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ACLU-lunch-to-honor-IL-House-Majority-Leader-Barbara-Flynn-Currie

ACLU lunch to honor IL House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie - From a press release - CHICAGO — More than 900 supporters of human rights and civil liberties will gather in Chicago on Friday, April 17th to honor a long-time champion of basic rights. Barbara Flynn Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, will be honored at the event with the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime ...


Freedom-Indiana-to-work-for-local-nondiscrimination-LGBT-protections-

Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), today announced it will focus its efforts for the rest of this year on helping cities and towns craft local nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT Hoosiers. The group plans to push ...


Upcoming-Advocacy-Day-MPSA-Bon-Foster

Upcoming: Advocacy Day; MPSA; Bon Foster - LGBT Advocacy Day in Springfield April 15 Equality Illinois' LGBT Advocacy Day will take place Wed., April 15, at the state Capitol in Springfield, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The organization has stated that its "agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, banning conversion therapy and saving important funding for public services in the state budget." In addition to talking with legislators, there ...


Natl-roundup-Obamas-order-LPAC-backs-Hillary-Repub-guvs-stand

Nat'l roundup: Obama's order; LPAC backs Hillary; Repub. guv's stand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The executive order President Obama signed that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity went into effect April 8. The chief executive signed the order last July, saying, "our government—government of the people, by the people, and for the people—will become just a little bit fairer." The document amended Executive Order 11246, which ...


--World-news-Tel-Aviv-conference-Sarkozy-controversy

-- World news: Tel Aviv conference; Sarkozy controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 40 Years of Pride conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, will bring together a diverse group of LGBTQ leaders from around the world this summer in Israel on June 9-11, according to a press release. Leaders from around the world will gather in the heart of Tel Aviv to inspire and strengthen each other, build skills ...


2016-campaign-will-be-dynamic-on-LGBT-issues

2016 campaign will be dynamic on LGBT issues - The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be a particularly exciting and meaningful one for LGBT people. Here are just a few reasons why: The campaign manager for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who announced her intent to run Sunday ( April 12 ), is an openly gay man and her video campaign announcement prominently featured gay citizens. The announced and ...


Emanuel-scores-big-wins-along-North-Lakefront

Emanuel scores big wins along North Lakefront - A number of upsets marked several aldermanic runoff contests on April 7, but some races' final outcomes won't be determined until April 23, when final tallies of absentee ballot voting are announced. The Chicago Board of Elections must allow ballots postmarked on April 6 two weeks to arrive at their offices. That's good news for some candidates whose races will ...


Lesbian-political-action-committee-endorses-Clinton-

Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton - LPAC press release - April 12, 2015 — LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton's campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, ...


HIV-AIDS-advocates-ready-for-budget-fight-

HIV/AIDS advocates ready for budget fight - Illinois health advocates have faced budget crises before, but rarely have circumstances seemed as dire as they do now, with service providers and advocates rallying against proposed cuts to the state's Health and Human Services budget. "It seems like we've been doing this every year," said Daniel Frey, director of government relations for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) ...


Politics-Rauner-files-writs-of-special-election-forum-to-look-at-Rauner-budget

Politics: Rauner files writs of special election; forum to look at Rauner budget - Rauner files writs of special election Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued writs of election, as the law requires, to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The writs include election dates compliant with the 115-day timeline that Illinois law mandates, but the dates will be modified after the state enters into a consent decree ...


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AFC hosts first-ever virtual advocacy day - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) hosted its first ever virtual advocacy day March 18. The day featured a webinar ( "Unpacking the budget: How cuts to Medicaid and HIV funding impacts Illinois" ), legislator outreach and a Twitter chat. AFC's Virtual Advocacy Day was held in response to the budget ( FY16 which runs from July 1, ...


Religious-bills-revised-rally-during-hearing-LGBTQs-in-survey-sperm-case

Religious bills revised; rally during hearing; LGBTQs in survey; sperm case - Indiana, Arkansas revise religion bills After much backlash over religious-freedom bills that many saw as anti-gay, lawmakers in Indiana and in Arkansas approved new measures April 2 to remove the most controversial language. In Indiana, legislators passed a series of changes that, while not outlawing anti-gay discrimination, clarified that the religious-freedom law does not authorize such bias. In Arkansas, legislators, ...


