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National-roundup-Tyler-Clementi-Victory-Fund-Republican-busted-

National roundup: Tyler Clementi, Victory Fund, Republican busted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Legacy Celebration, Mitchell Gold, co-founder and co-chair of Faith in America, and Jane Clementi, co-founder and co-chair of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, announced that their organizations will be joining forces to work together to end religious-based bullying, a press release noted. In part, Gold said, "Now more than ever, as anti-LGBTQ religious fundamentalists have ...


Fioretti-Stroger-running-for-board-president

Fioretti, Stroger running for board president - Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti ( 2nd Ward ) and one-time Cook County Board President Todd Stroger have separately announced that they are running against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ( who unseated Stroger ) in the March 2018 election. Fioretti, who previously ran for mayor of Chicago, and Stroger have used the failed penny-per-ounce soda tax and the ...


World-news-Olympic-resolution-LGBTQ-Poland-book-Canadas-apology

World news: Olympic resolution, 'LGBTQ Poland' book, Canada's apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - All 193 United Nations member-states adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a press release noted. The resolution—which passed by consensus—included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern said, "While Egypt and Russia tried to export and sanction discrimination ...


Dr-Kathleen-Robbins-appointed-to-IL-Senate-Task-Force-on-Discrimination-Harassment

Dr. Kathleen Robbins appointed to IL Senate Task Force on Discrimination, Harassment - From an EI press release - Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement. We applaud the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins by Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to the Illinois Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Kathleen is an excellent addition to the task force. She has significant life experiences, ...


HRC-rises-to-occasion-at-2017-gala

HRC rises to occasion at 2017 gala - Over 600 community members gathered at the Fairmont Chicago on Nov. 18 for Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Chicago Gala. In the opening presentation, Gala Co-Chairs Penelope Garcia, Victor Lim and Bradley Backhaus explained the theme for the evening: "rise." "HRC is deepening and expanding our toes to anyone who is feeling vulnerable," Garcia said. "… We will resist, and we ...


HRC-spotlights-five-Trump-Pence-anti-LGBTQ-nominees-as-the-greatest-threats-

HRC spotlights five Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ nominees as the greatest threats - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has aimed a bright spotlight on five federal judicial nominees — Jeff Mateer, Damien Schiff, Leonard Steven Grasz, Mark Norris, and Stephen Schwartz. If confirmed by the Senate, the nominees could seriously threaten the future of LGBTQ equality in America. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Grasz ...


HRC-Trans-People-of-Color-Coalition-Fatal-violence-against-trans-community-rising

HRC & Trans People of Color Coalition: Fatal violence against trans community rising - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition ( TPOCC ) released A Time to Act: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America in 2017, a heartbreaking report documenting the often deadly violence faced by transgender people and exploring factors that have made this year the deadliest on record for ...


Rev-Jesse-L-Jackson-announces-Parkinsons-diagnosis

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson announces Parkinson's diagnosis - From a news release - The following is a letter from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Dear Friends and Supporters, On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that ...


Planned-Parenthood-of-Illinois-Marks-Transgender-Awareness-Week

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Marks Transgender Awareness Week - From a press release - [Chicago] — Nov. 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Illinois is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood of ...


Lipinski-opponent-mom-of-trans-child-to-host-Sidetrack-event

Lipinski opponent, mom of trans child, to host Sidetrack event - Marie Newman, first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois, will be hosting a fundraiser at Sidetrack Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 pm. This event will help her continue to oppose Rep. Dan Lipinski, the anti-LGBT incumbent. Newman welcomes all members of Chicago's LGBT+ community and their allies to stop by and say hello, ask questions and ...


Rally-Nov-16-for-release-of-father-with-health-issues-from-detention-center

Rally Nov. 16 for release of father with health issues from detention center - After eight months in detention, a Chicago father's health conditions have worsened drastically and his family and community are demanding his release before Thanksgiving. The family of Wilmer Catalan Ramirez will be submitting a request for prosecutorial discretion, asking that local field ICE Director, Ricardo Wong, release Wilmer before Thanksgiving. Wilmer's health has been deteriorating throughout his time in detention ...


Australians-approve-marriage-equality

Australians approve marriage equality - Australia has voted to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples in results announced Nov. 15, with 61.6 percent of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has vowed the vote's result would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to "sail through" parliament by the holidays. However, conservative politicians ...


