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Billy Masters - "Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman."—Harvey Weinstein's justification for his legal woes. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury—the defense rests. I'm mad that after 68 years, the Gypsy Robe will now be called the Legacy Robe. Why? Because ...


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MUSIC A more worldly Steve Grand, It's 'not the end of me' - Steve Grand has been through a lot. That much is evident on not the end of me, Grand's newest album. There are certainly uptempo numbers that incorporate everything from country to pop to light reggae, but the lyrics reveal someone who has certainly had his ups and downs ( professionally and personally ) since he broke out as an openly ...


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Concerns about the afterlife in this life with Trump - A pall hangs over many Americans since Trump has taken office. One sign of this dark cloud has been an uptick in dystopian novels. Classics like George Orwell's 1984, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here, and my favorite, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale—a drama web television hit on Hulu are now all horrifyingly prescient. Our ...


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Elder-care support call on July 19 - An elder-care support call will take place Thursday, July 19, 2-2:45 p.m. CT. The dial-in call number is 515-739-1030 and the access code is 784-468-702. The Japanese American Service Committee is facilitating this support group, and aims to be culturally inclusive for people of color and LGBTQI communities. For more information, contact Liz Thomson at l.thomson773@gmail.com . ...


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Trial date set in Aaron Schock case - U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce has set the corruption trial for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) for Jan. 28, 2019, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Schock resigned from office in 2015, and was charged with misappropriation of funds. In a conference call with the case's attorneys, Bruce provided an August-to-October pretrial schedule that involves motions and related arguments. ...


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SOUND THE ALARMS Supreme Court pick could dismantle LGBTQ rights - The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court should alarm every member of the LGBT community. His record demonstrates that if he is confirmed to the seat recently vacated by Justice Kennedy, who often played the role of swing justice and authored the most significant landmark rulings over the past 20 years vindicating the rights and equal dignity of ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Hayley Kiyoko's great 'Expectations' - Get ready for a new generation of musicians such as Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko, who make no apologies for who they are. They are out and proud while creating music that speaks directly to their fans. Kiyoko started performing at an early age with movie roles in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Jem and the Holograms, and Scooby-Doo! Her band, ...


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NATIONAL Calif. hate crimes, trans measure, gay mayor, Stonewall Inn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California noted in a press release that, for the third consecutive year, California saw a surge in the number of hate crimes reported in 2017, according to annual reports released from the Office of Attorney General Xavier Becerra. ncidents motivated by a person's sexual orientation ( real or perceived ) increased by 19 percent from 2016, while anti-transgender and ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Jane Fonda, 'Queer Eye,' Queen Latifah - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Janet Mock's directorial debut is one for the history books, NewNowNext.com noted. The writer, TV host and transgender-rights advocate directed the most recent episode of FX's Pose, titled "Love Is The Message"—and it marks the first time a transgender woman of color has ever directed a television show. Mock has also been the first trans woman of color to write ...


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NUNN ON ONE TV Mj Rodriguez strikes a 'Pose' - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Mj Rodriguez plays the character Blanca on FX's Pose, the show set in the '80s about ballroom culture in New York City. Co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals have made television history with the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles. The cast includes Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Rodriguez ...


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BOOK REVIEW Tomorrow Will Be Different - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Sarah McBride $26; Crown Archetype; 288 pages Things are never as bad as they seem. There's always a brighter spot if you just look for it—always something to be thankful for, a way of making yourself feel better because things aren't as they seem. As in the new book Tomorrow Will Be Different, by Sarah McBride, there's always a ...


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HRC Remembers Founding Board Member Jerry Weller - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement on the passing of HRC founding board member Gerald ( Jerry ) K. Weller Jr. Among his many roles as an LGBTQ civil rights pioneer, Jerry had served as the co-chair of the Gay Rights National Lobby ( GRNL ) — the predecessor of the Human ...


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THEATER REVIEW Blood at the Root - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau At: Jackalope Theatre Company and The Yard Ensemble at the Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: $10-$25; JackalopeTheatre.org. Runs through: July 28 There are two things you should know before the start of the play: First, one day in 2006, on a high school campus in Jena, Louisiana, an African-American female student running for class president sat in ...


