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Indie-LGBTQ-graphic-novel-series-to-release-release-Flutter

Indie LGBTQ graphic novel series to release release "Flutter" - From a press release - This July, 215 Ink will release Flutter, Volume Two: Don't Let Me Die Nervous, the latest in the indie LGBTQ graphic novel series by Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey. Flutter is about a girl who shape-shifts into a boy to get her dream girl. Over the course of the series, she learns that pretending to be someone she's not has ...


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Study: Number of married same-sex couples triples; one in six in non-marriage states - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year, according to a new poll released today by Gallup that was co-authored by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, and Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup. The ...


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Carey: Lynch confirmation welcome; playing politics not - From a press release - Washington, DC, April 23, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. But Senate Majority leaders are being criticized for needlessly delaying her confirmation for political reasons. "With the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, another glass ceiling is broken and another ...


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ICE, Homeland Security: End detention, deportation of LGBTQ migrants - From a press release - The following is a statement from GetEqual: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ( LGBTQ ) undocumented community in the U.S. continues to suffer from the expanded criminalization, incarceration, and withdrawal of rights resulting from dragnet policing and immigration enforcement policies. Further, we continue to be a negotiating piece for mainstream immigrant rights and LGBTQ organizations, and our lives ...


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#1 mill. #IDo challenge announced at Lambda Legal Bon Foster event - With an over 40-year record of accomplishment demonstrating its effectiveness in the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights, Lambda Legal is not only optimistic about the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on marriage equality, but the agency is prepared to engage the legislative dogfights beyond that decision expected in June. On April 22, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute served ...


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Upon entering school, LGBTs of color face lifelong risk of poverty - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— A new report released today documents how systemic failures to protect certain students, recognize modern families, and protect people from discrimination drive and trap lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty. Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color examines the economic insecurity experienced ...


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'Striking' increase in Americans who know trans people - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Results from a new national survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reveal a significant uptick in the number of Americans who say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and a corresponding increase in favorable feelings toward transgender people. The data, collected for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows that ...


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MUSIC Lesbian fronts band Fit for Rivals - Sounding like a mix of Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and Finland's heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch—and more than a pinch of androgyny—while the first singles and videos from upcoming 2015 album Freak Machine, "Hit Me" ( www.youtube.com/watch ) and "Freak ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'First Period' and second and third and... - If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film, First Period would be it. New girl Cassie ( former Chicagoan Brandon Alexander III, who scripted ) and outcast Maggie ( Dudley Beene, who produced )—drag-queen variations on the ditzy duo Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino played in Romy & Michelle—are easily the most awkward pair of girls in high ...


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Josh Groban's new CD out April 28 - Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will release a new album, Stages, on April 28 via Reprise Records. Stages features songs from such productions as Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Fantasticks. The album also features duets with Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald and trumpeter Chris Botti. The album is available ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dar Williams: On androgyny, labels and independence - Singer Dar Williams continues to follow a road less traveled—one that has led her to become a pioneer in the music business. She frequents folk festivals, playing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Ani DiFranco. Themes of her songs include religion, sexual orientation and gender issues. Her latest endeavor, Emerald, debuts May 12. Also, she continues ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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Michfest to close doors after 40 Years, community responds - Lisa Vogel, creator of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( Michfest ), announced April 21 that the festival would close after this August. In a message directed to Michfest fans via Facebook, Vogel wrote: "… the 40th Festival will be the last Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The spirit of this community will live on forever, the friends and family we ...


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Honors: Groff, Tambor, Skilling - Groff, Tambor honored at Point Foundation gala More than 400 guests attended the annual Point Honors gala April 13 in New York to support higher education opportunities for LGBTQ students. Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff and Tim Hanlon, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation and an executive vice president at the Wells Fargo company, ...


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VIEWS Conversion therapy's deadly outcomes - I wish Leelah Alcorn were alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000-plus signatures calling for the enactment of "Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how President Obama and his administration swiftly supported the petition. "Tonight, somewhere in America, a ...


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Survey: LGBTs live mainly on coasts - A new analysis of Gallup survey data offers the most detailed estimates yet about where LGBT people live, according to The New York Times. The Gallup analysis finds the largest concentrations in the West—and not just in the expected places like San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Denver and Salt Lake City are also ...


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National roundup: Fla. adoption; Ky. ruling; GOP guv goes to gay wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Florida's Republican-controlled legislature has ended the state's 38-year-old ban on gay adoption, according to WFTV.com. The Florida Senate voted 27-11 for an adoption bill ( HB 7013 ) that repeals the law first passed in 1977; it now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. "While it has been legal for gays and lesbians to adopt in Florida for several years, this ...


