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


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


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In Orlando, Hillary Clinton Condemns Terrorist Attack, Act of Hate on Latinx LGBT Community - From a press release - During a roundtable with community leaders in Orlando on Friday, Hillary Clinton condemned the terrorist attack against the LGBT community that killed 49 Americans and injured dozens more at The Pulse nightclub in June. Clinton reiterated her commitment to addressing gun violence and disrupting global networks that terrorists use to execute these attacks. Pointing to the need to pull together ...


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Dem platform more aware of LGBT voters - by Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News - As America's two major parties hold their conventions this month, their platforms take opposite approaches to LGBT voters, with Democrats bringing the community closer into the fold and Republicans excising it. The proposed 2016 Democratic Party Platform addresses LGBT rights in their own section for the first time. But the goals are more general than in the past. While the ...


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Day in the Life of: a DNC diversity-working-group member, Zach Wilcha - by Paige Cooperstein/Philadelphia Gay News - Zach Wilcha already had a coffee meeting ( although he drank water; he doesn't like coffee ) and a 20-minute phone call with an LGBT business owner by the time he biked to his glass-walled office at the Industrious Workspace on Broad Street on a recent Thursday morning. Independence Business Alliance, the region's LGBT chamber of commerce, moved to the ...


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Hillary Clinton taps Tim Kaine for VP - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed Hillary Clinton's selection of Tim Kaine — who has a solid commitment to LGBTQ equality — as her running mate. Secretary Clinton's selection of Tim Kaine contrasts starkly with Donald Trump's running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, who has one of the most anti-LGBTQ records of any vice presidential candidate. "While Donald Trump ...


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Dump Trump-Pence: HRC launches site highlighting candidates' anti-LGBTQ agenda - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, today released a new microsite blasting Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their anti-equality records. Launching on the day Trump is expected to accept his party's presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, HRC will promote ...


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Day 3: Pence omits 'religious freedom' law in acceptance speech - Speakers enumerate LGBT inclusion in unprecedented way - CLEVELAND — The third night of the Republican National Convention featured unprecedented LGBT inclusion from speakers on stage, but that embrace was undercut by omission of anti-LGBT histories and hints of support for anti-LGBT policy. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence exemplified the omission of a history of anti-LGBT action during his speech accepting the No. 2 position on his party's presidential ticket. The ...


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TONIGHT: FOX News to Air TV Ad Featuring Transgender American during RNC - From a press release - WASHINGTON — A national TV ad featuring a transgender woman will air on FOX News tonight during the network's coverage of Donald Trump officially accepting the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention. This is the first time a television ad featuring a transgender person will air to audiences across the entire nation. The ad, which comes from the Fairness ...


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Homophobic U.S. pastor coming to South Africa - From a press release - Lagos, Nigeria: All Out, in collaboration with Gay SA Radio, has launched a global petition campaign asking the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, to deny pastor Steven Anderson entry into South Africa: https://go.allout.org/en/a/block-pastor-anderson/ "50 less pedophiles in this world" - Those were the disgusting words U.S. pastor Steven Anderson used — in his church — to "celebrate" the ...


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LGBT Clevelanders have mixed reaction to Republican National Convention - City is Ohio's 'Democratic stronghold' - CLEVELAND — Zak Kahn and Eliot Brosch were among the roughly dozen people who were at an LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland happy hour at Cha Spirits and Pizza Kitchen, a restaurant in Cleveland's Gordon Square neighborhood, shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A local television station's rush hour traffic report was on the television above the bar as ...


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NBA moves all-star game out of North Carolina in response to anti-LGBTQ law - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, hailed the NBA's decision to stand up to North Carolina lawmakers who refused to repeal HB2 by pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC. Despite the NBA's repeated warnings that it would have to ...


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Trump, Pence Close Out Week of Attacks on LGBTQ Equality at RNC - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today released the following statement at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, during which the party adopted the most anti-LGBTQ platform in its history and featured a parade of anti-LGBTQ speakers. Earlier today, HRC released a new microsite highlighting how Donald Trump and Mike Pence threaten historic gains the ...


