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F-U-Hate-fundraiser-for-LGBTQ-immigrant-Childrens-Rights-Oct-1

F U Hate fundraiser for LGBTQ, immigrant Children's Rights Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 22, 2017 ) — Links Taproom — an All-American craft beer and sausage focused neighborhood bar located at 1559 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park — will host a massive fundraising "F U Hate" event for LGBTQ+ & immigrant children's rights charities on Sunday, October 1. For the event, 100 percent of all craft beer, liquor, wine, ...


DeVos-reverses-Obama-era-guidelines-to-schools-on-sexual-assault-

DeVos reverses Obama-era guidelines to schools on sexual assault - On Sept. 22, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era Title IX guidance to schools on dealing with sexual assault on campus. In so doing, she reversed federal policy that has played an important role in driving schools to do more to protect sexual-assault victims. The department issued a letter saying that it was rescinding guidance issued in 2011 ...


National-roundup-Trans-bill-blocked-student-killed-Chelsea-Manning

National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Senate Republican leaders blocked a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense bill that would have stopped the Pentagon from implementing the bulk of President Trump's ban on transgender service members, Metro Weekly reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the kibbosh on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, deciding not to file for cloture. As written, the ...


World-news-Jewish-lawmaker-LGBT-crimes-trans-school-reopens

World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal Guetta, of the Shas party, said in an Israeli radio interview that he and his family had gone to the celebration—held two years ago in Israel—because he wanted his sister's son to be happy, although same-sex marriage ...


Committee-formed-for-McCarthy-mayoral-run

Committee formed for McCarthy mayoral run - Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy—or someone acting on his behalf—has apparently formed an exploratory committee to run for mayor of Chicago in February 2019, according to ABC 7 Chicago. McCarthy was the head of the Chicago Police Department from May of 2011 until December 2015. Current Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired him in the wake of the release of video ...


-Use-It-or-Lose-It-Sept-23-at-Greenhouse

'Use It or Lose It' Sept. 23 at Greenhouse - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "Use It or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights" on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The event spotlights original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of U.S. residents' rights and freedoms. "Use It" features short plays by Thomas ...


GLAD-NCLR-react-to-transgender-military-ban-anti-transgender-judicial-nominee

GLAD, NCLR react to transgender military ban, anti-transgender judicial nominee - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), the LGBT advocacy organizations at the center of the transgender military fight, expressed outrage over comments made by Trump judicial nominee Jeff Mateer following reports that he called transgender children part of "Satan's Plan" and ...


City-clears-out-Uptown-tent-residents

City clears out Uptown tent residents - Video below - In a chaotic early morning scene Sept. 18, city authorities evicted persons who had been residing beneath Lake Shore Drive viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence avenues on the North Lakefront. Residents and advocates had expected the eviction; city officials had announced the deadline a month earlier, but, according to residents, they had not been forthcoming with any new housing options. ...


Lambda-allies-to-Supreme-Court-Trumps-Muslim-ban-unconstitutional-

Lambda, allies to Supreme Court: Trump's Muslim ban unconstitutional - From a press release - Lambda Legal joined allied religious and civil-rights organizations and members of the clergy today in telling the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump's Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom. "As longtime advocates for access to immigration and asylum for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, we denounce the Trump Administration's efforts to shape immigration policies ...


Scott-Simon-to-Receive-NLGJA-Randy-Shilts-Award-for-LGBTQ-Coverage

Scott Simon to Receive NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBTQ Coverage - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today NLGJA — The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announces that NPR'S "Weekend Edition Saturday" host Scott Simon is the recipient of the 2017 Randy Shilts Award for LGBTQ Coverage. Simon's weekly show, "Weekend Edition Saturday", has been called by the Washington Post, "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial," and ...


