appeared on The Next: 15 as well as Cupcake Wars. Her businesses include an eyewear line, a modeling school and a backpack ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Marilyn-Forever-

BOOK REVIEW Marilyn Forever - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - People will talk. And that can be a bad thing: gossip is often mean, and its shelf life is sometimes longer than we'd like. On the other hand, a bit of scandalous chatter can be great: As in the new book Marilyn Forever, by Boze Hadleigh, if people are talking about you, they'll remember you. Through the years, plenty of ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSICALS-Wesley-Edwards-talks-Reindeer-games

NUNN ON ONE: MUSICALS Wesley Edwards talks 'Reindeer' games - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is tells the classic Rankin/Bass story that first aired in 1964. It has aired every year since, making it the longest running holiday television special in history. The musical version flies into The Chicago Theatre Nov. 17-20 for nine shows. Performer Wesley Edwards plays Hermey, an elf who longs for a different life. As ...


National-roundup-People-of-the-Year-Donald-Trump-Rachel-Maddow

National roundup: People of the Year, Donald Trump, Rachel Maddow - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For its annual Year in Review issue, The Advocate looks back at a series of moments that collectively shaped 2016. One of the impactful incidents was the Pulse Nightclub massacre, the worst single-person mass shooting and the deadliest violent act against LGBT people in U.S. history. For 2016, The Advocate dedicated the title of "People of the Year" to the ...


Chicagos-Featherproof-Books-gets-heavy-with-post-election-activism

Chicago's Featherproof Books gets heavy with post-election activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Founded in 2005 by writers Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger, Chicago-based Featherproof Books is known for publishing "strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy." This is in keeping with Dodson and Messinger's original mission to publish whatever they wanted. In 2014, Tim Kinsella ( author of Featherproof titles All Over and Over and The Karaoke ...


Chicago-joins-in-national-protest-movement-against-Trump

Chicago joins in national protest movement against Trump - Thousands of Chicagoans have been taking to the streets since the election of the Trump/Pence presidential ticket Nov. 8. The night after the election, masses of people swarmed Trump Tower downtown, and marched through the streets, closing down Lake Shore Drive in solidarity with many groups threatened by a Trump White House, from immigrants and LGBTQs, to all people of ...


National-reactions-to-Trump-victory

National reactions to Trump victory - A wide variety of pro-LGBT organizations issued responses after Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory as the newest president of the United States. Many groups and individuals have seemingly approaches that include vigilance and defiance. What follow are excerpts from organizations' and individuals' press releases: —SAGE ( Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ): "With a corrosive election season behind us, ...


HRC-Launches-Parents-for-Transgender-Equality-Council

HRC Launches Parents for Transgender Equality Council - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation will launch its groundbreaking, new Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation's leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The council's launch begins HRC's commemoration of Transgender Week of Awareness, dedicated to the progress, continued challenges, and unfinished work in the fight ...


How-LGBT-candidates-fared

How LGBT candidates fared - Kate Brown became the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor, winning the office in Oregon November 8. Elsewhere in the nation, there were only a few scattered "firsts" to be celebrated, and 61 percent of 188 openly LGBT candidates this year won their races. By comparison, in 2012, out of 152 LGBT candidates on the ballot, 77 percent ...


Michelle-Obama-to-recognize-Bostons-True-Colors-Out-Youth-Theater

Michelle Obama to recognize Boston's True Colors: Out Youth Theater - From a press release - Boston-based True Colors: Out Youth Theater, the nation's longest running queer youth theater group, will receive the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. True Colors is the first LGBTQ organization in history to receive this award. True Colors is the country's longest-running queer youth theater group. The First Lady will invite the 12 winners ...


Ruth-Negga-on-her-breakout-role-in-the-movie-Loving

Ruth Negga on her breakout role in the movie 'Loving' - Ruth Negga is having the breakout year that all actors work and dream crave. Not only is the Irish-Ethopian actress co-starring in Preacher, AMC's red-hot TV series adaptation of the sci-fi action graphic novel ( just renewed for a second season ), but she's winning raves from critics and audiences for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in the movie Loving. ...


Anti-LGBTQ-extremists-reportedly-tapped-for-major-roles-in-Trumps-transition-

Anti-LGBTQ extremists reportedly tapped for major roles in Trump's transition - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) expressed concern about leaked documents indicating that President-Elect Donald Trump is considering for his transition team candidates with histories of anti-LGBTQ animus, including Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council, which has been designated a hate group. "Ken Blackwell is a man who has spent his entire career going after ...


Petition-seeks-election-reversal

Petition seeks election reversal - A Change.org petition seeks to overturn the results of the Nov. 8 presidential election and to make Hillary Clinton the chief executive instead of Donald Trump. In part, the petition states, "On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can ...


NCAVP-Looks-Toward-Tomorrow-and-Beyond

NCAVP Looks Toward Tomorrow and Beyond - From a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs press release - The last year has been challenging and heartbreaking for LGBTQ communities. We continued to see waves of anti-LGBTQ legislation pass in many states and cities across the country; we witnessed the horrific violence of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which claimed the lives of almost 50 LGBTQ people, most of whom were Latinx; and on the same day this country went ...


PFLAG-National-head-Jody-Buckaby-to-step-down

PFLAG National head Jody Buckaby to step down - From a PFLAG press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jean Hodges, Chair of the PFLAG National Board of Directors, announced that Executive Director Jody Huckaby will depart the helm of the organization in December after serving in this role since January 2005. "Jody Huckaby has offered game-changing leadership to position PFLAG as our nation's unique and unified voice of families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, ...


Melissa-Harris-Perry-at-Chicago-Humanities-Fest-

Melissa Harris-Perry at Chicago Humanities Fest - Political commentator, former MSNBC host and author Melissa Harris-Perry spoke in Chicago two days after the 2016 presidential election, bringing her unique brand of political expertise to an audience aching for an explanation of the results. The event was hosted by the Chicago Humanities Festival at Northwestern University's Thorne Auditorium. Harris-Perry did not disappoint in her deep analysis of the ...







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