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Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "And while my sister Madonna wanders around Cuba in a red caddy ... lets hope that she remembers the oppression of the press, political opposition, the gay community and the anti hero Che....who was just as brutal and murderous as Stalin....he just didn't have as many people to kill...thats all."—Christopher Ciccone's Facebook post about Madonna visiting Cuba. Frankly, I'd rather ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Pieces of Glory on Britney's new album - Do you want a piece of her? That's what she asked in a previous single and in her Vegas show, as if we all had our expectations from a pop artist who has worked ( bitch ) for us for almost 20 years in the recording studio. If you ask a Britney fan, they all have their own favorites: Classic ...


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MOMBIAN Hope and help for back-to-school time - Back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. There are supplies to buy, schedules to arrange, and forms to fill out. For many LGBTQ parents, it can also bring up worries about our children's inclusion and safety—but it can also be an opportunity for building bridges. As I see it, there are three basic approaches we can take. First, we ...


PASSAGES-Writer-Michelle-Cliff-dies

PASSAGES Writer Michelle Cliff dies - Michelle Cliff—a Jamaican-American writer/activist/professor who was the widow of Adrienne Rich—died of liver failure June 12 at age 69. Cliff was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Kingston, Jamaica. Her parents emigrated to New York soon after her birth, but the Cliffs returned to Jamaica while she was still a toddler. They eventually returned to New York when Cliff was a ...


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U.S. juvenile, criminal justice systems endanger lives, futures of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Denver, CO, August 23, 2016 — A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). Among the report's most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBT youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBT ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


National-roundup-Proposition-63-Red-Wing-leaving-onePULSE-event

National roundup: Proposition 63, Red Wing leaving, onePULSE event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California has endorsed Proposition 63, the "Safety for All" ballot initiative backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a press release stated. Following the shootings in June at an Orlando LGBT nightclub, a spike in homicides of LGBT people and an ongoing worldwide epidemic of murders of transgender women, Equality California has made enacting gun safety measures a key part ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-INTERNET-The-fringe-Benefits-of-Kurt-Conroyd

NUNN ON ONE: INTERNET The fringe 'Benefits' of Kurt Conroyd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Kurt Conroyd plays a gay man named River Manning in the web series The Benefits of Gusbandry. This Portland based comedy series also stars Brooke Totman from MADtv as his best friend. The title refers to a gay husband or gusband and follows the duos adventures together. Conroyd is known for movies such as Wild, Birds of Neptune and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jake Miller plays Market Days and 'Rumors' game - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pop singer Jake Miller is bringing sexy back, hailing all the way from Weston, Florida. After being signed to Warner Bros. Records, he released a debut album called Us Against Them. Now with a new EP called Overnight he heads out on the road with hitmakers Fifth Harmony for The 7/27 Tour. Windy City went behind the scenes of a ...


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Streisand to release 'ENCORE' Aug. 26 - Columbia Records has announced Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" album will debut Friday, Aug. 26. The CD will feature 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The new musical partners include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick ...


District-Court-issues-injunction-against-guidance-protecting-trans-students-

District Court issues injunction against guidance protecting trans students - From press releases - ( Fort Worth, TX — August 22, 2016 ) — A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government's guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States. Five civil rights organizations ...


-Lesbian-palimony-decision-calls-on-common-law-marriage-rules

Lesbian palimony decision calls on common-law marriage rules - The Illinois Supreme Court, on Aug. 18, ruled that a lesbian was not entitled to a share of her longtime-partner's medical practice, though the couple were together nearly three decades. Eileen Brewer, a Cook County judge, and Dr. Jane Blumenthal split in 2008, long before marriage equality was signed into law in 2013. Brewer and Blumenthal had also raised three ...


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Longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history sues - Officers concocted homophobic theory - From a press release RENO, NV — Attorneys for Cathy Woods, who according to the National Registry of Exonerations' database is the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history, filed suit in federal court here today against four former Reno, NV and Shreveport, LA cops, a district attorney and a physician who knowingly caused her wrongful imprisonment. The former police ...


