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Virginia-Gov-Terry-McAuliffe-vetoes-anti-LGBTQ-License-to-Discriminate-bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes anti-LGBTQ "License to Discriminate" bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, praised Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's veto of Senate Bill ( SB 1324 ) and House Bill ( HB ) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate ...


Federal-court-Florida-death-certificates-must-reflect-same-sex-relationships

Federal court: Florida death certificates must reflect same-sex relationships - From a press release - ( Miami March 23, 2017 ) —Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that the state must issue accurate death certificates to all surviving same-sex spouses. This is a victory for Lambda Legal clients Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, two gay widowers, and all other surviving same-sex spouses who were denied accurate death certificates for ...


Anti-LGBTIQ-Hate-Bus-Tours-The-United-States

Anti-LGBTIQ Hate Bus Tours The United States - From a joint press release - The so-called FreeSpeechBus, is currently spreading its hateful message through the streets of New York City. The organizers behind the bus include the International Organization for the Family, labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the notoriously anti-LGBTIQ group National Organization for Marriage. The bright orange bus is covered in the message, "It's Biology: Boys are ...


Lambda-Legal-Announces-2017-National-Liberty-Awards-Honorees

Lambda Legal Announces 2017 National Liberty Awards Honorees - From a press release - NEW YORK — Today, Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest LGBT legal organization, announced Larry Kramer and Javier Muñoz as this year's Liberty Award honorees. The Liberty Awards National Dinner honors advocates, activists and allies in the fight for LGBT equality. Larry Kramer will receive the Kevin Cathcart Community Legacy Award, an award named in honor of Lambda Legal's ...


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NCLR: Gorsuch fails to affirm fundamental rights for LGBT community - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - ( San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2017 )- Today marked the final day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. issued the following statement in response: "As we celebrate our fortieth year securing the rights, liberties and futures of LGBT people, we do so acutely aware that ...


Radical-anti-LGBT-activist-appointed-to-lead-HHS-Civil-Rights-Office-groups-respond

Radical anti-LGBT activist appointed to lead HHS Civil Rights Office, groups respond - From press releases - President Trump this week quietly appointed anti-LGBT extremist Roger Severino as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS/OCR ). The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ), the Center for American Progress ( CAP ), the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the National Health Law Program, the National ...


NC-GOP-refuses-to-allow-clean-up-or-down-vote-on-full-HB2-repeal

NC GOP refuses to allow clean up or down vote on full HB2 repeal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — On March 22 the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina slammed North Carolina's Republican leadership for their continued refusal to allow a clean up or down vote on the full repeal of HB2. Signed into law a year ago tomorrow by former Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his bid for re-election over that ...


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130 congregations to participate in Nat'l Weekend of Prayer for Trans Justice - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 130 congregations in more than 30 states will participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, dedicating their weekly services and/or holding special events to support transgender people across America who continue to lack full legal protection, face unequal treatment, and experience disproportionate ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - If you're anything like me ( and I believe at least some of you are ), you can never have enough Tennessee Williams. Recently, I dashed back to Boston to see Night of the Iguana with Elizabeth Ashley, Amanda Plummer and James Earl Jones. Last week, it was a play about Tennessee Williams at the Pasadena Playhouse starring Al Pacino, ...


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'More Than a Letter,' Picnic present queer voices this spring - Internationally acclaimed and award-winning transgender pianist Sara Davis Buechner is more than happy to be a part of the Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming concerts of "More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists." Buechner came aboard at the invitation of guest conductor Michael Morgan, who is music director of the Oakland Symphony and a former assistant conductor of the Chicago ...


Lambda-Literary-finalists-announced

Lambda Literary finalists announced - LGBT organization Lambda Literary announced the finalists of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, or the "Lammys." They were chosen from nearly 900 submissions and more than 300 publishers. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday, June 12, at New York City's NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Just a few of the nominated works ...


MOMBIAN-Adoption-rules-spark-need-for-public-outrage

MOMBIAN Adoption rules spark need for 'public outrage' - An increasing number of states are risking harm to children in foster care by allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and others who wish to foster or adopt them. South Dakota, on March 10, enacted a law stating that no child-placement agency may be required to provide service that conflicts with its "sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction," even if they ...


San-Franciscos-Harvey-Milk-Plaza-may-become-LGBT-civil-rights-memorial

San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza may become LGBT, civil rights memorial - From a press release - ( SAN FRANCISCO, CA ) MARCH 22, 2017 - When San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk took his bullhorn and rallied crowds at the intersection of Market and Castro Streets in San Francisco, he inspired a generation and helped forge the LGBT civil rights movement, and now steps are underway to make this hallowed ground a fitting tribute to both Milk ...