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PROFILE Rita Adair talks activism, upcoming book, social work - When Rita Adair moved to Chicago five years ago, she'd already made a name for herself as an activist and social worker in her hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. Adair currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood; however, she'll be leaving the city at the end of the month to travel and write a book. Born in 1955 to a white Norweigan mom ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs among Illinois delegates - A number of individuals from the LGBT community will be among the Illinois delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Illinois delegates include consultant Michael Harrington; Ald. Ray Lopez ( 15th Ward ); Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ); Rocco Claps, former director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights; activist Rick Garcia; East Aurora School Board ...


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'Gays for Trump' make case for anti-Islamic policies - Milo Yiannopoulos appears at event after being banned from Twitter - CLEVELAND — Rallying attendees before posters of scantily clad young men in "Make America Great Again" hats, speakers at a "Gays for Trump" party on Tuesday night urged LGBT people to look to defeating radical Islamic extremism as its next goal. The featured speaker at the event, which was called "Wake Up" and took place at Wolstein Center Ballroom at ...


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Day 2: GOP subtly seeks LGBT support through Orlando, gun rights - NRA official pledges to protect gun rights regardless of 'race, religion or sexual orientation' - CLEVELAND — Amid attacks impugning Hillary Clinton's character and calls for her incarceration, Republicans on the second night of the GOP national convention subtly sought to obtain LGBT support to further their goals. Sen. Ron Johnson ( R-Wis. ), who's defending himself against a challenge from progressive champion and former Sen. Russ Feingold, invoked the Orlando shooting when he recalled ...


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Sami Grisafe Releases 'All-Un-American' Today - Groundbreaking Former Pro-Athlete Pens Protest Song Inspired By Donald Trump's Campaign Strategy - July 13th, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: California Songstress Sami Grisafe will release her forthcoming single 'All-Un-American' to iTunes, Amazon and streaming sites on July 13. In the vein of classic protest songs, the anthemic track was written as a direct answer to Donald Trump's 'Make America Great' slogan as well as other increasingly worrying headline news events in the U.S.A. ...


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Trump kids, Christie at second night of RNC - The second night of the Republican Nationl Convention, July 19, featured two of now-official Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's children, Donald Jr. and Tiffany, as speakers, as well as former presidential rivals Ben Carson and Chris Christie, among others. While Tiffany ( Trump's child with his second wife, Marla Maples ) told anecdotes about her father, Donald Jr. got more ...


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Jenner denounces anti-trans bathroom bills at 'Big Tent' event - Trans personality attributes suicide rate among youths to online bullying - CLEVELAND — Transgender personality and Olympic decathlete Cailtyn Jenner denounced anti-trans state bathroom measures on Wednesday during an event seeking to promote a "big tent" within the GOP. Jenner made the remarks at an event hosted by the pro-LGBT American Unity Fund, which took place in a literal big tent just outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Margaret Hoover, president of ...


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Day 2: GOP subtly seeks LGBT support through Orlando, gun rights - NRA official pledges to protect gun rights regardless of 'race, religion or sexual orientation' - CLEVELAND — Amid attacks impugning Hillary Clinton's character and calls for her incarceration, Republicans on the second night of the GOP national convention subtly sought to obtain LGBT support to further their goals. Sen. Ron Johnson ( R-Wis. ), who's defending himself against a challenge from progressive champion and former Sen. Russ Feingold, invoked the Orlando shooting when he recalled ...


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Undocumented immigrant: Trump, GOP platform could 'incite' violence - Sheridan Aguirre was born in Mexico, lives in Texas - CLEVELAND — An undocumented immigrant from Mexico on Wednesday said that Donald Trump and the Republican Party's platform could "incite" violence against marginalized groups. "A lot of the language that's been coming out of Donald Trump and the Republican Party has been inciting a lot of fear within our community," Sheridan Aguirre told the Washington Blade during an interview in ...


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Republican lawmakers attend Family Research Council luncheon - Co-chair of GOP platform committee among speakers - CLEVELAND — The co-chair of the Republican Party's platform committee was among those who spoke at a Family Research Council luncheon that took place in Cleveland on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx ( R-N.C. ) described the platform that delegates to the Republican National Convention approved earlier this week as "one of the most conservative in the party's history." The ...


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At GOP convention, speakers make LGBT attacks, outreach - CLEVELAND, Ohio — Over the course of one night at the Republican National Convention, two different speakers Monday exemplified the party's desire of LGBT outreach on one hand and continuing attacks on LGBT people on the other. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, took a knock at ...


