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Creating Change co-founder Sue Hyde preps her last conference - LGBTQ activist and community organizer Sue Hyde has been an esteemed co-founder of the Creating Change conference for the past 30 years. Her commitment to the political leadership conference, sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force, has never been taken to task. Well, except for that one time her daughter was born on Oct. 25, 1992. "My girlfriend told me ...


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Equality Calif. comments on Bernstein death - Equality California released a statement regarding the murder of Blaze Bernstein, whom the organization said was a gay college student from the University of Pennsylvania whose death in Orange County is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The organization's executive director, Rick Zbur, said, in part, "We expect a thorough investigation into the claims that this was a hate-crime ...


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TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story - In high school, Tracy Heather Strain's grandmother took her to see a production of Young, Gifted and Black, a play drawn from the writings of Lorraine Hansberry. The young playwright's powerful interior monologue riveted Strain, who would grow up to become a celebrated filmmaker, and who hopes her new documentary about Hansberry—Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart—will spark the same wonder for ...


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King's dream of 'the beloved community' extends to yours, too - KThis year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's a painful and necessary anniversary to remember considering where the country is today. Americans on the margins have the most to lose in a nation now eroding if not dismantling decades-long civil rights gains that allowed full protections and participation in an ...


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Billy Masters - "And special thanks to Armie's wife, Elizabeth Chambers, who is here tonight, as well, who is as crucial to this process as anyone. And for letting me crawl all over your husband for two months. Thank you for that."—Timothée Chalamet fondly recalls filming Call Me by Your Name with Armie Hammer. It might be a nice touch if he thanked ...


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Number of uninsured Americans shows increase during 2017 - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Today, Gallup News organization reported that the number of uninsured Americans increased during 2017, the first time in four years, by over 3 million people. This represents an increase in the uninsured rate from 10.9% to 12.2%. Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA: "Today's news means that the rate of uninsured ...


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Report: LGBTQ-themed ads garner more brand trust, brand recall, purchase intent - Hornet, a gay social network, released its first ever research with Nielsen around the efficacy of LGBTQ-themed branded advertising on the LGBTQ consumer. The custom study, which Hornet commissioned from Nielsen in 2017, examines advertising content across various industries including consumer packaged goods, hospitality, automotive and banking. In addition to better understanding the consumer impact of LGBTQ-themed ads, the study ...


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SHOWBIZ Oprah & RuPaul, Well Strung, Obama film, 'Modern Family' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey talks with RuPaul in the February issue of O Magazine, NewNowNext.com noted. This isn't the first time the two have crossed paths. In 1995, RuPaul was on Winfrey's daytime talk show and sat down with her to discuss life and his book Letting It All Hang Out for an episode entitled "Look At Me Now." Trevor Wadleigh and ...


National-roundup-Lambda-Legal-trans-activist-killed-Chelsea-Manning

National roundup: Lambda Legal, trans activist killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Employees at Lambda Legal voted 42-8 in favor of forming a union at the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV, per a press release. Eligible staff in all six regional offices, including lawyers, fundraisers, communication and administrative and support staff will be members of the Washington-Baltimore News ...


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500,000+ LGBTs on Medicaid face uncertainty due to HHS guidance on work requirements - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — The Williams Institute estimates that 1,171,000 LGBT adults ages 18-64 years old have Medicaid as their primary source of health insurance. While the majority of LGBT adults with Medicaid are employed, an estimated 542,000 may be at risk of losing coverage due to work or community service requirements that states may impose under guidance released yesterday by ...


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HUD awards $109 million to Illinois homeless programs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) today awarded $109.1 million to support 418 homeless housing and service programs in Illinois. The Continuum of Care grants announced today provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. See https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/budget/2017 . The HUD funding announced today is part ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Get ready for some pounding. Some of us could see 8 inches or more. That's too much—even for me."—Virginia Beach weatherman Blaine Stewart prepares residents for the blizzard with this Tweet. During a storm last year, he predicted that Virginia would get 10 inches—"and not Grindr inches." Might I suggest a liberal portion of lube? I am by nature not ...


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BOOK REVIEW Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military... - By Major Margaret Witt with Tim Connor, foreword by Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer $27.95; ForeEdge; 258 pages No doubt about it: You know the score. You've known it since the beginning because you were told, clearly and unequivocally. There's no grey area, no questions to ask. You know what's up but, as in the new book Tell, by Major Margaret Witt ...


