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TELEVISION-Downward-Dog-stars-talk-Chicago-canine-co-star

TELEVISION 'Downward Dog' stars talk Chicago, canine co-star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new comedy series called Downward Dog barking its way onto ABC. "Dog" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, making it the first network comedy to do so. It is based on a web series following the life of Nan played by Allison Tolman and her dog Martin, played by a rescue from PAWS Chicago named Ned. Andersonville native ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Bipolar-Sunshine-moves-to-the-Middle-

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Bipolar Sunshine moves to the 'Middle' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British singer Bipolar Sunshine may not be a household name yet, but he is on his way. Born Adio Marchant in Manchester, England, the up-and-coming artist seemed destined for greatness. Before beginning a solo career, he was in the group Kid British. After the act disbanded he released two EPs, and is currently working on a solo album. He was ...


National-roundup-Sting-operation-lesbian-police-chief-Advocate-turns-50

National roundup: Sting operation, lesbian police chief, Advocate turns 50 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A four-day sting operation at several parks in Florida's Volusia County resulted in the arrest of 17 men for lewd activity and one for battery—but some, including LGBTQ-rights group Lambda Legal, are raising concerns over how police and local media have handled the arrests, NBC News reported. Lambda Legal Director of Constitutional Litigation Susan Sommer told NBC Out that "entrapment ...


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Entertainment news: Ryan Phillippe, Queen Latifah, Glenn Close, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ryan Phillippe, while promoting the movie Wish Upon, said that he's "proud" to have played daytime television's first gay teenager, according to NewNowNext. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series during 1992-93. "There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & ...


Court-Reopens-Lambda-Legal-Case-of-Intersex-Citizen-Denied-a-Passport

Court Reopens Lambda Legal Case of Intersex Citizen Denied a Passport - From a press release - ( Denver, CO, June 27, 2017 ) — A federal district court in Denver today granted Lambda Legal's motion to reopen the case of Dana Zzyym, the intersex citizen and U.S. Navy veteran denied a passport because the U.S. State Department continues to refuse to recognize a gender marker that is neither "M" ( male ) nor "F" ( female ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation."—Queen Elizabeth's address to Parliament. BTW, she also shot down a proposed visit by Donald Trump. Way to go, Lilibet. With the summer here, I have a message for all my readers: Hold ...


Supreme-Court-Smacks-Down-Attempt-to-Deny-Accurate-Birth-Certificates-to-Same-Sex-Parents-

Supreme Court Smacks Down Attempt to Deny Accurate Birth Certificates to Same-Sex Parents - From a press release - (New York, NY, June 26, 2017) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a summary reversal, overturned a decision of the Arkansas Supreme Court, in Pavan v. Smith, saying loud and clear that states may not treat same-sex married couples differently than other married couples, including when it comes to issuing two-parent birth certificates to children born to same-sex spouses. ...


US-Supreme-Court-Agrees-to-Hear-Anti-LGBT-Bakery-Case-

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Anti-LGBT Bakery Case - From a press release - ( Washington—- June 26, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it has granted review in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — the Colorado case involving a Denver bakery that cited religious beliefs and refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple contrary to Colorado's civil rights law. Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and ...


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3 big LGBT moves by U.S. Supreme Court - The U.S. Supreme Court took dramatic action on three LGBT-related cases today, with results that could be described as bad, good, and to-be-determined. In a 7 to 2 decision, the court said Missouri could not exclude a non-profit school from a state program just because the school was run by a church. LGBT activists had argued the school should be ...


Two-Years-After-Obergefell-its-Time-for-the-Equality-Act-

Two Years After Obergefell, it's Time for the Equality Act - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, on the two-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) calls on Congress and the Trump Administration to finally enact the Equality Act and establish full federal equality for millions of LGBTQ people. Today also marks the anniversaries of two other important cases that helped ...


Point-Foundation-Scholarships-go-to-largest-and-most-diverse-group-ever

Point Foundation Scholarships go to largest and most diverse group ever - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 22, 2017 — Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's most prominent scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, today announced its 2017 scholarship recipients. The 52 scholarship recipients are the largest and most diverse group in the organization's history. From more than 2,000 applicants, 27 LGBTQ students were chosen to ...


