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Girl Scouts include transgender girls - The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is an organization that welcomes transgender girls. The group's guidance on serving transgender girls, on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page, was actually publicized four years ago. The page ( http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith/faqs.asp#a5 ) states: "Q: What is Girl Scouts' position on serving transgender youth? "A: Girl Scouts is proud to be the ...


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Study: Reactions of heterosexual siblings to same-sex marriage advances - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Advances in same-sex marriage impact family members to different degrees depending on how relevant those advances are to their own lives, according to a new report by researchers at Palo Alto University and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Windsor and Perry: Reactions of siblings in same-sex and heterosexual couples," is the ...


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Senators ask DoD for equal opportunity policies for LGB servicemembers - From press releases - Press release from the office of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy ( D-Conn. ) and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis. ) led a bipartisan group of 22 senators in calling on U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to update the equal opportunity policies across the U.S. Department of Defense ( DoD ) and ...


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Boy Scouts pres OK with gay scout leaders - From a press release - Boy Scouts of America (BSA) President Robert Gates called for the organization to end its ban on gay adults while speaking at the organization's national business meeting in Atlanta. Citing "the social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country" regarding laws and sexual orientation, Gates said that "the status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained," ...


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Missouri HIV case gets national attention - In Missouri, a former college student has been found guilty of exposing one of his sex partners to HIV as well as attempting to expose four others to the virus. Prosecutors said ex-Lindenwood University student Michael Johnson, 23, allegedly continued to hook up with various men, and even reportedly lied to them when asked about his HIV status. Felony charges ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "It wasn't a match on a lot of levels. My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kinda shit all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving."—Melissa Rivers speaks frankly about Kathy Griffin's disastrous run on Fashion Police. The Wall Street Journal recently published the findings of a survey showing that 61 percent of Americans would favor a ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Rose is still THE Rose - Mary Rose Foster aka The Rose ( Bette Midler ) gives a tour de force performance in Mark Rydell's 1979 movie of the same name, which the Criterion Collection has just released in a new, remastered version. The Rose—a fictional queen of rock loosely based on Janis Joplin—is a cyclone of conflicted feelings as she embarks on what will prove ...


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SAGE takes initiative on LGBT elder housing, policy - Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders ( SAGE ) has an active year planned, starting with the launch of its national LGBT elder-housing initiative. "It is very safe to say there is a housing crisis among LGBT older adults in the country, but we cannot build our way out of this crisis," said SAGE Executive Director ...


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Chicago Force receiver featured in new football cards - Thanks to her productivity on the field, Jeanette Gray has landed her a pretty cool perk off the field: she is one of the select Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) players to be featured in the inaugural 2015 trading card series. Gray appears on card No. 4 in the 18-card base set and one of four WFA players to ...


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Grunt dating app to be redesigned for watch - The people behind gay-dating app Grunt plan to capitalize on the new Apple Watch toward the end of this year as part of a plan to "reshape the dating landscape for men," according to a statement. "I couldn't stand all the junk apps out there, that didn't care how the user experienced meeting and dating other guys on their app" ...


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Kenny Porpora writes emotionally wrenching memoir - Kenny Porpora was often told that he should write his memoirs, that his life would be a hard-to-believe, gripping book—and probably a movie, too. He's only 28, yet lived a life few can comprehend. He grew up in a down-on-their luck, fractured family, riddled with addiction and chronic heartache and heartbreak—from many family members. Many have died. His mom was ...


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Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act introduced to block conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, May 19, 2015 )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) applauds U.S. Congressman Ted W. Lieu's introduction of the Therapeutic Fraud Act, the first nationwide bill that would protect LGBT people from the dangers of conversion therapy. Lieu announced the bill this morning at a press conference attended by survivors of conversion therapy, members of ...


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National: Blood-donation ban; Jeb Bush; Arkansas city's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the release of draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) on a long-awaited change to the current scientifically unwarranted blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men, according to a press release. The draft guidance ( announced last December ) outlines the implementation of a deferral-based policy ...


