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Quigley, LGBTQ housing advocates meet with HUD Secretary Carson - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, hosted a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and Chicago LGBTQ housing advocates July 20. After the meeting, advocates joined Quigley for a press conference at AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The primary focus of the meeting was on ...


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Planned Parenthood of Illinois denounces Trump-Pence domestic gag rule - From a press release - CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood of Illinois ( PPIL ) opposes the changes to Title X, the nation's only family planning program, proposed by the Trump-Pence administration. The changes create a domestic gag rule that will affect thousands of Illinois residents. For six Illinois counties, LaSalle, Macon, McLean, Peoria, Sangamon, and Tazewell PPIL is the only Title X health care provider. ...


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Fourth transgender woman of color murdered in Florida, misgendering goes on - From a Equality Florida and GLAAD news release - Orlando, FL — Today, Equality Florida and GLAAD mourn the death of Sasha Garden, a transgender woman of color murdered in Orlando on Thursday, July 19. Sasha is the fourth known transgender woman of color brutally murdered in Florida this year. Earlier this year, Celine Walker, Antash'a English, and Cathalina Christina James were murdered in the city of Jacksonville. The ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Ezra Furman writes his 'queer outlaw saga' - Singer Ezra Furman continues to push the boundaries between gender, sexuality and religion on his latest album Transangelic Exodus. The songwriter was born in Chicago in 1986, and said his parents supported his music career. Furman talked backstage with Windy City Times about his latest work and rocking the vote. Windy City Times: Where did you grow up? Ezra Furman: ...


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Trial date set in Aaron Schock case - U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce has set the corruption trial for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) for Jan. 28, 2019, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Schock resigned from office in 2015, and was charged with misappropriation of funds. In a conference call with the case's attorneys, Bruce provided an August-to-October pretrial schedule that involves motions and related arguments. ...


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SOUND THE ALARMS Supreme Court pick could dismantle LGBTQ rights - The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court should alarm every member of the LGBT community. His record demonstrates that if he is confirmed to the seat recently vacated by Justice Kennedy, who often played the role of swing justice and authored the most significant landmark rulings over the past 20 years vindicating the rights and equal dignity of ...


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Matson withdraws from 48th Ward aldermanic race - Embattled 48th Ward aldermanic candidate Morry Matson announced on July 17 that he was withdrawing from the 2019 election, citing health reasons. "Mr. Matson suffered a brain seizure in May and will be undergoing brain surgery next week for a lesion," said a statement released to media outlets. The withdrawal comes just days after Matson made national news when, in ...


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Colin Bird-Martinez, openly gay man, runs for 31st Ward Alderman - From a news release - Today, longtime Hermosa resident and community activist Colin Bird-Martinez announced his progressive challenge to become Chicago's 31st Ward alderman. He hopes to become the city's first openly gay African-American alderman. "I'm running for alderman because it's time to put community first in the City of Chicago," he said. "For far too long the City has prioritized the wealthy and well-connected, ...


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NATIONAL Calif. hate crimes, trans measure, gay mayor, Stonewall Inn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California noted in a press release that, for the third consecutive year, California saw a surge in the number of hate crimes reported in 2017, according to annual reports released from the Office of Attorney General Xavier Becerra. ncidents motivated by a person's sexual orientation ( real or perceived ) increased by 19 percent from 2016, while anti-transgender and ...


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WORLD Surrogacy law, World Cup, message to Trump & Putin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Israeli Parliament ( The Knesset ) approved an amendment to the Israeli Law on Surrogacy, but kept a portion that stipulates same-sex couples are not be eligible for surrogacy services provided by the Israeli healthcare system. Knesset Member Amir Ohana—who is openly gay, and is raising two children who were born through surrogacy in the United States—attended the conference ...