Obama-comes-out-against-LGBT-conversion-therapy-

Obama comes out against LGBT 'conversion therapy' - From press releases - NCLR Statement ( Washington, DC, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the White House released its statement in response to a petition calling for federal action to end conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that purport to be able to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The petition was prompted by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager ...


Rahm-wins-big-City-Council-now-10-gay

Rahm wins big, City Council now 10% gay - Chicago will now have 10 percent of its 50 ward posts filled by openly gay aldermen, after the April 7 runoff races. The gay aldermen elected April 7 include Raymond Lopez, who will now represent the 15th Ward, and Ald. James Cappleman, an incumbent who will continue to represent the 46th Ward. They join Alds. Tom Tunney, Deb Mell and ...


GLSEN-statement-on-Every-Child-Achieves-Act-of-2015-

GLSEN statement on 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' - From a press release - NEW YORK ( April 7, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on the release of the 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' ( ECAA ), the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee's proposed bill for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "We thank Senate HELP Committee Chairman ...


National-Jeb-Bush-Dan-Savage-White-House-trans-briefing

National: Jeb Bush; Dan Savage; White House trans briefing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law, according to a press release. Bush said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, "I think, if you, if they actually got briefed on the law that [sic] they wouldn't be blasting ...


Upcoming-events-Protest-nonprofits-and-social

Upcoming events: Protest, nonprofits and social - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anti-conversion therapy rally April 9 at Center On Thursday, April 9, Center on Halsted is hosting "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to Ban Conversion Therapy in Illinois" at 6-9 p.m. in the Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St. #BornPerfect is the nationwide campaign of the National Center for Lesbian Rights to ban conversion therapy—a practice designed to change someone's sexual orientation and/or ...


Chicago-Mayor-Emanuel-wins-second-term-

Chicago Mayor Emanuel wins second term - The first-ever mayoral run-off election in Chicago history, held April 7, resulted in Rahm Emanuel getting to keep his job for another four years. The results were decisive: Emanuel placed ahead of his opponent, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, with 56 percent of the vote. Garcia, with the majority of votes counted, had 44 percent. Emanuel is preparing his ...


Other-races-Upsets-dot-the-contests

Other races: Upsets dot the contests - [Article updated 8 a.m. April 9, 2015.] Upsets marked several other of the aldermanic runoff contests. Incumbents Natasha Holmes (7th) and Lona Lane (18th) lost their runoff races. Also, 31st Ward candidate Milagros "Milly" Santiago edging incumbent Regner "Ray" Suarez, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent (with all precincts reporting) in what many have called a huge upset, and Chris Taliaferro ...


Andrew-Sullivan-talks-marriage-Indiana-at-Elmhurst-lecture

Andrew Sullivan talks marriage, Indiana at Elmhurst lecture - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I need to tell you something about myself that is sometimes difficult to say on a college campus, which is I'm a Christian and a conservative," said journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst College at an April 2 lecture entitled The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage. "I know that those are two somewhat outrageous things to be these ...


World-Clare-Balding-Cambodian-study-adoption-in-Ireland

World: Clare Balding; Cambodian study; adoption in Ireland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most, Gay Star News reported. The Conservative leader told Attitude magazine that while World War Ii code breaker Alan Turing was "an amazing man," he chose the BBC sports presenter because of "her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.." Cameron also said he once brought up ...


Yanez-prepares-for-15th-Ward-runoff

Yanez prepares for 15th Ward runoff - Activist and police officer Rafael Yanez is running against Democratic Ward Committeeman Raymond Lopez to represent the city's 15th Ward, encompassing Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Gage Park and West Englewood. Yanez got just under 23-percent of the vote in the February 24th election, but he also has a number of major endorsements, among them mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" ...


15th-Ward-Committeeman-aims-at-runoff-victory-

15th Ward Committeeman aims at runoff victory - Openly gay 15th Ward Democratic Committeeman Ray Lopez has been active in politics in the ward, which includes Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Gage Park and West Englewood. Formerly a skycap for Southwest Airlines, he says that he has been responsible for delivering a number of community services since the ward was redistricted in 2012. He's now running to ...


LGBT-groups-oppose-Indiana-compromise-

LGBT groups oppose Indiana compromise - From press releases - ( Chicago, IL, April 2, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana legislature proposed a limited fix it bill that would amend the recently passed, so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" ( RFRA ). Introduced by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Leader Pro Tem Dan Long, SB 50 takes an important step to reduce the threat to LGBT Hoosiers but ...