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World news: France's blood ban, Prince Harry, Nice attack - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a 33-year ban, gay men in France will officially be able to donate blood after a law change came into effect, Newsweek reported. The ban on gay people giving blood first came into force in France in 1983, shortly after the discovery of HIV. The last time a patient contracting the HIV virus in France after receiving donated blood ...


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National roundup: FBI finding, Trevor Project, Cleveland action, Obergefell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. law-enforcement officials have said that the FBI has found no evidence so far that Omar Mateen—who killed 49 people and wounded more than 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida—chose the popular establishment because of its gay clientele, The Washington Post reported. "While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community, the investigation hasn't ...


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Gay defense analyst Rachel Hoff won't 'leave' GOP over anti-LGBT platform - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — The first openly gay member of the Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday said she does not "plan to leave" the GOP. Rachel Hoff, a defense analyst for the American Action Forum in D.C., made the comment as she spoke about her party's anti-LGBT platform at a panel that Equality Ohio, a statewide advocacy group, held at the ...


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National LGBTQ Task Force Statement on the Republican 2016 Platform - From a press release - Washington DC, July 18, 2016 —This week's Republican National Convention is likely to ratify what has been described as the most anti-LGBTQ platform in its history. The platform, which has shocked some of the GOP's most ardent supporters, endorses so-called conversion therapy, calls for the banning same sex marriage, rejects LGBTQ families and bans transgender and gender non-conforming people from ...


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AIDS Healthcare Foundation holds pre-RNC concert - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — More than 3,000 people on Sunday attended an AIDS Healthcare Foundation concert at Cleveland State University that took place on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Gospel R&B duo Mary Mary and the Roots were among those who performed during the concert that took place roughly a mile from the arena in which the RNC will take ...


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Clyburn: Election 'most consequential' of lifetime - by Michael Lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn on Monday described this year's election as the "most consequential" of his lifetime. "I hear people telling me that they're so upset about what happened in the primaries that they're going to boycott their voting in November," said the South Carolina Democrat during a voting rights town hall at Cleveland State University that ...


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GOP delegates ratify platform, express support for anti-LGBT language - By Chris Johnson, The Washington Blade - CLEVELAND, Ohio — Delegates at the Republican National Convention ratified Monday afternoon with little opposition a party platform¯considered to have the most anti-LGBT language in history. As Sen. John Barrasso ( R-Wyo. ), chair of the platform committee, presided over the convention, delegates approved the 66-page document¯by voice vote at 4:42 pm. The number of "ayes" among the 2,470 delegates ...


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Trump supporter: Armed club-goer could have stopped Fla. massacre - By Michael lavers, Washington Blade - CLEVELAND — A prominent gun control opponent who supports Donald Trump said on Monday that fewer people would have been killed inside the Pulse nightclub if a club-goer had shot the gunman with their weapon. "What happened to all those people," said Jan Morgan, founder of Armed American Women, as she spoke at the "America First" rally in Settlers Landing ...


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Protests welcome attendees to Republican Convention - Protesters are making their way to Cleveland, Ohio for the Republican National Convention this week. Security is high, but it's not keeping away those with a message to the GOP. These photos from Illinois-based photographer Tim Carroll show: — Julie Grahm from Cleveland leads hundreds of marchers across the Hope Memorial Bridge during the Circle the City with Love rally, ...


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Activists sue City Council over open-meeting violations - LGBT- and housing-rights activists, on July 14, announced they were filing a lawsuit against the Chicago City Council for violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The announcement was made in front of mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on the fifth floor of Chicago's city hall. Activists contend that, despite being first in line—and arriving about 90 minutes early—for the May ...


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UN Amb. Power speaks on LGBTI rights and foreign policy - From a press release - Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on "A Call on Governments: Integrating LGBTI Rights into Foreign Policy," to the Global LGBTI Human Rights Ministerial, July 13, 2016, Let me begin by thanking the government and civil society leaders chairing this conference: from Uruguay, Foreign Minister Nin Nova and Ovejas Negras; and from the Netherlands, ...