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Griner, Johnson under seven-game suspension - The WNBA has suspended All-Stars and married couple Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson for seven games each after their domestic violence arrests in April. The two were arrested on suspicion of assault after a fight in the home they recently bought. They were married recently in Phoenix. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie said in a statement issued May 15, "The ...


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At inauguration, Emanuel pledges future for Chicago's lost youth - Inclusion was crammed into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's inauguration to a second term held at the Chicago Theatre May 18. The invocation, prayer for guidance, prayer for peace, blessing and benediction were provided by Monsignor Kenneth Velo, Pastor John Hannah, Professor Inamul Haq, Pastor Lynette Santiago and Rabbi David Wolkenfeld, respectively. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, former President Bill Clinton and ...


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Laramie OKs ordinance 17 years after Shepard's death - In Wyoming, the Laramie City Council approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance—17 years after gay student Matthew Shepard's death took place in the same town, The Chicago Tribune noted. The council voted seven to two in favor of the measure that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. ...


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Black gay man found guilty by Missouri jury of "recklessly infecting" - From press releases - National HIV experts say conviction out of touch with current science and HIV prevention strategies Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in HIV legal and policy work, said: - "Michael Johnson's conviction for exposing one of his sex partners to HIV ...


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Griner, Johnson suspended by WNBA after DV incident - From the WNBA - As a result of the domestic violence incident between Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA has suspended the players for seven regular-season games, without pay. The couple, who were married two weeks after the incident, were arrested at their home in Goodyear, Ariz., April 22, 2015, on identical misdemeanor charges of ...


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Gay engineer involved in Amtrak crash - The engineer involved in the May 12 Amtrak train crash in Pennsylvania has been identified as gay activist Brandon Bostian, Gay Star News noted. Bostian, 32, has told authorities he can't remember what happened when the train jumped the tracks, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 200. The engineer has been vocal in his support of gay ...


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McEntire on her first gay wedding, LGBT rights, being a redhead - Even by phone, Reba McEntire makes you feel right at home. "Thanks for the visit; I've enjoyed visitin' with you!" the singer drawls, wrapping up our conversation as if I'd just stopped by for buttered grits and a cup of hot coffee. A music, television, film and theater superstar with a trove of prestigious awards, McEntire is enormously famous, but ...


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THEATER REVIEW: NYC Fun Home - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron; music: Jeanine Tesori. At: Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York City. Tickets: 212-239-6200 or http://FunHomeBroadway.com; $75-$150. Runs through: Open run Trying to harness the "fun" in "funeral home" is bound to be misguided. But for the Bechdel family, it's a way of redirecting attention to something, anything, but family secrets. ...


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Study on homophobia in sports released - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the one-year anniversary of Michael Sam being drafted to the NFL ( May 10 ), the world's first international study on homophobia in sports—called "Out in the Fields"—has revealed widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual ( LGB ) U.S. residents. Of particular note, given Sam's story and ongoing debate around whether his career was impacted by homophobia, the ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "@Louis_Tomlinson Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?"—Zayn Malik tweets a response to one of his former One Direction bandmates. With this much bitchiness, we've now answered the question if there is a gay guy in the group. The better question is this: Is there a straight guy in the bunch? After two decades ...


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NUNN ON ONE Sutton Foster grows 'Younger' on TV, will entertain at Goodman Gala - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Broadway baby Sutton Foster just keeps getting Younger. However, she now tackles a TV show. Many fans know her humble beginnings from a breakthrough role in Thoroughly Modern Millie that won a Tony Award for Best Performance. She took home another Tony for Anything Goes, with multiple nominations over the years for parts in The Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek the Musical ...


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MARK MY WORDS Most important LGBT history column you'll ever read - There is a national spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstrations in front of Independence Hall that took place every July 4 from 1965-69. While it was a pivotal change in the struggle for equality, some are revising our history out of context by stating it is the 50th anniversary of the LGBT movement. That simply is ...