70-tech-leaders-join-unprecedented-call-to-legislators

70+ tech leaders join unprecedented call to legislators - From a press release - WASHINGTON — More than 70 technology industry leaders have joined in an unprecedented statement to legislators calling for the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws. Launched yesterday in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed in to law in states around the country, well over three times the number of the initial ...


Indiana-backlash-Widespread-condemnation-of-Indiana-bill-

Indiana backlash: Widespread condemnation of Indiana bill - - Many activists, politicians and business leaders continued to issue condemnations of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, passed in the Indiana General Assembly and hastily signed in a private ceremony by Gov. Mike Pence on March 26. [This week's cover story was first posted on this site March 30, 2015.] Critics say that the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom ...


LGBT-Equality-Institute-ponders-next-LGBTQ-battles

LGBT Equality Institute ponders next LGBTQ battles - The low-key tone of the 2015 LGBT Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Institute held on March 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago differed quite significantly from last year's event, which was more heavily attended and reveled in a sense of community accomplishment with the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois. This year's sessions seemed to be centered upon ...


ELECTIONS-2015-46TH-WARD-James-Cappleman-aims-to-retain-aldermanic-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD James Cappleman aims to retain aldermanic seat - Since the February elections, Ald. James Cappleman has been locked in a heated runoff with openly lesbian attorney Amy Crawford, who's looking to unseat him from his spot representing the 46th Ward on the Chicago City Council. Crawford has maintained that she'll be more responsive to constituents' concerns about development and public safety. She also received the endorsement of activist ...


Duke-Alden-named-to-Human-Rights-Commission

Duke Alden named to Human Rights Commission - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 27, announced that Duke Alden had been named a commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Alden, who is in charge of Information Governance for Aon, is also Chairman of the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Alden's "experience in business and involvement with a number of non-profit organizations make him well-suited for the ...


Senators-advocates-decry-budget-cuts

Senators, advocates decry budget cuts - A standing-room-only crowd filled the hearing chambers at the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., as the Illinois Senate Appropriations Human Services Committee met to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Acting Human Services Secretary Gregory Bassi testified about the importance of the cuts, and faced grilling from some committee members, while service providers and their clients urged the ...


CHART-Election-2015-runoffs-Early-voting-info-

CHART: Election 2015 runoffs; Early voting info - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. View resulting Windy City Times chart at www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/chartapr1.pdf . The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not ...


HRC-blasts-Bush-for-supporting-Pence-and-new-Indiana-law-

HRC blasts Bush for supporting Pence and new Indiana law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt earlier today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush embraced the widely-denounced and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law last Thursday. While the national backlash against the harmful measure has been swift and brutal—and as Pence and Indiana lawmakers who supported the law have said they're seeking to ...


Groups-urge-support-for-Fairness-for-All-Hoosiers-Act

Groups urge support for Fairness for All Hoosiers Act - From an ACLU press release - INDIANAPOLIS — In an open letter to Gov. Mike Pence and leaders in the Indiana House and Senate, national LGBT and civil rights groups call on lawmakers to quickly enact legislation fixing SB 101, which could allow discrimination against gay and transgender people, and end the firestorm of protests that have engulfed the state. "Indiana is already on the verge ...


AFC-forum-at-Center-to-deal-with-Rauner-budget-

AFC forum at Center to deal with Rauner budget - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago presents an opportunity to hear from elected officials and community leaders about how Governor Rauner's proposed budget will impact the Medicaid program and prevention, care, treatment, housing and other services for the HIV community. WHAT: The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Rauner's proposed ...


ELECTIONS-2015-RUNOFFS-2ND-WARD-Alyx-Pattison-

ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attorney Alyx Pattison says she's in a position to make change—provided she can survive a runoff against challenger Brian Hopkins in the 2nd Ward, which now consists of parts of seven neighborhoods thanks to redistricting. In a recent face-to-face interview at a 2nd Ward cafe, Pattison discussed everything from HIV/AIDS funding to development issues in a talk in which each ...


ELECTIONS-2015-RUNOFFS-2ND-WARD-Brian-Hopkins

ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Hopkins has done everything from interning for the Illinois State Senate to helping advise President Bill Clinton's transition team to leading the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents ( SOAR ). He now faces Alyx Pattison in the April 7 runoff election. In a recent phone interview, Hopkins talked about minimum wage, a reduced city council and a sick-time ordinance ...