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If Not US, Who? panel on LGBTQI+ persecution throughout the World Aug. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The All Aboard USA Committee of Rainbow Railroad announces a public event on Thursday, August 16th, at 6:30 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago 60613 entitled, "If Not US, Who?: The Struggle of LGBTQI+ Refugees and Asylum-Seekers." U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) will open the event and invite a panel of experts, along ...


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HRC's giant projection challenges Trump, Putin on anti-LGBTQ crime in Chechnya - Video below from an HRC news release - HELSINKI — Today, just ahead of tomorrow's Trump-Putin summit, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization — projected an enormous message on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki demanding that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin immediately end the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the ...


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Rule could force choice between federal funds or anti-LGBT discrimination - Grave financial and moral choices await Illinois authorities if the U.S. House of Representatives passes a budget amendment penalizing states prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in their adoption and foster care system, say stakeholders. A group composed of elected officials, service providers and advocates, among others, called on the Illinois' Congressional delegation to uniformly reject the proposed Aderholt Amendment, which was attached ...


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Giffords Reacts to Justice Dept. Charges Against Russian Gun-Rights Activist - From a news release - Washington, DC — After news broke that the U.S. Justice Department charged a Russian National, Maria Butina, with conspiracy to act as a foreign agent and influence American politics on behalf of the Russian government, Peter Ambler, executive director of the gun safety group Giffords, released the following statement. According to media reports, Butina has sought out ties with leaders ...


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Edgewater CVS racial incident involved gay Republican candidate - Pharmacy giant CVS has apologized to a Black Chicago woman after an Edgewater manager—a white, openly gay man who is also running for 48th Ward alderman—phoned the police after she reportedly attempted to use a coupon he didn't recognize late on July 13. Camilla Hudson posted a cellphone video to social media July 14 that showed a visibly trembling Morry ...


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ACLU Responds to Police Shooting in Chicago's South Shore Neighborhood - from an ACLU - Statement of Karen Sheley, Police Practices Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on the shooting death in South Shore Chicago is reeling once again from another life ended too soon following a police shooting. The ACLU joins all those in grieving the death of the man shot by police in South Shore. There were two distinct responses to ...


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HRC Remembers Founding Board Member Jerry Weller - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement on the passing of HRC founding board member Gerald ( Jerry ) K. Weller Jr. Among his many roles as an LGBTQ civil rights pioneer, Jerry had served as the co-chair of the Gay Rights National Lobby ( GRNL ) — the predecessor of the Human ...


Fed-Court-in-PA-Rejects-Argument-that-Child-Welfare-Agencies-Can-Discriminate

Fed. Court in PA Rejects Argument that Child Welfare Agencies Can Discriminate - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA — A federal district court today ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require foster care agencies with city contracts to abide by its nondiscrimination policies. This ruling is the first time a federal court has said that government-contracted child welfare agencies do not have a right to exclude same-sex couples or others who don't meet an agency's religious ...


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LGBTQ candidate and campaign training in Chicago Aug.2-4 - From a news release - Victory Institute will train more than 40 LGBTQ people on running for office during its intensive four-day Candidate & Campaign Training in Chicago Aug. 2-5. The training aims to increase LGBTQ political representation across the Midwest and the entire country, which is critical to pushing forward LGBTQ equality at every level of government. Taught by current and former elected officials, ...


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Immigration event July 18 at Victory Gardens Theater - Victory Gardens Theater will present "Town Hall: Reunite!," an event where Chicago artists will respond to the current immigration policies of the United States. The event will be held at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., on Wed., July 18, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Artists and community partners will perform original ...


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Affinity to hold leadership events during July - Affinity Community Services is hosting a virtual leadership series, "The Blackprint: A Plan for Building the Leadership Capacity of Black LGBTQ+ Women Leaders," each Thursday in July: —July 5: noon-1 p.m.: Building Organizing Power —July 12: noon-1 p.m.: Building Economic Power —July 19: noon-1 p.m.: Building Political Power —July 26: noon-1 p.m.: Building Executive Power "Affinity Community Services is thrilled ...


