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LGBTQ-history-Love-finds-its-way

LGBTQ history: Love finds its way - by Michael Hussey - On July 15-16, the National Archives ( NARA ) will host the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights, at the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum. This program is part of nationwide initiative to facilitate discussion of rights in the 21st century. The National Conversation series assumes that a knowledge of our history ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I love my fans but sometimes think it's funny when they still speak to me when running into me. Try learning a little ASL ( American Sign Language ) if you want to make my day."—Nyle DiMarco lets people know that perhaps yelling at him from across the room isn't going to get his attention. This week, everyone is talking ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Singing-the-praises-of-GALA

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Singing the praises of GALA - All eyes and ears of the worldwide LGBTQ choral movement will be focused on Denver for the 2016 GALA Festival starting Saturday, July 2. More than 125 choruses and 45 ensembles from around the world converge in the Mile High City, and GALA organizers are hoping that the third time will be another charm because the Denver Center for the ...


Pols-push-to-end-blood-donation-policy

Pols push to end blood-donation policy - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), Jared Polis ( CO-02 ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz ( FL-23 ), Diana DeGette ( CO-01 ) and Alcee Hastings ( FL-20 ) led a bipartisan letter signed by more than 100 House colleagues calling on Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ...


Activist-Janae-Bonsu-talks-BYP100-queer-Black-identity

Activist Janae Bonsu talks BYP100, queer Black identity - Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) National Public Policy Chair Janaé Bonsu's journey as an activist began about three years ago. However, the seeds were sown during her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, where she learned what the Confederate flag was and what it represented—hate and white supremacy. Bonsu was 9 years old at the time, and attended a ...


Obama-designates-Stonewall-monument

Obama designates Stonewall monument - President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall uprising in New York City to honor the broad movement for LGBT equality. The new Stonewall National Monument is where, on June 28, 1969, a community's uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT-rights movement in the United States. The designation created the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Being-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW Being Jazz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Jazz Jennings. $17.99; Crown Books for Young Readers; 272 pages There's nothing special about you. You're just an ordinary kid, nothing unique—except, there is. You have your own thoughts, passions, creativity, and sense of humor. There's nobody else like you; you're ordinary and special and so is Jazz Jennings. In her new book Being Jazz, she writes about ...


Entertainment-news-Greg-Louganis-Laverne-Cox-Taylor-Lautner-Hairspray

Entertainment news: Greg Louganis, Laverne Cox, Taylor Lautner, 'Hairspray' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, HIV-positive Olympic diver Greg Louganis ( who's 56 ) is one of the 10 men and nine women who will be featured in ESPN's annual Body Issue. Some of the others who will be featured include the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, U.S. women's national soccer team forward Christen Press, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and ...


VIEWS-Targeted-act-of-a-terrorists-hate

VIEWS Targeted act of a terrorist's hate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and parades and festivities abound. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges—the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Boston Pride was a couple weeks ago, with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on June 11. Come June 12, I woke up ...


MUSIC-Jason-Maek-Zaena-show-their-Pride

MUSIC Jason Maek & Zaena show their Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New artists Jason Maek & Zaena are supporting the LGBT community in big ways for Pride month. Their tour has included the Chicago, Milwaukee and Motor City pride festivals. As LBGT-rights advocates, they have released a track called "God Made All of Us" and started the Stop Hate Campaign. Their visual album, called Fashion Week: The Visual Album, maintains their ...


National-roundup-Marriage-poll-Loretta-Lynch-NYC-Pride-Parade

National roundup: Marriage poll, Loretta Lynch, NYC Pride Parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new poll from Gallup indicates that 49 percent of all same-sex couples who are living together are legally married, NewNowNext.com noted. That's a significant jump from 38 percent, which represented the percentage who were married before Obergefell v. Hodges brought marriage equality to all 50 states. Using rough population estimates, Gallup claims that nearly 1 million Americans are now ...


Supreme-Court-rejects-Texas-abortion-law

Supreme Court rejects Texas abortion law - In what has called its most significant ruling in years, the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 27, rejected a Texas abortion-access law. The five-to-three decision is seen as a victory for supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have close all but a few clinics in the state. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, and was joined in ...


DNC-video-celebrates-LGBT-progress-

DNC video celebrates LGBT progress - Sunday, June 26 will mark one year since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land nationwide in its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. June 26 is also the anniversary of three other landmark pro-LGBT Supreme Court decisions: U.S. v. Windsor ( 2013 ), Hollingsworth v. Perry ( 2013 ), and Lawrence v. Texas ( 2003 ). As ...


