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G-PAC hosts discussion on LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC hosted an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Aug. 18 at Weinberg/Newton Gallery. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" was a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. G-PAC is a coalition of dozens of groups working to counter the influence of ...


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LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Justice Department's Decision to Nix Use of Private Prisons - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 18, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming the decision by the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) to stop using private prisons. "The decision by the Department of Justice to stop using private prisons is a significant breakthrough in the process of radically reforming our criminal justice system. Private prisons have been a complete failure—providing substandard ...


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Martinez named to Equality Council post - Anthony Martinez, who formerly headed the LGBT-rights organization The Civil Rights Agenda ( TCRA ), has been named as director of communications for the national organization Family Equality Council, which advocates on behalf of LGBT parents and their children. Martinez will be responsible for creating and implementing an organization-wide communications strategy supporting an array of initiatives and programs, according to ...


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Report: Lack of State Funding Jeopardizes Program that Prevents Homelessness - On any given night more than 6,700 Chicagoans find themselves without a home or shelter bed. How they become homeless varies widely, but one thing is now certain: homeless prevention programs and funding dramatically decrease the chances they will end up on the streets and saves taxpayer dollars. However, the state budget impasse has significantly jeopardized future funding of the ...


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HRC: Trump & Pence Would Fail Their Own Ignorant Test - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to media reports that Donald Trump will require immigrants to pass an "ideological test" that would include interviews about their feelings about LGBTQ equality. "What's craziest about this ignorant, incomprehensible plan is that Donald Trump and Mike Pence would fail their own test," said HRC President Chad ...


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World news: Eddie Izzard, Qatari op-ed, Annie Lennox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, Jamie Penny allegedly threatened to "do" Eddie Izzard's house after Izzard refused to give Penny and his friend a lift in his Beetle in April—and when Penny encountered Izzard again on a London street in May, he allegedly called him an idiot and a gay slur, TV3.ie reported. Penny recently appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court, charged with two ...


-National-roundup-Chelsea-Manning-political-items-Justice-Roy-Moore

National roundup: Chelsea Manning, political items, Justice Roy Moore - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chelsea Manning supporters delivered more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, calling for him to drop serious new charges Manning faces as a direct result of her attempt to take her own life on July 5, a press release stated. The 115,000 petition signatures came from petitions launched by grassroots activist groups supporting Chelsea: ...


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Trump shows hypocrisy days after campaigning with anti-LGBTQ activists in Orlando - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), today made the following statement responding to Donald Trump's "foreign policy" speech: "The same Donald Trump who today railed against ISIS hate stood shoulder-to-shoulder with anti-LGBTQ activists five days ago in Orlando, just miles from Pulse nightclub," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "This is the same ...


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Upcoming: Kim Foxx, Trans chats, Cuba Libre - Kim Foxx to speak after 'Death Row' Aug. 14 Kim Foxx, the Democratic Party Nominee for Cook County state's attorney, and Cook County Justice Advisory Council Executive Director Lanetta Haynes Turner will speak after the Sunday, Aug. 14, showing of Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys. The production starts at 3 p.m. The topic will be juvenile justice in ...


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LGBT groups rally in D.C. for gun reform - From a press release - Activists from diverse groups concerned about gun violence will come from across the country will unite Aug. 13 to tell political leaders "Enough." Organizing began after the tragic events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Group founder, Jason Hayes, was over-come with emotion. Like many, Hayes felt an overpowering need to shout, to yell, to scream, to ...


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Pastors challenge anti-gay conversion law in court - An ad hoc group of religious personnel, calling itself Pastors Protecting Youth, on Aug. 11, filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Illinois, arguing that the Youth Mental Health Protection Act infringes on the rights of individuals offering pastoral counseling. The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which was passed in Aug. 2015, bans so-called conversion therapy that purports to ...


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Orlando activists denounce Trump, Rubio at Anti-LGBT Faith Conference - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL - Equality Florida, faith leaders, and family members of victims of the Pulse shooting were joined by nearly 200 local progressives today outside the "Rediscovering God in America" conference in Orlando to call out Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. Exactly two months after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, presidential candidate Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio are the headline ...