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PODCASTS 'Mattachine' podcast creator brings the past back to life - Columbia College writing and production graduate Devlyn Camp is producing and hosting a 10-episode, serialized podcast, called Mattachine, that is currently available free on iTunes. The series illustrates the importance of LGBT history by spotlighting a crucial point in the modern gay-rights movement, the formation of the Mattachine Society in 1950 by Harry Hay. Using voice actors as well as ...


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Catholics launch initiative to celebrate feminism, activism, faith - From a press release - New York, NY and global locations: Inspired by the global women's marches one year ago, and aware that the Roman Catholic Church and religious institutions around the world are in dire need of an infusion of feminist energy and truth, The Women Who Stayed, FutureChurch, Women's Ordination Conference, and Call To Action announce the launch of Feminism & Faith in ...


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Leadership Conference opposes confirmation of Howard Nielson to District Court, Utah - From a press release - Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate urging opposition to the confirmation of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah January 9, 2018 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed ...


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National roundup: NYC speaker, 'Fire and Fury,' Grindr crime - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay member of the New York City Council was elected speaker of the legislative body, The Washington Blade reported. Corey Johnson, 35, is the first HIV-positive person to be elected speaker, which is the second most powerful elected official in city government after the mayor. Johnson—a GLAAD staffer who has also written for Towleroad—first rose to prominence in 2000 ...


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SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for ...


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Out & Equal welcomes new CEO - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is thrilled to announce the new Chief Executive Officer of the 20+ year organization, Erin Uritus. Board Chair and Comcast Senior Vice President Michael Cox shared, "Erin joins Out & Equal with unparalleled domestic and international experience as an executive in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors — a critically ...


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Winter Olympics have first openly gay U.S. athlete - Figure skater Adam Rippon, 28, has become the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics—but it didn't happen without some controversy. Rippon was officially named to the U.S. Winter Olympics figure skating team despite finishing fourth at the U.S. national championships in San Jose, California, on Jan. 6. ( The U.S. Winter Olympic team can only ...


With-End-of-TPS-for-Salvadorans-Trump-Continues-Anti-Immigrant-Agenda-

With End of TPS for Salvadorans, Trump Continues Anti-Immigrant Agenda - From a Dream Action Coalition press release - Washington, D.C. - Just now, news broke that President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security will not renew the Temporary Protected Status ( TPS ) designation that has allowed the Salvadorans to remain in the United States since at least 2001, when their country was struck by a pair of devastating earthquakes. Individuals will have until September 2019 to ...


Matthew-Shepard-Foundation-marks-20-years-of-service

Matthew Shepard Foundation marks 20 years of service - From a press release - The Matthew Shepard Foundation had an incredibly successful trip to New York City last month to kick off its 20th-anniversary efforts. The foundation participated in two Laramie Project talkbacks—one in Hicksville and one in Manhattan—where students studying and performing The Laramie Project had a chance to ask Judy and Dennis Shepard personal questions about the play and Matt's life. The ...


In-tune-with-Marsha-Malamet-From-Peter-Allen-to-Streisand-and-son

In tune with Marsha Malamet: From Peter Allen to Streisand and son - She has written for some of the best musicians and singers of the past 30 years. From the pride parades to the top of the charts, this songwriter is hitting all the right notes. Windy City Times spoke with Marsha Malamet about her new work. Windy City Times: Your composition, "Love Don't Need a Reason," became an iconic anthem in ...


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HRC responds to failure of discriminatory, invasive voter fraud commission - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following response after the Trump-Pence Administration announced they would disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice President Mike Pence, following numerous lawsuits and no real evidence of election fraud. Last May, Mike Pence was named Chairman of the newly-created Commission to prove he ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Billy Masters "I just want to take a sip of tea, if they'll let me—they told me there would be tea. Oh, it's a disaster. OK, well we'll just have to rough it. I'm gonna be just like everyone else with no hot tea!"—Mariah Carey's most memorable moment on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Before we get to the ...


