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Knight-at-the-Movies-Love-Is-Strange-To-Be-Takei-Yves-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: Love Is Strange; To Be Takei; Yves; film notes - This week in Chicago theaters it's a queer movie trifecta—a rare occasion indeed for Our People and one that shouldn't be missed out on. Love Is Strange, from out director Ira Sachs ( who co-wrote the movie in collaboration with Mauricio Zacharias ), lives up to the sensational advance word following its Sundance premiere while Jennifer M. Koot's To Be ...


Wanda-Sykes-talks-kids-family-and-hitting-the-road

Wanda Sykes talks kids, family and hitting the road - A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. "Was she funny?" "Did she make you laugh?" "Was she as hilarious as she seems?" All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves ...


Director-Ira-Sachs-star-Alfred-Molina-on-Love-Is-Strange

Director Ira Sachs, star Alfred Molina on 'Love Is Strange' - Love Is Strange, which opens in Chicago this Friday, Aug. 29, has been receiving critical acclaim since its Sundance debut early this year. It's the story of Ben and George, two elderly gay men whose 39 years together are put to the test after they marry and lose their Manhattan apartment—thanks to George losing his job at a Catholic school. ...


Study-19-of-LA-County-foster-youth-identify-as-LGBTQ

Study: 19% of L.A. County foster youth identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - A first-of-its-kind study finds that approximately 1 in 5 ( or 1,400 ) foster youth in Los Angeles County, home to the nation's largest population of foster youth, identify as LGBTQ. The study report, entitled "Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionately and Disparities," was funded as part of a landmark $13.3 million, five-year ...


Lambda-launches-Know-Your-Rights-At-Work-for-LGBT-HIV-

Lambda launches Know Your Rights At Work for LGBT, HIV+ - From a press release - ( New York, August 27, 2014 ) — As Labor Day approaches, Lambda Legal has launched its newest section of the Know Your Rights information hub. Know Your Rights Workplace provides information for LGBT and HIV+ people who face discrimination at work. "Among callers to our Legal Help Desk, workplace issues are a top concern year after year—second only to ...


NCLR-representing-conversion-survivor-alleging-abuse-

NCLR representing conversion survivor alleging abuse - From a press release - ( DeSoto County, MS, August 27, 2014 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) helped file a complaint with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department on behalf of a former student of Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Mississippi who says he was sexually abused for three years by a teacher attempting to "cure" his sexual orientation. The former ...


Miley-Beyonce-make-news-at-VMAs

Miley, Beyonce make news at VMAs - It was a woman's world at the MTV Video Music Awards show Aug. 24 as Miley Cyrus and Beyonce dominated—but for very different reasons. Cyrus won the Video of the Year Moonman for "Wrecking Ball"—and had a former homeless teen, named Jesse, to deliver a short speech intended to raise awareness about the issue of homeless youth, Boston.com reported. "I ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Rarely."—Larry King's answer when Howard Stern asked if he masturbates. Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't go to my first gay bar until I was 21. This club, where I was soon employed, had several older regular customers who sat together. I recall thinking, "Oh, those poor old men, wistfully looking at all us young guys." These "poor old men" ...


Emmys-program-has-familiar-ring

Emmys program has familiar ring - Despite cable and outlets such as Netflix delivering more original programming, the 66th Annual Emmy Awards ( which aired on NBC Aug. 25 ) featured familiar names as the winners, for the most part. For example, the AMC drama Breaking Bad—which aired its series finale earlier this year—won its second consecutive Emmy for drama series for its fifth and final ...


Retired-Generals-Military-ready-for-transgender-service

Retired Generals: Military ready for transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three retired US military General Officers, including the former chief medical officer of the US Army, issued a joint statement today concluding that the military's ban on transgender service could be eliminated in a straightforward manner that is consistent with military readiness and core values. Their statement accompanies the release of a new study, "Report of ...


GLSEN-launches-25-Days-for-Safer-Schools

GLSEN launches 25 Days for Safer Schools - NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 — GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ), the nation's leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through ...


7th-Circuit-hears-arguments-for-Indiana-Wisconsin-equal-marriage-

7th Circuit hears arguments for Indiana, Wisconsin equal marriage - About 150 spectators, many of whom stood in line for nearly three hours, crowded into a courtroom at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard marriage equality cases from Indiana and Wisconsin. Both states are within the 7th Circuit, so each state's cases—three from Indiana, one from Wisconsin—were heard at the same time. ...