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Relationships & the Law Today: Possible Supreme Court marriage outcomes - VIEWS - On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the legal challenges to bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Obergefell v. Hodges. Specifically, the Court was tasked with addressing two questions: ( 1 ) whether states must perform same-sex marriages; and ( 2 ) whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state where ...


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Lambda Legal responds to proposed change in blood donation policy - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., May 12, 2015 ) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) today announced proposed guidelines for blood donations that change the current lifetime ban for men who have sex with men ( MSM ) to a one year ban. In addition, the proposed guidance addresses the application of the MSM policy to transgender people, ...


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Giovanni and Brackett to get GSU honorary degrees - From a press release - Two innovative communicators who connect the troubles and concerns of modern America to the day-to-day lives of its people are the recipients of Honorary Degrees from Governors State University. The honorees—poet, writer, and educator Nikki Giovanni, and journalist and author Elizabeth Brackett— "exemplify GSU's values: education, civic engagement, and the search for truth," said GSU President Elaine P. Maimon. "Each ...


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National roundup: Cleveland's pro-gay move; Hawaii's pro-trans law; trans teen's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cleveland City Council approved a resolution supporting marriage equality in Ohio, On Top Magazine noted. Fourteen of the council's 16 members approved the resolution. "We're a city that recently held the Gay Games," Councilman Joe Cimperman told colleagues, "and showed everyone across the planet, from Paris to Zurich to San Francisco, why we're a welcoming city." Other Ohio cities ...


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MOVIES Thomas Miller creates an unforgettable 'Limited Partnership' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Miller captures the discriminatory nature of U.S. immigration policy against same-sex binational couples in his latest documentary Limited Partnership. The central foci of the feature are Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. Adams and Sullivan were legally wed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1975, making them one of the first same-sex couples in the world ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; 'Chocolate City'; Taryn Manning; 'Empire' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo host Andy Cohen turned the tables and had Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan grill him with a list of revealing questions, E! Online reported. It wasn't long before Cohen revealed he's had sex with ... Lance Bass. In a video of the moment, Morgan also asks Cohen ...


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26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honorees named - From a press release - New York, Saturday, May 9, 2015 — GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 15 of this year's 31 media categories at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo at the Waldorf Astoria New York on Saturday night. A complete press release with additional quotes from award recipients will ...


-Griner-Johnson-tie-the-knot

Griner, Johnson tie the knot - Just two weeks after WNBA star Brittney Griner and fiancee/fellow basketball player Glory Johnson were arrested on assault and disorderly-conduct allegations, the couple tied the knot in a ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona, USA Today reported. Griner and Johnson have been engaged since last August. Following her arrest, Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and will attend domestic violence counseling. People.com ...


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HIV guide targets high numbers of new infections - From a press release - WASHINGTON - On May 6, just hours after Grammy Award-winning music legend Elton John urged Congress to bolster its fight against AIDS, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, in collaboration with AIDS United, released a guide on HIV prevention and care, as well as a unique online Q&A feature. This new resource is supported in part by a ...


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Knight at the Movies: Movies for Mother's Day - As mom's annual holiday approaches, the usual assortment of mother-offspring movies beloved by Our People ( Mommie Dearest, Mildred Pierce, Carrie, The Exorcist, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Suddenly Last Summer, The Guilt Trip ) are no doubt being trotted out for giddy viewing. Those are all fantastic choices to put a camp spin on the ...


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Tony nominations feature Hollywood thespians - Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper and Dame Helen Mirren are among some of the Hollywood stars nominated at this year's Tony Awards. The Audience star Mirren will face Mulligan ( Skylight ), Elisabeth Moss, Ruth Wilson and Geneva Carr in the Best Leading Actress in a Play category, while Cooper ( The Elephant Man ) will vie with Bill Nighy, Steven ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Mark my words: If gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it so now they can go after churches, like the president's lawyer says, 50 percent of our churches will fall away."—Conservative radio host Glenn Beck's rant about gay marriage ruining the churches. But enough about the positives... I'm ...