Natl-roundup-Trans-study-Indiana-fallout-Supreme-Ct-argument

Nat'l roundup: Trans study; Indiana fallout; Supreme Ct. argument - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 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 that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues that transgender individuals face, according to a press release. The study has several goals, including aiming to describe basic health outcomes and ...


Protesters-decry-religious-freedom-law-in-Indianapolis

Protesters decry religious-freedom law in Indianapolis - Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 28 to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), saying it would promote discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation, and then marched to the Indiana Statehouse while chanting "No hate in our state" and "Who's state? Our state!" LGBTQ protesters and allies were joined ...


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 ...


Barney-Frank-at-Center-on-Halsted-for-book-promo

Barney Frank at Center on Halsted for book promo - As part of a promotion for his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, former United States Congressman Barney Frank was at the Center on Halsted March 25 for a candid discussion about his life, days on Capitol Hill and opinions on LGBTQ issues including and beyond marriage-equality. Prior to the sold-out evening, Frank ...


Ald-Emma-Mitts-videotaped-making-anti-LGBT-comments

Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments - Video below - Facing a run-off election against challenger Tara Stamps, 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts attended a candidates forum March 21. There, she was videotaped by audience member Brandon Johnson making the following comments concerning marriage-equality: "I don't want to be biased here but I don't support the fact that we can have two women marry, two men marry and we then ...


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 ...


Senator-Delgado-Meeks-votes-came-from-loyalty-

Senator Delgado: Meeks votes came from "loyalty" - A sense of institutional loyalty, between current—and former—members of the Illinois State Senate, motivated members to confirm Gov. Bruce Rauner's nomination of former state Sen. Rev. James Meeks to head up the State Board of Education March 19, said the one senator who voted "nay." The nomination had drawn the ire of advocates in the LGBT community who objected to ...


Gov-Rauner-makes-commitment-to-LGBT-Illinoisans-

Gov. Rauner makes commitment to LGBT Illinoisans - In a discussion that they called a "first step," LGBT advocates met with Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 20 and agreed on a three-part plan to help alleviate unequal treatment among Illinoisans. The plan calls for a directive calling for careful enforcement of anti-discrimination and anti-bullying regulations by state government agencies; a nine-month study of discrimination against minority groups, including ...


Lambda-urges-Indiana-House-to-reject-discrimination-Bill-SB-101

Lambda urges Indiana House to reject discrimination Bill SB 101 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, March 19, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana House of Representatives will consider a bill, passed by the Indiana Senate one month ago, which seeks 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 urging ...


State-Senate-confirms-Meeks-as-Education-Chair-

State Senate confirms Meeks as Education Chair - The Illinois State Senate, on March 19, voted to confirm former state Sen. James Meeks as Chair of the State Board of Education. The nomination had drawn the ire of advocates in the LGBT community who objected to Meeks' opposition to marriage equality, anti-discrimination ordinances and other LGBT rights initiatives, as well as disparaging remarks he has reportedly made about ...


ELECTIONS-2015-46TH-WARD-Crawford-aims-to-unseat-Cappleman-in-runoff

ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD Crawford aims to unseat Cappleman in runoff - Since the Feb. 24 elections, attorney Amy Crawford has been looking to convince 46th Ward residents that she's a better choice than incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, who's trying to retain his post for a second term. Cappleman won the most votes, about 46.76 percent, but was unable to secure the 50-percent-plus-one-vote needed to prevent a runoff. Crawford received 37.66 percent ...


Anti-conversion-therapy-bill-passes-out-of-committee

Anti-conversion therapy bill passes out of committee - The Illinois House Juvenile Justice Committee, on March 17, voted to send HB 217, a bill that prohibits so-called "conversion therapy" for Illinoisans under the age of 18, to a vote in the full House. The bill's chief House sponsor is state Rep. Kelly Cassidy. Largely discredited amongst mental health practitioners and organizations, conversion therapy purportedly changes the sexual orientation ...


Creating-Change-coming-to-Chicago-local-team-launching-

Creating Change coming to Chicago, local team launching - The 28th National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change conference will be in Chicago Jan. 20-24, 2016, marking the first time the event will be in the Windy City. More than 4,000 people from across the country are expected to attend. The announcement of conference details was made at the Chicago Urban League March 18, the first meeting of activists interested ...