RuPauls-Drag-Race-winner-crowned

'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - The champion of season nine of the VH1 show RuPaul's Drag Race has been crowned. Sasha Velour sashayed away with the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000, beating 13 of the nation's top queens, including Miss Congeniality winner Valentina. Chicagoan Shea Coulee was also a finalist for the title. Season eight winner Bob the ...


LGBT-advocates-and-allies-denounce-Senate-health-care-plan-

LGBT advocates and allies denounce Senate health care plan - Advocates decried details of the U.S. Senate's HR 1628, a.k.a., the Better Health Care Reconciliation Act, after logistics of the plan were finally released on June 22. The intricacies of the plan—the Senate's answer to the House's Affordable Health Care Act ( AHCA )—were crafted in secrecy. The Congressional Budget Office has not yet had a chance to weigh in ...


Pentagon-Considering-6-Month-Delay-in-Policy-Change-Allowing-Trans-Recruits

Pentagon Considering 6 Month Delay in Policy Change Allowing Trans Recruits - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to reports that the Pentagon may delay implementation of the final piece of a policy put into place by the Obama administration that allows qualified transgender people to serve in the Armed Forces. While transgender service members serve openly today thanks to a change implemented last year under ...


HRC-Opposes-Senate-GOP-Proposal-to-Rip-Health-Coverage-from-Millions-

HRC Opposes Senate GOP Proposal to Rip Health Coverage from Millions - From a press release - WATCH: HRC Releases Video on Consequences of Destroying ACA for Countless LGBTQ People WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the Senate Republicans' hatched-in-secret proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and undermine access to health care for as many as 23 million Americans. If it passes, this bill will have a ...


Springfield-Illinois-bishop-issues-edicts-against-Catholics-in-same-sex-marriages-

Springfield, Illinois, bishop issues edicts against Catholics in same-sex marriages - Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, on June 12, published extensive guidelines that could curtail participation by married LGBT persons in his diocese's parishes. Paprocki's guidelines included forbidding clergy or diocese employees, in their official capacities, from taking part in a same-sex marriage ceremony, but his pronouncements extended to Holy Communion rituals as well as funeral rites. "Given the objectively immoral ...


St-Sukie-de-la-Croix-novel-out-in-July

St. Sukie de la Croix novel out in July - St. Sukie de la Croix will release the novel The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity in July. The work is described in a press release as "a humorous historical fantasy that showcases the follies of heteronormative, misogynistic, repressive life." de la Croix is a writer and photographer most widely known for his book Chicago Whispers: A History of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Well, I hope he doesn't, because I won't perform if he does. Because I hate the motherfucker. How's that?"—Patti LuPone, when asked on the Tony Awards' red carpet why President Trump should come see the show she's in, War Paint. She was then asked why she wouldn't perform for him. You don't ask LuPone a question if you ain't ready ...


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PrideFest Milwaukee 2017 sets historic attendance record - With over 37,000 guests, PrideFest Milwaukee's 30th anniversary celebration was officially the largest LGBTQ pride event in Wisconsin history. Featured artists included Steve Grand, Betty Who, Randy Rainbow, 10,000 Maniacs, Todrick Hall, Crystal Bowerson and more. Photos provided by PrideFest Milwaukee ...


Pet-Shop-Boys-to-release-Catalogue-1985-2012

Pet Shop Boys to release 'Catalogue: 1985-2012' - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release Catalogue: 1985-2012, a special series of reissues that will include of all their studio albums released on Parlophone. This definitive edition will feature each album from the duo's discography on the label, remastered and accompanied by "further listening" albums of master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same period of ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Either-Way

BOOK REVIEW Either Way - By Sanda Levins $14.95; Magination Press; 96 pages Cael is a gay kid growing up in the Midwest, afraid to come out because while his classmates have definite ideas about him, he doesn't know what his parents will think. In the meantime, he's taking a history class that's discussing LGBTQ rights, and reading by a memoir of a gay soldier ...


