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Women's Marches take place across the globe - No incoming president in United States history has seen anything like it: not just a record number of people, one half million protesting a presidential inauguration in D.C., but more than 600 similar marches around the world, totaling in the millions in Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, Los Angeles, and cities worldwide. In London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin, Cape Town, ...


DNC-Exxon-fails-on-LGBT-issues

DNC: Exxon fails on LGBT issues - As now-former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, had his confirmation hearing, the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) issued a release about his company's track record with LGBTQ rights. The release centered on article excerpts from news outlets and human-rights organizations. Among the items listed in the DNC report are: —Exxon's non-discrimination policy ...


ACLU-announces-first-legal-action-on-Trump-conflicts-of-interest-

ACLU announces first legal action on Trump conflicts of interest - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union has taken legal action seeking documents on conflicts of interest and violations of the Constitution and federal law posed by President Trump's and his family's business interests. The organization also released a Seven-Point Plan laying out how it intends to challenge other Trump policies and protect the Constitution. The efforts are made ...


Hastert-asks-for-repayment-of-hush-money

Hastert asks for repayment of hush-money - Former House Speaker and U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert—who in October pled guilty to a financial crime—has asked a Kendall County judge to make the the man to whom he was making hush-money payments give the money back, according to Chicago Tribune. Hastert is serving time in a Minnesota federal prison. He paid a man—known only as Individual A—about $1.7 million ...


HRC-Statement-on-Inauguration-of-President-Donald-Trump

HRC Statement on Inauguration of President Donald Trump - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign released the following statement on the inauguration of President Donald Trump: "When Donald Trump took the oath of office today, he vowed to be a servant for all Americans. We will hold him to that oath," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "It is more important now than ever before for us to organize, mobilize, ...


Jason-Collins-at-Brooklyn-Nets-first-Pride-Night-Jan-25

Jason Collins at Brooklyn Nets first Pride Night Jan. 25 - The Brooklyn Nets will celebrate diversity and inclusion as the team hosts its first-ever Pride Night Wednesday, Jan. 25 when the Miami Heat visit Barclays Center. The Pride Night celebration will feature prominent members and allies of the LGBTQ community participating in a pre-game awareness panel and special in-game entertainment. The pre-game panel—Spread Diversity and Inclusion, it's the Brooklyn Way—will ...


DeVos-nominated-Sec-of-Education-Lambda-Legal-GLSEN-HRC-respond

DeVos nominated Sec. of Education, Lambda Legal, GLSEN, HRC respond - From press releases - Lambda Legal As Congress begins hearings on Betsy DeVos's nomination to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's leading non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, provided the following statement: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school. We need a Secretary ...


Chelsea-Mannings-sentence-commuted

Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted - U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted transgender U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks in 2010, after Manning served more than six years of a 35-year sentence. Manning, 29, will be released May 17. The commutation reduces Manning's sentence but is not a pardon. Incidentally, May 17 is the International Day Against ...


Entertainment-Jennifer-Holliday-Jim-Parsons-stars-say-goodbye-to-Obama-

Entertainment: Jennifer Holliday, Jim Parsons, stars say goodbye to Obama - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 14, singer Jennifer Holliday released a letter addressed to the LGBT community announcing that she will no longer be performing at the presidential inauguration concert, apologizing for what she called a "lapse of judgment," The Daily Beast noted. She cited a Daily Beast article in her letter, saying that after she read it she realized that "my only ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm going to give America a happy ending."—The newest Bachelor, Nick Viall, discusses his hopes for love the fourth time around. I'm gonna hold him to that. I'm disappointed in Jennifer Holliday. For those of you who may be out of the loop, Donald Trump is having a devil of a time booking performers for the inauguration. An inquiry went ...