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MOVIES 'Tom of Finland' film reveals the man behind the leather - Tom of Finland, a new biopic from Finnish director Dome Karukosi, charts the evolution of Touko Laaksonen from a covert erotic illustrator—known for his graphite drawings of well-endowed men with supernaturally swollen biceps—to a world-renowned artist who became a rallying point for the freedom of sexual expression in the 1970s and beyond. Laaksonen ( 1920-1991 ), better known by his ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Seven-Suspects

BOOK REVIEW Seven Suspects - By Renee James. $26.95; Oceanview Publishing; 310 pages The world of fiction is filled with voices. It's a realm of stories and each one is told in a different way through a new set of eyes. Renee James's second book, Seven Suspects, re-ntroduces us to a new voice—that of a transgender woman named Bobbi Logan. James is likely not the ...


MOMBIAN-2017-Good-news-bad-news-for-LGBTQ-families

MOMBIAN 2017: Good news, bad news for LGBTQ families - Was 2017 a good year for LGBTQ parents and our children? The political situation in the United States was grim, but we also saw progress in some areas. In perhaps the biggest win for LGBTQ parents this year, the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court in Pavan v. Smith, a case involving two married, two-mom couples ...


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PASSAGES Notable deaths nationally in 2017 - —Bishop Eddie Long: Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, died at age 63. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality. However, in 2010, he also settled a lawsuit filed by four young men who said he pressured them into sexual relationships; terms of the settlement were never ...


National-roundup-Trumps-anti-trans-loss-marriage-fight-gay-mayors

National roundup: Trump's anti-trans loss, marriage fight, gay mayors - The Trump administration abandoned its bid to prevent openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Dec. 30, Newsweek noted. In July, the Trump administration attempted to delay an Obama-era Department of Defense ruling allowing openly transgender U.S. residents to enlist in the military starting Jan. 1. Trump's 2017 announcement no social media that the administration ...


SHOWBIZ-Times-Up-Brad-Goreski-Hamilton-actor-Kristin-Chenoweth

SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and more than 300 other women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by launching Time's Up—a movement that aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace, E! News noted. In addition to Witherspoon, Rhimes and Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Kate Capshaw and ...


BOOKS-Best-readings-of-2017

BOOKS Best readings of 2017 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trust me on this: When you read more than 300 books a year, you come across some books that are not-so-good. Thankfully, you come across more of them that are good, great, or even stellar. Here's my list of the best of 2017, those things that you absolutely can not miss, the books you should want in your hands now, ...


DOJ-Backs-Down-Ban-on-Transgender-Service-Members-on-Hold-

DOJ Backs Down, Ban on Transgender Service Members on Hold - From a press release - ( SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2017 ) — Today, the Trump Administration withdrew its appeal of a lower court ruling halting implementation of its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Today's actions clear the way for open enlistment by transgender people scheduled to begin Monday and also prevent transgender service members from ...


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Arrests made in N.Y. quadruple homicide - Two men have been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children in their upstate Troy, New York, apartment, according to Time magazine. Justin Mann and James White—both from Schenectady, New York—pled not guilty to murder charges Dec. 30 in Troy. A property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers and 22-year-old Brandi Mells ( who were ...


Looking-back-National-news-of-2017-

Looking back: National news of 2017 - The past year was jam-packed with events and people that ranged from the seemingly trivial to the life-altering. Here's a rundown of some of them that affected/involved the LGBTQ+ community: —#MeToo: In October, publications reported that film producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly lured women into hotel rooms and bars, and sexually harassed or assaulted them—and actress Alyssa Milano ( one of ...


Trump-fires-remaining-HIV-AIDS-Council-members-

Trump fires remaining HIV/AIDS Council members - President Donald Trump has fired all of the members the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS without explanation, according to reports. Chicago-based Lambda Legal attorney Scott Schoettes, who had previously resigned from the council along with several other members, posted to Twitter on Dec. 28 that the remaining members of the council had been let go. Schoettes said on the post, ...


LETTER-Addressing-gun-violence

LETTER Addressing gun violence - Note: The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: Five years ago today, 26 innocent people—including 20 children—were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the nation and the world. HRC remembers the ...


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For Black women, being Dems' 'backbone' is no compliment - Black women voters in the recent Alabama U.S. Senate race are being thanked for "saving" the state from Republican candidate Roy Moore, a homophobe, slavery apologist and accused pedophile. And we're all now are being lauded as "the backbone" of the Democratic Party. As a voting bloc, Black women in Alabama didn't just suddenly emerge for Democratic candidate Doug Jones. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "And now we go back to Chris Cuomo. He's on the docks and taking quite a pounding!"—Anderson Cooper tossing it back to Cuomo during CNN's Hurricane Irma coverage—each in tight, wet shirts. Alas, no pounding was shown. I think the term that sums up 2017 is annus horribilis. Our LGBT community is a perfect microcosm of the entire world, with ...