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Trotter Project, United join forces for in-flight dining - United Airlines and The Trotter Project are joining together to boost travelers' in-flight dining experience, with alumni chefs of Charlie Trotter's legendary Chicago restaurant and their culinary peers working with the airline to design new premium-cabin and United Economy meals. United will also be the official airline of The Trotter Project, a nonprofit organization committed to continuing Trotter's legacy through ...


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'Rainbow Train' on track to children's gender expression - Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter and music educator Chana Rothman may look like she lives a mainstream life with a male partner, her 4 and 2 year-old sons and a baby on the way. However, she plays an unconventional tune, which has gone into her first children's album, Rainbow Train. Rothman grew up in Toronto, Canada. Her musical track began at 14, when ...


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BOOK REVIEW A Matter of Breeding - By Michael Brandow, $18; Beacon Press; 288 pages   The cur at the corner of your couch is one of the best dogs you've ever had. He's smart, he's friendly, and he loves the kids. Ever since he was a puppy, he's been scrupulously clean, inside and out. He watches over you, he makes you laugh, and you can't imagine ...


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New gay manga anthology gives art form legitimacy - What is the big idea behind Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and The Men Who Make It? Featuring illustrations rarely seen in the United States outside of pirated, poorly duplicated content available online, Massive showcases big, hypermasculine men with soft edges, along with nine in-depth interviews of some of the most talented comic artists producing work for a gay male audience ...


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Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Bessie, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ( Chicago ) in the title role, Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues." The film also stars Michael ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Savage spoof - Dan Savage is famous the world over for many reasons. Most know Savage from his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, and also as an essayist and author ( Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Kid ). Savage is also an activist both noble ( The "It Gets Better" anti-bullying campaign created with his husband, Terry Miller ) and confrontationally mischievous ( with ...


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National: GOP lawmaker outed; Clay Aiken; Leelah Alcorn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A 21-year-old North Dakota man said he revealed explicit messages sent to him from a Republican lawmaker on the gay dating app Grindr because the legislator had voted against expanding LGBT rights, according to Raw Story. Dustin Smith told The Forum he recognized 52-year-old Republican state Rep. Randy Boehning when he appeared in the news with other lawmakers who had ...


Steven-Pasquale-rides-the-Carousel

Steven Pasquale rides the 'Carousel' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rodgers and Hammerstein introduced the musical vehicle Carousel all the way back in 1945. It was adapted from the 1909 play Liliom, transplanting it to Maine. The story revolves around a carousel barker named Billy Bigelow who falls in love with millworker Julie Jordan. The Civic Opera House breathes new air into the production starring Steven Pasquale. This actor and ...


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Gay Qantas CEO talks marriage, diversity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The out gay leader of one of Australia's biggest and most iconic companies says advocating for marriage equality helps support its diverse workforce, and also appeals to a broad costumer base, Same Same reported. At a business leaders function that the Australian Marriage Equality campaign organized, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said, "At Qantas, we call ourselves 'the spirit of Australia' ...


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Supreme Court deliberations continue in private - The U.S. Supreme Court has almost certainly made its decision about the right to marry for same-sex couples. The justices met in private conference Friday, May 1, and took a vote. They have until June 30 to issue their decision. Most legal observers who watched or listened to the oral arguments from April 28 in Obergefell v. Hodges, an appeal ...


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President Obama speaks on National Foster Care Month - NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, 2015 A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA /B> At the heart of the American story is the simple truth that all children should have a fair chance at success, no matter who they are or where they come from. Central to this promise of opportunity are the love and support of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "This one won't come out. It's like the Queen Latifah of kittens."—Jennifer Coolidge's quip as Sophie on 2 Broke Girls while aiding a pregnant cat. Ironically, Latifah will be appearing in the upcoming HBO biopic Bessie, about jazz singer ( and lesbian ) Bessie Smith. My God—Latifah has been preparing to play this role for 40 years! The big news ...


