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Lance Bass marries - Former NSYNC member Lance Bass, 35, married artist Michael Turchin, 27, at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, according to People magazine. "We love each other so much," Bass told the publication of his new husband, whom he met almost four years ago at a friend's birthday celebration in Palm Springs, California. Wedding planner Sharon Sacks—who ...


DOJ-to-recognize-trans-discrimination-as-sex-discrimination

DOJ to recognize trans discrimination as sex discrimination - From press releases - From The Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, responded to today's announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the Department of Justice will no longer assert that "Title VII's prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity ...


Guide-provides-vital-information-for-transgender-prisoners-

Guide provides vital information for transgender prisoners - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) have released "Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners," a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf ...


Duty-stations-available-to-same-sex-military-couples-gontinues-to-grow-

Duty stations available to same-sex military couples gontinues to grow - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — This month, the list of countries where a same-sex military spouse can be sponsored by the Defense Department to join a U.S. service member for an accompanied assignment outside of the U.S. grew to 40 countries. Unfortunately for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families approaching the time of year where new duty ...


South-Midwest-Mountain-state-LGBTs-face-social-economic-disparities-

South, Midwest, Mountain state LGBTs face social, economic disparities - From a news release - LOS ANGELES— LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states, according to a new Williams Institute report sponsored by Credit Suisse, a longtime partner of the Williams Institute. The report reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between the 21 states that currently have non-discrimination laws that include sexual ...


Top-world-LGBT-stories-of-2014-

Top world LGBT stories of 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. And an openly gay college football player kissed his boyfriend in front of a television camera after becoming the first openly gay player to be hired by ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dusty Groove ( https://www.dustygroove.com/ ): Who doesn't like music? Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., not only has CDs and vinyl records ( which are making a huge comeback )—but it has very rare editions of those items in a staggering variety of musical genres ( ranging from classical to folk/country to deep funk ). Gift certificates are available. —Steampunk ...


National-LGBT-bill-in-Congress-trans-soldiers-blood-ban-

National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Merkley formally announced his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT-rights bill in the next Congress, according to Metro Weekly. During remarks at the Center for American Progress, the Oregon Democrat said he will spearhead efforts to pass federal legislation that would protect LGBT people in nearly every aspect of life, including employment, housing, public accommodations, housing and credit. Merkley ...


Bent-Nights-Year-in-review

Bent Nights: Year in review - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year will go down as the first "post-gay" year in popular music. With so many LGBT-friendly gestures and artists coming out, sexuality suddenly stopped being the issue. The sweeping opinion changes brought by the national battle for marriage equality had a lot to do with it but, whatever the reason, 2014 was far more friendlier for LGBTs in general ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don't make it a sundae."—Shonda Rhimes weighs via Twitter with her opinion about the email exchange between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin where they joke that President Obama probably likes movies like The Butler and Django Unchained. You mean he doesn't? Believe it or ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Hobbit-The-Babadook-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes - Here at the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy—and the sixth cinematic visit to Middle Earth—there's inevitably the feeling of having survived a very, very long journey. It's been magical and visually dazzling, to be sure, but some of it admittedly has felt like an endurance test as well. ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Hozier-takes-us-to-church

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hozier takes us to church - Breaking out this year is Irish singer Hozier, who has just released his self-titled debut album. Containing a mixture of styles with a strong blues influence has made this endeavor unforgettable for listeners looking for the next big thing. The 6'5" Andrew Hozier-Byrne hails from Bray, County Wicklow, and studied in Dublin but dropped out to record demos for Universal ...


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PASSAGES Stonewall veteran Danny Garvin dies - Danny Garvin, one of the few remaining "Stonewall veterans," died in New York, according to GayNZ.com. Garvin had been among only around 20 people still living to tell the tales of the June 28, 1969, event at New York's Stonewall Inn that gave rise to the gay-rights movement. According to a statement from David Carter, author of Stonewall: The Riots ...


-Marine-charged-with-transgender-womans-murder

Marine charged with transgender woman's murder - Philippine government prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with murder in the killing of a Filipino, according to The Huffington Post. The prosecutors said Pemberton acknowledged attacking the victim, jennifer Laude, after he found out she was transgender. In October, Laude's body was found in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. She had apparently been strangled and drowned in ...