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Sonoma to host LGBT business expo - Out in the Vineyard—an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in California's Sonoma Valley—has announced the first LGBT Business Expo in Sonoma as part of Gay Wine Weekend 2015. The LGBT Business Expo will be held at Gay Wine Weekend's luxury host hotel, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, June 19-21. In addition, Out in the Vineyard is partnering ...


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Former Baldwin staffer lodges ethics complaint - A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) has filed an ethics complaint against the senator, who is openly gay, alleging that Baldwin and her chief of staff wrongfully terminated her employment to cover up their own culpability in mishandling complaints at a Wisconsin VA hospital. The complaint was filed April 20 by Marquette Baylor— previously Baldwin's ...


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Vogel: This will be last year of MichFest - Lisa Vogel, the founder of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, told the fest's followers on Facebook that this year's 40th anniversary festival will be its last. See https://www.facebook.com/michfest/posts/10153186431364831 . There have been rumors that a different, smaller festival would replace MichFest if it were to close, but there have been no public statements about such a plan. See later coverage ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Old Deep and Dark - By Ellen Hart, $25.99; Minotaur Press; 296 pages Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines—again. By now, it shouldn't surprise you. He's in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news: that's the way stardom works. Then again, as you'll see in the new mystery The ...


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Billy Masters - "Yeah, I do my best work naked. ... It's all downhill from there."—David Burtka discusses his thoughts on appearing nude in plays. As I always say, know your strengths. This column is being filed to you from the friendly skies. Alas, I'm not flying out of Denver, where they get very friendly with you as you go through security. Last ...


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Preview: Supreme Court argument April 28 - When the Supreme Court of the United States hears arguments next Tuesday about marriage for same-sex couples, there is much more on the line than whether states can ban the licensing and recognition of marriage for same-sex couples. The court could also decide what level of judicial scrutiny must be applied to laws that seek to disadvantage LGBT people. At ...


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Longtime lesbian-feminist activist Sidney Abbott dies - Sidney Abbott, 77, a longtime New York City-based lesbian-feminist activist, died April 15 in a house fire in Southold, Suffolk County New York. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. She co-authored a ground-breaking book with Barbara Love in 1971, Sappho Was a Right-on Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism. Abbott was born July 11, 1937 in Washington, ...


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Vicci Martinez releases new EP "I Am" - From a press release - Known for her powerful vocals, unique style, and magnetic charisma, Vicci Martinez is releasing her first new music since Vicci was released in 2012. The internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer was highlighted by a Billboard Top 20single in "Come Along" featuring Cee Lo Green. Vicci marked Martinez's evolution from a Pacific Northwest music mainstay and a fan favorite on the ...


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National Finance Company sued for firing transgender employee - From a press release - Civil Rights Groups Sue National Finance Company for Illegally Firing Transgender Employee ( New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2015 )—A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates. Tristan Broussard, 21, was hired by Tower ...


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Sonoma Valley welcomes LGBT wine travelers - From a press release - SONOMA, Calif. ( April 14, 2015 ) — Out in the Vineyard, an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in Sonoma Valley, is pleased to announce it's partnership with Sonoma legendary icons, Williams-Sonoma and Chateau St. Jean Winery for Gay Wine Weekend's "Legendary Sonoma Winemaker Dinner" - a five course culinary adventure, hosted by Chateau St. Jean's award ...


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HRC shares lesson from Indiana with state lawmakers across nation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign sent a new case study to state lawmakers across the country urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills like the religious refusal bill in Indiana that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination. The case study comes after the Indianapolis Star reported this week that the state "plans to spend millions to repair ...


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Life at 80: Renee Richards on and off the tennis court - She truly is a pioneer, now 80, who has left her three-fold mark worldwide—as a professional tennis player, a still-practicing ophthalmologist, and an early pioneer for the LGBT community, particularly the transgender part of the rainbow. Pick a term to tag Renee Richards: icon, legend, role model … or all of the above. But Richards now mostly just concerns herself ...


Tax-day-shows-inequality-for-legally-married-same-sex-couples

Tax day shows inequality for legally married same-sex couples - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Tomorrow's Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) deadline for filing taxes can be a stark reminder for thousands of legally married same-sex couples of the inequality they face if they happen to live in a state that doesn't recognize their marriage. While they are able to file jointly at the federal level, tax day can be even more ...


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Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), today announced it will focus its efforts for the rest of this year on helping cities and towns craft local nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT Hoosiers. The group plans to push ...