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National: Hillary's HIV/AIDS platform, Pulse Nightclub, Cleveland Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in a press release, welcomed Secretary Hillary Clinton's announcement detailing the plan she would embark on as president to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic nationally and globally. Her blueprint includes enhancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, convening working groups to develop aggressive actions to combat the spread of HIV, and launching a campaign ...


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World: Olympics items, gay juvenile executed, lesbian Serbian official - USA Today reported that South African runner Caster Semenya could be one of the most intriguing people in this year's Olympics. Semenya has never said she is intersex, but speculation follows her around the globe. Track observers believe Semenya is hyperandrogenous, meaning her body naturally produces high amounts of testosterone, the hormone that helps build muscle, endurance and speed. The ...


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Freedom Square in Day 18 protesting Homan Square - Damon Williams of the two-year-old Let Us Breathe Collective in Chicago speaks at Freedom Square, across from the police department's Homan Square facility where there are allegations of thousands of people tortured and detained without access to attorneys. The Freedom Square space is providing food and donated products, plus lessons and community building with people from the area and all ...


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LGBT activists to get hearing on Open Meetings complaint - A judge has scheduled a hearing on a complaint filed by LGBT activists who say the Chicago City Council is in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act ( OMA ). According to a statement from activist Andy Thayer, Circuit Court Judge Diane J. Larsen, on Aug. 3, ordered that a hearing be held on the motion for a preliminary ...


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Groups criticize Pope's comments on trans people - From press releases - During a meeting with Polish bishops while attending World Youth Day, Pope Francis concluded his remarks by complaining that children are being taught "that everyone can choose their gender." He also called this "ideological colonization" by "very influential countries." DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) ...


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Groups attack Supreme Court 'stay' in trans student case - From press releases - ( San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2016 )—Today, in a 5-3 vote in which Justice Breyer noted that his vote for a stay was a mere "courtesy," the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the Fourth Circuit's recent decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board holding that federal law requires Virginia's public schools to permit Gavin Grimm, ...


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The Movement for Black Lives releases platform - The Movement for Black Lives recently posted its platform as well as demands such as reparations, investing/divesting, economic justice, political power, community control and ending the war on Black people. The platform is listed below. Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving ...


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World: Romanian court, Israeli officials, rapper/actor Common, Apple's move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Constitutional Court in Romania gave validity to a proposal that would allow only heterosexual marriage in the country on July 21, according to Opposing Views. The proposal, which had 3 million signatures gathered by the Coalition for the Family, could be placed on a ballot as a referendum to be voted on, according to Reuters. More than 20 human-rights ...


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Before Hillary, There Was Victoria, an Unlikely Presidential Candidate - Since Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee for President in early June, many people have noted that she's not the first woman to run for President. I'm not sure if she actually claimed to be or not, or if that was an error in the media — she's actually the first woman to run for President on a major ...


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Clinton builds on her commitment to end AIDS as an epidemic - From a press release - Last Wednesday, in an historic address to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Daniel Driffin — a black, gay man living with HIV — discussed the progress America has made and the work that remains in our fight to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Explaining how he believes we reach that goal, Driffin said "We invest in research and education. ...


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Land of Lincoln ACA insurance plans to end - The Land of Lincoln insurance co-op will no longer be offering plans through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage ends for policyholders Oct. 1 but they will have special enrollment periods available to them in order to ensure at least a minimal gap in coverage. Enrolled individuals who switch plans between Aug. 2-Sept. 30 should see no gap, according to ...


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Illinois Attorney Gen. Madigan, others sign brief on trans rights - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, on July 28, joined with the attorneys general of 12 other states, to issue a brief in support of Obama administration policies that protect transgender individuals, among them transgender students. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Washington, DC attorney general also signed the amicus brief, which ...


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Gov. Rauner signs marijuana-related criminal-justice bills - On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed criminal-justice reform measures SB 2228 and HB 4360. SB 2228—which state Sen. Heather Steans initially filed and had state Rep. Kelly Cassidy as the chief House sponsor—amends the Cannabis Control Act by providing a statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $200 fine for possession of 10 grams or less and ...


