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White-House-updates-federal-HIV-AIDS-strategies

White House updates federal HIV/AIDS strategies - President Barack Obama, on July 30, signed an executive order updating his administration's National HIV/AIDS Strategy through the year 2020. "My Administration has made substantial progress in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic since the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States ( Strategy ), the first of its kind, was released in July 2010," reads the order. "The Strategy has ...


Lea-DeLaria-On-acting-in-Orange-covering-Bowie-on-CD-

Lea DeLaria: On acting in 'Orange,' covering Bowie on CD - Lea DeLaria has certainly sung for her supper—literally. Since the '90s, the self-identified Illinois-born butch has established herself as a standup comedienne, actress and jazz singer. June 2015 saw her reprise fan favorite character Big Boo on the third season of Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange Is the New Black ( OITNB ), while July's House of David ( Ghostlight ...


Organizations-urge-Pope-to-meet-with-LGBT-people-during-historic-visit

Organizations urge Pope to meet with LGBT people during historic visit - From a press release - New York, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — As news outlets across the globe prepare to report on the Pope's upcoming visit to the United States, GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, and DignityUSA, the nation's foremost organization for LGBT Catholics and their supporters, today called on Pope Francis to meet with Catholic ...


Seattle-to-host-international-confab-on-trans-gender-nonconforming-topics-

Seattle to host international confab on trans, gender-nonconforming topics - From a press release - Seattle, WA, July 29, 2015….Gender Odyssey, an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming ( GNC ) people, will be held in Seattle, WA from August 19 — 23, 2015. The conference is attended by a diverse set of participants, from practitioners to activists to families to trans and GNC individuals of all ages. packed ...


Chicagoan-DEmilio-among-Woodhull-honorees

Chicagoan D'Emilio among Woodhull honorees - From a press release - The Woodhull organization announces the recipients of the 2015 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award—John D'Emilio, Monica Raye Simpson, and Diego Miguel Sanchez. "These are outstanding leaders and courageous activists," said Ricci Levy, executive director of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. "We are inspired by their work, by the lives they lead and look, with hope, toward a future they helped to ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I thought I held my own."—Buzz Aldrin talks about dancing with John Travolta at a benefit for Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I'm glad to hear Buzz held his own. I hope Travolta stuck to holding his own, too! You can check out the video of them tripping the light fantastic on BillyMasters.com. There ...


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9.5M LGBT adults would be protected under proposed bill - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — A new comprehensive non-discrimination bill introduced July 23, 2015, in Congress would provide protections to an estimated 9.5 million U.S. adults who identify as LGBT, according to Gary Gates, Williams Institute Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director. The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit, ...


Natl-Pastors-attend-wedding-pro-LGB-military-act-Black-Lives-conference-

Nat'l: Pastors attend wedding; pro-LGB military act; 'Black Lives' conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Michigan, nearly 30 ordained United Methodist Church ( UMC ) pastors ( in addition to 100 others ) gathered for the same-sex wedding of the Rev. Benjamin Hutchison and Monty Hutchison, The South Bend Tribune reported. Hutchison said he was forced to resign from his post as pastor of Cassopolis UMC after the church's district superintendent asked if he ...


Entertainment-Nick-Jonas-Caitlyn-Jenner-Lucy-Lawless-RuPaul

Entertainment: Nick Jonas; Caitlyn Jenner; Lucy Lawless; RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actor Nick Jonas was literally in chains for his performance at G-A-Y at London's Heaven club recently, NewNowNext.com noted. "You know we gotta do something special for the G-A-Y audience," he teased, as drag queens Mary Mac and Baga Chipz put his arms in shackles before moving down to put two more around his ankles. Jonas eventually broke free of ...


BOOK-REVIEW-There-Is-Room-for-You

BOOK REVIEW There Is Room for You - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Zoe Dolan, $14.99; 304 pages Zoe Dolan is a woman of words and places. Her memoir, There is Room for You: Tales From a Transgender Defender's Heart, follows her slow realization that she should abandon a life of itinerant art for law, and it shows her subsequent slog towards identity. Dolan begins the book as an exchange student in ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Mark-Burrell-is-steppin-in-Pippin

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Mark Burrell is steppin' in 'Pippin' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Life's a three-ring circus for the revival of four-time Tony Award winner Pippin. Now on a national tour, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey and the choices he makes in life. Mark Burrell wears many hats on the tour. He's an assistant choreographer, dance captain and understudy for the role of Charles. Burrell made ...