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Expendables 3 reveal; Roberts' honor; Cohen on Top Chef - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Patrick Hughes has said that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li's Expendables 3 characters are gay, according to Digital Spy. Speculation emerged online after the release of the third film, as a scene involving Schwarzenegger and Li sees the pair getting close in a bar. Asked if Trench ( Schwarzenegger ) and Yin Yang ( Li ) are in a ...


GLSEN-initiative-Cincinnatis-trans-policy-

GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative, according to a press release. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through Sept. 29. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days that began Aug. ...


Study-LGBT-Americans-report-less-access-to-health-care-

Study: LGBT Americans report less access to health care - From a press release - Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT adults are more likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to lack health insurance coverage ( 17.6% v. 13.2%, respectively ). Study author Gates notes, "The findings in this study are consistent with several recent studies showing ...


World-AIDS-Museum-opens-in-Fort-Lauderdale

World AIDS Museum opens in Fort Lauderdale - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FORT LAUDERDALE—Magic Johnson met the media in Los Angeles late in the afternoon on Nov. 7, 1991, to announce his immediate retirement from the NBA after having been diagnosed HIV-positive. Johnson was again talking to the media, this time here in Florida 22 years later to the day of his NBA retirement speech—and again talking about HIV and AIDS. Last ...


New-study-sees-financial-struggles-among-LGBT-Americans

New study sees financial struggles among LGBT Americans - Williams Institute scholar Gates analyzes Gallup data on LGBT well-being - From a news release Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being. For example, the analyses show that nearly 4 in 10 non-LGBT ...


Detroit-police-investigate-anti-trans-hate-crimes

Detroit police investigate anti-trans hate crimes - Authorities look for connections between park shootings - Detroit police are not ruling out a connection in the shootings of three city residents, at least two of whom may have been transgender women, in the Palmer Park area. Police have not yet revealed the names and identities of the victims. The situation has sown much confusion since police and local media initially reported that three "transgender men" had ...


Florida-marriage-ban-ruled-unconstitutional-by-Fed-Court

Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by Fed Court - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against Florida's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Brenner v. Scott, the private attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex ...


US-Supreme-Court-blocks-marriage-in-Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court blocks marriage in Virginia - On Aug. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to delay an appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage-equality ban. The nation's highest court, in McQuigg v. Bostic, granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Aug. 21. The ...


Celebrating-NLGJA-with-a-look-back-at-LGBTs-and-media

Celebrating NLGJA with a look back at LGBTs and media - NLGJA national confab, summit in Chicago Aug. 21-24 - Special LGBT Press History Printout Ssction: The four-page display at the link www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/LGBTandMediaNLGJA2014.pdf features images that tell part of the story of LGBTs in mainstream and community media. These are excerpted from the book Gay Press, Gay Power, by Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim. The artwork will be on display as large banners at the National Gay & Lesbian ...


Depression-Not-just-the-word-of-the-day

Depression: Not just the word of the day - I am not sure how I got there. I am not sure how many hours I was curled in the corner on the bathroom floor. I am not sure how loud my cries were or how long the screams of despair choked the breath from my body. The folded towel I clutched in my rigid arms stifled the sobs as ...


Pedro-Zamoras-honor-NJ-trans-students-troubles

Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness, according to Business Wire. At age 22, the openly gay and HIV-positive Zamora appeared on MTV's The Real World 3: San Francisco ( 1994 ). Officials ...


Streisands-new-CD-Bourdains-support-Latifahs-kiss

Streisand's new CD; Bourdain's support; Latifah's kiss - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Columbia Records has announced the release of Barbra Streisand's Partners album as Sept. 16, according to a press release. The album features 12 new Streisand duets with a variety of male vocalists. Among the duet partners on this CD are Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, her openly gay son Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend, ...


VIEWS-The-stigma-of-Black-suicide-is-killing-us-

VIEWS The stigma of Black suicide is killing us - When the first news reports of Robin Williams' death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country's most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. ...


Dozens-of-LGBT-groups-sign-Brown-letter

Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter - Dozens of the nation's LGBT-advocacy organizations joined an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a press release. Part of the letter reads, "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) community cannot be silent ...


