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-Penny-Severns-book-The-price-of-a-closeted-political-life

Penny Severns book: The price of a closeted political life - "The best years of our lives were written in invisible ink." That phrase comes in the preface to Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America, a new book from Seal Press by Terry Mutchler about her five-year relationship with Penny Severns, a state senator who twice ran for statewide office in ...


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Immigration reform executive order announced, groups repond - From press releases - Statement from Immigration Equality New York, NY — Immigration Equality calls on President Obama to ensure that his executive order on immigration is inclusive of LGBT immigrants and their families. The President's order focuses on keeping families together, but because U.S law has long refused to recognize LGBT families, a package that requires formal family ties will exclude many LGBT ...


Michael-Sam-on-coming-out-his-childhood-being-at-bottom

Michael Sam on coming out, his childhood, being at bottom - From a GQ press release - New York, N.Y. — "If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did, never would have told it the way I did," Michael Sam tells GQ's Andrew Corsello of his decision to come out prior to the NFL draft. "But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and ...


US-Supreme-Court-clears-way-for-SC-same-sex-marriage

U.S. Supreme Court clears way for SC same-sex marriage - From a news release - ( Charleston, SC, November 20, 2014 ) - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the motion filed by South Carolina's Attorney General to further delay the start of marriage for same-sex couples. "The order from the U.S. Supreme Court officially puts an end to the long fight for access to marriage for South Carolina's same-sex couples and their families. This ...


2016-Bingham-Cup-heads-to-Nashville-not-Chicago

2016 Bingham Cup heads to Nashville, not Chicago - Nashville has won the hosting rights for the 2016 Bingham Cup—a major, multi-day gay rugby tournament held every other year in honor of Mark Bingham, who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001—edging Chicago, it was announced Nov. 19. The Nashville Grizzlies won a close vote over the Chicago Dragons RFC in a "highly competitive bidding process" and ...


Country-star-Ty-Herndon-comes-out-of-the-closet-Billy-Gilman-follows-

Country star Ty Herndon comes out of the closet, Billy Gilman follows - Country music star Ty Herndon announced he is "an out, proud, and happy gay man" in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that aired Nov. 20, according to Advocate.com. The singer's career includes 17 Billboard hits over a span of nearly two decades. ("What Mattered Most," "Living in a Moment" and "It Must Be Love" are his three number-one hits, and ...


President-Obama-announces-immigration-accountability-executive-action

President Obama announces immigration accountability executive action - FROM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON IMMIGRATION Cross Hall, 8:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It's kept us youthful, dynamic, and ...


Federal-judge-Montanas-anti-equal-marriage-rule-unconstitutional-

Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional - From an ACLU press release - GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage. "Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fiancée has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya ...


Veteran-killed-Perry-disrupted-Collins-honored-

Veteran killed; Perry disrupted; Collins honored - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, MercuryNews.com noted. Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Alex Teal, White's longtime partner, had previously told AP White ...


HRC-releases-Corporate-Equality-Index

HRC releases Corporate Equality Index - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A record 366 businesses earned the Human Rights Campaign's latest Corporate Equality Index's ( CEI's ) top score of 100 percent, according to a press release. Those earning a perfect score include newcomers like Facebook and Yelp, as well as fixtures such as Apple, Xerox and other companies that have been leaders in LGBT equality in the workplace since the ...


Out-actor-Harrison-White-on-LGBT-productions-Chicago-roots

Out actor Harrison White on LGBT productions, Chicago roots - As a kid growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Harrison White always dreamed of being a performer. "I remember singing at my Head Start graduation and seeing the tears of joy streaming down my mother's face. I didn't even know I could sing," said White. This started off a lifelong love of performing that was solidified when White ...