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Report: Manilow married last year - After years of keeping their relationship secret, People.com confirmed that singer Barry Manilow married his longtime manager, Garry Kief, in a private ceremony in Palm Springs, California, last year. The affair was a surprise even to the couple's 20 to 30 guests, who attended what they thought was a lunch at Manilow's sprawling Palm Springs estate. Manilow's longtime friend and ...


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BOOK REVIEW Frank - By Barney Frank. $28; Farrar, Strausand Giroux; 387 pages   According to what you read in the check-out line at the grocery store this week, another celebrity has released a tell-all. The thing is, you're sure nothing in it will be surprising, nor are you scandalized. Really, is anything private anymore? Can anyone keep a secret for long? Read Frank, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another. What I do care about is that Jenner has been a passive participant in what can best be described as a cultural crime that has gone on for years."—Sam Rubin, an L.A.-based entertainment reporter, shares his views on ...


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MOVIES Mo'Nique: On Queen Latifah, 'Blackbird' and honest mothers - Oscar-winning actress and comedienne Mo'Nique throws the word "baby" around a lot—as a term of affection, for comedic effect, and when discussing motherhood of her own children and onscreen spawn. During a phone interview about director Patrik-Ian Polk's ( Noah's Arc; The Skinny ) acclaimed gay-themed feature Blackbird, which she executive-produced with husband Sidney Hicks and stars in, Mo'Nique also ...


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VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today - A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children who read Heather when it first came out could now be reading it to their own children, she told me in an interview. The ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Emily Deschanel makes no 'Bones' about it - The crime drama Bones has brought skeletons out of the closet for 10 seasons on Fox Each episode centers around a mystery of human remains investigated by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth played David Boreanaz and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan played by Emily Deschanel. Hailing from Los Angeles, with a BFA in theater at Boston University, Deschanel has ...


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Study: Support for same-sex marriage rising in all 50 states - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a report released today by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Drexel University. The report titled "Trends in Public Support for Marriage for Same-sex Couples by State" shows that ...


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Resolution asks states to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy - From an NCLR press release - ( San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2015 )—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier ( CA-14th ) introduced the "Stop Harming Our Kids" ( SHOK ) Resolution of 2015, calling on states to pass laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity. Congresswoman ...


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Monthly 'Positive Thoughts' HIV/AIDS column launched - From a Q Syndicate press release - Q Syndicate announces the launch of a new column, "Positive Thoughts," a partnership with four of the leading HIV/AIDS resources across the country. Editors of HIV Plus, Positively Aware, POZ and The Body will, on an alternating cycle, contribute monthly columns to the international LGBT service via QSyndicate.com beginning April 20. With a focus on the latest issues and trends ...


Report-and-web-forums-detail-lives-of-African-American-girls

Report and web forums detail lives of African-American girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recent incidents involving the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police officers have led to a resurgence in nationwide discussions about the devastating effects of systemic and pervasive racial inequality which is intertwined throughout American society and institutions. Conspicuously missing from those conversations have been the voices of Black girls and women whose experiences from the moment ...


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Becky Kanis: Champion of change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There are certain people in the world that are placed into situations to thrive, and U.S. Army veteran Becky Kanis is one of them. In 2008, Kanis became the founding board chair of Knights Out, a non-profit group of West Point alumni coming out as LGBT in opposition to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. She led a team in ...


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Briefs: Trans soldier; Obama against conversion therapy: blood donation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Military has first openly trans soldier Army Sgt. Shane Ortega has become the first openly transgender individual in the military, according to a Washington Post item. Ortega is a helicopter crew chief in the Army's 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. Having him serve the rest of his career as a man would require a significant change in Pentagon rules, which ...


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Nat'l roundup: Obama's order; LPAC backs Hillary; Repub. guv's stand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The executive order President Obama signed that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity went into effect April 8. The chief executive signed the order last July, saying, "our government—government of the people, by the people, and for the people—will become just a little bit fairer." The document amended Executive Order 11246, which ...


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Entertainment news: GLAAD Awards; Ellen; Dirk Shafer; Zachary Quinto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York leg of the GLAAD Media Awards are May 9, and the LGBT watchdog group has just announced Jason Collins, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light and Laverne Cox will be in attendance, NewNowNext.com reported. They're among the nominees, as well, with Tambor and Light co-starring in Transparent, Groff appearing in the recently canceled Looking, and Cox producing ...


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Robin Roberts on cover of AARP Magazine - From an AARP press release - ASHINGTON, DC—Robin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way. The first to admit that she never dreamed she'd go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. ...


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2016 campaign will be dynamic on LGBT issues - The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be a particularly exciting and meaningful one for LGBT people. Here are just a few reasons why: The campaign manager for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who announced her intent to run Sunday ( April 12 ), is an openly gay man and her video campaign announcement prominently featured gay citizens. The announced and ...