Civil-Asset-Forfeiture-Reform-HB-303-removes-financial-incentives-for-local-police

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform (HB 303) removes financial incentives for local police - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — The ACLU of Illinois and legislative sponsors celebrated the signing of House Bill 303 today. The new law passed with bipartisan support in the Illinois legislature and reforms various asset forfeiture statutes to increase fairness to property owners, increase transparency in the forfeiture process, and remove financial incentives that encourage police and prosecutors to seize citizens' property. ...


Palm-Center-Statement-on-Bipartisan-Support-for-Senate-Bill-to-Block-Trumps-Transgender-Ban

Palm Center Statement on Bipartisan Support for Senate Bill to Block Trump's Transgender Ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin issued the following statement in response to today's introduction of a stand-alone bill to prevent President Trump from banning transgender troops. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain ( R-AZ ), Jack Reed ( D-RI ), Susan Collins ( R-ME ) and Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY ), follows yesterday's ...


Barbara-Flynn-Currie-not-seeking-re-election-in-2018

Barbara Flynn Currie not seeking re-election in 2018 - Barbara Flynn Currie—the first woman to serve as majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and the state's longest serving woman in the Illinois General Assembly—will not run for re-election next year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm looking for new challenges, new opportunities," Currie ( a Democrat who was first elected in 1979 and served the South Side's ...


Advocates-Trump-working-to-weaken-protection-against-sex-gender-discrimination-

Advocates: Trump working to weaken protection against sex, gender discrimination - From a press release - Washington — Even as another attempt surfaces in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding, the Trump administration is working to revise a provision of the law ( Section 1557 ) that outlaws discrimination against sex and gender identity in federally funded health programs. In a media briefing call today, experts from the National Health Law ...


Groups-tell-courts-Ban-already-harming-transgender-troops-US-military-

Groups tell courts: Ban already harming transgender troops, U.S. military - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, September 14, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today asked a federal court to halt immediately all steps taken to implement the Trump Administration's discriminatory plan to ban transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. "Before the President's vicious attack on transgender Americans, transgender service members had been serving openly and proudly in every ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-announces-she-will-not-seek-fifth-term

Attorney General Madigan announces she will not seek fifth term - From a press release - Chicago — Lisa Madigan issued the following statement today: "After serving as Illinois Attorney General for over 14 years, today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection. "I still have much work to do on many important issues, and I will continue to give my best to the people of Illinois and the Office of Attorney General every ...


World-news-UK-hate-crimes-intersex-report-Irma-damages-center

World news: UK hate crimes, intersex report, Irma damages center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey has shown that the number of attacks on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK has soared by nearly 80 percent in the past four years, The Independent reported. More than one in five LGBT people ( 20 percent ) have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation or gender identity in the ...


Gay-Seattle-mayor-resigns

Gay Seattle mayor resigns - Openly gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation in the wake of a new sexual-abuse allegation against him—this time, from a family member, The Seattle Times reported. The resignation occurred shortly after a younger cousin was publicly accusing Murray, 62, of molesting him in New York in the 1970s. It was the fifth such allegation against Murray. Murray, ...


National-roundup-Lesbian-ex-mayor-Spelman-College-DJ-fatally-shot

National roundup: Lesbian ex-mayor, Spelman College, DJ fatally shot - Lesbian ex-Houston Mayor Annise Parker responded when conservative political pundit Ann Coulter tweeted, "I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change," LGBTQ Nation noted. Parker responded, "Darn it, I thought no one knew I had a super power over weather." Users showed their support of Parker, ...


Brave-Space-Alliance-to-create-trans-drop-in-spot-in-new-home

Brave Space Alliance to create trans drop-in spot in new home - The building that will be the new home of Brave Space Alliance ( a space that belongs to the Let Us Breathe Collective and others ) stands at 1434 W. 51st St, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood—and it has previously been a place of refuge. "It was a convent, actually. The space was used during WWII, where the ...