Marriage-equality-The-timeline

Marriage equality: The timeline - As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the history of marriage equality nationally, here is a look at the marriage equality movement in Illinois, as well as nationally. This timeline is from the book The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln, by Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim, published in 2014. 1953 August: ONE homosexual ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Breaking it down with singer-activist Lila Downs - Grammy Award winner Lila Downs is making her Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University debut for one night. This artist continually celebrates her Mixtec heritage by telling stories through song while supporting political change in the process. Downs latest endeavor Bullets and Chocolate was just released on RCA Records. The new music has her working with Latin music innovators like Juanes, ...


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VIEWS: Peeing in Peace - I've been around a long time as an out and proud trans woman, almost 18 years now. I thought I'd seen it all—misrepresentations, out-and-out lies, double-dealing, betrayed promises—the very worst of American politics in regard to the basic civil rights of trans people. I was wrong. It can get worse, and in fact, it already is. It used to be ...


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BOOKS Actress Maria Bello talks 'Love Is Love' - By Gary M. Kramer - Maria Bello may be known for her roles in films such as A History of Violence, and The Cooler, but she garnered considerable attention for her essay "Coming Out as a Modern Family," when it appeared in the "Modern Love" column in The New York Times. In the essay, Bello explained how she told her son, Jack, about her relationship ...


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BOOK REVIEW This Book Is Gay - By James Dawson. $15.99; Sourcebooks Fire; 272 pages   I came out many, many, many moons ago—in fact, so many moons ago that the moon was physically smaller than it is today. Sure, we had sex ed in school. It was the most awkward sex ed that anyone has ever taken. I went to Catholic school, and being taught about ...


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Out on DVD: Selma; Masters of Sex - 'Selma' out on Blu-ray May 5 Director Ava DuVernay's drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common's tribute, "Glory." DuVernay chronicles how Dr. Martin Luther ...


Book-details-Iowas-marriage-path-prior-to-Supreme-Court-arguments-

Book details Iowa's marriage path prior to Supreme Court arguments - With marriage equality sweeping the land and the U.S Supreme Court set to decide the issue later this summer, Iowa's 2009 same-sex marriage decision, Varnum v. Brien, might seem long-forgotten. But Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen felt that the first Midwest state to allow same-sex marriage had a story to tell. Their account of the landmark Iowa Supreme Court decision, ...


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Supreme Court hears marriage arguments; the wait begins - The very first question from the U.S. Supreme Court bench Tuesday morning was about the rights of states to regulate marriage and, though attorneys for same-sex couples tried numerous times to refocus attention to the damage that bans on same-sex marriage inflict on the rights of LGBT people, the focus stayed largely on states' rights throughout the historic argument. For ...


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Supreme Court hears arguments challenging same-sex marriage bans - From ACLU and Lambda Legal press releases - From ACLU WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in cases that challenge laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee barring same-sex couples from marrying and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state. Today's hearing sets the stage for final resolution of the debate about marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples nationwide. The ...


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Anne Balay, Daisy Hernandez Lambda Literary's Emerging Writer Award Winners - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit arts organization promoting LGBTQ literature and writers, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This year the Emerging Writer Award recognizes Anne Balay and Daisy Hernandez. The judges for the Dr. Betty Berzon prize were award-winning writers/poets Achy Obejas and Eduardo ...


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DeBoer, Rowse, Bonauto release statements on today's arguments in marriage cases - From a National Marriage Challenge press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, plaintiffs in four same-sex marriage cases presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States. DeBoer et al v. Snyder, filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, asks the Court to establish whether the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry. In court today, Mary Bonauto of Boston-based Gay & ...


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MOMBIAN Parents moving marriage forward - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on marriage equality on April 28—which has gotten me thinking about my own twisty road to marriage and the importance of parents in moving equality forward. In 2006, my spouse and I had been together for over 13 years and had a three-year-old son. We were living in New York, which ...


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Entertainment: Adam Lambert; Gaga; Rock Hudson; offensive films - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out singer/songwriter Adam Lambert will release his third studio album, The Original High, on Tuesday, June 16, through Warner Bros. Records. The album was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, and Los Angeles with Max Martin and Shellback ( Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Pink, etc. ) as executive producers. Among the 14 tracks are "Ghost Town," ( the first single ) "Underground," ...


