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Ryan-Whites-moms-campaign-HIV-removed-from-human-cells

Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeanne White-Ginder—mother of the late Ryan White, the Kokomo, Indiana, teenager who died from AIDS-related complications nearly 25 years ago—was in Washington, D.C., July 30 to remind Congress of the importance of funding the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, according to a press release. White-Ginder went to Washington on behalf of The AIDS Institute. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides medical ...


Obama-urged-to-reconsider-pacts-a-killing-in-Crimea

Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Almost a dozen of U.S. senators want President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws, according to Gay Star News. Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders Aug. 4-6 during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. Ahead of this summit, 10 senators have penned a letter to the ...


Housing-activists-rally-to-support-SRO-resolution

Housing activists rally to support SRO resolution - Shortly before the Chicago City Council on July 30 approved, without discussion, a resolution temporarily banning the conversion and demolition of Single Room Occupancy ( SRO ) buildings, activists, housing advocates and city officials gathered outside the Council's chambers to lend their support to the measure and call attention to the need for more affordable housing in the city. The ...


Sneyers-prepares-for-15-mayoral-challenge

Sneyers prepares for '15 mayoral challenge - 2015 ELECTIONS - Dennis Sneyers said that he has been tempted to run for public office since he was a kid, but not for an office as big as the one he'll be vying for soon. "I always thought that some day I might run for Congress or something like that," Sneyers said. "I never thought that I would decide to run for ...


Live-The-Wage-Challenge-issued-to-Congress-Try-living-it

'Live The Wage Challenge' issued to Congress: Try living it - From a press release - Washington DC — Marking five years since the last federal minimum wage increase, paycheck fairness advocates today issued the 'Live The Wage Challenge' to Congress: Step into the shoes of a minimum wage worker and live for one week on just $77. Earning just $7.25 an hour, the average full time minimum wage worker struggles to survive on just $77 ...


Bill-T-Jones-among-Obama-honorees-

Bill T. Jones among Obama honorees - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday afternoon, July 28, 2014, President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. Among the honorees is openly gay dance legend Bill T. Jones. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the ...


Rob-Ford-says-hes-not-anti-gay-Glee-trouble-in-UK

Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he not homophobic, according to CBC.ca. There is an ongoing debate over whether Ford is anti-gay after he chose to sit during a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers and he was the lone vote against a study of homeless shelter space for LGBT youth. Doug Ford, the Rob's brother and campaign manager, said the sit-down ...


Obama-signs-order-protecting-federal-employees-from-bias

Obama signs order protecting federal employees from bias - WASHINGTON, DC—In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning (July 21) signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which ...


World-news-Conchita-Wurst-models-Ian-Thorpe-comes-out

World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


Black-LGBT-trailblazers-Maddow-talks-Perry-ENDA-debate

Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ebony Magazine has released its list of the top 10 Black LGBT trailblazers on the rise. They include actress Laverne Cox; WNBA player Brittney Griner; advocate Janet Mock; writer/filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler; violinist/mezzo-soprano Tona Brown; activist Tiq Milan; musician Siya; pro football player Michael Sam; singer Big Freedia; and educator/ex-NBA player Wade Davis. Amid all of the mistakes that ...


Equality-Illinois-calls-on-Rauner-to-return-DeVos-contributions

Equality Illinois calls on Rauner to return DeVos contributions - Equality Illinois has called on GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to return $13,000 in contributions made last week by the DeVos family who are prominent contributors to many conservative causes. Among their past contributions was a $500,000 pledge to the National Organization for Marriage. Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, told Chicago Sun-Times that, "What we see Rauner trying to ...


PASSAGES-Former-US-Sen-Alan-Dixon-dies

PASSAGES: Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon dies - Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died July 6 at his home in downstate Fairview Heights. He was 86. Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life. Last ...


NGLTF-withdraws-support-of-ENDA

NGLTF withdraws support of ENDA - In an Advocate op-ed, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ( NGLTF ) Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey said the organization has pulled its support of the current version of ENDA. In part, Carey wrote, "After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of ...