Judge-Secular-celebrants-can-officiate-marriages

Judge: Secular celebrants can officiate marriages - A federal judge, on Jan. 4, ruled that certified secular celebrants are authorized to perform marriages in Illinois. Secular celebrants are trained by the organization Center for Inquiry ( CFI )—which advocates for "reason, science and secularism"—to officiate at weddings wherein the couple might not want a religious or government official. "I am truly relieved by this ruling, and I ...


BOOKS-Pink-and-Brown-in-the-White-House-Talking-with-Moe-Vela

BOOKS Pink and Brown in the White House: Talking with Moe Vela - Moe Vela is the sort of guy who starts speeches by saying, "It's so good for this ugly, bald chubby gay Latino from South Texas to be with you today." Vela's claim to fame? He was a senior executive to the vice presidents in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, and was the first gay Hispanic person to do so. ...


Most-have-all-gender-restrooms-at-home-Why-not-everywhere

Most have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not everywhere? - Most people have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not have them everywhere? Just in time for holiday shopping last month, the retail giant Target absorbed some boycotting noise from a conservative website calling for a boycott of the stores because of its policy of allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom of their choice. The website, 2nd Vote, has been ...


RING-IN-THE-NEW-New-congress-new-president-old-divisions

RING IN THE NEW: New congress, new president, old divisions - By David Thill - President-elect Donald Trump said that marriage equality is "done" and "settled" when he sat down for an interview with CBS' Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes shortly after the election. "It's law," he stated. But his choice for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—who drew national criticism in 2015 when he signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act into Indiana law—raises concerns, ...


GUEST-COLUMN-The-Embodied-Power-of-Standing-Rock

GUEST COLUMN The Embodied Power of Standing Rock - I remember the last evening at Oceti Sakowin so clearly. I had begun the day with a plan, but like the few days before, ended the day surprised by the ways my plans had failed to work out in the best of ways. I had planned on attending meetings and doing outreach ( volunteering ) at the kitchen like I ...


No-Human-is-Illegal-Take-These-Precautions-Now

No Human is Illegal, Take These Precautions Now - How can LGBTQ people with immigrant status protect themselves in the current political Climate? At the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) we pondered this question. We consulted with immigration lawyers, public policy experts, and other attorneys to identify issues of particular importance to LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders. There are a ...


Controversial-pastor-Eddie-Long-dies

Controversial pastor Eddie Long dies - Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died at age 63. Long died after battling an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality. However, in 2010, he also settled a ...


Survey-of-50000-youth-reveals-post-election-spike-in-bullying-harassment-

Survey of 50,000+ youth reveals post-election spike in bullying, harassment - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States. The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of ...


Lambda-Legal-Price-would-endanger-health-of-LGBTs-people-living-with-HIV

Lambda Legal: Price would endanger health of LGBTs, people living with HIV - From a press release - New York — As congressional hearings begin on Tom Price's nomination to become Secretary for Health and Human Services, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for the rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, released the following statement: "Senator Tom Price is a dangerous choice for Secretary of ...


National-Judy-Shepard-lesbian-co-pastors-trans-White-House-staffer

National: Judy Shepard, lesbian co-pastors, trans White House staffer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The mother of Matthew Shepard urged senators to oppose Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to become President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general, citing his opposition to hate-crimes legislation, CNN reported. n a report issued by the Human Rights Campaign, Judy Shepard—whose son Matthew was beaten and left to die in Wyoming in 1998 in a crime motivated by anti-gay sentiment—criticized Sessions ...


Coalition-of-Attorneys-General-urge-Senate-to-oppose-Pruitt-for-EPA

Coalition of Attorneys General urge Senate to oppose Pruitt for EPA - From a press release - A coalition of nine Attorneys General, including New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, is urging the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to oppose the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ). Pruitt's confirmation hearing began this morning. The letter, sent yesterday, argues that Pruitt is "openly hostile" to ...


