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GUEST-COLUMN-On-I-Am-Not-Your-Negro

GUEST COLUMN On I Am Not Your Negro - "People invent categories in order to feel safe. White people invented black people to give white people identity...Straight cats invented faggots so they can sleep with them without becoming faggots themselves." — James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni, A Dialogue ( 1973 ) To understand what is missing from Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro, and how James Baldwin ...


Melt-Yates-win-Markowitz-Award

Melt, Yates win Markowitz Award - Lambda Literary, which promotes LGBTQ literature, announced that Chicagoan H. Melt and Victor Yates are the recipients of the 2017 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. The judges for the prize were 2016 Emerging Writer winner JP Howard and queer scholar and activist Theodore Kerr. The Emerging Writer Award—which consists of two cash prizes of $1,000—is made possible ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Edges-of-the-Rainbow-LGBTQ-Japan

BOOK REVIEW Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan - By Michel Delsol & Haruku Shinozaki $21.95; The New Press; 192 pages Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan chronicles modern life in the Land of the Rising Sun as its queer community gains more visibility and recognition. It is part of an ongoing photobook series, with other installments focusing on LGBTQ life in locations such as Delhi, New York City ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it."—Anderson Cooper chastises Jeffrey Lord after the political commentator once again defended Donald Trump—this time, in light of the Russian inquiry. Coop later apologized for the statement: "I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am ...


Loving-Oliver-Sacks-and-the-city-Bill-Hayes-new-memoir

Loving Oliver Sacks and the city: Bill Hayes' new memoir - Shortly before his death in the summer of 2015, the eminent and beloved neurologist Oliver Sacks did an interview with the public radio show Radiolab. For the first time, Sacks was open about his sexuality: he was, in fact, gay. Though he spent much of his life without a relationship, in his final years Sacks fell in love with the ...


House-music-film-looks-at-gay-origins

House-music film looks at gay origins - A new two-part documentary by the British television broadcaster Channel 4—entitled I Was There When House Took Over the World—is coming out this month, according to teleSUR.tv. The film will highlight the origins of house music: the Black gay scene in Chicago's South Side. "House Was Born" focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre, ...


SUMMER-MOVIE-SPECIAL-Aliens-apes-Annabelle-all-part-of-summers-box-office

SUMMER MOVIE SPECIAL Aliens, apes, Annabelle all part of summer's box office - Chicago is finally heating up, with the summer movie season now in full swing. There are many new releases primed and ready for the air-conditioned theater. Every year there is a variety of big budget popcorn flicks mixed with a few possible special-effect Oscar contenders. This list will give an idea of what to see—and possibly what to skip. ...


New-CSO-album-out-June-16

New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony was recorded live in June 2016 at Orchestra Hall. Muti dedicated the performance to "all the ...


VIEWPOINTS-Cambridge-mayors-call-to-action-

VIEWPOINTS Cambridge mayor's call to action - The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts—this writer's hometown—is a stormy hotbed of politics and social issues, and no person has weathered its vicissitudes better than Mayor E. Denise Simmons. On May 11, Simmons held a town hall meeting she dubbed "A Citizen's Assembly" on race, gender, class and culture. "I recognize the division and increasing polarization in the country that reverberates ...


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GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. adults ...


Freedom-to-Marry-shows-Evan-Wolfson-as-marriage-architect

'Freedom to Marry' shows Evan Wolfson as marriage architect - Widely considered the "architect of same-sex marriage," Evan Wolfson and his colleagues led a decades-long battle to win equal rights for LGBT people, culminating in a nationwide marriage equality victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. The National Law Journal, in 2000, named Wolfson one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America," and Newsweek/The Daily Beast referred to him as ...


Winners-named-for-Dr-James-Duggins-Outstanding-Mid-Career-Novelist-Prize

Winners named for Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the global leader advancing LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the recipients of Lambda's Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prizes. This year Lambda recognizes James Earl Hardy and Shani Mootoo. The prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2017-Mercedes-Benz-GLC43-AMG-drops-hammer-on-crossovers

VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG drops hammer on crossovers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AMG has a long history of being Mercedes' in-house gym, delivering cars as diverse as the GT-S supercar that blips 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and G65, a 621 horsepower brick-square mountain goat with a biturbo V12. But, its card was swiped with the "Hammers"—modified 1980s E-Class sedans wagons that could move Porsche 911s out of the Autobahn's left lane. ...


