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US-Commission-on-Civil-Rights-Condemns-Trumps-Proposed-Transgender-Military-Ban

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Trump's Proposed Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families, praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban. "We are thankful the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has spoken out and joined the growing bipartisan condemnation of President Trump's vicious ...


National-Womens-Hall-of-Fame-Induction-Sept-16-2017

National Women's Hall of Fame Induction Sept. 16, 2017 - From a press release - Seneca Falls, NY: - In celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Women's Right to Vote in NY, The National Women's Hall of Fame will host a weekend celebrating the achievements of American Women in the birthplace of the Women's Rights movement in the U.S. The highlight of the weekend is the induction of ten women for their historic achievement ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "As a friend, I hate when she gets into trouble. As a comic, I'm next in line whenever she gets fired. I'm blowing up Anderson Cooper's phone: 'Girl, what are you doing New Year's Eve?'"—Margaret Cho talks about good friend and colleague Kathy Griffin. Since it's Carnival Week in Provincetown, you know where I am. When I'm not having more ...


Manolo-Blahnik-film-out-Sept-22

Manolo Blahnik film out Sept. 22 - Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards—an in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik—will premiere locally at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Friday, Sept. 22 Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family's garden. After opening his first store ...


MOVIES-Actress-raps-about-performing-hip-hop-in-Patti-Cake

MOVIES Actress raps about performing hip-hop in 'Patti Cake$' - Watch out, world: There's a new rapper in town, and her name is Patti Cake$. A plus-sized white girl from New Jersey named Patricia Dumbrowski is going to hustle and flow her way to the top and nothing is going to stop her. Actress Danielle Macdonald stars in the new movie in which her character experiences bullying, family drama and ...


BLACK-ALPHABET-FILM-FESTIVAL-Jewel-Thais-Williams-and-nightclub-subject-of-documentary

BLACK ALPHABET FILM FESTIVAL Jewel Thais-Williams and nightclub subject of documentary - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Jewel Thais-Williams is more than the owner of the popular "Jewel's Catch One" night club, in Los Angeles; rather, she is trailblazer, as her nightclub was a place where people of all races and sexual orientations were welcome starting in 1975. After owning the nightclub for 42 years, Thais' work is being showcased in the documentary "Jewel's Catch One" which ...


Trans-advocates-discuss-military-ban

Trans advocates discuss military ban - Officials from the Trans United Fund, an advocacy working on behalf of transgender and gender-expansive individuals and their allies, and SPART*A, an organization for LGBT service members and veterans, on Aug. 10, convened an online discussion with numerous advocates to address President Donald Trump's threatened ban of transgender individuals from the military. "The president obviously has a tremendous bully pulpit ...


Houston-restroom-bill-dies-again-50000-Texans-took-action-to-oppose

Houston restroom bill dies again, 50,000+ Texans took action to oppose - A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again Aug. 15, a Houston Chronicle item reported. It is the second time that restroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Gov. Greg Abbott did not indicate he would order state legislators to stay in Austin and try again as the legislative season ended. The measure initially failed in May. ...


Texas-House-Adjourns-Without-Passing-New-Anti-Transgender-Bill

Texas House Adjourns Without Passing New Anti-Transgender Bill - From a press release - AUSTIN, Texas — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, reacted to the relieving news that the Texas House has adjourned its special session sine die without passing a new anti-transgender bill. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special ...


Provincetown-and-Boston-Perfect-for-a-fall-getaway-

Provincetown and Boston: Perfect for a fall getaway - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm - Put Provincetown on your bucket list if you have never been. Fall is a perfect time to visit Ptown ( as it is called ) as hotel rates are half peak season, the weather is still nice, and you don't have to fight the crowds. The town is charming. There are no chains ( like Starbucks or CVS ). There ...