Christine-Bland-named-2014-LGBT-engineer-of-the-year

Christine Bland named 2014 LGBT engineer of the year - Christine Bland was on a business trip earlier this year in Connecticut when she learned she was being nominated for a prestigious award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals ( NOGLSTP ). She broke down in tears. "It blew my mind away that I was even being considered, especially since there are so many ...


Childrens-book-about-embracing-differences

Children's book about embracing differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Craig Pomranz noticed that his godson seemed anxious one night when he was putting him to bed. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing him anxiety, Pomranz said his godson asked, "Is there such a thing as a tomgirl?" "I just thought out of the mouths of babes," Pomranz said. "We are such a misogynistic society ...


Local-pastry-chef-prepares-forCutthroat-Kitchen

Local pastry chef prepares for'Cutthroat Kitchen' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pastry chef Teddy Heidt will be on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen Sunday, Dec. 28. Heidt is a co-owner of RP Catering & Events alongside his partner, Ryan Arndt. The two met at Chicago's Le Cordon Bleu; Arndt the culinary chef and Heidt the pastry chef with a history in business and communications, the two thought they'd make the perfect ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-HIV-status-and-employment-discrimination

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL HIV status and employment discrimination - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: I have been working at the same company for a few years, and am generally happy there. I recently tested positive for HIV, and was wondering: Could I get fired if my boss found out about my HIV status? A: In the decades since HIV was discovered, we have learned much more about HIV ...


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Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created and is the executive producer of Broadway Bares, will return to the director's chair to helm the 25th edition of that famed burlesque show, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Playbill. Broadway Bares will be presented twice on June 21, 2015, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. More than 200 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Kathy-Bates-has-hairy-good-time-on-Horror-Story

NUNN ON ONE Kathy Bates has hairy good time on 'Horror Story' - Kathy Bates is one Oscar winner who shows no sign of stopping. She won many awards for her horrifying portrayal in Stephen King's Misery then tackled him again in Dolores Claiborne. She followed her success with films like Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Primary Colors, and About Schmidt. Most recently Bates took on Tammy, Melissa McCarthy's starring cinematic vehicle, playing a ...


Joan-Jett-among-Hall-of-Fame-inductees

Joan Jett among Hall of Fame inductees - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band make up the class that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come April—with disco band Chic getting snubbed for the ninth straight year, The Washington Post noted. Green Day will be the youngest act of ...


Many-GLBT-homicides-connected-to-sex-work-rallies-Dec-17

Many GLBT homicides connected to sex work, rallies Dec. 17 - From a press release - On Dec. 17, the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sex worker rights and social justice organizations in over 60 cities across the United States and world are staging marches, protests, and public events to call attention to violence committed against sex workers. In Chicago, Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago is organizing a march against violence and a vigil and ...


Ruling-Corrections-can-deny-necessary-surgery-to-trans-prisoner

Ruling: Corrections can deny necessary surgery to trans prisoner - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts today expressed deep disappointment with a ruling from the full First Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the Massachusetts Department of Correction ( DOC ) to deny essential medical care recommended by its own physicians to transgender prisoner Michelle Kosilek. As Judge Thompson recognized in dissent, prejudice against ...


Senate-confirms-first-openly-gay-judge-to-federal-bench-in-Texas

Senate confirms first openly gay judge to federal bench in Texas - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, December 16, 2014 ) — The U.S. Senate tonight confirmed Robert Pitman to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. Lambda Legal Fair Courts Project ...


Legislators-to-HHS-End-blood-donation-policy-go-to-risk-based-policy

Legislators to HHS: End blood donation policy, go to risk-based policy - From a press release - Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis. ), Elizabeth Warren ( D-Mass. ), and Tom Harkin ( D-Iowa ), and Representatives Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) and Barbara Lee ( D-Calif. ), led a letter with 75 of their congressional colleagues calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to replace the outdated and discriminatory ...


-Report-LGBT-Americans-still-face-inequality

Report: LGBT Americans still face inequality - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., December 9, 2014 — Despite growing support for equality, the stakes are high for the estimated almost nine million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans whose daily lives are limited by a lack of state and federal protections. According to a new publication released today, LGBT Americans live in a two-tier system where they must ...


Golden-Globe-nods-Transparent-in-Modern-Family-out

Golden Globe nods: 'Transparent' in, 'Modern Family' out - Groundbreaking Amazon Studios series Transparent ( which focuses on a father and his journey toward becoming a woman ) was among those projects receiving Golden Globe nods. However, established comedy Modern Family was completely shut out. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's nominations were announced Dec. 11, the day after the Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) nods were revealed. Like ...