BOOK-REVIEW-INTERVIEW-Jews-Queers-Germans-A-Novel

BOOK REVIEW/ INTERVIEW Jews, Queers, Germans: A Novel - By Martin Duberman. $19.95; Seven Stories Press; 384 pages Without history there is no freedom. And the history that Martin Duberman masterfully unravels in Jews, Queers, Germans: A Novel is remarkable for the territory covered. He calls the book a novel/history, a clever mixture of documented history in novel form that is a gripping read. "I never invent anything ...


BOOKS-Ghosts-of-St-Vincents-A-talk-with-Tom-Eubanks

BOOKS 'Ghosts of St. Vincent's': A talk with Tom Eubanks - Tom Eubanks was born in Libertyville and always knew he was different growing up in Mundelein. In 1985, at age 18, he headed to New York for school and had a solid taste of the New York club scene of the mid-late 1980s. When Eubanks discovered he was HIV-positive and had only two T-cells remaining, his life changed dramatically. Instead ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Game-Changers-The-Unsung-Heroines-of-Sports-History

BOOK REVIEW Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History - By Molly Schiot. $25; Simon & Schuster; 310 pages You can't bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it's going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they're all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book Game Changers, by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the ...


BOOKS-In-Bed-with-activist-Anne-christine-dAdesky

BOOKS 'In Bed' with activist Anne-christine d'Adesky - It's hard to describe The Pox Lover: An Activist's Decade in New York and Paris, the newest book by award-winning journalist Anne-christine d'Adesky—one of the founders of the Lesbian Avengers, a direct-action group that created the Dyke March. The book contains sharp critiques of political figures, historical facts, investigations into her own family history, and a look at how those ...


MUSIC-Taylor-Bennett-on-Urban-Outfitters-hip-hop-and-more

MUSIC Taylor Bennett on Urban Outfitters, hip-hop and more - By Tarina Hargrays - "It's not easy but it's always important to be yourself and know yourself; Have a solid and concrete understanding of who you are." This is what Chicago native and rapper, Taylor Bennett told Windy City Times is the key to owning your identity. The rapper recently came out as bisexual and since then has become the spokesperson for Urban Outfitters' ...


TELEVISION-Jason-Matheson-Aiming-to-make-it-big

TELEVISION Jason Matheson: Aiming to make it big - If Jason Matheson gets his wish, all eyes of the nation will be on him. Matheson is the openly gay host of The Jason Show, a Minnesota-based syndicated series that is middle of a four-week test run in four cities, including Chicago. The show aims to educate as well as entertain—although not necessarily in the traditional way. ( Who knew ...


Gay-artists-works-at-MOCA-Cleveland

Gay artist's works at MOCA Cleveland - Gay artist Keith Mayerson is holding his first solo museum exhibtion, "Keith Mayerson: My American Dream," at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA ) Cleveland until Sunday, Sept. 17. According to MOCA's website, "Mayerson offers a distinctive view of the American Dream at a critical moment in our sociopolitical landscape. Presenting more than 100 paintings from a twenty-year body ...


Psychologist-talks-sexual-orientation-LGBQ-affirmative-therapy

Psychologist talks sexual orientation, LGBQ-affirmative therapy - by A.J. Smuskiewicz - Richard H. Reams, Ph.D., is a teacher, psychologist and associate director of counseling services at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has worked since 1994. He specializes in sexual orientation and the development of sexual identity, teaching undergraduate, predoctoral, and doctoral students and providing guidance for individuals struggling with these issues. In June 2013, Dr. Reams launched an ...


VIEWPOINT-THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-A-10th-anniversary-at-sea

VIEWPOINT, THE AMAZON TRAIL A 10th anniversary at sea - We had every intention of being homebodies this year. No travel at all, just a year to save our pennies and get grounded. It's been delicious. After several months of staying in our little coastal home, my mind is sharper, my sleep schedule is approaching normal, and I've got a good start on my next book. Then, something just as ...


Health-experts-call-for-better-management-during-drug-shortage

Health experts call for better management during drug shortage - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) released a policy brief documenting the public health emergency created by a shortage of injectable estrogen, and calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to be more proactive in resolving the crisis. The 10-page report, "Resolving the Current Injectable ...