BOOKS-Roxane-Gay-returns-to-Chicago-to-talk-about-Difficult-Women

BOOKS Roxane Gay returns to Chicago to talk about 'Difficult Women' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Roxane Gay can do anything," Women and Children First co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck said when introducing the celebrated author to the avid audience that filled Senn High School's Auditorium on March 15. It was the bookstore's third time hosting Gay, who's known widely for her fiction, essays, journalism and even her work with Marvel comics. No matter the medium, Hollenbeck said, ...


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FILM REVIEW Beauty and the Beast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Bill Condon. Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. Running time: 129 min. Release date: March 17 Beauty and the Beast is a "tale as old as time," but this time out there are some new nuances that are expanded on, such as Belle's father Maurice played by Kevin Kline role being meatier. The Beast even sports a man-braid ...


National-Trans-inclusive-sorority-agender-activist-Athlete-Ally

National: Trans-inclusive sorority, agender activist, Athlete Ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A sorority has become the first in the country to welcome transgender women into all of its chapters nationwide, according to NewNowNext.com. On Feb. 17, the national headquarters for Alpha Chi Omega, a 132-year-old Greek formed at Indiana's DePauw University, announced it was lifting its ban on transgender women. "We want everyone to feel included and feel like they're being ...


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Entertainment: Billie Jean King, 'Outpost,' John Barrowman, RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-two years after co-founding World Team Tennis ( WTT ), Billie Jean King announced she will step away as the majority owner of the organization, ESPN.com reported. King, 73, said she was selling her share to Mark Ein, founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will continue to serve as ...


Trump-Administration-Proposes-Dropping-LGBT-Elders-from-Key-Federal-Survey-

Trump Administration Proposes Dropping LGBT Elders from Key Federal Survey - From a press release - [NEW YORK, NY] Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders ( SAGE ) announced today that it is launching a nationwide effort to oppose the Trump Administration's proposed erasure of LGBT elders from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants ( NSOAAP ). Specifically, SAGE opposes changes that would eliminate questions that allow the federal government to assess the extent ...


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AHCA would harm LGBTs, people with HIV per Fenway Institute analysis - From a press release - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief titled What the American Health Care Act means for LGBT people and people living with HIV, outlining how the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ), the Trump Administration's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), could impact LGBT people, people living with HIV ( PLWH ), ...


Transgender-Women-of-Color-to-Rally-on-National-Day-of-Action-to-End-Violence

Transgender Women of Color to Rally on National Day of Action to End Violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ advocates in a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color. Since the beginning of the year, seven transgender women of color have been murdered across the country. In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, hate crimes targeting transgender women have skyrocketed since the election ...


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Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this ...


Two-Congressional-bills-would-outlaw-LGBT-housing-discrimination

Two Congressional bills would outlaw LGBT housing discrimination - From a NAGLREP press release - Jupiter, Fla. ( March 16, 2017 ) — The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals ( NAGLREP ) has endorsed two separate Congressional bills which will positively impact the lives of the LGBT community and outlaw housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. United States Congressmen David Cicilline ( D-RI ), co-chair of the Congressional ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - I thought awards season was over. And yet, there are still a couple ceremonies to talk about—like the iHeartRadio Awards. I can hear you rolling your eyes, but suspend your disbelief until I share this almost touching story. When Justin Timberlake received an award for "Can't Stop the Feeling", he said, "If you are Black or you are brown or ...


Maddow-reveals-Trump-tax-returns

Maddow reveals Trump tax returns - Out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, on March 14, revealed President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns. "This is the first time any federal tax returns [of Trump's] have been obtained by any news organization since he became a candidate, let alone president," Maddow stated. The forms indicated that Trump and his wife, Melania, paid more than $38 million in federal income ...


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Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive White House honor - The night following Moonlight's win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater—the country's longest running LGBTQ youth theater company—celebrated a first, too, with a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented last November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. Receiving the award is a ...


Texas-Senate-passes-discriminatory-anti-LGBT-bill-SB6-Lambda-Legal-responds

Texas Senate passes discriminatory anti-LGBT bill SB6, Lambda Legal responds - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Austin, TX, March 15, 2017 ) — The Texas State Senate today approved SB6, a discriminatory anti-LGBT bill similar to North Carolina's HB2 that singles out LGBT Texans for discriminatory treatment, blocks Texas municipalities from enacting local nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals, and voids those local protections now on the books. Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and Director of ...