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Fed. Court in PA Rejects Argument that Child Welfare Agencies Can Discriminate - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA — A federal district court today ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require foster care agencies with city contracts to abide by its nondiscrimination policies. This ruling is the first time a federal court has said that government-contracted child welfare agencies do not have a right to exclude same-sex couples or others who don't meet an agency's religious ...


-One-Million-Kids-for-Equality-Comments-on-Child-Welfare-Provider-Inclusion-Act

One Million Kids for Equality Comments on Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act - From a press release - Seattle, WA ( July 12, 2018 )- Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee passed the Child Welfare Inclusion Act ( CWIA ) bill that allows Federally funded adoption agencies to refuse LGBTQ+ families based on religious convictions. This bill would amend the 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This is ...


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HRC Releases New "Coming Home" Faith Guide for LGBTQ Evangelical Christians - From a news release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Coming Home to Evangelicalism and to Self, a guide for LGBTQ evangelical Christians. HRC worked with an advisory team of evangelical Christian scholars and advocates to develop and shape ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - History was just made with the crowning of a trans woman as Miss Spain. She was not crowned because of or despite of her being trans—she was crowned because she was the best/most attractive contestant. Angela Ponce will now go on to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant, making her the first trans contestant in that pageant's history. ( Trans ...


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Transgender veterans as healthy as cisgender veterans, study finds - From a press release - Transgender veterans differ only on the likelihood of having at least one disability A new study finds that the mental and physical health of transgender veterans is similar to cisgender veterans. The only difference was transgender veterans had higher odds of having at least one disability, such as a debility in vision, cognition, mobility, self-care or independent living. The study ...


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Independence Day celebration for whom? - Last week we celebrated the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 242 years of independence. Scenes of hyperpatriotism were on display, too. People were singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or reciting the pledge of allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776 or simply watching reproductions of the "rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air." All ...


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Chicagoan among LGBTQ Youth Courage Award winners - The Colin Higgins Foundation recently announced its 18th Annual Youth Courage Award winners, whom it will recognize for extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ youth. The 2018 winners are Moises Rodriguez, 20, of Chicago; Grace Dolan-Sandrino, 17, of Washington, D.C.; Mahad Olad, 20, of Ithica, New York: and Dwayne Cole, Jr., 20, of Detroit. Each winner will receive ...


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National LGBT Media Association Announces 2018 Ad POP Awards - From a press release - The National LGBT Media Association ( NGMA ) has announced its third annual Ad POP award winners, including Illinois Office of Tourism and many top corporate brand names. NGMA member papers have each selected one top award winner in their regional markets, plus one national AdPOP has been given to Target Corporation. The Ad POPs ( Pride in Online and ...


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Hawai'i Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case of B&B That Denied Room to Couple - From a news release - ( Honolulu, HI, July 10, 2018 ) — The Hawai`i Supreme Court today rejected a petition from a Hawai`i bed & breakfast seeking review of a lower court ruling that the business had violated Hawai'i's anti-discrimination statute when it denied a room to a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, whose owner says same-sex relationships ...


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House Appropriations Republicans Adopt "License to Discriminate" Amendment - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, blasted House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee for adopting a discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ amendment to a funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. If it remains in the final bill, ...


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SHOWBIZ Pet Shop Boys, Oprah, 'Chicago' suicide, Idris Elba - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release the final set of albums in their CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums, a press release noted. This fourth batch of releases will see the PSB albums Behaviour ( 1990 ), Very ( 1993 ) and Bilingual ( 1996 ) reissued Aug. 31. The albums have been ...


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TRAVEL Everything comes up roses in Pasadena - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pasadena is peaceful city located just 10 miles northeast of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The name "Pasadena" comes from the Chippewa word meaning "crown of the valley," describing the area at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The flight from Chicago is a breeze and upon arrival The Westin Pasadena offers a luxurious property for relaxation. ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Fabulous Philadelphia, Perfect for a long weekend - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm - Philadelphia makes for a perfect long weekend. Steeped in American history, the city is very walkable and has a great "Gayborhood" filled with lots of bars and restaurants including a great LBGTQ bookstore, Giovanni's Room. Getting there I took American to PHL, the former US Airways hub. American has the most non stops. Other options include Amtrak. Southwest also ...