Showbiz-news-Stephen-Amell-Empire-Michael-Stipe-Sense8

Showbiz news: Stephen Amell, 'Empire,' Michael Stipe, 'Sense8' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arrow star Stephen Amell has hit back at fans who left homophobic comments on his Facebook page, PinkNews reported. The TV star took time out from filming Arrow in Vancouver to attend the city's Pride parade over the weekend, posting a snap of himself wearing a giant rainbow balloon contraption—and some fans left anti-gay messages. Amell responded, in part, "I ...


National-roundup-Trans-ban-responses-NYC-beating-History-Month-Icons

National roundup: Trans-ban responses, NYC beating, History Month Icons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the service of transgender troops and his move to ban them from the military, a press release stated. Regarding his recent tweets announcing his ban, Trump said, "As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military. It's been a very ...


Sixteen-trans-gay-Central-America-migrants-seek-asylum-in-US

Sixteen trans, gay Central America migrants seek asylum in U.S. - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - A group of 16 transgender and gay migrants from Central America on Aug. 10 sought asylum in the United States. The migrants—who are from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico—called themselves the first Trans Gay Migrant Caravan of 2017. They left Mexico City and walked and used buses and other forms of transportation to travel to Nogales, Mexico, which ...


Driver-who-plowed-into-Charlottesville-crowd-reported-to-have-held-Nazi-views

Driver who plowed into Charlottesville crowd reported to have held Nazi views - A 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12—killing one person and leaving 19 injured—reportedly had long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before the crash, The Washington Post stated. The woman he killed, Heather Heyer, was a 32-year-old paralegal from ...


LGBT-groups-decry-Va-rally-violence

LGBT groups decry Va. rally violence - On Aug. 12, a rally turned tragic in Charlottesville, Virginia, as hundreds of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotestors—and a car plowed into crowds, killing one person ( reportedly in the counterprotestor contingent ) and injuring 19 others, multiple media outlets reported. City officials stated that they had not yet determined if the crash happened ...


Trans-gay-Central-American-migrants-to-arrive-at-US-Mexico-border-seeking-asylum

Trans, gay Central American migrants to arrive at US-Mexico border seeking asylum - NOGALES, AZ: Today a caravan of 16 transgender and gay Central American migrants, 11 of whom are transgender women, will arrive at the US-Mexico border to request asylum. Members of the caravan and their supporters are holding simultaneous rallies on both sides of the US-Mexico border. "Where I come from physical, psychological and verbal abuse is the norm for indigenous ...


Personal-PAC-Men4Choice-join-fight-to-protect-womens-reproductive-rights

Personal PAC, Men4Choice join fight to protect women's reproductive rights - From a press release - Chicago, IL — On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch "CallBullshit" or "CallBS," a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women's reproductive health rights. The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive ...


133000-LGBT-Indiana-workers-Lack-Statewide-Protection-from-Discrimination

133,000 LGBT Indiana workers Lack Statewide Protection from Discrimination - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Approximately 133,000 LGBT workers in Indiana are vulnerable to employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, State & Local Policy Director, and Brad Sears, David Sanders Distinguished Scholar, at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. Only 36% of Indiana's workforce is covered by local non-discrimination ...


Top-US-newscasts-asked-to-shine-a-light-on-Chechnyas-anti-gay-abuses

Top US newscasts asked to shine a light on Chechnya's anti-gay abuses - From a Media Matters press release - A Media Matters study has found near silence on Chechen human rights abuses against queer men on evening cable and broadcast news. An Aug. 1, Media Matters study of evening cable and broadcast news found only three significant mentions of anti-LGBTQ abuses by Chechen authorities across the six cable and broadcast networks' evening programming over a four-month period. The New ...


HRC-Reacts-to-Trumps-Delusional-Assessment-of-Transgender-Troop-Ban

HRC Reacts to Trump's Delusional Assessment of Transgender Troop Ban - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to Donald Trump's comments regarding his despicable plan to ban transgender service members: "Donald Trump's delusional comments regarding his reckless ban on transgender troops are demonstrably false and lack any basis in reality," said Chad Griffin, ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Beast-

BOOK REVIEW Beast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Brie Spangler. Read by Andrew Eiden, $34.95; Blackstone Audio, Inc.; seven CDs In its most basic description, it's a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it's a muscle—a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells that was beating when you were born, due to simple electrical activity. It's just a muscle, although in the audiobook ...