Michael-Sam-documentary-to-air-on-OWN-Dec-27

Michael Sam documentary to air on OWN Dec. 27 - From a press release - Los Angeles — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, "Michael Sam," on Saturday, December 27 ( 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT ). The 90-minute documentary follows the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into ...


Dale-Scott-first-gay-active-major-league-baseball-umpire-

Dale Scott first gay, active major league baseball umpire - Dale Scott put a unique spin on the old adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words." His picture simply stated, Scott is gay. The Scott story—of his subtle coming-out—started over the summer when Referee Magazine, a Wisconsin-based monthly magazine for sports officials, was planning a lengthy feature story on Scott who, in 2014, was working his 29th season ...


Winter-LGBT-movie-preview

Winter LGBT movie preview - With the holidays just around the corner, Hollywood is trotting out both their awards contenders and some of their most anticipated mega-blockbusters. And the winter months promise plenty of diverting film fare as well, with a few queer-friendly movies among them. Here's a random sampling of what lies ahead cinematically in the coming months with movies both overtly queer or ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Imitation-Game-Exodus-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: The Imitation Game; Exodus; film notes - The oddly handsome Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't look like other film stars and he doesn't act like them, either. His richly resonant, caramel-coated voice is quickly identifiable in the wide range of roles that he has essayed the past few years ( even when it's been electronically altered, as it is for Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit movies ). Sometimes, ...


Salvation-Armys-LGBT-stance-improves-yet-problems-persist

Salvation Army's LGBT stance improves, yet problems persist - Although the Salvation Army has made an effort to reach out to the LGBT community over the past year, problems still persist, according to activists. The problems stem from the international scope of the organization and the fact that each territory of the Salvation Army U.S. operates with some autonomy. Some locations only have facilities that separate people based on ...


Marriage-in-Florida-may-start-Jan-5-	-

Marriage in Florida may start Jan. 5 - In Florida, same-sex couples throughout the state could begin marrying next month, after a federal appeals court ruled that a stay in the state's gay-marriage ban case will be lifted at the end of the day Jan. 5, TampaBay.com reported. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected a request from Florida's secretaries of ...


Door-partially-unlocked-to-trans-military-service

Door partially unlocked to trans* military service - According to Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin, the door to open transgender service in the United States military has been partially unlocked. A report authored by Palm Center Legal Co-Director Diane Mazur and released in November detailed an Aug. 5, 2014, Department of Defense ( DoD ) action that "weakens the prohibition against transgender personnel in military service and requires ...


Air-Force-Secretary-supports-lifting-military-ban-on-trans-service-

Air Force Secretary supports lifting military ban on trans service - From American Military Partner Association, Palm Center and ACLU press releases - WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association responded to the news that the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, supports lifting the U.S. military's current ban on service by transgender people. As reported by USA Today, Secretary James said, "From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve." ...


Study-More-female-couples-marry-than-male

Study: More female couples marry than male - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES— The Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor contributed to a significant increase in the number of same-sex couples marrying—even in states that had marriage equality long before the decision—according to new analysis by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. State administrative data from Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont shows that the number of ...


Liz-Abzug-joins-GetEQUAL-in-push-for-LGBTQ-civil-rights-law-

Liz Abzug joins GetEQUAL in push for LGBTQ civil rights law - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Senator Jeff Merkley ( D-OR ) will announce at an event in Washington, DC, that he intends to introduce an LGBTQ equality bill in the next Congressional session. The event comes on the heels of an effort by GetEQUAL — a national grassroots social justice organization fighting for full LGBTQ equality — to survey and then ...


SAG-nominations-unveiled

SAG nominations unveiled - The full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards was announced Dec. 10 at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center. Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for portraying the late gay codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. He'll compete again Steve Carell ( Foxcatcher ), Jake Gyllenhaal ( Nightcrawler ...


BOOKS-The-editors-of-Black-Gay-Genius-on-Joseph-Beam

BOOKS The editors of Black Gay Genius on Joseph Beam - By Angelique Smith Joseph Beam's In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology ( 1986 ) came at a time when there was a lack of cultural guideposts for, and authentic reflections of, Black gay men. The book touched on isolation, revolution and revelation—and paved the way for Steven G. Fullwood and Charles Stephens to bring Black Gay Genius, an anthology ...