Mich-gubernatorial-candidate-Schauer-talks-LGBT-rights

Mich. gubernatorial candidate Schauer talks LGBT rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Phillip-John Puzzo - In Michigan, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate has not defeated a Republican incumbent since 1948. So even though the odds aren't exactly in Mark Schauer's favor, the former Congressman and Battle Creek native is not discouraged. CNN Money recently ranked the Great Lake state in the bottom five in terms of economic strength and employment opportunities in the United States, so ...


Tim-Cook-at-Pride-Parade-LGBT-groups-wont-back-ENDA

Tim Cook at Pride Parade; LGBT groups won't back ENDA - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Days after being a CNBC anchor brought up his sexuality, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his support for his company's employees at San Francisco's annual Gay Pride Parade, IBTimes.com reported. The CEO did not march in the parade, but Cook tweeted a photo of approximately 5,000 Apple employees marching with the company's logo. On the CNBC show Squawk on the ...


National-news

National news - From George Chauncey's Gay New York to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, work-related LGBT literature and authors whose books focus on work are being highlighted for LGBT Pride Month as part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America, according to a press release. The Web-based project, http://www.dol.gov/books, aims to engage the public about the Labor ...


Putin-refuses-Elton-John-USAID-Natl-Gay-Chamber-partner

Putin refuses Elton John; USAID, Nat'l Gay Chamber partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Russia President Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation, Gay Star News reported. The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the controversy over the country's law banning the promotion of homosexuality. Even though John had said ...


Obama-announces-ban-on-trans-bias-for-federal-employees

Obama announces ban on trans bias for federal employees - From news releases - WASHINGTON — Tonight at the White House LGBT Pride Reception, President Obama announced he would be issuing an executive order to protect transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination. Once issued, it would expand upon an executive order from President Bill Clinton, which banned workplace discrimination among federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation. See speech here: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/President-Obama-welcomes-Chicagoans-in-Pride-Month-remarks/48112.html . Currently, ...


Gov-Quinn-signs-anti-bullying-bill-

Gov. Quinn signs anti-bullying bill - Gov. Pat Quinn on June 26 signed legislation that installs protections and procedures to help students bullied in Illinois schools. "A child who is bullied is a child who is fearful of learning [and] fearful of coming to school," Quinn said at the signing, which was held at Skinner West Elementary School, 1260 W. Adams St. "We cannot allow bullying ...


Protesters-decry-Rauners-marriage-views

Protesters decry Rauner's marriage views - Politicians, activists and organization leaders were among those who gathered in Lakeview at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe Streets to warn of negative consequences for the LGBT community, and marriage equality, should Bruce Rauner be elected Governor of Illinois this November. A large banner now at the corner shows a picture of Rauner and says, "Bruce Rauner on marriage ...


9-of-12-LGBT-candidates-advance-in-primaries

9 of 12 LGBT candidates advance in primaries - Nine of 12 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday; but, lesbian Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one them. In a six-person race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, Mizeur won 22 percent of the vote, two points behind the state attorney general Doug Gansler, with 24 percent, but well behind Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown with ...


Chicagoans-visit-Dominican-Republic-as-LGBT-rights-advocates-

Chicagoans visit Dominican Republic as LGBT-rights advocates - Tourists who visit Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic can spend their time wandering around the Fortaleza Ozamao—the oldest military castle in the Americas or the equally magnificent Catedral Santa MarÃa de la EncarnacÃon. They can enjoy spectacular ocean views from the luxurious Malecon Center skyscrapers, find an adventure in the Les Tres Ojos caverns, or travel a couple of ...


LGBT-rights-activists-in-Uganda-Thailand-talk-situation

LGBT-rights activists in Uganda, Thailand talk situation - by Phillip-John Puzzo. Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 17, Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), held a press call with LGBT activists in Uganda and Thailand to discuss the state of international LGBT rights as well as to examine the United States' future role in the global battle for human rights. Since the anti-homosexuality law in Uganda was introduced to ...