22-of-workforce-protected-from-Gender-Identity-Discrimination

22% of workforce protected from Gender Identity Discrimination - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — 22% of U.S. workers will be covered by the Department of Labor's announcement today that it will interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in Executive Order 11246 ( EO 11246 ) to include discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status. As a result, federal contractors must take steps to protect transgender and other workers from gender identity ...


BILLY-MASTERS

BILLY MASTERS - "He's a lovely boy, but someone's got to tell him."—Lauren Bacall's quip in the wings of an AIDS benefit during Greg Louganis' less-than-inspired rendition of "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line. RIP, Betty! I can't say that I knew Lauren Bacall very well. But I did know her. During my years working with one of her neighbors, we'd ...


BOOKS-Sociologist-discusses-the-end-of-the-Gayborhood

BOOKS Sociologist discusses the end of the 'Gayborhood' - On March 1, 1711, the very first issue of The Spectator magazine was published by British essayist and poet Joseph Addison and Irish writer Richard Steele. In his essay for the edition, Addison talked of his insatiable thirst for knowledge that carried him to all the countries of Europe in which there was something new and strange to be seen. ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Dog-The-Giver-film-note

Knight at the Movies: The Dog; The Giver; film note - On the sweltering afternoon of Aug. 22, 1972—when John Wojtowicz robbed a bank in Brooklyn, taking hostages and standing off with the police for hours—he entered the legion of New York's most memorable characters. He also became a gay-rights pioneer, of sorts, when the motive for the robbery came to light: Wojtowicz wanted the money to finance a gender-reassignment operation ...


A-group-trip-to-Vegas-Plan-it-right-now

A group trip to Vegas? Plan it right now! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Planning a 40th birthday party? Getting married to your longtime companion? Looking for the ultimate bachelor or bachelorette party where the boys will only want to see boys? As for the girls, well, they tend to opt for the more refined fun than the boys. The Vegas Strip can be crazy to navigate. Vegas is so big and so exciting, ...


Trans-woman-McShan-wins-right-to-be-herself

Trans* woman McShan wins right to be herself - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed with men and, so, subjected to rape and violent assault from fellow inmates while prison staff have looked the other way; denial of hormone ...


A-change-is-coming-for-out-performer-Darrian-Ford-

A change is coming for out performer Darrian Ford - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke was created by the talented Darrian Ford. Backed by a live band, Ford interprets classic of Cooke's like "Chain Gang" and "You Send Me." Ford's resume began at age 13 in the show Great Nitty Gritty. He moved to New York for a Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair. He ...


NBA-referee-weds-partner

NBA referee weds partner - NBA referee Violet Palmer married her partner of 20 years, celebrity hairstylist Tanya Stine, Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, according to AOL.com. Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to referee an NBA game, and is now the first openly gay official in the NBA. Basketball Wives L.A. star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former ...


Spurs-hire-NBAs-first-women-assistant-coach

Spurs hire NBA's first women assistant coach - The world-champion San Antonio Spurs made NBA history, announcing that six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon will join the team as an full-time assistant coach for the 2014-15 season, making her the first women ever in that position, USA Today reported. Hammon, a 16-year WNBA veteran who has played for the San Antonio Stars since 2007, will retire after the current ...


Jane-Lynch-to-announce-Jeff-Award-nominations

Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Award nominations - Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will announce the Joseph Jefferson Awards ( "Jeff Awards" ) Thursday, Aug. 21, in Chicago. Lynch—best known as Coach Sue Sylvester on TV's Glee—started her acting career in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago theatre which will be held on Monday, ...


Orange-wins-Creative-Emmys

'Orange' wins Creative Emmys - On Aug. 16, the Television Academy presented the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch, Tony Hale, Amy Schumer, Allison Janney, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Joe Manganiello were among the presenters. HBO won the most awards, with 15. NBC was second with 10. Netflix won seven honors, ...


Campus-Pride-lists-50-LGBT-friendly-colleges-universities

Campus Pride lists 50 LGBT-friendly colleges, universities - From a press release - Friday, August 15, 2014 - Campus Pride announced today the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way. University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale are in the top ...


