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Lambda-Legal-ACLU-challenge-fake-repeal-of-North-Carolinas-discriminatory-HB-2-

Lambda Legal, ACLU challenge fake repeal of North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of North Carolina announced they have taken steps to expand the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law HB 2 to include a challenge to its discriminatory replacement, HB 142, which left many of the harms caused by HB 2 in place. The advocacy groups also added ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Launches-Transgender-Mental-Health-Survey

National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Transgender Mental Health Survey - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch the nation's first transgender mental health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify as transgender ...


Anti-LGBTQs-in-Anchorage-try-to-gut-protections-for-transgender-residents-visitors

Anti-LGBTQs in Anchorage try to gut protections for transgender residents, visitors - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to claims from anti-equality activists that they have submitted 8,500 signatures in an attempt to qualify for a ballot measure in Anchorage, Alaska, aimed at gutting protections for transgender residents and visitors in the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The city clerk must verify that at least 5,753 signatures are ...


GLSEN-responds-as-Sec-of-Education-stonewalls-on-policy-on-LGBTQ-students

GLSEN responds as Sec. of Education stonewalls on policy on LGBTQ students - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) - July 18, 2017 - In a July 11 letter to Senator Patty Murray ( D-WA ), Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, under President Obama, had overly broadened the scope of investigations into discrimination against students, leading to an inability to adequately investigate individual complaints. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "The 'B' in LGBTQ-plus has been fought for, for so long. I'm not going to be the person that's like, 'No, I need a 'P', I need another letter!' I stand by people that have paved this way for somebody like me."—Younger star Nico Tortorella discusses the polyamorous relationship he has with Bethany Meyers, who considers herself a lesbian. James ...


PERFORMANCE-Sandra-Bernhard-talks-comedy-sexuality-career

PERFORMANCE Sandra Bernhard talks comedy, sexuality, career - By Emagin Tanaschuk - As part of her tour, Sandra Bernhard will be coming to Chicago to perform her latest comedy show, "Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast," at City Winery July 20-21. Since her career began four decades ago, Bernhard has showed no sign of slowing down, especially with her new comedy show tour, appearances on the hit CBS TV sitcom 2 Broke ...


BOOK-Raising-the-Transgender-Child

BOOK Raising the Transgender Child - By Dr. Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman, $17; Seal Press; 275 pages Your preschooler has always had an active imagination. Flights of fancy and dress-up fill his days. She's rough-and-tumble, a scrapper in her mind. Make-believe has always been a big part in your child's life but now you're hearing something you know in your heart is not pretend—and ...


New-sitcom-stars-transgender-actors

New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


MOMBIAN-Harry-Potter-and-the-LGBTQ-family

MOMBIAN Harry Potter and the LGBTQ family - June 26 is an auspicious date. Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court issue its marriage-equality decision on that day in 2015, but 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997, the world first learned of a boy named Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. I've read J. K. Rowling's series three times to myself and once out loud ...


Quigley-leads-32-dems-in-letter-to-FDA-urging-end-of-discriminatory-blood-ban

Quigley leads 32 dems in letter to FDA urging end of discriminatory blood ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, led 32 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging them to update the outdated restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The FDA's current policy for men ...


Senate-Republicans-Confirm-Trumps-Anti-LGBTQ-Judicial-Nominee

Senate Republicans Confirm Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Senate's confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush's confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government. "Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee ...


Palm-Center-counters-claims-made-to-Armed-Services-Committee-on-transgender-service-

Palm Center counters claims made to Armed Services Committee on transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center responded to General Selva's testimony today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, offered the following response: "The Chiefs are misrepresenting the science about transgender troops in a disingenuous way that reflects the old Pentagon tactic of distorting the data about gays and lesbians under 'don't ask ...


NATIONAL-ROUNDUP-Mans-body-found-NC-Pride-situation-Cincinnati-clash

NATIONAL ROUNDUP Man's body found, N.C. Pride situation, Cincinnati clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Police in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, recovered the body of Todd McKee after issuing a missing-persons report, DelawareOnline.com reported. McKee ( the partner of travel writer/ Wawa Welcome America CEO Jeff Guaracino ) was last seen on July 8, when he was captured on surveillance footage leaving his apartment building in the 300 block of South Boardwalk. In a Facebook post, ...


SHOWBIZ-Thomas-Dekker-Linda-Perry-Chippendales-Mariah-Carey

SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


HRC-assails-Paul-Ryan-for-clearing-path-for-anti-transgender-amendment

HRC assails Paul Ryan for clearing path for anti-transgender amendment - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, assailed House Speaker Paul Ryan for clearing a path for a dangerous anti-transgender amendment — and then making false claims about the process to dodge culpability. Ryan made two false claims, both of which were reported by the ...