World-news-Developments-in-Uganda-Luxembourg-passes-marriage

World news: Developments in Uganda; Luxembourg passes marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Uganda's government institutions will lose U.S. funding as punishment for enacting a law that makes some same-sex acts punishable by life in prison. In addition, the White House said Thursday that Washington will cancel a planned military exercise with Uganda and deny entry to certain Ugandan citizens, including those "involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals." However, ...


-States-Attorney-hosts-LGBT-pride-event

State's Attorney hosts LGBT pride event - Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez hosted her 5th annual LGBT pride celebration and awards June 18 at Center on Halsted. Honorees were Officer Jose Rios, activist Dalila Fridi and Chef Art Smith ( who could not attend, so his husband Jesus Salgueiro accepted ). Smith received the Vernita Gray Lifetime Achievement Award. Vernita Gray's widow Pat Ewert and her ...


Remarks-by-President-Obama-at-DNC-LGBT-Gala

Remarks by President Obama at DNC LGBT Gala - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary - Gotham Hall, New York, New York, June 17, 2014, 7:36 p.m. THE PRESIDENT: Edith, Robbie, thanks for the wonderfully brief introduction. ( Laughter. ) I mean that sincerely. The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America, a clear victory for human decency and equality and justice and freedom. So ...


Phelps-relative-poses-for-NOH8-gay-groups-back-Crist

Phelps relative poses for NOH8; gay groups back Crist - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Libby Phelps, granddaughter of the late Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, has posed for the NOH8 campaign, according to Frontiers LA. Phelps left the notorious church in 2009, and has joined a number of other ex-members in condemning the organization. Lauren Drain, another former member, also posed for the NOH8 campaign last year, but Libby Phelps is the first ...


LGBT-groups-band-against-ENDAs-religious-exemption

LGBT groups band against ENDA's religious exemption - Growing numbers of national and statewide LGBT organizations are coming out against the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act ( ENDA ), saying that while it bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the federal law also would allow religious organizations to discriminate against LGBTs even in non-ministerial or non-pastoral capacities. Advocates for LGBT equality maintain the ...


Internatl-defense-act-Canadas-gay-premier-Mr-World

Internat'l defense act; Canada's gay premier; Mr. World - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Sen. Ed Markey introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act to direct the Department of State to consider preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign-policy priority, according to MassLive.com. In addition to setting LGBT rights as an international policy priority, the bill would also require the State Department to devise a global strategy ...


-Trans-GOP-candidate-prevails-in-Nevada

Trans GOP candidate prevails in Nevada - An openly transgender woman claimed the Republican nomination in her bid to represent Nevada in the state legislature, The Washington Blade reported. Lauren Scott, who's transgender and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, won the Republican primary election for Nevada Assembly District 30 in a contest against Adam Khan by taking 58 percent of the vote. The district—which includes ...


Canada-gets-first-openly-gay-premier

Canada gets first openly gay premier - The Ontario Liberals won a majority June 12, making Kathleen Wynne the province's first elected female premier and Canada's first elected openly gay premier. MetroNews.ca noted that this win is the Liberals' fourth consecutive win and was accomplished despite multiple accusations of corruption the entire campaign. Wynne first concern is to pass her $130-billion, left-leaning spring budget, The Toronto Star ...


Reps-say-theyll-be-mindful-of-exemption

Reps say they'll be mindful of exemption - Two U.S. Representatives from Illinois said that activists and politicians would have to be vigilant about making sure that provisions within the Employment Non-Discrimination Act don't undercut the bill's effectiveness in stopping hiring- and on-the-job-discrimination. Activists have in recent weeks been concerned that the so-called "religious exemption" in the ENDA bill is far too broad, and would give churches and ...


NEIU-protests-over-Walesa-building-continue

NEIU protests over Walesa building continue - Activists, students and other members of the Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU ) community are continuing actions aimed at having the name of a campus building named after former Polish president and labor leader Lech Walesa changed. About 30 protestors congregated on the NEIU campus June 11, according to organizer and student Mike Lackovich, shortly before the university's board of ...