Chicago-Rowing-Union-wins-gold-at-Gay-Games-9

Chicago Rowing Union wins gold at Gay Games 9 - From a press release - ( Cleveland, August 13, 2014 ) — Chicago Rowing Union ( CRU ) — the Midwest's only GLBT rowing team — brought home the gold at Gay Games 9, finishing first in the Men's Four with Coxswain race. The event, according to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, was one of the largest regattas in the history of the Gay Games, with ...


Chicagoans-celebrate-gold-and-more-at-Gay-Games-9

Chicagoans celebrate gold and more at Gay Games 9 - Two teams brought gold back to Chicago, and many individuals shined too as Gay Game 9, the eight-day sports and cultural extravaganza, culminated Saturday, Aug. 16 in Cleveland. The Chicago Rowing Union ( CRU ) captured the gold medal in the Men's Four with Coxswain race, the club's first-ever Games gold. CRU also won gold in the Women's Four race, ...


Barbra-Streisand-top-male-vocalists-duet-on-new-album-

Barbra Streisand, top male vocalists duet on new album - From a press release - ( Columbia Records; New York, NY — August 13, 2014 ) — Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand's "Partners" album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists. Ms. Streisand took to Instagram on August 11th to announce to the world the official September 16th release ...


Arizona-State-football-player-comes-out-as-gay-

Arizona State football player comes out as gay - Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has come out as gay, USA Today reported. He became the first active Division I college football player to come out to the public, and followed in the footsteps of St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, who came out publicly after his collegiate career at Missouri ended. Sarafin—a 6'6", 320-pound walk-on—told the ...


Election-surprises-Clementi-foundation-news-Manning

Election surprises; Clementi foundation news; Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a stunner, gay-friendly Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost—badly—in a Democratic primary, according to a Newser.com item. Abercrombie had name recognition, history, a 10-to-1 spending advantage and President Obama's endorsement—and still lost 67 percent to 32 percent to state Sen. David Ige. Abercrombie became the state's first incumbent governor to fall in a primary, and only the second to fail ...


New-index-examines-companies-LGBT-policies

New index examines companies' LGBT policies - For the investors who care about creating a socially responsible portfolio, one key resource allows them to put their money in businesses with shared politics. The Workplace Equality Portfolio, and its associated index, includes publicly traded companies that support the LGBT community. To be included in the index, companies must score a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate ...


Iconic-actress-Lauren-Bacall-dies-at-89

Iconic actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 - Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Aug. 12 at age 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York, CNN reported. Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske ) started experiencing international fame in 1944 with her first film, To Have and Have Not, which she ...


Chenoweths-health-James-Francos-change-Sam-Smith

Chenoweth's health; James Franco's change; Sam Smith - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kristin Chenoweth has hinted at some serious health problems via Twitter, US Weekly noted. The Emmy and Tony winner, 46, shared some issues that she is going through, posting, "Unable to move. Numbness and tingling in arm. Going to cedars dr tomorrow. Ah anyone who prays please do!" Chenoweth has dealt with health scares in the past, including being diagnosed ...


Lesbian-drama-Anatomy-on-Vimeo-

Lesbian drama 'Anatomy' on Vimeo - Writer/director Marina Rice Bader ( executive producer of Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending ) has released her feature-length directorial debut Anatomy of a Love Seen as a $5 digital rental on Vimeo via the film's website, http://www.AnatomyOfALoveSeen.com/. Following the July 18 premiere of the lesbian-themed drama at the 32nd Annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bader immediately gave the ...


Gay-rights-activist-receives-baseball-award

Gay-rights activist receives baseball award - At The Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day on July 20 in Pasadena, California, Chicago gay-rights activist and baseball superfan Jerry Pritikin ( aka The Bleacher Preacher ) received the 2014 Hilda Award. According to Pritikin's blog, "the Hilda Award is named after the fabled fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, [who was] best known for ...


Iconic-actress-Lauren-Bacall-dies-at-89

Iconic actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 - Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Aug. 12 at age 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York, CNN reported. Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske ) started experiencing international fame in 1944 with her first film, To Have and Have Not, which she ...


Michael-Sam-debuts-in-NFL-

Michael Sam debuts in NFL - Michael Sam has played his first NFL game. According to ESPN.com, the league's first openly gay player got an extended look at defensive end in the St. Louis Rams' preseason opener—a 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Sam entered the game with five minutes, 13 seconds to go in the first quarter. He then played the rest of the ...