Anti-trans-defense-budget-amendment-defeated-in-House

Anti-trans defense budget amendment defeated in House - The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The vote followed a day of aggressive lobbying by LGBT advocates and supporters to reject the proposal, which ...


MUSIC-Lesbian-singer-Jennifer-Knapp-continues-to-break-new-ground

MUSIC Lesbian singer Jennifer Knapp continues to break new ground - By Tarina Hargrays - Lesbian singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than 1 million records and crossed over into a completely different genre. Knapp has recently returned to the music industry and will be headlining a show in Michigan on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. Joining her as an opener will be singer/songwriter Natalie Gaza. Knapp who first ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "It's about damn time somebody did. I'm like, 'Shit or get off the pot!'"—Kelly Clarkson's response after she helped facilitate a gay proposal at one of her concerts, and one of the guys said they've been dating for four years. Is there anything lovelier than Provincetown on the Fourth of July? Amidst the hustle and bustle of the usual tourists ...


BOOK-REVIEW-James-Baldwin-The-FBI-File-

BOOK REVIEW James Baldwin: The FBI File - By Max S. Gordon - By William J. Maxwell; $22.99; Arcade. Publishing; 440 pages Those who have seen Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro know the film is based on James Baldwin's unfinished project, an extended essay on the end of the civil-rights movement—which Baldwin often referred to as the "last slave rebellion"—and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Off-the-Rocks-Vol-20

BOOK REVIEW Off the Rocks, Vol. 20 - Allison Fradkin, director; $15; NewTown Writers Press; 279 pages There's a certain tone of absurdity that NewTown Writers Press often hits in its anthology: often droll, occasionally glib. Volume 20 focuses on that queerest of spectacles—the theater. As such, a large percentage of the volume is plays; poetry, fiction and the others take a backseat here. This is unfortunate ...


Gays-behind-the-American-Bandstand

Gays behind the American Bandstand - By Sari Staver - When The New York Post published a story that a new coffeetable book, Bandstand Diaries, revealed stories about the secret gay lives of some of the dancers, sales of the book went through the roof. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 12, when the Post story by tell-all journalist Jerry Oppenheimer was published, "We could barely keep up ...


VIEWPOINTS-Will-the-Court-let-business-refuse-the-LGBTQ-community

VIEWPOINTS Will the Court let business refuse the LGBTQ community? - Recently, the U. S. Supreme Court announced that in the fall it will hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which will have many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles—will argue the parameters of one's right to practice their religion and their right to express themselves freely that's enshrined in the First Amendment. In ...


Community-Marketing-Insights-releases-Annual-LGBT-Community-Survey-report-

Community Marketing & Insights releases Annual LGBT Community Survey report - More than 41,000 respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) communities in 131 countries participated in the 11th annual survey. 180+ LGBT media, events and organizations worldwide partnered with CMI in this year's study, helping to gain wide representation from across the community. A sample of 2017 key findings of 17,300 LGBTs living in the United ...


One-Iowa-Condemns-Anti-Transgender-Amendments-to-Defense-Authorization-Bill-

One Iowa Condemns Anti-Transgender Amendments to Defense Authorization Bill - From a press release - [Des Moines]— Rep. Steve King ( R-Iowa ) has proposed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 ( H.R. 2810 ) that directly oppose spending that benefits transgender service members. On Thursday, July 6, Rep. King proposed an amendment to prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds for gender affirmation surgery or to "promote ...


Conservatives-campaign-for-Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell-for-transgender-troops-

Conservatives campaign for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for transgender troops - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A broad coalition of conservative activists, think tanks, pollsters, advocacy groups, politicians, and media outlets has launched an attack campaign to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" for transgender service members. According to Palm Center director Aaron Belkin, "This is a full-scale effort to inflame the culture wars on the backs of loyal transgender troops." "Don't ask, ...


National-roundup-Evangelical-poll-trans-death-Gavin-Grimm-Chick-fil-A

National roundup: Evangelical poll, trans death, Gavin Grimm, Chick-fil-A - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new survey shows a dramatic shift in attitudes toward favoring same-sex marriage among a younger generation of white evangelicals—a group considered to be one of the most conservative on the issue, The Washington Post noted. According to Pew, 47 percent of Generation X/millennial evangelicals ( those born after 1964 ) favor same-sex marriage, compared with 26 percent of boomer ...