ELECTION-2015-Early-voting-info-for-runoffs

ELECTION 2015: Early voting info for runoffs - Early voting for the April 7 municipal runoff elections will take place Monday, March 23, through Saturday, April 4. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where they live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. ...


Schock-resigns-after-new-allegations-arise

Schock resigns after new allegations arise - Embattled Illinois 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock resigned March 17, following several weeks of allegations of ethical and financial improprieties, according to reports. The resignation came after new allegations arose that Schock had billed taxpayers and his campaign for approximately 170,000 miles that were put on his personal automobile between 2010 and 2014. But when Schock sold the vehicle in ...


Activists-urge-senate-to-vote-No-on-Meeks-appointment

Activists urge senate to vote "No" on Meeks appointment - Members of Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) are urging Illinoisans to contact their state senators in advance of a planned hearing on the appointment of former state Sen. Rev. James Meeks as the Illinois State Board of Education Chair. Meeks' appointment is among those on the agenda of the Executive Appointment Committee hearing the morning of March 19 in ...


Crossroads-Fund-holds-annual-gala

Crossroads Fund holds annual gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 400 donors, activists, grantees and friends of Crossroads Fund—a Chicago foundation that funds grassroots groups working for racial, social and economic justice—gathered March 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate another year's work for social change. Among the attendees were Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Cook County Clark David Orr, Commissioner of the Department of Human Relations ...


Barney-Frank-event-at-Center-on-March-25-program-change

Barney Frank event at Center on March 25, program change - "Frank: An Evening with Barney Frank" will take place Wed., March 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, The Book Stall and Equality Illinois are hosting the event as the former Congressman will speak about his new memoir, Frank. Windy City Times was originally a sponsor of the event, and Publisher Tracy Baim ...


-Illinois-youth-leaders-lobby-on-conversion-therapy-ban

Illinois youth leaders lobby on conversion therapy ban - From a press release - Youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health will be meeting with their legislators in Springfield March 24 to advocate for the rights and health of young people, regardless of identity. Specifically, the youth leaders, ages 16-24, are standing in opposition to conversion therapy and asking for a repeal of the dangerous Parental Notification of Abortion Law in Illinois. ...


Equality-Illinois-endorses-Emanuel-in-runoff-election

Equality Illinois endorses Emanuel in runoff election - Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, on March 12, issued an endorsement for incumbent Rahm Emanuel in the April 7 mayoral runoff election. Equality Illinois PAC Chair Nicole Bashor said in a statement that the endorsement stemmed from Emanuel's willingness to expend political and personal capital on issues that are important to the LGBT community. "Mayor Emanuel stood with us not ...


Election-board-decides-in-favor-of-Mell

Election board decides in favor of Mell - The Chicago Board of Election Commisioners, on March 12, decided in favor of 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell in her bid to keep her post for another term. But Mell's challenger, Tim Meegan, has said that he will continue to press ahead with a lawsuit accusing Mell's organization of unscrupulous election-day tactics, DNAinfo reported. The decision affirmed tallies released March ...


Equality-Caucus-addresses-Economics-of-Equality

Equality Caucus addresses 'Economics of Equality' - Since it was established in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives LGBT Equality Caucus has seen significant progress towards its goal of "achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the United States and around the world." However, buried deep beneath the legal arguments which have made same-sex marriage a reality in 37 states and which are ...


Emanuel-Madigan-join-briefs-for-marriage-equality

Emanuel, Madigan join briefs for marriage equality - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a friend-of-the-court ( amicus ) brief expressing their support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, and urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the federal court of appeals' ruling that gays and lesbians have no fundamental right ...


Writing-For-Justice-Does-voting-actually-matter-

Writing For Justice: Does voting actually matter? - A recurring column - How you answer that question probably comes down to how old you are, how cynical you are, and how much government corruption you've experienced over the years. It's easy to feel like one vote has little impact on the massive political machine. Perhaps that's why only about 34 percent of Chicago's registered voters participated in February's mayoral election ( potentially ...


Davis-endorses-Crawford-for-46th-Ward-Runoff-

Davis endorses Crawford for 46th Ward Runoff - Activist and former aldermanic candidate Denice Davis announced, on March 10, that she is endorsing Amy Crawford in the April 7 runoff election. Davis, who was chief of staff for former Ald. Helen Shiller, was defeated by both Crawford and incumbent Ald. James Cappleman in the Feb. 18 city election. "I'm endorsing Amy because she will be a strong leader ...