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$8,466,970 granted to assist victims of the Pulse nightclub - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Office for Victims of Crime ( OVC ), part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, announced an $8,466,970 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program ( AEAP ) grant to assist victims of the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. OVC will award the grant tomorrow to the Florida Office ...


Author-Santiago-on-Being-Open-about-the-Downlow

Author Santiago on 'Being Open about the Downlow' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cordaro Dont'e Santiago grew up a bit of an outcast—an overweight, observant kid who watched his family dysfunction and felt personally responsible. As he got older, he realized he was attracted to men, but as a young Black teenager trying to navigate high school life, being out and finding men wasn't easy. I Will Never Be #1 In His Life: ...


-NUNN-ON-ONE-Fitness-Marshall-weighs-in-on-boyfriend-Britney

NUNN ON ONE 'Fitness Marshall' weighs in on boyfriend, Britney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new fitness expert in town and his name is Caleb Marshall. Now known as The Fitness Marshall, he began with a YouTube channel that exploded in popularity. The openly gay social-media celebrity has more than 800,000 subscribers and been watched more than 124 million times. Marshall is ready to start a revolution combining large group classes with a ...


National-roundup-ProtectTransWomen-Black-AIDS-Institute-soccer-incident

National roundup: #ProtectTransWomen, Black AIDS Institute, soccer incident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike, a press release noted. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Entertainment-Laverne-Cox-Katy-Perry-Justin-Hartley-Womens-Day-backers

Entertainment: Laverne Cox, Katy Perry, Justin Hartley, Women's Day backers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox has been tapped as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in ABC's The Trustee, Deadline noted. The show is a comedic one-hour pilot from the Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Cox is coming off CBS' midseason legal drama Doubt, in ...


Federal-Court-rules-Class-action-on-solitary-confinement-suit-to-proceed

Federal Court rules: Class action on solitary confinement suit to proceed - From an Uptown People's Law Center press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 13, 2017 )—The federal district court ruled Friday that prisoners had alleged sufficient facts to prove that the extreme isolation prisoners are subjected to in solitary confinement violates the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The court also ruled that the conditions in these units, as described ...


Trekr-Adventures-starts-LGBT-sail-racing-team-highlights-LGBTs-in-sailing

Trekr Adventures starts LGBT sail racing team, highlights LGBTs in sailing - From a press release - WASHINGTON D.C. — March 13, 2017 — Trekr Adventures has announced that it will enter an all-LGBT racing team in the 2017 British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta. The BVI Spring Regatta is one of the top regattas of the Caribbean. It will be comprised of 150 yachts in 18 varied classes from around the world, competing across three course areas. ...


Communities-Against-Hate-National-Initiative-to-collect-data-provide-services

Communities Against Hate National Initiative to collect data, provide services - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced the launch of Communities Against Hate, an initiative of 11 prominent national organizations working together to address the disturbing spike in hate incidents across the United States. As part of this initiative, the organizationsare launching a database to bring visibility to hate ...


-Conversion-therapy-advocate-dies-at-70

Conversion-therapy advocate dies at 70 - Joseph Nicolosi, an outspoken advocate of the widely criticized practice of gay conversion therapy, has died from flu complications at age 70. Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic confirmed his death via Facebook. Nicolosi was a co-founder of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and was the self-proclaimed creator of the controversial treatment. Conversion therapy—designed to change a person's ...


Illinois-Rep-Schneider-co-sponsors-federal-LGBT-housing-rights-bill

Illinois Rep. Schneider co-sponsors federal LGBT housing-rights bill - U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider ( D-10 ) is the first co-sponsor on a bipartisan bill, introduced March 10, that expands federal housing protections to the LGBT community. The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017, which is H.R. 1447, was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor ( R-Va. ) and expands protections from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, ...


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Mothers speak against DHS's plan to separate families at the border - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has confirmed in numerous news reports that he is considering a plan to institutionalize a policy of separating mothers from their children upon arrival at the U.S. southern border. This measure, which the secretary has publicly referred to as an attempt to deter refugees from seeking safe haven in the ...


