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Fifteen-groups-ask-for-special-US-envoy-for-LGBT-rights

Fifteen groups ask for special U.S. envoy for LGBT rights - From a press release - Washington D.C. — American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ) and a coalition of advocacy and human rights organizations met with White House officials today to ask President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) peoples within the U.S. Department of State. "As the scourge of state-sanctioned discrimination ...


Lea-Delaria-Artemis-at-Lakeside-Pride-Women-in-Music-Nov-16

Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride Women in Music Nov. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 — Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center ( 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago ) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


In-apology-to-trans-community-HRC-to-push-for-LGBT-bill

In apology to trans community, HRC to push for LGBT bill - In a surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation. "I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, ...


Chuck-Wolfe-leaving-Victory-Fund

Chuck Wolfe leaving Victory Fund - Chuck Wolfe will step down as the head of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund at the end of this year, Metro Weekly reported. In an email sent to the the Victory Campaign board, Wolfe announced his resignation after more than a decade as the president and CEO of the nonpartisan organization that has helped elect LGBT candidates across the ...


Fed-Appeals-Court-upholds-NJ-law-banning-conversion-therapy-

Fed Appeals Court upholds NJ law banning conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Trenton, NJ, September 11, 2014 )—Today, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously upheld a 2013 New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression or identity of patients under 18 years old. The Court held that the New Jersey law does not violate the ...


ABA-names-awardees-for-LGBT-advances-in-law-profession-

ABA names awardees for LGBT advances in law profession - From a press release - CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2014 — Three longstanding LGBT legal activists will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its third annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 7, 2015, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston. Named after the New York City Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, ...


Lesbian-wins-historic-AG-primary-in-Massachusetts-

Lesbian wins historic A.G. primary in Massachusetts - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund congratulated Maura Healey on her victory in the Democratic primary election for Massachusetts Attorney General. If elected in November, Healey will become the first openly LGBT attorney general in the United States. "All of us at Victory are thrilled about Maura's inspiring win tonight," said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of ...


-House-Committee-rejects-equal-benefits-for-gay-veterans

House Committee rejects equal benefits for gay veterans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) released the following statement today following the decision by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to vote down an amendment that would have changed the discriminatory language in Title 38 that prevents the Department of Veterans Affairs from granting full access to earned veterans benefits to legally married couples living ...


Natl-LGBTQ-leaders-urge-Pres-Obama-Congress-to-act-on-immigration-

Nat'l LGBTQ leaders urge Pres. Obama, Congress to act on immigration - From a news release - Washington, D.C. — Immigration Equality, the national non-profit organization advocating for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive individuals brought together a national coalition of LGBTQ and immigration leaders yesterday in Washington. Together, they shared the heart-wrenching stories of the unique ways in which gay and transgender individuals are impacted by current immigration policies and ...


Fall-LGBT-movie-preview

Fall LGBT movie preview - By Richard Knight Jr. With the release of the indie romantic drama Love is Strange, the dog days of summer have given us one of the year's best gay-themed movies—and with The Skeleton Twins opening this week ( see my review in this issue ) the fall season is off to a promising start. A random sampling of what lies ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Skeleton-Twins-The-Homestretch-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: The Skeleton Twins; The Homestretch; film notes - Sibling rivalry and revelry has long been a great basis for movies of nearly every genre ( The Savages, Conviction, and In Her Shoes immediately spring to mind ). And with The Skeleton Twins, from out director Craig Johnson, we have another strong example. What makes Johnson's movie—a sometimes uneven but ultimately winning black comedy that he co-wrote with his ...


Proclamation-marks-20th-anniversary-of-Violence-Against-Women-Act

Proclamation marks 20th anniversary of Violence Against Women Act - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Twenty years ago, our Nation came together to declare our commitment to end violence against women. The Violence Against Women Act ( VAWA ), written by then United States Senator Joe Biden and signed into law on September 13, 1994, changed ...


9-th-Circuit-hears-argument-in-Lambda-marriage-case-in-Nevada

9 th Circuit hears argument in Lambda marriage case in Nevada - From a press release - ( San Francisco, September 8, 2014 ) — Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Sevcik v. Sandoval, Lambda Legal's lawsuit challenging Nevada's discriminatory marriage ban. "We are very hopeful that wedding bells will be ringing soon for same-sex couples in Nevada," said Tara Borelli, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal who argued before ...