Boy-Scouts-end-ban-on-gay-leaders-with-religious-exemption-

Boy Scouts end ban on gay leaders, with religious exemption - In a widely expected vote, the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted, on July 27, to lift its ban against gay scout leaders. The vote came from the organization's executive board. In a statement, the organization said, "Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay ...


Lawmakers-introduce-Equality-Act

Lawmakers introduce Equality Act - U.S. lawmakers, on the week of July 20, introduced sweeping legislation that would give federal protections to LGBT Americans in a number of categories. The legislation, known as the Equality Act, essentially extends to the LGBT community the same rights afforded to other groups under the Civil Rights Act and other laws, and broadly covers areas such as public accommodations, ...


Transgender-students-restroom-access-case-is-likely-to-proceed-

Transgender student's restroom access case is likely to proceed - NORFOLK, Va. — A federal court in Virginia today heard arguments in the case of a transgender male student at Gloucester High School who seeks to use communal restrooms that match his gender identity. The case challenges a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. G.G. v. Gloucester County ...


Chaz-Bono-on-stage-in-Down-the-Road-in-LA

Chaz Bono on stage in "Down the Road" in LA - From a press release - Actor, "Down the Road" producer and activist Chaz Bono returns to the stage in a dramatic portrayal in the role of William Reach, a serial killer serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for the mrders of l9 women. His newest victims could be Dan and Irin Henniman, the true-crime writers who are interviewing him for his biography. ...


Federal-Nondiscrimination-Bill-introduced-in-Congress

Federal Nondiscrimination Bill introduced in Congress - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015 )—Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) and Cory Booker ( D-NJ ) and Rep. John Lewis ( D-GA ), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, ...


The-reframing-of-Adam-Lambert-His-past-dating-problems-

The reframing of Adam Lambert: His past, dating problems - Stripped of that glossy sheen, those painted nails and the purple mane that he famously flaunted on his 2009 post-American Idol debut, For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert's latest album cover isn't even in color. His hair still reaches the same towering heights as his voice on The Original High but, otherwise, he's unadorned. The glam is gone. In our recent ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Do-I-Sound-Gay-Black-Alphabet-restored-films-

Knight at the Movies: Do I Sound Gay?; Black Alphabet; restored films - Do I Sound Gay? Out journalist David Thorpe's anxiety over sounding gay—an anxiety that has long been a subconscious problem with Our People and historically a source of derision from straight culture—is explored in Thorpe's fast-paced, breezy documentary Do I Sound Gay? After a breakup with his boyfriend and facing a bit of a midlife crisis, Thorpe decided that his ...


-amfAR-launches-comprehensive-database-of-planned-HIV-AIDS-funding

amfAR launches comprehensive database of planned HIV/AIDS funding - From a press release - NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced the beta launch of its PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plan database, a comprehensive, navigable database of PEPFAR's planned funding of HIV/AIDS activities from 2007 to 2014. The database was unveiled at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention ( IAS 2015 ) ...


3000-clergy-say-First-Amendment-Defense-Act-means-tax-funded-discrimination

3000+ clergy say First Amendment Defense Act means tax-funded discrimination - From a Bend the Arc press release - WASHINGTON, D.C—More than 3,000 faith leaders and clergy sent a letter today to members of Congress urging their opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act ( H.R. 2802 ). The letter ( full text below this release ), coordinated by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and Auburn Seminary, was delivered today to Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Elijah ...


India-Clarke-a-black-transgender-woman-killed-in-Tampa

India Clarke, a black transgender woman, killed in Tampa - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of India Clarke, a black transgender woman who was found beaten to death on Tuesday, July 21st in a park area of the University Area Community Center in Tampa, Florida. Monica Roberts of TransGriot first accurately identified the victim's name and gender identity, which were inaccurately ...