Morningstar-hosts-investing-for-equality-discussion

Morningstar hosts investing for equality discussion - Morningstar's Out@Morningstar employee resource group hosted an "Investing for Equality" discussion featuring Morningstar's Director of Sustainability Research John Hale and Trillium Management CEO Matthew Patsky Oct. 26 at its Chicago Loop headquarters. The discussion, moderated by Morningstar.com Editor Jeremy Glaser, focused on ways to invest that positively impact both the LGBTQ community and the world. Out@Morninstar Co-presidents Mike Leung and ...


Researchers-No-simple-solutions-for-tackling-LGBTQ-youth-homelessness-crisis

Researchers: No simple solutions for tackling LGBTQ youth-homelessness crisis - A newly released brief by an area research institute is shedding light on the issue of youth homelessness, which, according to the report, is experienced by one in 10 young adults between the ages of 18-25 and one in 30 adolescents between 13-17. Chapin Hall, a youth-centered policy research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, released the report, Missed ...


Community-groups-to-boycott-the-Magnificent-Mile-on-Black-Friday

Community groups to boycott the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday - From Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression - Members of churches, unions, and community organizations will fan out from the Water Tower at 806 N. Michigan Ave. onto the Magnificent Mile next week Friday, "Black Friday," to ask shoppers to boycott the major retailers there during the holidays, to underscore their determination to seek justice for Laquan McDonald, who was murdered by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke ...


Victory-Fund-endorses-gubernatorial-candidates-could-triple-LGBTQ-representation-

Victory Fund endorses gubernatorial candidates; could triple LGBTQ representation - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed three candidates in their races for governor — with the potential to triple the number of LGBTQ governors in the nation in 2018. The endorsees include Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the first openly LGBTQ elected governor in U.S. history who is ...


UN-member-states-maintain-non-discrimination-in-Olympic-Truce-Resolution-

UN member states maintain non-discrimination in Olympic Truce Resolution - From a press release - ( New York ) Today, all 193 United Nations Member States adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The resolution, which passed by consensus, included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. The non-discrimination clause is housed in Principle 6 and prohibits discrimination on the basis ...


EEOC-cuts-backlog-16-labor-union-warns-justice-denied-

EEOC cuts backlog 16%, labor union warns justice denied - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The union representing career civil service employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agency has set off alarm bells by announcing that it has slashed a decades-long backlog in discrimination cases. "Realistically, justice could not have been served for 12,000 Americans complaining of workplace discrimination who got moved off of EEOC's books this year," said Gabrielle ...


World-news-Theologian-Gaydar-co-founder-die-crocodile-hunter

World news: Theologian, Gaydar co-founder die, crocodile hunter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gregory Baum—who as a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council was one of the drafters of the conciliar document Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, which repudiated anti-Semitism—died Oct. 18 in Montreal at 94, NCROnline.com noted. A former Augustinian priest, Baum served the church as a theologian, sociologist, professor, author, journalist and ...


National-roundup-Father-kills-son-Calif-education-Kenneth-Cole-situation-

National roundup: Father kills son, Calif. education, Kenneth Cole situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Nevada man faces murder charges after authorities say he shot and killed his 14-year-old son, and friends say the father may have targeted his son because he was gay, according to an ABC7Chicago item that cites KTNV. Police say 53-year-old Wendell Melton got into an argument with his 14-year-old son, Giovanni Melton, prompting the father to shoot and kill ...


-ACLU-attorney-Strangio-discusses-trans-rights-at-UChicago-event

ACLU attorney Strangio discusses trans rights at UChicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The legal fight for trans people and rights is entirely antithetical to the vision of my work because I do not really believe in rights or the law but I am a lawyer so I do deal with those concepts in my work," said ACLU's Chase Strangio. This vision of the world was woven into all of Strangio's remarks at ...


Leadership-Conference-opposes-Don-Willett-for-5-Circuit-Court-of-Appeals-

Leadership Conference opposes Don Willett for 5 Circuit Court of Appeals - Letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights - November 14, 2017 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth ...


Chicago-organizations-expose-ICE-tactics-sue-over-agency-secrecy

Chicago organizations expose ICE tactics, sue over agency secrecy - From Organized Communities Against Deportations - Organizations around the country are highlighting local ICE enforcement tactics and filing a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) and the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) for refusing to release information regarding the recent announcement of the what was supposed to be "largest raid in U.S. history." At the same time as the lawsuit ...