Darren-Walker-The-first-out-gay-president-of-the-Ford-Foundation

Darren Walker: The first out gay president of the Ford Foundation - Darren Walker is the first openly gay president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropy organization in the country. With a background in law, banking and community development, Walker oversees more than $12 billion in assets, giving out global social justice grants totaling $500 million annually. Windy City Times: How has your first year as president been? Darren Walker: ...


LGBT-and-civil-rights-groups-Dont-exclude-LGBT-immigrants

LGBT and civil rights groups: Don't exclude LGBT immigrants - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — LGBT and civil rights organizations strongly urge President Obama not to exclude long-resident LGBT individuals from the forthcoming program of administrative relief to protect from deportation some of the nation's population. Last week, media outlets reported that a program was under consideration of relief for upwards of five million undocumented individuals—but only for those with children who ...


Marriage-begins-Thursday-at-noon-in-South-Carolina

Marriage begins Thursday at noon in South Carolina - From a press release - ( Charleston, SC, November 18, 2014 ) - Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the State of South Carolina's motion to stay last week's U.S. District Court ruling striking down the state's discriminatory marriage ban, setting the stage for marriages to begin for same-sex couples at Noon on Thursday, November 20. South Carolina's Attorney General ...


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Director Mike Nichols dies - Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly at the age of 83, ABC News reported. Nichols was born in Germany in 1931, and came to the United States when he was 7, when his family escaped Nazi Germany. He graduated from the Walden School in New York City, and began pursuing theater ...


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Richard Simmons; Anderson Cooper pranked; Hot in Cleveland ending - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Richard Simmons' spokesperson that although the exercise guru is "sad" that a knee injury has sidelined him professionally, he is hardly a recluse, The New York Daily News reported. Longtime spokesman Thomas Estey was responding to reports that Simmons, 66, has been a shut-in for almost a year due to paralyzing depression over his health and the death of his ...


R-Family-Vacations-Staying-strong-and-fabulous

R Family Vacations: Staying strong and fabulous - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - R Family Vacations was founded 11 years ago by travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter and since then 19,000 people have traveled the world with Gregg and Kelli on trips designed just for our community. R Family Vacations is unique in the travel space. The R Family experience is for everyone. Families don't just mean children. It can be ...


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LGBT sports airing through live Web streaming network - The CCE Sports Network was created in May 2012, to provide a multi-media platform for the LGBT sports community that organizers say features 100,000 athletes in the United States, competing in countless games, matches and tournaments—but with very little media exposure, from both the mainstream media and the gay press. "These club, league, amateur and semi-pro athletes have never had ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "What I say in the book is, 'A BJ a day keeps the divorce attorney away.'" —Niecy Nash shares her secret for a successful marriage. Who am I to argue with someone who fixed Sherri Shepherd up with her most recent husband? I love the Internet—not just because of the juggernaut BillyMasters.com has become, but because: 1 ) virtually anyone ...


TRAVEL-Eureka-Springs-Ark-Living-on-mountain-time

TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time - Like the gravity of spring water running down a mountainside, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, located in the Ozarks in the northwest corner of the state, has a power to draw a diverse group of citizens and tourists ... many of whom end up as citizens. It's the kind of place that enchants you and convinces your heart that it's found its ...


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AOL True Trans concludes first season - By Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer In the late 1990s, America Online's ( AOL's ) chat rooms were havens for transgender people to meet and talk with others secure behind the relative anonymity of a screen name. Within that microcosm, there were still plenty of bullies, a fair amount of intolerance ( depending upon which room one visited ) and predators on ...


John-Ritters-son-plays-gay-character-on-CBS-The-McCarthys

John Ritter's son plays gay character on CBS' 'The McCarthys' - On Nov. 10, Windy City Times participated in a conference call with actor Tyler Ritter ( son of the late, great John Ritter ) and show creator Brian Gallivan, where they discussed their new comedy on CBS, The McCarthys. The McCarthys is "based on Brian Gallivan's real-life Boston family, and [Ritter] plays the character inspired by Brian's life, Ronny McCarthy. ...