NOW-endorses-Black-Womens-March-and-March-for-Racial-Justice

NOW endorses Black Women's March and March for Racial Justice - Washington, DC - The National Organization for Women is proud to officially endorse the March for Black Women, and the March for Racial Justice ( M4RJ ). The events will take place concurrently, and in solidarity with one another, on Sept. 30, 2017. As our nation reels from Charlottesville, we have a responsibility as feminists to take action on behalf ...


Lambda-brings-case-on-gender-expectations-and-employment-before-Supreme-Court

Lambda brings case on gender expectations and employment before Supreme Court - Could it be that federal law prohibits firing LGBT people because they do not conform to gender expectations but does not prohibit firing them just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender? That is the question Lambda Legal posed this month in a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lambda is asking the high court to rule that an ...


Bipartisan-Amendment-Introduced-to-Protect-Transgender-Service-Members-

Bipartisan Amendment Introduced to Protect Transgender Service Members - From an AMPA press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, hailed Senators Collins' and Gillibrand's introduction of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the Department of Defense from removing qualified transgender service members from the military due to President Trump's transgender military ban. "President Trump's ...


PFLAG-National-names-Dr-Jaime-M-Grant-new-Executive-Director

PFLAG National names Dr. Jaime M. Grant new Executive Director - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—named Jaime M. Grant, Ph. D. as its new Executive Director. Dr. Grant, a longtime social-justice leader and innovator, assumes leadership of an organization, founded in 1972, with over 200,000 members and supporters, and nearly ...


Pelosi-speaks-against-ban-on-transgender-service-members-at-GLAAD-Gala

Pelosi speaks against ban on transgender service members at GLAAD Gala - From a GLAAD press release, video below - San Francisco, September 11, 2017 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, honored CNN anchor and correspondent Don Lemon and Y Combinator president Sam Altman at the 2017 GLAAD Gala on September 9 in San Francisco. The event recognizes tech innovators and storytellers who advance LGBTQ acceptance and also funds GLAAD's work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital ...


Students-sought-for-Chicago-Ideas-Week

Students sought for Chicago Ideas Week - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that ThinkChicago is now accepting applications for its seventh annual installment of ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week, taking place Oct. 19-21. Mayor Emanuel, ChicagoNEXT, the University of Illinois System and Chicago Ideas Week will welcome 200 students from top universities across the country to Chicago. Student participants will have the opportunity to experience Chicago's growing tech scene, ...


People-react-swiftly-to-DeVos-changing-Title-IX-guidance

People react swiftly to DeVos' changing Title IX guidance - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) was among those groups and individuals who expressed concern over the decision by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to begin a process to rescind 2011 Title IX guidance related to schools' obligations to address sexual harassment, including sexual violence. While historically known for its impact on women's athletics admissions, Title IX's prohibition ...


Rauner-signs-opioid-order

Rauner signs opioid order - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Executive Order 17-05, creating the governor's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will co-chair the task force. The task force will look at strategies to prevent expansion of the opioid crisis, treat and promote the recovery ...


Biss-names-Wallace-as-new-running-mate

Biss names Wallace as new running mate - State Sen. Daniel Biss ( D-Evanston ), on Sept. 8, announced that state Rep. Litesa Wallace ( DRockford ) would be his running-mate in the 2018 election to unseat incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner. Wallace's appointment came just days after Biss and his previous pick for lieutenant governor, Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ), parted ways over comments that ...


Advocates-and-officials-respond-to-DACA-announcement

Advocates and officials respond to DACA announcement - LGBT-rights advocates and others responded to the Sept. 5 announcement by Donald Trump—by way of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—that the government would be phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood program, after giving Congress six months to codify the move. The LGBT Latinx organization Association for Latinos/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) said in a Sept. 5 statement that Trump's ...


Lambda-asks-Supreme-Court-to-affirm-LGBT-employment-rights-in-Georgia-case

Lambda asks Supreme Court to affirm LGBT employment rights in Georgia case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ( Atlanta, September 7, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was harassed at work and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. The petition seeks a nationwide ruling that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. "It's ...