Felicia-36-and-Miguel-Barahona-4-dead-of-hate-violence-intimate-partner-violence

Felicia, 36, and Miguel Barahona, 4, dead of hate violence, intimate partner violence - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the hate violence and intimate partner violence related homicides of Felicia Barahona, age 36, and Miguel Barahona, age 4. According to media reports, Felicia and Miguel were found dead in their apartment on Monday, December 26th, 2016, and the child's father, Isaac Duran Infante, age 23, has been ...


EEOC-report-on-charges-of-work-discrimination-details-LGBT-cases

EEOC report on charges of work discrimination details LGBT cases - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016. This is the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC has increased. Overall, EEOC resolved 97,443 charges in fiscal year 2016 and secured more than ...


175-mayors-from-42-states-launch-coalition-for-LGBT-protections-

175 mayors from 42 states launch coalition for LGBT protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in advance of the upcoming inauguration, 175 mayors across the country from cities large and small announced "Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination," a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not listed in the coalition. Illinois mayors listed in the coalition ...


Estimates-show-150000-youth-ages-13-to-17-identify-as-transgender-in-US-

Estimates show 150,000 youth ages 13 to 17 identify as transgender in U.S. - From a press release - LOS ANGELES —An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13 to 17, or 150,000 youth, identify as transgender in the United States, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus ...


President-Obama-Grants-Commutation-to-Chelsea-Manning

President Obama Grants Commutation to Chelsea Manning - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced today the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning will reportedly be freed in May 2017. "I'm relieved and thankful that the president is doing the right thing and commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence," said Chase Strangio, a staff attorney ...


Task-Force-implements-recommendations-for-Creating-Change-future

Task Force implements recommendations for Creating Change future - As the National LGBT Task Force's 2017 Creating Change conference opens in Philadelphia Jan. 18, it will be considering suggestions from a Chicago-based consultancy. The Task Force, in April 2016, hired Chicago-based Morten Group to review the logistics of the conference, which had encountered substantial strategic difficulties when the event took place in Chicago in January 2016, among them a ...


PASSAGES-Bronski-Beat-keyboardist-dies

PASSAGES Bronski Beat keyboardist dies - Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, has died at 56. Steinbachek's sister Louise Jones told BBC News he died in December 2016 after a short battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his bedside. Steinbachek formed the group with musician Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski in 1983, and they had chart success with ...


Movement-Matters-An-interview-with-Andy-Karol

Movement Matters: An interview with Andy Karol - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center, by writer Michael Workman; it investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment touches on the topics of ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-CELEBRITY-Meiling-Jin-travels-from-China-to-Chop-Chop-

NUNN ON ONE: CELEBRITY Meiling Jin travels from China to 'Chop Chop' - Meiling Chin has created an empire in media in just a short time. While born and raised in China, Chin eventually arrived in America to make her mark. In high school she began writing for QQ.com, the sixth-largest website in the world, and by the age of 21 she had garnered 100 million hits on various websites with celebrity interviews ...


Julian-Assange-wants-clemency-for-Manning

Julian Assange wants clemency for Manning - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly agreed to be extradited to the United States if President Obama grants whistle-blower Chelsea Manning clemency before his term ends on Friday, Jan. 20. On Twitter, WikiLeaks said Assange would not oppose extradition to the U.S. "despite [the] clear unconstitutionality" of any potential criminal complaints against the whistleblower organization. Manning—a transgender woman who admitted ...


Sen-Tammy-Baldwin-to-oppose-Sen-Jeff-Sessions-nomination-for-Attny-Gen

Sen. Tammy Baldwin to oppose Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attny Gen. - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement announcing she will oppose President-elect Trump's nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General: "America has made great progress over the last eight years with an Administration that has taken seriously a shared responsibility to pass on to the next generation a country that is more ...


Gallup-More-than-10-million-adults-identify-as-LGBTQ

Gallup: More than 10 million adults identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation responded to a new Gallup survey reflecting a historic increase in adults in the United States identifying as LGBTQ — 10 million, or 4.1 percent of the population, compared to 8.3 million just four years ago. "This survey reflects the fact that in just the past four years, there ...