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BOOK REVIEW Genius - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times Review by Ashley Collins - To begin, Genius is a crazily illustrated work of art that tells the story between two individuals who both have an unpredictable appreciation for writing, film production, and screening movies—but their relationship also has many twists and turns that will drive the reader crazy. In this fiction so many things feel absolutely real; there's humor and a series of stories ...


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NATIONAL Historic town hall, Trump and the military - An LGBTQ town hall will be part of the NAACP's 109th annual convention on July 14-18, a press release noted. The San Antonio, Texas, event—entitled "The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America"—will take place Tuesday, July 17, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Panelists will include the H.U.G.S. Movement's Marsha R. Bonner; Center for Black Equity President/CEO ...


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PASSAGES '50s actor Tab Hunter dies at 86 - Tab Hunter—who rose to movie stardom in the 1950s ( thanks to his surfer-by looks ) and who, in his later years, came out of the closet as gay—has died at 86. In his 2005 memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential, he revealed that he had remained a closeted gay man during his peak years in Hollywood. Hunter's memoir was adapted into ...


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GenForward surveys millennials' views on LGBT issues: race, identity, experience - From a press release - Do more Millennials self-identify as LGBTQ than in past generations… or are they just more open about it? Are they more connected to their ethnic/racial group or to LGBTQ communities? What are their priorities? Millennials are America's largest, most diverse generation and potential voting bloc. What are they thinking? For the first time, a new survey, GenForward: Millennials Views on ...


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Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to Supreme Court, groups respond - From news releases - Lambda Legal on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh "Judge Kavanaugh would guarantee 40 more years of Trump's values on the Supreme Court." ( Washington, DC, July 9, 2018 ) — Today, Rachel B. Tiven, Chief Executive Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next ...


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New program to serve LGBT military with mental illnesses, substance abuse - From an OutServe-SLDN press release - ( WASHINGTON ) July 9, 2018 — Today, OutServe-SLDN and Strive Health ( Strive ) and Veteran & First Responder Healthcare ( VFR ) announce a sweeping and expansive new program that will increase access to much needed health services for LGBTQ service members, veterans and their families. In partnership, the two organizations will now provide cost-effective, outpatient addiction and ...


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Trump names Kavanaugh - President Trump on Monday night nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court a judge who has no known LGBT-related decisions in his 12 years on the federal appeals court. But LGBT activists feel certain that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be no Justice Anthony Kennedy. Rea Carey, head of the LGBTQ Task Force, said "There hasn't been a nominee for the Supreme ...


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Gay Games attendees from Chicago set uniforms - From a press release - More than 170 people from the Chicago area are heading to Paris, France to compete in Gay Games 10. All Chicago-area participants are invited to join Team Chicago at Opening Ceremonies. Team Chicago uniforms are on sale through July 15 and can be ordered online through Facebook at Team Chicago Athletics and Culture. They stated: "Please join us at Andersonville ...


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NAACP to gather activists, artists/entertainers, civil rights, social justice leaders - From a press release - Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and as the nation suffers the effects of President Trump's administration, thousands of activists, artists/entertainers, civil rights and social justice leaders will gather for the 109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 to 18. The five-day convention will include continuing legal education seminars, federal legislative and public policy workshops, youth workshops, ...


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Golden Crown Literary Society Awards Include Dorothy Allison, Elana Dykewomon - From a press release - LAS VEGAS, NV - On Saturday, July 7, 2018, the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ), the nation's only lesbian literary organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature, announced the winners of the 14th Annual Literary Awards on the final evening of their week-long lesbian literary conference. Pam Stewart, Chair of GLAAD's Board ...


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Martin only current U.S. out male pro athlete - The world of professional soccer made news last week as Minnesota United player Collin Martin came out as gay. The midfielder made the announcement on social media, saying he had been out as gay for "many years" to family, friends and teammates. Martin, 23, is now the only current professional male soccer player in the world—and the only athlete in ...