PASSAGES-Tania-Nichole-Dunbar-a-founding-member-of-SPARTA-dies

PASSAGES Tania Nichole Dunbar, a founding member of SPARTA, dies - Tania Nichole Dunbar, one of the founding members of SPARTA, died over the weekend at a North Carolina beach campground, according to the Advocate and other sources. The death came from an accidental fall in which she hit her head, according to the reports. Dunbar recently completed a deployment in Kuwait and had come back for duty at Fort Bragg, ...


Protestors-decry-HIV-AIDS-cuts

Protestors decry HIV/AIDS cuts - About 100 community members and health activists gathered in front of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago July 22 to demand that the state pass a budget that adequately funds services for those Illinoisans who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS funds have been tied up as Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly have attempted, so ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Sandra-Bernhard-Feeling-blessed

NUNN ON ONE Sandra Bernhard: Feeling '#blessed' - Sandra Bernhard is a woman of many talents. Stand-up has always been a part of her act, even before her big break in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. After her many appearances on the Roseanne sitcom she continues with more TV shows such as ...


ASK-LAMBDA-LEGAL-Marriage-equality-FAQs

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Marriage equality FAQs - A recurring column - Following the Supreme Court's recent historic decision to grant same-sex couples throughout the United States the freedom to marry and the right to recognition of their marriages in Obergefell v. Hodges, many questions have surfaced about just how the ruling will affect same-sex couples and families. In an attempt to answer many of these questions, legal teams at Lambda Legal, ...


HRC-releases-discrimination-map

HRC releases discrimination map - Following the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a new map explaining the need for non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people at the federal level, according to a press release. The hashtag "#31Reasons" has been added to the map, reflecting the number of states that lack protections against employment and housing discrimination ...


Ill-Supreme-Court-Justice-discusses-marriage-moment

Ill. Supreme Court Justice discusses marriage "moment" - Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis said that the date that the United States Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was handed down, June 26, was a most auspicious occasion for her already: It was her 44th wedding anniversary. "My husband and I were greeted by a meditation on marriage by Justice Anthony Kennedy—more profound or beautiful than ...


TransTech-launches-national-tech-and-employment-assessment

TransTech launches national tech and employment assessment - From a press release - ( Chicago, July 20 2015, ) — TransTech Social Enterprises, a creative design firm and training academy announced today they will be conducting a national assessment to connect the trans community directly to employment and educational opportunities. The assessment will act as an application and skills evaluation to guide TransTech's relaunch of their training academy and programming. This fall TransTech ...


Natl-Mayor-does-weddings-Hawaii-speeds-trans-ID-change-Chelsea-Mannings-fund-

Nat'l: Mayor does weddings; Hawaii speeds trans ID change; Chelsea Manning's fund - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NIn Ohio, the mayor of the state's capital city has performed several gay weddings in a ceremony outside city hall to celebrate the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Associated Press noted. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman united 13 gay couples in marriage on July 11. Stonewall Columbus Executive Director Karla Rothan tells The Columbus Dispatch that Coleman has always ...


TRAVEL-Soar-into-Arizona

TRAVEL Soar into Arizona - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon State, is quite immense, being the sixth largest state. The state capital, Phoenix, is known for having LGBT-friendly businesses and a rapidly expanding artist community. Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, with Tucson being second. While the heat can be brutal at times in the summer months, Arizona is the perfect destination ...


Entertainment-Jennifer-Hudson-Lee-Daniels-Margaret-Cho-Thomas-Roberts

Entertainment: Jennifer Hudson; Lee Daniels; Margaret Cho; Thomas Roberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer Hudson crashed one of the first gay weddings to take place in Dallas, and surprised two very happy grooms ( Chris and Scott Lindsey ) by performing an impromptu mini-concert, TheStir reported. The Oscar winner wanted to show her support to the LGBT community following the landmark Supreme Court decision a few weeks ago to legalize same-sex marriage. Hudson ...