DOJ-report-points-to-CPD-problems-with-people-of-color-trans-LGB-communities

DOJ report points to CPD problems with people of color, trans, LGB communities - A Department of Justice ( DOJ ) report, which was released Jan. 13, said that the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) has been using excessive force and violating the rights of Chicagoans, and issues a number of suggestions intended to bridge the chasms between CPD and many of its constituents. Among the recommendations included in the report were adding ...


156-LGBT-elected-officials-call-on-Pres-elect-to-advance-LGBT-equality-

156 LGBT elected officials call on Pres-elect to advance LGBT equality - From a press release - Washington, D.C.—Today, Victory Institute commended LGBT elected officials representing millions of Americans from across the country for calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect LGBT Americans and continue efforts to advance equality. In an open letter to the President-elect, 156 elected officials express grave concerns about his Cabinet appointees, and implore Trump to "be a president for all Americans." The ...


President-Obama-makes-statement-on-monuments-honoring-civil-rights-history

President Obama makes statement on monuments honoring civil rights history - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Today, I am designating new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country's history, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. These monuments preserve the vibrant history of the Reconstruction Era and its role in redefining freedom. They tell the important stories of the citizens who helped launch the civil rights movement in Birmingham and the Freedom ...


Equality-California-urges-Congress-to-preserve-the-Affordable-Care-Act

Equality California urges Congress to preserve the Affordable Care Act - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— Equality California has sent a letter to members of the California congressional delegation urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) without a replacement that provides better healthcare for the American people. "The health and lives of millions of LGBT Americans are at stake," said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. "No issue ...


Justice-Dept-Pattern-of-rights-violations-in-Chicago-Police-Dept

Justice Dept.: Pattern of rights violations in Chicago Police Dept. - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The department found that CPD officers' practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable ...


President-Obamas-remarks-in-presenting-the-Medal-of-Freedom-to-VP-Joe-Biden-

President Obama's remarks in presenting the Medal of Freedom to VP Joe Biden - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - State Dining Room 3:50 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hey! All right, that's enough. Don't want to embarrass the guy. ( Laughter. ) Welcome to the White House, everybody. As I have already delivered my farewell address, I will try to be relatively brief. But I just wanted to get some folks together to pay tribute to somebody who has not ...


HRC-joins-womens-march-and-other-social-justice-events

HRC joins women's march and other social justice events - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that it is proud to both sponsor and join in major social justice actions next week in the nation's capital, raising up our shared and continuing fight for equality for all. A contingent of HRC staff, members and volunteers will be participating in both the We Are Here To ...


Windy-City-Times-releases-2004-tapes-of-Obama-during-Senate-campaign-

Windy City Times releases 2004 tapes of Obama during Senate campaign - Two audio tapes from Barack Obama's campaign for U.S. Senate from Illinois have been released by Windy City Times newspaper. The audio is linked below. Both tapes were recorded by WCT Publisher Tracy Baim, the first on Jan. 7, 2004 in a one-on-one interview during the crowded Democratic primary, the second on May 7, 2004, after he won the primary ...


Attack-on-Affordable-Care-Act-Lambda-Legal-urges-action-to-save-lives

Attack on Affordable Care Act: Lambda Legal urges action to save lives - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., January 11, 2017 ) — As the Senate prepares to defund the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director, Scott Schoettes, and Transgender Rights Project, Director M. Dru Levasseur, issued the following statements: Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director, Lambda Legal: "The ACA has had a transformative impact on the health and well-being of ...


Gilead-Sciences-to-give-22M-in-grants-to-new-HIV-cure-research-projects

Gilead Sciences to give $22M in grants to new HIV cure research projects - From a press release - Foster City, Calif., January 10, 2017 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. ( Nasdaq: GILD ) today announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program, a fund totaling more than $22 million, which will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. These projects will be conducted by leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations and community groups from around the world, focusing on ...