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Reports tout married same-sex couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Williams Institute has submitted the findings of two reports in a friend-of-the-court brief for Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The brief, filed March 6, is based on reports that show that same-sex married couples are far more likely to adopt or foster children than different-sex married couples and that married same-sex couples are ...


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National: Biden at HRC event; Little Rock; trans gamer's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 2, according to a press release. HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "For years, she has spoken out on LGBT issues from youth well-being, to anti-bullying efforts, to ensuring that ...


NYC-gay-hotelier-apologizes-for-Cruz-appearance

NYC gay hotelier apologizes for Cruz appearance - Gay New York hotelier Ian Resner issued an online apology April 26 for hosting a party for GOP candidate Ted Cruz, saying that he was "shaken to my bones" by the public response. Establishments co-owned by Reisner have become the target of an online boycott after Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke at a function that Reisner co-hosted. His numerous ...


Indie-LGBTQ-graphic-novel-series-to-release-release-Flutter

Indie LGBTQ graphic novel series to release release "Flutter" - From a press release - This July, 215 Ink will release Flutter, Volume Two: Don't Let Me Die Nervous, the latest in the indie LGBTQ graphic novel series by Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey. Flutter is about a girl who shape-shifts into a boy to get her dream girl. Over the course of the series, she learns that pretending to be someone she's not has ...


Study-Number-of-married-same-sex-couples-triples-one-in-six-in-non-marriage-states

Study: Number of married same-sex couples triples; one in six in non-marriage states - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year, according to a new poll released today by Gallup that was co-authored by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, and Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup. The ...


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Oregon baker loses final round is bias case - PORTLAND, OR—On April 24, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry ( BOLI ) completed its case against the Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple planning to marry. "This case struck a chord with many Oregonians because allowing businesses to deny goods and services to people because of who they ...


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Carey: Lynch confirmation welcome; playing politics not - From a press release - Washington, DC, April 23, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. But Senate Majority leaders are being criticized for needlessly delaying her confirmation for political reasons. "With the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, another glass ceiling is broken and another ...


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ICE, Homeland Security: End detention, deportation of LGBTQ migrants - From a press release - The following is a statement from GetEqual: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ( LGBTQ ) undocumented community in the U.S. continues to suffer from the expanded criminalization, incarceration, and withdrawal of rights resulting from dragnet policing and immigration enforcement policies. Further, we continue to be a negotiating piece for mainstream immigrant rights and LGBTQ organizations, and our lives ...


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#1 mill. #IDo challenge announced at Lambda Legal Bon Foster event - With an over 40-year record of accomplishment demonstrating its effectiveness in the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights, Lambda Legal is not only optimistic about the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on marriage equality, but the agency is prepared to engage the legislative dogfights beyond that decision expected in June. On April 22, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute served ...


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Upon entering school, LGBTs of color face lifelong risk of poverty - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— A new report released today documents how systemic failures to protect certain students, recognize modern families, and protect people from discrimination drive and trap lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty. Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color examines the economic insecurity experienced ...


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'Striking' increase in Americans who know trans people - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Results from a new national survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reveal a significant uptick in the number of Americans who say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and a corresponding increase in favorable feelings toward transgender people. The data, collected for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows that ...


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MUSIC Lesbian fronts band Fit for Rivals - Sounding like a mix of Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and Finland's heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch—and more than a pinch of androgyny—while the first singles and videos from upcoming 2015 album Freak Machine, "Hit Me" ( www.youtube.com/watch ) and "Freak ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'First Period' and second and third and... - If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film, First Period would be it. New girl Cassie ( former Chicagoan Brandon Alexander III, who scripted ) and outcast Maggie ( Dudley Beene, who produced )—drag-queen variations on the ditzy duo Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino played in Romy & Michelle—are easily the most awkward pair of girls in high ...







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