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Asian Pacific LGBT communities "RiseUp!" April 12- 18 - From a press release - "RiseUp!" LGBT Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islanders Demand Immigrants Rights in National Week of Action The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) is launching "RiseUp!" a National Week of Action on Immigrants' Rights from April 12-18, 2015. NQAPIA will activate over a dozen LGBTQ Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islanders organizations around ...


Florida-eye-clinic-to-pay-150000-in-trans-sex-discrimination-case

Florida eye clinic to pay $150,000 in trans/sex discrimination case - From a press release - TAMPA, Fla. — Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Fla.-based organization of health care professionals, will pay $150,000 to settle one of the first two lawsuits ever filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) alleging sex discrimination against a transgender individual, the agency announced today. Lakeland additionally agreed to implement a new gender discrimination policy and to ...


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Poll: Pence, Indiana business hurt by "Religious Liberty" fight - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Governor Mike Pence finds himself deeply damaged following the fight over Indiana's "religious refusal" bill that put LGBT Hoosiers at risk for discrimination, according to a brand new poll of Hoosiers by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). And in a warning sign to governors in other states where similar anti-LGBT bills are pending, a stunning 75 ...


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Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton - LPAC press release - April 12, 2015 — LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton's campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, ...


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Southern Poverty Law Center statement on Ashley Diamond case - From a press release - The following statement was issued by SPLC Deputy Legal Director David Dinielli following the disclosure that the Georgia Department of Corrections has changed its policy relating to the provision of hormone therapy to transgender prisoners. "We are pleased to learn that the Georgia Department of Corrections has rescinded its prior, unconstitutional policy. We currently are reviewing the new policy to ...


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NCLR and Task Force remove names from Michfest petition - [Updated April 11, 8:11 p.m.] Just days after Kate Kendell and the organization she leads, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), removed their signature from Equality Michigan's Michfest petition, another big league LGBT organization followed suit. National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has withdrawn her support for the petition. Kendell and Carey's original letters were met with ...


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Surgeon General supports protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, April 10, 2015 )—Today, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., the United States Surgeon General, joined a growing chorus of high-profile advocates looking to support LGBT youth and put an end to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. His statement comes two days after the White House released a statement in response to a petition ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'Boy Meets Girl' and then some - What gives Boy Meets Girl a fresh spin on its Southern-fried, coming-of-age tale from writer/director Eric Schaeffer is not just that Ricky, the teen in question, has already come to terms with her sexuality but that she's also comfortable being transgender. It also doesn't hurt that Michelle Hendley, the trans actress who plays Ricky, is refreshingly down-to-earth. Droll but not ...


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TELEVISION Jussie Smollett and Yazz: Lyons rule 'Empire' - In only a few short months, the Fox television show Empire, created by openly gay producer and director Lee Daniels, has conquered the world. The story centering around a dying music mogul named Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard and his broken family has struck a chord with many viewers. The network has already announced renewal of the show for ...


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EEOC to ensure restroom access for transgender employees - From an NCLR press release - ( San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, ruled that an employer's refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII. The decision addressed a charge filed ...


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Springfield, MO, repeals nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQs - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release - SPRINGFIELD, MO, April 8, 2015—A slim majority of voters in Springfield, Missouri have repealed the city's nondiscrimination ordinance approved by the city council last year. The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund provided on-the-ground organizing, logistical and financial support in the effort to reject Question 1—a ballot measure that called for the repeal of the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. "We are ...


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Obama comes out against LGBT 'conversion therapy' - From press releases - NCLR Statement ( Washington, DC, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the White House released its statement in response to a petition calling for federal action to end conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that purport to be able to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The petition was prompted by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager ...


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BOOKS Writer Jennifer Morales tackles racial tension - "When I got to Milwaukee in 1991, I was very puzzled, and I remained puzzled about why Milwaukee is the way it is," said writer Jennifer Morales, referring to the intense segregation that marks her adopted hometown. Segregation became the theme of Meet Me Halfway, her debut short-story collection. Morales, an out lesbian and Chicago-area transplant who became deeply invested ...


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Louisiana school to allow lesbian student to wear tux to prom - ( Monroe, Louisiana, April 7, 2015 )—Today, Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City School Board President Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted Claudetteia Love, who is being represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24. Last ...


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CDC targets LGBTs with Tips From Former Smokers Campaign - From a press release - This month CDC is launching its 4th annual wave of the popular and effective "Tips From Former Smokers ( Tips )" campaign, with its largest ever LGBT media outreach component. CDC is promoting Tips ads to LGBT communities across the country to supplement exposure to ads airing nationally. "LGBT people spend an estimated $7.9 billion dollars each year on smoking, ...