Cyndi-Laupers-True-Colors-Make-A-Difference-Everyday-help-homeless-LGBT-

Cyndi Lauper's True Colors, Make A Difference Everyday help homeless LGBT - From a press release - New York, New York ( July 16, 2015 ) — M4D3, a dynamic social purpose online retailer, has partnered with the True Colors Fund to develop a shoe collection with a purpose. The True Colors and M4D3 shoe collection will benefit the True Colors Fund, a leading national organization co-founded by Cyndi Lauper in 2008. The organization works to end ...


EEOC-rules-Federal-law-bans-discrimination-against-GL-federal-workers-

EEOC rules: Federal law bans discrimination against GL federal workers - In a decision could provide important remedies to thousands of LGBT federal workers who might face sexual orientation discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled Thursday ( July 15 ) that existing federal law prohibits employment discrimination against federal workers based on sexual orientation. Lambda Legal hailed the ruling as a "landmark" decision, saying it "authoritatively recognizes that federal ...


Changeorg-signs-off-on-petitions-with-hate-speech

Change.org signs off on petitions with hate speech - Change.org, the online petition organization, is just one of the sites where people can express views in today's world of interactive media. Recently, select material posted on the open online platform has raised questions and uproar as it is classified as hate speech. Change.org's mission, as stated on its website, is to "empower people everywhere to create the change they ...


Man-gets-30-years-for-HIV-exposure

Man gets 30 years for HIV exposure - In Missouri, former college wrestler Michael Johnson, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others, according to STLToday.com. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham, who issued the sentence, told Johnson, "The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims ...


Boy-Scouts-looks-ahead-to-vote-on-gay-leaders-

Boy Scouts looks ahead to vote on gay leaders - The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America [BSA], on July 27, will vote to ratify a measure that would allow gay adults to serve as scout leaders. The measure was approved unanimously July 13 by BSA's Executive Committee and comes in response to calls to dismantle the organization's ban on gay leaders. The organization has allowed gay ...


HIV-musical-comedy-web-series-Merce-premieres

HIV+ musical comedy web series "Merce" premieres - From a press release - New York, NY, July 16, 2015 —Being single, middle-aged and HIV+ in New York City isn't always easy, but Merce couldn't be happier! Hailed as "Seinfield with HIV" by Poz Magazine, Merce follows the adventures of an HIV+ Polyanna who sings and dances his way through life in search of self-acceptance and true love. With his gal-pal roommate, three gay ...


Michelle-Malone-makes-music

Michelle Malone makes music - Not only does Michelle Malone have a grass roots music career but she is also down to earth. She started her own music label SBS Records back in 1992 that brought her playing over 1,000 live concerts. Her tunes have played on TV shows like True Blood, Felicity, and Dawson's Creek. Malone has duetted with Gregg Allman and been backed ...


LGBTs-among-Emmy-nominations

LGBTs among Emmy nominations - The Emmy nominations were announced July 16, and HBO Game of Thrones led all shows with 24 nominations. ( HBO hauled in a total of 124 nods, Variety reported; ABC was a distant second with 42. ) There was plenty of LGBT-related recognition among the noms, with Transparent and Orange Is the New Black receiving nods. Transparent received a nod ...


EEOC-Lesbians-and-gays-are-protected-from-job-bias-under-Title-VII

EEOC: Lesbians and gays are protected from job bias under Title VII - From a Lambda Legal press release - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) has issued a landmark ruling that the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect employees who suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The decision will have two major effects. First, it authoritatively recognizes that federal workers mistreated because of their sexual orientation have a claim ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm sorry—are you THAT famous?"—Nicolle Wallace's response when Raven-Symone said that she doesn't sign autographs because it just goes on too long and she ends up getting a cramp in her hand. Yes, this is what The View has come to. People are insane. This is not a new observation, but it comes courtesy of a trio of stories which ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Tangerine-Tig-Mr-Holmes-Edith-Lake-Wilkinson-

Knight at the Movies: Tangerine; Tig; Mr. Holmes; Edith Lake Wilkinson - Back out on the streets after 28 days in lockup, Sin-Dee ( Kitana Kiki Rodriguez ) celebrates Christmas Eve by buying a donut to split with her best friend, Alexandra ( Mya Taylor ). But when Alexandra lets it slip that Sin-Dee's pimp boyfriend, Chester ( James Ransone ), hasn't been faithful while she's been away, she goes ballistic. A ...