Robbie-Rogers-wild-ride-new-book-Coming-Out-to-Play

Robbie Rogers' wild ride, new book, 'Coming Out to Play' - In fewer than two years, Robbie Rogers has gone from international soccer sensation to retired soccer player to un-retired to sports role model for the LGBT community and beyond. He has written his autobiography and is the producer for a fictitious comedy TV show, picked up by ABC, about a gay soccer player. And he's only 27. "I feel very ...


TELEVISION-Graham-Moore-talks-The-Imitation-Game

TELEVISION Graham Moore talks 'The Imitation Game' - Graham Moore is having one of those meteoric writing careers that inspires others. At 33, the Chicago native has already penned a New York Times best-seller with a fanatical following ( The Sherlockian, in 2010 ), written a screenplay that was the Black List's #1 for 2011 and is now hard at work on the highly anticipated The Devil in ...


Sam-Smith-Beyonce-lead-Grammy-nods

Sam Smith, Beyonce lead Grammy nods - Out British newcomer Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce have received the most Grammy nods this year, with six apiece. The nominations were announced Dec. 5. ( All were announced during the morning except the Album of the Year nods, which were revealed on the nighttime CBS show A Very Grammy Christmas. ) Smith is up for key awards such ...


VIEWS-World-AIDS-Day-and-my-communitys-ongoing-struggle

VIEWS World AIDS Day and my community's ongoing struggle - Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University ( GWU ) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. "We're closer than we've ever been to achieving the extraordinary: an AIDS-free generation," Obama stated to the GWU audience. "But we've got to keep fighting, all of ...


LGBT-impact-Portman-declines-Chers-political-tangle

LGBT impact; Portman declines; Cher's political tangle - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - National roundup: LGBT impact; Portman declines; Cher's political tangle COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS A new study released that Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released finds that Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Vermont Gov. Peter Chumlin would have both been defeated by their Republican challengers in the 2014 election if LGB people had not voted, a press release stated. ...


NCLR-welcomes-IOCs-sexual-orientation-nondiscrimination-

NCLR welcomes IOC's sexual orientation nondiscrimination - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2014 )—Today, during a meeting in Monaco, the 127th Session of the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) voted to revise the IOC's nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation. The nondiscrimination proposal was part of a larger series of reforms to the Olympic charter, known as Principle Six. "The IOC should be applauded for ...


-LGBTQ-groups-issue-open-letter-From-Ferguson-to-true-freedom

LGBTQ groups issue open letter: From Ferguson to true freedom - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2014 —The National LGBTQ Task Force, in coalition with other national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, today issued the following open letter: An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom Words cannot begin to describe the depth of feeling we all share about the unfolding tragedies in Ferguson and New York City. Words ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I want Allison Williams as a boy to take my gay virginity."—Zach Braff chimes in with his positive comments about the latest Peter Pan. Clap if you believe in fairies. The column for this same week in 2013 opened with me talking about The Sound of Music, starring that thespian, Carrie Underwood. And here we are in 2014, opening the ...


Madonna-Drag-Races-new-cast-NewNowNext-Awards

Madonna; Drag Race's new cast; NewNowNext Awards - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1-percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre, according to Billboard. Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen shows that Madge is worth $800 million, putting her ahead of McCartney's $660 million. ( Incidentally, McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, is reportedly worth $300 million. ) Others in the top ...


The-Deception-of-the-Thrush-

The Deception of the Thrush - BOOK REVIEW/PROFILE Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Bruce P. Spang, $16.99; Piscataqua Press; 448 pages Bruce Spang begins his book pointedly in 1964—a coming-of-age, journey story that occurs right in the midst of large scale socio-political upheaval in the U.S. and abroad. Spang frames the story as a classic hero's journey through the life of a closeted gay college student, Jason Follett. Following the archetype ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Porn-Again

BOOK REVIEW Porn Again - Books always have buzzwords and the rave reviews of others sprinkled all over them so that you, the reader, will buy them. You know what I mean—"hilariously honest…jaw-droppingly entertaining…a cross between Jesus and Pamela Anderson…" But Porn Again: a Memoir brings to mind an entirely new lexicon. To be fair, the author, Josh Sabarra is not a writer. He just ...