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Independence Day celebration for whom? - Last week we celebrated the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 242 years of independence. Scenes of hyperpatriotism were on display, too. People were singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or reciting the pledge of allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776 or simply watching reproductions of the "rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air." All ...


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Emanuel proposes housing department - Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the Chicago Department of Housing, a new City department exclusively focused on supporting access to housing as a core component of all neighborhoods. The new department will implement Chicago's affordable housing strategies and create a long term institutional framework, according to a statement from the city. The new department will be responsible for implementing the strategy ...


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HRC endorses Lauren Underwood - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) recently announced its endorsement of Lauren Underwood for U.S. Congress in Illinois' 14th Congressional District. "Lauren Underwood is the clear choice for Illinois voters who believe in justice, fairness and equality," said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof in a statement. "She will fight for Illinois' working families ...


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Chicagoan Bernard Cherkasov among Carnegie Corporation immigrant awardees - The Carnegie Corporation of New York has named its 2018 Great Immigrant Award recipients—with Bernard Cherkasov among them. Cherkasov ( who is from Azerbaijan ) is a former CEO of Equality Illinois, and is the current executive director of Cradles to Crayons Chicago, a nonprofit that provides underprivileged children with clothes, school supplies and other essentials. A 2018 NBC Out ...


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Cook County board drafts immigrant resolution - The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently unanimously approved a resolution Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" GarcÃa proposed that is titled "Addressing the Harmful Effects of Immigrant Child and Family Detention and Calling on the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch to Rescind the 'Zero Tolerance' Policy." Garcia said, "With this resolution, Cook County calls on Cook County to call on the ...


Hawaii-Supreme-Court-Declines-to-Hear-Case-of-BB-That-Denied-Room-to-Couple

Hawai'i Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case of B&B That Denied Room to Couple - From a news release - ( Honolulu, HI, July 10, 2018 ) — The Hawai`i Supreme Court today rejected a petition from a Hawai`i bed & breakfast seeking review of a lower court ruling that the business had violated Hawai'i's anti-discrimination statute when it denied a room to a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, whose owner says same-sex relationships ...


House-Appropriations-Republicans-Adopt-License-to-Discriminate-Amendment

House Appropriations Republicans Adopt "License to Discriminate" Amendment - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, blasted House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee for adopting a discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ amendment to a funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. If it remains in the final bill, ...


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IVI-IPO 74th Annual Independents' Day Dinner July 19 - From a press release - The Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization ( IVI-IPO ) is excited about its upcoming annual Independents' Day Dinner. This event takes place Thursday, July 19th at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago. The affair kicks off with a reception at 6:00pm and the dinner and program at 7:00pm. The highlight of the Dinner, ...


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WORLD Bulgarian court, Australian crimes, pivotal Indian case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Sofia, Bulgaria, court has backed the right of a same-sex couple to live in the country, in the first such case for the EU nation that does not recognize same-sex marriage, VOA News reported. The court claim was brought up by an Australian woman who was banned from residing in Bulgaria in 2017 together with her French spouse after ...


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NATIONAL Historic town hall, Trump and the military - An LGBTQ town hall will be part of the NAACP's 109th annual convention on July 14-18, a press release noted. The San Antonio, Texas, event—entitled "The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America"—will take place Tuesday, July 17, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Panelists will include the H.U.G.S. Movement's Marsha R. Bonner; Center for Black Equity President/CEO ...


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Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated to Supreme Court, groups respond - From news releases - Lambda Legal on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh "Judge Kavanaugh would guarantee 40 more years of Trump's values on the Supreme Court." ( Washington, DC, July 9, 2018 ) — Today, Rachel B. Tiven, Chief Executive Officer of Lambda Legal, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next ...