National-roundup-Joe-Biden-Texas-bills-trans-woman-murdered

National roundup: Joe Biden, Texas bills, trans woman murdered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, according to DNC.org. DNC Chair Tom Perez said the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award at the June 21 dinner. LGBTs represent a key voting group that supported former President Barack Obama's two campaigns. ...


Entertainment-Mary-Lambert-Jussie-Smollett-Manning-CD-Harry-Styles

Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


ACLU-comments-on-Trump-budget

ACLU comments on Trump budget - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Trump administration released its 2018 budget proposal for Congress today. Faiz Shakir, American Civil Liberties Union national political director, had the following reaction: "This is not a budget that reflects the aspirations enshrined on the Statue of Liberty. It makes life harder for Americans with disabilities by gutting Medicaid, takes vital health services away from millions of ...


Peaceful-marches-to-call-for-end-to-culture-of-deceit-in-White-House

Peaceful marches to call for end to culture of deceit in White House - From a press release - Washington, DC- As questions mount on whether the White House has engaged in a cover-up and obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation, March For Truth announced it now has more than 100 events planned across the country, and two in Europe, to demand answers. The march in Chicago will take place June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...


Sherrell-Faulkner-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina

Sherrell Faulkner, Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman killed in Charlotte, North Carolina; the11th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to media reports, Sherrell ...


Homicide-of-Imer-Alvarado-in-Fresno-California-possible-hate-violence

Homicide of Imer Alvarado, in Fresno, California possible hate violence - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hate-violence homicide of Imer Alvarado on the night of May 16th in Fresno, California. According to media reports, Imer was fatally shot multiple times, following a dispute with a suspect whom police are currently seeking. Though Imer was dressed in feminine-presenting clothing at the time of ...


Kate-Clinton-to-be-honored-at-Levity-Justice-June-22-in-New-York-

Kate Clinton to be honored at Levity & Justice June 22 in New York - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 27, 2017 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ and pro-women's equality candidates, is hosting its second annual benefit comedy show at Carolines on Broadway on June 22. This year's show will feature some of the top LGBTQ women's comics today including Janine Brito, Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Brittani Nichols, Renée ...


Political-Animals-documentary-about-four-out-elected-officials-on-DVD-June-6

Political Animals documentary about four out elected officials on DVD June 6 - From a press release - New, award-winning LGBT knockout doc Political Animals will release on DVD and digitally on June 6th in the U.S. and Canada via Gravitas Ventures. Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians - all women - who took the fight for equality from the streets and into the halls of ...


Feminist-Frequency-sets-its-sights-on-Trump-in-new-show

Feminist Frequency sets its sights on Trump in new show - San Francisco, CA—Today, Feminist Frequency premieres the second episode of their brand new series, The FREQ Show! In "The Unmanning of Trump," host Anita Sarkeesian examines how so much of the humor used to criticize and mock our 45th president resorts to homophobic and body-shaming rhetoric, or reinforces the very ideas of traditional masculinity that helped propel Trump to the ...


DNC-hires-ex-EMILYs-List-head-as-first-lesbian-CEO-

DNC hires ex-EMILY's List head as first lesbian CEO - by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade - The Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) has, for the first time ever, hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's List to the top leadership position. The DNC named Jess O'Connell as CEO after she served four years at EMILY's List, which seeks to elect pro-choice women to public office. Her appointment ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't think about it. It's not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I'm in love with."—And with that, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith comes out. No time for idle chit-chat. I've got twice as many stories ...


Report-LGBTQ-Funding-Surpasses-160-Million-for-the-First-Time

Report: LGBTQ Funding Surpasses $160 Million for the First Time - From a press release - Today, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is publicly releasing The 2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations. This 14th edition of the tracking report finds that LGBTQ grantmaking reached a new record high of $160.7 million! The report notes significant increases in funding for trans communities, grantmaking to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, and ...


Amicus-brief-supporting-transgender-student-Grimm-filed-by-HRC-59-major-companies-

Amicus brief supporting transgender student Grimm filed by HRC, 59 major companies - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, filed a "friend of the court" brief signed by 59 major U.S. companies supporting transgender student Gavin Grimm in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Grimm, a transgender boy, filed suit ...


Entertainment-Robin-Roberts-Frank-Ocean-Jim-Parsons-Flash-co-star

Entertainment: Robin Roberts, Frank Ocean, Jim Parsons, Flash co-star - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Roberts of ABC News' Good Morning America will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, in New Orleans, according to a press release. A two-time cancer survivor, Roberts came out publicly in 2013. Also, in a ...


