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PFLAG-changes-name-announces-new-president

PFLAG changes name, announces new president - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ( PFLAG ) formally announced it will change its name to reflect what it describes as the organization's "inclusiveness, The Washington Blade reported. The group formally unveiled its new name—PFLAG—during its annual membership meeting in D.C. PFLAG spokesperson Liz Owen said the new name is the culmination of a two-year process during ...


New-film-with-Gale-Harold-begins-fundraising

New film with Gale Harold begins fundraising - From a press release - ( October 6, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, CA ) "Kiss Me, Kill Me" stars Van Hansis ( "As the World Turns," "Eastsiders" ) and Gale Harold, who is playing a gay character for the first time since his legendary role as Brian Kinney on Showtime's ground-breaking "Queer as Folk." Directed by Casper Andreas ( "Going Down In LA-LA Land," "The ...


After-18-years-lesbian-moms-happy-with-donor-choices

After 18 years, lesbian moms happy with donor choices - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — Eighteen years after conceiving their sons or daughters through donor insemination, 77.5 percent of lesbian mothers were satisfied with their choice of a known, open-identity, or unknown sperm donor, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute. "Although heterosexual couples utilizing donor insemination services generally choose unknown donors, prospective lesbian mothers consider donors ...


Apple-CEO-Tim-Cook-officially-comes-out

Apple CEO Tim Cook officially comes out - Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly confirmed he is gay in an opinion piece published Oct. 30, making him the highest-profile chief executive to come out. In an op-ed in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Cook writes, in part, "Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. ... At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of ...


French-PrEP-study-suggests-on-demand-dosages-may-be-effective

French PrEP study suggests "on-demand" dosages may be effective - A scientific trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, based in France has had its randomized phase shut down due to high effectiveness, according to researchers. Investigators in the IPERGAY trial, which is currently underway in six locations in France and one location in Canada, will no longer issue placebos to participants in the trial. All participants will take PrEP, mainly ...


Strict-ID-laws-could-hinder-trans-voters-

Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters - [Originally published here 2014-09-27] A new study by a California-based think tank found that strict voter identification laws in 10 states might cause problems for transgender voters this fall, possibly disenfranchising more than 24,000 of them on Election Day. Illinois is not one of the states. And yet the states include Arkansas, Georgia and Kansas, where the outcome of key ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth. The crew thinks this is very funny, but makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds' kiss makes you gay."—Neil Patrick Harris talks about appearing with Burt Reynolds in B.L. Stryker. If there's one thing Burt's ...


What-I-Know-for-Sure-

What I Know for Sure - AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - By Oprah Winfrey $24.99; Macmillan Audiobook from Flatiron Books; four CDs/four hours Death and taxes. That's what your father used to say were the only things in life that you could count on. Neither one was escapable; both were consistent. You can also bet that night will follow day and that there's good in the world somewhere. You know rules ...


-Anti-gay-groups-Glenn-Stanton-talks-bigotry-marriage

Anti-gay group's Glenn Stanton talks bigotry, marriage - BOOKS - Glenn Stanton is an outspoken figure in the fight against marriage equality, from his work with right-wing organization Focus on the Family to his debates at colleges and churches around the country. Windy City Times sat down with Stanton to discuss his new book, Loving My ( LGBT ) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace & Truth. Windy City Times: What ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Judith-Light-gets-Transparent-about-show-LGBT-activism

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Judith Light gets 'Transparent' about show, LGBT activism - Actress Judith Light returns to living rooms in another television show that's already garnering huge praise. The new series Transparent is offered by streaming Amazon. It tells the story of the coming-out process of transgender parent Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, and the family that is affected. Light plays the Jewish wife and mother, Shelly Pfefferman, who has an outspoken ...