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Report shows state anti-LGBT laws coordinated at national level - From a press release - Campaign for Accountability ( CfA ) has released a new report, Documenting Discrimination, uncovering how national right wing religious groups — working through smaller local groups — are spearheading the movement to legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals through Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( "RFRA" ) legislation. CfA Executive Director, Anne Weismann, said, "The religious right continues to advance an agenda ...


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With Pence Pick, Trump Doubles Down on Anti-LGBTQ Agenda - Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made it official July 15 as he announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. "I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate," Trump tweeted. Trump held a series of auditions with Pence and other top contenders such as New Jersey Gov. Chris ...


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Transgender Ad Goes Viral Ahead of Debut at Republican National Convention - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — An ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms has been viewed more than 2 million times online since it went live on Monday. The ad will make its television debut on FOX News Channel on the final day of the Republican National Convention next Thursday, July 21. It will also air nationwide ...


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Obama at memorial for Dallas officers, speaks of African American despair - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FALLEN DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2016 THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President and Mrs. Bush; my friend, the Vice President, and Dr. Biden; Mayor Rawlings; Chief Spiller; clergy; members of Congress; Chief Brown — I'm so glad I met Michelle first, because she loves Stevie Wonder ...


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Say it Ain't Pence: Is Trump About to Double Down on his Anti-LGBTQ Agenda? - WASHINGTON — With speculation growing that Donald Trump might actually choose notoriously anti-LGBTQ Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, the Human Rights Campaign today released a memo revisiting Governor Pence's disastrous record. Governor Pence became a national disgrace in 2015, for his "license to discriminate" bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people — ...


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World news: GENDR app, Brazil deaths, amfAR event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GENDR—the world's first app created for the gender-variant and queer community—recently held its global launch, according to a press release. Available for download to mobile devices from the App Store and Google Play Store, membership fees are $5 per month or $30 per year. See GENDR.co. In Brazil, nearly 1,600 people have died in hate-motivated attacks in the past four ...


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GOP Convention Preview: Trump vs. The Establishment - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is an unattractive political choice for many voters because of his unabashed hostility toward Muslims, Mexicans, and media scrutiny. But, oddly enough, he is still the most LGBT friendly Republican presidential candidate in history. He accepted GOProud's invitation to speak at a CPAC conference in 2011 when many conservatives attending the conference raised objections to ...


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Center on Halsted still waiting on testing payments - Among the numerous social-service agencies still waiting for payment from the state of Illinois for services they've rendered is Center on Halsted, which has yet to receive about $200,000 for HIV testing services it offered in the previous fiscal year. The General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget June 30 that funded PreK-12 education and transportation ...


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Protesters converge at Taste of Chicago - Demonstrators protested at The Taste of Chicago on July 9. The protest was part of a larger set of actions across Chicago—including one in the loop and another on North Michigan Avenue—as well as the country. At the Taste, the protesters lined themselves across the main entrance of the festival and staged a "die-in." Protesters marched through the Taste, but ...


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House Republicans Hold Hearing Anti-LGBTQ Bill - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign denounced House Republican leaders for holding a hearing on a deeply discriminatory anti-LGBTQ bill on the one-month anniversary of the horrific attack in Orlando. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing on the so-called "First Amendment Defense Act" ( FADA ) — radical legislation backed by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ...


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National roundup: Pride Fund, Fair Michigan, trans ad, Christian Mingle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In response to the nation's worst mass shooting in history and stalled efforts in Congress to implement gun reform, members of the LGBTQ community announced the formation of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence ( Pride Fund ), a press release stated. This political action committee ( PAC ) will support federal candidates who will act on sensible gun ...


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Atty Gen Lynch statement on Dallas shooting of police - The following statement was delivered July 8, the day after the killings of 5 police officers in Dallas at the end of a protest against police violence. Among the officers wounded was gay officer Jesus Retana, 39, from Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Good morning, and thank you all for being here. Last night, at least five police officers were shot ...


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New Resource Illustrates Coordinated Effort to Pass Anti-LGBT Laws - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freedom for All Americans has launched a virtual resource and infographic illustrating the interwoven relationships between anti-LGBT activists and organizations working to pass laws that harm LGBT people. The resource, titled "Enemies of Equality," can be found here: www.freedomforallamericans.org/EnemiesOfEquality . "It is crystal clear that the vast number of anti-LGBT bills we've seen pop up in state ...