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GLSEN statement on 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' - From a press release - NEW YORK ( April 7, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on the release of the 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' ( ECAA ), the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee's proposed bill for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "We thank Senate HELP Committee Chairman ...


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National: Jeb Bush; Dan Savage; White House trans briefing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law, according to a press release. Bush said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, "I think, if you, if they actually got briefed on the law that [sic] they wouldn't be blasting ...


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Study: Changes to more same-sex identity leads to depression, stability in LGB identity is protective - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 31, the University of Chicago at Illinois released the results of the study "Sexual Orientation Identity Change and and Depressive Symptoms." The study shows that adults who became more same-sex-oriented experienced more symptoms of depression than those whose orientation remained stable or changed in the opposite direction. The author of the study, Univesity of Illinois at Chicago ( ...


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Entertainment: Rihanna; 'The Wiz'; Jill Soloway; Steve Grand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rihanna has publicly criticized Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Gay Star News reported. The singer—who spoke out against the controversial pro-discrimination bill during her headlining set at the March Madness Music Fest in White River State Park, Indiana—told the crowd that the state's lawmakers should let people "live their lives." She added, "Who's feeling these new bullshit laws that they're ...


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Billy Masters - "Listen, my darling, you're never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics ... but you are easy on the eyes."—Bruno Tonioli's critique on Dancing with the Stars of competitor Charlotte ... er, Charlotte something or other—the big-busted model who appeared in a Super Bowl ad. After her elimination, she proved his point by posing for topless photos. With ...


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Film about transgender teacher in Hawaii on PBS May 4 - From a press release - ( San Francisco ) - At a time when transgender and gender nonconforming people across the U.S. and around the world have achieved unprecedented visibility in popular culture, but continue to suffer extreme violence, harassment, discrimination, and isolation, Independent Lens presents Kumu Hina, a moving film from Hawaii that offers a bold new perspective on gender diversity and inclusion through ...


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Athlete Ally, Lambda to host #Final4Fairness on Indiana - From a press release - NEW YORK, NEW YORK ( April 3, 2015 ) — In the spotlight of the NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Championship, athletes and Indiana community leaders will gather tomorrow to publicly comment on the events of the past week in Indiana and emphasize a call to action for sports to play a continued role in the advancement of LGBT civil ...


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Georgia RFRA dies in face of national backlash - From an ACLU press release - NEW YORK — Legislation that could have allowed businesses and individuals to use religion to discriminate failed Thursday night in Georgia following a national backlash to similar laws that passed in Indiana and Arkansas. "Religious freedom is a fundamental American value, but the debate around Indiana has made it crystal-clear that it should not serve as a smokescreen for authorizing ...


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LGBT groups oppose Indiana compromise - From press releases - ( Chicago, IL, April 2, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana legislature proposed a limited fix it bill that would amend the recently passed, so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" ( RFRA ). Introduced by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Leader Pro Tem Dan Long, SB 50 takes an important step to reduce the threat to LGBT Hoosiers but ...


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Open group letter on 2015 violence against LGBTQs, trans women of color - From a press release - This is an open letter from LGBTQ organizations in the United States regarding the epidemic violence that LGBTQ people, particularly transgender women of color, have experienced in 2015. We appear to be in a moment of crisis in LGBTQ communities. Unfortunately, this is not new: our movement was born out of a response to violence and police raids, and ...


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70+ tech leaders join unprecedented call to legislators - From a press release - WASHINGTON — More than 70 technology industry leaders have joined in an unprecedented statement to legislators calling for the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws. Launched yesterday in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed in to law in states around the country, well over three times the number of the initial ...


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Indiana-style bill passed by Florida House Committee - From a press release - Equality Florida today strongly condemned the Florida House Judiciary Committee for passing an adoption bill that allows discrimination against prospective LGBT parents, and places children seeking a permanent home at continued risk. "This is Indiana-style legalized discrimination plain and simple," said Carlos Guillermo Smith. "But it's even worse, because this promotes state-sanctioned and taxpayer-funded discrimination. The legislators who voted for ...


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Arkansas bill signed by Governor falls short for LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Arkansas legislature passed and Governor Asa Hutchinson signed legislation that improves the disastrous H.B. 1228 but falls short of providing needed non-discrimination protections to all Arkansans. Though an improvement, the legislation can still be used as a weapon to discriminate against LGBT people, people of color, minority faiths, women and other Arkansans at risk. The earlier ...







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