LGBT-Asians-disappointed-in-immigrant-Sup-Ct-ruling-relieved-on-affirm-action-

LGBT Asians disappointed in immigrant Sup. Ct. ruling, relieved on affirm action - From a press release - On Friday, a badly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case U.S. v Texas. The decision upholds a lower court's ruling to block President Obama's Executive Actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program and created a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability ( DAPA ) program. NQAPIA Executive ...


Illinois-woman-charged-with-attack-on-actress-Kelly-McGillis

Illinois woman charged with attack on actress Kelly McGillis - Henderson County authorities say actress Kelly McGillis ( Top Gun; Witness; The Accused; The Innkeepers ), 58, was the victim of stalking and assault in her western North Carolina home—and the alleged perpetrator is a woman from Illinois. Laurence Marie Dorn, 38, has been charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication. ...


Pres-Obama-designates-Stonewall-National-Monument-first-honoring-LGBT-Rights

Pres. Obama designates Stonewall National Monument, first honoring LGBT Rights - "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths —- that all of us are created equal —- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to ...


Transgender-military-ban-to-be-lifted-July-1

Transgender military ban to be lifted July 1 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to breaking news reports that on July 1, the Department of Defense will finally announce an end to the ban on transgender people serving openly in our military. "At long last, thousands of brave transgender patriots will be able to serve our nation openly with the respect they deserve," ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Pride-at-the-movies-Oriented

Knight at the Movies: Pride at the movies; Oriented - We're here, we're queer, we're watching movies. In the 12 years that I've been writing about movies for Windy City Times, I've recommended dozens of film to celebrate Pride. It's no surprise that a quick poll of friends and colleagues reveals a lot of these same titles. These are movies that many of us cherish, returning to them year after ...


One-year-since-marriage-equality

One year since marriage equality - The date of the Pride Parade—Sunday, June 26—will also mark precisely one year since marriage equality became the law of the land in the United States. A February 2015 press release from the Cook County clerk's office showed that more than 6,500 same-sex couples were married in the county in the first year of marriage equality. On Feb. 21, 2014, ...


Natl-HIV-Testing-Day-June-27

Nat'l HIV Testing Day June 27 - June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. This day was established as an annual observance to promote HIV testing, according to AIDS.gov. The theme is "Doing It." The website also contains the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator—a first-of-its-kind, location-based search tool that allows people to search for testing services, housing providers, health centers and other service providers near ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Ask-a-Queer-Chick-A-Guide-to-Sex-Love-and-Life-for-Girls-Who-Dig-Girls

BOOK REVIEW Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls - By Lindsay King-Miller. $16; Plume; 237 pages Ask a Queer Chick is a product of the Internet age: Lindsay King-Miller started writing the column of the same name on the website The Hairpin. As such, the writing feels down-to-earth and the advice loose enough to be relevant at any point in the future. In fact, the book doesn't read ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."—George Sanders' suicide note from 1972. Well, after being married to two of the Gabor sisters, you could say he was ga-bored! Those of us who came of age in the '80s ...


LGBT-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-spike

LGBT gun-rights group sees membership spike - The Pink Pistols, a national gun club for gays and lesbians, wants their community to take up arms in self-defense in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, according to NBC News. Spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton, who argues that the LGBT community needs to exercise their Second Amendment rights in order to defend themselves, says the group saw ...


HRC-endorses-gun-violence-prevention-measures

HRC endorses gun-violence prevention measures - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) made a policy announcement in the aftermath of the June 12 attack in Orlando targeting the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub. During a special meeting of the Human Rights Campaign's board of directors, the board adopted a resolution that HRC President Chad Griffin recommended. The joint resolution of HRC and the HRC Foundation ...


Rep-Quigley-114-Bipartisan-House-Members-Push-FDA-to-End-Gay-Bi-Blood-Ban

Rep. Quigley, 114 Bipartisan House Members Push FDA to End Gay, Bi Blood Ban - On June 20, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), Jared Polis ( CO-02 ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz ( FL-23 ), Diana DeGette ( CO-01 ), and Alcee Hastings ( FL-20 ) led a bipartisan letter signed by over 100 House colleagues calling on Food and Drug Administration ...


Chicagos-Stan-Sloan-to-head-Family-Equality-Council-

Chicago's Stan Sloan to head Family Equality Council - Stan J. Sloan has been named the new executive director of Family Equality Council, the national advocacy group that connects, supports, and represents the United States' three million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer parents and their six million children of all ages. Sloan has been a leader in the homeless, LGBTQ and AIDS service communities for over two decades. ...