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MOVIES Arnaud Valois talks 'BPM,' journalism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One of the most critically lauded films of 2017 ( including being the recipient of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival ), BPM ( Beats Per Minute ) focuses on the a group of ACT UP activists in Paris in the 1990s. In the midst of fighting for more funds for HIV/AIDS research, a love story develops ...


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Showbiz: Zac Efron, Gaga, Rafael Nadal, Mariah, Maupin love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron ( currently in the film The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman ) has joined the cast of Harmony Korine's new film, The Beach Bum, Indiewire.com noted. Efron is set to play a character named Flicker opposite Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg. The film—reportedly about a stoner named Moondog ( McConaughey ) who lives life ...


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National: Trump setback, Rosie O'Donnell, Zach Wahls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new ruling ( issued Dec. 22 ) dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to bar transgender people from joining the military starting Jan. 1, The Hill reported. The new D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals order came a day after the Virginia-based 4th Circuit similarly rejected the Trump administration's request to block a ruling by U.S. District Judge ...


Court-of-Appeals-Denies-Trump-Administration-Request-to-Delay-Trans-Enlistment-

Court of Appeals Denies Trump Administration Request to Delay Trans Enlistment - From a GLAD/NCLR press release - ( Washington, D.C., December 22, 2017 )—The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected a Trump Administration request to stay District Judge Kollar-Kotelly's order that the military allow qualified transgender people to enlist beginning January 1. On December 11, District Judge Kollar-Kotelly denied the same request. Both the appeals court and Judge Kollar-Kotelly rejected the Administration's argument that the military ...


Faith-Leaders-Must-Support-Trans-Siblings-Reject-Religious-Bigotry

Faith Leaders Must Support Trans Siblings; Reject Religious Bigotry - From a Metropolitan Community Churches press release - Metropolitan Community Church ( MCC ) leaders joined other LGBTQ faith leaders by signing a declaration challenging a religious coalition of Catholic, Evangelical, and Fundamentalist groups who have not done their biblical homework nor read science or medical research on the nature of gender. The letter denies the very existence of transgender people by calling them "false." "The movement today ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "We singles live empty lives of quiet desperation and will die alone. Now Rubio is demanding that we also fund happy families with children who fill their days with joy."—Ann Coulter attacks Marco Rubio for his proposed child tax-credit increase. Do we know if Ann Coulter is actually capable of having children? I mean, she does seem to have an ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Flipping-The-Script-with-the-bands-Glen-Power-

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Flipping 'The Script' with the band's Glen Power - Straight out of Dublin comes a rock band with pop sensibilities. Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheeran and Glen Power formed The Script and were eventually signed to a major label. In Los Angeles, they worked as producers, writing songs for Britney Spears, TLC and Boys II Men. Over the years, the band has released several albums, including their fifth and most ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Tarantella

BOOK REVIEW Tarantella - By Scot T. O'Hara $18.95; OhBoy Books; 310 pages Anthony's life is falling apart. He escaped Florida and his half-Irish, half-Italian, mostly unaffirming family for a life as a newspaper editor in Chicago—except that his hustler, HIV-positive boyfriend Steven doesn't really seem to appreciate him, if he ever did. Tarantella begins with a phone call from Anthony's younger sister, Rosalia, ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Conversations-with-Edmund-White

BOOK REVIEW Conversations with Edmund White - Edited by Will Brantley and Nancy McGuire Roche $25; University Press of Mississippi; 208 pages Edmund White was one of the first important writers to emerge at the dawn of the gay liberation movement, bursting onto the literary scene in 1973 with the publication of his first novel, Forgetting Elena. White has been at the forefront of gay literature ...


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MOVIES Box office 2017: Comics, beasts, emojis and more - The year 2017 will be remembered as a year with a multitude of superhero flicks, an overkill of biopics and too many unsuccessful sequels. Independent movies rose to the top and summer did not scorch at the box office this time. The challenges of marketing and when exactly the right time is to release a film continue to this day. ...


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LETTERS Net loss - GLAAD is responding to the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission's vote to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules, allowing broadband providers the ability to control your experience online by giving them the power to change what you can see on the internet, the speed at which you see it, and the quality of your connection. "Stripping away net neutrality is ...


