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More-than-75000-LGBT-DREAMers-36000-have-participated-in-DACA

More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles - The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, temporary work authorization and ...


NBA-warns-Texas-lawmakers-anti-LGBTQ-bills-could-affect-All-Star-game-bids-

NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative attack on LGBTQ people would factor into a decision as to where big-ticket games, such as the All-Star Game, would be played. The NBA joins the NFL in issuing a warning to lawmakers in Texas, after the ...


High-court-challenging-AKs-ban-on-listing-both-same-sex-parents-on-birth-certificates-

High court challenging AK's ban on listing both same-sex parents on birth certificates - From an HRC press release - LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States challenging a decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court that seeks to deny same-sex couples equal parental rights. The challenge was filed today by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Ropes & Gray, LLP and Arkansas attorney Cheryl ...


Astraea-Foundation-sets-Uprising-of-Love-Fund-for-most-urgent-LGBTQI-organizing

Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. This fund will prioritize timely support for LGBTQI activism across the nation resisting the onslaught of attacks on our bodies, our communities and our collective rights. "The subtle and overt shifts in policy and culture are meant ...


SPLC-Hate-groups-increase-in-second-year-Trump-electrifies-radical-right

SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right - From a Southern Poverty Law Center press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's ( SPLC ) annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations, released today. The most dramatic growth was ...


GLSEN-to-DeVos-Protect-LGBTQ-youth-protections-from-Department-of-Ed-cuts-

GLSEN to DeVos: Protect LGBTQ youth protections from Department of Ed. cuts - From a press release - NEW YORK ( February 16, 2017 ) — In a recent interview with a Michigan radio program, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos telegraphed her intentions to cut what she deems "unnecessary" Department of Education programs, saying: "I can't tell you today what is being done [at the Department of Education] that's unnecessary. But I can guarantee that there are things ...


Washington-State-Supreme-Court-Florist-discriminated-against-same-sex-couple-

Washington State Supreme Court: Florist discriminated against same-sex couple - From a press release - OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that a florist in Richland violated the state's anti-discrimination law when she denied service to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were refused service by Arlene's Flowers because they are gay. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Washington are representing Freed and Ingersoll ...


Transgender-survivor-of-domestic-violence-arrested-by-ICE-in-Texas

Transgender survivor of domestic violence arrested by ICE in Texas - From a press release - NATIONAL - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and Transgender Law Center denounce the arrest by immigration authorities of an undocumented transgender woman who is a survivor of domestic violence, and call for her immediate release. She was detained last week in an El Paso, Texas courthouse immediately after she was granted a protective order against her abusive partner. NCAVP's ...


LGBTQs-join-A-Day-Without-Immigrants-condemn-raids-on-immigrant-communities

LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund joined lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates and immigrant rights activists taking part in "A Day Without Immigrants" actions taking place all across the country. In Washington, D.C., advocates marched to the White House to call on the Trump Administration to stop the massive ...


Entertainment-news-Lea-DeLaria-Aretha-Gaga-Hugh-Jackman-Ryan-Murphy

Entertainment news: Lea DeLaria, Aretha, Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Murphy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lea DeLaria recently told E! News that she's "the lesbian Jack Nicholson," adding, "I'm dating a lot, dating a lot of young girls. That's where I am right now." The Orange Is the New Black co-star announced about a month ago that she and fiancee Chelsea Fairless had called it quits. They revealed they were no longer together by posting ...


TELEVISION-Gender-non-binary-actor-set-to-star-on-Billions

TELEVISION Gender non-binary actor set to star on 'Billions' - Performer, writer and director Asia Kate Dillon will be debuting in the groundbreaking role of Taylor on Showtime's Billions this season. Both Dillon and the character they ( Dillon's preferred pronoun ) play are playing are gender non-binary indentifying. This marks the first time a gender non-binary indentifying actor has ever been cast in a major television series. "I will ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Palm Springs, March 2000. I was cast in Ronnie Larsen's new play, Shooting Porn—not to be confused with his hit play Making Porn. Shooting Porn is the stage version of his award-winning documentary, also called Shooting Porn. Ronnie may have some good ideas, but the well runs dry when it comes to titles! This play had opened a few months ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Queen-Latifah-wishes-on-a-Star

NUNN ON ONE Queen Latifah wishes on a 'Star' - Queen Latifah rules the entertainment kingdom; she acts, wries and is even a label president. Also, she was the first hip-hop artist to gain a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2006. After her debut on Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, she garnered praise with Golden Globe nominations for the musical Chicago, the life story of HIV-positive Ana Wallace ...