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Trump names Kavanaugh - President Trump on Monday night nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court a judge who has no known LGBT-related decisions in his 12 years on the federal appeals court. But LGBT activists feel certain that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be no Justice Anthony Kennedy. Rea Carey, head of the LGBTQ Task Force, said "There hasn't been a nominee for the Supreme ...


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NAACP to gather activists, artists/entertainers, civil rights, social justice leaders - From a press release - Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and as the nation suffers the effects of President Trump's administration, thousands of activists, artists/entertainers, civil rights and social justice leaders will gather for the 109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 to 18. The five-day convention will include continuing legal education seminars, federal legislative and public policy workshops, youth workshops, ...


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State's attorney's office honors community members - Staff from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office wrapped up Pride Month June 26 with its Ninth Annual Pride Recognition & Awards Ceremony, which was held at Center on Halsted. State's Attorney Kim Foxx was ill and could not attend, but Chief of Staff and Chief Diversity Officer Jennifer Ballard Croft spoke in her place, reiterating the office's commitment to ...


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Recent act aims to protect all parties in family law - With the first wave of same-sex couples seeking to divorce comes a new Illinois law, the Illinois Collaborative Process Act, effective Jan. 1, 2018, that aims to help them, as well as opposite sex couples, amicably resolve their issues in a fair and equitable way outside of the litigation process. The law codified longstanding collaborative standards and practices around divorce, ...


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NATIONAL Abused child, bisexual health, electoral news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Investigators said that a 10-year-old child who died recently after years of physical abuse may have come out as gay just before he was killed, LGBTQ Nation noted. Anthony Avalos' mother, Heather Barron, told authorities that the child had "suffered injuries from a fall"—but he had severe head injuries and cigarette burns on his body, and his mother and her ...


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WORLD Trans pageant winner, N. Ireland, Lagerfeld, Angola first - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a historic development, a transgender woman was crowned as Miss Universe in Spain on June 29, Gay Star News reported. This is a first for the international beauty pageant. Angela Ponce, 25, will represent Spain in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant scheduled end of the year. She She defeated 19 other candidates to become the first trans woman to ...


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Police Brutality Bonds Report Reveals Companies Profiting from Police Violence - From a press release - CHICAGO—Today, the Action Center on Race & the Economy ( ACRE ) held a press conference to release the new "POLICE BRUTALITY BONDS: How Wall Street Profits from Police Violence," report showing the estimated cost of police misconduct for taxpayers in several U.S. cities and counties around the country, and naming several well-known companies who continue to profit from police ...


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British activist talks political endeavors, U.S. speaking tour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The ascension of the Conservative ( Tory ) Thatcher government in the 1980s and the birth of what is now known as neoliberalism drove Kevin Ovenden toward radical left politics during his high school years in the Northern England port city of Hull. Ovenden, who later got a math/philosophy degree from Oxford, explained that the Thatcher government regularly attacked working ...


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Investigation urged regarding trans woman in ICE custody - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender woman who died while in the custody of ICE, an HRC press release noted. Hernandez recently petitioned for asylum after traveling as part of a caravan of migrants fleeing violence ...


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City to pursue landmark status for Legacy Walk - On June 22, as Chicago's Pride weekend kicked off, city officials announced that they'd be pursuing landmark states for the Legacy Walk in Boystown. "The Legacy Walk is not only a historically significant legacy of the LGBT community of Chicago, but a signal that the entire city is a safe and welcoming place for everyone," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in ...


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Gov. Rauner joins 'Getting to Zero' session - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined public officials and service providers the morning of June 20 as they kicked off a daylong working session laying out the logistics of the state's Getting to Zero initiative. The goal for that initiative, announced in late 2017, is the elimination of new HIV infections in Illinois by the year 2030. Elimination would be signified ...