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Illinois governor signs pension bill for LGBT retirees - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on July 29, signed legislation that ensures fairness for state employees who retired prior to the state's passage of its civil union and marriage equality bills. Illinois House Bill 6021, passed in the state Senate May 31 and in the state House April 13, allows state employees who retired prior to June 2011, and are in the ...


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Equality Illinois hosts 'Raising the Bar' with Yandle keynote - The first openly gay judge to be appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court Hon. Staci M. Yandle traded the bench for a podium July 26 when she delivered the keynote address at the Equality Illinois Raising the Bar breakfast held at downtown Chicago's Intercontinental Hotel. According to Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson, Raising the Bar recognizes and honors "law ...


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Lambda Legal event focuses on book about marriage equality - In the hours prior to Secretary Hillary Clinton making history when she accepted her party's nomination for president of the United States on July 28, the cozy Andersonville bar Joie de Vine was filled with jubilant women at a Lambda Legal fundraiser and celebration of the organization's book detailing another of this country's pivotal moments. Edited by Lambda Legal Director ...


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Two DNC events talk importance of LGBT candidates - Philadelphia Gay News - When LGBT activist Laura Esquivel heard the Democratic nominee for vice president speak Spanish at the party's convention Wednesday night, she didn't find it "tokenizing." "He has lived with Latinos," she said. "He has lived and worked in Honduras." Esquivel observed Tim Kaine at work as governor and later senator of Virginia from her position in Washington with the Hispanic ...


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In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton Accepts the Democratic Nomination - From a press release - At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination. She told the audience that, despite the challenges of a changing world, we must not resort to Donald Trump's dangerous proposals. Clinton also paid tribute to the Americans who have inspired her lifetime in public service and who continue to sustain her belief that we are ...


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Clinton seeks broad coalition in acceptance speech - 2016 hopeful accepts distinction as first woman presidential nominee of major party - PHILADELPHIA - On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton in her acceptance speech for Democratic presidential nomination late Thursday sought a broad coalition to take on Donald Trump. "We have to heal the divides in our country," Clinton said. "Not just on guns, but on race, immigration and more. That starts with listening to each other, ...


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Jerusalem hosts its largest Pride March, pays tribute to slain teen - JERUSALEM— With 25,000 in attendance from across Israel, the 15th Annual Jerusalem Pride March, which occurred July 21, 2016, was the city's largest yet. The parade stood in stark contrast to last year's tragedy, when six people were stabbed by Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish assailant. Shira Banki, 16, later died from her wounds. The march is organized each year ...


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Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on July 28 in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am ...


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Select remarks from Thursday night's program at the DNC - PHILADELPHIA, PA — Hillary for America released a selection of excerpts from the prepared remarks of speakers who spoke at the Democratic National Convention Thursday in Philadelphia. Excerpts from select speeches from tonight's program are included below: Openly lesbian Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez When my officers report for duty, they have no idea what might come up that day….They ...


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7th Circuit says sexual orientation not covered under Title VII - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting the argument that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the case considered by the court, the plaintiff, Kimberly Hively, had argued that ...


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Day 3: Obama leads heavy hitters in speeches praising Clinton - Kaine, Biden also made case for Democratic nominee - PHILADELPHIA — On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama led a series of heavy hitters who delivered speeches praising Hillary Clinton as the right candidate to lead the country. Much of Obama's speech, which was 40 minutes long and the final remarks of the night, was based on the theme of him returning to the stage ...


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Transgender DNC delegates hold first-ever caucus meeting - PHILADELPHIA — The first-ever formal meeting of transgender delegates to the Democratic National Convention took place on Thursday in Philadelphia. Many of the 28 openly trans delegates to the convention attended the Transgender Caucus meeting that Mara Keisling, a long-time trans activist who sits on the Democratic National Committee's platform committee, convened at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I am so ...


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Charlotte mayor to Congressman: "We need your help" - The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., is a tall woman with a quick drawl. Near the end of an hour-long panel at Philadelphia City Hall during which six representatives of Mayors Against Discrimination shared their cities' LGBT-inclusive policies, she stood and gave her canary yellow jacket a quick tug. Reaching for the mic, Jennifer Roberts, said, "We need your help." She ...