National-Gay-Media-Association-names-inaugural-Ad-POP-awardees

National Gay Media Association names inaugural Ad POP awardees - From a press release - NEW YORK — The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs ( Pride in Online and Print ) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. Ad POP is a production of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the nation's ...


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New GSA restroom rule model for other sectors - Washington, DC, August 19, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming a new rule the General Services Administration ( GSA ) that bans discrimination against transgender people using restrooms that match their gender identity in federal facilities. "We welcome this enormous step forward on the part of the General Services Administration ( GSA ). The new rule, which serves as ...


NBA-All-Star-Game-moves-to-New-Orleans-due-to-North-Carolinas-anti-LGBTQ-law

NBA All-Star Game moves to New Orleans due to North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a report from the Associated Press that the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) is moving the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana — a city with explicit LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Citing the hostile environment created by North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, and after repeated warnings the ...


Federal-judge-sets-dangerous-precedent-favoring-trans-job-discrimination

Federal judge sets dangerous precedent favoring trans job discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to a decision by a federal judge in Michigan who ruled in favor of a Detroit-based funeral home who fired a transgender employee due to her gender identity. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ) ...


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LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Justice Department's Decision to Nix Use of Private Prisons - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 18, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming the decision by the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) to stop using private prisons. "The decision by the Department of Justice to stop using private prisons is a significant breakthrough in the process of radically reforming our criminal justice system. Private prisons have been a complete failure—providing substandard ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I think the way David just described it was flawless. The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace."—Steele Johnson ( a porn name if ever there was one ) talks about winning the silver medal in synchronized diving ...


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Out singer Anne Steele reacts to Orlando tragedy with 'Love' - "When the Orlando shooting happened, I was devastated—as we all were," Anne Steele said. "I didn't know how to react. I was on my way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to do a concert at The Blue Moon and my wife, Kelli, and I listened to the coverage all the way there. I knew I had to get on stage that next night and ...


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PASSAGES Photographer/author Mark Thompson dies - Photographer/author Mark Thompson recently died at his home in Palm Springs, California. He was 63. The Riverside County Coroner's office has said an investigation into the cause of death is pending, with a toxicology report expected in a few weeks. Thompson was a former senior editor at The Advocate, and edited a book on the publication's history called Long Road ...


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MOVIES A moment with Meryl Streep - Acting luminary on love of gay people,, her LGBT roles - Meryl Streep is laughing her signature laugh. You know it: Sometimes light and airy, sometimes a surge of boisterous euphoria that carries well into the next question—but always unmistakably Meryl. Cinema's grand dame cracks one of her warm, famous chortles during our recent interview while entertaining the idea that her latest chameleonic role, as real-life opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins ...


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18th trans woman killed in U.S. - In Columbus, Ohio, trans woman Rae'Lynn Thomas was fatally shot by James Allen Byrd, the ex-boyfriend of her mother, Renee Thomas. An official from New York City's Anti-Violence Project said this is the 18th confirmed killing of a transgender or gender nonconforming person in 2016. Renee said her daughter transitioned 10 years ago. Rae'Lynn's aunt, Shannon, added that Rae'Lynn was ...


US-Navy-Makes-History-by-Naming-Ship-After-LGBTQ-Civil-Rights-Leader-Harvey-Milk-

U.S. Navy Makes History by Naming Ship After LGBTQ Civil-Rights Leader Harvey Milk - From a press release - On Aug. 16, at a ceremony in San Francisco, the U.S. Navy made history by naming a new Military Sealift Command ship after Harvey Milk, the former Navy diver and pioneer in the LGBTQ civil-rights movement who was assassinated in 1978. In another historic first, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus selected transgender Navy veteran Paula Neira as a sponsor ...


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Windy City Times reporter among winners of NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards - Washington, D.C. - Today NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists - announces the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards and salutes their exemplary work in 2015. Windy City Times reporter Gretchen Rachel Hammond won first place for her series "LGBT Immigrants Still Face Hurdles," in the Excellence in News Writing Award ( Non-daily ) category. The series article ...