Getting-to-Zero-aims-for-no-new-HIV-cases-by-2030

'Getting to Zero' aims for no new HIV cases by 2030 - by Noah McCarthy - Getting to Zero is an Illinois community engagement initiative that aims to eliminate new cases of HIV by 2030. The initiative held a kickoff event June 20 that featured multiple government representatives and HIV researchers who outlined a path toward this goal. One such speaker was state Rep. Camille Lilly, a Democrat representing the 78th District in the Illinois General ...


Supreme-Court-ruling-undermines-union-ability-to-fight-for-worker-rights-groups-respond

Supreme Court ruling undermines union ability to fight for worker rights, groups respond - From press releases - From Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reacted to the Supreme Court of the United States' decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 ( AFSCME ). The court voted 5-4 against AFSCME, undermining the ability of unions to fight for workers' rights. HRC joined with ...


Human-Rights-Campaign-Endorses-Lauren-Underwood-of-Illinois-for-US-Congress

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Lauren Underwood of Illinois for U.S. Congress - From a news release - CHICAGO — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced its endorsement of Lauren Underwood for U.S. Congress in Illinois' 14th Congressional District. "Lauren Underwood is the clear choice for Illinois voters who believe in justice, fairness and equality," said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. "She will fight for Illinois' working families and ...


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Supreme Court's Kennedy retiring - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, announced June 27 that he is retiring after more than three decades on the court. Kennedy is the court's longest-serving member and second-oldest justice after its leading liberal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85. He is submitting a formal notification of his decision, effective July 31, to President Trump. This announcement means that ...


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Mayor Emanuel hosts annual Pride reception - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed dozens of LGBT leaders, business owners, activists and politicians to Roscoe's bar on Halsted Street June 27 for his annual LGBTQ Pride reception. Jim Ludwig, co-owner of the bar with partner Patrick Maloney, welcomed the crowd. Kim Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, introduced the mayor. She mentioned his record on LGBT issues, including ...


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Trans candidate Sharon Brackett makes history in Maryland - From a news release - Baltimore, MD - Tonight, Sharon Brackett has become the first trans woman to be elected to a public office in the State of Maryland. Sharon triumphed in a contested primary against 14 other candidates. Ms. Brackett was elected to the 46th District Democratic Central Committee representing the neighborhoods of Canton, Locust Point, Federal Hill, Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Cherry Hill ...


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SCOTUS rules Muslim ban constitutional, HRC and Lambda respond - From news releases - HRC Responds to SCOTUS Ruling on Muslim Ban WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the Trump-Pence Administration's Muslim Ban is constitutional. "Make no mistake: this is an unnecessary and dangerous ban against Muslims that recklessly puts lives in danger and undermines civil liberties in this country," ...


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With Historic Primary Win Jared Polis On Track to Be First Openly Gay Man Elected Governor - From a LGBTQ Victory Fund news release - Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Jared Polis won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Colorado and will face Republican challenger Walker Stapleton, an opponent of LGBTQ equality who ran on his support for the policies of President Donald Trump. With a win in November, Rep. Polis will become the first openly gay man elected governor and just the second openly LGBTQ ...


-President-Bill-Clinton-reveals-turn-as-mystery-writer-in-visit

President Bill Clinton reveals turn as mystery writer in visit - By NOAH MCCARTHY - Former President Bill Clinton came to Chicago's Auditorium Theatre on June 21 to discuss his newest accomplishment, the publication of The President is Missing, a mystery-thriller co-authored by James Patterson. Although he may not be as successful an author as Patterson, he nonetheless remains an object of fanaticism, as the theater filled to the brim with people enthralled by his ...


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WORLD Attacker subdued, United Nations news, group attacks Budweiser - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, stepped in to shut down an attack by a belligerent and violently homophobic man on a bus in London, NewNowNext.com noted. Former Grenadier Guardsman Lee Wardle, who works as a bartender at a gay bar, told the Evening Standard he heard a man having a loud conversation on his ...