Maya-Marty-TV-show-June-21-features-Broadway-stars-tribute-to-Orlando-

Maya & Marty TV show June 21 features Broadway stars tribute to Orlando - From a press release - Broadway's top musical artists are set to appear on NBC's Tuesday, June 21 telecast of "Maya & Marty" to perform "What the World Needs Now Is Love," an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. The appearance marks the first time the song will be performed ...


Donald-Trump-to-Campaign-Again-with-Anti-LGBTQ-Leaders-and-Hate-Groups-

Donald Trump to Campaign, Again, with Anti-LGBTQ Leaders and Hate Groups - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with hundreds of anti-LGBTQ activists, just days after he repeatedly bragged about being right about predicting the tragedy in Orlando and campaigning as "far better" for the LGBTQ community than Hillary Clinton. Among the activists Trump is courting — Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, which ...


Oregon-Resident-can-change-to-nonbinary

Oregon: Resident can change to nonbinary - In a move that has been called historic, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to nonbinary, The Daily Dot reported. Jamie Shupe—a Portland resident who requested the gender-identity change—said, "Male and female are the traditional categories, but they fail to properly categorize people like me. So I challenged that." As far as legal ...


Entertainment-Nick-Jonas-Pet-Shop-Boys-Whitney-Houston-Mara-Wilson

Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


National-roundup-Gay-trial-lawyer-Anderson-Cooper-Westboro-counterprotest

National roundup: Gay trial lawyer, Anderson Cooper, Westboro counterprotest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Edward H. Gersowitz was installed as the 49th president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association ( NYSTLA ), the largest state lawyer association dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers and advocating on behalf of injured persons. He is the first openly LGBT president of a trial lawyers association in the United States. Gersowitz is a graduate of ...


VIEWS-Targeted-act-of-a-terrorists-hate-

VIEWS Targeted act of a terrorist's hate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and parades and festivities abound. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges—the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Boston Pride was a couple weeks ago, with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on June 11. Come June 12, I woke up ...


LGBT-Advocates-Issue-New-Guidelines-for-Hospitals-Treating-Trans-Patients-

LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


Groups-Call-on-Legislators-to-Reject-Appalling-Attacks-on-Trans-Children-

Groups Call on Legislators to Reject Appalling Attacks on Trans Children - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As state lawmakers continue to attack transgender children with outrageous and shameful bills, four leading national health, education and child advocacy groups have added their names to the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) letter calling on state lawmakers and governors across the nation to reject the discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and ...


New-Employer-Resource-to-Help-End-Transgender-Employment-Discrimination-

New Employer Resource to Help End Transgender Employment Discrimination - From a press release - Washington, DC, June 6, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia ( DC ) Office of Human Rights today published a first-of-its-kind resource to help eliminate workplace discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. The guide, titled "Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees," provides in-depth best practices intended to help employers across the nation create a genuinely inclusive ...


LGBTQ-Latinx-groups-allies-statement-on-ending-violence-against-marginalized-

LGBTQ Latinx groups, allies statement on ending violence against marginalized - From a press release - The Arcus Foundation is sharing this statement on behalf of more than 120 LGBTQ organizations and their allies across the country. We, the undersigned, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) Latinx organizations and allies make the following statement in the spirit of education and with the purpose of honoring the more than 100 people ...


Obamas-weekly-address-Standing-with-Orlando-

Obama's weekly address: Standing with Orlando - From the White House - WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, President Obama reflected on his visit with the families of the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack. He reiterated that we will always stand with those impacted by the Orlando attack — and we will do everything in our power to stop homegrown terrorism attacks and ultimately destroy ISIL. With Father's Day coming ...


Immigrant-Action-Orlando-provides-legal-services-to-survivors-of-Orlando-shootings-

Immigrant Action Orlando provides legal services to survivors of Orlando shootings - Orlando, FL - The American Immigration Lawyers Association's ( AILA ) Central and South Florida Chapters has partnered with Immigration Equality to launch "Immigrant Action Orlando," a collaboration between pro bono immigration law practitioners in Florida and Immigration Equality, the nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. In the days following the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, survivors ...


United-Methodist-Congregations-WE-DISSENT-

United Methodist Congregations: WE DISSENT! - From a press release - As United Methodist congregations at the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusion within the greater Chicago area, we ABHOR and DISSENT from the continuing stance of exclusion as represented in the recent meeting of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as held in Portland, Oregon. As a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network, 750 congregations ...