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HRC: Trump & Pence Would Fail Their Own Ignorant Test - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to media reports that Donald Trump will require immigrants to pass an "ideological test" that would include interviews about their feelings about LGBTQ equality. "What's craziest about this ignorant, incomprehensible plan is that Donald Trump and Mike Pence would fail their own test," said HRC President Chad ...


-National-roundup-Chelsea-Manning-political-items-Justice-Roy-Moore

National roundup: Chelsea Manning, political items, Justice Roy Moore - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chelsea Manning supporters delivered more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, calling for him to drop serious new charges Manning faces as a direct result of her attempt to take her own life on July 5, a press release stated. The 115,000 petition signatures came from petitions launched by grassroots activist groups supporting Chelsea: ...


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Entertainment news: Beyonce's 'Becky,' Hugh Jackman, Big Freedia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Broadway musical theater producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will be honored at the 2016 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala—Miami, according to a press release. The annual fundraising gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Rudetsky and Wesley will be presented with the National Leadership Award for their work to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ...


Trump-shows-hypocrisy-days-after-campaigning-with-anti-LGBTQ-activists-in-Orlando

Trump shows hypocrisy days after campaigning with anti-LGBTQ activists in Orlando - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), today made the following statement responding to Donald Trump's "foreign policy" speech: "The same Donald Trump who today railed against ISIS hate stood shoulder-to-shoulder with anti-LGBTQ activists five days ago in Orlando, just miles from Pulse nightclub," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "This is the same ...


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LGBT groups rally in D.C. for gun reform - From a press release - Activists from diverse groups concerned about gun violence will come from across the country will unite Aug. 13 to tell political leaders "Enough." Organizing began after the tragic events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Group founder, Jason Hayes, was over-come with emotion. Like many, Hayes felt an overpowering need to shout, to yell, to scream, to ...


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CDC: LGBTQ youth face high rates of violence and bullying - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation today responded to the alarming results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) nationwide survey of high school students, which found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people are far more likely to experience violence and bullying, and attempt suicide, than their heterosexual peers. "Anti-LGBTQ bullying ...


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AIDS History: 35th Anniversary of Gathering in Larry Kramer's Living Room - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement in response to the 35th anniversary of the first gathering of men in Larry Kramer's living room, which provided the foundation for Gay Men's Health Crisis. STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE: 35 years ago to this day, a group of brave men gathered in Larry Kramer's living room in ...


Orlando-activists-denounce-Trump-Rubio-at-Anti-LGBT-Faith-Conference

Orlando activists denounce Trump, Rubio at Anti-LGBT Faith Conference - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL - Equality Florida, faith leaders, and family members of victims of the Pulse shooting were joined by nearly 200 local progressives today outside the "Rediscovering God in America" conference in Orlando to call out Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. Exactly two months after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, presidential candidate Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio are the headline ...


Transparent-director-talks-More-Than-T-documentary-series

'Transparent' director talks 'More Than T' documentary series - Beginning with a brightly animated title Trans 102, a nearly two minute Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) released in late June contains a cast of celebrated transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing the full scope of the community's beautifully multifaceted spectrum. They each deliver a collage of voices to a succinct, powerfully written message sometimes highlighted by a perfectly ...


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BOOKS Mark Zubro's long career is no mystery - "All I know is, I plod," said Mark Zubro about his remarkable career as a mystery novelist. Zubro is the author of 28 mystery novels, plus a science fiction trilogy. In 2014, his work was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award. Zubro spent years as a teacher, and thus learned how to balance work and writing effectively, as evidenced by ...


Time-left-for-some-good-summer-reads

Time left for some good summer reads - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's still lots of summer left. Time for one last dip in the lake. A few weekends left for romantic getaways. Time to say goodbye to your new college freshman or senior. And time left for a good book—so why not try one of these? Fiction Action-minded sunbathers and fans of historical novels will want Champion of the World, ...


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National: Hillary's HIV/AIDS platform, Pulse Nightclub, Cleveland Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in a press release, welcomed Secretary Hillary Clinton's announcement detailing the plan she would embark on as president to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic nationally and globally. Her blueprint includes enhancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, convening working groups to develop aggressive actions to combat the spread of HIV, and launching a campaign ...