MOVIES-Filmmakers-discuss-documentary-about-Ferguson-uprising

MOVIES Filmmakers discuss documentary about Ferguson uprising - Whose Streets? is a powerful documentary about the Ferguson, Missouri, uprising, as told by activists of the movement. An unarmed teenager named Michael Brown is killed by police and left in the street for hours in St. Louis, Missouri. Residents—such as lesbian Brittany Farrell—react and protest along with people from around the country. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis chronicle ...


BOOKS-Riki-Wilchins-discusses-trans-movement-memoir

BOOKS Riki Wilchins discusses trans movement memoir - Riki Wilchins founded the first national transgender advocacy group GenderPAC in 1996. She is currently the executive director of the True Child organization, a philanthropic effort leading the way in gender studies and trainings. The 65-year-old Lambda Literary Award winner may be a leader in transactivism now, but it didn't start out that way. Wilchins was in search of transactivism ...


BOOKS-Achy-Obejas-talks-The-Tower-of-the-Antilles

BOOKS Achy Obejas talks 'The Tower of the Antilles' - Achy Obejas' new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, is a definitive introduction to the often poetic Cuban-American writer. Though the stories come from all different places in Obejas' writing career, they are united by their exquisite language and loving exploration of character. "I've never curated a book quite like I've curated this one," Obejas told Windy City Times. "At ...


TELEVISION-Out-Major-Crimes-actor-talks-LGBTs-in-Hollywood

TELEVISION Out 'Major Crimes' actor talks LGBTs in Hollywood - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With five successful seasons under its belt and a sixth on the way, TNT's hit drama Major Crimes is making waves. Windy City Times chatted with the series' Phillip Keene, who plays LAPD civilian investigator Buzz Watson, to get his take on the show. Windy City Times: How's your summer going? You must be busy with shooting season six! Phillip ...


Lawsuit-filed-against-Trump-ban-on-transgender-military-servuce

Lawsuit filed against Trump ban on transgender military servuce - On Aug. 9, lawyers from the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging President Trump's directive to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military, according to an NCLR press release. The suit, ...


Report-Trumps-Trans-Ban-Would-Cost-960-Mil-100-Times-Cost-of-Health-Care

Report: Trump's Trans Ban Would Cost $960 Mil, 100 Times Cost of Health Care - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A new report co-authored by current and retired professors at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey has projected the cost of discharging the military's transgender troops at $960 million. The report was released in response to the recent announcement by President Trump, on Twitter, that the military would no longer "allow Transgender individuals to serve in ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Gets A Year In Jail"—Industry trade headline. What did the runner-up get? There are no accidents. I believe that as much as I believe I will once again fit into my size 30 skinny jeans! Days ago, Caitlyn Jenner was seen wearing a red cap emblazoned with the phrase "Make America Great Again." ...


Showbiz-news-Lady-Gaga-Patti-LaBelle-The-L-Word-Louis-Tomlinson

Showbiz news: Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle, 'The L Word,' Louis Tomlinson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the middle of her first show on her world tour in Vancouver, Lady Gaga called security—to procure a gay-pride flag, USA Today noted. Gaga—who was standing on a stage in the middle of the floor—got her wish, and she was handed that rainbow flag from the audience. Thousands of fans cheered as the singer posed onstage with the flag, ...


National-roundup-Trevor-Project-HRC-situation-Rentboy-CEO

National roundup: Trevor Project, HRC situation, Rentboy CEO - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Trevor Project—the nation's largest LGBTQ youth crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention organization—reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall ( most specifically from transgender youth ) following President Trump's tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the "bathroom bill" in the Texas legislature, a press release noted. Within 24 hours after Trump's tweet regarding ...


