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New-report-out-on-harms-of-legalizing-discrimination-in-child-services

New report out on harms of legalizing discrimination in child services - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Disregarding the Best Interest of the Child: License to Discriminate In Child Welfare Services, a report detailing the harms of efforts to write anti-LGBTQ discrimination by child welfare agencies ...


After-grant-cuts-director-to-leave-Safe-Schools-Alliance-

After grant cuts, director to leave Safe Schools Alliance - At the beginning of December, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance announced two significant pieces of news: Following cuts in a State of Illinois grant, the Alliance is looking to form a strategic partnership with another organization, and Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter is leaving the organization. Alliance Board Vice Chair Mary Morten said that the organization has already made short-term plans to ...


Looking-back-at-2017s-top-ten-news-events-

Looking back at 2017's top ten news events - 2017 was the year the 1960s tried to make a comeback. There was the resurgence in white nationalist activity, widespread sexual harassment, and renewed concern about the use of nuclear weapons. The new president, Donald Trump, fanned perilous fires. He also tried to make friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin while an unfolding investigation was showing the Trump campaign had ...


Transgender-fetus-banned-from-CDC-reports-

'Transgender,' 'fetus' banned from CDC reports - The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control, the country's top public health agency, from using a list of seven words or phrases—including "fetus" and "transgender"—in any official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget, according to The Washington Post. The forbidden word list includes "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Several key national ...


HRC-Puerto-Rico-Gov-Rossello-Must-Veto-Anti-LGBTQ-Bill

HRC: Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello Must Veto Anti-LGBTQ Bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo RossellÃ" to veto a bill passed by the Senate on Sunday that could allow anyone who claims a religious exemption the right to discriminate against the Commonwealth's LGBTQ community and visitors. "This legislation would allow a dangerous license to discriminate, putting LGBTQ people and ...


Misinformation-Nation-The-Threat-to-Americas-Federal-Data-and-Civil-Rights-in-new-report

Misinformation Nation, The Threat to America's Federal Data and Civil Rights in new report - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The federal government's collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, Misinformation Nation: The Threat ...


135M-in-grants-go-to-grassroots-organizing-by-women-of-color-trans-people-of-color

$1.35M in grants go to grassroots organizing by women of color, trans people of color - From a news release - Groundswell is proud to announce $1,350,000 in grants for 30 organizations in its inaugural round of grantmaking through the Liberation Fund, a joint project of Groundswell Fund ( a 501c3 ) and Groundswell Action Fund ( a 501c4 ). Grantees were recommended for funding by 15 leading women of color movement leaders who serve as advisors to the Liberation Fund, ...


HRC-Five-Years-After-Sandy-Hook-Time-for-Gun-Safety-Reform-

HRC: Five Years After Sandy Hook, Time for Gun Safety Reform - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: "Five years ago today, 26 innocent people — including 20 children — were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the ...


Black-LGBTQIA-Migrant-Project-launches-to-build-community-power

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project launches to build community power - From a press release, video below - The Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project ( BLMP ) [ https://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/blmp ] , a first-of-its-kind program housed at Transgender Law Center and made possible by a 2017 Open Society Foundations Soros Justice Fellowship, launched Wednesday with an accompanying 20-minute documentary [ see video below ] and opportunities for community members to get involved . "As a Black transgender Nigerian migrant, I ...


AG-Madigan-to-appeal-FCC-vote-to-eliminate-net-neutrality-rules

AG Madigan to appeal FCC vote to eliminate net neutrality rules - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that she, along with other state attorneys general, will appeal the Federal Communications Commission's ( FCC ) action to eliminate existing net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers ( ISPs ) from discriminating among consumers and content providers. The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was approved today in a 3-2 ...


Gay-activist-details-undercover-journey-inside-alt-right

Gay activist details undercover journey inside alt-right - Imagine spending a year undercover among the alt-right in the United Kingdom and United States. That's just what Patrik Hermansson ( a young gay Swedish activist who used the pseudonym Erik Hellberg ) did for HOPE not hate. One of the places Hermansson found himself was at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this past summer where Heather Heyer ...


Doug-Jones-bests-anti-LGBTQ-politician-Roy-Moore-according-to-reports-

Doug Jones bests anti-LGBTQ politician Roy Moore, according to reports - From a press release - Birmingham, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) celebrated the election of civil rights prosecutor Doug Jones over Roy Moore, the bigoted anti-LGBTQ politician twice ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court for ethics violations and recently accused of serially preying on teen girls. "Tonight, in rejecting avowed bigot Roy Moore, Alabama voters solidified once and for all ...