Chelsea-Manning-makes-statement-on-release

Chelsea Manning makes statement on release - Transgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning has released a statement regarding her May 17 release from U.S. military prison after serving a seven-year sentence for disclosing classified information. She was serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for whistleblowing and was forced to serve her sentence in an all-male prison. She received a commutation from President Obama in one of his ...


LGB-Focused-Resources-Help-Stressed-Teens-Cope

LGB-Focused Resources Help Stressed Teens Cope - From a press release - TUCSON, Ariz. — "It gets better." These three words have become a pop-culture mantra for struggling young people in the gay and lesbian community. Yet, simply imaging a better future — however well-intentioned the idea — is not the best coping strategy for teens dealing with stress related to their sexual orientation, and, in some cases, it may even do ...


Georgia-Transgender-Client-of-Lambda-Legal-Rowan-Feldhaus-dies-after-surgery

Georgia Transgender Client of Lambda Legal, Rowan Feldhaus, dies after surgery - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Augusta, GA, May 16, 2017 ) — Today Lambda Legal received word that its client, Rowan Feldhaus, tragically passed away after complications from surgery. Lambda Legal represented Rowan in his appeal to legally change his name to reflect his gender identity. Beth Littrell, Lambda Legal Counsel who successfully represented Rowan in his case, issued the following statement: "Our hearts ...


MUSIC-CGMC-artistic-director-talks-philosophy-and-a-British-invasion

MUSIC CGMC artistic director talks philosophy and a British invasion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by David McCann - With the arrival of spring comes a couple of new concerts by the artists of Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ). After serving as artistic director of the organization for two years, Jimmy Morehead is once again at the helm of another colorful event. This year the group will also perform with some international guest stars. Windy City Times: ...


National-roundup-anti-HIV-molecule-gay-politicians-Grindr-attack

National roundup: anti-HIV molecule, gay politicians, Grindr attack - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, scientists have shown that it's possible to reduce HIV reservoirs in people living with HIV, due to a tiny antiviral molecule patented by ABIVAX called "ABX464," Advocate.com reported. ABX464 was publicized as potentially inducing a functional cure in HIV-positive people. The molecule's most advanced compound recently finished Phase II clinical trials, where it was discovered to ...


FILM-REVIEW-Alien-Covenant

FILM REVIEW Alien: Covenant - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Ridley Scott. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterstone, Billy Crudup. Running time: 123 min. Release Date: May 19 Five years after Promotheus, the sequel is finally crashing into theaters for this summer. It is the second part to an Alien prequel series that is intended to recharge the franchise. The story follows a crew ready to land after an early ...


Chicago-14-Other-Cities-to-Host-Welcome-Home-Chelsea-Manning-Events

Chicago, 14 Other Cities to Host "Welcome Home, Chelsea Manning!" Events - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - CHICAGO, May 17 — To welcome Transgender whistle-blower and anti-war activist Chelsea Manning back into freedom today, Chicago LGBTQs will host a house party to help raise funds to support her following her release from prison Fort Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary today. The house party, sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network, will take place at 6 pm to 10 pm tonight ...


Think-tank-urges-Congress-to-address-the-LGBT-data-gap

Think tank urges Congress to address the LGBT data gap - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Congress is overlooking many opportunities to have the federal government publish more of the data it already gathers, collect more data that can be put to valuable use, and encourage the private sector to make better use of data, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation, a data-policy think tank. The Center outlines 10 concrete steps ...


Trump-Expands-Global-Gag-Rule-Putting-Millions-at-Risk-Worldwide

Trump Expands "Global Gag Rule" Putting Millions at Risk Worldwide - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the Trump Administration's massive expansion of the so-called "Global Gag Rule" ( GGR ), which stops any U.S. aid to foreign non-governmental organizations ( NGOs ) that provide abortion information, referrals or services — even when they provide those services with their own, non-U.S. funding. The Trump Administration's shameful announcement comes ...


Sessions-war-on-drugs-is-war-on-people-says-National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-

Sessions' "war on drugs" is "war on people" says National LGBTQ Task Force - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2017—In a backward move and a major turnabout from the policies of Obama Administration Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest criminal penalties for those who have been charged with drug crimes. The move is being described by the National LGBTQ Task Force ...