VIEWS-Time-to-play-chess-not-checkers-with-Bannon-Trump

VIEWS Time to play chess, not checkers with Bannon/Trump - After my eighth invitation in two days to emergency calls, I thought it wise to pause and reflect on how we avoid the Whack-A-Mole trap and focus our energies. In addition to the electoral strategies in 2018 and 2020 that we have to build starting now, I see three pressure points we need to leverage with greater thought and clearer ...


In-race-for-Atlanta-City-Council-President-Alex-Wan-gains-Victory-Fund-endorsement

In race for Atlanta City Council President Alex Wan gains Victory Fund endorsement - From a press release - Atlanta, February 15, 2017 — Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan, who is seeking the second-highest elected position in Atlanta government, Atlanta City Council President, has been endorsed by Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Victory Fund ( www.VictoryFund.org ) is the only national organization dedicated to increasing the number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elected officials at all levels ...


Bisexual-Resource-Center-to-celebrate-Bisexual-Health-Awareness-Month-

Bisexual Resource Center to celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month - From a press release - Boston, MA — The Bisexual Resource Center ( BRC ) will celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month ( BHAM ) for the fourth consecutive year with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2017. BHAM aims to raise awareness of health disparities within the bisexual+ community and promote resources and action; this year, the campaign focuses on social ...


800-parents-of-trans-kids-sign-HRCs-letter-to-Trump-on-undermining-protections

800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections for transgender students, nearly 800 parents of transgender children sent a letter to President Donald Trump condemning the decision and calling on his administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The letter, signed by parents from ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Colin-Hay-on-Men-at-Work-Sia-Fierce-Mercy-album

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Colin Hay on Men at Work, Sia, Fierce Mercy album - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By selling more than 30 millions records worldwide, Men at Work left a mark on the music scene. Songs such as "Down Under," "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Overkill" brought the group commercial success. In 1983, the band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Lead singer Colin Hay released several solo albums after Men at Work broke ...


National-membership-group-of-LGBT-community-centers-has-new-CEO

National membership group of LGBT community centers has new CEO - From a press release - February 14, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Today, the Board of Directors of CenterLink announced that it has appointed Lora Tucker as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. CenterLink is a national member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. "Lora's extensive experience and passion for leadership development, public relations, and organizational strategy make her ...


EEOC-files-appeal-in-trans-related-suit

EEOC files appeal in trans-related suit - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), on Feb. 10, appealed a judge's ruling that a transgender woman's employer had the legal right to fire her, Slate reported. The EEOC appeal came after worry from legal advocates over the EEOC's direction under President Donald Trump's administration. There is one open spot on the five-person commission, which Trump has to ...


JoJo-Striker-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Toledo-OH

JoJo Striker, Black transgender woman, killed in Toledo, OH - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of JoJo Striker, a Black transgender woman, killed in Toledo, OH on Feb. 8, 2017; the 3rd reported killing of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2017. All three homicide victims have been transgender women of color. Initial reports misgendered JoJo, but recent ...


National-roundup-NBHAAD-event-Philly-news-Trump-decision-HB2-appeal

National roundup: NBHAAD event, Philly news, Trump decision, HB2 appeal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Feb. 7 marked the 17th annual observance of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( NBHAAD ), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Black people in the United States and the Diaspora, a National Black Justice Coalition press release noted. In advance of NBHAAD, Black HIV/AIDS advocates from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., ...


Adele-dominates-Grammys-

Adele dominates Grammys - Adele swept the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, going a perfect five for five—including the trio of album, song and record of the year. It was the second time the British singer swept those categories, making her the only artist to do so. During this year's ceremony, Adele almost didn't accept the album of the year honor ( ...