Angela-Bassett-on-Horror-Story-and-playing-intersex

Angela Bassett on 'Horror Story' and playing intersex - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Actress Angela Bassett continues to take on interesting projects in an ever-growing career. She has morphed into real-life people such as Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz, Voletta Wallace, Rosa Parks and Katherine Jackson, portraying them on the big and small screens. The talented Yale alumna continues to be nominated for films such as The Score, Akeelah and the Bee, Meet the ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Foxcatcher-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: Foxcatcher; film notes - Foxcatcher left me feeling tremendously unsettled. It's eerie, pervasive undertone fills one with a sense of dread—not unlike Sean Durkin's Martha, Marcy, Mae, Marlene and Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice. That's reason enough for a lot of folks to take it in. And the arresting performances of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, as its three leading characters, certainly help ...


Rockin-around-the-Christmas-tree-with-Dee-Snider

Rockin' around the Christmas tree with Dee Snider - NUNN ON ONE - Dee Snider always finds a way to rock. In the '80s his group Twisted Sister made unforgettable videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" that fought the system. From the long blonde hair to the heavy eye shadow his heavy metal drag look made him a standout amongst the other bands in the day. Since 1997, ...


HRC-releases-municipal-index

HRC releases municipal index - Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released Municipal Equality Index ( MEI )—which "examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there," according to its website. There are six categories in this index: non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, municipality as employer, municipal services, law ...


Jason-Collins-to-retire-from-NBA

Jason Collins to retire from NBA - Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports when he played for the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year, is retiring from the NBA, the center wrote in columns on SI.com and ThePlayersTribune.com, according to ESPN.com. On ThePlayersTribune.com, he wrote, "In order to understand why I am so lucky to be sitting ...


Chicagoans-among-POZ-100-youth

Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 17, 2014 — POZ magazine, an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, has announced the fifth annual POZ 100, also marking its 200th issue and 20th year in publication. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate people under the age of 30 in their communities who are ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Veterans-marriage-benefits-

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Veterans' marriage benefits - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, I'm a married U.S. Army veteran and living in Arkansas. We're wondering about spousal benefits for same-sex partners. I thought my partner wasn't eligible but have heard that things are changing, is that true? In June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act ( ...


New-study-HIV-up-among-Black-gay-men-gaps-in-access-

New study: HIV up among Black gay men, gaps in access - From a press release - NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2014 — Despite efforts to reduce disparities in HIV transmission among gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ) in the United States by optimizing treatment outcomes, significant racial disparities in HIV prevalence will likely persist for decades due to an alarmingly high concentration of HIV in black gay men, a ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


Lambda-Legal-observes-Transgender-Awareness-Week

Lambda Legal observes Transgender Awareness Week - ( New York, NY, November 17, 2014 ) - In observance of National Transgender Awareness Week November 17th to November 21st, Lambda Legal is joining a host of organizations and community organizers from across the country for a week of education and community events including Transgender Day of Action, Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Resilience. "Transgender Awareness ...


Michigan-says-gay-marriages-void-after-appellate-decision-

Michigan says gay marriages void after appellate decision - Lawyers for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Nov. 14 filed a six-page supplemental brief that said the 300 marriages performed for same-sex couples in Michigan in March 2014 are void, and that the couples are not entitled to state benefits resulting from those marriages. The couples were wed shortly after a district court ruled that the state's gay marriage ...


Shareholders-to-corporations-Improve-policies-for-foreign-based-LGBTs

Shareholders to corporations: Improve policies for foreign-based LGBTs - From a press release - November 12, 2014 — A group of U.S. investors has written to some of the nation's largest publicly traded corporations urging them to extend their LGBT nondiscrimination policies and equal benefits policies abroad. The investors expressed concern about the highly varied and often harsh legal and cultural environments faced by LGBT communities in many parts of the globe, and the ...