Jane-Anderson-talks-about-HBO-miniseries-Olive-Kitteridge

Jane Anderson talks about HBO miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge' - MOVIES - Jane Anderson's name may not be immediately familiar to gay audiences. However, a quick glance over just a few of the credits on her resume ( playwright-screenwriter-director-executive producer ) spark instant recognition: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, The Baby Dance, When Billie Beat Bobbie, Normal, It Could Happen To You, How To Make An American Quilt, The Positively True ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Olive-Kitteridge-To-Russia-with-Love-

Knight at the Movies: Olive Kitteridge; To Russia with Love - With his star turn in Birdman, Michael Keaton is deservedly this year's comeback kid at the movies, with both critics and audiences lining up to praise his exceptional performance and the movie's creative audacity. On the home screen, if there's any justice, Frances McDormand is going to receive all that and more when Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries in which she ...


GLSEN-webinar-shows-climate-for-LGBT-students-in-US-schools

GLSEN webinar shows climate for LGBT students in U.S. schools - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 22, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ( GLSEN ) held a webinar on findings from its 8th biennial National School Climate Survey. Amidst a lack of U.S. data around the LGBT student experience, the survey was launched in 1999 to provide "a national picture of the scope and impact of anti-LGBT bias and violence in our ...


Out-lesbian-Moms-Mabley-was-comedic-pioneer

'Out' lesbian Moms Mabley was comedic pioneer - LGBT HISTORY MONTH Special to the online edition of Windy City Time y Lou Chibbaro Jr. Washington Blade,s - Legendary American vaudeville entertainer-turned-comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley became famous for her persona as a frumpy, middle-aged woman in a housedress and floppy hat delivering hilarious stand-up comedy routines, often with wry political commentary tucked inside. Through her early years of performing at famous African-American theaters along the so-called chitlin' circuit, including the Apollo Theater in Harlem, to appearances in the ...


Elton-visits-John-Kerry-anti-Cory-Booker-mishap-Apple-CEO

Elton visits John Kerry; anti-Cory Booker mishap; Apple CEO - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John visited Secretary of State John Kerry to announce the singer's foundation's partnership with PEPFAR, ABC News noted. The Department of State released comments John and Kerry both said before their meeting. In part, John said, "To be able to combine with PEPFAR, from our foundation's point of view, is a dream come true, because together, you double the ...


Uncovering-alleged-LGBT-connections-in-JFK-assassination

Uncovering alleged LGBT connections in JFK assassination - LGBT HISTORY MONTH by Jimmy Cwiek - In 1969, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison prosecuted Clay Shaw for allegedly conspiring to kill President John F. Kennedy. Shaw, a gay man, was the only person ever put on trial in connection with JFK's assassination. Garrison initially believed JFK's murder was a sadistic "thrill killing" plotted by Lee Harvey Oswald, Shaw and David Ferrie, who was also gay. ...


TELEVISION-RJ-Mitte-of-Breaking-Bad-wants-you-to-Cut-the-Bull

TELEVISION RJ Mitte of 'Breaking Bad' wants you to 'Cut the Bull' - TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Best known for his role as Walter White Jr. on "Breaking Bad," actor RJ Mitte talked with Windy City Times about his work to end bullying and his upcoming projects. Windy City Times: You were diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 3, but I've read that portraying Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad involved quite a bit of preparation ...


Movember-to-launch-Nov-1

'Movember' to launch Nov. 1 - With Movember here, men have marked their calendars to "Shave the Date." The Movember Foundation—an organization committed to men's health—kicks off the 2014 campaign Nov. 1 by engaging men to shave clean and start growing a mustache, and only a mustache, for the entire month. Last year in Chicago, 9,731 participants raised more than $1,000,000. This year, Movember will not ...