Showbiz-Archie-Comics-Britney-Spears-Andrew-Garfield-rappers-lyrics

Showbiz: Archie Comics, Britney Spears, Andrew Garfield, rapper's lyrics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the new comic, Your Pal Archie, Archie Comics will release a variant cover with gay character Kevin Keller for the debut issue at this year's Flame Con convention, the world's largest LGBT comic con, according to NewNowNext.com. The special cover features members of the Archie gang like Betty, Veronica and Kevin as their superhero alter-egos flying above New York ...


Human-Rights-Campaign-opens-new-grassroots-offensive-against-Trump-Pence-agenda

Human Rights Campaign opens new grassroots offensive against Trump-Pence agenda - From an HRC press release - Washington, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising, a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. In June, HRC partnered on dozens of nationwide marches — from the Los Angeles ...


Walgreens-clinics-in-select-markets-to-begin-PrEP-prescriptions-

Walgreens clinics in select markets to begin PrEP prescriptions - Deerfield-based Walgreens announced on July 10 that providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in select markets would soon be able to provide patients with consultations and prescriptions for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Chicago is currently not among the markets in question, which include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus ( Ohio ), Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, ...


True-Blood-actor-Ellis-dies-at-39

'True Blood' actor Ellis dies at 39 - Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing gay cook Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, has died at age 39. Ellis, who joined the cast of CBS' Elementary this past season, was also in the Oscar Best Picture nominee The Help alongside Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. He was born in Harvey, Illinois, and he and his family moved ...


Rep-Gutierrez-Responds-to-Puerto-Rican-Statehood-Party-Senate-Presidents-LGBT-Slur

Rep. Gutierrez Responds to Puerto Rican Statehood Party Senate President's LGBT Slur - From a press release - Washington, DC — Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez ( D-IL ) responded to Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rican Senate President and a leader of the Statehood Party, who used the masculine pronoun "señor" repeatedly to describe Ana Matosantos, the only female member of Puerto Rico's Financial Oversight and Management Board ( known locally as the Junta de SupervisiÃ"n Fiscal or simply ...


HRC-to-Trump-Address-Anti-LGBTQ-Chechnya-Crisis-With-Putin-at-G-20-Summit-

HRC to Trump: Address Anti-LGBTQ Chechnya Crisis With Putin at G-20 Summit - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a letter ( http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/Putinletter7517.pdf ) from HRC President Chad Griffin to President Donald Trump ahead of Trump's scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit this week . In the letter, Griffin urges Trump to forcefully raise concern with Putin over Chechen attacks against gay ...


Trans-focused-doc-has-funding-campaign

Trans-focused doc has funding campaign - America in Transition—a documentary series exploring community, family, and faith for trans people of color across the United States—is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign that ends Thursday, July 13. Among the individuals profiled are a veteran-turned-activist, a two-spirit dancer and a model navigating family life. The director, Andre Perez, is a latinx, genderqueer transmasculine person from the South ...


Full-Eleventh-Circuit-Denies-Georgia-Anti-Gay-Employment-Discrimination-Case

Full Eleventh Circuit Denies Georgia Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination Case - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta July 6, 2017 ) —Today, Lambda Legal announced it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied its en banc petition asking that the full Court rehear the case of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was harassed at work and effectively terminated from her job because she ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Blake-Hammond-Something-to-talk-about

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Blake Hammond: 'Something' to talk about - Set in 1959, the hilarious show Something Rotten! is the story of two brothers named Nick and Nigel Bottom living in the Renaissance period. They are competing with William Shakespeare to find success in the theater world. After a series of mishaps and crazy situations, a production is brought to life called Something Rotten! Be prepared for lots of laughs ...


BOOKS-Clinton-Kelly-talks-love-and-Hate

BOOKS Clinton Kelly talks love and 'Hate' - The Clinton Kelly memoir I Hate Everyone, Except You has just come out in paperback. In the book, the star of What Not To Wear and The Chew talks about growing up gay, his search for love and acceptance, co-star Stacy London, husband Damon and much more. Windy City Times: How did you come up with the title for the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Harmony-of-Parts

BOOK REVIEW The Harmony of Parts - By John Garabedian, with Ian Aldrich. $29.95; Orange Frazer Press; 411 pages John Garabedian's world is a world of technology and song, of competition and fame. It's the world of Top 40 radio, a world most of us never get to see and Garabedian entered in high school. An early obsessive who bugged his parents for a tape recorder ...


National-roundup-Asian-American-ad-another-trans-death-bribery-trial

National roundup: Asian-American ad, another trans death, bribery trial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time ever, emotionally moving videos of Asian parents of LGBT children appeared as pop-up ads on YouTube, a National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) press release noted. The ads played on YouTube in seven languages—Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Hindi—for Pride Month June 24-30. The ads were part of a comprehensive Asian ...