LGBT-military-group-calls-on-Mattis-to-express-support-for-all-service-members-

LGBT military group calls on Mattis to express support for all service members - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the nation's leading organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) service members and their families — the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) and OutServe-SLDN — issued the following joint statement ahead of the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing of retired USMC General James Mattis, who was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve ...


Next-Sec-of-Defense-indicates-he-will-not-change-open-LGBT-military-service-

Next Sec. of Defense indicates he will not change open LGBT military service - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the nation's leading organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) service members and their families — the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) and OutServe-SLDN — issued the following joint statement following comments made by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense, retired General James Mattis, during confirmation hearings this morning. General ...


Obama-says-a-fond-farewell-from-Chicago-

Obama says a fond farewell from Chicago - From the White House - The following is the farewell speech by Barack Obama delivered at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017. These are the remarks the White House distributed. It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight it's my turn to say ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I just got off the phone with Mariah Carey, and she thinks that Dick Clark Productions sabotaged my monologue."—Jimmy Fallon's quip after his TelePrompter failed during the Golden Globes monologue. Awards season is finally here. Popular opinion is that the Golden Globes are a barometer for the Oscars. If that's the case, then it should be a pretty cheery couple ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-mightiest-of-books

THE AMAZON TRAIL The mightiest of books - As an adult, I've had no interest in children's books. I left them behind half a century ago. Or did I? Chicken Little, for example, has been a powerful influence in my life. I was a nervous child—that hasn't changed—and the Little Golden Book didn't help. First my mother read it to me, then I read and re-read it on ...


VIEWS-Kim-Burrell-shows-how-Black-church-abuses-gay-Christians

VIEWS Kim Burrell shows how Black church abuses gay Christians - Gospel music undeniably has a queerness at its roots that has not only shaped the genre but it has continued to give gospel music its enduring vibrancy. One of Black gospel's darling and Pentecostal preacher Kim Burrell was ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sending shock waves throughout the African-American community. Burrell, along with Pharrell Williams, was invited to promote ...


McCarter-introduces-anti-LGBT-bill-on-first-day-of-Senate-session-

McCarter introduces anti-LGBT bill on first day of Senate session - State Senator Kyle McCarter ( R-Lebanon ), on Jan. 11, filed legislation prohibiting state and local governments from retaliatory action against an individual or individuals if they act under the belief that a marriage is an institution reserved for unions between a man and a woman. The bill, SB0064, was referred to the Senate's assignments committee and is one of ...


Entertainment-Rosie-O-Donnell-Vivica-A-Fox-Neil-Patrick-Harris

Entertainment: Rosie O' Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Neil Patrick Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Joe Dante and Ed Asner are among the celebrities who have signed on to an anti-Donald Trump effort calling his pending presidency "illegitimate" and for a month of resistance to stop what it sees as a move toward fascism, according to Variety. The group RefuseFacism.org published a full-page ad in the New York Times on Jan. ...


ACLU-acts-to-block-court-order-permitting-health-care-discrimination-

ACLU acts to block court order permitting health care discrimination - From a press release - FORT WORTH, Texas — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion to stay a nationwide court order preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in healthcare. The ACLU also asked the court to issue a formal ruling on its request to intervene in the lawsuit. The ...


National-roundup-Kerry-apology-gay-mayor-NASAs-high-score

National roundup: Kerry apology, gay mayor, NASA's high score - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Secretary of State John Kerry formally apologized to State Department personnel who were fired during the so-called "lavender scare," The Washington Blade reported. "As far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades — the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing ...


Two-spirit-transgender-woman-killed-in-Sioux-Falls-South-Dakota

Two-spirit transgender woman killed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year-old two-spirit transgender woman found dead in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 6th, 2017. According to Mic, her death is being investigated as a homicide. Jamie identified as two-spirit, a Native American/First Nations term that has historically encompassed many ...