Eight-states-to-watch-in-Senate-elections

Eight states to watch in Senate elections - House likely to remain in GOP control - Most of the pundits are saying Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate and keep the House in the November 4 elections. If they're right —and there is some room for doubt in both chambers—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will likely have to undergo a complete makeover. The numbers paint the picture: Of the 36 senate seats up for grabs November ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-A-pre-Stonewall-LGBT-sit-in-

LGBT HISTORY MONTH: A pre-Stonewall LGBT sit-in - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Ray Simon, Philadelphia Gay News - The sit-in at Dewey's, which occurred at a Philadelphia restaurant in the spring of 1965, is not as well known as the Stonewall Riots, but it deserves wider recognition. On the evening of Sunday, April 25, 1965, staff at the diner turned away more than 150 people they believed to be LGBT. According to the August 1965 issue of Drum ...


Neil-Patrick-news-Freeheld-has-problem-Divas-Simply-Singing

Neil Patrick news; 'Freeheld' has problem; 'Divas Simply Singing' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, but she was firmly against hosting the ceremony for a third time. The producers next had comedian Chris Rock on their list, but a deal failed to materialize. ...


Lambda-sues-Texas-prison-system-over-sexual-abuse-of-trans-woman

Lambda sues Texas prison system over sexual abuse of trans woman - From a press release - Houston, TX ( October 23, 2014 ) - Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star, a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( TDCJ ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ's male facilities. "Ms. ...


Fed-govt-to-recognize-same-sex-married-couples-in-six-new-states

Fed govt to recognize same-sex married couples in six new states - WASHINGTON—In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Last week, the Attorney General made a similar announcement ...


Alison-Bechdel-Artist-genius-and-instigator-of-change

Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change - - In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for its witty depiction of lesbian life and the challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community for acceptance. Bechdel's graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Nightbreed-Advanced-Style-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: Nightbreed; Advanced Style; film notes - Like many other writers, horror ( and gay ) literary icon Clive Barker has seen one of his books drastically altered when it reached the silver screen. Barker himself wrote the script adaptation for his novella Cabal ( which Morgan Creek, the studio that financed the movie, renamed with the more commercially friendly title Nightbreed ). However, Barker's vision—he also ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You might get AIDS in Kenya. The people have AIDS. You got to be careful. I mean, the towels can have AIDS."—Pat Robertson gives advice to a woman going to Kenya to do missionary work who was concerned about Ebola. Thank God she asked Robertson, who is clearly an authority on infectious diseases. Who knew you could get AIDS from ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Gaybash

BOOK REVIEW Gaybash - By David Jay Collins, $3.99 ( e-book ); 243 pages   David Jay Collins weaves a suspensful—yet foreseeable—tale embodying all the classic components of a Chicago gay romance: unrequited lust, reliable female sidekicks, drinks at almost every bar in Boystown, rampant gossip, exceedingly dramatic exchanges about acceptance of oneself, veiny biceps and the shattered pieces of a broken heart. Gaybash ...


Johnny-Weir-Bringing-the-Love-in-new-documentary

Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary - During the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, figure-skating champion Johnny Weir came under fire for opposing a boycott of Russia despite Putin's virulent anti-gay laws and an increasingly dangerous, violent environment for LGBTs. Activists were stunned and appalled: In an OUT Magazine opinion piece, a disgusted Michael Lucas wrote, "[Weir] only cares, as usual, about himself. ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Macy-Gray-shows-us-The-Way

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Macy Gray shows us 'The Way' - The raspy-voiced pop singer Macy Gray continues to dance to the beat of her own drum while making music. She's shown a unique perspective while nodding to classic singers like Billie Holiday for years. In 1999 her multi-platinum debut, On How Life Is, spawned a Grammy-winning song, "I Try," that played everywhere. She has since landed acting roles in movies ...


VIEWS-Being-Black-ish-also-being-homophobic-ish

VIEWS: Being 'Black-ish' also being 'homophobic-ish?' - The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish left its LGBTQ viewership "black and blue." "It looks a little gay," Pop ( the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne ) casually told his son Dre—short for Andre—while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the "birds and the bees." "It looks a little gay. The ...


Intimate-partner-violence-report-out

Intimate partner violence report out - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has released the report "Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ( LGBTQ ), and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013." NCAVP's 2013 report documents 21 homicides—the highest number of LGBTQ intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicides recorded and on par with the 21 homicides in ...