-Blood-safety-panel-recommends-change-to-gay-donation-ban

Blood safety panel recommends change to gay donation ban - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability voted 16-2 on Nov. 13 to recommend that the blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men be switched from a lifetime deferral—meaning that any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 be excluded ...


Lambda-ACLU-ask-Supreme-Court-to-review-Ohio-marriage-cases

Lambda, ACLU ask Supreme Court to review Ohio marriage cases - From a press release - ( Cincinnati, OH, November 14, 2014 ) — Today Lambda Legal, the ACLU and private firm Gerhardstein & Branch filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' aberrant ruling upholding discriminatory bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ohio and three other states. The Sixth Circuit is the only federal circuit ...


Court-denies-South-Dakotas-motion-to-dismiss-marriage-suit-

Court denies South Dakota's motion to dismiss marriage suit - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - ( Sioux Falls, SD, Nov. 14, 2014 )—South Dakota's marriage equality lawsuit is moving forward after United States Judge Karen Schreier rejected the State's motion for the case to be dismissed on Friday. The Court heard arguments in Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard on October 17 in Sioux Falls. The Attorney General's Office argued that a 2006 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ...


Culture-Club-comeback-Ariana-Grandes-change-Mark-Wahlberg

Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grammy winner Culture Club announced that its sixth studio album, Tribes, will be out in early 2015 in North America on Different Man Music ( via Kobalt Label Services ). The first single, "More Than Silence," which the original band members ( including Boy George ) performed on The View Nov. 6. The band is also touring North America throughout ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Interstellar-The-Theory-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: Interstellar; The Theory...; film notes - Somewhere deep in the inner recesses of Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar, there's a halfway decent movie just waiting for liftoff. But good luck finding it within the depths of the movie's interminable 168-minute running time and good luck hearing it after being driven nearly deaf by Hans Zimmer's rumbling, ear-splitting score. Thank God it wasn't in 3-D, too—I don't ...


Federal-Judge-Strikes-Down-South-Carolina-Marriage-Ban

Federal Judge Strikes Down South Carolina Marriage Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel ruled against South Carolina's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Palmetto State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Condon v. Haley, Lambda Legal and private attorneys sued the state on behalf ...


Marriage-now-allowed-in-Kansas-Eltons-foundations-grants

Marriage now allowed in Kansas; Elton's foundation's grants - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas Nov. 12, lifting a temporary stay issued Nov. 10 by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, The New York Times reported. The two-sentence order was similar to recent ones from the court, which has repeatedly declined to intercede in the legal battles over same-sex marriage. But there was one difference: The earlier ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "They don't come onto me. I've never been propositioned. Fellas, you're dropping the ball."—Jon Cryer reveals that he's never been hit on by a guy. However, he claims to have been often mistaken for being gay—a confusion he chalks up to coming off as an "effeminate heterosexual dork" and his "encyclopedic knowledge of showtunes." His marriage to Ashton Kutcher on ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Ryan-Seacrest-talks-Idol-clothes-Kardashians

NUNN ON ONE Ryan Seacrest talks 'Idol,' clothes, Kardashians - Macy's on State Street kicked off the holidays with a tree-lighting in the historic Walnut Room Nov. 8. This year marks the 107th lighting of the tree in the Walnut Room with 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 LED lights. During the event, carolers and a 4-year-old from the Make-A-Wish campaign lit the tree along with host Ryan Seacrest and American Idol ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-NeNe-Leakes-lets-it-all-hang-out

NUNN ON ONE NeNe Leakes lets it all hang out - Linnethia Monique ( or "NeNe" ) Leakes is not scared of controversy. She has built a career with the franchise The Real Housewives of Atlanta on the Bravo channel that has possibly outgrown the drama. A health scare this season led her to not attending cast member Phaedra Park's birthday party in the Philippines. The reality show documenting women in ...