Gay-man-files-federal-civil-rights-suit-after-homophobic-attacks-home-burned-

Gay man files federal civil rights suit after homophobic attacks, home burned - From a press release - OKLAHOMA CITY—Yesterday, Randy Gamel-Medler, an Oklahoma gay man, filed a federal equal protection lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against nine defendants from Blaine County, Oklahoma, including Mayor of Hitchcock Rick Edsall, Sheriff of Blaine County Tony Almaguer, and Undersheriff of Blaine County David Robertson. The lawsuit also includes state law claims for assault, ...


In-legal-win-EEOC-says-Walmart-discriminated-against-transgender-employee-

In legal win EEOC says Walmart discriminated against transgender employee - From a press release - New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne Robison, in her battle against workplace discrimination by Walmart subsidiary, Sam's Club East, Inc. Ms. Robison faced bigotry on the job at Sam's Club stores in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida. The EEOC has issued a Letter of ...


NLGJA-Announces-2017-Excellence-in-Journalism-Award-Winners-and-Honorees

NLGJA Announces 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award Winners and Honorees - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announces the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards and recognizes exemplary work produced in 2016. The highest individual awards, NLGJA Journalist of the Year and Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year, are awarded to Katie Barnes and Erik Hall, respectively. "We are thrilled ...


Ms-Foundation-Condemns-Trump-Anti-LGBTQ-War

Ms. Foundation Condemns Trump Anti-LGBTQ War - From a press release - New York, NY — Statement from Ms. Foundation for Women Vice-President, External Affairs Angelique Roche: "This weekend, behind closed doors, the Trump administration doubled down on an outrageous and blatantly discriminatory war on the LGBTQ community. Make no mistake, the President's plan to ban transgender people from the military — and kicking out the thousands of transgender people currently serving ...


Sam-Altman-to-be-Honored-by-GLAAD-for-Empowering-LGBTQ-Inclusion-in-Tech

Sam Altman to be Honored by GLAAD for Empowering LGBTQ Inclusion in Tech - From a press release - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, announced today that it will honor entrepreneur and investor Sam Altman with the Ric Weiland Award at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco at City View at Metreon on September 9, 2017. The event recognizes tech industry innovators who advance LGBTQ acceptance and also funds GLAAD's work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital ...


Lambda-Legal-See-you-in-court-President-Trump

Lambda Legal: See you in court, President Trump - From a Lambda Legal press release - (New York, August 5, 2017) — The Trump administration reportedly has finalized its transgender military ban policy. According to the Washington Blade, the policy, called, "A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out," would remove openly transgender enlisted personnel from the military by not allowing them to reenlist and would terminate transgender officers who are up for promotion. Sasha ...


tello-Films-first-lesbian-network-to-receive-Emmy-nomination

tello Films first lesbian network to receive Emmy nomination - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( August 3, 2017 ) — Last month, tello Films received its first Emmy nomination for their original web series "secs & EXECS." Actress, Mindy Sterling received the nomination for her role in the series. This makes tello Films the first lesbian network to receive such an honor. Sterling, best known for her role as Frau Farbissina in ...


POLITICS-Eventful-week-involves-DoJ-ACA-and-transgender-ban

POLITICS Eventful week involves DoJ, ACA and transgender ban - Between developments involving the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA, or "Obamacare" ); the U.S. Department of Justice's ( DoJ's ) ruling regarding workplace discrimination; and President Trump's tweet calling for the ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military, last week was one of the most eventful ( if not chaotic ) so far during ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Yeah, we're still friends. Look, I said what I said. ... I didn't think what she said was appropriate. I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back and is back on the road. She's incredibly funny, and a lot of people love her."—Anderson Cooper tells Andy Cohen about the status of his friendship with Kathy Griffin. It's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Last

BOOK REVIEW The Last - Place You Look. By Kristen Lepionka. $25.99; Minotaur Books; 321 pages Brad Stockton's life is on the line. After being convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend's parents on the same night that she, Sarah Cook, mysteriously disappeared, Brad was sentenced to death. With his execution quickly approaching, Brad's doting sister Danielle is desperate and convinced of his innocence. Swearing ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Book-of-Love-and-Hate