Obama-LGBT-groups-issue-statements-on-Michael-Brown-death

Obama, LGBT groups issue statements on Michael Brown death - From press releases - President Obama issued the following statement on the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.: "The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and ...


PASSAGES-Robin-Williams-found-dead-at-63

PASSAGES Robin Williams found dead at 63 - Groundbreaking comic Robin Williams, 63, was found dead of an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. The comic, who was fighting depression, was heralded as one of the best comics of all time by friends, colleagues and fans. Williams was a star of standup, stage, TV and movies, and he was unafraid to take on a wide ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Into-the-Storm-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: Into the Storm; film notes - One would suppose that a director with the movies Aliens of the Deep, Final Destination 5 and Surefire ( a film about raging forest fires ) on his resume would be the perfect guy to helm a big-budget tornado disaster movie like Into the Storm. And on that score, Steven Quale, said director, does indeed deliver a film that is ...


Gay-Games-9-opens-in-Cleveland-Akron

Gay Games 9 opens in Cleveland-Akron - More than 6,000 athletes representing about 50 counties and most of the U.S. states celebrated the opening of Gay Games 9 in the Cleveland-Akron area of northeast Ohio Aug. 9. Politicians, performers and a parade of athletes were part of the 3.5-hour ceremony at the indoor Quicken Loans Arena. President Barack Obama sent a video greeting to the celebrants, noting ...


Federal-officials-discuss-HIV-AIDS-progress-

Federal officials discuss HIV/AIDS progress - The Obama Administration's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, as well as state and local service providers' responses and report on their own progress, was the focus of an Aug. 5 panel at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Douglas Brooks, director of the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy, spoke of the federal government's efforts to curb new infections ...


NCAVP-responds-to-hate-violence-homicide-of-Juan-Ceballos-

NCAVP responds to hate violence homicide of Juan Ceballos - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Juan Ceballos, which occurred on July 13th, in Mecca, California. According to local media sources, Ceballos, who identifiedas bisexual, was killed outside of his home by a co-worker, Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez. According to a criminal complaint, Ramirez ambushed the victim outside of Ceballos's apartment, killing him ...


Natl-justice-groups-criticize-Michfest-policy-

Nat'l justice groups criticize Michfest policy - Several national social-justice organizations have criticized the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( also known as Michfest ) for its unofficial policy excluding trans* women. The Human Rights Campaign has thrown its weight behind those taking issue with the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's "intention" to exclude transgender women, according to Advocate.com. This happened just days after Equality Michigan called on the ...


Target-supports-marriage-equality

Target supports marriage equality - Target announced its support for same-sex marriage in a court filing, finally putting an end to years of avoiding the subject, according to CNN.com. The retail giant signed an amicus ( friend-of-the-court ) brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago, joining other big companies that have taken a stand for marriage equality. The case deals with ...


6th-Circuit-signal-direction-on-marriage-equality-lawsuits

6th Circuit signal direction on marriage equality lawsuits - The three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seemed to signal pretty clearly where they're headed on the six marriage equality lawsuits they heard arguments in Wednesday: They're heading toward the first federal appeals ruling to undo lower court rulings that held state bans on marriage for same-sex couples to be unconstitutional. The judges at the August ...


Pro-soccer-player-supports-LGBT-community-Pride-Night-events

Pro soccer player supports LGBT community, Pride Night events - When asked if he would represent his soccer team, the Chicago Fire, at the annual Chicago Pride Parade in June, Quincy Amarikwa didn't hesitate. He said, sure, "no problem." About six weeks after the parade through the streets of Lakeview on the city's north side, Amarikwa was still filled with fond memories of his first pride parade—and he's straight. "It ...


LGBT-immigrant-groups-protest-Ku-Klux-Klan-rally-

LGBT, immigrant groups protest Ku Klux Klan rally - From a press release - WELCOME, NC — This Saturday, while the Ku Klux Klan holds a mass anti-immigration rally in the small town of Welcome, NC, members of LGBTQ and immigrant rights groups GetEQUAL North Carolina and El Cambio will stage a counter-protest to speak out against the Klan's actions, making it clear that hatred is not "welcome" in their home state. As the ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Violette-The-Hundred-Foot-Journey

Knight at the Movies: Violette; The Hundred-Foot Journey - When Barbra Streisand addressed a Women in Film group in 1992 and said, "If a man wants to get it right, he's looked up to and respected. If a woman wants to get it right, she's difficult and impossible," she could easily have been talking about the three female leading characters in Lucy, Violette and The Hundred-Foot Journey. These complex ...