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Democratic National Convention releases program for final night - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA - The Democratic National Convention Committee ( DNCC ) announced the program for the final day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. The night will end with Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination. In Philadelphia, Democrats have laid out the clear stakes in this election — a choice ...


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HIV-positive activist speaks at DNC - Daniel D. Driffin, a 30-year-old gay black man living with HIV, and a civic leader in Georgia, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27. He was the first openly HIV-positive speaker at the DNC in 12 years. Driffin detailed Hillary Clinton's HIV/AIDS advances while as First Lady, in the Senate and as Secretary of State, saying her work ...


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Tammy Baldwin speaks on her legacy - The following interview with openly lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin was conducted by Philadelphia Gay News Publisher Mark Segal. Mark Segal: So, 1990 as you come into this city, fundraising to run for congress— Tammy Baldwin: Well, 1990 would have been state assembly. 1996 would have been getting ready to run for congress. MS: First out state assemblywoman, first out congresswoman, ...


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California official calls conversion therapy "emotional torture" - From Philadelphia Gay News - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his state Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention as "proudly pro-lesbian, pro-gay, pro-bisexual and pro-transgender." "At our best, we don't tolerate our diversity, we celebrate our diversity," he said. Newsom spent much of the rest of his brief address hammering Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, calling him "the most anti-LGBT governor." ...


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Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk - A Congressional notification has indicated that the U.S. Navy will name a ship after the late openly gay San Francisco politician/gay-rights leader Harvey Milk. The notification, which Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk. The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class ...


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HRC President Chad Griffin remarks to the DNC - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA— Tonight, ahead of Hillary Clinton's historic night when she takes the stage after becoming the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major party, HRC President and DNC Convention Vice Chair Chad Griffin addressed the delegates. Below are Griffin's remarks, as prepared for delivery: Last month, our nation was rocked to its core by a senseless and ...


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Transgender advocate Sarah McBride's remarks to DNC - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA— Tonight, ahead of Hillary Clinton's historic night when she takes the stage after becoming the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major party, HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride made history of her own, becoming the first openly transgender person to address a national party convention. McBride was introduced by openly-gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney ( ...


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Hillary Clinton makes history, accepts party's nom for president - Hillary Clinton made history Thursday night as she accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States. She is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the highest office in the land. Clinton kept the tone hopeful and optimistic as she countered Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra with the belief that America ...


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DEMOCRATIC NAT'L CONVENTION Day 2: Bill praises, Dems nominate Hillary Clinton - PHILADELPHIA—The second night of the Democratic National Convention was a high-point in terms of both speakers and historic nature after delegates made Hillary Clinton the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party. Delivering the keynote address was former President Bill Clinton. Essentially auditioning for the role of first gentleman, he recalled meeting Hillary Clinton and the early ...


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Democrats ratify most pro-LGBT platform ever - 'It says we're welcome, we're going to make life better' - PHILADELPHIA — Democrats ratified a party platform late Monday called the most LGBT-inclusive in history and a unifying document after a bitter primary. As convention chair Rep. Marcia Fudge ( D-Ohio ) presided, delegates at the Democratic National Convention approved the platform by voice vote. Although loud "nays" were heard, the overwhelming "yays" in favor of the platform carried the ...


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DNC LGBT Caucus honors Mike Honda - Meeting opened with tribute to Pulse nightclub massacre victims - PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Committee's LGBT Caucus on Tuesday honored U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) for his support of transgender rights. A number of the 28 openly trans delegates to the Democratic National Convention joined the California Democrat on stage inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as Barbra Casbar Siperstein, a member of the Democratic National Committee's Executive ...


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Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards at the DNC - Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Planned Parenthood was founded 100 years ago, giving women the care they need to live their lives and chase their dreams — no limits, no ceilings. A century later, an enormous ceiling is coming down. This isn't just about ...


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HIV positive speaker at the Democratic National Convention after 12 year hiatus - From a press release - Last week, Secretary Hillary Clinton's campaign followed-up with the national coalition of HIV/AIDS activists and organizations to nominate a short list of people living with HIV/AIDS to speak at the DNC 2016. Clinton's campaign selected the coalition's top pick of Daniel D. Driffin, a 30-year-old gay black man living with HIV, and a civic leader in Georgia. Daniel gives voice ...