Loop-rally-focuses-on-rights-of-LGBTs-women-

Loop rally focuses on rights of LGBTs, women - As promised at the Trump/Pence Protest Rally held at the Kluczynski Federal Plaza on Nov. 4, Refuse Fascism held a follow-up rally to protest the current administration's stance on LGBTQ and women's rights on Nov. 8 at The DePaul Center at State Street and Jackson Boulevard. As part of an initiative that includes daily protest rallies in 24 cities, Refuse ...


City-softens-single-user-restroom-regulations-

City softens single-user restroom regulations - According to a code memo issued by Commissioner Judith Frydland on Oct. 17, businesses have the option of designating each single-user restroom as unisex. Frydland wrote that "many believe that single-user unisex restrooms are more welcoming for parents and guardians accompanying small children, individuals who may require assistance from a caregiver, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. For small restaurants ...


HHS-accused-of-censoring-LGBTQ-homeless-advocates-

HHS accused of censoring LGBTQ homeless advocates - A federally funded conference on youth experiencing homelessness that begins Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Missouri will take place, according to some advocates, without programs making a significant mention of LGBTQ youth, a demographic disproportionately represented amongst youth experiencing homelessness. The 2017 National RHY ( Runaway and Homeless Youth ) Grantees Training "provides a significant opportunity for RHY grantees to ...


Trans-candidate-discusses-historic-Virginia-victory

Trans candidate discusses historic Virginia victory - Danica Roem, who on Nov. 7 won an election to become the Commonwealth of Virginia's—and the nation's—first transgender state legislator elected as an out candidate ( a previous transgender elected official, Althea Garrison, had been outed while in office ), spoke with national press on Nov. 10 about her historic win. Roem, who will soon represent the House of Delegates' ...


Under-Review-Transgender-airman-inspired-by-grandfathers-service-weighs-future

Under Review: Transgender airman inspired by grandfather's service weighs future - From an ABC press release - Sterling Crutcher grew up idolizing his grandfather, and he said his desire to join the military was shaped in part by years of hearing his stories. "He was always a big proponent of the military," Crutcher told ABC News. Crutcher's grandfather recounted stories of the missions he had been on and his life in the armed forces. "We heard them ...


Attny-Gen-Lisa-Madigan-opposes-Tribune-Sinclair-media-merger

Attny Gen Lisa Madigan opposes Tribune/Sinclair media merger - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today led a multistate group of attorneys general in filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) opposing the proposed merger between the Tribune Media Company ( Tribune ) and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. ( Sinclair ). Madigan and the other attorneys general argue the potential merger fails to further the public ...


Members-of-Congress-Announce-Amicus-Brief-in-Key-LGBTQ-Rights-Case-

Members of Congress Announce Amicus Brief in Key LGBTQ Rights Case - From a press release - WASHINGTON — ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AT 10:00 AM, Members of Congress announce an amicus brief in support of civil rights protections for historically marginalized groups. The case focuses on whether a business can legally discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation, race, religion and ability, among others, by citing First Amendment protections for "sincerely" held religious beliefs. In 2012, ...


LGBTQ-persecution-reported-in-Azerbaijan-senators-call-on-State-Dept-to-investigate

LGBTQ persecution reported in Azerbaijan, senators call on State Dept. to investigate - From the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin - WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of senators today called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for the investigation following recent news reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's ...


HRC-scores-Illinois-companies-LGBTQ-inclusive-workplace-policies-

HRC scores Illinois companies' LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies - From HRC press releasees - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation announced a record number of the nation's major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), an annual report assessing LGBTQ inclusion in major companies and law firms across the ...


LGBTQ-Forum-Democratic-candidates-for-governor-taking-questions-viewing-sites-statewide

LGBTQ Forum: Democratic candidates for governor taking questions, viewing sites statewide - From a press release - CHICAGO—The statewide civic power of LGBTQ Illinoisans will be featured at the state's first Illinois LGBTQ Forum: The Democratic Candidates for Governor, which will include statewide viewing sites and questions submitted by the public. Organized by Affinity Community Services, the Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ), the Equality Illinois Institute, and Pride Action Tank, the forum will take ...