Senate-Support-bill-to-create-top-diplomat-on-LGBT-issues

Senate: Support bill to create top diplomat on LGBT issues - From a press release - ( New York — June 13, 2014 ) The Senate should move quickly to support the International Human Rights Defense Act ( S.2472 ), introduced by Senator Ed Markey ( D-MA ), said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today. The bill, which has 24 initial co-sponsors, establishes a dedicated high-level post at the U.S. ...


Hillary-Clinton-speaks-on-LGBT-women-immigrant-rights-

Hillary Clinton speaks on LGBT, women, immigrant rights - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly asserted her support for LGBTQ rights during a June 11 visit to Chicago—the first public event in a tour promoting her memoir Hard Choices. Clinton was interviewed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel who asked her about her December 2011 speech in Geneva during which she said "Gay rights are human rights and human rights ...


Natl-LGBT-groups-demand-US-stop-negotiating-TPP-with-Brunei

Nat'l LGBT groups demand US stop negotiating TPP with Brunei - From a Pride at Work press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, several prominent national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) equality organizations released a joint letter to President Obama demanding that the US cease further negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) free trade agreement with Brunei after that country enacted a strict new penal code that targets women, LGBT people, and religious minorities. ...


Suit-maintains-Rutherford-acted-as-mob-boss

Suit maintains Rutherford acted as "mob boss" - A former State Treasurer's Office employee on June 12 re-filed a federal lawsuit that maintained he was sexually harassed by State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, this time adding political discrimination and racketeering on behalf of Mitt Romney's presidential to the allegations. At a press conference at Dirksen Federal Courthouse June 12, attorneys for the plaintiff alleged that Rutherford in effect acted ...


119-members-of-Congress-call-for-end-to-talks-with-Brunei

119 members of Congress call for end to talks with Brunei - Lawmakers Want Brunei's Human Rights Violations to be Addressed - From a press release WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan ( D-WI ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( R-FL ), Rosa DeLauro ( D-CT ), Louise Slaughter ( D-NY ), and Henry Waxman ( D-CA ), along with 114 of their House colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman insisting the United ...


HRC-to-Secretary-Kerry-old-Uganda-accountable

HRC to Secretary Kerry: old Uganda accountable - From an HRC press release - Renews calls for Obama Administration to announce new steps following months-long interagency review of U.S. relationship with Uganda WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to directly raise the United States' vehement opposition to Uganda's recent enactment of state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia in his meeting this afternoon with Ugandan Foreign Minister ...


Gay-Republican-wins-out-Latino-mayor-Grindr-attack-arrest

Gay Republican wins; out Latino mayor; Grindr attack arrest - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Voters selected Carl DeMaio as one of the top two candidates in the blanket primary for the right to represent California's 52nd Congressional District, moving DeMaio one step closer to becoming the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress, according to Fox News. The former San Diego city councilman, who lost a bid to become that city's mayor in 2012, ...


Male-tennis-player-hires-French-lesbian-Torontos-welcome-

Male tennis player hires French lesbian; Toronto's welcome - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After spending his youth being coached by his mother, pro Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is turning to another woman to help him defend his Wimbledon title: former top-ranked Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, according to ESPN.com. The tournament at the All England Club starts on June 23. Mauresmo, an out lesbian, won her first at the Australian Open in 2006, and ...


Supreme-Court-Another-month-of-major-moments

Supreme Court: Another month of 'major moments' - Legal activists brace for religious ruling - June is the final month of the U.S. Supreme Court's current session and, while anticipation is not nearly so great this year for the LGBT community as it was last year, there is some concern in the air. Last year, the wait was about marriage: whether the Supreme Court would declare the Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on ...


Pols-speak-of-victories-frustrations-at-Edgewater-breakfast

Pols speak of victories, frustrations at Edgewater breakfast - Out politicans and other supporters of the LGBT community were in attendance at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce's second annual State of Edgewater Breakfast June 6. Among those present at the gathering at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, 5333 N. Sheridan Rd., were state Reps. Greg Harris and Kelly Cassidy; state Sen. Heather Steans; U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Cook County ...