NYC-nightclub-owner-attacked

NYC nightclub owner attacked - The owner of a popular New York City-based drag nightspot said that he suffered a brutal attack because he is gay. Mark Zschiesche, who owns the LIPS Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side, as well as other locations, posted a video to Facebook on Feb. 12 that shows his face bruised and his nose ...


DoJ-withdraws-pro-trans-protections

DoJ withdraws pro-trans protections - In a brief filed Feb. 10, the Department of Justice ( DoJ )—less than two days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general—started withdrawing its support for Title IX protections for transgender students. The DoJ withdrew its request for a partial stay on a Texas court ruling that prohibited the federal government from enforcing a President Obama-related provision that ...


ACLU-responds-to-decision-in-shooting-of-Quintonio-LeGrier-and-Bettie-Jones

ACLU responds to decision in shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones - From a press release - Statement of Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois on the decision in shooting of Quintonio LeGreir and Bettie Jones February 11, 2017 Yesterday, prosecutors announced that Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo will not be charged with the tragic shooting deaths of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones. The following can be attributed to Karen Sheley, police practices ...


Donald-Trump-Signs-Harmful-Police-Enforcement-Executive-Orders

Donald Trump Signs Harmful Police Enforcement Executive Orders - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2017—President Donald Trump announced today that he had signed three executive orders that stand to significantly increase the criminalization and incarceration of some of the nation's most vulnerable populations by broadening law enforcement agencies' powers. "Trump's executive orders that expand the discretionary power of police enforcement are a clear attack on freedom, justice and equality. These ...


HRC-Confirmation-HHS-Sec-Price-jeopardizes-LGBTQ-health-well-being

HRC: Confirmation HHS Sec. Price jeopardizes LGBTQ health, well-being - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) said Tom Price's confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services puts the health and well-being of LGBTQ people in jeopardy. Price has a long, disturbing record of opposing basic civil rights for LGBTQ people and will be serving in a position of unique importance to the LGBTQ community. "Tom ...


Lambda-Legal-EEOC-win-settlement-for-healthcare-worker-fired-for-being-HIV

Lambda Legal, EEOC win settlement for healthcare worker fired for being HIV+ - ( Austin, TX, February 9, 2017 ) — Yesterday, a federal judge in Texas approved a settlement secured by Lambda Legal and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) on behalf of Michael Janssen, a certified nursing assistant fired in 2013 by Granite Mesa Health Center in Marble Falls, Texas, after he disclosed he was living with HIV. ...


Will-US-DoE-protect-trans-youth-young-adults-from-discrimination

Will U.S. DoE protect trans youth, young adults from discrimination? - From a press release - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Her confirmation places in jeopardy Guidance that protects over 350,000 transgender youth and young adults in the United States from discrimination in education. This fact sheet describes what's at stake and the importance of the Guidance to transgender school age youth. Secretary DeVos & ...


Signature-Move-to-have-world-premiere-at-2017-SXSW-Film-Festival

Signature Move to have world premiere at 2017 SXSW Film Festival - From a press release - SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab ( Fawzia Mirza ) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma ( Sari Sanchez ), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen ( Shabana Azmi ...


LGBTQ-groups-call-Jeff-Sessions-a-threat-to-civil-rights-equality

LGBTQ groups call Jeff Sessions a threat to civil rights, equality - From a press release - From Lambda Legal: New York, NY — Following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, released the following statement: "Jeff Sessions' confirmation as Attorney General today is a travesty. The chief lawyer of the United States ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Well, I'm a power bottom."—Boy George on Celebrity Apprentice after being told his task was to promote Blake Griffin, the LA Clipper's "power forward." In these days with so much doom and gloom, I feel it's important to seize upon positive things when we find them. One such story is about the Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas. The center had ...