Puerto-Rican-veterans-demand-federal-hurricane-relief-for-Puerto-Rico

Puerto Rican veterans demand federal hurricane relief for Puerto Rico - From a press release - CHICAGO — During Veterans Day week, Puerto Rican U.S. veterans—including a Purple Heart and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient as well as Chicago Alds. Milly Santiago ( 31st ), a former Army Reservist, and Gilbert Villegas ( 36th ), a former Marine and chair of the City Council's Latino and Veteran caucuses—joined community allies Thursday morning at Federal Plaza. They ...


Roem-become-only-out-trans-state-legislator-in-US-

Roem become only out trans state legislator in U.S. - From press releases - Washington, DC — Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem will become the first out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature — and the only out trans state legislator in the entire United States. Her historic victory at the polls Tuesday night is imbued with symbolism, as she defeated 25-year incumbent "Bigot Bob" Marshall, one of ...


Minneapolis-Jenkins-is-1st-trans-woman-to-win-city-council-seat-in-major-US-city-

Minneapolis: Jenkins is 1st trans woman to win city council seat in major U.S. city - Washington, DC —Minneapolis made history Tuesday night — electing Andrea Jenkins the first openly trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city. Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about the win: "Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight — becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the ...


Jenny-Durkan-to-become-first-out-lesbian-mayor-of-Seattle-

Jenny Durkan to become first out lesbian mayor of Seattle - Washington, DC —Victory Fund endorsed candidate Jenny Durkan is victorious tonight and will become the first out lesbian mayor of Seattle. Currently there is just one openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city ( Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski ). Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about the win: "We are thrilled ...


AFC-conference-focuses-on-bisexual-health

AFC conference focuses on bisexual health - Dr. H. Sharif Williams, otherwise known as Dr. Herukhuti, ( Center for Culture Sexuality and Spirituality founder, Goddard College professor of interdisciplinary studies and CUNY School of Professional Studies adjunct associate professor of applied theater ) gave the keynote address—"No Homo|No Hetero: Black Bisexual Masculinities and the Search for Sociocultural Health"—at the Nov. 2 AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ...


Open-enrollment-for-ACA-insurance-has-begun

Open enrollment for ACA insurance has begun - Despite logistical stumbling-blocks introduced by the Trump administration this year, including an especially abbreviated enrollment period, Chicagoans seeking insurance coverage through Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) plans can still obtain assistance in the signup process for 2018 coverage. Howard Brown Health is among the organizations offering such help. ACA enrollment began Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 15. "Because ...


EI-launches-LGBTQ-leadership-initiative

EI launches LGBTQ leadership initiative - Equality Illinois ( EI ) is launching a new initiative to build the policy and political power of LGBTQ Illinoisans by linking qualified people to openings on key state boards and commissions. "The Boards and Commissions Initiative seeks to enhance the visibility and public leadership of LGBTQ Illinoisans on the important state boards and commissions that are instrumental to the ...


LGBT-candidates-win-55-percent-of-races-nationwide-

LGBT candidates win 55 percent of races nationwide - Tuesday was a good night for LGBT candidates and an historic one for transgender candidates. There were at least 72 openly LGBT candidates in 23 states. Of those, 55 percent won, 35 percent lost. Lesbian Jenny Durkan handily won election as mayor of Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the country and the eighth largest container port in ...


US-Sen-Tammy-Baldwin-colleagues-bring-legislation-for-LGBT-seniors-services

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, colleagues bring legislation for LGBT seniors services - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with Senators Michael Bennet ( D-CO ), Jeff Merkley ( D-OR ), Edward Markey ( D-MA ) and Al Franken ( D-MN ) today introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) adults. This legislation would build on the Older ...


Middleton-first-openly-transgender-person-elected-to-non-judicial-office-in-California-

Middleton first openly transgender person elected to non-judicial office in California - From an Equality California press release - Los Angeles — Palm Springs City Council Candidate Lisa Middleton will become the first out transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California with her commanding first place win in today's election. Additionally, Palm Springs City Council Candidate Christy Holstege will become another LGBTQ voice on the Palm Springs City Council as the winner of the second open seat. ...


