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Knight-at-the-Movies-Take-Me-to-the-River-horror-hags-and-sequel-summer-

Knight at the Movies: 'Take Me to the River,' horror hags and sequel summer - Back to Nebraska The absolute last thing that Ryder ( Logan Miller ), a sullen teenager from California with a thatch of curly golden locks and a permanent pout, wants to do is go with his parents to a reunion in Nebraska. But if he has to go he'll be damned if he's going to apologize for being gay or ...


Summer-movie-preview-

Summer movie preview - A bounty of sequels, prequels, franchises, tent-poles, and still more sequels can only mean that the summer movie season is upon us. Although a few of the releases over the next three months have some queer content, the majority do not. I have been writing these roundups for more than a decade, always tagging them "The Summer LGBT Movie Preview," ...


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SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm not opposed to anything. But if you're gonna pull your dick out, it'd better be from an Academy Award-winning movie."—Zac Efron lets us know what it would take to see him naked on film, which I'm guessing means he'll never appear naked on film—unless in some alternate universe, Neighbors 2 is considered an art film! I'd like to kick ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's hard to believe the Maxima nameplate has been with us so long- first appearing on a stretched six-cylinder version of the 810 way back in 1981. So far back, in fact, that the Maxima nameplate predates the Nissan one in the United States. ( Anyone remember "Datsun—We Are Driven?" ) Way back in the day it was a luxury ...


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Auto news: HB2, Danica Patrick - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Honda and HB2: Honda has just issued a third statement about North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT law HB2, Gaywheels.com noted. The statement makes it clearer than ever that Honda opposes HB2 and wants to see the law repealed. However, toward the end, Gaywheels says the automaker also justifies its continued investment in a state that so many other companies have rejected ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL My child just came out to me. Now what? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My daughter recently came out as lesbian and, while I was shocked at first, I want to be there for her and be supportive. But to be honest, I don't know where to start, or what the best resources are for more information. There is so much online, and I'm not sure what to trust. What do you recommend? ...


National-roundup-La-Raza-move-Amtrak-ruling-Olson-authoring-brief

National roundup: La Raza move, Amtrak ruling, Olson authoring brief - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NCLR ( National Council of La Raza ) announced that it has moved its 2016 Northeast/Southeast Affiliate Leadership Convening scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this October to Miami, Florida, due to its opposition to North Carolina's controversial law HB2, according to a press release. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia said, in part, "HB2 is a solution ...


-Entertainment-news-Looking-movie-Maroon-5-Greys-Anatomy-Whoopi

Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


Report-Bathroom-bills-further-criminalize-trans-lives

Report: Bathroom bills further criminalize trans lives - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Bathroom laws targeting transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely based on their gender identity, according to a landmark report released today. The report offers a snapshot of how the U.S. criminal justice system fails transgender people, targeting them through police profiling and harassment and subjecting them to abuse and violence in prison and ...


ACLU-Chelsea-Manning-Prosecution-Was-Unconstitutional-

ACLU: Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional - From a press release - FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed yesterday with the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, along with Manning's ...


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GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections - LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision. The provision, inserted by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell ( R-OK ), removes a rule—instigated by a 2014 executive action from President Obama—that prohibits discrimination against employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ...


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23 civil-rights groups back Title IX moves trans students - From a press release - See details below on a letter sent from 23 civil-rights groups backing Title IX interpretations to cover transgender people. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch, On ...


Demi-Lovato-Wears-Support-For-Trans-Community-During-Billboard-Awards

Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


US-Senate-confirms-gay-man-Eric-Fanning-for-Secretary-of-Army

U.S. Senate confirms gay man, Eric Fanning, for Secretary of Army - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of an openly gay man to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army —the first openly gay person to serve as the head of any military branch. The confirmation of Eric Fanning, by voice vote, came very quickly Tuesday after U.S. Senator Pat Roberts ( R-Kansas ) lifted a hold he had ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You ain't nothing to me but a disappointment. And the day you die from AIDS, I'm gonna celebrate."—Lucious Lyon's response to his gay son on Empire. Excuse me—is it 1986? Why not have Alexis walk in wearing a hat with a veil and sunglasses? It would have fit in just as well—and been just as relevant. Is anyone in the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-W-Kamau-Bell-on-his-name-CNN-show-and-housing-benefit

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY: W. Kamau Bell on his name, CNN show and housing benefit - Comedian W. Kamau Bell is hitting it big on the new series United Shades of America, currently running on CNN. Before that many watched him on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been featured on many podcasts and publications over the years. Bell made his first comedy album, One Night Only, in 2007 and his follow-up, Full of ...


