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HRC-Senate-under-Reid-changed-the-lives-of-LGBT-Americans-

HRC: Senate under Reid changed the lives of LGBT Americans - From a press release - The following is a statement from HRC's President Chad Griffin upon news that Senator Harry Reid will retire from the U.S. Senate after the completion of his current term. As leader of the Democratic Caucus since 2005, Reid has played a key role in ensuring legislation critical to the LGBT community passed the Senate, from new Hate Crimes protections, to ...


HIV-advocates-hail-Coventry-Health-Plan-improvement-to-drug-access-

HIV advocates hail Coventry Health Plan improvement to drug access - From a press release - This week, Coventry Health Plan announced that it would dramatically reduce out-of-pocket costs for HIV medications in individual plans purchased on Health Insurance Marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). The change comes in response to requests from advocates, including AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ). "We ...


Arkansas-Senate-passes-Indiana-style-bill-legislation-on-to-governor-

Arkansas Senate passes Indiana-style bill, legislation on to governor - From a press release - LITTLE ROCK— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and HRC Arkansas condemned the Arkansas senate's passage of H.B. 1228, an Indiana-style bill that will open the door to discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state. After a formal procedural hurdle, the bill will be on its way to ...


Indianas-Gov-Pence-signs-religious-exemptions-bill-groups-respond

Indiana's Gov. Pence signs religious exemptions bill, groups respond - From press releases - [UPDATED March 27, 2015] Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today signed SB101, the deeply flawed bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement condemning Governor Pence's rush to sign this discriminatory bill: "SB101 will facilitate discrimination ...


Lambda-packaging-company-HIV-positive-employee-posed-no-safety-risk

Lambda, packaging company: HIV-positive employee posed no safety risk - From a press release - ( Atlanta, March 26, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal and Gregory Packaging, Inc. today jointly announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Chanse Cox, who was dismissed from his job as a machine operator at Gregory Packaging's Suncup juice manufacturing facility in Georgia after reporting he has HIV. In addition to $125,000 compensation for Cox, Gregory Packaging ...


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Pence signs "religious freedom" bill into law - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on March 26, signed into law so-called religious freedom legislation that allows business owners and service providers within the state to refuse service to customers based upon the their religious beliefs. Pence signed the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in a private ceremony that was closed to media, but was photographed with ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Taryn Manning dishes on new music, 'Orange Is the New Black' - Taryn Manning is a multitalented machine. From her breakout role in the film Crazy/Beautiful to Hustle & Flow, she has played interesting parts with vulnerability and grace. She worked with music stars like Britney Spears in the movie Crossroads and Eminem in 8 Mile, all the while performing as a singer herself, having just released a new song this year ...


LGBTQ-media-confab-looks-ahead-to-post-marriage-reporting

LGBTQ media confab looks ahead to post-marriage reporting - LGBTQ media professionals gathered in Philadelphia on March 13-14, as they looked forward to the issues that will take center stage post-marriage-equality and inward to their reporting of them. The tone of the 2015 LGBT Media Journalists Convening was set by the March 13 opening reception keynote delivered by celebrated North Carolina minister, civil-rights and political leader, author and NAACP ...


Larry-Kramer-honored-by-Gay-Mens-Health-Crisis

Larry Kramer honored by Gay Men's Health Crisis - Larry Kramer, accepting the first ever Larry Kramer Activism Award from Gay Men's Health Crisis at their Spring Gala, March 23, 2015, made these remarks: Thirty-four years. HIV/AIDS has been our plague for 34 years. We should have known more about this plague by now. 34 years is a very long time to let people die. I think more and ...


Williams-Institute-to-do-first-of-its-kind-study-of-transgender-population-

Williams Institute to do first-of-its-kind study of transgender population - From a press release - Researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health are launching a first-of-its-kind study of the transgender population in the United States that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender individuals. The study, which is being led by Ilan H. Meyer, ...


Video-spoof-dramatizes-unintended-consequences-of-religious-freedom-bills

Video spoof dramatizes unintended consequences of religious freedom bills - From a Truth Wins Out press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out announced the release today of the second video in its "Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom" campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote exclusion. In our new video, we show how such laws can open a can of worms and backfire on ...