The-Gambia-passes-new-anti-LGBT-legislation

The Gambia passes new anti-LGBT legislation - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON——Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemned the decision by The Gambia's legislature to pass horrific new legislation that would lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in the country. According to multiple news reports, The Gambia's National Assembly passed legislation that includes nearly identical language to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed ...


DOMA-cartoon-wins-prize-Chick-fil-A-founder-dies

DOMA cartoon wins prize; Chick-fil-A founder dies - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nate Beeler has been selected as the 2014 winner of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, for his image in The Columbus Dispatch depicting Lady Justice and Lady Liberty embracing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ), according to a press release. He and the 2013 winner, Matt Bors of Portland, Oregon, ...


Streisand-Channel-Neil-Patrick-weds-Sam-Smith-does-Fast-Car

Streisand Channel, Neil Patrick weds, Sam Smith does 'Fast Car' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. From Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. The channel will feature live and studio recordings spanning Streisand's career, from her 1963 debut ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Colbie-Caillat-gives-music-a-new-Try

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Colbie Caillat gives music a new 'Try' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sunny California singer Colbie Caillat brought her shiny tunes to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, recently to the newly renovated McAnich Arts Center at College of DuPage. Not only was there a visually stunning show with large video screens, but her Grammy-winning duet with Jason Mraz, "Lucky," was beamed in to the delight of fans. Her partnering with openers Alex & ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "If everybody likes you—you're pretty dull."—Bette Davis' quote might as well have been directed at Joan Rivers ... or me. Neither one of us has ever been called dull. I first saw Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show and immediately fell under her spell. I followed her every move religiously, sent her fan letters, and even jokes. She always graciously ...


The-Roosevelts-avoids-Eleanors-sexuality

'The Roosevelts' avoids Eleanor's sexuality - Ken Burns' latest PBS opus, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, runs 14 hours and aims to cover previously unexplored areas in the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. However, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the miniseries won't make any definitive statements on the much-speculated-about sexuality of the longest-serving first lady in U.S. history. At a recent project for TV ...


Suspect-arrested-in-murder-of-trans-woman

Suspect arrested in murder of trans woman - Transgender woman Alejandra Leos was murdered just steps away from her home in north Memphis, Tennessee, on Sept. 5—and a suspect has been arrested according to WREG.com. Marshall Pegues, 21, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder of Leos, 41. A police report showed that Leos had an argument with Pegues at their home prior to the incident. A Facebook ...


MUSIC-Sinead-O-Connor-isnt-bossy-shes-the-boss

MUSIC Sinead O' Connor isn't bossy, she's the boss - One can't help but notice the disclaimer strewn across her public website: "SINEAD'S MUSINGS. STRICTLY NOT FOR MINORS." It's true; the 5'5" Grammy Award-winning Irish songstress takes distinct issue with the over-sexualizing of minors in the music industry. "There's a weighing kind of overemphasis on sexuality, which disempowers music generally, because it silences all the other voices; it makes music ...


Three-artists-depict-grittiness-of-society-in-New-York-

Three artists depict grittiness of society in New York - From a press release - A new art show by Fernando Carpaneda, Frank Russo and Moses Jaen deals with the grittiness of society, as seen through the eyes of Punk Rock, Horror and Psychedelia. Each artist will be presenting some new paintings and sculptures depicting humans, monsters, and everything in between at the MF Gallery in New York. Fernando Carpaneda was one of the first ...


Legislators-call-for-consistent-nondiscriminatory-tissue-donation-policy

Legislators call for consistent, nondiscriminatory tissue donation policy - From a press release - Washington D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( D-IL ) and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ), Tom Harkin ( D-IA ) and Elizabeth Warren ( D-MA ) led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing continued concern regarding current policies governing blood, organ, and tissue donation by ...


POVs-Koch-airs-Sept-22-on-PBS

POV's 'Koch' airs Sept. 22 on PBS - Ed Koch in the office of his campaign manager, David Garth, in 1977. Credit: The New York Post New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 ...


Group-Obamas-delay-on-immigration-relief-fails-LGBTs

Group: Obama's delay on immigration relief fails LGBTs - From a press release - New York, NY — Immigration Equality, the national non-profit organization advocating for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive individuals and their loved ones, is extremely disappointed and preparing to take action based on President Obama's decision to delay his executive order on immigration. Abandoning his own promise to act by the end of summer ...