Supreme-Ct-refuses-to-rule-on-contraceptive-case

Supreme Ct. refuses to rule on contraceptive case - On May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided to send the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts. The ruling was based on the information that both sides submitted a week after oral arguments were heard. The justices said they were not submitting opinions on the merits ...


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Entertainment news: Mariah Carey, Gus Van Sant, Azealia Banks, Wilson Cruz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejic and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe ...


Court-Confirms-No-Cost-Contraceptive-without-Deciding-Religion-Questions-

Court Confirms No-Cost Contraceptive without Deciding Religion Questions - ( New York, May 16, 2016 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion sending Zubik v. Burwell, the second major challenge to the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit, back to the lower courts for further proceedings. The Court declined to resolve key legal questions. Lambda Legal had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Zubik and the six ...


Statement-by-Obama-on-the-Int-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia-

Statement by Obama on the Int. Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From the White House - On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has long been a ...


Trans-actress-Shakina-Nayfack-out-in-the-open

Trans actress Shakina Nayfack, out in the open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shakina Nayfack has starred in two autobiographical rock musicals, and played the role of the Statue of Liberty in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty. She is also the founding artistic director of Musical Theater Factory, and the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award. Nayfack will have a new addition to her long list of accomplishments this July, ...


TV-personality-New-York-gets-real-on-Family-Therapy-

TV personality 'New York' gets real on 'Family Therapy' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tiffany Pollard has become a staple in reality television. From a girl who was spotted on the street by a casting director in L.A., she has come a long way. Her big break began on VH1's Flavor of Love where she was given the nickname New York by rapper Flavor Flav then named herself "Head Bitch in Charge" ( HBIC ...


National-roundup-Trans-appointment-GLSEN-honors-Whole-Foods-hoax-

National roundup: Trans appointment, GLSEN honors, Whole Foods hoax - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The White House announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force's Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnership—becoming the first transgender woman to serve on this presidential body, according to a press release. In addition to working at the National LGBTQ Task Force, Satin has been heavily involved in the development of ...


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Latest 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - Out of 12 competitors in season eight of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race, it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Chicago's Kim Chi and Bob the Drag Queen. In the end, Bob the Drag Queen prevailed. "Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity," Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release, according to Entertainment Weekly. ...


Eric-Fanning-a-gay-man-confirmed-as-the-22nd-Secretary-of-the-US-Army

Eric Fanning, a gay man, confirmed as the 22nd Secretary of the U.S. Army - From press releases - Today the Senate confirmed Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning will be the first openly gay secretary of a military service. Fanning was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army by President Obama in September of last year and was later named Acting Secretary of the Army when Secretary McHugh retired, but stepped down while ...


Groups-laud-Education-Dept-ruling-on-trans-bathroom-access

Groups laud Education Dept. ruling on trans bathroom access - The National Center for Transgender Equality called it "one of the biggest victories of the transgender community ever," referring to the May 13 announcement by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice that discrimination against transgender students violates a federal law against sex discrimination. But last week saw two additional historic victories for transgender people, as well as one somewhat ...


Clinton-meets-with-HIV-AIDS-activists

Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on May 12, met with a coalition of 20 HIV/AIDS leaders and experts, according to a statement. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Among the policies that Clinton has outlined during her campaign are capping out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for people with HIV/AIDS; protecting those with HIV/AIDS from ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-W-Kamau-Bell-on-his-name-CNN-show-and-housing-benefit

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY W. Kamau Bell on his name, CNN show and housing benefit - Comedian W. Kamau Bell is hitting it big on the new series United Shades of America, currently running on CNN. Before that many watched him on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been featured on many podcasts and publications over the years. Bell made his first comedy album, One Night Only, in 2007 and his follow-up, Full of ...