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DNCC Announces Third Night Program for Democratic National Convention - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA - The Democratic National Convention Committee ( DNCC ) announced the program for the third day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. In Philadelphia, Democrats are laying out the clear stakes in this election — a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where ...


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Meet Robby Mook, Clinton's openly gay campaign manager - From Philadelphia Gay News - The following interview with Robby Mook, openly gay campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, is courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News. PGN: Eight years ago, the highest-level out campaign official was Steve Hildebrand; you are now at the pinnacle of political management in this country. When Hillary said to you, "OK, I'd like you to be my campaign manager," did you discuss ...


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Interview: Tiffany Newmuis, Deputy chief of staff, DNC - Jen Colletta, Philadelphia Gay News - The following interview with Tiffany Newmuis, Deputy chief of staff, Democratic National Convention, is courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News. Newmuis heads diversity and community-engagement efforts for the Democratic National Convention Host Committee. She also serves as director of diversity for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. PGN: Do you have a total count for diverse vendors in the vendor directory? TN: We ...


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Quigley Statement on FDA Request for Comment Period on Blood Donor Deferral Policy - From a press release - CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement regarding the Food and Drug Administration's ( FDA ) announcement that a public docket will be established to request comments on potential changes to the current blood donor deferral policy: "I am encouraged by today's announcement that the FDA will ...


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President Obama passes the baton to Hillary Clinton - From the White House - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10:57 P.M. EDT, June 27, 2016 THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) AUDIENCE: Obama! Obama! Obama! AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you! THE PRESIDENT: I love you back! (Applause.) Hello, America! Hello, Democrats! (Applause.) So 12 years ...


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Mother of gay Pulse nightclub massacre victim speaks at DNC - PHILADELPHIA — The mother of a gay man who died inside the Pulse nightclub spoke in support of "common sense" gun control at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. "I'm glad common sense gun policy was in place the day Christopher was born, but where was that common sense the day he died," said Christine Leinonen in an emotional speech. ...


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Democratic convention opens in Philly - Sanders supporters irate over WikiLeak dump - PHILADELPHIA — Fanned by nearly 100-degree heat, tensions ran high during the first day of the Democratic National Convention as Bernie Sanders supporters booed Hillary Clinton at an event designed to promote her candidacy. After she took the podium at the Wells Fargo Arena, Rep. Marcia Fudge ( D-Ohio ), chair of the convention, said she's "excited" to elect to ...


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Gay DNC officials' emails part of massive WikiLeaks release - Treasurer Andy Tobias contacted by Sanders campaign manager - Dozens of email messages sent and received by at least four openly gay officials with the Democratic National Committee were among more than 19,000 private DNC email messages released last Friday by the cyber protest group WikiLeaks. The massive leak included numerous emails showing that high-level DNC officials appeared to be helping Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders during the ...


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Select Remarks from Monday Night's Program at the DNC - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Democratic National Convention Committee ( DNCC ) released a selection of excerpts from the prepared remarks of speakers who will address the Democratic National Convention tonight in Philadelphia. The opening night of the Convention will highlight the clear stakes in this election: a choice between building walls and tearing people down - or a unifying vision, ...


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Democratic stars take stage, defuse drama - Michelle Obama, Warren, Sanders and Booker among speakers - PHILADELPHIA—Democrats appealed to both emotion and intellect while encouraging support for Hillary Clinton on the first day of their national convention, often peppering remarks with references to LGBT rights. The most well-received speech came from First Lady Michelle Obama, who made a case to elect Clinton based on her tenacity and shared commitment to family. "And make no mistake about ...


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World news: Gay Arabic mag, Islamic official, Charlize Theron - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay magazine being published in Arabic and made available across the Middle East was hailed as progress by commenters around the world, Gay Star News noted. However, while it was a landmark moment for LGBTI rights, the magazine's founders are now facing potential lawsuits and death threats from people furious over the "promotion of homosexuality." My Kali, an online ...


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National roundup: Lesbian bishop, Dan Savage, Marco Rubio - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Methodists meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, elected the United Methodist Church's first openly lesbian bishop, On Top Magazine reported. Delegates at the Western Jurisdictional Conference elected the Rev. Karen Oliveto, senior pastor at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, on the 17th ballot, the church said. The Western Jurisdiction includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington ...