Pres-Obama-names-lesbian-Google-exec-as-top-tech-official

Pres. Obama names lesbian Google exec as top tech official - From the White House blog - On his first full day in office, President Obama created the U.S. Chief Technology Officer ( CTO ) position within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation's goals and the needs of our citizens. Today, President Obama announced that Megan ...


HRC-on-departure-of-LGBT-ally-associate-attorney-general-West

HRC on departure of LGBT ally, associate attorney general West - WASHINGTON — Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the planned departure of Associate Attorney General Tony West. Attorney General Holder said, "Over the years, Tony's efforts have made a tremendous and lasting difference in the lives of millions of people across the country. I have been honored to count him as a colleague — and privileged to work alongside him." ...


-Trans-woman-wins-halfway-house-victory

Trans woman wins halfway house victory - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, September 4, 2014 ) - Today, Lambda Legal released a video documenting Donisha McShan's successful fight to be treated as a woman while at The H Group, the Marion, Ill., halfway house where she was receiving substance abuse counseling. Lambda Legal sent a demand letter to The H Group after Ms. McShan contacted Lambda Legal's Help Desk. ...


7th-Circuit-rules-equal-marriage-bans-unconstitutional-

7th Circuit rules equal marriage bans unconstitutional - - In a swift three-to-zero decision that was issued Sept. 4 in Chicago, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said marriage-equality bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were unconstitutional. The decision came just nine days after judges heard oral arguments in the cases. The 40-page ruling confirmed many of the concerns that the three-judge panel expressed about how children with LGBT parents ...


Joan-Rivers-dies

Joan Rivers dies - Joan Rivers, a witty, sometimes-controversial comic, actor, TV host, author and producer, has died at age 81. As a stand-up comic she fought for her rightful place in a sexist industry, and her career went into higher gear as co-host of E! TV's Fashion Police. Her first of many appearances TV's The Tonight Show was in 1965, and that helped ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Usually they're very, very fit. They're usually very 'GQ' looking. They're very poised. Not to generalize, but that's my viewpoint."—Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County explains what she means by someone "looking gay." I can live with that. This week, Joan Rivers' health crisis weighs heavily on my mind. At the time of this writing, all we know ...


John-Leguizamo-Klowns-around-talks-To-Wong-Foo

John Leguizamo 'Klowns' around, talks 'To Wong Foo' - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY - John Leguizamo continues to have a long and varied career. He began on television on Miami Vice in 1984, then had his first movie role that year with Mixed Blood. He then continued on a string of high-profile roles with Casualties of War, Die Hard 2 and Regarding Henry. Carlito's Way moved him into the serious parts; then, he stole ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Last-of-Robin-Hood-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: The Last of Robin Hood; film notes - Kevin Kline—who came to prominence playing the lead in a revival of The Pirates of Penzance and has played many larger-than-life characters in his subsequent film and stage roles—is an inspired choice to play the king of classic Hollywood swashbucklers, Errol Flynn. And then, of course, there are the physical and vocal resemblances that, even at the end of the ...


NYC-St-Patricks-Parade-to-include-one-LGBT-group

NYC St. Patrick's Parade to include one LGBT group - From press releases - Empire State Pride Agenda is not happy with the announcement that just one LGBT group will be allowed in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. After years of banning all LGBT groups, they have decided to let one in—and it is a corporate one. Empire State's Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer stated: "The news that the organizers ...


Dallas-Cowboys-sign-Michael-Sam-to-practice-squad

Dallas Cowboys sign Michael Sam to practice squad - The Dallas Cowboys football team has confirmed that they have signed openly gay football player Michael Sam to their practice squad. The Cowboys posted this on their website DallasCowboys.com, written by Rowan Kavner, a team writer: "Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history, will join the Cowboys' practice squad Wednesday after getting released from the ...


Carells-gay-film-Bomers-Horror-Story-Gaga-joins-Lambert-

Carell's gay film; Bomer's Horror Story; Gaga joins Lambert - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay-rights case, Gay Star News reported. Freeheld, directed by Peter Sollett, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey ...