Transgender-Youth-Employment-Toolkit-released-

Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit released - From a press release - The Los Angeles LGBT Center has released the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit as a resource for case managers and others to assist them in helping to prepare transgender youth for the workforce. The toolkit is available in print and online at http://lalgbtcenter.org/transgender-youth-employment-toolkit . "This toolkit supplements what case managers already know about working with young people, and provides knowledge and ...


Palm-Center-symposium-on-military-trans-ban-

Palm Center symposium on military trans ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Palm Center announced plans today for a symposium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 to mark the one-year anniversary of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's creation of a working group charged with studying how to end the military's transgender service ban. The recommendations for ending the ban were due in January 2016, the six-month deadline ...


LGBTQ-History-Love-Finds-Its-Way-

LGBTQ History: Love Finds Its Way - by Michael Hussey - On July 15-16, the National Archives ( NARA ) will host the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights, at the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum. This program is part of nationwide initiative to facilitate discussion of rights in the 21st Century. The National Conversation series assumes that a knowledge of our history ...


President-Obama-speaks-in-Orlanda-Florida

President Obama speaks in Orlanda, Florida - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, Florida 3:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Four days ago, this community was shaken by an evil and hateful act. Today, we are reminded of what is good. That there is compassion, empathy and decency, and most of all, there is love. That's the Orlando that we've seen in recent days. ...


LGBTQ-and-gun-violence-prevention-groups-call-for-tough-gun-laws

LGBTQ and gun violence-prevention groups call for tough gun laws - From a press release - Washington DC, June 16, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force has joined 52 other LGBTQ and gun-violence prevention groups in an open letter calling on Congress for tougher restrictions on gun access for known and suspected terrorists and those with hate crime convictions. Open Letter As U.S. government leaders continue to grapple with addressing gun violence-prevention following last weekend's ...


LGBT-Community-centers-issue-call-for-gun-law-reform

LGBT Community centers issue call for gun law reform - From a press release - Our hearts break for the LGBT community in Orlando and for the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed. While we are still learning many facts about the shooting, one thing is clear: this attack targeted LGBT people, particularly the many LGBT Latinx people attending Latin night at the Pulse nightclub. As community center leaders, we see ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Right-Side-of-History

BOOK REVIEW The Right Side of History - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Adrian Brooks, foreward by Jonathan D. Katz, Ph.D., $18.95; Cleis Press; 243 pages Somebody got you started. That's the hard part and, oftentimes, that's all you need: a forward-thinking person to lay the framework so you can roll with a project—adding, subtracting, shaping, refining. Somebody just needed to get you started and you can take it from there, ...


Entertainment-news-Stars-Orlando-thoughts-Fiersteins-honor-Ellens-lawsuit

Entertainment news: Stars' Orlando thoughts, Fierstein's honor, Ellen's lawsuit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Adele dedicated her concert Sunday in Antwerp to those killed and wounded in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, On Top Magazine reported. Described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 50 people died and 53 were injured. "I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and at Pulse nightclub ...


GLAAD-responds-to-reports-about-Orlando-gunmans-sexual-orientation

GLAAD responds to reports about Orlando gunman's sexual orientation - From a press release - GLAAD today responded to reports speculating about the Orlando gunman's sexual orientation following witness accounts that he may have used gay dating apps and may have previously visited Pulse nightclub. "Forty-nine innocent people were brutally massacred in an LGBT space — this we know for certain," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "This atrocity was an attack on ...


LGBTQ-Groups-Call-for-Unity-in-the-Wake-of-Orlando-Shooting-

LGBTQ Groups Call for Unity in the Wake of Orlando Shooting - From a press release - We the undersigned organizations working on the front lines of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) movement share in the profound grief for those who were killed and many more who were wounded during Latin Night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Their lives were lost or forever altered in this devastating act of violence ...


Kirk-asks-FBI-for-increased-Pride-security-

Kirk asks FBI for increased Pride security - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has asked the FBI's Chicago office for additional support at the June 26 Pride parade, according to NBC 5. Kirk, on June 15, asked FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge David W. Paun have a plan ensuring attendees' safety in the wake of the shooting in the Orlando nightclub Pulse in the early morning of June ...