Baldwin-Pocan-on-federal-decision-on-marriage-in-Wisconsin

Baldwin, Pocan on federal decision on marriage in Wisconsin - From a press release - Washington D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the below statement regarding the Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin. "Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is just plain wrong. Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values — it violates our Constitution. And now we can proudly ...


EI-says-pass-ENDA-without-broad-religious-exemption

EI says pass ENDA without broad religious exemption - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — As our work to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans continues, Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest civil rights organization advocating for LGBT Illinoisans, strives to make the protections as broad and as inclusive as possible. With that in mind, Equality Illinois believes the current version of ENDA — the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination ...


Gareth-Thomas-in-Cinderella-South-Africa-drops-blood-ban

Gareth Thomas in Cinderella; South Africa drops blood ban - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas will tackle a new challenge this Christmas—as he stars in a pantomime of Cinderella, according to Wales Online. Thomas will join fellow cast members Lee Mead, Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones and Sam Kane in the show at New Theatre in Cardiff. Thomas, who will star as Dandini, is considered one of ...


Houston-expands-pro-LGBT-measure-change-in-HIV-statute

Houston expands pro-LGBT measure; change in HIV statute - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston, Texas, has approved an ordinance expanding anti-bias protections for its LGBT residents, The Washington Post reported. The Houston City Council voted 11 to six in favor of the ordinance May 28 after listening to more than 200 people discuss the measure. Most spoke in favor of it during a public hearing that lasted more than seven hours. Supporters of ...


Very-personal-battle-in-Houston-could-get-even-more-so

'Very personal' battle in Houston could get even more so - In a battle she characterized as "very personal" and "about me," Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of the fourth most populous city in the United States, won a victory last Thursday. She convinced the Houston City Council to establish a law that would prohibit discrimination based on a range of characteristics —including sexual orientation and gender identity—in public and ...


-Advocates-decry-Rauners-marriage-stance

Advocates decry Rauner's marriage stance - Representatives from Equality Illinois, The Civil Rights Agenda and Illinois Unites for Marriage held a press conference June 2 to raise questions on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on same-sex marriage—or lack thereof. At a November Tea Party speaking engagement in Quincy, Illinois, Rauner, who has usually tried to frame himself as a social moderate, said that he would ...


Harris-Steans-Osterman-celebrate-marriage-equality

Harris, Steans, Osterman celebrate marriage equality - State Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans joined 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman June 1 at Kathy Osterman Beach to celebrate the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act at last taking effect in Illinois. "Love won out," said Steans. "A lot changed in a very short amount of time, and that was led, I think, by the very ...


Former-Chicagoan-Karen-Dixon-to-chair-Lambda-Legal-board-

Former Chicagoan Karen Dixon to chair Lambda Legal board - From a press release - ( New York, May 29, 2014 ) - Lambda Legal announced the election of new leaders to serve on its Board of Directors, including John Stafstrom, Chair of the Public Finance Department with Pullman & Comley, LLC; Rachel Goldberg, General Counsel of the Stamford, Connecticut Urban Redevelopment Commission; Kenneth Weissenberg, Tax Partner and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Services Group ...


Obama-issues-LGBT-Pride-Month-proclamation

Obama issues LGBT Pride Month proclamation - Deom The White House - Office of the Press Secretary LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but ...


-Lesbian-named-to-presidents-council

Lesbian named to president's council - Lesbian Caitlin Cahow has been appointed to President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, according to a press release. Cahow was a member of the United States women's national ice-hockey team from 2005 to 2013. In addition, she was captain of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women's Hockey League ( CWHL ), and has served on the CWHL ...