Entertainment-news-Sir-Ian-McKellen-Sense8-Ryan-Murphy-Halsey

Entertainment news: Sir Ian McKellen, 'Sense8,' Ryan Murphy, Halsey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Sir Ian McKellen said he'd fully support the idea of James Bond being portrayed as a gay man—and he thinks author Ian Fleming, who created the fictional Secret Service agent, would also fully support the thought, The Huffington Post noted, citing Variety. "If you play James Bond as an outwardly camp, silly gay man that no one took seriously," ...


Natl-LGBT-Media-Association-names-Ad-POP-honorees

Nat'l LGBT Media Association names Ad POP honorees - The National LGBT Media Association has announced its second annual Ad POP award winners, including many top corporate brand names. Formerly known as the National Gay Media Association, the National LGBT Media Association brings together the top regional newspapers serving the U.S. LGBT communities. Its recent name change, rebranding and updated website reflects renewed focus on inclusion for all of ...


11-M-LGBTs-married-to-someone-of-same-sex-at-two-year-anniversary-of-Obergefell-v-Hodges

1.1 M LGBTs married to someone of same sex at two-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — At the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide, the Williams Institute is publishing a research brief finding that 1.1 million LGBT adults are married to someone of the same sex. Other keys findings include: - An estimated 10.7 million adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT - ...


AIDSVu-maps-show-disproportionate-HIV-burden-among-youth-communities-of-color

AIDSVu maps show disproportionate HIV burden among youth, communities of color - From an AIDSVu press release - ATLANTA, Today, AIDSVu released new interactive maps illustrating the impact of HIV across the United States, showing that two-thirds of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015 occurred in two-and-a-half percent of U.S. counties. Using the latest publicly available data at the city-, county-, and state-levels, these new maps visualize disparities in HIV infections and mortality, both geographically and across different ...


Ebony-Morgan-a-Black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Lynchburg-VA

Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, VA - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Ebony Morgan, a Black transgender woman killed in Lynchburg, VA; the 15th 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 Ebony Morgan, a black transgender woman, killed in Lynchburg, Virginia on July 2nd, 2017. According to ...


LGBT-Country-Profiles-Track-Advances-Challenges-

LGBT Country Profiles Track Advances, Challenges - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( New York, June 23, 2017 ) — Human Rights Watch has published during Pride Month a compilation of the records of 63 countries in recognizing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people. The country profiles include research on LGBT rights from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report and other sources to ...


TRAVEL-Columbus-Ohio-Sights-and-sites-of-change

TRAVEL Columbus, Ohio: Sights and sites of change - One of the undeniable constants of life is change—and nowhere was that more apparent than during a recent trip to Columbus, Ohio. As with previous visits there, Columbus is a nestled delight, with intriguing neighborhoods ( Hello, German Village and Short North! ) and people. However, change is certainly afoot, especially with a population that expected to double in the ...


Open-TV-hosts-potluck-preview-

Open TV hosts potluck, preview - On June 27, Open TV ( beta ) hosted its Two Queens in a Kitchen preview and potluck. The free event was held at Reunion Chicago, an art gallery in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Two Queens in a Kitchen ( 2QIK ) is one of Open TV's most popular series, and it aims to bring relevance to discussions about relationships, ...


Studio-responsibility-index-released

Studio responsibility index released - GLAAD has released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index—a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2016 calendar year. GLAAD found that, of the 125 releases from major studios in 2016, only 23 of them ( 18.4 percent ) included characters ...


NEA-honors-Jim-Obergefell-for-victorious-fight-in-Supreme-Court-case

NEA honors Jim Obergefell for victorious fight in Supreme Court case - From a press release - BOSTON—For his monumental fight in the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage across the nation, Obergefell v. Hodges, Jim Obergefell is being awarded the National Education Association's Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights. Since 1967, NEA has recognized and honored those who have fought — and continue to fight — for human and civil rights. This year, ...


Federal-Bar-Assns-LGBT-Section-pushing-LGBT-professional-development-

Federal Bar Assn's LGBT Section pushing LGBT professional development - From a press release - Arlington, VA — The Federal Bar Association's LGBT Law Section is working to enhance the successful practice and development of LGBT Federal Practitioners and their allies. The Section supports and educates professionals with an interest in LGBT-related issues. In addition, it serves and assists each chapter and circuit of the Association by developing and implementing programs, publications, and activities involving ...


Gov-Cuomo-to-commemorate-50th-anniversary-of-the-Stonewall-Rebellion-in-2019

Gov. Cuomo to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 2019 - From a press release - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 2019. In June 1969, LGBT community members held spontaneous demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, considered by many as the catalyst for the modern LGBT rights movement. As part of the state's commemorative efforts, cultural events will be promoted statewide ...