Singer-Michael-McBride-embraces-his-passions-

Singer Michael McBride embraces his passions - by C.L. Frederick - Singer Michael McBride understands a few things about being different and overcoming social stigmas. When he was younger, he had struggles with body image. Growing eventually to 5'6", he was smaller and shorter than most of his friends. He viewed phrases like 'good things come in small packages' as backhanded compliments aimed at making him feel better. "There were so ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Kathy-Griffin-explains-it-all

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Kathy Griffin explains it all - Actress and funny lady Kathy Griffin is a two-time Emmy and Grammy winner who's broken the Guinness World record for the number of TV specials on any network by any comedian. Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, she has become a hometown hero when, after studying with The Groundlings, she snapped up a supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. ...


Supreme-Court-to-hear-trans-student-case-March-28

Supreme Court to hear trans student case March 28 - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear, on March 28, the case of a transgender student who's suing his Virginia school to obtain access to the restroom consistent with his gender identity. The court, which agreed to take up the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board late last year, announced it would hold arguments in the case on that ...


Estimate-150K-trans-youth-in-US

Estimate: 150K trans youth in U.S. - An estimated 0.7 percent of U.S. youth ages 13 to 17—or 150,000 youth—identify as transgender, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the United States," is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each ...


Queer-centered-coffee-bar-in-LA-seeks-funding

Queer-centered coffee bar in LA seeks funding - Cuties, a queer-centered coffee bar opening in Los Angeles, is seeking funding support. Founders Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aim to build and strengthen community by providing an affirming venue where people on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum can congregate and socialize. They've just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money so Cuties can become a reality. See https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cuties-coffee-bar-community#/ . Feelings of ...


LGBT-Bar-association-goes-on-the-offensive

LGBT Bar association goes on the offensive - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National LGBT Bar Association — the country's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ( LGBT ) and allied legal professionals — announces the introduction of the Secure A Fair & Equitable ( S.A.F.E. ) Trial Act to the DC City Council by Councilmember David Grosso, which would ban the use of the gay and trans ...


No-veteran-advocates-at-White-House-VA-listening-session-OutServe-SLDN-comments

No veteran advocates at White House VA listening session, OutServe-SLDN comments - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C. ) February 2, 2017 — OutServe-SLDN issued the following statement today in response to the news, first reported by the MilitaryTimes, that President Trump held a listening session on the VA but did not include veteran's advocates. The statement may be attributed to OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn. "Outserve-SLDN was not aware of this meeting until it ...


Betsy-DeVos-confirmed-US-Secretary-of-Education-groups-react

Betsy DeVos confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education, groups react - From a press release - From PFLAG National: WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—issued the following statement from Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm on today's confirmation of Betsy DeVos—decided by a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence—to the post of Secretary of Education of the United States. "On behalf of the ...


Incarceration-of-LGBs-three-times-rate-of-general-population-

Incarceration of LGBs three times rate of general population - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles, CA — A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that sexual minorities are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates, and once incarcerated they are more likely to experience mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization. Approximately 238,000 sexual minorities are incarcerated in the United States. The nationwide incarceration rate of sexual minorities was previously unknown. "Mass incarceration ...


Stewart-Winter-wins-for-Queer-Clout

Stewart-Winter wins for 'Queer Clout' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Timothy Stewart-Winter—who once studied history at the University of Chicago and associate professor of U.S. history and co-director of the Queer Newark Oral History Project in New Jersey—is the co-winner of the 2017 John Boswell Prize for his book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics. The John Boswell Prize is awarded every other year by the Committee ...


LGBT-tobacco-survey-released

LGBT tobacco survey released - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT HealthLink recently conducted its biannual tobacco census to survey all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to determine the level of LGBT inclusion in its tobacco-control work. Results to this survey showed that 53 percent of respondents demonstrated higher grades in 2016 when compared to 2014, indicating improvement in adoption and increased uptake of LGBT best ...


LGBT-critics-award-Moonlight-Davis

LGBT critics award 'Moonlight,' Davis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Moonlight has been named film of the year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA ), composed of more than 170 film and TV critics and entertainment journalists across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. GALECA announced the winners of its annual Dorian Awards on Jan. 26. Moonlight also won several other awards, including Best ...