ABA-launches-study-to-expand-opportunities-for-disabled-LGBT-lawyers

ABA launches study to expand opportunities for disabled, LGBT+ lawyers - From an American Bar Association press release - WASHINGTON, May,10, 2017 — The American Bar Association is launching a first-of-its kind nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT+ and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. Preliminary results are expected to be released in September. Diversity and ...


National-Black-Justice-Coalition-Announces-Executive-Director-Search

National Black Justice Coalition Announces Executive Director Search - From a press release - CHICAGO — May 10, 2017 — National Black Justice Coalition's Executive Director and CEO Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks has announced that she will step down from her position in the months. Since its founding, the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has been dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people, including ...


Texas-House-Passes-Damaging-Child-Welfare-Bill-

Texas House Passes Damaging Child Welfare Bill - From a press release - ( Austin, TX — May 10, 2017 ) — The Texas House of Representatives today passed HB 3859, a discriminatory bill that would allow child placement agencies in the state foster care system — including agencies receiving state and federal funding — to prioritize their religious beliefs above the needs of children in its care. The bill would prevent the ...


Madigan-among-20-attorneys-general-calling-for-special-council-in-Russian-interference

Madigan among 20 attorneys general calling for special council in Russian interference - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today sent a letter with 19 other attorneys general to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. In their letter, Madigan and the attorneys general call the firing of former FBI Director James Comey during ...


VIEWPOINT-LGBT-hater-Mark-Green-A-blessing-in-disguise-

VIEWPOINT LGBT hater Mark Green: A blessing in disguise - Donald Trump has nominated Tennessee legislator Mark Green to be the next U.S. Army secretary. Green has an extensive anti-LGBT legislative rap sheet. He has called for county clerks who oppose marriage equality to engage in what he perversely calls "civil disobedience" by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He once offered these candid words on how he ...


SAGE-partners-with-AARP-for-LGBT-elders-initiative

SAGE partners with AARP for LGBT elders initiative - The Trump administration is not so quietly moving to wipe out questions about LGBT people in the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ) is putting up a heavy resistance. The survey is a critical endeavor that guides the federal government on how to spend $2 billion each year on ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I didn't know how babies were made until I was pregnant with my fourth child."—Loretta Lynn. And we send our best wishes to the Coal Miner's Daughter, who recently suffered a stroke. United Airlines, you've gotta get it together. First there was the passenger being dragged off violently. Then there was the scorpion in someone's dinner. Now, there's a dead ...


Reproductive-rights-measure-heads-to-Rauners-desk

Reproductive rights measure heads to Rauner's desk - A measure ensuring that access to legal abortions remains viable in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned, on May 10, passed the Illinois State Senate and is headed for the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he would veto the legislation. The bill, HB 40, was passed in the Senate in a 33-22 vote. Besides ensuring that ...


Entertainment-news-House-of-Cards-GLAAD-Awards-Richard-Simmons

Entertainment news: House of Cards, GLAAD Awards, Richard Simmons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new trailer for the upcoming season of Netflix's House of Cards has dropped—and astute viewers can catch a hint of bisexuality in the preview, LGBTQ Nation noted. Kevin Spacey's character, U.S. President Frank Underwood, has been shown having bisexual trysts before—notably with a Secret Service agent; however, the identity of the new lover isn't disclosed in the trailer. Season ...


Chelsea-Manning-Legal-Team-Statements-on-Upcoming-Release

Chelsea Manning, Legal Team Statements on Upcoming Release - From an ACLU press release - NEW YORK —Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from U.S. military prison next week after serving a seven-year sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning, a transgender woman, was serving an unprecedented 35-year sentence for whistleblowing and was forced to serve her sentence in an all-male prison. She received ...


FBI-Director-James-Comey-fired-HRC-responds

FBI Director James Comey fired, HRC responds - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement on Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. "Donald Trump just fired the man leading the investigation into his ties to Russia. He did so on the recommendation of Attorney General ...


National-roundup-Funeral-home-suit-Stephen-Colbert-another-trans-killing

National roundup: Funeral-home suit, Stephen Colbert, another trans killing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal has joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, Mississippi, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death—leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his spouse's passing, a Lambda Legal press release noted. The suit against Picayune Funeral Home seeks damages for breach of contract, negligent ...