Ali-Forney-Center-to-break-ground-for-Bea-Arthur-Residence

Ali Forney Center to break ground for Bea Arthur Residence - From a press release - New York, NY, July 15, 2015 - On Monday, July 20, 2015, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed residence for homeless LGBT youth operated by the Ali Forney Center. In 2012 the New York City Council and the Manhattan Borough President awarded $3,300,000 for the renovation of a long vacant building owned by ...


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MOVIES David Thorpe: It's okay to sound 'gay' - "If I'm in a hotel and I call the front desk, they always say, 'We'll have that right up to you, ma'am,'" says author David Sedaris in Do I Sound Gay? a documentary that turns up the volume on "gay voice" by featuring interviews with LGBT celebrities—as well as complete strangers on the street—about their experiences "sounding gay." "I'm embarrassed ...


-Senate-fails-to-pass-the-Student-Non-Discrimination-Act

Senate fails to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, in the first major vote on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) equality since the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, the Senate failed to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act ( SNDA ) - a bill that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human ...


Cover-story-National-gathering-honors-Philadelphias-1965-protests-

Cover story: National gathering honors Philadelphia's 1965 protests - Article, photos and videos at the link - The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in Philadelphia over the July 4 weekend. Among the many events and exhibits was a somber march in front of Independence Hall, with 40 people reenacting Reminder Day 1965, carrying signs and wearing traditional male and female clothing as did the original protestors. Full report, photos and videos at the link http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Philadelphias-1965-protests-remembered/52115.html ...


Lambda-Legal-Executive-Director-Kevin-Cathcart-to-step-down-

Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart to step down - Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart, on July 15, announced that he would step down from his position in April, 2016. The news follows a string of legal victories for the LGBT communities, many of which have been compelled by the organization's legal work. "It has been a thrilling, exhausting and wonderful time," said Cathcart in a statement. "…I ...


Caitlyn-Jenner-accepts-Arthur-Ashe-Award-at-ESPYs

Caitlyn Jenner accepts Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYs - The 2015 ESPY Awards were full of raw emotion. Throughout the three-hour sports-awards show on ABC, numerous men and women were rewarded for their bravery and perseverance over the past year. But it was Caitlyn Jenner who arguably stole it for herself. Jenner, the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, was introduced to an audience of millions by Abby ...


Class-action-suit-comes-after-Walmart-denies-health-coverage-to-same-sex-spouses-

Class action suit comes after Walmart denies health coverage to same-sex spouses - From a news release - ( Boston, MA ) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs ( WLC ) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits. The Complaint was filed ...


HRC-to-Boy-Scouts-of-America-You-cant-end-discrimination-with-half-steps

HRC to Boy Scouts of America: You can't end discrimination with half steps - From a press release - Boy Scouts' resolution is step toward full inclusion, but, with religious exemption for troops, falls short of ending organization's discriminatory policies WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has responded to a resolution by the Boy Scouts of America and its Executive Committee that would allow gay, lesbian and bisexual adults to serve as employees and volunteers by ...


Man-gets-30-years-for-HIV-exposure

Man gets 30 years for HIV exposure - In Missouri, former college wrestler Michael Johnson, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others, according to STLToday.com. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham, who issued the sentence, told Johnson, "The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims ...


Lisa-Sherman-Leading-the-Ad-Council-into-the-future-

Lisa Sherman: Leading the Ad Council into the future - The Ad Council is the largest producer of public-service communications programs in the United States. A nonprofit organization, the Ad Council received more than $1.6 billion in donated media support on behalf of its 40 national public service campaigns in 2013. The nation's leading advertising agencies produce the creative for free, addressing issues including autism awareness, foster care, adoption, bullying, ...