National-Amazon-petitioned-on-scouts-Log-Cabins-blast-Polis

National: Amazon petitioned on scouts; Log Cabins blast Polis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT youth and adults, allies and local advocates delivered more than 125,000 petition signatures to online retail giant Amazon at the company's headquarters in Seattle, according to GLAAD. Seventeen-year-old Pascal Tessier, one the first openly gay Eagle Scouts, started the petition with Scouts for Equality in support of ousted gay Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath. He is asking Amazon to suspend its ...


Cardinal-praises-Conchita-gay-politician-had-abusive-partner

Cardinal praises Conchita; gay politician had abusive partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: Cardinal praises Eurovision winner; gay politician's abusive lover COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, has praised Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst for winning the European song contest in comments that suggest he is open-minded when it comes to trans issues, Gay Star News reported. "I am glad that Tom Neuwirth had such success ...


Lesbian-among-new-Obama-appointments

Lesbian among new Obama appointments - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: -Bruce H. Andrews — Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce -Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat — Ambassador to the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Department of State -Marcus D. Jadotte — Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, Department of Commerce -James D. Pettit — ...


Kelley-Quinn-named-chief-Emanuel-spokesperson

Kelley Quinn named chief Emanuel spokesperson - Kelley Quinn, who is openly lesbian and is currently a communications official in the city Finance Department, will next month take over as a chief spokesperson for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Tribune reported May 22. Quinn replaces Sarah Hamilton, who told the Tribune she is leaving to "recharge and travel." Quinn is a former journalist and has served in a ...


Michelle-Obama-recognized-lesbian-mother-marriage-battles

Michelle Obama recognized lesbian mother; marriage battles - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To recognize military spouses' service and sacrifice, First Lady Michelle Obama invited a group of military wives and family members to the annual Mother's Day Tea at the White House, according to the American Forces Press Service. At the event, Obama recognized military spouses' sacrifice by noting a couple of mothers in the audience—including Judith Chedville, who originally left the ...


International-sports-study-Obama-talks-IDAHOT

International sports study; Obama talks IDAHOT - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Out on the Fields"—the first international study on homophobia in sport—aims shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field, according to a press release from organizers of the Bingham Cup. The research team working on the study, called "Out on the Fields" includes experts on homophobia from six universities, ...


Gay-man-appt-1st-Asst-States-Attorney

Gay man appt. 1st Asst. State's Attorney - From a press release - Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has named Daniel Kirk, an openly gay man, to the position of First Assistant State's Attorney. In his new role, Kirk, 42, will serve as second in command in the State's Attorney's Office, managing day-to-day operations and legal affairs that the office prosecutes, investigates and litigates. Kirk will also serve as an advisor to ...


Equality-Institute-addresses-national-global-LGBTQ-issues

Equality Institute addresses national, global LGBTQ issues - May 17 marked both the 10th anniversary of the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in the United States and the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It thus seemed the perfect occasion for Equality Illinois and its partners—AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, the Howard Brown Health Center, Lambda Legal, the National Immigrant Justice Center and ...


Obama-on-International-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia

Obama on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From the White House - Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love. This year, the ...


LPAC-announces-Ricketts-to-be-chair-2014-endorsements-

LPAC announces Ricketts to be chair, 2014 endorsements - LPAC, the nation's first lesbian-backed Super PAC, on May 15 announced that Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts would be its new Board Chair, as well as a first-wave slate of 15 endorsements for 2014. Ricketts, who is openly lesbian, co-founded LPAC and has been active in the committee since its inception. She replaces Chicagoan Sarah Schmidt. In a press release, ...


Gay-divers-expletive-laden-term-boy-expelled-for-dress

Gay diver's expletive-laden term; boy expelled for dress - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Australian diver Matthew Mitcham called UK Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine an expletive-filled term after she criticized the decision to suspend Australian rugby player Mitchell Moses after he used the same phrase, according to Outsports. Devine said that the suspension was "paying obeisance to homo-fascism," and that what Moses said was not an anti-gay slur. In response, Mitcham tweeted, ...