-Johnson-among-Gilead-recipients

Johnson among Gilead recipients - Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program—a fund totaling more than $22 million that will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. Among those receiving grants is CURE HIV, a community-academic partnership among AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University. Amy Johnson is the point ...


National-roundup-Blood-donor-campaign-trans-win-in-Va-Calif-honorees

National roundup: Blood-donor campaign, trans win in Va., Calif. honorees - In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) and Blood Equality announced a new social-media campaign to end the practice of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year, a press release noted. This campaign includes the release of a new video protesting this inequity and ...


Entertainment-news-Male-model-comes-out-Laverne-Cox-Mariah-Carey

Entertainment news: Male model comes out, Laverne Cox, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Model/fashion and lifestyle blogger Carl Cunard as come out as gay, Queerty noted. On his YouTube channel in a video entitled "Coming Out The Real Me," the 26-year-old Brit describes the first time he realized he was gay, his first relationship with a man ( with a guy who was 18 years older than him ), and how he came ...


HIV-AIDS-Council-members-resign-after-Trump-inaction

HIV/AIDS Council members resign after Trump inaction - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), on June 13, resigned from their posts, citing President Donald Trump's supposed indifference to the issue as their reason. Among those council members was Scott Schoettes, who is counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile ...


Pulse-Orlando-Benefit-Album-released

Pulse Orlando Benefit Album released - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL, June 12, 2017 — At the one-year mark of a day that shall live in infamy, Centaur Entertainment released one of the most important benefit albums ever created — the Official Pulse Orlando Gay Days Benefit Album. What happened on Sunday, June 12, 2016 was a horrific day in Orlando and in our nation. Pulse Nightclub in Orlando ...


AMA-adopts-policies-supporting-transgender-and-LGB-health-GLMA-responds

AMA adopts policies supporting transgender and LGB health, GLMA responds - From a press release - GLMA President Jesse Joad, MD, MS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement praising the AMA for adopting several policies on LGBT health during its 2017 Annual Meeting: "GLMA applauds the AMA for taking action at its Annual Meeting to support LGBT health, in particular adopting a policy statement designed to ensure transgender individuals have access to ...


Commerce-Department-Removes-LGBTQ-Employees-From-EEO-Statement

Commerce Department Removes LGBTQ Employees From EEO Statement - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Commerce has excluded sexual orientation and gender identity in their 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity statement. Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the below statement: "Yet again, we see the Trump/Pence Administration actively seeking to undermine rights for LGBTQ people," said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. "The Department of Commerce's latest move to exclude ...


Texas-Governor-signs-law-allowing-discrimination-by-child-welfare-agencies-

Texas Governor signs law allowing discrimination by child welfare agencies - From an HRC press release - AUSTIN, TX — Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a patently discriminatory bill, HB 3859, which allows child welfare organizations — including adoption and foster care agencies — to turn away qualified Texans seeking to care for a child in need, including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been ...


New-York-City-Memorial-Rally-and-Protest-March-Honors-Rainbow-Flag-Creator

New York City Memorial Rally and Protest March Honors Rainbow Flag Creator - From a press release - HUNDREDS TOOK TO THE STREETS of New York City on June 14, Flag Day ( also President Trump's birthday ), to honor the memory of LGBTQ Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker, who died in late March. The protest march, targeting the Trump administration's anti-LGBTQ policies, included banners created by Baker, reading "Republican Hate Kills" and "Don't Buy Trump's Lies." The ...


Coalition-condemns-administrations-new-instructions-on-transgender-student-discrimination-

Coalition condemns administration's new instructions on transgender student discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: "In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools' obligations under Title IX to ...


Lesbian-cop-helps-subdue-Va-shooter

Lesbian cop helps subdue Va. shooter - One of the two members of the U.S. Capitol police credited with preventing a June 13 shooting on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field from turning into a massacre is a member of the LGBTQ community. According to a White House pool report, President and First Lady Melania Trump "met with Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, [receiving a] ...