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VIEWS The love that dare not speak its name - With The Year We Thought About Love, filmmaker Ellen Brodsky ( from Cambridge, Massachusetts ) has made what some might call a dangerous documentary about youth in love, and what others would call a welcoming one. "There's power in being true to yourself," Brodsky stated. While that may be true, Brodsky also knows that the varied expressions of love are ...


National-roundup-Kosilek-appeal-GetEQUALs-bill-of-rights-

National roundup: Kosilek appeal; GetEQUAL's bill of rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, according to a GLAD press release. The petition for certiorari asserts that the First Circuit Court of Appeals overstepped its role with ...


Married-same-sex-couples-still-denied-many-veterens-benefits-bill-reintroduced-

Married same-sex couples still denied many veterens' benefits, bill reintroduced - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) released the following statement today following the reintroduction of the Veterans Spouses Equal Treatment Act by Representative Dina Titus ( D-NV ) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation would change discriminatory language in Title 38 that prevents the Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ) from granting ...


Waikiki-Beach-has-a-welcome-rainbow-for-the-LGBT-community

Waikiki Beach has a welcome rainbow for the LGBT community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HONOLULU—The epicenter of gay life here is near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Streets—about a minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, in the second-story, open-air, scenic spot known as Hula's Bar & Lei Stand. Located inside the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula's is a national treasure of the gay community, not just a local stop for mai tais, $6 pitchers ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I don't know if he's gay or not, but I admit I did say if he's not gay he spends an awful lot of time in the gym. I don't know a lot of straight guys who go to the gym and parade around with their shirts off."—Barney Frank shares his impressions on Aaron Schock. And there may be something ...


GLAAD-honors-Kerry-Washington-Transparent

GLAAD honors Kerry Washington, 'Transparent' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich and TV hits like How to Get Away with Murder were honored in Beverly Hills on March 21, as GLAAD held its annual Los Angeles Media Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, according to TheWrap. Washington accepted the Vanguard Award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres, a prize handed to a significant ally of the ...


Entertainment-Andy-Cohen-Cheyenne-Jackson-Chaz-Bono-Jussie-Smollett

Entertainment: Andy Cohen; Cheyenne Jackson; Chaz Bono; Jussie Smollett - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen, popular late-night talk-show host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, will now also executive-produce an all-new channel featuring entertainment personally curated and presented by Cohen exclusively on SiriusXM, according to a press release. In addition to producing the new SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy, Cohen will also host a weekly radio show exclusively on the 24/7 channel for ...


NC-trans-activist-18-commits-suicide-

N.C. trans activist, 18, commits suicide - In Charlotte, North Carolina, friends and community members mourned the passing of a local transgender youth activist Blake Brockington, who committed suicide, QNotes reported. Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School. Last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student after winning a fundraising competition and drawing in thousands of ...


Indiana-passes-nations-most-anti-LGBTQ-law-

Indiana passes nation's most anti-LGBTQ law - From news releases - From Lambda Legal: (Indianapolis, IN, March 23, 2015) - Today, the Indiana House of Representatives, with a vote of 63-31, passed a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement condemning SB 101's passage, which ...


GLSEN-releases-Illinois-data-from-National-School-Climate-Survey

GLSEN releases Illinois data from National School Climate Survey - GLSEN ( Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) released its eighth biennial National School Climate Survey report late last year. The report and subsequent state snapshot results—which were release last week—includes information about LGBT student's experiences in middle and high schools across the country along with demographic and school characteristic differences and information about changes in school climate over ...


Puerto-Rico-no-longer-defending-marriage-ban

Puerto Rico no longer defending marriage ban - The Puerto Rican government announced March 20 that it will no longer defend the U.S. commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban, The Washington Blade noted. "Because of sexual orientation, Puerto Rico has denied rights that others enjoy," said Justice Minister Cesar Miranda during a press conference in San Juan. "This is not correct." The announcement coincided with a brief Gov. Alejandro Garcia ...


Research-ranks-LGBT-numbers-in-metro-areas

Research ranks LGBT numbers in metro areas - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — For two decades, residents in San Francisco, Austin, Texas, and Seattle have been among the most likely in the country to report that they are part of a same-sex couple or are LGBT, according to two new studies released today by Gallup and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. But growing social acceptance of LGBT ...


VIEWS-Discrimination-is-not-religious-freedom

VIEWS Discrimination is not religious freedom - A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. There is a surprising number of bills being introduced in state legislative session that outrightly sanction and enforce LGBTQ discrimination. These bills are called religious freedom restoration acts ( RFRA ), but don't be fooled. These lawmakers are looking to codify LGBTQ discrimination. Last week the ...