Michael-Sam-could-become-a-member-of-the-Dallas-Cowboys

Michael Sam could become a member of the Dallas Cowboys - Michael Sam appears headed to the team he long admired as a kid. Looking to become the first openly gay active NFL player, Sam will take a physical for the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 3, according to multiple outlets, including ESPN. If Sam passes his physical, which seems likely, the Cowboys reportedly will sign him to their 10-member practice ...


Guv-wants-anti-trans-bias-outlawed-Ark-citys-ordinance

Guv wants anti-trans bias outlawed; Ark. city's ordinance - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil-rights law alongside race, religion and disability, the Associated Press reported. In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Cuomo said transgender people face significant discrimination, citing surveys that show three-fourths of ...


Sam-cut-by-St-Louis-was-strictly-a-football-decision

Sam cut by St. Louis was strictly 'a football decision' - Although he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams this past spring, it appears Michael Sam will not become the first openly gay player in the National Football League ( NFL ) as a member of the Rams. Sam was cut by the Rams on Aug. 30, as teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players. The 2014 NFL season kicks ...


PASSAGES-Point-Foundation-co-founder-40-dies

PASSAGES Point Foundation co-founder, 40, dies - Point Foundation co-founder Carl Strickland, 40, has died in a boating accident at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Frontiers LA reported. Strickland and his partner of 17 years, Bruce Lindstrom, created the Point Foundation in 2001 to provide scholarship funds to LGBT students. Since its inception, Point has provided more than $15 million in the education and support of its scholars. According ...


Gay-Asian-website-to-debut-Break-up-King

Gay Asian website to debut 'Break-up King' - From a press release - CHICAGO—When Mr. Bacon, a gay Asian man, is faced with having to break off his many, ongoing relationships, it makes for a very uncomfortable day. That's the premise for "Break-up King: It's Not You, It's Me," the latest webisode from GAM-TV, www.gamTVusa.com, a website that produces content focusing on the lives of gay, Asian men. It will debut in its ...


Family-violence-may-have-led-to-8-year-olds-death-

Family violence may have led to 8-year old's death - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply saddened by report of the torture and homicide of 8-year old Gabriel Fernandez, in Los Angeles, California. The homicide occurred in May 2013, however the motive and details of the killing are only now coming to light in a trial. According to local media accounts, Pearl Fernandez, Gabriel's mother, ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Love-Is-Strange-To-Be-Takei-Yves-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: Love Is Strange; To Be Takei; Yves; film notes - This week in Chicago theaters it's a queer movie trifecta—a rare occasion indeed for Our People and one that shouldn't be missed out on. Love Is Strange, from out director Ira Sachs ( who co-wrote the movie in collaboration with Mauricio Zacharias ), lives up to the sensational advance word following its Sundance premiere while Jennifer M. Koot's To Be ...


Wanda-Sykes-talks-kids-family-and-hitting-the-road

Wanda Sykes talks kids, family and hitting the road - A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. "Was she funny?" "Did she make you laugh?" "Was she as hilarious as she seems?" All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves ...


Director-Ira-Sachs-star-Alfred-Molina-on-Love-Is-Strange

Director Ira Sachs, star Alfred Molina on 'Love Is Strange' - Love Is Strange, which opens in Chicago this Friday, Aug. 29, has been receiving critical acclaim since its Sundance debut early this year. It's the story of Ben and George, two elderly gay men whose 39 years together are put to the test after they marry and lose their Manhattan apartment—thanks to George losing his job at a Catholic school. ...


Study-19-of-LA-County-foster-youth-identify-as-LGBTQ

Study: 19% of L.A. County foster youth identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - A first-of-its-kind study finds that approximately 1 in 5 ( or 1,400 ) foster youth in Los Angeles County, home to the nation's largest population of foster youth, identify as LGBTQ. The study report, entitled "Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionately and Disparities," was funded as part of a landmark $13.3 million, five-year ...


Lambda-launches-Know-Your-Rights-At-Work-for-LGBT-HIV-

Lambda launches Know Your Rights At Work for LGBT, HIV+ - From a press release - ( New York, August 27, 2014 ) — As Labor Day approaches, Lambda Legal has launched its newest section of the Know Your Rights information hub. Know Your Rights Workplace provides information for LGBT and HIV+ people who face discrimination at work. "Among callers to our Legal Help Desk, workplace issues are a top concern year after year—second only to ...