Palm-Center-Questions-Pentagon-Claim-that-Transgender-Service-Complicated

Palm Center Questions Pentagon Claim that Transgender Service "Complicated" - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — As the Obama administration signals that defending transgender equality will be a major priority of its last year, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said this week that transgender military service "is complicated," and he has so far declined to end the Pentagon's discriminatory policy. His remarks come four months after the Pentagon missed its own ...


HHS-confirms-ban-on-healthcare-and-insurance-bias-against-LGBT-People-

HHS confirms ban on healthcare and insurance bias against LGBT People - From press releases - ( May 13, 2016, New York, NY ) — The United States Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) today finalized new rules confirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people are protected against health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in ...


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Artemis Singers to present "Voices of Joyful Rebellion" Pride Concert - From a press release - Breaking the bounds of the status quo, Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will perform songs about rebellion June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." "Music that denounces racism, the objectification of women and religious fundamentalism will be featured," said Artemis Singers concert artistic director Tina Beacock. "Songs that decry war and senseless ...


Lori-Cannon-honored-by-Fifth-Third-Bank

Lori Cannon honored by Fifth Third Bank - Lori Cannon, founder of OPEN HAND/Chicago, was recently honored as a Community Leader by Fifth Third Bank at a breakfast program held at the Chicago Cultural Center. This is the sixth year Fifth Third Bank, the first financial institution in the U.S. to start its own charitable foundation, has honored community leaders for making a meaningful difference by helping give ...


White-House-Appoints-Forces-Barbara-Satin-to-Advisory-Council-on-Faith-based-Partnerships-

White House Appoints Force's Barbara Satin to Advisory Council on Faith-based Partnerships - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2016 — The White House today announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force's Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships. Satin is the first transgender woman to serve on this presidential body. "I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President's advisory ...


Hillary-Clinton-meets-with-HIV-AIDS-activists-

Hillary Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - From a press release - Today, Hillary Clinton met with HIV and AIDS experts and advocates representing a diverse coalition of more than 70 leaders and organizations in the community. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, where they discussed Clinton's continued commitment to tackling the epidemic in the U.S. and globally, fighting discrimination against PLHIV and AIDS, and ...


Obamas-Education-Dept-Affirms-the-Rights-of-Transgender-Students-

Obama's Education Dept. Affirms the Rights of Transgender Students - From press releases - The Obama administration has issued a directive directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Actually, the guidance for school districts goes beyond restrooms in public and federally funded schools, discussing privacy rights and equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as locker rooms. A joint letter from the education and justice departments is going ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised."—Jennifer Hudson talks about the snub for a Tony Award, but seems to be implying that she was cast in The Color Purple solely because her name recognition would get people to buy tickets. And that's a bad thing? During my years as an avid theatergoer, I've pored ...


Web-series-features-gay-men-of-color-in-Chicago

Web series features gay men of color in Chicago - by M Shelly Conner - Patrick Battle intends to place Chicago gay men of color at the forefront with REVERb, his Web series that follows three gay men of color as they navigate dating and life in the Second City. The series aims to highlight issues that disproportionately affect Black gay men, such as HIV and PREP treatment, sex-related issues and drug use as they ...


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MUSIC Cyndi Lauper: A new type of Dixie chick on fame, going country - It's not just about having fun anymore. For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her '80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score—Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs. The 62-year-old ...


Entertainment-headlines

Entertainment headlines - 'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. The nominations were announced May 3. Shuffle Along received 10 nominations, while the musical She Loves Me followed with eight. In the Best Musical Category, Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, ...


MOMBIAN-Do-we-still-need-to-study-the-worth-of-same-sex-parents-

MOMBIAN Do we still need to study the worth of same-sex parents? - VIEWS - A new study on children with two moms is the first to use an apples-to-apples comparison and a nationally representative sample to conclude that same-sex parents are as good as different-sex ones. That's all well and good, but with national marriage equality and no more states banning same-sex couples from adopting, is this type of research still important? And is ...