Lesbian-veteran-to-be-buried-with-late-wife-in-Idaho-cemetery

Lesbian veteran to be buried with late wife in Idaho cemetery - ( Boise, ID, October 22, 2014 )—A 74-year-old Navy veteran who challenged Idaho's marriage equality ban so she could be buried with her late wife in Idaho's state-run veterans cemetery will have her wishes respected after Idaho state officials agreed to allow the couple to be interred together. Today, Madelynn "Lee" Taylor went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to ...


Point-accepting-applications-as-of-Nov-1

Point accepting applications as of Nov. 1 - LGBTQ students seeking financial assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school education are encouraged to apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Point Foundation ( Point )—the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit—currently provides financial assistance and programmatic support to 80 full-time students. Students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2015-16 academic year are eligible to ...


District-Court-dismisses-suit-seeking-marriage-in-Puerto-Rico

District Court dismisses suit seeking marriage in Puerto Rico - From a news release - "The court's ruling directly conflicts with the wave of recent decisions finding these marriage bans unconstitutional and perpetuates the discrimination and harm done to same-sex Puerto Rican couples and their families." ( San Juan, PR, October 21, 2014 ) - Today the United States District Court of Puerto Rico issued a ruling dismissing Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking to end the ...


ExxonMobil-faces-complaint-alleging-anti-LGBT-hiring-bias-

ExxonMobil faces complaint alleging anti-LGBT hiring bias - Updated Monday, Oct 27, 2014 - A national LGBT organization that last year filed a complaint against oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, alleging hiring bias, had a hearing on the matter Oct. 21. Freedom to Work initially filed a complaint against the company with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) in May 2013, saying that ExxonMobil favored non-LGBT job applicants over LGBT candidates. The case ...


President-Obama-Constitution-guarantees-right-to-marry

President Obama: Constitution guarantees right to marry - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — In an interview with The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin, President Obama has for the first time announced he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all fifty states. This is a stark progression from the President's previous position, which to allow each state to decide the issue individually. President Obama told Toobin, "Ultimately, ...


White-House-addressing-intersection-of-HIV-AIDS-violence-with-women-girls

White House addressing intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence with women, girls - The White House has announced developments in connection with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Last year, the Interagency Federal Working Group released a report, "Addressing the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender—Related Health Disparities." The report outlined five major recommendations and emphasized the need for cross-agency collaboration to better address how violence against women and ...


Jennifer-Knapp-Lesbian-releases-album-book-with-sense-of-self-

Jennifer Knapp: Lesbian releases album, book with sense of self - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Christian music star Jennifer Knapp released her latest album, Set Me Free, Oct. 14 under Ani DiFranco's Righteous record label. Directly prior to her album's debut, Knapp released a full-length memoir, Facing the Music, on Oct. 7. Knapp found a home for herself under this new label after an eight-year hiatus from her musical career. For Knapp, joining Righteous ...


Erica-Ash-and-Teyonah-Parris-have-Survivors-Remorse

Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris have 'Survivor's Remorse' - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz just debuted a new series titled Survivor's Remorse this month. The half hour scripted show tells the story of the world of professional basketball and the drama behind the scenes. The show comes from the producers of such hit shows as The Cosby Show, Roseanne and Glee. Erica Ash plays M-Chuck, the lesbian sister of star Cam Calloway. Viewers ...


Cumberbatch-on-OUT-cover-lesbian-pundit-canned-

Cumberbatch on OUT cover; lesbian pundit canned - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Benedict Cumberbatch—who stars as gay codebreaker Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game—is on the November cover of OUT magazine. In it, the straight actor talks about sexuality in Hollywood, among other things: "I think if you're going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say 'I'm gay,' sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all ...