NCLR-representing-conversion-survivor-alleging-abuse-

NCLR representing conversion survivor alleging abuse - From a press release - ( DeSoto County, MS, August 27, 2014 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) helped file a complaint with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department on behalf of a former student of Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Mississippi who says he was sexually abused for three years by a teacher attempting to "cure" his sexual orientation. The former ...


Miley-Beyonce-make-news-at-VMAs

Miley, Beyonce make news at VMAs - It was a woman's world at the MTV Video Music Awards show Aug. 24 as Miley Cyrus and Beyonce dominated—but for very different reasons. Cyrus won the Video of the Year Moonman for "Wrecking Ball"—and had a former homeless teen, named Jesse, to deliver a short speech intended to raise awareness about the issue of homeless youth, Boston.com reported. "I ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Rarely."—Larry King's answer when Howard Stern asked if he masturbates. Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't go to my first gay bar until I was 21. This club, where I was soon employed, had several older regular customers who sat together. I recall thinking, "Oh, those poor old men, wistfully looking at all us young guys." These "poor old men" ...


Emmys-program-has-familiar-ring

Emmys program has familiar ring - Despite cable and outlets such as Netflix delivering more original programming, the 66th Annual Emmy Awards ( which aired on NBC Aug. 25 ) featured familiar names as the winners, for the most part. For example, the AMC drama Breaking Bad—which aired its series finale earlier this year—won its second consecutive Emmy for drama series for its fifth and final ...


Retired-Generals-Military-ready-for-transgender-service

Retired Generals: Military ready for transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three retired US military General Officers, including the former chief medical officer of the US Army, issued a joint statement today concluding that the military's ban on transgender service could be eliminated in a straightforward manner that is consistent with military readiness and core values. Their statement accompanies the release of a new study, "Report of ...


GLSEN-launches-25-Days-for-Safer-Schools

GLSEN launches 25 Days for Safer Schools - NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 — GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ), the nation's leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through ...


7th-Circuit-hears-arguments-for-Indiana-Wisconsin-equal-marriage-

7th Circuit hears arguments for Indiana, Wisconsin equal marriage - About 150 spectators, many of whom stood in line for nearly three hours, crowded into a courtroom at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard marriage equality cases from Indiana and Wisconsin. Both states are within the 7th Circuit, so each state's cases—three from Indiana, one from Wisconsin—were heard at the same time. ...


Expendables-3-reveal-Roberts-honor-Cohen-on-Top-Chef-

Expendables 3 reveal; Roberts' honor; Cohen on Top Chef - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Patrick Hughes has said that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li's Expendables 3 characters are gay, according to Digital Spy. Speculation emerged online after the release of the third film, as a scene involving Schwarzenegger and Li sees the pair getting close in a bar. Asked if Trench ( Schwarzenegger ) and Yin Yang ( Li ) are in a ...


GLSEN-initiative-Cincinnatis-trans-policy-

GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative, according to a press release. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through Sept. 29. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days that began Aug. ...


Study-LGBT-Americans-report-less-access-to-health-care-

Study: LGBT Americans report less access to health care - From a press release - Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT adults are more likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to lack health insurance coverage ( 17.6% v. 13.2%, respectively ). Study author Gates notes, "The findings in this study are consistent with several recent studies showing ...


World-AIDS-Museum-opens-in-Fort-Lauderdale

World AIDS Museum opens in Fort Lauderdale - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FORT LAUDERDALE—Magic Johnson met the media in Los Angeles late in the afternoon on Nov. 7, 1991, to announce his immediate retirement from the NBA after having been diagnosed HIV-positive. Johnson was again talking to the media, this time here in Florida 22 years later to the day of his NBA retirement speech—and again talking about HIV and AIDS. Last ...


New-study-sees-financial-struggles-among-LGBT-Americans

New study sees financial struggles among LGBT Americans - Williams Institute scholar Gates analyzes Gallup data on LGBT well-being - From a news release Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being. For example, the analyses show that nearly 4 in 10 non-LGBT ...


Detroit-police-investigate-anti-trans-hate-crimes

Detroit police investigate anti-trans hate crimes - Authorities look for connections between park shootings - Detroit police are not ruling out a connection in the shootings of three city residents, at least two of whom may have been transgender women, in the Palmer Park area. Police have not yet revealed the names and identities of the victims. The situation has sown much confusion since police and local media initially reported that three "transgender men" had ...