VIEWS-The-life-love-and-legacy-of-Audre-Lorde

VIEWS The life, love and legacy of Audre Lorde - Have you ever wondered what unseen photos, faux pas, untold stories and unfinished works surviving partners of famous people are left with? Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-Sacred-not-to-be-misappropriated

Trans Day of Remembrance: Sacred, not to be misappropriated - Transcending the Blacklist - On Nov. 20, thousands in this country and around the world will hold vigils honoring the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, where the lives of transsexual and transgender people who lost their lives to hate-based violence will be acknowledged, with the high majority of victims on the list being Black and Latina women I volunteer with Black Trans* Women's Lives ...


DANCING-ABOUT-ARCHITECTURE-THRILLED-ABOUT-THE-DAME

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: THRILLED ABOUT THE DAME - With almost two decades as a jazz vocalist, the great Elaine Dame is set to premiere her third CD, You're My Thrill on Dec. 1. Nightspots recently sat down with the sultry songbird ( and flautist ) to talk about what goes into a jazz recording artist in the new millennium. Nightspots: You're known around Chicago as a very ...


Dept-of-Vet-Affairs-still-denies-LGBT-veterans-benefits-

Dept. of Vet. Affairs still denies LGBT veterans benefits - WASHINGTON — On the eve of Veterans Day, the American Military Partner Associationonce again called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately begin granting full and equal benefits to legally married LGBT veterans and their spouses. "This is completely unacceptable and must be fixed now," said Gene Silvestri, a U.S. Army veteran and AMPA's Veterans Affairs Coordinator. "It's unconscionable ...


Report-Bisexuals-face-more-discrimination-than-gays-lesbians

Report: Bisexuals face more discrimination than gays, lesbians - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans," reveals striking disparities in poverty, employment, violence & health outcomes experienced by the bisexual community compared to their gay and lesbian peers and the heterosexual community. The report, which was developed by the Movement Advancement Project, BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center, and released last month, utilized academic and medical studies to inform its ...


Chicago-team-shares-innovations-with-natl-LGBT-realtor-gathering

Chicago team shares innovations with nat'l LGBT realtor gathering - Based on a press release - Chicago's Dream Town Realty was part of a gathering of more than 200 LGBT and gay-friendly real estate sales professionals from across the United States and Canada which met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in mid-October. The forum focused on meeting the needs of the LGBT real estate market, and others issues that impact home sale services to these buyers and ...


Elton-John-AIDS-Foundation-to-fund-transgender-HIV-project

Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund transgender HIV project - Transgender Law Center announced a new partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the development of a constituent-driven strategy to reduce structural inequities that drive high rates of HIV incidents in transgender communities. The funding is for one year and will enable Transgender Law Center to form a diverse national advisory board of eight to ten trans people living ...


Putin-is-The-Advocates-Person-of-the-Year

Putin is The Advocate's 'Person of the Year' - The LGBT publication The Advocate has named Russia President Vladimir Putin its 2014 "Person of the Year." The magazine stated in a press release that Putin's "crusade against LGBT Russians, and the outrage and protests his actions sparked" earned him the title. The Advocate added, "Since winning his third term in 2012, Putin has become ever more autocratic, and his ...


President-Obama-releases-statement-on-anniv-of-Hate-Crimes-Act

President Obama releases statement on anniv. of Hate Crimes Act - FROM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary - On Nov. 6, the White House issued this statement from President Obama: Five years ago, I was proud to sign the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act into law — a law that strengthened the protections against crimes based on the color of our skin, the love in our hearts, the faith we practice, or the ...


Missouri-marriage-ban-ruled-unconstitutional

Missouri marriage ban ruled unconstitutional - On Nov. 5, a Missouri judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, ordering St. Louis registrars to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples who want to get married. "Fundamental rights are not dependent on the person seeking to exercise the right," St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex M. Burlinson wrote in his decision, according to NBC News. Attorney ...