Garcia-prepares-for-final-weeks-in-mayoral-race

Garcia prepares for final weeks in mayoral race - Video interview link below - During the days leading up to the Feb. 24 mayoral election, mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was adamant about only accomplishing one thing in the election—getting in a runoff. And it worked. By the time voters had cast their ballots that frigid Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel had won 45 percent of the vote, less than the 50 percent-plus-one-vote required ...


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 ...


Obama-includes-diverse-groups-gays-too-in-Selma-speech-

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 ...


Quigley-briefing-addresses-Economics-of-Equality-

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 ...


Rauner-cuts-hit-anti-bullying-programs

Rauner cuts hit anti-bullying programs - Among the budget cuts handed down in the Feb. 18 budget from Gov. Bruce Rauner was the elimination of funding for programs that stem school bullying. "There's so little rhyme or reason to this," said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who was chief House sponsor of SB 5707, passed in 2014, which implemented a number of anti-bullying initiatives. She called the ...


Aguda-A-Wider-Bridge-discuss-US-Israeli-LGBT-communities

Aguda, A Wider Bridge discuss U.S., Israeli LGBT communities - Representatives of the forty-year-old Israeli national LGBT taskforce the Aguda returned to Chicago in February alongside leaders of A Wider Bridge—a U.S.-based organization with the mission of creating understanding, connections, education and experience between Israelis and LGBTQ communities and their allies across the United States. At a Feb. 13 roundtable discussion and breakfast held at the Chicago offices of the ...


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Schock hires team to handle troubles - Congressman Aaron Schock ( R-Ill. )—who has come under fire for his spending on office decor as well as travel—has hired a team of lawyers from the Washington, D.C., firm Jones Day, according to ABC News. He has also hired a public relations firm, Ron Bonjean Strategies, to help the congressman respond to his recent troubles. Schock's troubles first began ...


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Coming up: Barney Frank; Patner memorial; LGBTQ leaders in education - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Barney Frank event at Center on March 25 "Frank: An Evening with Barney Frank" will take place Wed., March 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, The Book Stall, Windy City Media Group and Equality Illinois are hosting the event as the former Congressman will speak about his new memoir, Frank. Frank represented ...


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World news: HIV study; Ambassador Wally Brewster; UKIP chair leaves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, a study showed that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men, the Associated Press reported. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning ...


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National roundup: Marriage in Ala. and Neb.; trans suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley vowed he would "never do anything to disobey a federal court ruling" when asked about the legal fight over same-sex marriage in the Deep South state, a Politico item stated. "We are a nation under laws," Bentley said. "We may not always agree with them, but we obey them." Earlier, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore instructed ...


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Jeb Bush maintains anti-marriage equality stance - From a press release - WASHINGTON — During the Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC ) this week, some media reports have suggested that Jeb Bush is the "gay-friendly republican" of the 2016 cycle — even during the same week he is scheduled to meet with anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins. The Human Rights Campaign's Fred Sainz released the following statement: "At the end of the ...


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Deb Mell appears to win tight race in 33rd Ward, some ballots left to count - ELECTIONS 2015 - Incumbent 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, the city's only openly lesbian alderman, may have won the race now that absentee votes have been counted from the Feb. 24 election. There are still a few ballots to go, so it may not be clear until March 9 if she has won. As of Friday at 5 p.m., the Chicago Board of ...


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Ward by Ward in the race for Chicago mayor - Chicago's incredibly gerrymandered new ward map boundaries certainly created some newly competitive districts in the 2015 aldermanic races, throwing more than a dozen into April 7 runoffs. The controversial 2012 map was considered illegal by some incumbents and voters, but the Democratic kingpins won their fight to create a new world order. The LGBT community can no longer be stereotyped ...


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Emanuel to face Garcia in April runoff; gay Latino wins big - [Originally posted on WindyCityTimes.com on Feb. 24] Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a runoff against challenger Jesus Garcia April 7. Emanuel did not get the simple majority of votes needed to win. The results shocked the political establishment and brought back memories of Harold Washington's 1983 upset victory to become Chicago first African American mayor. Incumbent Ald. Deb ...







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