Federal-Appeals-Court-to-hear-arguments-in-six-marriage-cases

Federal Appeals Court to hear arguments in six marriage cases - From the ACLU - CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court will hear arguments today in six challenges to laws that ban marriage for same-sex couples or the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples throughout the 6th District. In each case, a lower court in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, or Kentucky ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ...


Sixth-Circuit-hears-Tennessee-marriage-equality-case

Sixth Circuit hears Tennessee marriage equality case - From a news release - ( Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2014 )—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral argument in Tennessee's marriage equality case, Tanco v. Haslam. Attorney William Harbison argued on behalf of the three plaintiff couples that Tennessee's failure to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples violates the federal Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process, ...


First-Comes-Love-book-takes-look-at-LGBTQ-love

'First Comes Love' book takes look at LGBTQ love - Available Sept. 26, First Comes Love ( Soleil Press ) is a new coffee-table photo book that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the United States. The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud ( aka B. Proud ), the book is just one element of the "First Comes Love" Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, ...


First-Comes-Love-book-takes-look-at-LGBTQ-love

'First Comes Love' book takes look at LGBTQ love - Available Sept. 26, First Comes Love ( Soleil Press ) is a new coffee-table photo book that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the United States. The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud ( aka B. Proud ), the book is just one element of the "First Comes Love" Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, ...


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NC court says stepparents can maintain contact with children - From a news release - ( Trenton, NJ, August 6, 2014 )—Today, an appellate court in New Jersey issued a decision recognizing that a same-sex stepparent who has raised a child from a young age can seek custody or visitation with the child if it is in child's best interests. The court recognized that every child has a strong interest in maintaining a relationship with ...


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Jennifer Hudson on family; Turing subject of film - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has spoken out about the pain she felt following the shootings that killed her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, The Wrap noted. "There would be no point in faith if it wasn't tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive," Hudson told the ...


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National: Frank slams Obama; first responders back marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told The Huffington Post that President Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan. "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled—I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank said. "But ...


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Billy Masters - "Jesse [Tyler Ferguson] and I call Cam a 'bossy, fussy bottom."—Eric Stonestreet gives the Huffington Post a bit of insight into his Modern Family character. Frankly, I think a better name for the sitcom might be Who's the Top. Why on Earth should I care who Andi chose on The Bachelorette? Ostensibly, it's part of my job to watch it. ...


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MKTO: From Nickelodeon to making a 'Classic' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a bromance that spawned a hit album for new group MKTO. The duo—made up of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller—met while making the Nickelodeon series Gigantic, combining their initials to form the band's name. They were signed to Columbia Records and released a first single, "Thank You." The second single, "Classic," has brought them tons of radio play breaking ...


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LGBTQ, immigrant rights groups urge trans woman's release - From a press release - A coalition of LGBTQ and immigrant rights organizations are calling on the Department of Homeland Security today to immediately release Marichuy Leal Gamino, a transgender woman who was sexually assaulted last week at Eloy Detention Center, a for-profit private immigration detention facility in Arizona. Marichuy, who has been housed with men at Eloy for over a year, was sexually assaulted ...


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Gay Games 9: Fewer registrants, but excitement aplenty - When basketball superstar LeBron James announced in mid-July that he was "coming home" to play this upcoming season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, organizers for Gay Games 9—which runs from Aug. 9-16 in Cleveland—sent a formal invitation to James to attend the Games' opening ceremony. The event, after all, is being held at Quicken Loans Arena, the same venue that, come ...


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Agnes Moorehead to get her due at NRHOF ceremony - Harnessing a talent uncompromised and a career spanning 60 years in the entertainment industry, Bewitched television actress Agnes Moorehead will be honored posthumously at the National Radio Hall of Fame ( NRHOF ) ceremony Sunday, Nov. 9, in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago. Born in 1900, Moorehead began ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "The chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually. Which is crazy. Not that it—the chances of it are, like you know, it's like probably 'pigs could fly'. Like, I don't think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There could be a sharknado."—Tara Reid explains how Sharknado is, in fact, a ...







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