National-Gay-Catholic-move-Jimmy-Carter-trans-health-app

National: Gay Catholic move; Jimmy Carter; trans health app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Members of the LGBT Catholic organization DignityUSA met in Seattle for the organization's national convention—and voted to begin advocating for equal access to all of the sacraments of the Catholic Church for LGBT people and their families, according to a press release. A unanimously passed resolution states that "DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Kate-Pierson-roams-if-she-wants-to

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kate Pierson roams if she wants to - Founding the popular party band B-52s in Athens, Georgia, has kept singer Kate Pierson a busy girl over the years. She constantly toured with the band that brought us hits like "Love Shack" and "Roam" along the way. While with them, she has worked with Iggy Pop, REM and David Byrne on hits, among many others. Now with her first ...


Entertainment-Marriage-film-Million-Dollar-Listing-Ryan-Reynolds-

Entertainment: Marriage film; 'Million-Dollar Listing'; Ryan Reynolds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fox is developing a film based on the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, according to TheWrap. The studio's Fox 2000 division picked up the life rights to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark court case. The story will also partly be based on 21 Years to Midnight, a forthcoming book proposal by ...


Pentagon-to-lift-transgender-military-ban

Pentagon to lift transgender military ban - From news releases - From the Palm Center: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Following today's Associated Press report that the Department of Defense is finalizing plans to lift the ban on transgender service members, Palm Center director Aaron Belkin offered the following statement: "The AP report is certainly welcome news, but we need to know full details, based on an official announcement by the ...


HUD-clarifies-rules-on-supportive-housing-for-elderly-LGBTs

HUD clarifies rules on supportive housing for elderly LGBTs - From a SAGE press release - JULY 13, 2015….As part of the White House conference on Aging, the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) today announced new guidance that would both clarify and amplify that HUD's Equal Access Rule, a program regulation ensuring equal access of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons to HUD supported or insured housing, also applies ...


HIV-doctors-lawyers-community-call-for-reform-of-Missouri-HIV-law-

HIV doctors, lawyers, community call for reform of Missouri HIV law - From a Center for HIV Law and Policy press release - Members of the medical and legal community joined HIV activists today in expressing outrage at the 30 year sentence imposed on a Black Missouri college student and star wrestler following his conviction under the state law that makes it a felony for people diagnosed with HIV to have sexual contact without documenting they disclosed their HIV status. The student, Michael ...


Analysis-out-on-100-research-reports-surveys-on-LGBTQ-community-

Analysis out on 100+ research reports, surveys on LGBTQ community - From a press release - BOSTON, MA — Pulling from over 100 individual publications, reports and surveys compiled from more than 50 leading researchers on LGBTQ issues, Our Tomorrow — a campaign to engage LGBTQ people in a national conversation about their future — today released an analysis exploring the lifecycle of LGBTQ people, as well as infographics showing both the hopes and fears and ...


Tennis-players-anti-gay-comments-start-backlash

Tennis player's anti-gay comments start backlash - Pro-LGBT organizations and individuals have responded to professional tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky's comment that he would not want his daughter to follow in his footsteps because the women's tour reportedly contains a high proportion of lesbian players. According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old Ukrainian is quoted by sports website XSport.ua as saying, "On the WTA [Women's Tennis Association] tour, ...


Remarks-by-Vice-President-Joe-Biden-at-Freedom-to-Marry-celebration

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at Freedom to Marry celebration - From a press release - FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Vice President Remarks by the Vice President Joe Biden at Freedom to Marry Celebration of Victory, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York THE VICE PRESIDENT: Let me begin by saying I take full credit for Evan. ( Laughter. ) Evan, you've done an incredible job. You really have. ( Applause. ) And ...


HRC-releases-new-map-showing-states-with-unclear-non-discrimination-protections

HRC releases new map showing states with unclear non-discrimination protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today released a new map explaining the need for non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people at the federal level. The map shows that the Supreme Court's ruling has brought ...


Smithsonian-adds-AIDS-research-pioneer-Krims-portrait

Smithsonian adds AIDS research pioneer Krim's portrait - The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has added two portraits of AIDS research pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim to its collection, according to a press release. The two portraits of Dr. Krim include an Annie Leibovitz's portrait in which Dr. Krim wears a looped AIDS-awareness pin on her jacket's lapel. The other portrait is Joyce Tenneson's photograph where Dr. ...