SAVOR-Roanoke-Andersonville-Wine-Walk

SAVOR Roanoke; Andersonville Wine Walk - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Weekday lunchtime in Chicago's Loop is a boon for the area's many eateries. However, many of them suffer from a relative lack of business during the evenings and especially the weekends—when the many office denizens can't be found ( although some places benefit from theatergoers ). Such is the case with Roanoke Restaurant and Club ( 135 W. Madison St.; ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Jackie-Evanchos-Heart-felt-thoughts

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jackie Evancho's 'Heart'-felt thoughts - The phenomenal singer Jackie Evancho rose from a talent competition into a break out touring performer. After attracting attention on YouTube, she landed at second place in the fifth season of America's Got Talent at the young age of 10. Her holiday release, O Holy Night, made her the best-selling debut artist of 2010. Her latest work, Two Hearts, is ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Dionne-Warwick-talks-Elvis-Aretha-and-Human-First

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dionne Warwick talks Elvis, Aretha and 'Human First' - The iconic singer Dionne Warwick has worked for more than 50 years in the entertainment business, breaking down barriers in the process. Her music is the soundtrack for generations with a multitude of hits including "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "( Theme from ) Valley of the Dolls." Her '80s collaboration ...


Brenda-Bostick-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-New-York-City

Brenda Bostick, a Black transgender woman, killed in New York City - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Brenda Bostick, a Black transgender woman killed in New York City; the 10th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old Black transgender woman, who died on May 4th, 2017 from injuries ...


Puerto-Rican-Cultural-Center-leads-LGBTQ-Education-Delegation-to-Cuba

Puerto Rican Cultural Center leads LGBTQ Education Delegation to Cuba - Mariela Castro—daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and president of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX)—invited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago (PRCC) to lead a delegation to Havana. The delegation will be in Cuba through May 15. The goal is to create an ongoing transnational dialogue around HIV/AIDS transmission; the relationship between transmission rates and homophobia and ...


Secs-and-Execs-Reunites-Lesbian-Actress-Bernhard-with-Roseanne-writers-James-Berg-and-Stan-Zimmerman-

"Secs and Execs" Reunites Lesbian Actress Bernhard with "Roseanne" writers James Berg and Stan Zimmerman - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - tello films announced the release of the brand new six-episode office comedy "secs & EXECS". Starring lesbian comedian Sandra Bernhard, Olivia D'Abo ( The Wonder years ) and Mindy Sterling ( Austin Powers ), "secs & EXECS" is set at Kathletics, a women's wear comedy owned by Bernhard's character, Kath Fairchild. The series follows four bosses ...


Sense8-Season-One-Soundtrack-Released

Sense8 Season One Soundtrack Released - From a press release - ( MAY 5, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA ) WaterTower Music has announced the release of the soundtrack to the first season of Netflix original series, Sense8, the innovative, dramatic thriller created and written by the brilliant and beloved minds of The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. Sense8 is a powerful series delving into the exploration of themes of identity, ...


Mark-Green-Withdraws-as-Army-Secretary-Nominee-

Mark Green Withdraws as Army Secretary Nominee - From press releases - From the Palm Center: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement today in response to the news that Tennessee legislator Mark Green had withdrawn his name from consideration as the next Secretary of the Army: "The breadth and depth of opposition to Green reflects the reality of today's Army, which draws its strength as ...


AVP-mourns-the-death-of-a-transgender-woman-in-Chelsea-Manhattan

AVP mourns the death of a transgender woman in Chelsea, Manhattan - From a press release - AVP has learned of the death of a 59-year-old transgender woman in Chelsea. At the time of this alert, there is not much public information and we will update you online as we know more. According to media reports, a transgender woman was found unconscious with apparent head trauma last Thursday night on 7th Avenue and 29th Street in Manhattan. ...


41-Civil-Rights-Organizations-Call-on-Senators-to-Reject-Trump-Nominee-for-Army-Sec

41 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Senators to Reject Trump Nominee for Army Sec. - From a press release - From the Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee calling on Senators to reject President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark Green. Green's nomination and possible confirmation to the post has alarmed organizations across the country due ...


TN-Governor-Signs-Bill-Undermining-Protections-for-LGBTQ-People-and-Women-

TN Governor Signs Bill Undermining Protections for LGBTQ People and Women - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement condemning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's decision to sign into law HB 1111 — a measure that could undermine certain protections under state law for women and LGBTQ people in a shameful effort to challenge the Supreme Court of the United States' decision on marriage equality. ...