Transgender-woman-of-color-killed-in-Ithaca

Transgender woman of color killed in Ithaca - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Josie Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color killed in Ithaca, New York; the13th reported killing of a transgender person of color NCAVP has responded to in 2017 The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the homicide of Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color, killed in Ithaca, New York on Tuesday, ...


Oregon-first-US-state-to-offer-third-gender-marker-on-state-IDs

Oregon first U.S. state to offer third gender marker on state IDs - From a press release - SALEM, OR—Effective July 1, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) will begin offering a third gender marker on state identification cards, making Oregon the first state in the country to recognize non-binary identities. Currently, Oregon has two gender options on state IDs: M for male and F for female. The third marker will be X for not ...


New-CSO-album-out-June-16

New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. The recording is also available now for pre-order online via Amazon, iTunes, ArkivMusic and The Symphony Store. The CSO's commercial ...


Evan-Hansen-prevails-at-Tonys

'Evan Hansen' prevails at Tonys - With no juggernaut like Hamilton sweeping the Tonys this year, the awards were dispersed among more productions during this year's ceremony, held June 11 at Radio City Music Hall. Dear Evan Hansen was the night's biggest winner, with six awards. Among them were Best Musical, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Ben Platt, and Best Actress ...


Caitlyn-Jenners-growing-pains

Caitlyn Jenner's growing pains - When June approaches, I always like to reflect on the pantheon in our LGBTQ community. However, when it comes to Caitlyn Jenner, it is difficult to fathom how she went from icon to outcast. Is it transphobia? Is it because she was once part of the overexposed Kardashian clan on their forever-running TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. ...


Foss-Eggemann-named-to-Human-Rights-Commission

Foss-Eggemann named to Human Rights Commission - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Maine Township Republican Committeewoman Charlene Foss-Eggemann, a prominent figure in GOP politics in the northwest suburbs, to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The Commission investigates and adjudicates claims of discrimination in the state. A corporate counsel consultant for LexisNexis, Foss-Eggemann is a resident of Park Ridge. "Her extensive experience as an attorney will be ...


Shooting-at-Congressional-baseball-practice-in-Virginia-groups-respond-

Shooting at Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, groups respond - From press releasees - From the Pride Fund: WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 14, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America's only national LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer. STATEMENT FROM JASON ...


Danica-Roem-poised-to-be-the-only-out-transgender-state-legislator-in-nation

Danica Roem poised to be the only out transgender state legislator in nation - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Danica Roem beat three Democratic primary challengers to become the first out transgender candidate to win a state legislative primary in Virginia, and taking her one-step closer to becoming the only out trans state legislator in the entire nation. As the Democratic party representative in the District 13 Virginia House of Delegates race, she will challenge ...


Entertainment-Cher-Wanda-Sykes-Guardians-star-Scissor-Sisters

Entertainment: Cher, Wanda Sykes, 'Guardians' star, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A musical based on Cher's life is slated to debut on Broadway in 2018, Rolling Stone reported. The singer confirmed the news on her Twitter account. "Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical," Cher wrote. "There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It'll be on Broadway 2018." News of a possible musical production tracing Cher's ...


TELEVISION-Harry-Shum-Jr-talks-motivation-Shadowhunters

TELEVISION Harry Shum Jr. talks motivation, 'Shadowhunters' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the Freeform ( formerly ABC Family ) show Shadowhunters—loosely based on Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments—the title beings protect regular humans from demons ( also called "Downworlders" ). Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. plays Magnus Bane, a centuries-old bisexual warlock who is currently in a relationship with Alec, a fighter played by Matthew Daddario. Shum talked about the show, ...


BOOKS-Well-Dunne-Author-on-life-of-legendary-writer-producer

BOOKS Well-'Dunne': Author on life of legendary writer/producer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dominick Dunne's life was about much more than his articles for Vanity Fair and coverage of trials such as O.J. Simpson's. In the book Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne, writer Robert Hofler takes readers through the fascinating life of the late producer/author/trial reporter/journalist, presenting a man who was fascinated by everything from crime to social constructs—including public views on celebrities ...