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ESPN's Body Issue features first same-sex couple - For the first time since ESPN Magazine released its first Body Issue in 2009, the magazine will feature a same-sex couple on the cover, The Seattle Times noted. Sports power couple Sue Bird, of the the WNBA's Seattle Storm, and Megan Rapinoe, of the soccer team the Seattle Reign, will be featured on the cover of the 10th-anniversary edition of ...


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Joel Hall: An icon looks back at career - The desecrated cow town that pushed its charred carcass toward the water and created one of the world's most glittering lakefronts has always been a city populated by scrappers—and Joel Hall is no exception. Stepping down this summer after more than 40 years at the head of his eponymous dance company, Hall has forged his legacy the Chicago way: Using ...


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VIEWPOINT When they come for me - Mark Zubro. Photo courtesy of Zubro - When they come to tell me to move to the back of the bus, the answer is no, I'm not moving. When they tase me, arrest me, shoot me, whatever—until my last breath, I will be fighting. Yeah, I'm almost 70, out of shape and fat, and there isn't much physical fight in me. I don't care. Kicking, screaming, biting, ...


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Lauper, True Colors release LGBTQ-inclusive youth homeless report - Lauper and the True Colors Fund, in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, have unveiled the State Index on Youth Homelessness—a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The State Index assigns all 50 states and the District of Columbia a score ...


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HRC reports LGBTQ student-athletes still closeted - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the University of Connecticut released a groundbreaking report, "Play to Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth in Sports," detailing the experiences of LGBTQ student-athletes. Despite the growing visibility of LGBTQ athletes, coaches and officials, and the progress being made toward inclusion in professional and collegiate sports, participants in youth sports ...


-NUNN-ON-ONE-MOVIES-Craig-Johnson-talks-directing-Alex-Strangelove

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Craig Johnson talks directing 'Alex Strangelove' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Strangelove is the story of teenager Alex Truelove, played by Daniel Doherty, who is in the process of losing his virginity. Life with his girlfriend becomes complicated when he meets a gay fellow at a party. This new movie is directed by Craig Johnson with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films as producers. It was released June 8 on the ...


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NATIONAL Abused child, bisexual health, electoral news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Investigators said that a 10-year-old child who died recently after years of physical abuse may have come out as gay just before he was killed, LGBTQ Nation noted. Anthony Avalos' mother, Heather Barron, told authorities that the child had "suffered injuries from a fall"—but he had severe head injuries and cigarette burns on his body, and his mother and her ...


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SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Portia de Rossi, Brendon Urie, Beyonce - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Sam Smith brought his "The Thrill of It All" tour to New York recently—and told the audience he's going through a tough time, Page Six reported. Earlier that day, news broke that the "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer, 26, and 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn, 24, had split after nine months of dating, and it appeared that Smith ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Hands down, Justin Timberlake. 'Cause if we wanna talk about big..."—Patricia Clarkson when asked, "Who had your biggest chance of being your friend with benefits on the set of Friends with Benefits?" Needless to say, Andy Cohen's follow-up question was, "He's gifted below the waist?" Clarkson said, "Oh, yes!" As we go to press, almost 600 women were arrested at ...


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BOOKS Thomas Garguilo talks 'Stonewall Revival,' partner - When Thomas Garguilo retired from a 30-year marketing career at Philip Morris, husband Ron Leone encouraged him to try new things. "He knew I enjoyed writing and pushed me to give it a shot," said Garguilo. "Initially, I did not have an idea I was passionate enough about to commit to the long process of writing a book. Then, in ...


Friend-of-the-court-briefs-urge-9th-Circuit-to-maintain-block-on-trans-military-ban

Friend-of-the-court briefs urge 9th Circuit to maintain block on trans military ban - From a news release - ( San Francisco, July 3, 2018 ) — Dozens of retired U.S. military officers and former national security officials have joined states attorneys general, the country's leading medical associations and leading civil rights organizations — including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund — in nine friend-of-the-court briefs urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold the lower ...


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Two years into open transgender service, consensus says inclusive policy works - From a Palm Center news release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Tomorrow, June 30th marks two years since the U.S. military officially began allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in its ranks. Those service members have compiled a record of distinction and earned consistent support from the highest ranks of the nation's military leadership. "While the culture wars are fought out on Donald Trump's Twitter account, transgender service ...