Lambda-urges-Puerto-Rico-to-allow-accurate-birth-certificates-for-transgender-people

Lambda urges Puerto Rico to allow accurate birth certificates for transgender people - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( San Juan, PR, June 26, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed papers urging a federal court to strike down Puerto Rico's policy denying transgender people accurate birth certificates in its case on behalf of three transgender people born in Puerto Rico and the advocacy group Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. "The ability to define and express one's identity, and ...


Lambda-Legal-Asks-Court-to-Reopen-Case-of-Intersex-Citizen-Denied-a-Passport

Lambda Legal Asks Court to Reopen Case of Intersex Citizen Denied a Passport - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Denver, CO, June 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today asked a federal court 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 ). "Dana has been ...


JAY-Zs-mother-comes-out-as-lesbian

JAY-Z's mother comes out as lesbian - Gloria Carter, JAY-Z's mother, came out as lesbian in a new track featured on the rapper's just-released 4:44 album. The song, "Smile," features JAY-Z and Carter discussing her sexuality in a public first for either one. "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," JAY-Z raps in the song, which ...


Radogno-resigns-from-state-Senate

Radogno resigns from state Senate - Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno resigned, effective July 1—the day after the budget deadline. Radogno said she had planned to step down regardless if a budget deal was struck, not because of a lack of support for current Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers returned to Springfield for a special session as they tried to achieve a budget deal before ...


Intimate-partner-violence-homicide-in-Madison-Wisconsin

Intimate partner violence homicide in Madison, Wisconsin - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of Gerald Moore, which occurred on June 24, 2017. According to local media reports, Gerald died after being stabbed multiple times by Ronald Redeaux, his roommate. The two were in a relationship, and according to police, officers had responded to domestic disturbances ...


Pentagon-Delays-New-Transgender-Inclusive-Recruitment-Policy-by-Six-Months-

Pentagon Delays New Transgender-Inclusive Recruitment Policy by Six Months - From press releasees - From a press release: Palm Center Director Concerned by Continuation of Military's Transgender Ban SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to Defense Secretary James Mattis's decision to delay implementing rules allowing transgender applicants to join the military, Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement: "Secretary Mattis's decision to prolong the enlistment ban will have the effect of requiring ...


Trans-teen-Ava-LeRay-Barrin-murdered-14th-known-trans-person-murdered-in-17

Trans teen Ava Le'Ray Barrin murdered, 14th known trans person murdered in '17 - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign said it was "horrified" to learn that a 17-year-old transgender woman, Ava Le'Ray Barrin, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday, June 25. Jalen Breon Brown, 21, has been charged with Barrin's murder, after allegedly shooting her during an altercation in an apartment parking lot. Police say that Barrin and Brown knew one another, ...


Former-member-of-Pres-Advisory-Council-on-HIV-AIDS-on-White-House-HIV-remarks

Former member of Pres. Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS on White House HIV remarks - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, June 27, 2017 )—Today, President Trump issued a statement to mark National HIV Testing Day. This is the first statement issued by the administration regarding HIV/AIDS and comes on the heels of the resignation of six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), led by Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director and Counsel, Scott ...


BOOKS-Nathaniel-Frank-chronicles-the-road-to-marriage-equality

BOOKS Nathaniel Frank chronicles the road to marriage equality - Nathaniel Frank trained as a historian, but found his calling covering what he calls "first drafts" of recent events. "In graduate school we used to make fun of people who were doing recent history and call them sociologists. It didn't seem like history could ripen into a really substantive and useful interpretation until some number of years had gone by," ...


VIEWPOINTS-The-enduring-use-of-the-N-word

VIEWPOINTS The enduring use of the N-word - In this political climate hate speech is becoming common use. And there has been an uptick of the use of the N-word, even from the mouths of people one would not expect. While it came as no surprise to most people of color in Boston when last month Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said Fenway fans hurled the N-word at him, ...


Truth-Wins-Out-to-close

Truth Wins Out to close - Chicago-based activist Wayne Besen, on June 26, announced that he would be closing his organization, Truth Wins Out ( TWO ), which opposed so-called "ex-gay" organizations, after 11 years. With the ex-gay industry largely discredited, Besen thinks the organization has in many ways accomplished its goals, he said. "When I started the organization, the ex-gay organizations were called 'the Normandy ...


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 ...


Entertainment-news-Ryan-Phillippe-Queen-Latifah-Glenn-Close-Ricky-Martin

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 ...


3-big-LGBT-moves-by-US-Supreme-Court

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 ...







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