LGBTQ-forum-with-Democratic-candidates-for-governor-Dec-6

LGBTQ forum with Democratic candidates for governor Dec. 6 - From a Equality Illinois press release - CHICAGO—Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact our lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wednesday, December 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced Thursday. The "Illinois LGBTQ Forum: The Democratic Candidates for Governor" is ...


Speakers-announced-For-Chicago-Ideas-Week-Oct-16-22

Speakers announced For Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 16-22 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The lineup for the largest affordable ideas festival in the world — Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ) — has officially been released with member tickets on sale now atChicagoIdeas.com . The seventh annual program from Oct. 16-22 will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from the state of our union to ...


PFLAG-responds-to-DeVos-planned-change-to-campus-sexual-assault-guidance

PFLAG responds to DeVos' planned change to campus sexual assault guidance - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—released the following statement from Charles R. Middleton, member of the Board of Directors: "As someone who spent half a century in higher education and as a retired university president and former dean, I understand ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-George-Takei-gets-political-talks-future-plans-

NUNN ON ONE George Takei gets political, talks future plans - "Oh my!" George Takei's coming back to town and he's talking exclusively to Windy City Times before he gets here. Best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the television series Star Trek, he has gone where no man has gone before on social media. His TV resume is lengthy with shows like Heroes, The New Normal and Hawaii Five-0. Movies ...


Advocates-reflect-on-2017-state-legislative-session

Advocates reflect on 2017 state legislative session - Although the General Assembly had its share of turmoil during the session that finished in August, "We very clearly moved forward" in terms of some LGBT-related issues, said Mike Ziri, Equality Illinois' director of public policy. "Democrats and Republicans came together on many different initiatives," he said. "We continue progress through bipartisan action—that includes legislators and the governor as well. ...


Pritzker-Stratton-travel-around-state

Pritzker, Stratton travel around state - Starting Aug. 30, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and running mate state Rep. Juliana Stratton launched a six-day, 22-stop bus tour across Illinois, The Chicago Tribune reported. The trip was called the "Think Big" bus tour, and included opening new campaign field offices in Peoria, Belleville and Chicago. Pritzker's campaign spent $9.3 million in the second quarter of the year ...


Madigan-sues-city-for-police-reform

Madigan sues city for police reform - Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to announce a lawsuit to seek an enforceable consent decree to implement the numerous reforms outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice ( DoJ ) in its investigation of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). In light of the new DoJ administration's preference not to ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-joins-lawsuit-to-protect-DACA-grantees

Attorney General Madigan joins lawsuit to protect DACA grantees - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with 15 attorneys general to file a lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) grantees. Madigan and the coalition allege the federal government's rescinding of the DACA program violates Due Process rights; violates the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution by discriminating against DREAMers of Mexican origin, who ...


Gay-alderman-no-longer-Biss-running-mate

Gay alderman no longer Biss' running mate - Days after being announced as Illinois gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss' running mate, gay Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) is no longer on the ticket. In a statement, Ramirez-Rosa said, "While I was honored to be chosen as Senator Daniel Biss' gubernatorial running mate, it became clear over the past few days that while we share a total ...


Trump-administration-to-end-DACA

Trump administration to end DACA - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - The Trump administration, on Sept. 5, announced it will end a program that has allowed roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and obtain work permits. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program at the Department of Justice. "I am here today to announce that the ...


Greenhouse-Theater-to-present-Use-it-or-Lose-It-Short-Plays-About-Your-Rights

Greenhouse Theater to present Use it or Lose It, Short Plays About Your Rights - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 5, 2017 ) — Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to present Use it or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights, original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of Americans' rights and freedoms. Written by members of the Greenhouse's newly-created MC-10 Playwrights Ensemble and directed by ...


Lambda-Legal-CEO-Tiven-on-Trump-Betrayal-of-Dreamers-Cruel

Lambda Legal CEO Tiven on Trump Betrayal of Dreamers: Cruel - From a press release - "While people of all races, faiths and immigration statuses in Texas have united to help their neighbors and save their communities from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Trump is doubling down on his white supremacist and divisive agenda. His decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) is cruel and serves no other purpose but to score ...