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Entertainment: Drag Race, Jared Leto, Melissa Etheridge, Where the Bears Are - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season two debuts Thursday, Aug. 25, with a 90-minute episode, a press release stated. For the first time in "Drag Race" history, the full season will simulcast on Logo and VH1. Joining the main stage panel of Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul will be Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham ...


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Walgreens and HRC release LGBTQ pharmacy guide - From a press release - HRC, in partnership with Walgreens, has released a resource guide that helps pharmacists better understand the needs of LGBTQ customers and patients. The guide, which is being distributed by the pharmacy giant to more than 70,000 health care professionals across the country, provides pharmacists and pharmacy staff with information on LGBTQ identities and terminology, as well as the health disparities ...


New-book-looks-at-German-LGBT-life-during-1880-1945

New book looks at German LGBT life during 1880-1945 - Clayton J. Whisnant's newest book, Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945, is an examination of LGBT life during a time of great scientific discovery as well as changing social and political climates. According to the book, it explores "the emergence of various queer identities," specifically what it meant to be LGBT in Germany from 1880 to 1945, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm killing myself for this tour because there's a painting I want!"—Barbra Streisand explains the impetus behind this latest concert tour. Singers typically have a short professional life. Beverly Sills sang her last opera at 51, while Callas was only 42. When Judy Garland died at 47, she had already been in vocal decline for several years. And let's not ...


Lily-Tomlin-to-be-honored-with-2016-SAG-Life-Achievement-Award

Lily Tomlin to be honored with 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award - From a press release - LOS ANGELES ( Aug. 4, 2016 ) — Lily Tomlin — an entertainment maverick whose talents put her at the pinnacle of comedy, acting, writing and producing — has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will be presented the performers union's most prestigious distinction at ...


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Highest ranking openly LGBT service member to be honored by AMPA - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, announced that Maj. Gen. Patricia "Trish" A. Rose, the highest ranking openly LGBT service member in the U.S. military, will be honored at the inaugural AMPA West Coast Gala on Saturday, September 17, ...


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LGBT people of color face bias, abuse in criminal justice system - From a press release - As the nation focuses on disparities in policing and criminal justice, a new report spotlights how our broken system adversely impacts LGBT people of color. Washington, D.C., August 4, 2016 — The events of the summer of 2016 have spurred renewed dialogue and protests about the unequal treatment of people of color, particularly black and Latino people, in the ...


BOOKS-Jay-Parini-discusses-book-about-Gore-Vidal

BOOKS Jay Parini discusses book about Gore Vidal - BY FRANK PIZZOLI - Jay Parini was born in 1948—the same year Gore Vidal published The City and the Pillar, his seminal book on U.S. homosexuality that blacklisted him with reviewers. As varied and prolific as his subject, Parini has written five books of poetry, seven fictional novels and 12 nonfiction titles, including biographies of John Steinbeck ( 1994 ), Robert Frost ( 2000 ...


Court-Title-VII-does-not-cover-orientation-bias

Court: Title VII does not cover orientation bias - A three-judge federal appeals court panel has upheld the dismissal of lesbian Kimberly Hively's lawsuit against Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana because federal law does not protect people who claim workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation. Even though the panel criticized Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for not including sexual orientation under workplace protections, the ...


Confronting-Comcast-on-gun-issues-

Confronting Comcast on gun issues - Dear Editor: Fed up with hearing about gun shootings, me and my friend David D'Silva sat down over a beer recently and thought about how we could take action to stem gun violence on our own. After looking at the roll call of specific senators who voted against gun measure votes this year, then scanning their top campaign contributions, we ...


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Groups criticize Pope's comments on trans people - From press releases - During a meeting with Polish bishops while attending World Youth Day, Pope Francis concluded his remarks by complaining that children are being taught "that everyone can choose their gender." He also called this "ideological colonization" by "very influential countries." DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) ...


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Groups attack Supreme Court 'stay' in trans student case - From press releases - ( San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2016 )—Today, in a 5-3 vote in which Justice Breyer noted that his vote for a stay was a mere "courtesy," the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the Fourth Circuit's recent decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board holding that federal law requires Virginia's public schools to permit Gavin Grimm, ...