Cook-County-Democratic-Party-endorses-Raoul-for-attorney-general

Cook County Democratic Party endorses Raoul for attorney general - Cook County's Democratic Party has endorsed Illinois state Sen. Kwame Raoul, not former Gov. Pat Quinn, for attorney general, CBS 2 Chicago reported. The Democratic nomination for the statewide office is available after Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she would not seek re-election. On Nov. 3, candidates for the nomination spoke with Cook County Democrats. Several candidates, including Quinn, asked ...


R3-Coalition-CHI-event-highlights-building-freedom-cities

R3 Coalition-CHI event highlights building freedom cities - Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Rukia Lumumba ( co-director of her brother Chokwe Antar Lumumba's successful Jackson, Mississippi mayoral race ), Linda Coronado ( Mayor Harold Washington's Commissioner of Latino Affairs and current Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Board of Directors recording secretary ) and Hannah Baptiste ( Assata's Daughters member who worked on the successful #ByeAnita campaign and the current #NoCopAcademy campaign ...


Cleve-Jones-speaks-on-preserving-LGBT-neighborhoods-politics

Cleve Jones speaks on preserving LGBT-neighborhoods, politics - Longtime LGBT-rights advocate Cleve Jones was asked during a Nov. 6 appearance at Sidetrack bar what set him on his course to be an activist. Jones replied that two events had the most profound impacts on him. "Meeting Harvey Milk and losing Harvey Milk," he said. Jones, who was promoting the recent paperback release of his 2016 memoir, When We ...


World-news-Apologies-to-gay-men-activist-stabbed-Taipei-parade-

World news: Apologies to gay men, activist stabbed, Taipei parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first minister apologized on behalf of the Scottish government to gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses, BBC.com reported. Nicola Sturgeon made the apology at Holyrood Nov. 7 to coincide with new legislation giving an automatic pardon to those affected. Sturgeon promised the legislation when she presented her program in September; the law will also allow the removal of ...


National-roundup-Guilty-convictions-Puerto-Rico-club-restroom-signs

National roundup: Guilty convictions, Puerto Rico club, restroom signs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A North Carolina man has been convicted of beating and burning a man to death after they met at a bar, WRAL.com reported. A Guilford County jury returned the guilty verdict against 29-year-old Garry Gupton, who was charged with killing 46-year-old Stephen White at a hotel in Greensboro in 2014. Gupton testified that he met White at a gay bar ...


Anti-Trump-Pence-protest-held-in-Loop

Anti-Trump/Pence protest held in Loop - On Nov. 4, Refuse Fascism hosted a protest rally and march in downtown Chicago calling for the removal of President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence from office. The event also marked a kick-off of protest actions that will take place in 22 U.S. cities every day until the goal is met. The rally and march started at Federal ...


Victory-Fund-to-Track-LGBTQ-Candidates-Election-Results-Live

Victory Fund to Track LGBTQ Candidates' Election Results Live - From a press release - Washington, DC — Victory Fund will share election results live for 61 LGBTQ endorsed candidates on the ballot this Tuesday. The election tracker will allow reporters and LGBTQ politicos to be among the first to know about election night victories and learn about the significance of our history-making races. Big wins Tuesday night could strengthen LGBTQ political power nationwide and ...


Womens-Gubernatorial-Forum-Dec-9

Women's Gubernatorial Forum Dec. 9 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 6, 2017 ): Determined to provide women with a full picture of where candidates for Illinois governor stand on the issues women say are important to them, nearly 40 Chicago- area women's organizations have banded together to host a gubernatorial forum. To be held Saturday, December 9 at 2 p.m., after the official filing deadline for the ...


Sue-Hyde-to-leave-National-LGBTQ-Task-in-2018

Sue Hyde to leave National LGBTQ Task in 2018 - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, November 3, 2017 ) — The National LGBTQ Task Force announces the Spring 2018 departure of longtime Director of the organization's Creating Change Conference, Sue Hyde. Hyde has served the Task Force since 1986, overseeing a range of initiatives in addition to the Creating Change Conference. She is taking a new position as Executive Director of the ...


HRC-to-Secretary-Tillerson-Speak-Out-on-Global-Anti-LGBTQ-Attacks

HRC to Secretary Tillerson: Speak Out on Global Anti-LGBTQ Attacks - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a letter from HRC President Chad Griffin to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the growing attacks against the LGBTQ community around the world. In the letter, Griffin calls on Secretary Tillerson to speak out against the anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses occurring in Egypt, Chechnya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Gaylon-Alcaraz-steps-into-race-for-county-commissioner

ELECTIONS 2018 Gaylon Alcaraz steps into race for county commissioner - Longtime activist and community organizer Gaylon Alcaraz has announced that she'll be running for the Cook County Board of Commissioners' 4th District post, which is currently held by Comm. Stanley Moore. Alcaraz, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame ) in 2013, is a lifelong Chicagoan who ...