Cuomos-AIDS-task-force-drag-queen-comment-Jazz-Jennings

Cuomo's AIDS task force; 'drag queen' comment; Jazz Jennings - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the End of AIDS Task Force to implement his bold plan to end new HIV infections in the Empire State by 2020, according to a press release. Members of the task force include longstanding AIDS activists, HIV-services providers and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Over the last decade, New York state has ...


ELECTION-PREVIEW-LGBT-races-to-watch

ELECTION PREVIEW: LGBT races to watch - This year's election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation's first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation's first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected to the ...


Nigel-Barker-gives-Face-time-to-Chicago

Nigel Barker gives 'Face' time to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, photographer and reality television star Nigel Barker surprised Michigan Avenue shoppers with a pop-up selfie opportunity. Art Van Furniture teamed with the sharp-looking man to strike a pose on one of its couches plopped down in Pioneer Court. Referred to as a "sofie," fans were encouraged to sit on the couch with the host of The Face on the ...


Michael-Sam-waived-from-Cowboys-squad

Michael Sam waived from Cowboys squad - The NFL team the Dallas Cowboys announced that rookie defensive end Michael Sam has been waived from the practice squad, NFL.com reported. He joined the team Sept. 3 after the St. Louis Rams cut him. Sam was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, making the former University of Missouri athlete the first openly ...


True-Colors-hosts-national-summit-on-LGBTQ-homeless-issues

True Colors hosts national summit on LGBTQ homeless issues - The True Colors Fund's Forty To None project hosted a national LGBTQ youth summit Sept. 29-30 at New York City's LGBT Community Center. True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper spoke at the event, and presented awards to the Palette Fund's Terrence Meck and representatives from Chicago LGBT youth homeless projects. Representing Chicago for the honor were longtime activists, performers, and ...


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Bishops' report excludes LGBT-positive language - - American LGBT Catholics on October 18 expressed disappointment in the decision by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to eliminate language that was inclusive and supportive of LGBT Catholics from the conference's final report. "Once more members of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church have erred on the side of hypocrisy and fear," said Lisbeth Melenndez Rivera, HRC Foundation's Director ...


Federal-judge-strikes-down-Arizona-marriage-ban

Federal judge strikes down Arizona marriage ban - From a press release - ( Phoenix, AZ, October 17, 2014 ) - U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick today struck down Arizona's discriminatory marriage ban, paving the way for same-sex couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses or to have their legal out-of-state marriages respected. "Welcome, Arizona - the 31st freedom to marry state! We are grateful that Judge Sedwick acted so ...


Federal-judge-rules-for-marriage-equality-in-Wyoming-

Federal judge rules for marriage equality in Wyoming - From a press release - ( Casper, WY, October 17, 2014 )—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in the challenge to the State of Wyoming's ban on marriage equality. The court's order granted a request by four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality, who had filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wyoming's ...


Neil-Patrick-Harris-to-host-Oscars-

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars - Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards for the first time, Variety reported. Although this will mark Harris' first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of hosting experience, having hosted the Tony Awards four times as well as the Emmy awards twice. Harris also performed the opening musical number during the 2010 Oscars. The 87th Annual Academy ...


Report-released-on-LGBTQ-HIV-affected-Intimate-Partner-Violence-

Report released on LGBTQ, HIV-affected Intimate Partner Violence - From a press release - For a second year in a row, the report shows highest homicide rate ever recorded. -Reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected intimate partner violence (IPV) increased slightly in 2013. -For a second year in a row there were 21 IPV homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people documented; the highest total recorded -In 2013, 76 % of IPV homicide victims were gay ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Dracula-Untold-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: Dracula Untold; film notes - How differently would audiences respond to Dracula Untold—Universal's latest attempt to reboot its classic monsters franchise—if the actor playing Dracula was openly gay? Would it diminish their ability to immerse themselves into the filmmakers attempt to explain the origins of vampire lore that is the basis of the film? Would they ascribe some sort of underlying queer symbolism to Vlad ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I've got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives."—Tom Brady describes the unique relationship he has with his teammates on the New England Patriots. Well, what's a little pigskin between friends... It's nice to know that even in my mid-40s, I can still have new experiences. But here's one I didn't see coming. Last week, someone admitted ...