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CMI's 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey Report Released - San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2018 — Community Marketing & Insights ( CMI ) has released its 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey® report. 40,460 respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) communities in 151 countries participated in the 12th annual survey. 200+ LGBTQ media, events and organizations worldwide partnered with CMI in this year's study, ...


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New video ad "Nursing Home" depicts discrimination against LGBT elders - From a press release - [New York, NY] In more than half the country, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans still live in fear of being fired from a job, turned away from a business, or being denied a place to live — all because of who they are. Sixty percent of states do not explicitly prohibit discrimination against LGBT people. In ...


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Serette King new Howard Brown Health Associate Director of Community Engagement - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, June 28, 2018 ) — Howard Brown Health is proud to announce that Serette King has been named Associate Director of Community Engagement. This newly created position will build, manage, and strengthen partnerships between Howard Brown and external stakeholders, including peer organizations, businesses, and individuals. As Associate Director of Community Engagement, Serette will act as an ambassador ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm someone you can't put a label on. I'm much like a sponge. You can squeeze me and get everything out of me. But you'll never know unless you try."—More pearls of wisdom from self-proclaimed male model Jordan Kimball on The Bachelorette. Don't try to figure it out—you'll hurt yourself. The summer is supposed to be my slow season. That's ...


Supreme-Court-ruling-undermines-union-ability-to-fight-for-worker-rights-groups-respond

Supreme Court ruling undermines union ability to fight for worker rights, groups respond - From press releases - From Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reacted to the Supreme Court of the United States' decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 ( AFSCME ). The court voted 5-4 against AFSCME, undermining the ability of unions to fight for workers' rights. HRC joined with ...


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Supreme Court's Kennedy retiring - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, announced June 27 that he is retiring after more than three decades on the court. Kennedy is the court's longest-serving member and second-oldest justice after its leading liberal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85. He is submitting a formal notification of his decision, effective July 31, to President Trump. This announcement means that ...


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Mayor Emanuel hosts annual Pride reception - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed dozens of LGBT leaders, business owners, activists and politicians to Roscoe's bar on Halsted Street June 27 for his annual LGBTQ Pride reception. Jim Ludwig, co-owner of the bar with partner Patrick Maloney, welcomed the crowd. Kim Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, introduced the mayor. She mentioned his record on LGBT issues, including ...


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Trans candidate Sharon Brackett makes history in Maryland - From a news release - Baltimore, MD - Tonight, Sharon Brackett has become the first trans woman to be elected to a public office in the State of Maryland. Sharon triumphed in a contested primary against 14 other candidates. Ms. Brackett was elected to the 46th District Democratic Central Committee representing the neighborhoods of Canton, Locust Point, Federal Hill, Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Cherry Hill ...


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SCOTUS rules Muslim ban constitutional, HRC and Lambda respond - From news releases - HRC Responds to SCOTUS Ruling on Muslim Ban WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the Trump-Pence Administration's Muslim Ban is constitutional. "Make no mistake: this is an unnecessary and dangerous ban against Muslims that recklessly puts lives in danger and undermines civil liberties in this country," ...


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Fear Grows Serial Killer Targeting Jacksonville's Transgender Community - From a news release - Jacksonville, FL — Equality Florida mourns the murder of a transgender woman killed this Sunday in Jacksonville and joins with local LGBTQ leaders in calling on law enforcement to change policies that are hampering the investigation into what many fear may be a serial killer. Since February, four transgender women of color have been gunned down in the city of ...


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Half of LGBTQ Employees in the U.S. Remain Closeted at Work, per HRC - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the results of a survey of employees across the nation, revealing the persistent daily challenges that have led nearly half of LGBTQ people to remain closeted at their workplaces — a rate largely unchanged over the past decade. A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide, ...


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With Historic Primary Win Jared Polis On Track to Be First Openly Gay Man Elected Governor - From a LGBTQ Victory Fund news release - Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Jared Polis won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Colorado and will face Republican challenger Walker Stapleton, an opponent of LGBTQ equality who ran on his support for the policies of President Donald Trump. With a win in November, Rep. Polis will become the first openly gay man elected governor and just the second openly LGBTQ ...