The-Movement-for-Black-Lives-releases-platform

The Movement for Black Lives releases platform - The Movement for Black Lives recently posted its platform as well as demands such as reparations, investing/divesting, economic justice, political power, community control and ending the war on Black people. The platform is listed below. Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving ...


National-More-trans-deaths-Bidens-same-sex-marriage-1M-donation-to-Hillary-

National: More trans deaths, Biden's same-sex marriage, $1M donation to Hillary - Dee Whigham, 25, has become the 16th transgender person killed in the United States this year, Advocate.com reported. Whigham, who was a nurse, was found stabbed to death in a hotel room near Biloxi, Mississippi, on July 23, according to Gulfport's Sun Herald newspaper. Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrested 20-year-old Dwanya Hickerson in connection with Whigham's murder, after releasing images ...


Before-Hillary-There-Was-Victoria-an-Unlikely-Presidential-Candidate-

Before Hillary, There Was Victoria, an Unlikely Presidential Candidate - Since Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee for President in early June, many people have noted that she's not the first woman to run for President. I'm not sure if she actually claimed to be or not, or if that was an error in the media — she's actually the first woman to run for President on a major ...


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Clinton builds on her commitment to end AIDS as an epidemic - From a press release - Last Wednesday, in an historic address to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Daniel Driffin — a black, gay man living with HIV — discussed the progress America has made and the work that remains in our fight to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Explaining how he believes we reach that goal, Driffin said "We invest in research and education. ...


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Entertainment: Justin Bieber, Kristen Stewart, Bradley Cooper, 'Star Trek' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Justin Bieber has been offered the role of a young pop star in the movie Uber Girl—but he wants a major rewrite, Page Six noted. "He won't take the part unless the sex scene with him and one of the male backup dancers is taken out of the final script," co-writer Pete O'Neill said. O'Neill said he also wants to ...


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PASSAGES Psychic Ms. Cleo dies at age 53 - Youree Harris, aka famed psychic Ms. Cleo, has died at age 53 from cancer. Harris, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, died in Palm Beach County, Florida. A rep for Harris did not state what kind of cancer she suffered from, but did say that she was a "pillar of strength" during her illness. The Advocate, in 2006, ...


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The battle for gold in Rio meets other Olympic issues - Record number of out LGBTQ athletes set to compete in Summer Games - The Summer Olympics that Chicago bid to host will, instead, open Friday, Aug. 5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, known as Rio 2016, run through Aug. 21, with a record number of countries participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees ( NOCs ) will participate, ...


Out-NYC-hotel-to-close-

Out NYC hotel to close - The Out Hotel in New York City, intended as luxury accommodations for LGBT travelers, has been sold and will no longer be branded as a gay hotel, according to the Advocate. The hotel, which opened in 2012, was the focus of numerous boycotts in 2015 after its owners, developers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, hosted a dinner for then-Republican presidential ...


Task-Force-slams-Chelsea-Manning-treatment-

Task Force slams Chelsea Manning treatment - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 1, 2016—Former Army private Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement as a result of administrative charges brought against her, which include a suicide attempt. Manning, a transgender woman, was convicted in 2013 for leaking classified government documents to Wikileaks. The latest incident is part of the ongoing mistreatment Manning has experienced at the men's military prison at ...


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Two DNC events talk importance of LGBT candidates - Philadelphia Gay News - When LGBT activist Laura Esquivel heard the Democratic nominee for vice president speak Spanish at the party's convention Wednesday night, she didn't find it "tokenizing." "He has lived with Latinos," she said. "He has lived and worked in Honduras." Esquivel observed Tim Kaine at work as governor and later senator of Virginia from her position in Washington with the Hispanic ...


In-Philadelphia-Hillary-Clinton-Accepts-the-Democratic-Nomination-

In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton Accepts the Democratic Nomination - From a press release - At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination. She told the audience that, despite the challenges of a changing world, we must not resort to Donald Trump's dangerous proposals. Clinton also paid tribute to the Americans who have inspired her lifetime in public service and who continue to sustain her belief that we are ...