LGBT-Asian-Group-Delivers-971-Postcards-to-Trump-Preserve-DACA

LGBT Asian Group Delivers 971 Postcards to Trump Preserve DACA - From a press release - Today, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) delivered 971 postcards from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders ( APIs ) and allies from across the country urging President Trump preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program. The program has helped thousands of ...


National-roundup-Houston-help-panic-defense-Dan-Savage

National roundup: Houston help, panic defense, Dan Savage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston's LGBT community center launched a special relief fund to help LGBT people who are among the thousands of people in Houston and surrounding jurisdictions who lost their homes to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Washington Blade reported. "The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston, Texas, for days, ...


World-news-Arabic-media-Tom-of-Finland-trans-women-attacked

World news: Arabic media, 'Tom of Finland,' trans women attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International launched a new report "Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017." ( The report is available in both English and Arabic. ) OutRight said the report finds that currently journalists in the region often use derogatory terms that perpetuate homophobia and transphobia and reflect a ...


Trump-considering-ending-DACA

Trump considering ending DACA - According to reports, as of Sept. 4, President Donald Trump was strongly considering a plan that would end DACA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals )—the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to The New York Times. However, Trump will give Congress half a year to replace the initative. Some have speculated that, given the legislative ...


39th-Anniversary-of-Peace-Day-in-Chicago-Sept-22

39th Anniversary of Peace Day in Chicago Sept. 22 - The 39th anniversary Peace Day in Chicago will be Sept. 22, in cooperation with United Nations International Day of Peace, with speakers, live music, nearly 200 world flags, cultural performances and interactive Call to Peace. This is part of the 21 Days of Peace initiative, September 7-27. "It is up to all of us to take positive action for peace ...


Activists-march-against-racism-from-Charlottesville-to-DC

Activists march against racism, from Charlottesville to D.C. - Activists from the Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C., many LGBTQs among them, are marching to confront white supremacy. The activists note on their You Carin page: "We are marching ... to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found. We can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead. "We ...


Trump-to-nominate-gay-man-ambassador-to-Germany

Trump to nominate gay man ambassador to Germany - The White House has stated that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Richard Grenell—a former spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations under President George W. Bush—to be the next ambassador to Germany, according to Politico. If confirmed, the 50-year-old Grenell—who was Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman during the 2012 election season—would be the first openly gay appointee of ...


GLAD-NCLR-file-new-motion-for-halt-to-President-Trumps-transgender-military-ban-

GLAD, NCLR file new motion for halt to President Trump's transgender military ban - Military leaders speak out - From a Press Release ( WASHINGTON, DC, August 31, 2017 )—Today, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) filed the first motion for preliminary injunction to put an immediate halt to Trump's transgender military ban. At the same time, NCLR and GLAD amended their initial complaint to include two ...


Biss-names-Ramirez-Rosa-as-running-mate

Biss names Ramirez-Rosa as running mate - State Sen. Daniel Biss ( D-Evanston ), on Aug. 31, announced that he had selected Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) as his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial contest to unseat incumbent Bruce Rauner. Ramirez-Rosa, who is gay, has been on the City Council since 2015, where he is a member of both the LGBT and Progressive Caucuses. ...


Advocates-prepare-to-fight-trans-military-ban

Advocates prepare to fight trans military ban - According to Lambda Legal CEO Rachel Tiven, the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals is "an insult. It's discrimination and a waste of resources." Tiven and other Lambda Legal officials, on Aug. 29, hosted a telephone conference to delineate the next steps in a lawsuit the organization literally filed at the crack of dawn the day before. ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-Pawar-discusses-outsider-status-LGBT-issues

ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR Pawar discusses 'outsider' status, LGBT issues - Ald. Ameya Pawar ( 47th Ward ) believes that—should he be elected governor in 2018—he'll be able to leverage his outsider status to transcend machine politics and work for positive change for every corner of the state. Pawar, who previously worked extensively in the emergency management field, was elected to the Chicago City Council in 2011 and re-elected to a ...