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SHOWBIZ Frank Ocean, Amandla Stenberg, Kylie Minogue, anti-hate PSA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Univ. of California-Berkeley students will be able to take a class about openly LGBT R&B singer Frank Ocean this fall, according to NewNowNext.com. The class is called "Brain Like Berkeley," which is also a lyric from Ocean's song "Novacane." The course will cover the musician's "artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social ...


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NATIONAL Supreme Court, Edie Windsor, Utah mob, Starbucks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, the high court vacated and remanded the Washington state Supreme Court's decision in Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, a case involving a same-sex couple turned away from a flower shop because they are LGBT, an ACLU press release announced. In 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor ...


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Temple Professor Helps Launch First Exhibit of LGBTQ Video Game Archives - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA — June 21, 2018 — For the first time worldwide, the queer history of video games will be explored in a major museum exhibition: "Rainbow Arcade" will open at Schwules Museum Berlin in December 2018. Temple University's Dr. Adrienne Shaw is serving as a curator in her role as the founder of the LGBTQ Video Game Archive. "Most historical ...


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Supreme Court Sends LGBT Discrimination Case Back to Washington State Supreme Court - From news releases - From ACLU: WASHINGTON — On the heels of the Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, the high court vacated and remanded the Washington State Supreme Court's decision in Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, a case involving a same-sex couple turned away from a flower shop because they are LGBT. In 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of American ...


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Point Foundation names 45 LGBTQ students for scholarships - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 20, 2018 — Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, today announced its 2018 scholarship recipients. The 20 LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars from more than 2,000 applicants. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its Community College Scholarship ...


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TELEVISION A fortified spirit, Angelica Ross of 'Pose' - Angelica Ross is busy. She's filming a movie in the fall with Whoopi Goldberg. She's the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm she founded in 2014 that helps employ trans people. She's curating a shorts program at Outfest. And she also plays Candy Abundance on FX's new drama Pose, a series that American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy and Brad ...


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BOOKS Rebecca Makkai on 'The Great Believers,'Chicago, Paris and AIDS - More than half of The Great Believers takes place in Chicago during the height of the AIDS epidemic. As someone without first hand experience of the disease or the place, author Rebecca Makkai threw herself into research, conducting dozens of extended interviews and reading enormous amounts of reportage from the era. The effort paid off. The resulting novel does an ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Trauma Cleaner - By Sarah Krasnostein. $26.99; St. Martin's Press; 291 pages Wash your hands thoroughly. That's good advice, no matter where you are. At the risk of sounding germophobic, you never know what lurked on that which you just touched. Stay healthy, keep clean, be tidy and wash your hands because, as you'll see in Sarah Krasnostein's new book The Trauma Cleaner, ...


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What's happening to Pride? - I like to say there was something in the air that made Pride 2017—here and abroad—one of the most contentious events in its history. Many, however, in our LGBTQ communities say the tension was always present. Pride parades will be taking place across the country this month. And, as we all rev up for this year's festivities so, too, will ...


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Only 559 LGBTQ elected officials in U.S. per new report - LGBTQ Victory Institute's 2018 "Out for America" report says that there are 559 known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States—and the country needs to elect more than 22,000 LGBTQ individuals to achieve equitable representation. Among the report's key findings: —559 known LGBTQ elected officials are currently serving in the United States, which equals 0.1 percent of all elected ...


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Billy Masters - "I will see anything with Chris shirtless in a field of flowers. Or Chris looking like Jesus in the rain."—Channing Tatum's comments after seeing stills of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth in Bad Times at the El Royale. To recap, Tatum's divorcing his wife and lusting after a shirtless Hemsworth. Happy Pride! Let's start with a story about Jeff Lewis from ...


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HRC Responds to Trump-Pence Executive Order, House GOP Immigration Bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to Donald Trump's executive order retreating from his cruel and dangerous policy of separating families at the border and two bills scheduled for votes tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives that fall far short of addressing the needs of refugees, dreamers, and other undocumented immigrants. HRC will ...


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'Will & Grace' revival out on DVD - The first-season revival of Will & Grace—out 10 years after the original show ended—is now out on DVD, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their respective roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. Guest stars include Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver and many more. Bonus ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the aftershow, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to ...







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