MUSIC-Anne-Steele-shows-listeners-Whats-Mine

MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' - Anne Steele's new album, What's Mine, paints a picture of a seasoned songstress in the throes of overcoming life's little treasures—such as heartbreak, loss and finding the courage to try again. The award-winning songwriter met her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, while performing on a cruise with R Family Vacations in 2010 and it's been smooth sailing ever since. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza!"—Pope Francis told an interviewer the one downside to being pope—as if they don't have Domino's in Rome! I want to discuss a topic that's been bothering me for quite some time—actors who cap their teeth. Don't get ...


Anchor-study-seeks-answers-to-link-between-HIV-HPV

Anchor study seeks answers to link between HIV, HPV - Anal dysplasia is on the rise for people living with HIV. Because people with HIV are now living longer, patients are facing a new set of health risks such as heart disease and now anal cancer. A national study has been launched, the Anchor Study, to examine the link between HPV and HIV, coinciding with the upcoming anal cancer awareness ...


Entertainment-Madonna-Matt-Bomer-Billie-Jean-film-Josh-Groban

Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women," Madonna has claimed, according to Pink News. In an interview to Out magazine, the pop star said: "Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change. Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a ...


Presbyterians-approve-same-sex-marriage

Presbyterians approve same-sex marriage - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today, Presbyterians approved marriages for same-sex couples in the first ever nationwide, grassroots vote on marriage equality by a faith tradition. The Presbyterian Church, USA now holds that marriage is between "two persons" rather than "a man and a woman." "Today, we can bring our whole selves to church," said Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light ...


National-Phillys-celebration-guilty-verdict-Utah-bill

National: Philly's celebration; guilty verdict; Utah bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Philadelphia, the organizers of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the LGBT-rights movement announced that they will present Edie Windsor ( plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court marriage-equality decision in 2013 ) and Judy Shepard ( mother of Matthew Shepard, and international activist for LGBT and human rights ) with the International Role Model Awards at the Independence Visitor Center, a ...


Study-looks-at-human-services-for-low-income-at-risk-LGBT-groups

Study looks at human services for low-income, at-risk LGBT groups - From a press release - Review identifies gaps in knowledge base, identifies areas for future. Despite social and legal progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people in the United States, much about low-income and at-risk LGBT individuals and their participation in federal human service programs remains unknown. In fact, data suggest LGBT people may be disproportionately at risk of poor outcomes ...


Puerto-Rico-may-drop-opposition-to-same-sex-marriage-

Puerto Rico may drop opposition to same-sex marriage - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, March 16, 2015 ) - After news outlets reported that the Puerto Rican government is considering withdrawing its support for the law banning marriage for same-sex couples, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney issued the following statement: "We are encouraged that the government is reconsidering its defense of its discriminatory ban on the freedom to marry ...


Navys-top-enlisted-sailor-supports-open-service-by-transgender-troops

Navy's top enlisted sailor supports open service by transgender troops - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the report by the Navy Times that the senior enlisted sailor of the U.S. Navy - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy ( AW/NAC ) Mike Stevens - would support open and honest service by transgender troops ...


Coalition-report-LGBT-women-among-most-economically-vulnerable

Coalition report: LGBT women among most economically vulnerable - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — According to a new report released today by a broad coalition of research and advocacy organizations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) women are among the most at risk of poverty in America. Due to discriminatory laws, America's 5.1 million LGBT women face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence. ...


Philadelphia-marks-50-years-of-LGBT-activism

Philadelphia marks 50 years of LGBT activism - From a press release - Exhibitions, re-enactments, special events celebrate 50th anniversary of pivotal Independence Mall demonstrations. PHILADELPHIA, March 4, 2015 — Philadelphia celebrates five decades of political progress with the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. Commemorative exhibitions at major institutions and a moving re-enactment of the original Fourth of July demonstration honor the milestone year. Now one of the country's leading ...


Entertainment-Kerry-Washington-Alexander-McQueenThe-Fosters-Mario-Lopez

Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD will honor Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, according to a press release. Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't know that my family nor soul could take it."—Neil Patrick Harris answers the question if he would host the Oscars again. Of course, there's a bigger question—would he be asked! Life has a funny way of putting things into perspective. Last weekend, I was down in South Florida attending the Winter Party, an annual fundraiser for the LGTBQ ...