Lambda-Legal-Jeff-Sessions-Would-Put-LGBT-Rights-at-Grave-Risk-if-Confirmed

Lambda Legal: Jeff Sessions Would Put LGBT Rights at Grave Risk if Confirmed - From a Lambda Legal press release - New York — Ahead of congressional hearings beginning on Jeff Sessions' nomination to become U.S. Attorney General, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, released the following statement: "Senator Jeff Sessions has shown over and over how much he disdains LGBT people. He: - Supported adding a permanent ...


2017-The-Year-of-the-Eclipse-at-Adler-Planetarium

2017 The Year of the Eclipse at Adler Planetarium - From a press release - Chicago - January 9, 2017—On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States—the first in 38 years. The path of totality will begin in Oregon around 10:15 am PST and make its way east to South Carolina before heading into the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:50 pm EST. For people in the "path of totality," ...


Survey-shows-drug-fueled-sex-is-prevalent-with-30-of-respondents

Survey shows drug-fueled sex is prevalent with 30% of respondents - From a press release - TORONTO ( January 5, 2017 ) — Popular gay hookup site Squirt.org has found chemsex, also known as Party and Play ( PNP ) or drug-fueled sex, is prevalent with 30% of survey respondents admitting that they have engaged in the activity. The study, which surveyed 22,248 Squirt.org members, also showed that despite widespread usage of illicit drugs during sex, ...


Sec-Kerry-apologizes-for-1950s-1960s-anti-LGBTQ-witch-hunt-in-State-Department-

Sec. Kerry apologizes for 1950s, 1960s anti-LGBTQ witch hunt in State Department - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for apologizing to LGBTQ employees and their families who were targeted, harassed, and fired as part of the infamous "Lavender Scare" witch hunt in the 1950s and 1960s. "Although it is not possible to undo the damage that was done decades ago, ...


Moonlight-La-La-Land-tops-at-Globes

'Moonlight,' 'La La Land' tops at Globes - The 74th Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton, featured wins by the films La La Land and the LGBT-themed Moonlight. La La Land, the musical that's a love letter to Hollywood, broke a Golden Globes record with seven wins ( out of seven nominations ), including best picture in the comedy or musical category, best director for Damien Chazelle, ...


Open-letter-to-LGBTQIA-wider-community-calling-for-resistance-to-fascism-Trump-

Open letter to LGBTQIA, wider community calling for resistance to fascism, Trump - From members of Gays Against Guns and Refuse Fascism - We are writing to you and your organization as members of the national LGBTQIA communities and HIV/AIDS treatment and advocacy communities in order to introduce you to our organization, RefuseFascism.org. We have one goal: to do everything within our power as citizens of the United States of America to ensure that the illegitimate Trump/Pence administration will not be allowed to ...


Trumps-first-100-days-How-bad-could-it-get

Trump's first 100 days: How bad could it get? - The most pro-gay Republican presidential candidate in history will take office as President of the United States on January 20, and yet the LGBT community has much to be anxious about. While Donald Trump used his campaign pulpit to urge the American people to stand in "solidarity" with the LGBT community following the Orlando nightclub massacre, his picks for key ...


Mesha-Caldwell-transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Mississippi

Mesha Caldwell, transgender woman of color, killed in Mississippi - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Mesha Caldwell, a transgender woman of color killed in Canton, Mississippi; the 1st reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Mesha Caldwell, a Black transgender woman, killed in Canton, Mississippi on January 4th, 2017. ...


Equality-California-calls-on-LGBTs-allies-to-support-Planned-Parenthood

Equality California calls on LGBTs, allies to support Planned Parenthood - From a press release - Los Angeles—In response to today's announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he intends to target Planned Parenthood funding in his attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "Equality California is calling on all members of the LGBT community and our allies to contact their members of Congress today to ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Newport-News-Virginia-

Intimate partner violence homicide in Newport News, Virginia - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence related homicide of India Monroe, a transgender woman of color killed in Newport News, Virginia; the 23rd reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP responded to in 2016. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of India Monroe, a Black transgender woman ...