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Clinton seeks broad coalition in acceptance speech - 2016 hopeful accepts distinction as first woman presidential nominee of major party - PHILADELPHIA - On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton in her acceptance speech for Democratic presidential nomination late Thursday sought a broad coalition to take on Donald Trump. "We have to heal the divides in our country," Clinton said. "Not just on guns, but on race, immigration and more. That starts with listening to each other, ...


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Cleveland Pride organizers cancel event - From a press release - CLEVELAND — The Board of Directors of Cleveland Pride, Inc. announced today that the 28th annual parade, rally and festival has been cancelled for 2016. "We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies," said Todd J. Saporito, president and ...


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Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on July 28 in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am ...


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Select remarks from Thursday night's program at the DNC - PHILADELPHIA, PA — Hillary for America released a selection of excerpts from the prepared remarks of speakers who spoke at the Democratic National Convention Thursday in Philadelphia. Excerpts from select speeches from tonight's program are included below: Openly lesbian Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez When my officers report for duty, they have no idea what might come up that day….They ...


7th-Circuit-says-sexual-orientation-not-covered-under-Title-VII-

7th Circuit says sexual orientation not covered under Title VII - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting the argument that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the case considered by the court, the plaintiff, Kimberly Hively, had argued that ...


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Day 3: Obama leads heavy hitters in speeches praising Clinton - Kaine, Biden also made case for Democratic nominee - PHILADELPHIA — On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama led a series of heavy hitters who delivered speeches praising Hillary Clinton as the right candidate to lead the country. Much of Obama's speech, which was 40 minutes long and the final remarks of the night, was based on the theme of him returning to the stage ...


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Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on Thursday in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am so ...


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Charlotte mayor to Congressman: "We need your help" - The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., is a tall woman with a quick drawl. Near the end of an hour-long panel at Philadelphia City Hall during which six representatives of Mayors Against Discrimination shared their cities' LGBT-inclusive policies, she stood and gave her canary yellow jacket a quick tug. Reaching for the mic, Jennifer Roberts, said, "We need your help." She ...


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Democratic National Convention releases program for final night - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA - The Democratic National Convention Committee ( DNCC ) announced the program for the final day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. The night will end with Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination. In Philadelphia, Democrats have laid out the clear stakes in this election — a choice ...


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HIV-positive activist speaks at DNC - Daniel D. Driffin, a 30-year-old gay black man living with HIV, and a civic leader in Georgia, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27. He was the first openly HIV-positive speaker at the DNC in 12 years. Driffin detailed Hillary Clinton's HIV/AIDS advances while as First Lady, in the Senate and as Secretary of State, saying her work ...


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Tammy Baldwin speaks on her legacy - The following interview with openly lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin was conducted by Philadelphia Gay News Publisher Mark Segal. Mark Segal: So, 1990 as you come into this city, fundraising to run for congress— Tammy Baldwin: Well, 1990 would have been state assembly. 1996 would have been getting ready to run for congress. MS: First out state assemblywoman, first out congresswoman, ...


California-official-calls-conversion-therapy-emotional-torture-

California official calls conversion therapy "emotional torture" - From Philadelphia Gay News - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his state Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention as "proudly pro-lesbian, pro-gay, pro-bisexual and pro-transgender." "At our best, we don't tolerate our diversity, we celebrate our diversity," he said. Newsom spent much of the rest of his brief address hammering Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, calling him "the most anti-LGBT governor." ...


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Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement - From a press release - LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life. If convicted of these "administrative offenses," she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence. "It is deeply ...


Navy-to-name-ship-after-Harvey-Milk-

Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk - A Congressional notification has indicated that the U.S. Navy will name a ship after the late openly gay San Francisco politician/gay-rights leader Harvey Milk. The notification, which Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk. The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class ...


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HRC President Chad Griffin remarks to the DNC - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA— Tonight, ahead of Hillary Clinton's historic night when she takes the stage after becoming the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major party, HRC President and DNC Convention Vice Chair Chad Griffin addressed the delegates. Below are Griffin's remarks, as prepared for delivery: Last month, our nation was rocked to its core by a senseless and ...







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