VIEWPIONTS-The-New-Jim-Crow-targets-LGBTQ-Americans-too

VIEWPIONTS The New Jim Crow targets LGBTQ Americans, too - Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which has many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles—will litigate a baker's rights to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, on the grounds of religious freedom enshrined in the First ...


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Words banned by Trump administration for various agencies - The Trump administration reportedly informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that they should avoid using certain words and phrases in official documents related to next year's budget, The Washington Post reported. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control, the country's top public health agency, were banned from using seven words or phrases—including ...


Report-focuses-on-the-lives-of-LGBTQ-students

Report focuses on the lives of LGBTQ students - A special journal of the American Educational Research Association has an article that shows that people do not always accurately know the lives of LGBTQ students, The Washington Post reported. For example, "Introducing a Methodological Research Collection on Pressing Issues for LGBTQ Students" reveals that many topics remain that need further research, such as the growing visibility of trans and ...


DignityUSA-condemns-letter-on-transgender-people-by-Catholic-Bishops

DignityUSA condemns letter on transgender people by Catholic Bishops - From a press release - December 19, 2017 — DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics working for LGBTQI equality, reacted with shock, anger, and deep concern to the open letter titled "Created Male and Female" posted on December 18 on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ( USCCB ). Rejecting the legitimacy of transgender identities as a "false idea," the letter maintains ...


Pentagon-document-shows-DoJ-misinformed-court-about-transgender-ban

Pentagon document shows DoJ misinformed court about transgender ban - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A Pentagon memo proves that the Justice Department misled a federal court by claiming that the military is unprepared to accept transgender applicants on January 1st. The memo, whose subject is "Transgender Applicant Processing," consists of a simple set of instructions for processing applications, and was distributed to commanders on December 8. Three days after the ...


Former-military-leaders-dispute-claim-of-trans-training-burden-

Former military leaders dispute claim of trans training burden - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three former military leaders are disputing the Trump administration's assertions that lifting the transgender enlistment ban on January 1 would require the military to train 23,000 medical examiners and recruiters, and that such training would injure the armed forces. According to new policy analysis, the administration's claims are incorrect because training recruiters and medical evaluators to ...


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Garrett, unqualified and anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence nominee, rejected - 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, announced they would continue to fight against—and defeat—Trump nominees with a history of bigotry toward the LGBTQ community following the failed committee vote on Scott Garrett to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the ...


WEB-Steve-Grand-makes-acting-debut-in-Falling-for-Angels-

WEB Steve Grand makes acting debut in 'Falling for Angels' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steve Grand has made several inroads since exploding onto the national scene when he came out of the closet and was initially known as a gay country singer in 2013. Now, he's making his acting debut (his first in a non-music video capacity) in the first episode of the web series Falling for Angels, a Here TV/Pride Media project that ...


BRUJOS-radical-queer-web-series-returns

BRUJOS, radical queer web series returns - From a press release - In January, on the heels of the Trump inauguration, the first four episodes of the dark, sexy web series BRUJOS debuted online to a cult following. Following four gay Latinx grad students who are also witches as they battle the wealthy, straight white male descendants of the first New World colonizers, villains, BRUJOS seemed more timely than ever. As creator ...


National-roundup-Sally-Ride-Doug-Jones-gay-son-drag-queen-murder

National roundup: Sally Ride, Doug Jones' gay son, drag-queen murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Postal Service announced that Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be honored with a postage stamp next year, according to NewNowNext.com. The commemorative Forever stamp joins a four-stamp step paying tribute to advancement in science, technology, engineering and math ( a.k.a. STEM ). Other stamps launching in 2018 includes ones celebrating Lena Horne, Illinois, bioluminescent ...


Showbiz-news-Oprah-Jim-Parsons-Morrissey-Kristin-Chenoweth

Showbiz news: Oprah, Jim Parsons, Morrissey, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey is the next luminary who will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award, TheWrap noted. Presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, the prize recognizes "a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment," according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Winfrey's honor was announced by actor Morgan Freeman—who won ...


New-report-out-on-harms-of-legalizing-discrimination-in-child-services

New report out on harms of legalizing discrimination in child services - From an HRC press 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 Disregarding the Best Interest of the Child: License to Discriminate In Child Welfare Services, a report detailing the harms of efforts to write anti-LGBTQ discrimination by child welfare agencies ...