Massachusetts-has-no-trans-accommodation-bill-either

Massachusetts has no trans-accommodation bill, either - VIEWPOINT - Mississippi and North Carolina can now be added to the list of states codifying transgender discrimination. To date, only 17 states across the country have passed non-discrimination bills protecting transgender citizens in public spaces. Shockingly, Massachusetts isn't one of them. With Massachusetts lauded as one of the most pro-LGBTQ states in the country, my lawmakers have disappointed me with their ...


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Chicago-connected EXPOSURE in Concert in NYC - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring an exciting ensemble of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W 54th St., ...


Asian-parents-show-support-for-LGBT-children-in-new-PSAs-

Asian parents show support for LGBT children in new PSAs - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY — The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) announces a groundbreaking family acceptance campaign designed to bridge the cultural divide that prevents Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander ( API ) children from coming out to their parents. See video links here: http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/api-parents-who-love-their-lgbt-kids-multilingual-psa-campaign/ . NQAPIA's new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign includes ...


American-LGBT-Leaders-Travel-to-Havana-for-Cuban-LGBT-Pride-Events-

American LGBT Leaders Travel to Havana for Cuban LGBT Pride Events - From a press release - HAVANA, CUBA —American LGBT leaders Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, and Tico Almeida, founder of Freedom to Work, travel today to Havana, Cuba to participate in the "Jornada Cubana contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia," which consists of a series of LGBT events, panels, community fairs, and a pride parade in Havana on Saturday, May 14 and a ...


Dueling-lawsuits-filed-over-NC-law

Dueling lawsuits filed over N.C. law - The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit May 9 against North Carolina authorities—hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, asking a federal court to rule that the state's so-called "bathroom law" is not discriminatory. At a press conference, Lynch said, "This action is about a great ...


MUSIC-Band-Las-Cafeterias-breaks-down-barriers

MUSIC Band Las Cafeterias breaks down barriers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicano band Las Cafeteras mixes styles, from spoken word to Mexican folk music, creating something fresh and unique. After meeting at a coffee shop as students, the group came up with their name from an organization where they took classes. In addition, to honor women they changed their name to the feminine version of the word. Their music covers a ...


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Entertainment : Jennifer Hudson, Colton Haynes, Sir Ivan, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson tweeted her reaction to being left off the list for the 70th Tony Awards, nominations for which were announced May 3, according to Entertainment Weekly. Hudson did not receive a nod, although co-stars Cynthia Erivo ( Actress in a Leading Role ) and Danielle Brooks ( Actress in a Featured Role ) each earned ...


GLAD-settles-with-Catholic-HS-that-committed-discrimination-in-firing-gay-man-

GLAD settles with Catholic HS that committed discrimination in firing gay man - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) today announced a final resolution in the case Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy, in which a Catholic girls' high school in Milton, MA rescinded an employment offer as food services manager to Matt Barrett, a gay man, upon learning that Matt was married to a man. The settlement follows a first-of-its-kind ruling from ...


ACLU-sues-to-challenge-anti-LGBT-Mississippi-law-

ACLU sues to challenge anti-LGBT Mississippi law - From a press release - JACKSON, Miss. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit to challenge an anti-LGBT law passed this spring that allows public officials and businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender individuals. The lawsuit, which targets the registrar of vital records, was filed on behalf of ACLU of Mississippi members and Nykolas Alford ...


Harvey-Milk-and-Levi-Strauss-Connections-community-service-and-family-legacies

Harvey Milk and Levi Strauss: Connections, community service and family legacies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times, by Stuart Milk, President, Harvey Milk Foundation - A decade ago, the epicenter of the national struggle for marriage equality was here in California at exactly the time the movie Milk was to have its world premiere, and it was Levi Strauss & Co. that became the main sponsor of not only the premiere but also the community celebration of Harvey Milk's legacy of hope. It was a ...