National-roundup-Stonewall-rally-transgender-mayor-Pulse-Nightclub

National roundup: Stonewall rally, transgender mayor, Pulse Nightclub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of New Yorkers crowded the streets near Stonewall Inn on Feb. 4, turning out for an LGBT solidarity rally to protest President Donald Trump's recent executive orders, Patch.com reported. The crowd remained for nearly three hours as elected officials, activists and community leaders voiced their support for Muslims and immigrants and promised to continue pushing back against the president's ...


Entertainment-news-RuPaul-Jodie-Foster-Ryan-Reynolds-Watermelon-Woman

Entertainment news: RuPaul, Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, 'Watermelon Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's new album, which is now out, is called Remember Me: Essential, Vol.1, NewNowNext.com noted. The album features new tracks as well as some of Ru's biggest hits, like "Supermodel" and "House of Love," with new featured performers like Matt Pop, Ellis Miah, Kummerspeck and Skeltal Ki. Lionsgate has boarded international sales on The Ink Factory-financed and -produced action thriller ...


Activists-prepare-for-rumored-anti-LGBT-executive-order-Trump-advised-to-deemphasize-it

Activists prepare for rumored anti-LGBT executive order, Trump advised to deemphasize it - From a press release - The leak of a proposed executive order from President Donald Trump giving legal protections to individuals, businesses and organizations—including federal employees—accused of anti-LGBT discrimination sparked outrage among advocates the week of Jan. 30. The White House disavowed the order, insisting that it was a prospective document that was not intended to be issued. According to a Feb. 3 Politico report, ...


Love-is-Love-is-Love-concert-to-benefit-Trevor-Project-Planned-Parenthood-SPLC

Love is Love is Love concert to benefit Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, SPLC - From a press release - ( January 30th, 2017 ) Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill will lead a Valentine's Day themed event, LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE: A concert benefiting Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The concert is set to take place at 8PM on Monday, Feb. 13, at Windy City Playhouse ( ...


Funders-addressing-LGBTQ-criminalization-and-criminal-justice-reform

Funders addressing LGBTQ criminalization and criminal justice reform - From a press release - ( New York, NY - January 30, 2017 ) Funders for LGBTQ Issues released a new infographic, Philanthropy OUTlook: LGBTQ Criminalization and Criminal Justice Reform ( 2017 ). The infographic is available for download at https://www.lgbtfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Philanthropy_OUTlook_LGBTQ_Criminalization_and_Criminal_Justice_Reform.pdf . The infographic explores the scope and character of funding to address LGBTQ criminalization and criminal justice reform. It finds that the Elton John ...


Atty-Gen-Madigan-urges-Gov-Rauner-to-fight-executive-orders-protect-immigrants

Atty Gen Madigan urges Gov. Rauner to fight executive orders, protect immigrants - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today sent a letter to Gov. Rauner condemning the federal executive orders on immigration and urging him to use his authority to protect all Illinois residents from the harm caused by the executive actions. While there is a temporary halt to the immigration travel ban, other provisions of the Orders could greatly impact the ...


NC-must-repeal-HB2-or-lose-NCAA-championship-games-through-2022-warns-NC-Sports-Assn

NC must repeal HB2 or lose NCAA championship games through 2022, warns NC Sports Assn - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC blasted North Carolina Republican leadership's reckless refusal to allow a vote to fully repeal HB2 — the deeply discriminatory law that continues to inflict profound damage on the state's people, reputation, and economy. In a letter sent to state lawmakers today, the North Carolina Sports Association warned ...


Reports-Ivanka-Trump-Kushner-opposed-anti-LGBT-executive-order-

Reports: Ivanka Trump, Kushner opposed anti-LGBT executive order - According to reports, President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, as well as her husband, Jared Kushner, encouraged the White House to downplay a leaked executive order draft that would have undone key Obama-era employment protections for LGBTs and implemented a so-called "religious freedom" policy giving legal cover to people accused of discrimination if they claim their religious scruples as the basis. ...