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#LGBTDNC: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi - BY MARK SEGAL, PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS In advance of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia Gay News ( PGN ) spoke with a series of key players in the Democratic Party on a range of LGBT issues. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is the former House Speaker and current Minority Leader. Philadelphia Gay News: How far has the Democratic Party come on LGBT ...


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Dispatches from Philly: The parties begin - Delegates, journalists descend on city - It's Sunday afternoon and I am finally on my way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It's Amtrak from Union Station in D.C. to 30th Street Station in Philly. Many on the train were headed to the same place. I have been a Hillary supporter since first meeting her in Little Rock in 1990 so this is exciting. I ...


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Schock grand jury dismissed with no indictment - After more than a year of investigation, a federal grand jury involving former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) ended June 30 without indicting him. "Our position has been and remains that while administrative errors may have been made during Mr. Schock's time in Congress, no aspect of this matter involves anything criminal," said George Terwilliger, Schock's lead attorney. ...


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Gay politicians discuss LGBT representation - The 2016 elections will be "unprecedented" in the number of openly LGBT candidates running for office, especially in Congressional elections, according to Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Victory Fund's President and CEO, Aisha Moodie-Mills, on July 26, moderated a discussion with openly gay U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney ( D-NY ) and Mark Takano ( D-CA ), as well as ...


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Transgender activist to speak at Democratic National Convention - Sarah McBride to deliver historic speech on Thursday - PHILADELPHIA — Sarah McBride this week will become the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention. McBride — who is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation — is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. She is slated to take the main stage inside the Wells Fargo Center alongside ...


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State Rep. Sandack to resign - State Rep. Ron Sandack ( Downers Grove ), one of the Republican legislators who voted for marriage equality, is resigning from the Illinois House, citing both "cyber security issues" and a desire to spend more time with his family as reasons, the Daily Herald reported July 25. Some of Sandack's social media accounts had disappeared in recent days. He engaged ...


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Chicagoan takes part in "Wall Off Trump" protest - A Chicago immigration activist was among those who took part in a large-scale "Wall Off Trump" protest outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 20. The protest was a response to Republican nominee Donald Trump's promise to erect a wall that would prevent Mexican citizens from crossing the U.S. border. "It really seemed that the groups organizing opposition protests ...


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Progressive Groups Praise Kaine Selection - From a press release - Moments after Hillary Clinton announced her choice of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, a chorus of progressive voices emerged to hail the presumptive Democratic nominee's selection: NOW President Terry O'Neill: "From day one, Tim Kaine will be a vice president who will work to break down the barriers that hold women and marginalized communities back. Women will ...


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HRC's Sarah McBride to be 1st open trans person to speak at a major party convention - From a press release - Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that HRC Foundation National Press Secretary Sarah McBride will speak at the DNC on Thursday — marking the first time in history an openly transgender person will speak at a major party convention. HRC President Chad Griffin will also address the Democratic National Convention that evening. "Hillary Clinton won't be the only woman to ...


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Chicago protest marks 50th anniversary of MLK event - On July 20, the #LetUsBreathe Collective and its offshoot, Breathing Room, staged a protest march and rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Chicago Freedom Summer in Lawndale. The protest addressed community issues epidemic to Lawndale such as poverty, mass school closures, and police brutality. The rally also touched on the murder rate of trans women ...


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Day 4: Thiel declares 'I am proud to be gay' at GOP convention - Paypal co-founder rejects anti-LGBT platform, debate on bathrooms - For the first time in 16 years, an openly gay speaker took the stage at the Republican National Convention — but the meaning of his words on LGBT rights is unclear. Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and Facebook and a California delegate supporting Trump, proclaimed his sexual orientation to attendees at the convention. "Of course, every American has a ...


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Trump makes history with LGBT-inclusion in acceptance speech - 2016 hopeful accepts Republican nomination, invokes Orlando shooting - CLEVELAND — On the final night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump made history with an explicit pledge to protect LGBT people during his speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination. Trump made the remarks when invoking the mass shooting last month at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying the 49 left dead at the hands of a shooter who ...







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