BOOK REVIEW The Book of Love and Hate - By Lauren Sanders, $15.95; Akashic Books; 299 pages After a disappointing end to her Olympic speed-skating career, Jennifer Baron took over her wealthy family's business. While struggling with alcoholism and the stress of her new role, even more is added to her plate when her billionaire father mysteriously disappears. Unsure if she'll find him on the run from the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Ada-Decades

BOOK REVIEW The Ada Decades - By Paula Martinac. $9.99; Bywater Books; 331 pages As a romance, The Ada Decades fits the "new girl comes to town" category. In this case, Ada Shook, from rural North Carolina, is the new librarian at her hometown middle school in 1957. Cam Lively, on the other hand, has been teaching there for three years, but has many things she ...


BOOKS-Lillian-Faderman-Trailblazer-reflects-on-her-legacy

BOOKS Lillian Faderman: Trailblazer reflects on her legacy - Lillian Faderman, a scholar of LGBTQ history best known for her work on lesbian culture, remembers what inspired her to begin writing about lesbian life through the ages. "I think I wouldn't have had the courage to start if it hadn't been for the lesbian feminist movement," Faderman explained. "I think what really told me that I could do this, ...


NGLCC-celebrates-15-years-of-backing-LGBT-businesses

NGLCC celebrates 15 years of backing LGBT businesses - National advocacy reaps returns for enterprise and community - The historically unparalleled accelerated advancement in LGBT cultural acceptance and civil equality has been successful and strengthened in large part due to the engagement of the business community. No greater ally has served as a more effective advocate for fair treatment and evenhanded opportunity. A disproportionate engagement in commerce by the LGBT community is a primary contributing hallmark of this ...


Showbiz-news-Kerry-Washington-Magic-Mike-Jinkx-Monsoon-Ricky-Martin

Showbiz news: Kerry Washington, 'Magic Mike,' Jinkx Monsoon, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN announced that it will honor Scandal actress Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California, according to Page Six. GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns. Shonda Rhimes—creator of ABC's ...


With-primary-win-Jenny-Durkan-poised-to-be-first-openly-lesbian-Seattle-mayor-

With primary win, Jenny Durkan poised to be first openly lesbian Seattle mayor - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Jenny Durkan bested 20 other candidates to become the first lesbian in Seattle history to win a mayoral primary, and positioning herself to become the first openly lesbian mayor of the city. With a general election win in November, Jenny would become just one of two openly lesbian mayors currently representing major U.S. cities. Victory Fund ...


LGBTQ-suicide-hotline-calls-from-trans-youth-spike-since-Trump-tweet

LGBTQ suicide hotline calls from trans youth spike since Trump tweet - From a press release - August 2, 2017 ( West Hollywood, CA ) — Today, the Trevor Project — the nation's largest LGBTQ youth crisis intervention & suicide prevention organization — reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall, and most specifically from transgender youth following President Trump's tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the "bathroom bill" ...


Lambda-suit-ends-suburban-Pittsburgh-school-districts-anti-trans-policy

Lambda suit ends suburban Pittsburgh school district's anti-trans policy - From a press release - ( Pittsburgh, PA, August 1, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today announced it has reached a settlement with the Pine-Richland School District, forcing the district to end a discriminatory, anti-transgender policy that prevented transgender students from using the bathroom that matches who they are. The settlement also requires the suburban Pittsburgh school district to include gender identity in its nondiscrimination ...


National-roundup-Chris-Christie-controversial-bar-closes-heroic-officer

National roundup: Chris Christie, controversial bar closes, heroic officer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation requiring the state's Department of Education to provide guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, NBC News reported. The law seeks to ensure a supportive and nondiscriminatory learning environment for transgender students by providing guidance on using a student's preferred name and pronoun—to be reflected on the student's ID card—and blocking ...