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18 LGBTQ sports associations part of 2018 Sin City Classic Sports Festival - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, December 18, 2017 — Today, The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association ( GLASA ) announced that 18 LGBTQ sports associations have registered to participate in the 2018 Sin City Classic Sports Festival. In its 11 years, the annual sporting event has grown to be one of the largest annual LGBTQ sports festivals in the world and includes teams ...


Government-challenged-for-denying-abortion-access-to-detained-immigrant

Government challenged for denying abortion access to detained immigrant - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of 12 attorneys general today issued a statement saying the federal government has no authority to block two young immigrant women in federal detention from obtaining abortions. Late Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed papers in federal court to stop the administration from preventing the two women from obtaining abortions. ...


Grammy-nominated-out-musician-Marsha-Malamet-featured-on-new-Jason-Gould-CD

Grammy-nominated out musician Marsha Malamet featured on new Jason Gould CD - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum songwriter and openly gay musician Marsha Malamet is featured on the new Jason Gould CD "Dangerous Man" released Dec. 15, 2017. Malamet is a composer, songwriter, singer and coach, whose music has reached all corners of the globe. Malamet met Jason Gould at a lecture, where he asked her to coach him on songwriting. From there the ...


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Looking back at 2017's top ten news events - 2017 was the year the 1960s tried to make a comeback. There was the resurgence in white nationalist activity, widespread sexual harassment, and renewed concern about the use of nuclear weapons. The new president, Donald Trump, fanned perilous fires. He also tried to make friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin while an unfolding investigation was showing the Trump campaign had ...


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'Transgender,' 'fetus' banned from CDC reports - The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control, the country's top public health agency, from using a list of seven words or phrases—including "fetus" and "transgender"—in any official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget, according to The Washington Post. The forbidden word list includes "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Several key national ...


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A Different World: Why We Owe the Cosby Accusers an Apology - "The sins of the fathers. They just fucked it all up. We had the best family. We had it all. We had it all in our hands. He just pulled us through the wringer. Narcissistic….He took it from his father, who took it from his father, who took it from his father. Let's break this curse. So it won't fall ...


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HRC: Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello Must Veto Anti-LGBTQ Bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo RossellÃ" to veto a bill passed by the Senate on Sunday that could allow anyone who claims a religious exemption the right to discriminate against the Commonwealth's LGBTQ community and visitors. "This legislation would allow a dangerous license to discriminate, putting LGBTQ people and ...


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GLAAD reports LGBTQ representation shockingly low in U.S. Spanish-language media - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its second annual Spanish-language media report Still Invisible. Still Invisible analyzes the LGBTQ characters in primetime scripted television airing in the United States between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The report found that of the 698 characters in primetime ( 7pm to 11pm ), just ...


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Retired military officers, national security officials support trans plaintiffs - From an NCLR press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., December 15, 2017 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) filed their opposition today to the Trump administration's request for an emergency stay to prevent transgender people from being able to enlist on January 1. D.C. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied the government's request on ...


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'Don't Give Up' is Maggie Szabo's song dedicated to transgender youth - From a press release, video below - Maggie Szabo is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been winning over audiences worldwide with her stunningly soulful vocals and empowering pop anthems. Hailing from small town Ontario, Szabo is now an accomplished musician living in Los Angeles and is using her music to conquer social injustice. After quickly becoming one of the most sought after songwriter/vocalists for DJs and notable ...


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Experts recommend providing gender-affirmation treatment - From The Endocrine Society - Washington, DC—The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline on the treatment for gender-dysphoric/gender-incongruent people, commonly referred to as transgender, to develop the physical characteristics of the affirmed gender. The guideline, entitled "Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline," was published online and will appear in the November 2017 print issue of the Journal of ...


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Misinformation Nation, The Threat to America's Federal Data and Civil Rights in new report - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The federal government's collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, Misinformation Nation: The Threat ...


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$1.35M in grants go to grassroots organizing by women of color, trans people of color - From a news release - Groundswell is proud to announce $1,350,000 in grants for 30 organizations in its inaugural round of grantmaking through the Liberation Fund, a joint project of Groundswell Fund ( a 501c3 ) and Groundswell Action Fund ( a 501c4 ). Grantees were recommended for funding by 15 leading women of color movement leaders who serve as advisors to the Liberation Fund, ...







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