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American Muslim Youth Launch Inaugural National #MeetAMuslim Day, 100+ locations - From a press release - On Saturday, March 11, Muslim male youth from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ( AMYA ) USA will hold the inaugural "National #MeetAMuslim Day." AMYA USA participants from at least 50 cities and 120 locations will stand in public spaces holding signs stating "I'm a Muslim, ask me anything" and "Meet a Muslim." "Pew reports that 62% of Americans don't ...


11th-Circuit-rules-against-employee-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian

11th Circuit rules against employee forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, March 10, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit largely affirmed a lower district court's ruling dismissing the lawsuit of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was targeted for harassment and effectively terminated from her job at Georgia Regional Hospital because she is a lesbian and didn't conform to gender norms in ...


Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-in-2017-getting-poor-news-coverage

Murders of trans women of color in 2017 getting poor news coverage - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Following the collective uprising on International Women's Day, J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice issued a statement drawing attention to the alarming violence taking place against transgender women of color. Within the first two months of 2017 seven transgender women of color have been murdered and yet there continues to ...


Iowa-House-Passes-Voter-ID-Bill-Disenfranchising-Transgender-Voters

Iowa House Passes Voter ID Bill Disenfranchising Transgender Voters - From a press release - [Des Moines]— On Thursday, March 9, the Iowa House passed HF 516, a bill that requires voters to present photo identification documents at the polls. The bill passed with a 59-41 vote. One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement on the bill's passage. "This bill disenfranchises many Iowa voters who may be members of the LGBTQ community like ...


WNYC-Studios-to-present-NANCY-podcast-with-new-LGBTQ-community-voices-

WNYC Studios to present NANCY podcast with new LGBTQ community voices - From a press release - ( New York, NY — March 1, 2017 ) — WNYC Studios — the premiere producer of top iTunes podcasts including Radiolab, 2 Dope Queens, andFreakonomics Radio — today announced the launch of its latest podcast, NANCY, on Sunday, April 9. Co-hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, two new voices in the LGBTQ community, NANCY features intimate and frank ...


Cast-of-Amazon-Series-Transparent-Releases-PSA-Urging-Support-for-Gavin-Grimm

Cast of Amazon Series 'Transparent' Releases PSA Urging Support for Gavin Grimm - From a press release - NEW YORK — The cast and crew of the award-winning Amazon series "Transparent" today released a Public Service Announcement urging support for Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose lawsuit against his school board over its refusal to allow him to use the boys' restroom helped bring the fight for transgender rights to the national stage. The American Civil ...


Groups-comment-on-Congress-first-steps-to-repeal-Obamacare

Groups comment on Congress' first steps to repeal Obamacare - From press releases - From the ACLU via press release: WASHINGTON — Two congressional committees are advancing legislation today to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is the first concrete step Congress is taking to not only repeal the ACA but to defund Planned Parenthood and fundamentally restructure the Medicaid program. The legislation, which was only made public Monday evening ...


TGNCLGBTSQ-coalition-calls-for-Day-of-Action-to-protect-trans-women-femmes

TGNCLGBTSQ coalition calls for Day of Action to protect trans women, femmes - From a press release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, a group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I did pee-pee once on the stage. Things happen. It's live. The show must go on. It's not a decision that I made, it just happened and you keep going."—Ricky Martin makes a startling revelation to Kelly Ripa—who seems surprisingly unfazed. Try and remember that the next time you see her all lovey-dovey with her hubby, Mark Consuelos! Can you ...


BOOKS-Kings-and-Queens-peeks-into-LGBT-peoples-homes

BOOKS 'Kings and Queens' peeks into LGBT people's homes - Intimacy. Curiosity. Identity. Photographer Tom Atwood explores all of these themes and others in his new book, Kings and Queens in Their Castles, due out in March. Atwood's inspiration came from myriad sources. "Many LGBTQ photo series depict scantily-clothed young subjects romping through the forest or lounging on the beach. I wanted something else that would strengthen the identity of ...


ACLU-executive-director-on-the-fight-of-the-groups-life

ACLU executive director on the fight of the group's life - For the past 16 years, American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) Executive Director Anthony Romero has been at the helm of one of the hardest-working and effective nonprofits in the country, particularly in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights. As a child of Puerto Rican immigrants who themselves faced discrimination, the openly gay Romero learned that every laborious ...


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LGBT Groups meet with DOE Secretary DeVos - From a press release - The following statement was issued by Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, on a meeting held with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and parents who have been affected by ...


LGBTs-and-people-living-with-HIV-have-much-at-stake-in-ACA-reform-debate-

LGBTs and people living with HIV have much at stake in ACA reform debate - From a press release - BOSTON, March 7, 2017 - Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefited from the Affordable ...