-Two-anti-LGBT-hate-attacks-in-Brooklyn

Two anti-LGBT hate attacks in Brooklyn - The New York City Anti-Violence Project has learned of an anti-gay hate violence attack that occurred Monday, Oct. 13 on Washington Avenue near Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights Brooklyn. According to media sources, a 33-year-old man was followed into his apartment building and attacked with a hammer by a man yelling anti-gay slurs. At this time, the suspect remains at ...


NY-Appeals-Court-holds-hearing-on-Lateisha-Green-hate-crime-conviction-

NY Appeals Court holds hearing on Lateisha Green hate crime conviction - From an Empire State Pride Agenda press release - The following can be attributed to Empire State Pride Agenda's Transgender Rights Organizer EÃ"ghann Renfroe: "We stand with our community in support of Lateisha Green, a young woman who was taken from us too soon, and whom the justice system has utterly failed. This young transgender woman of color was shot and killed in Syracuse, New York in 2008 by ...


Cyndi-Lauper-talks-about-Kinky-Boots

Cyndi Lauper talks about 'Kinky Boots' - Winner of six Tony Awards, the Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots debuted on The Great White Way in October 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. The popular musical is based on the 2005 film Kinky Boots, which was serendipitously inspired by a true story. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots was ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Oscar-Wilde-in-Chicago

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Oscar Wilde in Chicago - Part Two - The Chicago that Wilde saw was a traumatized city in recovery from a devastating fire that destroyed 18,000 buildings and killed 300 people. When he remarked to a reporter on the ugliness of the city's external fire escapes, he was reminded of the 1871 inferno and their necessity. A modern city was growing fast; two months before Wilde's arrival 300,000 ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Tenderloins-LGBT-story-survives-

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Tenderloin's LGBT story survives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood has a colorful history and was once the center of gay life in San Francisco. Grittier than the Castro, which in the late 1970s overtook "The Loin," as it's sometimes called, as the city's gay hub, the neighborhood just blocks away from City Hall also has a well-worn reputation for drug dealing, robbery and other crimes. ...


PRIDE-Institute-paved-way-for-LGBT-substance-abuse-treatment-

PRIDE Institute paved way for LGBT substance-abuse treatment - LGBT HISTORY MONTH Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the PRIDE Institute in Minnesota opened up in 1986 it was a novel idea—a substance-abuse treatment center catering to the gay and lesbian community. But within three months of opening, every bed was filled, proving there was a need. "Back then we dealt with a lot of homophobia—internal and external," said co-founder Ellen Ratner of PRIDE. "I think what ...


TALK-TO-THE-DOC-Trans-people-and-hormone-therapy

TALK TO THE DOC Trans people and hormone therapy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: When you see a transgender patient and prescribe hormone therapy, what do you tell that person's insurance company you're treating them for? What is the diagnosis? As a doctor, I'm always amazed how much emotion is involved in giving a diagnosis to a patient. When things are organized and categorized, they feel more manageable, more approachable. Giving a diagnosis ...


Task-Force-changes-name-marriage-news-Notre-Dame

Task Force changes name; marriage news; Notre Dame - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is changing its name and upping its game "to deliver full LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality," according to a press release. The organization's new name is the National LGBTQ Task Force, and its tagline is "Be you." Executive Director Rea Carey said, "Now more than ever we have the power to define the ...


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Jennifer Hudson and HRC; Transparent; Annie Lennox on Beyonce - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a Web video featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for its "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign, according to a press release. In the video, Hudson discusses her longtime support for LGBT equality and announced a new partnership with HRC. She also broke the news that she will be performing at the ...