Report-Arabic-media-perpetuating-homophobia-transphobia-in-region

Report: Arabic media perpetuating homophobia, transphobia in region - From an OutRight Action International press release - Today, OutRight Action International launches a new report titled, 'Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.' The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, and social media platforms to ...


Hate-Crime-Summit-Wednesday-Oct-25-

Hate Crime Summit Wednesday, Oct. 25 - In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies and law-enforcement officials will take part Wed., Oct. 25, in the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' second annual hate-crimes summit, "Bridging Systems Against Hate." The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The summit is an opportunity to ...


World-news-Sterilization-law-Australian-supremacists-Chris-Hemsworth

World news: Sterilization law, Australian supremacists, Chris Hemsworth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish government is set to review its gender-recognition laws in a move that campaigners hope will stop forced sterilization for transgender people, PinkNews reported. Under current Finnish law, a trans person must be sterilized prior to having their legal gender changed. They are also required to be medically diagnosed with "transsexualism" and undergo extensive mental health screening. The European ...


National-roundup-HRC-exec-killed-trans-service-members-lesbian-coach

National roundup: HRC exec killed, trans service members, lesbian coach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cassidy Karakorn, 38—an executive with the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC )—was killed in a traffic collision in Washington, D.C., while operating a motor scooter, The Washington Post reported. Karakorn, a George Mason University graduate, had been with HRC since 2001, according to her LinkedIn Page, and was its director of consumer marketing. Transgender service members sent a message on ...


Coalition-files-for-injunction-against-viaduct-displacement

Coalition files for injunction against viaduct displacement - A coalition of advocates for persons experiencing homelessness and unstable housing, on Aug. 28, filed for an injunction halting plans to displace persons residing beneath Lake Shore Drive viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence Avenues. The Aug. 28 filing comes in conjunction with a federal lawsuit filed against the city Aug. 1. In that suit, the plaintiffs, Tent City Alternative to ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-sue-Trump-to-reverse-transgender-military-service-ban

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN sue Trump to reverse transgender military service ban - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, August 28, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals. The lawsuit—brought in response to President Trump's formal issuance of directions to military authorities late Friday—was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; one current ...


Affirming-ministries-join-1000-Minister-March

Affirming ministries join 1000 Minister March - From a press release - Washington, DC August 28, 2017 — Today, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ) joined the National Action Network, Reverend Al Sharpton and one thousand other ministers and clergy from 31+ states and diverse denominations, ages, and backgrounds to convene at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, located at 1964 Independence Ave SW, for the "1000 Ministers March" and ...


March-against-white-supremacy-draws-3000-downtown-

March against white supremacy draws 3,000 downtown - Organizers said around 3,000 people came out for a march Aug. 27 to express solidarity against white supremacy. Representing more than 40 community groups and beginning with a rally in Federal Plaza, organizers and speakers expressed their desire to be in solidarity with groups in San Francisco and Berkeley who were protesting far-right rallies the weekend of Aug 26-27. Many ...


Concert-benefits-LGBTQ-refugees

Concert benefits LGBTQ refugees - A sold-out audience raised nearly $20,000 for LGBTQ refugees and immigrants Aug. 26 at the Center on Halsted. The featured performer and beneficiary was violinist Artem Kolesov, a 23-year-old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian "Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and ...


Its-official-Trump-directs-Pentagon-to-enact-trans-military-ban

It's official: Trump directs Pentagon to enact trans military ban - Nearly one month after announcing via Twitter he'd ban transgender people from U.S. military, President Donald Trump made good on his promise in a memo to the Pentagon Aug. 25 enacting a ban on their service—although the fate of transgender people currently in the armed forces remains to be seen. In a memo to the Pentagon and Department of Homeland ...