Victory-Fund-analysis-LGBTQ-Women-Candidates-Win-at-Higher-Rates-than-Men

Victory Fund analysis: LGBTQ Women Candidates Win at Higher Rates than Men - From a press release - Washington, DC — LGBTQ women running for office win their elections at a significantly higher rate than LGBTQ men, according to a new Victory Institute analysis of Victory Fund election data with more than 1,160 LGBTQ candidates. Over the past decade, Victory Fund-endorsed LGBTQ women won their races 70.3 percent of the time, compared to 60.9 percent for Victory Fund-endorsed ...


56-retired-Generals-Admirals-Implementing-Trumps-anti-trans-tweet-would-harm-readiness

56 retired Generals, Admirals: Implementing Trump's anti-trans tweet would harm readiness - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Fifty-six retired General and Flag Officers provided the following statement to the Palm Center today: "The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to ...


FILM-REVIEW-Atomic-Blonde

FILM REVIEW Atomic Blonde - Director: David Leitch. Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman. Time: 115 minutes Currently in wide release Atomic Blonde is a heavily stylized action picture that is based on the Oni Press graphic-novel series The Coldest City. Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an undercover M16 agent investigating a murder in Berlin during the Cold War. The story is mainly ...


Trump-Pence-McConnell-Proposal-to-Repeal-ACA-Fails

Trump-Pence-McConnell Proposal to Repeal ACA Fails - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after a repeal of the Affordable Care Act was again halted in the Senate: "We are pleased the latest attempt to strip away health care from millions has hit another roadblock," said Chad Griffin, HRC President. "The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically ...


60-veterans-call-on-SECDEF-to-oppose-trans-ban

60 veterans call on SECDEF to oppose "trans ban" - From a press release - WASHINGTON— Today, more than 50 American military veterans, some of whom served under the command of James Mattis in uniform, released the following letter calling on Secretary of Defense James Mattis to oppose Donald Trumps un-American "trans ban" on military service by transgender Americans. The letter was published in full by the Daily Beast. More information about the letter, including ...


Forty-four-senators-urge-Secretary-Mattis-not-to-implement-ban-on-trans-military-service

Forty four senators urge Secretary Mattis not to implement ban on trans military service - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today led a bipartisan letter signed by 44 additional Senators to Secretary James N. Mattis urging him to advise the President against implementing the announcement he made via Twitter Wednesday that transgender Americans can no longer serve in the military. This announcement contradicts existing Defense Department policies, undermines our military readiness, and puts ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-Well-Sue-in-a-Heartbeat-if-Tweet-Becomes-Policy

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN: We'll Sue in a Heartbeat if Tweet Becomes Policy - From a press release - ( New York City, July 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today promised to take immediate legal action to protect transgender service members and recruits should President Donald Trump follow through on his early morning tweet threatening to ban transgender military service. "Transgender people have served our country honorably for years, making our military stronger and more inclusive. ...


Report-LGBTQ-youth-disproportionately-jailed-mistreated

Report: LGBTQ youth disproportionately jailed, mistreated - LGBTQ youth are astoundingly overrepresented in the justice system. While only 7 to 9 percent of all youth nationwide identify as LGB, they make up 20 percent of all youth who are in juvenile justice facilities in the nation with LGB girls alone making up 39.4 percent. Of all these LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in juvenile justice facilities, 85 ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen ... and I like to dance!"—Queen Elizabeth II allegedly made this proclamation when ABBA's "Dancing Queen" was played at a recent dinner party. Whether it's true or not, isn't it an absolutely delicious vision? Particularly if you picture her trying to coax Prince Philip to ...


BOOKS-Biography-spotlights-poet-Elizabeth-Bishops-queer-past

BOOKS Biography spotlights poet Elizabeth Bishop's queer past - Elizabeth Bishop's name and work dots English textbooks, and "the art of losing" is one of the most familiar lines of poetry in the language. But collections of Bishop's work are oddly hard to come by; her life remains even less discussed. It might surprise casual readers to learn Bishop had significant long-term relationships with women. Most of Bishop's published ...


Mirza-film-wins-Outfest-award

Mirza film wins Outfest award - Local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza stars in a movie, called Signature Move, that won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film in this year's Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, according to AfterEllen. Mirza's relationship with her girlfriend while living in Chicago was her inspiration behind writing the script for the film: "She is now ...