-Laverne-Cox-talks-about-The-T-Word

Laverne Cox talks about 'The T Word' - From a press release - MTV and Logo TV have joined forces to simultaneously premiere Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on Oct. 17. The 60-minute documentary highlights seven transgender youths from varying walks of life with one of the world's most famous trans icons in the center of it all—Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox. The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she ...


New-studies-estimate-LGBT-population-married-couples

New studies estimate LGBT population, married couples - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Two new studies released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, review findings from four recent large, national, population-based surveys to derive estimates of the size of the LGBT community and same-sex married and unmarried couple families. Estimates across the surveys analyzed imply that between 5.2 and 9.5 million adults in the U.S. identify as ...


Gay-Catholic-ministry-responds-to-Vaticans-message-of-welcome

Gay Catholic ministry responds to Vatican's message of welcome - From press releases - The Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family has released a relatio, its mid-term report, and it has encouraging statements. The entire text of the relate is here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/10/13/0751/03037.html . Below is the response of New Ways Ministry's Executive Director, Francis DeBernardo, to this news: "The relatio offers some very hopeful directions in the way that Church leaders should address lesbian ...


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HRC scores 113th Congress; Alaska marries; WH looks at AIDS, violence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HRC releases scorecard of 113th Congress The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBT equality in the 113th Congress—and, according to the organization, results show record gains in support for LGBT equality. Members of Congress were scored based on their votes and co-sponsorships of pieces of legislation that are key indicators of ...


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Federal judge affirms the freedom to marry in Alaska - From press releases - From Freedom to Marry New York — Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and respect for same-sex couples' marriages in Alaska. Judge Burgess was appointed by President George W. Bush and recommended by Republican U.S. Senators Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following ...


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MOVIES Rory Kennedy re-creates 'Last Days in Vietnam' - Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, 45, is the youngest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children. Born a mere three months following RFK's assassination in 1968, Rory's personal history has long been laden with the remnants of Vietnam ( her father was campaigning for president on the anti-war platform when he was killed ), and now she's taking ...


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Supreme Court: Stunning progress - If state bans against same-sex marriages were a table, the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act last year was like the loss of a leg. The announcement last week that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear appeals to keep such bans on the books was like the loss of a second leg. The table has fallen. All ...


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Women & Children First street dedication - Women & Children First bookstore, marking its 35th year in business—with about 25 of those years in Andersonville—was honored with a street dedication Oct. 11 at Farragut and Clark streets. The co-founders of the store, Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon, recently sold the business to employees Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. All four were at the dedication, which was led ...


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HRC calls for action and protection of transgender women - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In response to the brutal murder of a transgender woman in East Hollywood last week, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has called for increased action to protect transgender people, particularly transgender women of color. The fatal altercation, which was caught on tape and is still under investigation, is being referred to as a botched robbery by ...


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West Va. AG concedes marriage ban unconstitutional - From a press release - ( Huntington, WV, October 9, 2014 ) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey today agreed to end the state's defense of WV's discriminatory marriage ban in Lambda Legal's marriage case one day after the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia lifted its stay on the case, McGee v. Cole. et. al. The state's change ...


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Federal district court in North Carolina strikes down ban - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Today, a federal district court in North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. In North Carolina, according to the 2010 Census, there are more than 18,300 cohabiting same-sex couples, of which an estimated 18% are raising nearly 6,800 children in their homes. Williams Institute research also suggests that more than 9,155 of ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride; film notes - Given the improbability of the true story that is the basis for director Mathew Warchus' Pride, it makes perfect sense why everyone involved realized this would make a great movie. In England, in 1984 two disparate groups—a small faction of the gay community and a tiny segment of the enormous and mostly conservative striking miner movement—found solidarity under the oppressive ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Mary Lambert tells her 'Secrets' - The bipolar lesbian who rocks mom jeans is at it again with a new album. Lyrics from the latest single "Secrets" tell all with a description of the personal things that make her unique—including the characteristics mentioned in the opening sentence. The massive hit "Same Love" took over the airwaves with her guest vocals on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...







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