MOVIES-Real-Boy-spotlights-transgender-boys-family-journey

MOVIES 'Real Boy' spotlights transgender boy's family journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2012, director and producer, Shaleece Haas chronicled the journey of Bennett Wallace, a then-19-year-old transgender teen and his mother, Suzy. In the documentary film Real Boy, mother and son navigate through their relationship, his gender-reassignment surgery and Suzy's eventual acceptance of her trans son. Haas talked with Windy City Times about the family dynamics, the challenges of making the ...


Journey-of-a-Cotton-Blossom

Journey of a Cotton Blossom - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By J.C. Villegas, $24.99; Brown Books Publishing Group; 302 pages J.C. Villegas chose a monumental theme for her debut novel, Journey of a Cotton Blossom. The story begins in rural Mississippi in the late 1940s with the birth of Joseph Dove to a woman who is still a de facto slave on a large cotton plantation. The story follows ...


National-Journalists-tribute-DADT-Texas-governor-Chelsea-Manning

National: Journalists' tribute, DADT, Texas governor, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A commemoration of journalists who died of AIDS, and others who covered the epidemic—highlighted by a keynote speech from New York Times journalist Samuel G. Freedman—will take place on Friday, June 23, in New York City's LGBT Community Center, a press release noted. "Bodies on the Line: A Memorial to Honor AIDS Journalists" is an event whose lead organizer is ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm coming out...no, wait...I'm going into makeup."—Kevin Spacey sings from Sunset Boulevard during his Tony Awards opening number. There were quite a few "coming out" jokes. P.S. He didn't. As cities around the country are poised to celebrate Gay Pride, Los Angeles eschewed the traditional parade to join in the nationwide Resist March. While I can appreciate the sentiment, why ...


MOVIES-Oscar-winner-Rachel-Weisz-On-new-role-LGBT-films

MOVIES Oscar winner Rachel Weisz: On new role, LGBT films - Actress Rachel Weisz has come a long way since her first minor role in 1994's Death Machine. She began staking her claim to big-budget Hollywood with Chain Reaction, a few Mummy movies, About a Boy and The Runaway Jury. She later won an Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener. In live theater, she revived Design for Living and ...


MOVIES-Matt-Wolf-aims-to-tell-Bayard-Rustins-story

MOVIES Matt Wolf aims to tell Bayard Rustin's story - by Jake Edkahl - Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker based out of New York. His most recent work, Bayard & Me, details the story of the late civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin and Rustin's partner, Walter Naegle. Wolf's films have earned recognition at festivals and focus on untold but remarkable stories. His previous projects include, Wild Combination, Teenage, I Am Rebel, The Face of ...


Gay-artists-works-at-MOCA-Cleveland

Gay artist's works at MOCA Cleveland - Gay artist Keith Mayerson is holding his first solo museum exhibtion, "Keith Mayerson: My American Dream," at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA ) Cleveland until Sunday, Sept. 17. According to MOCA's website, "Mayerson offers a distinctive view of the American Dream at a critical moment in our sociopolitical landscape. Presenting more than 100 paintings from a twenty-year body ...


NCAVP-hate-violence-report-2016-deadliest-on-record-for-LGBTQ-HIV-communities

NCAVP hate violence report: 2016 deadliest on record for LGBTQ, HIV communities - While the festivals, parades and appearance of Rainbow flags in cities across the world are traditions designed to celebrate Pride month, since 1997 the National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) release of its National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities has served as a sober reminder of the need to ...


Washington-DC-Equality-March-rally-attracts-thousands

Washington, D.C. Equality March rally attracts thousands - On June 11, the 2017 Equality March drew thousands of people to The marchers went past the White House and to the National Mall. Among the speakers were actor Asia Kate Dillon, GLAAD CEO/ED Sarah Kate Ellis and former NBA player Jason Collins. The march aimed to bring together members of various LGBTQ communities and their allies to highlight discrimination ...


Sen-Kaine-brings-legislation-to-protect-LGBTQs-from-housing-discrimination

Sen. Kaine brings legislation to protect LGBTQs from housing discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate by Senator Tim Kaine ( D-VA ) to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing. A companion bill to bipartisan legislation introduced in March by Representatives Scott Taylor ( R-VA ) and Brad Schneider ( D-IL ) in the U.S. ...