OUTVETS-excluded-from-Bostons-St-Patricks-Day-Parade

OUTVETS excluded from Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade - From an OUTVETS press release - BOSTON — March 8, 2017 — On Tuesday night, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council voted to deny OUTVETS, an organization for LGBTQ veterans, entry in Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. In response to this decision, MassEquality's Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement: "We are extremely disappointed with the South Boston Allied War Veterans ...


Pro-LGBT-groups-families-meet-with-DeVos

Pro-LGBT groups, families meet with DeVos - Families and a trio of pro-LGBT organizations met with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Feb. 8. According to a press release from GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard, "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators ...


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Coroner: George Michael died of natural causes - Darren Salter—senior coroner for Oxfordshire, United Kingdom—has said that late singer George Michael died from natural causes, multiple media outlets have reported. The "Faith" singer, 53, was found at his home on Christmas Day. He apparently had a heart condition. There will be no inquest. Salter's statement read, in part, "As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being ...


National-roundup-Genderqueer-baseball-exec-letter-to-Sessions-Ark-bill

National roundup: Genderqueer baseball exec, letter to Sessions, Ark. bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Sonoma Stompers announced that Jen Ramos, a baseball writer and data journalist from Northern California, would be the team's new assistant general manager—making Ramos possibly the first genderqueer executive in professional sports, ThinkProgress noted. Ramos is an experienced data analyst and prospect evaluator with a master's of science in journalism from the University of Southern California and digital media ...


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Entertainment: 'Drag Race,' Whitney Houston, Timberlake, 'Moonlight' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - EW.com revealed that the Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season will debut to a broader audience Friday, March 24, on VH1. The network is set to broadcast each of the series' subsequent episodes for the remainder of the season, marking the first time Drag Race has shifted networks across its eight-year history, having previously aired more than ...


Community-women-labor-groups-unite-for-International-Womens-Day-Rally-

Community, women, labor groups unite for International Women's Day Rally - From a press release - CHICAGO — In the spirit of International Women's Day, local community and labor organizations will hold a 7 p.m. indoor rally on Wednesday, March 8, to celebrate those who have been leading the fight for women's rights. As an event organized by and for women, the coalition plans to play a part in building an all-inclusive women's rights movement—for all ...


SCOTUS-sends-Grimm-case-back-to-lower-court

SCOTUS sends Grimm case back to lower court - The United States Supreme Court, on March 6, sent a closely-watched case involving a trans student back to a lower court. The court was scheduled to hear the Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. March 28, but remanded the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, asking the appellate court to reconsider the case ...


Trump-issues-version-20-anti-Muslim-travel-ban-groups-respond

Trump issues version 2.0 anti-Muslim travel ban, groups respond - From press releases - Statement from the National LGBTQ Task Force. Press release Washington DC, March 6, 2017: "Version 2.0 of the Trump anti-Muslim executive order is still based entirely on religious hatred and thinly-veiled racism. He is still targeting specific countries; he is telegraphing his despicable anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee and anti-people of color views. This version is still completely against core American values ...


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Grimm vows to keep fighting in court - Gavin Grimm and his ACLU attorney, on March 6, spoke with reporters on a conference call just hours after the United States Supreme Court announced that they would remand Grimm's case to a lower appellate court. Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his Virginia school district after officials required him to use an isolated washroom, away from other facilities. The Supreme ...


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Attorney General Madigan files amicus brief in Supreme Court in trans rights case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a transgender student — known as G.G. — who is suing the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for its policy prohibiting transgender boys and girls from using restrooms that match their gender identity. The attorneys general argue the policy discriminates ...


Yelp-helps-find-gender-neutral-restrooms-joins-amicus-brief-supporting-Grimm

Yelp helps find gender neutral restrooms, joins amicus brief supporting Grimm - From a press release - Yelp has begun rolling out a new business attribute that helps users identify businesses that offer gender neutral restrooms to patrons. Gender neutral restrooms are those that are accessible to persons of any gender and are a locking, single-stall bathroom. On desktop and mobile versions of Yelp, users will be able to see whether or not a business offers gender ...


Natl-leaders-groups-individuals-file-briefs-in-Supreme-Court-supporting-trans-rights

Nat'l leaders, groups, individuals file briefs in Supreme Court supporting trans rights - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, individuals and institutions from across the country representing a diverse and extraordinary cross-section of interests, perspectives, and concerns filed friend-of-court briefs in support of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old high school student from Virginia whose case against his school board over their refusal to allow him access to the boys' restroom at school because he is transgender will ...