Laverne-Cox-among-Glamours-Women-of-the-Year

Laverne Cox among Glamour's Women of the Year - From a press release - Laverne Cox has become the face of one of the biggest equality stories of 2014. Her empathetic portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black has made her the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy—and landed her on the cover of Time magazine. She's producing a documentary on CeCe McDonald, ...


6th-Circuit-upholds-marriage-bans-Tenn-Ohio-Mich-and-Ky

6th Circuit upholds marriage bans: Tenn., Ohio, Mich. and Ky. - In a decision that will compel the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of bans against marriage for same-sex couples, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that it is not unconstitutional for a state to ban marriage licenses to same-sex couples or refuse to recognize marriage licenses such couples obtain from other ...


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LGBT races across nation: mixed results - Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, winning election as Massachusetts attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud's chances of becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of any state fell short. There were mixed results for other LGBT candidates ...


Marriage-Equality-USA-releases-updated-map-

Marriage Equality USA releases updated map - The organization Marriage Equality USA has released a map of the United States that reflects the changes taking place across the nation regarding same-sex marriage. Among some of the most recent facts: —32 of 50 states have marriage equality ( 64 percent ) —33 of 56 states, special districts and territories HAVE marriage ( 58.9 percent ) —Washington D.C. is ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Durbin-tops-Oberweis-GOP-takes-Congress-local-LGBTs-win

ELECTIONS 2014 Durbin tops Oberweis, GOP takes Congress, local LGBTs win - Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin turned back a challenge from Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis in a race that was called relatively early in the evening of Nov. 4, ensuring that Durbin will represent Illinois for another six years. Oberweis conceded shortly before 8:45 p.m., saying competing in a heavily Democratic state was difficult, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."—Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses his sexual orientation publicly for the first time. I suppose I'd get more excited if I owned an iAnything. But as a PC devotee, the best I can muster up is "Welcome." Anytime I get to write about ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Lea-Delaria-talks-Orange-Is-the-New-Black-trans-backlash

NUNN ON ONE Lea Delaria talks 'Orange Is the New Black,' trans backlash - Lea DeLaria is a lady of many talents. She is a comedienne, jazz musician, and actress. She has appeared in movies like The First Wives Club along with television shows like Comedy Central's all-gay special Out There. It was Orange Is the New Black's role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black that has put her on the map and now moves ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Dear-White-People-Nightcrawler

Knight at the Movies: Dear White People; Nightcrawler - This is the time of year that all film critics love: the time when Hollywood brings forth its awards contenders, its artistic secret weapons—the movies that rely on great performances, great writing and great directing instead of a battering ram's worth of special effects. It seems that just about everything I'm seeing now has at least two of those elements—and ...


Plans-set-for-50th-anniversary-of-LGBT-rights-movement

Plans set for 50th anniversary of LGBT-rights movement - Official plans will be announced Thursday, Nov. 6, for the 50th anniversary celebration of the start of the organized LGBT civil rights movement, Windy City Times has learned. A press conference will be held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, with the city's mayor, Michael Nutter, and others present, to discuss the East Coast activists who picketed for equality each July ...


Photo-book-documents-1980s-same-sex-couples-

Photo book documents 1980s same-sex couples - Talk about patience. Sage Sohier has waited three decades to put together a wonderful collection of intimate portraits of, and interviews with, same-sex couples across the United States. Step back in time with her new book, At Home with Themselves, and experience this era of both love and death, during the early years of the AIDS crisis and the fight ...


Sex-Workers-Unite-History-of-the-Movement-

Sex Workers Unite: History of the Movement - Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk by Melinda Chateauvert. $20.31; Beacon Press; 263 pages ï Who are we talking about here? "Sex workers are laborers who earn money to perform sexual services or who provide erotic entertainment to clients individually or collectively," explained the author in her introduction to this fascinating recounting of how ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Male-Sex-Work-and-Society

BOOK REVIEW Male Sex Work and Society - Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott. $50; Harrington Park . Press; 512 pages Money does strange things to a fellow. It can lead to greed, dishonesty, mistrust and even murder. It changes friendships and families. Money puts people on a shelf and it puts food in a man's stomach, which is what you needed back when you did ...