MUSIC-REVIEW-Ellie-Goulding-puts-on-a-good-not-great-show

MUSIC REVIEW Ellie Goulding puts on a 'good, not great' show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English pop princess Ellie Goulding brought her Delirium tour to the suburbs May 6—and she was worth the trip from the city. This singer has come a long way from a simple electronica-tinged debut record. We talked about her Elton John cover of "Your Song" back then and, over the years, it has been entertaining to watch her grow as ...


BOOK-REVIEW-A-Body-Undone-Living-on-After-Great-Pain

BOOK REVIEW A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain - By Christina Crosby. $22.95; NYU Press; 208 pages Touch your ear. Go ahead. Reach up there and give it a tug. Either ear, it doesn't matter—just grab and pull. The point is that when you want to tug your ear, scratch an itch, chew your nails or wiggle your toes, you can without much effort—and once you've read A ...


National-Hillarys-support-Bernies-withdrawal-Black-college-and-LGBTQs

National: Hillary's support, Bernie's withdrawal, Black college and LGBTQs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote a message of support for a trans woman who was attacked in a New York City subway, Gay Star News noted. Pearl Love, a trans Taiwanese woman, was called "garbage" and "transvestite" by another woman who later physically attacked Love. Posting on her Facebook, Clinton wrote, "Pearl, I am so sorry that you have experienced ...


US-DOJ-sets-lawsuit-against-North-Carolina-Gov-McCrory-

U.S. DOJ sets lawsuit against North Carolina Gov. McCrory - From press releases - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuitagainst North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the state's Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina and Board of Governors of the ...


Groups-Respond-to-Gov-McCrorys-Lawsuit-

Groups Respond to Gov. McCrory's Lawsuit - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the news that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit defending his deeply discriminatory HB2. "North Carolina's HB2 law is blatantly unconstitutional and violates federal civil rights law," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "The Department of Justice has already been clear ...


Rep-Nadler-wants-National-Monument-for-Stonewall-

Rep. Nadler wants National Monument for Stonewall - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY —Today, New York federal, state and city elected officials called on President Obama and federal administration officials to designate a new national monument at Christopher Park commemorating the Stonewall Uprising, which launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement in 1969. Immediately ahead of a public listening session hosted by Congressman Jerrold Nadler in Greenwich Village, where Secretary ...


Gov-McCrory-forces-HB2-in-9-hrs-wants-more-time-from-DOJ-

Gov. McCrory forces HB2 in 9 hrs, wants more time from DOJ - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina, released the following statement May 8 when North Carolina after Gov. Pat McCrory said on Fox News Sunday that he requested more time from the Department of Justice to comply with a letter issued by the Department of Justice that HB2 puts Governor McCrory in violation of ...


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LGBT life front and center on historically black college campuses - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC— Many Voices, a Black church movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) justice, on May 5 launched a first-of-its-kind video campaign in partnership with Morgan State University ( MSU ), to increase awareness about LGBTQ life on historically Black College and University ( HBCU ) campuses, and the ways in which it is shaped by ...


HRC-Hails-Suspension-of-Ala-Sup-Court-Chief-Justice-Roy-Moore-

HRC Hails Suspension of Ala. Sup Court Chief Justice Roy Moore - From a press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) on May 7 hailed the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama's suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, for his consistent defiance of pro-marriage equality federal rulings in the state. "Roy Moore is an embarrassment to the state of Alabama," said HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Walton Kendrick. "He ...


President-Obama-delivers-Howard-University-commencement

President Obama delivers Howard University commencement - From the White House - President Barack Obama was the featured speaker at the Howard University Commencement Ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 7, 2016. He included gays in his remarks: "I am not saying gaps do not persist. Obviously, they do. Racism persists. Inequality persists. Don't worry—I'm going to get to that. But I wanted to start, Class of 2016, by opening your eyes to ...


ACLU-responds-to-filing-of-lawsuit-regarding-transgender-student-locker-room-access

ACLU responds to filing of lawsuit regarding transgender student locker room access - From a press release - Statement of Edwin C. Yohnka Director of Communications and Public Policy Re: Lawsuit against District 211 regarding transgender student access May 4, 2016 Today's lawsuit is a sad development by groups opposed to fair and humane treatment of all students, including those who are transgender. Over the past few weeks, a federal appellate court and the Chicago Public Schools ...