Lammy-winners-announced-

Lammy winners announced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( the "Lammys" ) were announced June 6 in a gala ceremony that comedienne Kate Clinton hosted ( for the fifth consecutive year ) at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Among other developments, poet Natalie Diaz introduced the celebrated poet Eileen Myles, who received Lambda's Pioneer Award. In ...


National-roundup-Anti-trans-incidents-politicians-tweet-Texas-murder-charge

National roundup: Anti-trans incidents, politician's tweet, Texas murder charge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in Ballenger v. Providence Hospital, a case in which a transgender woman argues a Washington, D.C., hospital discriminated against her because of her gender identity, in violation of Section 1557, the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination provision, a press release stated. Lambda Legal's brief was authored by Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Susan L. Sommer, Beth Littrell, and ...


Tragedy-Hamilton-dominate-Tonys-

Tragedy, 'Hamilton' dominate Tonys - As expected, the musical Hamilton dominated this year's Tony Awards in the wake of its 16 nominations—but there was also an activist element in relation to the June 12 Orlando, Florida, tragedy at gay nightclub Pulse that was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Before the Tonys, the show's organizers released a statement saying, "Our hearts are heavy for ...


Obamas-remarks-Monday-on-June-12-attack-on-Orlando-LGBT-bar-

Obama's remarks Monday on June 12 attack on Orlando LGBT bar - From the White House - Oval Office 11:13 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: I just had the opportunity to get the latest briefing from FBI Director Comey, as well as Deputy Attorney General Yates and the rest of my national security team about the tragedy that took place in Orlando. They're going to be doing a more extensive briefing around noon — just a little ...


City-of-Orlando-begins-to-release-victim-names-

City of Orlando begins to release victim names - Orlando officials, on June 12, slowly began to release the names of individuals who were killed in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub early that morning. Forty-nine victims lost their lives, many of them members of Central Florida's Latino LGBT community. Authorities said that they would regularly update the list as victims' families were notified. As of Windy City Times' ...


Reps-Quigley-Lee-Baldwin-Statement-on-Blood-Donor-Ban-

Reps. Quigley, Lee, Baldwin Statement on Blood Donor Ban - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ( HPSCI ), and Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and ...


At-least-49-killed-in-Orlando-mass-shooting-at-LGBT-bar-

At least 49 killed in Orlando mass shooting at LGBT bar - In what has now become the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, at least 49 people were killed, on June 12, when a gunman opened fire at an Orlando, Florida, LGBT nightclub, Pulse. More than 50 people are also reported as injured, and the gunman also died. The previous largest mass killing targeting LGBTs occurred June 24, 1973, in New ...


VA-proposes-lifting-ban-on-gender-confirmation-surgery-for-veterans

VA proposes lifting ban on gender confirmation surgery for veterans - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On June 2, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, praised the news that the U.S. Department of Veterans ( VA ) is proposing a rule change to lift its outdated ban on gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans. ( See ...


Obama-endorses-Hillary-Clinton

Obama endorses Hillary Clinton - President Barack Obama endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an internet video June 9. "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," Obama said. "I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I'm with her," Obama added. ...


Clinton-secures-nomination-Trump-promises-attack

Clinton secures nomination; Trump promises attack - Hillary Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to secure the presidential nomination of a major party; Bernie Sanders' attack on Barney Frank unsuccessful; Donald Trump promises an attack speech next week. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton unofficially secured the Democratic presidential nomination June 7, even before votes were tallied in the six states that held primaries ...


FACT-SHEET-Obama-Administrations-Record-and-the-LGBT-Community-

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration's Record and the LGBT Community - From the White House - Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made historic strides to expand opportunities and advance equality and justice for all Americans, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ( LGBT ) Americans. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter ...


President-Obama-hosts-his-last-LGBT-Pride-reception-

President Obama hosts his last LGBT Pride reception - From the White House - Following are remarks by President Barack Obama at his annal LGBT Pride reception, his last as president of the U.S. He spoke in the East Room of the White House June 9. THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! ( Applause. ) Hello, hello, hello! ( Applause. ) Good to see you. Hello! Well, welcome to the White House. Let me first of ...


HRC-Five-Ways-Donald-Trump-Would-Roll-Back-LGBTQ-Equality-as-President

HRC: Five Ways Donald Trump Would Roll Back LGBTQ Equality as President - From a press release - Hillary Clinton Tuesday night made history as the first woman to secure the nomination of a major political party, shattering barriers and marking a new milestone for equality. With five months until the election, the choice between Clinton and Donald Trump is clear — for pro-equality voters, everything we have gained under President Obama would be at risk under Donald ...