Hagel-on-trans-in-military-Clay-Aikens-dramatic-win-

Hagel on trans* in military; Clay Aiken's dramatic win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In response to a question asked by Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that medical regulations barring transgender people from serving in the military "continually should be reviewed," according to a press release from the pro-LGBT military group SPART*A. SPART*A Policy Director and former Army Captain Allyson Robinson expressed thanks for Hagel's ...


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Clay Aiken foe dies - \Clay Aiken's opponent in the race for North Carolina's North Carolina's Second Congressional District has died suddenly, according to Vanity Fair. Keith Crisco, 71, was found dead by emergency responders after reportedly falling in his home. The news came as a shock to locals, as the heated race was near resolution, with Crisco trailing the former American Idol star by ...


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On the Table: 10,000 to discuss city's future - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Monday, May 12, nearly 10,000 Chicago residents will gather around breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert tables across the region to discuss the future of the city. These mealtime conversations are part of an initiative from grant-making organization The Chicago Community Trust called "On the Table." "On the Table is an effort that is designed to mark our 99th anniversary ...


Immigrant-activists-at-White-House-Bishop-Robinson-divorces

Immigrant activists at White House; Bishop Robinson divorces - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT immigrant activists, led by Immigration Equality, hosted a press conference and action at the gates of the White House, calling on President Obama to end deportations and provide immediate relief to immigrant families, according to a press release. The event known as "#Not1More Queer & Trans Person #Deported2Death" was organized by Immigration Equality, alongside the National Day Laborers Organizing ...


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UN's pro-LGBT Bolly-style video; rugby player on gays - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: UN's pro-LGBT Bollywood-style video; rugby player on 'accepted' gays COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai, India, to promote its Free & Equal campaign for LGBT equality, according to a press release. The two-and-a-half ...


State-rep-Jakobsson-honored-at-Chicago-House-show-brunch

State rep Jakobsson honored at Chicago House show/brunch - Illinois state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson was the recipient of the Chicago House Spirit Award and an impassioned standing ovation from guests at the sold-out 27th Annual Vivid 2014 Spring Brunch and Fashion Show fundraiser for the Chicago House held at Harold Washington Library's Winter Garden ballroom on May 4. Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-05-06&AGALLERY=ChicagoHsJakobssonBlickensderfer . Honored for her ...


-TWO-launches-Center-Against-Religious-Extremism-

TWO launches Center Against Religious Extremism - From a press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out announced today the launch of its new Center Against Religious Extremism ( TWOCARE.org ), which aims to hold America's Religious Right accountable for promoting theocracy at home and shipping its dangerous brand of hate abroad. TWOCARE commenced today with a $100,000 matching grant from philanthropist Henry van Ameringen. "If you're like me, you are tired ...


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UN Free & Equal launched in India with Bollywood video - From a press release - MUMBAI/GENEVA ( 30 April 2014 ) — The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) on Wednesday launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai to promote its Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The two-and-a-half minute video, called "The Welcome", stars actress and ...


Chicago-House-brunch-to-honor-Jakobbson

Chicago House brunch to honor Jakobbson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago House and Social Service Agency is putting finishing touches on its 26th annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show, to be held in the Winter Garden Ballroom at Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., on May 4. The brunch this year pays tribute to state Rep. Naomi Jakobbson, who will be presented with Chicago House's Spirit Award. Jakobbson will ...


Tunney-supporters-gather-for-fundraiser

Tunney supporters gather for fundraiser - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Supporters of openly gay Ald. Tom Tunney gathered at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., for an April 24 fundraiser in support of his next run for office in 2015. Tunney was introduced by Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug, who said that Tunney had "poured his heart and soul into Lakeview," and added that he worked as a server at Ann Sather ...


World-news-Russia-HIV-law-Brunei-delays-stoning-law

World news: Russia HIV law; Brunei delays stoning law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A law has been proposed in Russia that would force anyone with HIV to join a database, and submit their details and fingerprints to the government, according to Pink News. The amendment, which State Duma deputy Roman Khudyakov proposed, will create a mandatory database for people with "dangerous contagious diseases." The amendment reportedly has broad support from the government, and ...







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