BREAKING-Oxford-Ala-Council-Retreats-Votes-to-Repeal-Shameful-Anti-Trans-Ord-

BREAKING: Oxford Ala. Council Retreats, Votes to Repeal Shameful Anti-Trans Ord. - From a press release - MONTGOMERY Ala. - At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2 to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a $500 fine or 6 ...


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BREAKING: U.S. Justice Dept. Says HB2 Violates Federal Law, Gives Gov. McCrory Monday Deadline - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to news that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. As reported by the Charlotte Observer, ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lorraine Hansberry and Five Lesbian Brothers get new productions - Two theater directors currently working in Chicago are on a mission. Their goal: To expose audiences to plays that they both feel are wrongfully neglected and to rethink playwrights who have been pigeonholed. Out director Bonnie Metzgar is doing her part to highlight the satiric and subversive feminist work of the collective known as The Five Lesbian Brothers by staging ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "He loved to play with his snake."—Gloria Vanderbilt tells Andy Cohen what her son Anderson Cooper was like as a child. After watching 20/20's report on the new book by the father of David Miscavige, head of the so-called Church of Scientology, one impression was seared into my brain. In the numerous photos they showed of Miscavige and Tom Cruise, ...


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Writer Jewelle Gomez to receive award - Lesbian writer Jewelle Gomez will receive the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) 2016 Trailblazer Award July 9 in Alexandria, Virginia. Gomez is the author of seven books, including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black lesbian vampire novel The Golda Stories, in print from Firebrand Books continuously since 1991. Her play about an imagined moment of indecision in the ...


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Knight at the Movies: Viva; Janis: Little Girl Blue - Transformations The urgent desire to transform, and the absolute need to become someone else and leave behind emotional abuse at home or school—often lived out on stage—that transcends an emotionally crushing reality are feelings that have long been familiar to Our People. They also apply, most palpably, to the central figures in a duo of new movies—the Cuban familial drama ...


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MUSIC Nick Jonas: N.C. law, new CD and getting personal - Usually, singer/actor Nick Jonas is known for what he accomplishes—but recently he's been in the headlines for something he's not doing. Jonas and tourmate Demi Lovato announced that they will not be performing a pair of North Carolina shows to protest the new anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ), also known as the "bathroom bill." In so doing, ...


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LGBT groups release homelessness report - The National LGBTQ Task Force ( Task Force ) and the True Colors Fund, on April 26, announced the release of, At the Intersections, an extensive online report on LGBT Youths who are experiencing homelessness. In the decade since the last report, according to Meghan Maury, senior policy counsel and Criminal and Economic Justice project director of the Task Force, ...


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Atripla removed from preferred

drug list - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) have confirmed that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services ( HFS ) has removed Atripla from the preferred drug list in an effort to reduce costs. Atripla was the only single-tablet regimen ( STR ) HIV medication covered under the Illinois Medicaid program's ...


Report-reveals-colleges-requesting-religious-exemptions

Report reveals colleges requesting religious exemptions - The U.S. Department of Education has published new documents that identify religious colleges that have sought and received exemptions from Title IX. The controversial waivers allow the colleges to receive federal funding without violating their religious beliefs. As of April 1, 232 colleges had obtained a religious exemption from Title IX and 31 requests are pending, according to the department. ...


Gender-identity-options-added-to-college-applications

Gender-identity options added to college applications - On April 25, both The Universal College Application ( UCA ) and The Common Application announced significant changes to their college application forms beginning in the 2016/2017 academic year. The UCA will both change the question of an individual's sex on its standardized form to 'legal sex' as well as adding an optional field for an applicant to note their ...


Michael-Jordan-opposes-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBT-law-House-Bill-2

Michael Jordan opposes North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Basketball icon and former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan has spoken out against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law House Bill 2, Yahoo! News reported. Signed into law March 23 by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, House Bill 2, among other things, bans transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and prevents local municipalities from instituting LGBT-related protective ...







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