Chelsea-Manning-speaks-on-leaking-documents-fighting-for-trans-rights-in-jail

Chelsea Manning speaks on leaking documents, fighting for trans rights in jail - From an ABC News and Nightline press release - This morning on "Good Morning America," ABC News "Nightline" co-anchor Juju Chang presented the first look of her exclusive TV interview with Chelsea Manning. Chelsea opened up about why she leaked secret military documents, fought for transgender rights behind bars. The full interview will air early next week on a special edition of "Nightline," "Declassified: The Chelsea Manning Story." Portions ...


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HRC to Trump administration: Leaving U.N. Human Rights Council could endanger lives - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, expressed concern about reports that the Trump administration may withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council ( UNHRC ), which has taken historic steps to protect and promote the human ...


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TELEVISION Andy Cohen dishes on 'Love Connection' - Talk-show host Andy Cohen is expanding his empire. After beginning his career as an intern at CBS News, he became vice president of the cable network Trio. Trio was then bought by Bravo in 2004. He went on to win an Emmy and a Peabody Award as an executive producer for Top Chef and Project Runway, respectively. After hosting Watch ...


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Billy Masters - "I find it funny when bullies play the victims. Oops. I spilled my tea."—Demi Lovato's Tweet after Kathy Griffin's mea culpa. I would like to think I don't have to explain the kerfuffle Kathy Griffin caused last week. But, following in the footsteps of Barbara Walters, I feel compelled to recap quickly for the two readers out of the loop. ...


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BOOKS Janet Mock paves way for LGBTQ storytellers - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - As a writer, advocate and in-demand public speaker, Janet Mock is a media powerhouse. She is the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, which celebrates trans womanhood, and was recently named a contributing editor for Allure magazine where she also started a biweekly column around the idea of beauty culture being inclusive and affirming. In her first book—the groundbreaking New York Times best-seller ...


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MOMBIAN LGBTQ parents: Resistance, persistence, pride - This wasn't the Pride Month I was looking forward to. I hoped we would be celebrating gains built on marriage equality, not battling to stop religious-exemption laws that could exclude us from parenting and limit homes for children who need them. I hoped we would be celebrating a growing understanding of transgender people, not trying to stop the same kind ...


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ORLANDO SPECIAL Remembering the Pulse tragedy one year later - For Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 15th Ward ), the year since the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has marked a significant change in the LGBT Latinx community. "You've seen a growth," Lopez said. "They've become more vocal and more engaged in the year since Pulse, even at the high school level. They're coming out, engaging their communities ...


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'America in Transition' breaks convention, crosses boundaries - In his groundbreaking award-winning series of documentary films America in Transition, director André Pérez takes viewers on a visceral journey through the heart of the country. Pérez and the transgender and gender nonconforming individuals of color whose stories form the nucleus of each episode serve as resilient guides through often misconceived geographic and human terrain which is breathtaking in beauty, ...


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Retired generals urge Mattis not to reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell for trans - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to recent news reports that the Defense Department may reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" for transgender individuals because of resistance by some military leaders and social conservatives, three retired General Officers issued the following statement: "Anonymous sources report that senior military leaders are calling for the return of 'don't ask, don't tell' for transgender ...


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Abstinence-only leader in key Department of Health and Human Services job - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Washington, DC, June 6, 2017 ) — Today, Valerie Huber, a leader in the movement against science-based and honest sex education in schools was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Health for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy for Lambda Legal, has issued the following statement: "Valerie Huber ...


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Foundation releases 'Dogs & Daddies' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fred Says—one of the world's only foundations that raises funds to support programs and services around the United States for HIV-positive youth—is releasing a new 80-page book entitled Dogs & Daddies to continue to support youth around the country. Shot by photographer inkedKenny, the book captures images of men and their canine companions. "The undeniably stylish and moving photos in ...


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Newseum's Rise Up looks at gay rights on 50th anniversary of Stonewall Inn raid - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In March 2019, the Newseum will open "Rise Up: Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement," an exhibit that explores the modern gay rights movement in the United States. The exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village. The protests that raid ignited are considered to be ...







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