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TELEVISION Kevin Bacon talks 'The Following' and kissing James Purefoy - The third time is a charm for this season of the Fox television series The Following. The show began with FBI agent Ryan Hardy ( played by Kevin Bacon ) trying to recapture serial killer Joe Carroll ( James Purefoy ). Season two covered a new cult trying lure to Carroll out of hiding and introduces twins Mark and Luke ...


Supreme-Ct-to-hear-marriage-case-April-28

Supreme Ct. to hear marriage case April 28 - The U.S. Supreme Court announced that, on April 28, it will hear two and a half hours of oral argument on whether states can ban same-sex marriage. Audio transcripts of the argument will be released later that day, instead of at the end of the week ( the usual process ), USA Today noted. The case is coming to the ...


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Davis 'extremely proud' of time at Transgender Law Center - Kris Hayashi moves from deputy director to executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) on Feb. 1, replacing Masen Davis, who left the organization Feb. 15. Davis, 43, has been with TLC for more than seven years and said he wants to "remain in the movement," although he first plans to take a break, travel ...


-Jan-9-murder-of-Papi-Edwards-confirmed-as-trans-related

Jan. 9 murder of Papi Edwards confirmed as trans-related - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Papi Edwards, a transgender woman of color, in Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot to death at the Fern Valley Motel on January 9, 2015. Early police and media accounts consistently misnamed and misgendered the victim, and only now are we learning that, according to BuzzFeed ...


-Still-Alice-writer-Richard-Glatzer-dies

'Still Alice' writer Richard Glatzer dies - Richard Glatzer, who wrote and directed Still Alice with his husband Wash Westmoreland, died March 10 in Los Angeles of complications from ALS, Deadline noted. Glatzer was 63. Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar last month for her role in the drama, about a linguistics professor who struggles with early-onset Alzheimer's. Glatzer and Westmoreland also wrote and directed The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Royal-Society-of-Antarctica

THEATER REVIEW The Royal Society of Antarctica - Playwright: Mat Smart. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $25-$35. Runs through: April 26 Chicago audiences probably want to get as far away from the cold after the recent winter we've had. But there are wonderful rewards in store by visiting the polar cold of The Royal Society of Antarctica, now having its world premiere ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Art imitates life, captures imagination - On March 7, 1965, several hundred people gathered in Selma, Alabama, to march to the capital of Montgomery protesting African-American citizens' right to vote. A few months later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in an effort to enforce the 15th Amendment, giving all U.S. residents the right to vote. Considering the civil-rights movement in ...


Empire-actor-Theres-never-been-a-closet-

'Empire' actor: 'There's never been a closet' - In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Empire actor Jussie Smollett ( who plays gay brother Jamal on the show ) opened up about his personal life and addresses ongoing rumors surrounding his sexuality, ETOnline.com revealed. "There's never been a closet that I've been in," the 31-year-old actor told the talk show host backstage. "So that's why I choose not ...


Kelly-Clarkson-Miss-Independent-talks-anthem-Kezbo-following

Kelly Clarkson: 'Miss Independent' talks anthem, 'Kezbo' following - Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is. The original American Idol—who memorably erupted into waterworks when she won the first season of the reality show in 2002—wasn't always able to muster the willpower she's instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Shes-Beautiful-When-Shes-Angry

Knight at the Movies: She's Beautiful When She's Angry - "You can't convince me you can't change the world because I saw it happen," Chicago-based feminist Mary Jean Collins comments proudly at one point in She's Beautiful When She's Angry. And director Mary Dore's documentary history of the women's-liberation movement, roughly 1966-1971, backs up that assertion. Beautifully researched, enlivened by interviews with passionate and feisty survivors of the movement, and ...


VIEWS-Bostons-forgotten-role-in-the-womens-movement

VIEWS Boston's forgotten role in the women's movement - March is Women's History Month and Mary Dore's documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry helps us celebrate, remember and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century—the women's movement. Zooming in on the years 1966 to 1971, Dore excavated the archival images of the birth of the movement. Dore captures the spirit, soul and fire of these ...


Gay-marriages-halted-in-Alabama

Gay marriages halted in Alabama - In the latest development in the tug-of-war over marriage equality in Alabama, the state's supreme court ordered all the state's probate judges on March 3 to stop issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples, according to NBC News. Several state and federal judges have gone back and forth over the issue, with the U.S. Supreme Court recently refusing to block a ...