House-votes-to-implement-Affordable-Health-Care-Act-

House votes to implement Affordable Health Care Act - From press releases - All seven Republican Illinois Congressional delegates voted May 4 in favor of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation intended to replace components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final vote on the bill, which was quickly introduced and voted on before it was scrutinized by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—or even read by many members—was 217-213. No Democrats ...


-FILM-REVIEW-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Vol-2

FILM REVIEW Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - Director: James Gunn. Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper. Running Time: 136 min. Release Date: May 5 The space pirates Guardians of the Galaxy are back for more swashbuckling adventures in a sequel to a very successful first endeavor. Could production not think of a better title than volume two? How about Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Beware of ...


Trump-signs-religious-liberty-executive-order

Trump signs "religious liberty" executive order - LGBT-rights advocates and community members prepared for the worst the week of May 1 as word leaked that President Donald J. Trump would be signing a so-called "religious liberty" executive order. But the actual scope of the order Trump signed May 4 was arguably not as far-reaching in its anti-LGBT components as stakeholders feared. The order nevertheless offered scant comfort ...


Trump-administration-to-reconsider-healthcare-protections-for-transgender-people

Trump administration to reconsider healthcare protections for transgender people - From a press release - Los Angeles—In a court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday, the Trump Administration indicated that it plans to reconsider regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that prohibit discrimination in healthcare, which could adversely impact the 1.55 million individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. The regulations, which implement the Affordable ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "It's not hard to act in a movie I direct because there are fewer people to argue with."—Barbra Streisand at the Tribeca Film Festival. What? Barbra? Argue? Never! It was recently the 20th anniversary of Ellen's coming out—both as a person and as a character on her sitcom. As I watched the retrospectives, a thought came to me—why did Ellen ...


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MUSIC Melissa Etheridge pours heart and 'Soul' into new CD - Cementing herself once again in music-industry history, rock legend Melissa Etheridge is back with her spirted new release, Memphis Rock and Soul, out now via Stax Records. Memphis Rock And Soul pays tribute to the music of Stax, a significant source of influence and inspiration for the star. Etheridge, 55, kept the recording as authentic as possible by making the ...


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TELEVISION Lito's way: Miguel Angel Silvestro talks 'Sense8' - Netflix's soapy sci-fi series from Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Sense8, revolves around a telepathically connected group of strangers called Sensates. Located all over the world, these diverse individuals can see and even teleport via their fellow Sensates' minds to help each other, especially when avoiding the dangerous enemy Whispers, who is determined to track the Sensates down. Handsome Spanish actor ...


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Mary Lambert's 'Bold' out May 5 - Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert is slated to release the EP Bold on Friday, May 5. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks, and wrote two with hit songwriter-producer Toby Gad ( Beyonce; Demi Lovato ) and Tobias Karlsson ( Adam Lambert; Max Martin ). A video for the first single, "Know ...


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MOMBIAN More fun with the Fletchers in new book sequel - They're back! The four boys, two dads and assorted pets who romped through Dana Alison Levy's award-winning middle-grade novel The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher return in The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. This time, the multiracial, multiethnic family is off on their yearly vacation to Rock Island, a fictional New England locale. They discover, however, that the lighthouse they ...


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Illinois reps praise Equality Act reintroduction - Illinois Congressional representatives were among those praising the reintroduction of the Equality Act, which would, if implemented, offer expansive legal protections for LGBT Americans, May 2. "President Trump's first 100 days in office have provided little peace of mind for the LGBTQ community and has only served to illuminate the critical and urgent need to pass the Equality Act," said ...


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Real Boy to premiere on Independent Lens, PBS, June 19 - ( San Francisco, CA ) — A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the ...


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Tony nominations announced - The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced May 2. The Josh Groban-led musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 led the new musical nominations with 12 in total, including best musical and an acting honor for Groban. Dear Evan Hansen received nine nominations, including best musical and one for lead actor Ben Platt. Come from ...


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PFLAG National salutes Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—today spoke out in honor of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( FL-27 ), who announced that she would retire in 2018. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has been a commanding Congressional presence and partner in legislative work for civil and human rights, demonstrating ...


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Equality Act reintroduced, backed by 240 members of Congress, 90+ corporations - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, joined with bipartisan lawmakers and an unprecedented number of businesses to announce the re-introduction of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's ...


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House Health Care Bill Would Have a Negative Impact on LGBT People - From a press release - Los Angeles—The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would repeal important elements of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and replace the ACA with The American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). In addition to scaling back federal subsidies that make health insurance more affordable and cutting federal funds for Medicaid, the latest version of the House ...







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