Trump-pardonx-Arpaio-draws-condemnation-

Trump pardonx Arpaio, draws condemnation - From press releases - HRC Condemns Trump's Pardon of Anti-Immigrant, Racist, Anti-LGBTQ Joe Arpaio WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement condemning President Donald Trump's presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "Joe Arpaio must be held accountable for his long record of violating the civil rights of Maricopa County's Latinx population, and carrying out a ...


Bills-on-birth-certificates-and-LGBT-panic-defense-signed-in-Illinois

Bills on birth certificates and LGBT "panic" defense signed in Illinois - From press releases - From Equality Illinois and ACLU: CHICAGO — Legislative sponsors, Equality Illinois and ACLU of Illinois celebrated the signing of House Bill 1785 today, modernizing the Illinois Vital Records Act and allowing transgender and intersex individuals to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. Illinois now joins 14 additional states, the District of Columbia and ...


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Chicagoans to March in Solidarity Against White Supremacists - From a Solidarity Against White Supremacy press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of Chicagoans representing more than 40 community and labor organizations will assemble at 2 pm, Sunday, August 27th to say NO to white supremacists, and the political culture & public officials propagating hate, violence and inequality. The event, entitled Solidarity Against White Supremacy, will begin at Federal Plaza, corner of Adams and Dearborn Streets, and march ...


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World news: Montreal mayor, HIV-test machine, interfaith wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Just a few days after Canada Montreal Pride 2017 made a statement calling a Montreal police intervention "excessive," police chief Philippe Pichet said sorry to the LGBTQ community, The Montreal Gazette reported. The public apology addressed the violent raids on gay bars that took place in the city from the 1960s to the 1990s. Several of the city's LGBTQ representatives ...


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National roundup: Military group, Black AIDS Institute, cruising sting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA )—the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families—praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban, according to a press release. The commission said, "The President's mere announcement of a ban on transgender military service harms all Americans by sending a message that fosters ...


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Gov. Rauner Signs LGBTQ Public Service Bill - From a press release - CHICAGO—At a time when federal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans are being rolled back at the federal level, a bill to encourage public service by LGBTQ Illinoisans has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The LGBTQ Public Service Bill is an initiative of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ...


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Governor Vetoes Protections for People With Disabilities; Home Services Rationed - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the joint statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Terri Harkin and Access Living Director of Advocacy Amber Smock in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Friday veto of legislation to protect people with disabilities in need of overtime hours from their home healthcare providers: "The system of home healthcare for people with disabilities has been built up for ...


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MOMBIAN In the wake of Charlottesville - VIEWPOINT - As a child, there were two things I thought were unfathomable and absolutely morally wrong: nuclear war and Nazis. To see both in the news again as real threats to our country sickens and appalls me. But while nuclear war felt like a broad threat against all humanity, Nazism felt more personal. It was hate largely directed against a group—Jews—of ...


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Fighting Back: Resources to fight racism, and more - In response to the white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville and elsewhere, Windy City Times has received requests from readers about where they can support grassroots anti-racist and pro-immigrant Chicago-area groups. There are of course many larger LGBTQ groups that do this work, as well as many in the mainstream. We focus here on a few of the much smaller groups with ...


-Attorney-aims-to-unseat-Lisa-Madigan

Attorney aims to unseat Lisa Madigan - Erika Harold—an Urbana attorney who, in 2014, unsuccessfully ran for the House seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis ( R-13 )—announced Aug. 15 that she is mounting a campaign to unseat Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Harold has long been active in Illinois Republican politics and spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention in support of former President George ...


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ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR Daniel Biss talks budget woes, LGBT issues - State Sen. Daniel Biss ( D-Evanston ), this past March, announced his intention to run for the Democratic slot in the contest to unseat Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018. Biss made the announcement via Facebook Live on March 20, explaining that his was a more direct, grassroots campaign that could ultimately result in solving a stalemate between the ...







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