Report-details-bias-harassment-by-police

Report details bias, harassment by police - A new report released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals, according to a press release. Among the key findings in "Discrimination and Harassment by Law Enforcement Officers in the LGBT Community" was that nearly ...


NAQPIAs-new-leader-discusses-his-vision-background

NAQPIA's new leader discusses his vision, background - The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) has named Glenn Magpantay its new executive director. Magpantay was one of the founding members of the organization and prior to this appointment he served as the organization's co-director of development where his primary functions were development and fundraising. "I couldn't be more proud and more excited," said Magpantay of ...


Potential-advocates-for-marriage-equality-in-the-high-court-

Potential advocates for marriage equality in the high court - Renowned Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn't take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start and they wanted him to argue ...


LGBT-club-at-Michigan-university-in-rift-with-school

LGBT club at Michigan university in rift with school - A simple charity fundraising bake sale has triggered a major gay-related debate at Andrews University, the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist school system and the largest evangelical Christian college or university in Michigan. Eliel Cruz helped start Aull4one four years ago with a faculty sponsor. He was president of the club for three years and passed the torch to ...


Publishing-Triangles-27th-annual-Triangle-Awards-to-be-presented-

Publishing Triangle's 27th annual Triangle Awards to be presented - From a press release - The 27th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2014, will be presented on April 23, 2015, at the Auditorium of the New School ( 66 West 12th Street in New York City ) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. The Publishing Triangle, ...


-National-roundup-Supreme-Court-and-marriage-trans-inmate-motion

National roundup: Supreme Court and marriage; trans-inmate motion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign announced that more than 200,000 people from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality, according to a press release. Authored by attorney Roberta Kaplan—who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - —The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: In this very revealing book, writer/activist Joe Wenke interviews a variety of LGBT people about the title subjects, including author Andrew Solomon; comedian Ian Harvie; hip-hop artist Y-Love; Rabbi Amy Bernstein; author and San Francisco Sheriff's Department Captain Kevin Fisher-Paulson; and performer Carmen Carrera, among others. —Food Should Taste Good ...


Coalition-launches-anti-conversion-therapy-petition-online

Coalition launches anti-conversion therapy petition online - A coalition of advocacy organizations has joined forces to urge state officials to pass a bill banning so-called "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth. On March 6, the coalition launched an online petition so Illinoisans can let legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner know that they back the legislation. The petition backs the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act introduced as House Bill 217 ...


Freedom-to-Marry-files-amicus-brief-for-US-Supreme-Court

Freedom to Marry files amicus brief for U.S. Supreme Court - From a press release - New York — Today, with former U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger of O'Melveny & Myers as counsel of record, Freedom to Marry is filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief argues that sexual orientation discrimination should be presumed unconstitutional, even in the absence of explicit judicial heightened scrutiny, and that because ...


Group-offers-tools-to-end-trans-domestic-violence-murder-

Group offers tools to end trans domestic violence murder - From a FORGE press release - Already in the first few months of this year, an unconscionable and seemingly growing number of transwomen, especially trans women of color, have been murdered in the U.S., a fact that is deeply - and rightfully - upsetting to our community. Circumstance behind a number of these murders seem to be rooted in domestic or intimate partner violence. At least ...


Study-Discrimination-by-law-enforcement-toward-LGBTs-pervasive-

Study: Discrimination by law enforcement toward LGBTs pervasive - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — A new report released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law documents ongoing and pervasive discrimination and harassment by law enforcement in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT people of color and transgender individuals. To address such discrimination and to improve effective policing more generally in the United States, President Obama's Task Force on ...


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Participants named for Nat'l LGBTQ Task Force trans leadership event - From a press release - The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced the individuals selected to participate in this year's Transgender Leadership Exchange, a unique six-month leadership development program for transgender and gender non-conforming community leaders. The program will by facilitated by Chicagoan Angelica Ross and Jakob Hero. "Since 1973, the National LGBTQ Task Force has helped nurture and develop thousands of LGBTQ activists who ...


Army-takes-steps-to-protect-transgender-troops-

Army takes steps to protect transgender troops - From a press release - The U.S. Army announced today it is elevating authority to discharge transgender service members to the Assistant Secretary of the Army ( Manpower and Reserve Affairs ), the highest level at which that authority has ever been reserved. Prior to today's announcement, local unit commanders were authorized to approve transgender soldiers' separation orders. This step mirrors similar measures taken by ...