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LGBT-rights ally Judge Abner Mikva dies at 90 - Abner Mikva, a liberal fixture in Chicago politics who maintained posts in all three branches of government, died July 4. He was 90. Mikva made a number of contributions in the advancements of LGBT rights, especially in his work as legislator and in the judiciary, often long before those contributions reflected popular opinion. "No matter how far we go in ...


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LGBT groups condemn shootings of Black men - From press releases - At least two national LGBT organizations have issued releases condemning the July shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile—Black men who were recently shot by police in, respectively, Louisiana and Minnesota. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "We are horrified and profoundly saddened by the recent murders of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, ...


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Trans pioneers celebrated at Vives Q - Vives Q presented their inaugural First Tuesday forum of 2016 on July 5 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. With the recent murders of so many Latinx LGBTQA people in Orlando, this edition of the series had more heft and a more immediate level of purpose. The interview subjects for the evening were trans activists Franky Piña ...


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Protestors demonstrate for sensible budget process - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Even as state lawmakers and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a stopgap budget that would at least carry various services and operations through the rest of the calendar year, hundreds of protestors gathered June 30 in front of the James R. Thompson Center to call attention to the need for a sensible state budget-negotiating process in Illinois. Numerous social services ...


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World news: Justin Trudeau, critical India ruling, Brexit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Canada's largest Pride Parade marked another milestone July 3 as a sitting prime minister marched for the first time in a colorful celebration that was tempered by last month's shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, The Huffington Post reported. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Florida tragedy is a reminder that "we can't let hate go by.'' Trudeau drew a boisterous ...


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Internat'l group releases LGBT glossary - From a press release - Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration ( ORAM ), a leading international non-profit organization devoted to advocating on behalf of the world's most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, has released a first-of-its-kind glossary of terminology to assist humanitarian professionals to communicate with people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. The comprehensive, 124-page glossary titled, "Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and ...


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NC legislators attempt to double down on discrimination - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign has released an open letter signed by 24 local and national civil rights organizations strongly condemning HB2 and any attempts to double-down on discrimination. In the final days of the North Carolina General Assembly's Short Session, new hateful legislation has been discussed by North Carolina lawmakers, which has been resoundingly rejected by these organizations — including ...


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100+ Reps back LGBT employment protections - NEW YORK — More than 100 members of Congress Tuesday night urged a federal appeals court to hold that employers cannot discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. Over 100 members of the House of Representatives filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation ...


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Judge strikes down Mississippi anti-LGBT bill - From a press release - In the early hours of Friday morning, a federal judge struck down the entirety of an anti-LGBT measure that was slated to become law that day. The law would have allowed public officials and businesses to refuse to serve LGBT individuals. The ACLU and the ACLU of Mississippi challenged the constitutionality of HB1523 in a separate lawsuit, Alford v. Moulder. ...


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White House fact sheet on LGBT promotion, protections around the world - From the White House - Throughout the Obama Administration, the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons has been a specific focus of our engagement around the world. U.S. diplomacy, foreign assistance and other activities abroad have all sought to advance this goal, ensuring that efforts to promote and protect LGBT human rights are fully ...


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UN creates first envoy on worldwide LGBTQ safety and equality - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation hailed the groundbreaking vote by the United Nations Human Rights Council creating the first-ever UN position dedicated to combating violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people worldwide. The effort to establish the independent expert post was led by the council's Latin American member countries, and supported by more than 620 ...


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UN Ambassador Power speaks at White House Dialogue on LGBT Human Rights - Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, spoke at the White House Dialogue on Global LGBT Human Rights. Her remarks, as delivered, are included below. It's amazing to be here and to be with all of you. This is a really important thing to do, particularly in light of recent events, but anyway, to step back, and ...


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49 celebs honor 49 Victims of Orlando - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released a special tribute to the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub on Latin night. The 18-minute tribute — directed by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, with the support of their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television — features a diverse cast of 49 actors, ...


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Open lesbian attorney runs for Florida legislature - Running in the Aug. 30 primary election for the Democratic stronghold of District 92 ( Broward County ) in Florida's House of Representatives, Paulette V. Armstead describes herself as having "diverse experience for diverse challenges." As an openly LGBT candidate, should she prevail against her four challengers for the seat vacated by the popular Gwyndolen "Gwyn" Clarke-Reed, Armstead will be ...