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NJ Catholic hospital denies care to trans man, Lambda files suit - From a press release - ( NEWARK, NJ, January 5, 2017 ) — Today Lambda Legal announced it has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Joseph's Healthcare in Paterson, New Jersey, after the hospital refused to allow Jionni Conforti's surgeon to perform a routine hysterectomy because Jionni is transgender. The lawsuit cites the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which clearly prohibits discrimination because of sex ...


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BOOK REVIEW Rainbow Gap - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times Review by Velvet Lounger - By Lee Lynch, $9.99; Kindle edition Sometimes it is hard to write a review because you can't find the words, in this case it's hard to find words big enough to describe such an epic tale. Set in Florida in the '50s and '60s Lee Lynch has constructed a story that creates a movie style landscape in your mind. It ...


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National roundup: Intersex birth certificate, Indiana University, Pulse survivors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York City native Sara Kelly Keenan ( who prefers female pronouns ), 55, has been granted the first intersex birth certificate in the United States, Jezebel reported. According to Marie Claire, At birth, she was labeled as male on her birth certificate, then weeks later, the classification was changed to female. In September, she successfully changed her gender to ...


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Entertainment: Matt Bomer, George Michael, 'Sister Wives,' Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It now looks like the mother of vamp fiction, Anne Rice, has set her cold-blooded sights on out actor Matt Bomer, MoviePilot revealed. Adapted into 1994's Interview with the Vampire and 2002's Queen of the Damned, it appears the live action versions of Rice's work are far from dead and buried. The vamp-fan and erotic fictional novelist has already confirmed ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't vote with my vagina—this is bigger than that."—Susan Sarandon. So if you've got a problem with how the election turned out, reach out to Sarandon. Apparently her vagina is big enough to grab. As we look back on 2016, I want to start—selfishly, perhaps—with a story about me. Many people were taken aback when I discussed my decision ...


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VIEWS Pope Francis needs his gay priests - Many LGBTQ people of faith were shocked by the Vatican's recent decision in the document "The Gift of Priestly Vocation," which bans gay people to the priesthood, thus reaffirming its 2005 stance. Those of us who have "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" or who "support the so-called 'gay culture'" are categorically denied to serve one of the church's most revered and respected ...


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What a Joke national comedy fest responds to Trump threats to human rights - From a press release - New York, NY - In response to the President-elect's repeated threats on human rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and Emily Winter ( Writer ...


World-news-of-2016

World news of 2016 - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —ISIS act: Over the New Year's holiday weekend, ARA News, an independent Syrian media outlet, reported that ISIS had executed a 15-year-old boy on charges of homosexuality by throwing him from the top of a building in central Deir ez-Zor. The organization reportedly has performed the same punishment on several people for the same reason. —Protest: Italians staged a mass ...


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Judge halts ACA provisions - In Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who President George W. Bush appointed, issued a temporary injunction on Dec. 31 that would stop President Obama's administration's regulation that would prevent discrimination in healthcare on the bases of "gender identity" and "termination of pregnancy." According to BuzzFeed, the lawsuit—that several states and some religiously affiliated nonprofit medical groups brought—challenges a regulation ...


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Fulton and Chicagoan Altenburg named to Board of Visitors of U.S. Military Academy - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) December 29th, 2016 — OutServe-SLDN issued the following statement in response to President Obama's action today reappointing Brenda "Sue" Fulton to another term to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy and appointing Bridget D. Altenburg to her first term. The statement may be attributed to OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn. "OutServe-SLDN applauds and ...


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Sanders comments on Trump's plan to privatize Veterans Administration - From a press release - WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 — Sen. Bernie Sanders ( I-Vt. ), a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement Friday in response to reports that President-elect Donald Trump is considering privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs: "Privatizing the VA would be an insult to the more than 22 million veterans who risked their lives to ...







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