Pawar-ends-run-for-governor

Pawar ends run for governor - Citing a lack of funds, Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar ( 47th Ward ) has dropped his bid for governor, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. "We raised $828,000 from 2,600 donors—but we don't have enough money to meaningfully scale our campaign," Pawar said. There is now speculation that Pawar's now-defunct campaign could foreshadow a 2019 race for mayor against incumbent Mayor Rahm ...


Pat-Quinn-to-run-for-attorney-general

Pat Quinn to run for attorney general - Former Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn is tossing his hat back into the political ring, having announced that he is running next year for attorney general, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. "I want to be the lawyer for the people," Quinn said. Other announced or potential candidates include state Sen. Kwame Raoul, state Rep. Scott Drury, former Chicago Civilian Office of Police ...


Illinois-treasurer-holds-LGBT-event

Illinois treasurer holds LGBT event - Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs hosted an LGBT History Month celebration Oct. 25 at the James R. Thompson Center. Frerichs initiated this annual awards celebration when he took office three years ago. Telemundo Chicago Anchor/Reporter Jorge Enrique De Santiago served as the master of ceremonies. American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter members presented the colors and Danika Bonet performed ...


EI-to-honor-Bennett-Planned-Parenthood

EI to honor Bennett, Planned Parenthood - For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ-rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois ( EI ) Gala. United Airlines is the presenting sponsor of the gala, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Tables and individual tickets for ...


HRC-Opposes-Scott-Garrett-to-Lead-Export-Import-Bank

HRC Opposes Scott Garrett to Lead Export-Import Bank - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign has announced its opposition to Donald Trump's nomination of Scott Garrett as President of the Export-Import Bank. Garrett is the second Trump-Pence nominee with a significant anti-LGBTQ record shamelessly chosen to replace an openly-LGBTQ public servant. "Scott Garrett is not qualified to be the President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. ...


Rep-Harris-to-State-Board-of-Elections-Withdraw-from-Crosscheck-Voter-Database

Rep. Harris to State Board of Elections: Withdraw from Crosscheck Voter Database - From a press release - CHICAGO — Citing concerns regarding data security and voter suppression, Assistant Majority Leader Greg Harris, D-Chicago, issued the following statement urging the Illinois State Board of Elections to withdraw from the controversial Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck System ( "Crosscheck" ): "Recent findings from Indivisible Chicago have discovered an alarming the lack of proper security measures for the Crosscheck program. Illinois ...


Global-Surveys-of-Intersex-and-Trans-Groups-Reveal-Critical-Funding-Gap

Global Surveys of Intersex and Trans Groups Reveal Critical Funding Gap - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice ( Astraea ) and Global Action for Trans Equality ( GATE ) released the findings of their global surveys of intersex and trans organizations in 107 countries engaged in advocacy, services and education in two new reports, The State of Intersex Organizing and ...


US-Congress-Unanimously-Condemns-Anti-LGBTQ-Violence-In-Chechnya-Trump-Silent

U.S. Congress Unanimously Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Violence In Chechnya, Trump Silent - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the U.S. Senate's passage of a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ people in Chechnya. Last night, the Senate adopted the resolution by voice vote. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a nearly identical bipartisan resolution in June. To date, neither President Trump nor U.S. ...


Joy-Reid-keynotes-as-hundreds-gather-in-support-of-Personal-PAC

Joy Reid keynotes as hundreds gather in support of Personal PAC - Basking in the victory of the recent passage of Illinois' HB 40 pro-choice legislation—and preparing for almost-certain numerous challenges to reproductive-rights in the months ahead—hundreds of supporters of Personal PAC, among them dozens of politicians and candidates, gathered Oct. 30 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers for the organization's annual luncheon. HB 40, which was signed into law by Gov. ...


Nine-civil-rights-groups-file-amicus-brief-in-public-accommodations-SCOTUS-case-

Nine civil rights groups file amicus brief in public accommodations SCOTUS case - From press releases - Nine Civil Rights Organizations Led By Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law File Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Case Regarding Discrimination In Public Accommodations Press Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broad coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or "friend of the court" brief Monday for the ...