Immigration-Equality-lauds-decision-halting-refugee-and-Muslim-ban

Immigration Equality lauds decision halting refugee and Muslim ban - From an Immigration Equality press release - New York, NY — Today, Immigration Equality's Executive Director Aaron C. Morris issued the following statement lauding U.S. District Judge Robart's decision halting enforcement of the executive order banning Muslims and refugees: "Judge Robart's decision to issue a temporary restraining order was the right one. The President's sweeping, poorly constructed, and unconstitutional directive caused wide scale chaos at the border. ...


Top-DOJ-Lawyer-Joins-Lambda-Legal

Top DOJ Lawyer Joins Lambda Legal - From a press release - ( New York, February 2, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal announced the hiring of Sharon McGowan, a top attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, as the organization's new Director of Strategy. "Sharon McGowan is one of the most influential and effective LGBT rights lawyers in the country," said Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda ...


HRC-report-Gorsuch-wrong-for-the-LGBTQ-community-supreme-court

HRC report: Gorsuch wrong for the LGBTQ community, supreme court - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a report [ at the link: http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/Gorsuch-Report-Feb3-2017.pdf . ] detailing why President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States is troubling for the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ and civil rights communities depend on the court to respect our nation's civil rights and to ...


Expected-Trump-financial-Executive-Order-recipe-for-another-recession

Expected Trump financial Executive Order "recipe for another recession" - From a press release - Washington, DC, February 2, 2017—A new Trump financial regulation executive order, expected to be signed today, will roll back key regulations designed to protect the economy and the American people from another recession. "This expected Executive Order is a recipe for another recession. It puts Wall Street and Big Business interests ahead of the interests of everyday people. It rolls ...


Activists-legal-experts-prepare-after-Trump-anti-LGBT-leak

Activists, legal experts prepare after Trump anti-LGBT leak - The leak of a proposed executive order from President Donald Trump giving legal protections to individuals, businesses and organizations—including federal employees—accused of anti-LGBT discrimination sparked outrage among advocates the week of Jan. 30. Advocates have not yet been able to discern the context from the Trump Administration for the order, which would be a federal version of so-called religious freedom ...


Trump-plans-sweeping-religious-freedom-license-to-discriminate-EO-

Trump plans sweeping religious 'freedom' license to discriminate EO - From press releases - From Lambda Legal: (NEW YORK, February 2, 2017) — Reports indicate that President Trump may issue an Executive Order that will encourage sweeping discrimination against LGBT people and women. Lambda Legal released the following statement in response to a leaked draft of the order: "The reported Executive Order is a direct attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, everyone ...


Hate-crimes-drama-Deep-Water-out-on-DVD-Feb-14

Hate-crimes drama 'Deep Water' out on DVD Feb. 14 - Inspired by the true events of hate-crime murders in Australia in the 1980s, Acorn DVD and Blu-ray debut the Aussie detective drama Deep Water on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Yael Stone ( Orange Is the New Black ) and Noah Taylor ( Game of Thrones ) star as detectives assigned a brutal murder case in Bondi, where they begin to discover ...


ALMA-stands-against-Pres-Trumps-immigration-refugee-executive-orders-

ALMA stands against Pres. Trump's immigration, refugee executive orders - From an ALMA press release - The Association of Latina/os Motivating Action ( ALMA ) joins the thousands of voices protesting President Trump's Executive Orders - particularly those that ban the entry of refugees ( including legal permanent residents ) into our country; rush orders to build a wall along the Mexican border; and threaten to prevent federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties like Chicago ...


Entertainment-news-Alan-Cumming-Carrie-Fisher-Queer-Eye

Entertainment news: Alan Cumming, Carrie Fisher, 'Queer Eye' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - CBS has given pilot orders to two projects featuring key auspices from the network's legal drama The Good Wife: crime drama Killer Instinct, starring and executive produced by The Good Wife cast member Alan Cumming; and Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk, Deadline reported. Killer Instinct centers on a ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "David, I know you're a sophisticated guy."—Donald Trump to David Muir. Is "sophisticated guy" some kinda archaic code that's coming back? Like "confirmed bachelor?" The night after his first interview as president with ABC's David Muir, Donald Trump sat down with Sean Hannity on Fox News. Hannity had problems with Muir's interview, saying, "If I had an opportunity to speak ...