MUSIC-Ty-Herndon-talks-about-coming-out-

MUSIC Ty Herndon talks about coming out - Life has gotten topsy-turvy for country star Ty Herndon—but he wouldn't have it any other way. Recently, Herndon ( who has had almost 20 hits on the country-music charts ) came out of the closet. However, he says he's had an overwhelmingly positive response to the revelation. In a conversation with Windy City Times, an earnest Herndon, 52, talked about ...


Trans-woman-killed-while-seeking-help

Trans woman killed while seeking help - Los Angeles police are searching for the person who shot a transgender woman to death as she banged on the front door of a residence for help, according to The Huffington Post. Deshawnda Bradley, 21—also known as Tata and Deshawnda Sanchez—was shot around 4 a.m. on Dec. 3. Police said they were investigating whether the killing was a hate crime. ...


Ashton-Carter-nominated-Secretary-of-Defense

Ashton Carter nominated Secretary of Defense - From news releases - From Human Rights Campaign WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the nomination of Ashton Carter as Secretary of Defense in light of the challenges that remain for full LGBT equality in the U.S. military. "We look forward to working closely with Ashton Carter on the important challenges to equality that remain for LGBT service ...


Pentagon-sexual-assault-survey-results-released-SWAN-responds

Pentagon sexual assault survey results released, SWAN responds - From a press release - "While overall reporting of sexual violence has increased incrementally since last year, today's Pentagon report unfortunately reveals that the climate within the military is still a dangerous one for victims of sex crimes. 55 sexual assaults occur every day throughout the military, and 62% of survivors who reported sexual assault revealed that they experienced retaliation. Even though retaliation against victims ...


Murder-of-LA-trans-woman-is-12th-anti-trans-murder-in-2014

Murder of LA trans woman is 12th anti-trans murder in 2014 - From a news release - Los Angeles, CA, December 5, 2014 —The Los Angeles Police Department has announced they are investigating the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez, who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles earlier this week. "The National LGBTQ Task Force is outraged by the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez and the ongoing homicides targeting transgender women of color taking place throughout the nation. ...


-HRC-RBC-Businesses-among-Best-Place-to-Work

HRC: RBC Businesses among 'Best Place to Work' - From a press release - The Royal Bank of Canada ( RBC ) announces that RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and RBC Capital Markets-U.S. each received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ). This rating individually recognizes both RBC businesses as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." The Human Rights Campaign administers this survey and ...


Whitney-film-premieres-Jan-17-2015-

Whitney film premieres Jan. 17, 2015 - From a press release - Multi-Grammy® Award-winning singer and musical icon Whitney Houston was said to be the voice of a generation and a movie has now been made about her life. Directed by Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett, the much-anticipated world premiere of Whitney will be Saturday, Jan.17, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT. When casting began, the whispers started and everyone ...


Study-LGB-vote-decisive-in-close-elections-

Study: LGB vote decisive in close elections - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— A new study released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Vermont Governor Peter Chumlin would have both been defeated by their Republican challengers in the 2014 election if LGB people had not voted. "LGB voters are one of the most consistently Democratic voting blocks in the nation," ...


Michelle-Chamuel-On-The-Voice-career-advice

Michelle Chamuel: On 'The Voice,' career advice - Amherst, Massachusetts, native Michelle Chamuel—a top-10 contestant on season four of NBC's The Voice Season 4—is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music ...


Rita-Mae-Brown-on-new-book-coming-out-and-Rubyfruit-Jungle

Rita Mae Brown on new book, coming out and 'Rubyfruit Jungle' - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


Making-his-Marc-Author-Solomon-recalls-winning-marriage

Making his Marc: Author Solomon recalls 'winning marriage' - As the national campaign director at Freedom to Marry and with 13 years in the movement, Marc Solomon has witnessed the comings and goings of case after critical case leading to marriage equality in more than half of the United States. Working full-time on the cause since 2004, Solomon has detailed knowledge of how we got here, so it seems ...


Transgender-military-service-Officers-speak-SPARTA-praises-Hagel

Transgender military service: Officers speak, SPARTA praises Hagel - Three retired general and flag officers—including Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, Major General Vance Coleman and Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett—issued a joint statement to accompany a new report showing that the Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines have failed to comply with new Defense Department ( DOD ) rules on transgender personnel, according to a press release. The retired General and Flag ...