Russia-Egypt-attack-UN-Olympic-Truce-Resolution-on-sexual-orientation-protections-

Russia, Egypt attack UN Olympic Truce Resolution on sexual orientation protections - From a press release - Over the next two weeks, a decision will be made at the United Nations ( UN ) on whether governments globally will accept discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. While the UN General Assembly cannot remove the ban on discrimination from Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter itself, Egypt and Russia are ...


Ill-AG-files-brief-in-Supreme-Court-baker-bias-case

Ill. AG files brief in Supreme Court baker bias case - From a press release - Chicago — Arguing that a business owner's personal beliefs do not give him a right to discriminate against customers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 19 attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of Colorado's public accommodations law. The brief was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, ...


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Equality Illinois launches drive to advance LGBTQ public leadership - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois is launching a new initiative to build the policy and political power of LGBTQ Illinoisans by linking qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to openings on key state boards and commissions. "The Boards and Commissions Initiative seeks to enhance the visibility and public leadership of LGBTQ Illinoisans on the important state boards and commissions that are ...


Supreme-Court-to-look-at-Masterpiece-Cake-v-Colorado-and-in-a-way-marriage

Supreme Court to look at Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado and, in a way, marriage - In just a little over a month, the big bronze doors of the U. S. Supreme Court building will swing open as a gay plaintiff emerges from the ornate judicial sanctum with his attorneys, squinting from the sun off the white marble steps. They'll cluster in front of a mob of reporters and cameras on the plaza in front of ...


National-roundup-Cakeshop-case-another-trans-murder-LGBTQ-gun-club

National roundup: Cakeshop case, another trans murder, LGBTQ gun club - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers advocating for the gay couple who insist they should be able to purchase a wedding cake from a baker under Colorado law—regardless of religious objections—filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, according to The Washington Blade. In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, a pair of opening briefs was submitted by Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which argues the court should ...


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Barilla to Receive HRC Corporate Equality Award - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago Steering Committee today announced that Barilla will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award at the HRC Chicago Gala on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Fairmont in Chicago. The award recognizes Barilla's exceptional growth and commitment to equality for the LGBTQ community. "Barilla has made huge strides and become a real leader ...


HRC-Opposes-Anti-LGBTQ-Governor-Brownback-for-Ambassador-at-Large-Position

HRC Opposes Anti-LGBTQ Governor Brownback for Ambassador-at-Large Position - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) sent a letter to senators on the Foreign Relations Committee urging them to oppose Donald Trump's nomination for the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, staunch anti-LGBTQ politician Sam Brownback. "Given Governor Brownback's anti-LGBTQ record, it is deeply worrying that he could use this position to promote the harmful idea that ...


Chicagoans-protest-Intersex-surgery-

Chicagoans protest Intersex surgery - On Oct. 26 (Intersex Awareness Day), Chicago intersex activist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis led a protest rally to speak against unnecessary surgeries in front of Lurie Children's Hospital at 225 E. Chicago Ave. Pagonis—a survivor of numerous medical procedures described as "corrective" during her childhood—was joined in the protest by intersex activists Sean Saifa Wall (of Intersex People of Color) ...


Anti-LGBTQ-KY-judge-Mitchell-Nance-resigns

Anti-LGBTQ KY judge Mitchell Nance resigns - From a press release - ( Louisville, KY, October 26, 2017 ) — Yesterday Kentucky Family Court Judge W. Mitchell Nance notified Governor Matthew G. Bevin and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission of his resignation. In May, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky, Kentucky's Fairness Campaign, and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson filed a complaint against ...


Clinton-King-Bezos-Khan-Harris-at-HRC-National-Dinner

Clinton, King, Bezos, Khan, Harris at HRC National Dinner - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced the lineup for the 21st annual HRC National Dinner set to take place this Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will join trailblazing activist and athlete Billie Jean King, multi-platinum selling band DNCE, Gold Star father Khizr ...


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Clinton, King, Bezos, Khan, Harris at HRC National Dinner - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced the lineup for the 21st annual HRC National Dinner set to take place this Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will join trailblazing activist and athlete Billie Jean King, multi-platinum selling band DNCE, Gold Star father Khizr ...







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