VIEWPOINTS-DignityUSA-moving-toward-radical-inclusion

VIEWPOINTS DignityUSA moving toward radical inclusion - With the Catholic Church being the largest Christian denomination in the world, the fight for the dignity and inclusion of its LGBTQI parishioners is a fight for the church's soul and moral integrity. Since its inception, DignityUSA has asserted that God loves the LGBTQI community equally. This year, DignityUSA held its 23rd biennial national conference in Boston on July 6-9. ...


Transgender-mental-health-survey-launched

Transgender mental-health survey launched - The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch what is being called 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 ...


Trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-US-military

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military - President Donald Trump, on July 26, announced a ban on transgender individuals in the military—via social media. This move is a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have let transgender recruits serve. On Twitter, Trump stated that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and "disruption" that transgender troops would require. He tweeted, ""After consultation ...


Ban-on-military-service-by-trans-adults-could-impact-15000-now-on-duty

Ban on military service by trans adults could impact 15,000+ now on duty - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles — In a series of tweets today, President Trump announced that the United States will not "accept or allow" transgender people to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. According to a recent study from Williams Institute scholars, an estimated 15,500 transgender adults are currently serving on active duty in the military or in the National Guard ...


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Justice Department says civil rights laws won't apply to LGBTQ people - From press releasees - From HRC: Trump-Pence Administration Asserts Civil Rights Laws Won't Apply to LGBTQ People DOJ files amicus brief in direct opposition to decades of legal interpretation from federal courts WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement in response to an amicus brief filed by the Department of Justice arguing that Title VII does not protect ...


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Senate Trumpcare debate on ADA anniversary, rally in DC to #ProtectOurCare - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Yesterday, 50 Senators and Vice President Pence as the 51st vote pulled a fast one on the public by making a key procedural vote to move forward on a 'mystery bill' intended to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). Today, and over the next few days, Republicans will be trying to insert substance into that bill. Whether ...


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Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, respectively, a press release stated. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere a four-part series on Sunday, Aug. 13, at ...


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National: HBCU event, Penn. lawmakers clash, conversion therapy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation hosted its first-ever HBCU ( Historically Black Colleges and Universities ) Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing for University Presidents and Senior Executives, according to a press release. The summit is a day-long meeting of high profile HBCU leadership to discuss LGBTQ inclusive practices and policies and share best practices for expanding equality ...


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Five Worth Finding: Invasion of the Pines book, culinary Gauguin special and more - —Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is a 148-page collection of photographs taken by photographer Susan Kravitz over the past three decades at the annual LGBTQ event known as the Invasion of the Pines. ( Invasion of the Pines occurs every Fourth of July, and involves participants from the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island ...


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US: Surgery on intersex children unnecessary, risks lifelong suffering - From a press release - ( Chicago, July 25, 2017 ) — Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children's gonads, internal sex organs, and genitals when they are too young to ...


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Advocates release report on medically unnecessary intersex surgeries - New York City-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) and InterACT—a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based advocacy that works on behalf of intersex youth—on July 25 launched a report at Center on Halsted documenting the extent of medically unnecessary surgeries being performed on intersex children. The report was launched in Chicago because associations like the American Medical Association ( AMA ) and the ...


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Zara Larsson takes over music charts at 19 - Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson is ready to take over the United States. At the young age of 10 she conquered Talang, Sweden's version of America's Got Talent, in 2008. She was then signed to a record label and dropped an EP in 2013. A single from the EP titled "Uncover" was certified platinum, with the album going triple platinum ...


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MOVIES Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre ring a 'Landline' - The new movie Landline, set in 1990s Manhattan, follows life before smartphones with a dysfunctional family. Jenny Slate stars as Dana Jacobs who suspects, along with her sister, that her father is having an affair. Edie Falco, John Turturro and Jay Duplass are all along for the ride as the cast. This is the second collaboration with director Gillian Robespierre ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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