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NATIONAL Supreme Court, Edie Windsor, Utah mob, Starbucks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, the high court vacated and remanded the Washington state Supreme Court's decision in Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, a case involving a same-sex couple turned away from a flower shop because they are LGBT, an ACLU press release announced. In 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor ...


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Illinois Diversity Council holds initial roundtable event - The Illinois Diversity Council ( ILDC ) held its first-ever LGBTQIA roundtable event—"Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: Advocating for LGBTQIA Equality in the Workplace"—June 14 at the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Illinois offices in Lake View. ILDC began in 2012 to foster learning opportunities around diversity with the mission to, according to its website, "enhance appreciation for and understanding of the ...


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Raoul for AG attacks opponent on anti-gay views - From a press release - CHICAGO — As we celebrate Pride Month, Kwame Raoul's campaign for Attorney General has released a new video, "Republican Erika Harold: Wrong for Illinois," highlighting her shocking views on the safety of children and same-sex couples who wish to care for them. "As both a father and public servant, it's unconscionable to me that the safety of a child would ...


Supreme-Court-Sends-LGBT-Discrimination-Case-Back-to-Washington-State-Supreme-Court

Supreme Court Sends LGBT Discrimination Case Back to Washington State Supreme Court - From news releases - From ACLU: WASHINGTON — On the heels of the Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, the high court vacated and remanded the Washington State Supreme Court's decision in Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, a case involving a same-sex couple turned away from a flower shop because they are LGBT. In 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of American ...


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Attorney General Lisa Madigan honored by fellow Attorneys General - From a news release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan received the prestigious Kelley-Wyman award Thursday from attorneys general across the country. The Kelley-Wyman Award is presented by the National Association of Attorneys General ( NAAG ) to an attorney general who has done the most to achieve NAAG's objectives, which include leading litigation on behalf of the state, reforming the law when needed ...


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Mayor Emanuel pursues landmark status for Legacy Walk - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the City would seek Landmark Status for the Legacy Walk in Boystown. With its Northalsted "Rainbow Pylon" Streetscape with conjoined outdoor museum, the half-mile Legacy Walk remains the only outdoor LGBTQ museum in the world. "The Legacy Walk is not only a historically significant legacy of the LGBT community of Chicago, but a signal ...


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For the first time, City Club invites Pride inside - The first time the City Club of Chicago held an LGBTQ event, it did so with what panel moderator and Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson called "leaders" of the LGBTQ community. City Club chairman Edward Mazur began the June 19 luncheon, held at Maggiano's, 111 W. Grand, by invoking the name of a long-ago memberz—legendary social worker and lesbian Jane ...


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Gay commissioner candidate holds Pride fundraiser - Kevin B. Morrison, the gay democratic Cook County Commissioner candidate for the 15th district, held a Pride month fundraiser June 13 at Sidetrack. Morrison is running against incumbent and Illinois Republican Party Chair Timothy Schneider. Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris said this night will be remembered because Morrison "is going places" politically. Harris noted that the 15th county commissioner race ...


Only-559-LGBTQ-elected-officials-in-US-per-new-report

Only 559 LGBTQ elected officials in U.S. per new report - LGBTQ Victory Institute's 2018 "Out for America" report says that there are 559 known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States—and the country needs to elect more than 22,000 LGBTQ individuals to achieve equitable representation. Among the report's key findings: —559 known LGBTQ elected officials are currently serving in the United States, which equals 0.1 percent of all elected ...


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HRC Responds to Trump-Pence Executive Order, House GOP Immigration Bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to Donald Trump's executive order retreating from his cruel and dangerous policy of separating families at the border and two bills scheduled for votes tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives that fall far short of addressing the needs of refugees, dreamers, and other undocumented immigrants. HRC will ...


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Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database - From a press release - Chicago — The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on Tuesday to announce a new federal class action against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), targeting CPD's unconstitutional Gang Database, and urging City Council to take action. Read the lawsuit here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R-XOJaBqeqZew0thuzSqMb8GJytt1fqc/view ...