DoJ-Federal-marriage-benefits-available-to-same-sex-couples-nationwide

DoJ: Federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples nationwide - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has confirmed that same-sex couples—on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide—will receive federal benefits. In a statement, she said, "I am proud to announce that the critical programs for veterans and elderly and disabled Americans, which previously could not give effect to the marriages of couples living in states that ...


Catholic-school-under-fire-for-terminating-married-lesbian-teacher-

Catholic school under fire for terminating married lesbian teacher - From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today condemned another Catholic school firing of a valued LGBT employee as evidence of the church's continuing efforts to punish workers who have legalized their unions. Philadelphia-area teacher Margie Winters was fired ...


Victory-in-Lambda-Legals-Puerto-Rico-Marriage-Case

Victory in Lambda Legal's Puerto Rico Marriage Case - From a news release - ( San Juan, PR, July 8, 2015 ) — Today, in light of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down marriage bans nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the district court's ruling in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, that had upheld Puerto Rico's discriminatory ban. The appellate court further directed the lower court to consider ...


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57 Democrats to Federal Officials: Ensure licenses for same-sex couples - From a news release - Washington, D.C - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan ( WI-02 ) today called on federal officials to take action against state and local officials denying same-sex couples their constitutionally protected rights. Rep. Pocan along with 56 of his Congressional colleagues sent a letter to the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) urging the Department to take any actions necessary to ensure ...


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Philadelphia's 1965 protests remembered - Videos below - Several major events, including an historic reenactment, marked the 50th anniversary of the first Reminder Days in Philadelphia July 4th weekend. The Reminder Days were held annually 1965-1969, and were among the most critical precursors to the 1969 Stonewall rebellion sparking the modern LGBT-rights movement. The centerpiece of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was July 4, in front of ...


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ICE announces updated guidelines regarding trans immigrants - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations ( ERO ) has announced updated guidelines concerning the care of transgender immigrants in custody. This announcement comes on the heels of a letter that was sent by 35 members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) Secretary Jeh Johnson calling ...


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Billy Masters - "When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it's like, 'Oh, now you've arrived. You're now a giant movie star.' So I just had a big laugh about it. I don't care, ultimately, if that's what people want to think, read, and care about. Fucking say whatever the hell you want about me."—Jeremy ...


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White House protesters; Gay firm has new attorney; Locals in top 40 - Protesters arrested at White House On Tuesday, June 30, undocumented trans and queer leaders from across the country conducted a "die-in" in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of 16th and H St. NW ( at the White House ) to symbolize the deaths of LGBTQ immigrants in detention as well as those LGBTQ immigrants who have been deported back to ...


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Navy, Marines make pro-trans move - The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have elevated the level of the commander able to decide whether an active-duty service member should be discharged for being transgender, Advocate.com reported. The move follows similar developments in the Army and Air Force. This change, which is effective immediately, does not quash the military's long-standing ban on open military service by transgender U.S. ...


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Man arrested for hate motivated violence resulting in death - Dallas police arrested 25-year-old murder suspect Kieron Alexander, who they say beat 54-year-old Ricky Griffin to death and tried to set him on fire in his apartment, The Dallas Morning News reported. Although it is unclear what provoked the attack, Alexander claimed that Griffin "made several unwanted sexual gestures toward him," causing him to lose control and strike the victim. ...


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LGBT catholics call for access to marriage and ordination - From a press release - Seattle, WA. July 5, 2015. Members of the leading LGBT Catholic organization, meeting in Seattle for the organization's national convention, have voted to begin advocating for equal access to all of the sacraments of the Catholic Church for LGBT people and their families. A unanimously-passed resolution states that "DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our ...


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TELEVISION 'I Am Jazz' series documents famed transgender girl - Transgender teen Jazz Jennings has always had a strong sense of self and knew—from an early age—that she was a girl trapped in the body of a boy. It has been nine years since her transition and 14-year-old Jennings—along with her family—are set to star in their own TLC docuseries entitled I Am Jazz. Jennings talked to Windy City Times ...







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