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Trans women win congressional races - Two trans women have more than their first names in common, as they made history June 28 by winning congressional primary races—becoming the first trans individuals to become major candidates for the U.S. Senate or House, The Huffington Post reported. In Utah, Democrat Misty Kathrine Snow prevailed in her senatorial race and will compete against Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee ...


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Equality Act focus of roundtable talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Equality Act was the focus of a roundtable discussion featuring U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans, Lambda Legal counsel Camilla Taylor and Kimberly Hively —LGBT civil rights plaintiff in the Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College case—June 20 at Hinshaw & Culbertston's Chicago headquarters. Moderated by Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney Cecilia Horan ...


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World news: Italy's adoption law, pro-trans fatwa, David Cameron video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Italy's highest court has made it easier for gays to adopt a partner's biological child; however, the decision does not give long-sought automatic recognition to the families of same-sex couples, the Associated Press reported. A Cassation Court ruling confirmed a lower-court decision permitting the so-called "stepchild" adoption in cases where the family bond is well-established. Earlier this year, Italy became ...


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DNC video celebrates LGBT progress - Sunday, June 26 will mark one year since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land nationwide in its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. June 26 is also the anniversary of three other landmark pro-LGBT Supreme Court decisions: U.S. v. Windsor ( 2013 ), Hollingsworth v. Perry ( 2013 ), and Lawrence v. Texas ( 2003 ). As ...


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Reaction to UK referendum result, the ILGA-Europe perspective - From a press release - ILGA-Europe have always strongly believed in the power of activists and allies to work together for a common goal, namely to improve life for LGBTI people across Europe. Over our 20 year history, we have supported the work of our dedicated UK membership, and learnt just as much from them in return. So, as a European network of human rights ...


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Thousands at Chicago's 20th annual Dyke March - They numbered in the thousands. So many people showed up to the 20th Annual Dyke March June 25 that they spanned most of the Humboldt Park route from Western and Division to the park entrance. Comprised of the entire spectrum of race, gender and gender identity, they marched with defiance. They marched with love. Much like the first Dyke March ...


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Bipartisan gun-control measure introduced in state House - From a press release - In an effort to further ensure the safety of all residents in the state of Illinois, state Reps. Greg Harris ( D-Chicago ) and Ed Sullivan ( R-Mundelein ) have introduced new legislation that would ban people who have conveyed threats of terrorism or been charged with terrorism offenses from obtaining Firearm Owner Identification ( FOID ) cards. "It is ...


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Rep. Quigley to Address Equality Act at 35th Annual Proud to Run - From a press release - As part of the events surrounding Chicago's 35th annual Proud to Run, US Congressman Mike Quigley will be speaking on June 25 about HR 3185 Equality Act, legislation that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment and other core areas of daily life. Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, LGBTQ Americans still lack ...


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Transgender measure passes City Council vote - The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not ...


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Chicago Muslim and LGBTQ leaders unite against efforts to divide - In a defiant statement of unity following the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., staff members of leading Muslim and LGBTQ advocacy organizations expressed "solidarity against hate" during a joint press conference on June 20 at the offices of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). "We are here to join together to ...


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Donald Trump to Campaign, Again, with Anti-LGBTQ Leaders and Hate Groups - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with hundreds of anti-LGBTQ activists, just days after he repeatedly bragged about being right about predicting the tragedy in Orlando and campaigning as "far better" for the LGBTQ community than Hillary Clinton. Among the activists Trump is courting — Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, which ...


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World news: Turkish parade, criminal negligence, EU consensus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 300 Turkish police officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who gathered for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban, Fox News noted, citing the Associated Press. Dozens of LGBT demonstrators gathered June 19 off Istiklal Street, a major commercial artery, some brandishing the community's rainbow flag. Police called on them to disperse and prevented ...


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National roundup: Gay trial lawyer, Anderson Cooper, Westboro counterprotest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Edward H. Gersowitz was installed as the 49th president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association ( NYSTLA ), the largest state lawyer association dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers and advocating on behalf of injured persons. He is the first openly LGBT president of a trial lawyers association in the United States. Gersowitz is a graduate of ...







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