FILM-REVIEW-I-Am-Not-Your-Negro

FILM REVIEW I Am Not Your Negro - "To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."—James Baldwin I Am Not Your Negro—nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and opening at the AMC River East Theater, 322 E. Illinois St., on Friday, Feb. 3—is based on 30 pages of the unfinished work ...


-LGBTs-included-in-EEOC-report

LGBTs included in EEOC report - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016—and it marked the second consecutive year that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. Also, this is the first year that the EEOC included detailed information aboutLGBT charges in its year-end summary. EEOC ...


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BOOK REVIEW Where Am I Now? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Mara Wilson. $16; Penguin Books; 272 pages While it must be difficult for a former child star to separate herself from her persona as, well, a former child star, Mara Wilson does an excellent job of doing just that through her new memoir, Where Am I Now? Instead of focusing solely on her well-known roles playing the title role ...


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National roundup: Summit canceled, GLAAD nominees, gay Iranian detained - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) canceled a summit dedicated to LGBT young people, Advocate.com reported. An unidentified source who spoke with Talking Points Memo said the conference, originally planned for December, was a "big deal" that would have outlined a five-year agenda "to address the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth." The date was pushed ...


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FILM REVIEW Nocturnal Animals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Like a chef who's too proud of his special sauce, director Tom Ford makes it difficult to appreciate the meat and potatoes underneath in his second feature, Nocturnal Animals. Adapted by Ford from the Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan, it's far more complex than Ford's debut, A Single Man; and the director's arty touches make it more confusing than ...


OutRight-Reacts-to-Confirmation-of-Rex-Tillerson-as-US-Secretary-of-State

OutRight Reacts to Confirmation of Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State - From a press release - ( New York City ) —- In reaction to Rex Tillerson's confirmation as the United States Secretary of State, OutRight Action International examined his responses to questions during his Senate confirmation hearing and Questions for the Record ( QFR ) about protecting LGBTIQ rights internationally. When Senator Chris Coons asked Secretary of State Tillerson during the Senate confirmation hearing about ...


Immigrant-contributions-to-American-society-recognized-with-Vilcek-Prizes

Immigrant contributions to American society recognized with Vilcek Prizes - From a Vilcek Foundation press release - New York, NY, February 1, 2017 — The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Vilcek Prizes, recognizing outstanding immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. The Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science will be awarded jointly to Chinese-born Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan, a collaborative research duo and professors of molecular physiology at the University of ...


Boy-Scouts-to-allow-transgender-boys

Boy Scouts to allow transgender boys - The Boy Scouts of America has said it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, allowing transgender boys to join. Previously, the organization relied on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for its single-gender programs. The new policy takes effect immediately, and affects Cub and Boy scout troops. Other youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts, have already ...


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Organizations and politicians respond to Trump LGBT controversy - Though the White House indicated Jan. 30 that President Donald Trump would not be issuing an executive order adversely affecting the LGBT community, national LGBT organizations and their allies—and some local openly gay politicians—said the following day that they were nevertheless ready for a fight. Several leaders from advocacy organizations gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Human Rights Campaign ...


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Groups say Gorsuch Sup Court nom. unacceptable, cite hostile record on LGBTs - From press releases - Lambda Legal Says "No" To Gorsuch Nomination ( New York, January 31, 2017 ) — Following President Donald J. Trump's nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court today, Lambda Legal took the difficult step of formally opposing his nomination, citing his record of hostility towards LGBT ...


Trump-picks-most-conservative-judge-LGBT-groups-decry-choice

Trump picks most conservative judge, LGBT groups decry choice - Of the three judges President Trump was said to be considering for the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, he chose the one who is the most conservative and least likely to be concerned about equal rights for LGBT people. Trump on Tuesday night introduced federal appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, as his choice to fill the seat left ...


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PFLAG National Speaks Out in Unity with Protests - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—today spoke out in solidarity with all who took action in support of American citizens, residents, and visitors coming to our country: Said PFLAG National Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm, "Over the weekend, thousands of PFLAG members in communities ...







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