Florida-marriage-ban-ruled-unconstitutional-by-Fed-Court

Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by Fed Court - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against Florida's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Brenner v. Scott, the private attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex ...


US-Supreme-Court-blocks-marriage-in-Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court blocks marriage in Virginia - On Aug. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to delay an appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage-equality ban. The nation's highest court, in McQuigg v. Bostic, granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Aug. 21. The ...


Celebrating-NLGJA-with-a-look-back-at-LGBTs-and-media

Celebrating NLGJA with a look back at LGBTs and media - NLGJA national confab, summit in Chicago Aug. 21-24 - Special LGBT Press History Printout Ssction: The four-page display at the link www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/LGBTandMediaNLGJA2014.pdf features images that tell part of the story of LGBTs in mainstream and community media. These are excerpted from the book Gay Press, Gay Power, by Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim. The artwork will be on display as large banners at the National Gay & Lesbian ...


Depression-Not-just-the-word-of-the-day

Depression: Not just the word of the day - I am not sure how I got there. I am not sure how many hours I was curled in the corner on the bathroom floor. I am not sure how loud my cries were or how long the screams of despair choked the breath from my body. The folded towel I clutched in my rigid arms stifled the sobs as ...


Pedro-Zamoras-honor-NJ-trans-students-troubles

Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness, according to Business Wire. At age 22, the openly gay and HIV-positive Zamora appeared on MTV's The Real World 3: San Francisco ( 1994 ). Officials ...


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Streisand's new CD; Bourdain's support; Latifah's kiss - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Columbia Records has announced the release of Barbra Streisand's Partners album as Sept. 16, according to a press release. The album features 12 new Streisand duets with a variety of male vocalists. Among the duet partners on this CD are Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, her openly gay son Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend, ...


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VIEWS The stigma of Black suicide is killing us - When the first news reports of Robin Williams' death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country's most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. ...


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Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter - Dozens of the nation's LGBT-advocacy organizations joined an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a press release. Part of the letter reads, "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) community cannot be silent ...


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22% of workforce protected from Gender Identity Discrimination - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — 22% of U.S. workers will be covered by the Department of Labor's announcement today that it will interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in Executive Order 11246 ( EO 11246 ) to include discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status. As a result, federal contractors must take steps to protect transgender and other workers from gender identity ...


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Billy Masters - "He's a lovely boy, but someone's got to tell him."—Lauren Bacall's quip in the wings of an AIDS benefit during Greg Louganis' less-than-inspired rendition of "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line. RIP, Betty! I can't say that I knew Lauren Bacall very well. But I did know her. During my years working with one of her neighbors, we'd ...


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BOOKS Sociologist discusses the end of the 'Gayborhood' - On March 1, 1711, the very first issue of The Spectator magazine was published by British essayist and poet Joseph Addison and Irish writer Richard Steele. In his essay for the edition, Addison talked of his insatiable thirst for knowledge that carried him to all the countries of Europe in which there was something new and strange to be seen. ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Dog; The Giver; film note - On the sweltering afternoon of Aug. 22, 1972—when John Wojtowicz robbed a bank in Brooklyn, taking hostages and standing off with the police for hours—he entered the legion of New York's most memorable characters. He also became a gay-rights pioneer, of sorts, when the motive for the robbery came to light: Wojtowicz wanted the money to finance a gender-reassignment operation ...


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A group trip to Vegas? Plan it right now! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Planning a 40th birthday party? Getting married to your longtime companion? Looking for the ultimate bachelor or bachelorette party where the boys will only want to see boys? As for the girls, well, they tend to opt for the more refined fun than the boys. The Vegas Strip can be crazy to navigate. Vegas is so big and so exciting, ...


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Trans* woman McShan wins right to be herself - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed with men and, so, subjected to rape and violent assault from fellow inmates while prison staff have looked the other way; denial of hormone ...


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A change is coming for out performer Darrian Ford - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke was created by the talented Darrian Ford. Backed by a live band, Ford interprets classic of Cooke's like "Chain Gang" and "You Send Me." Ford's resume began at age 13 in the show Great Nitty Gritty. He moved to New York for a Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair. He ...







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