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NATIONAL Palm Springs, NYC Pride, Alan Turing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus recognized the Palm Springs City Council June 11 in Sacramento for being the nation's first elected all LGBTQ Council, according to a VisitPalmSprings.com press release. The Palm Springs City Council—composed of Mayor Robert Moon and Mayor Pro Tem J.R. Roberts as well as Councilmembers Geoff Kors, Lisa Middleton and Christy Gilbert Holstege—were recognized on the ...


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WORLD Icelandic Pride, Peter Tatchell, World Cup - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Seyoisfjorour, a town in Iceland with only 700 residents, has created a rainbow path to show its support for its LGBTQ residents, LGBTQ Nation noted. The path, "Norourgata," was painted down the center of the main street through town, with both residents and local businesses taking part in painting the road in rainbow colors. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, hosts ...


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Parkland students launch voter-registration tour from Chicago - The Annual End of School Rally and Peace March presented by Saint Sabina Church June 15 got a lift this year with the attendance of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida—the school which saw the murder of 17 students and teachers on Valentine's Day this year. Grammy winners Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and Will.I.Am, former ...


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South Bend, Ind., mayor marries - After their wedding Saturday, June 16, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ( left ) and Chasten Glezman took a detour from St. James Episcopal cathedral on the way to their reception. They stopped by the city's Pride block party to thank the people who came out to support the gay-rights movement. The Mayor explained, "this marriage that's the most important ...


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Aurora's 1st Pride Parade draws thousands - Video below - =After months of planning by Indivisible Aurora members and approval by the Aurora City Council Government Operations Committee during a Feb. 13 meeting, Aurora held its first Pride Parade June 17. Despite the sweltering heat, nearly 100 degrees, more than 5,000 people descended on downtown Aurora to take in the festivities. Ahead of the parade Indivisible Aurora Founder/Executive Director Chuck ...


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Report shows 22,827+ LGBTQ Elected Officials Needed for Equitable Representation - From a press release - Washington, DC — There are 559 known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States — and America needs to elect 22,837 more to achieve equitable representation — according to LGBTQ Victory Institute's 2018 Out for America report released today. The report documents the severe underrepresentation of LGBTQ people in key positions of power, along with demographic data that demonstrates ...


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HRC Endorses Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced its endorsement of Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia. "HRC is proud to endorse Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Leader Abrams has been a tireless ally for LGBTQ Georgians in the state legislature, and she will be a vital voice for the LGBTQ ...


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EI Urges Gov. Rauner to Extend Non-Discrimination Protections to All Illinois Workplaces - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation that would extend Illinois' workplace non-discrimination protections to businesses of all sizes in the state and ensure all Illinoisans have access to the legal tools of justice when they experience employment discrimination. Under current law, workers in businesses of 14 and fewer employees outside of Cook County can still be fired ...


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CA legislature notes Palm Springs City Council first elected all LGBTQ council - From a press release - PALM SPRINGS, CA - June 15, 2018 - The Palm Springs City Council was recognized on Monday, June 11 by the California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus in Sacramento for being the nation's first elected all LGBTQ Council. The Palm Springs City Council, comprised of Mayor Robert Moon, Mayor pro tem J.R. Roberts and Councilmembers Geoff Kors, Lisa Middleton and Christy Gilbert ...


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Federal Court Denies Renewed Attempt to Implement Transgender Military Ban - From Lambda Legal and AMPA news releases - ( SEATTLE, June 15, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle denied yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Today's ruling in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State of Washington denied the administration's motion ...


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Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell arrested during legal protest in Moscow - From a Peter Tatchell Foundation news release - LGBT+ and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested during a one-man protest against Russia's mistreatment of LGBT+ people, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow. Tatchell was holding a banner supporting gay men who have been violently targeted in a purge in Chechnya while standing next to the statue Marshal Zhukov close to the Kremlin. ...







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