Richard-Blanco-reflects-on-his-personal-journey

Richard Blanco reflects on his personal journey - NUNN ON ONE: BOOKS - The talented writer and poet Richard Blanco is full of firsts. He was the youngest poet ever to read at President Obama's inauguration back in January 2013. He was also the first Latino, the first immigrant and first openly gay person to have that same honor. His varied cultural upbringing and life in Miami is explored in a new memoir ...


VIEWS-Common-ground-and-conversation-

VIEWS Common ground and conversation - - I feel that we can all help start more conversations in regard to leadership, diversity, inclusion and respect. The old adage, never judge a book by its cover, applies to all walks of life. I remember when I first went to Stanford University, I participated in a group activity with my entire freshman dorm. All of us were apprehensive about ...


Global-network-demands-justice-for-murdered-transgender-woman

Global network demands justice for murdered transgender woman - In an Oct. 15 article on the social-news network Rappler.com, friends and relatives described Jennifer Laude as not only outwardly beautiful but consistently selfless and full of joy. The brutal slaying of the Filipina transgender woman in Olongapo City on Oct. 11 and the subsequent arrest of a U.S. Marine—Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was charged with her ...


Federal-judge-affirms-the-freedom-to-marry-in-Kansas

Federal judge affirms the freedom to marry in Kansas - From press releases - New York — Today U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Kansas. Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry and author of Winning Marriage, released the following statement: "Yet another judge — this time in Kansas — has found marriage discrimination to be unconstitutional, joining the nearly unanimous, bipartisan wave ...


Discovery-OKs-docu-series-on-group-of-transgender-friends-

Discovery OKs docu-series on group of transgender friends - From a press release - ( Silver Spring, Md. )—As its first original commission, Discovery Life Channel commenced production on the docu-series, Those Girls( wt ). Produced by the newly launched Conveyor Media, Those Girls is a documentary series that offers an authentic look at a group of transgender friends living in Kansas City, Mo. The series will premiere on Discovery Life Channel in March, ...


Whitney-Manilow-duet-LGBT-Starbucks-ad-GLAAD-vs-Wendy-Williams-

Whitney-Manilow duet; LGBT Starbucks ad; GLAAD vs. Wendy Williams - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The powerful voice of Whitney Houston was brought back to life on The View during a live performance from Barry Manilow, The Wrap noted. Using Houston's original vocals from her song "I Believe In You And Me," Manilow re-recorded the song with his voice entwined with the late singer's. Manilow's new album, My Dream Duets, has the singer-songwriter teaming with ...


Hazing-conviction-Barney-lauds-Cruz-Windsors-request-

Hazing conviction; Barney lauds Cruz; Windsor's request - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The alleged ringleader of a group of Florida A&M University marching-band students who beat drum major Robert Champion Jr., 26, in a 2011 hazing incident has been convicted of multiple charges related to Champion's death, CNN reported. A jury found former band member Dante Martin, 27, guilty of manslaughter and felony hazing after just an hour of deliberations, charges that ...


Think-Tank-convenes-to-create-inclusive-athletic-climates

Think Tank convenes to create inclusive athletic climates - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, November 4, 2014 )— A newly formed think tank of college, LGBT, sports, and religious leaders will convene today and tomorrow in Indianapolis to establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their chosen sport regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. Through the convening, "Seeking Common ...


Maura-Healey-first-openly-LGBT-Attorney-General

Maura Healey first openly LGBT Attorney General - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) tonight congratulated Maura Healey on her historic victory in the race to be the next Massachusetts Attorney General. HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement: "Maura Healey is one of the staunchest advocates for equality we have in this country, and we join her in celebrating her historic victory tonight. ...







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