Man-sentenced-in-NYC-fight

Man sentenced in NYC fight - A New York City jury convicted Bayna Lekheim El-Amin in a May 2015 attack on two gay men at Chelsea's Dallas BBQ. El-Amin was convicted on all but one assault count for bashing Ethan Adams and Jonathan Snipes with a wooden chair on May 15, 2015. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree attempted assault and two counts of ...


VIEWS-UMCs-inhospitality-toward-its-LGBTQs-

VIEWS UMC's inhospitality toward its LGBTQs - The United Methodist Church is in the need of prayer—and one that emphasizes full inclusion of all its parishioners. At the recent General Conference in Portland, the struggle to move the church's moral compass against its anti-LGBTQ policies was courageously demonstrated when more than 100 United Methodist Church ( UMC ) ministers and faith leaders came out to their churches—with ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It's demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I've been employed for a look I have. But there's a sexism that happens towards men. At some point during photo shoots when I'm asked to strip down, I felt that. If I ...


Presenting-Princess-Shaw-Out-of-Iraq-Those-People

Presenting Princess Shaw; Out of Iraq; Those People - Knight at the Movies - The Princess of YouTube There are Cinderella stories and then there's the saga of Princess Shaw—a Cinderella story that breaks the mold. If the tale of a 37-year-old bisexual Black woman toiling as a caregiver for the elderly in New Orleans ( and barely scraping by ) with dreams of musical stardom—and achieving those dreams—seems improbable ( and it is ...


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Jane Lynch: Bringing her song-and-dance to Chicago - By Sarah Toce Impeccable performer Jane Lynch is bringing her shtick to Chicago Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr. The Windy City is one of the 14 U.S. city tour stops during her new summer cabaret show, See Jane Sing. Other cities on the stop include Seattle, Dallas and Nashville. The musical ...


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MOVIES: Presenting Samantha Montgomery - Samantha Montgomery's ( aka Princess Shaw's ) rise from obscurity to YouTube sensation and budding musical star is tracked in Ido Haar's documentary film Presenting Princess Shaw ( in theaters Friday, June 10, and available VOD ). Thanks in no small part to Montgomery's effervescent, can-do personality and her extraordinary musical gifts, the film is sensationally entertaining. The documentary follows ...


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BOOKS Alida Brill talks feminism, Friedan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alida Brill is a published author, outspoken feminist and longtime advocate of gender equality. She has also served on the board of the Feminist Press of the City University of New York. As an early admirer and then a personal friend to Betty Friedan, the author of The Feminist Mystique, Brill has seen feminism go through multi-generational transformations. As a ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Atlas Genius: Down Under act releases 'Molecules' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian band Atlas Genius was originally formed by three brothers, with Keith Jeffrey on vocals, Steven Jeffery on bass and Michael Jeffrey on drums. They began as a garage band in their parent's house that was eventually built into a recording studio. Their debut single, "Trojans," made them a global sensation and led them to be signed by Warner Bros. ...


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Five Worth Finding - —"Sally," by Bibi Bourelly: This song is an undeniable hit, thanks to a '60s-style hook. Also, take a look at the video, which is populated by some very colorful characters. ( The video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1REwtjUc4mY. ) —Uptown Pho: With all the cool restaurants on Argyle Avenue in Chicago's Uptown, this Vietnamese restaurant ranks with the best of them. There ...


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BOOK REVIEW All the Rage: A Quest by Martin Moran $24.95; Beacon Press; 232 pages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You've never been so mad in your life. Boy, you were angry—ready to scream, spit nails and tear the world apart with bare hands. So mad you couldn't see straight, as they say, and you're still seething. As in the new book All the Rage: A Quest, by Martin Moran, would the trespass against you ever be forgivable? It was ...


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National roundup: Military and Pride Month, Cyndi Lauper, trans survey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Navy joins the nation in recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month during the month of June. "Diversity is a source of strength for the Navy, and is [a] key component to maintaining our highest state of readiness," said a Navy spokesperson. "Diversity encompasses more than race and gender—we seek to include diversity of thought, background, language, culture ...


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Entertainment news: 'The Fosters,' Amber Heard, Beyonce, Sam Champion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Freeform ( formerly ABC Family ) will premiere the fourth season of The Fosters on Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. CT, according to a press release. Picking up where the season-three cliffhanger left off, Callie admits her past relationship with Brandon to her moms. But before Stef and Lena can even process the information, the school goes into a ...







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