Playgirl-Man-of-the-Year-Dirk-Shafer-found-dead

Playgirl "Man of the Year" Dirk Shafer found dead - Dirk Shafer, a gay man who, while closeted, posed nude for Playgirl Magazine and won its Man of the Year title in 1992, has died, according to reports. He was 52. Shafer was reportedly found in a car near his workplace in West Hollywood, California. A cause of death had not been determined officially, though a heart attack was suspected, ...


LGBTQ-advocates-call-for-restoration-of-Voting-Rights-Act-

LGBTQ advocates call for restoration of Voting Rights Act - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, March 6, 2015—Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the seminal 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The march, which took place at the height of the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, was pivotal to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Key portions of this landmark federal legislation were struck ...


CA-wont-do-business-with-companies-discriminating-against-trans-employees

CA won't do business with companies discriminating against trans employees - From a press release - SACRAMENTO - The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), Equality California ( EQCA ), and Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) applaud the introduction of a California Bill that prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by denying transgender workers the same benefits and healthcare coverage they ...


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Obama includes diverse groups, gays too, in Selma speech - President Barack Obama was at the top of his game for his speech in Selma, Alabama March 7, on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when civil-rights marchers were turned back from marking for equal rights. Introduced by Rep. John Lewis, who inspired the attendees as someone who was there 50 years ago, Obama included gays at several points in ...


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Supreme Court to hear marriage equality cases on April 28, 2015 - From press releases - From Lambda Legal Washington (March 5, 2015) — The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it has scheduled argument for the marriage cases on Tuesday, April 28, at 10:00am. The cases the Court will hear include two Ohio cases litigated by Lambda Legal, the ACLU and Gerhardstein & Branch. Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal, issued the ...


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Quigley briefing addresses 'Economics of Equality' - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus, hosted the first Equality Caucus briefing of the 114th Congress, titled "The Economics of Equality." A panel of LGBT community experts, who also represent the four agencies that make up the "LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative," explored economic equality in the LGBT community and how we can ...


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Report shows 700,000 Americans part of a same-sex couple - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — According to Williams Institute Research Director Gary Gates' assessment of a new preliminary estimate from Gallup, the number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has more than doubled over the last year. The new figures suggest that, as of February 2015, more than 700,000 Americans are part of a married same-sex couple, implying that ...


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27th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - or the "Lammys," as they are affectionately known - kick off another record-breaking year with today's announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 818 submissions ( up from 746 last year ) from 407 publishers ( up from 352 last year ). Submissions came from major ...


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Humorous memoir 'Butch' details pregnancy woes - In her graphic memoir, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, A.K. Summers chronicles her difficult journey as a butch lesbian navigating her way through pregnancy. Summers—who also illustrated the novel—started writing it in 2005 after giving birth to her son Franklin. Despite being taken out of her comfort zone, Summers injects humor into her memoir even during some ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "She's a hard act to follow! I just relate to that character, and I've loved it since I was a little girl."—Kelly Clarkson puts it out there that she'd be interested in headlining a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. And it might be fate—she shares a birthday with Babs. We'll share a video of her singing "My Man" in concert ...


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MUSIC Jimmy Somerville celebrates disco, Bronski Beat past - Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Small Town Boy," the breakthrough hit by Bronski Beat. Former lead singer Jimmy Somerville is back with a brand-new disco beat and is set to release his new CD, Homage, on March 10. Windy City Times spoke with Somerville about his love of disco, being openly gay at the start of ...


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NUNN ON ONE Michael Urie airs his 'View' - Actor Michael Urie brings his past movie, WTC View, back to life this month with new distribution. Originally released in 2005, the film tells the story of gay photographer Eric—who has an apartment with a view of the World Trade Center—searching for a roommate in the weeks following 9/11. Known from his breakout role on Ugly Betty as Marc St. ...


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VIEWS: MOMBIAN Equity in the doctor's office - A news story has been circulating about a Michigan pediatrician who, "after much prayer," refused to care for a newborn because the baby had two moms. It's a story of personal discrimination and ignorance—but also indicates systemic problems. Jami and Krista Contreras said they'd chosen Dr. Vesna Roi of Eastlake Pediatrics because of her holistic and natural approach, reported the ...







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