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Senators urge Trump to make fighting hate crimes a major priority - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ), Mazie Hirono ( D-HI ) and Richard Blumenthal ( D-CT ) today led a group of 25 Senators in sending a letter to the Trump Administration, urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make combating hate crimes a major focus at the Department of Justice and request full funding for the ...


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Circumcision survey finds long-term harm says gay researcher - From a press release - San Anselmo, CA/USA 02-Mar-2017 - A new survey of men circumcised at birth documents wide-ranging adverse adult outcomes and reveals considerable dissatisfaction and resentment about the genital modification. The International Journal of Human Rights published the findings this week in an article titled "Long-term adverse outcomes from neonatal circumcision reported in a survey of 1,008 men: an overview of health ...


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Billy Masters - "I've known Matt SO long. When I first met Matt, I was the fat one!"—Jimmy Kimmel reveals his history with Matt Damon during his Academy Awards monologue. OH MY GOD! You write a column, you send it off to the proofers and then everything changes in a matter of seconds. I'd love to blame crazy Faye Dunaway and doddering Warren ...


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MOVIES 'Watermelon Woman' celebrates 20 years with re-release - It's been 20 years since filmmaker Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman debuted to audiences across the country and brought one of the first depictions of Black lesbian identity to movie screens. The Watermelon Woman was Dunye's first feature film, and it was the first feature film that a Black lesbian made. The film tells the story of Cheryl ( Dunye ...


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Jaquarrius Holland, Black transgender woman, killed in Louisiana - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Jaquarrius Holland, a Black transgender woman killed in Monroe, Louisiana; the 7th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Jaquarrius Holland, a Black transgender woman, killed in Monroe, Louisiana on February 19th, 2017. Her homicide ...


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Washington DC one of three finalists to host Gay Games XI in 2022 - From a Gay Games DC 2022 press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC's bid to host Gay Games XI has been named one of three finalists for the games to be held in July of 2022. Washington was chosen from among eight bidding cities and will join Guadalajara ( MX ) and Hong Kong ( CN ) in the final round to determine which city ...


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FILM REVIEW Logan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: James Mangold. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. Running Time: 135 min. Release Date: March 3 The Boy from Oz is an old man from over the hill in the new Wolverine flick titled Logan. Our hairy hero jumps into the future and is looking a little worse for wear living in the West. This is the ...


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Ciara McElveen, Black transgender New Orleans woman, 6th reported 2017 killing - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ciara McElveen, a Black transgender woman killed in New Orleans, Louisiana; the 6th reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Ciara McElveen, a Black transgender woman, killed in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 27th, 2017. According ...


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Federal Court Tells High School to Let Transgender Students Use the Bathroom - From a press release - ( Pittsburgh, PA, February 27, 2017 ) — A federal district court judge today ruled in favor of three Lambda Legal clients — transgender students at Pine-Richland High School — and ordered the suburban Pittsburgh school district to allow the students to use the bathroom that matches who they are. The court ruled in favor of Lambda Legal's Motion for ...


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Two books examine future of LGBT spaces: Boystown and The Sex Effect - Goodbye, gayborhood? Although they are written by different people, the books Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago as well as The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex actually look at the formation and/or evolution of LGBT areas. Boystown is a "gay Disneyland" where straight white women routinely "go on safari," asserts Jason Orne, a sociology professor at ...


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Entertainment: Dorian Awards, 'All About Eve,' Ricky Martin, 'Biggest Loser' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA.org ) hosted its 6th annual Dorian Awards Winners Toast in Los Angeles, a press release noted. Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes and the film's Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell took a few questions before the crowd before accepting GALECA's Film of the Year award ( as well as its four Dorian honors ) ...


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National: NBJC and GLAAD changes, Elizabeth Taylor, Thiel blowback - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has expanded its staff and promoted current staff talent with the announcement of two new directors to lead key divisions of the organization's efforts, a press release noted. Nakisha M. Lewis has joined the organization as the director of programs and institutional development; Isaiah R. Wilson, who has been with NBJC since ...


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'Moonlight' mistake part of 89th Oscars - A gasp-inducing snafu and an anger-provoking omission were among the developments that marked an Academy Award event that went smoothly—until the very last moments. In what might be one of the most bizarre endings to any awards show, LGBT film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar. But it took a while, as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway actually pronounced ...







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