Miami-Dade-County-prohibits-discrimination-gender-expression-

Miami-Dade County prohibits discrimination gender expression - ( December 2, 2014 ) — Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 8 - 3 to amend the existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression. Sponsored by Commissioners Audrey M. Edmonson, Bruno A. Barreiro, Daniella Levine Cava, Sally A. Heyman, Barbara J. Jordan and Dennis C. Moss ...


Marriage-equality-comes-to-Florida

Marriage equality comes to Florida - From press releases - From Equality Florida Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state's motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on January 5th, enabling same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses at that time. "We are ...


Labor-issues-rules-protecting-LGBTQ-federal-contract-workers

Labor issues rules protecting LGBTQ federal contract workers - From press releases - From National LGBTQ Task Force WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2014 — Today, the U.S. Department of Labor released new guidelines on the implementation of an executive order signed by President Obama, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ employees. "This is huge and its impact will be enormous. Millions of LGBTQ employees will have the strong protections against ...


Groups-condemn-police-violence-urge-NYPD-accountability

Groups condemn police violence, urge NYPD accountability - From press releases - ( New York, December 3, 2014 ) - Today, less than two weeks after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury decided that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was shown on tape using a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner that ultimately led to Garner's death, will not ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Basically, gay sex, especially for the first time, is really fucking painful."—Daniel Radcliffe discusses playing poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Of course, it's not that painful to simulate gay sex on film—unless you're a Method actor. Joan Rivers' favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. Each year, she would begin the day by delivering food for God's Love We Deliver ( ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Soaps-Deidre-Hall-on-her-separate-Lives

NUNN ON ONE Soap's Deidre Hall on her separate 'Lives' - Straight from NBC's number-one daytime program, Deidre Hall inhabited the role of Marlena Evans in 1976 on Days of Our Lives. She has garnered her several awards over the years —five of them for Best Actress from Soap Opera Digest as well as the honor of the American Women in Radio and Television Award. The year she celebrates her very ...


Olympic-Charter-could-be-amended-to-protect-for-orientation-identity

Olympic Charter could be amended to protect for orientation, identity - From a press release - New York, USA / Paris, France - Wednesday 3 December 2014 - In Monaco on 8-9 December, the International Olympics Committee ( IOC ) will vote on changes to the Olympic Charter, which could formalise protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This move is coming after, earlier this year, a coalition of organisations including Athlete Ally and Human ...


Orman-leaves-Midler-talks-gays-Gyllenhaals-trick

Orman leaves; Midler talks gays; Gyllenhaal's 'trick' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Suze Orman is leaving CNBC after 14 years for a Telepictures show titled Suze Orman's Money Wars, The Wrap reported. "Money Wars" will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives. In her new gig, Orman ( the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers ) will settle financial arguments and teach a ...


MLB-umpire-comes-out-as-gay-

MLB umpire comes out as gay - For the first time in Major League Baseball—or in any major professional sport—a game official has come out as gay, according to CBS Sports. Dale Scott has long been out to colleagues but it wasn't made public. He was profiled in Referee Magazine back in October and sent them a photo to use with Scott and Michael Rausch, Scott's domestic ...


Holiday-gift-guide-to-new-LGBTQ-inclusive-kids-books-

Holiday gift guide to new LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books - MOMBIAN - LGBTQ-inclusive children's books can make great holiday presents. Here are some new ones from the past year to add to your kids' collections. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy. LGBTQ-inclusive books for the middle-grade range—especially ones that focus on a same-sex-headed family instead of just having an LGBT minor character—are few and far between. Levy's book ...


Larry-Craig-hired-Pregnant-Man-charged-presidents-medals

Larry Craig hired; 'Pregnant Man' charged; president's medals - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee, KTVB.com reported. Craig was arrested in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. An undercover officer accused Craig of soliciting sex in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by tapping his foot under the stall and signaling he wanted ...


On-World-AIDS-Day-Lambda-calls-for-end-to-HIV-criminalization

On World AIDS Day, Lambda calls for end to HIV criminalization - From a press release - ( New York, December 1, 2014 ) - Today, Lambda Legal HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes released a statement to commemorate World AIDS Day: "On World AIDS Day 2014, Lambda Legal urges those tasked with enforcing U.S. criminal law - from governors to prosecutors to police detectives - to halt the criminal prosecution of people based on their HIV status, ...


World-AIDS-Day-proclamation-by-President-Obama

World AIDS Day proclamation by President Obama - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - In communities across our Nation and around the world, we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions ...







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