Judge-subjects-Hastert-to-restrictions-

Judge subjects Hastert to restrictions - In Chicago, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin ruled that disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is barred from contact with minors unless another adult is around who knows Hastert paid money to conceal that he'd sexually abused teenage boys, The Washington Post reported. The Illinois Republican is also banned from possessing pornography and using sex-chat lines, and allow ...


AG-Madigan-calls-for-delay-on-net-neutrality-votes-demands-investigation

AG Madigan calls for delay on net neutrality votes, demands investigation - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today called for a federal investigation in light of widespread reports that millions of comments received by the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) in its net neutrality rule-making process were submitted under fraudulent or stolen identities. Madigan also called for the FCC to delay its vote on its plan to end existing net ...


Bermuda-Senate-Votes-to-Repeal-Marriage-Equality

Bermuda Senate Votes to Repeal Marriage Equality - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, urged the Governor of Bermuda — John Rankin — to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality. If the measure becomes law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Bermuda Tourism Authority has ...


Nomination-of-Mateer-withdrawn-right-wing-leaning-Willett-confirmed

Nomination of Mateer withdrawn, right-wing leaning Willett confirmed - From news releases, HRC video below - From HRC: Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee will Not Be Confirmed WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, claimed victory as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Newman-hosts-LGBT-meet-and-greet

ELECTIONS 2018 Newman hosts LGBT meet-and-greet - Marie Newman—a first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois and the mother of a transgender child—hosted a fundraiser at Boystown spot Sidetrack on Dec. 7. She is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski—a Democrat who has an anti-LGBT record. Among other things, Lipinski was one of the few Democrats to support a constitutional amendment ...


HRC-to-honor-trans-trailblazer-Grimm-at-conference-on-LGBTQ-youth-safety-and-inclusion

HRC to honor trans trailblazer Grimm at conference on LGBTQ youth safety and inclusion - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor transgender advocate Gavin Grimm with an Upstander Award at the organization's annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The conference is co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association. "Gavin has set ...


HRC-Mourns-the-Death-of-San-Francisco-Mayor-Ed-Lee

HRC Mourns the Death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today released the following statement upon news of the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Mayor Lee was a tireless advocate for LGBTQ equality who worked to make San Francisco a stronger, more vibrant, and inclusive community. ...


Attorney-discusses-Cakeshop-case-at-WBAI-event

Attorney discusses Cakeshop case at WBAI event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Based on the transcript from the U.S. Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop deliberations earlier that day, Lambda Legal Senior Council and former National Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor had a strong opinion. "Today was not a very good day for LGBT rights," Taylor explained to a crowd at Charles Schwab at 430 N. Michigan Ave. Schwab and the Women's Bar Association ...


National-roundup-Trans-Ariz-candidate-Kim-Davis-Tinder-date-death

National roundup: Trans Ariz. candidate, Kim Davis, Tinder date death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Arizona, transgender Peoria woman Brianna Westbrook is a Democrat running in Congressional District 8, AZCentral.com noted. However, incumbent U.S. Rep. Trent Franks is stepping down Jan. 31 after allegations of sexual harassment he said stemmed from inquiries to female staffers about becoming surrogate mothers—which may influence Westbrook's chances of becoming the first transgender member of Congress. However, Westbrook is ...


World-news-Couple-tortured-Trans-Day-of-Rage-Bermuda-marriage-repeal-

World news: Couple tortured, 'Trans Day of Rage,' Bermuda marriage repeal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple in Uzbekistan were arrested and tortured by police, who charged them with engaging in illegal sexual relations, NewNowNext reported. Male homosexuality is punishable by up to three years in prison in the majority-Muslim country, but the law is rarely enforced. In 2016, late President Islam Karimov condemned same-sex relationships as a "vile phenomenon of Western culture." India's ...


US-Supreme-Court-Denies-Lambda-Legal-Appeal-of-LGBT-Employment-Discrimination-Case-

US Supreme Court Denies Lambda Legal Appeal of LGBT Employment Discrimination Case - From a Lambda Legal press release - WASHINGTON ( December 11, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will not review the Lambda Legal case on behalf of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was harassed at work and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. "By declining to hear this case, the Supreme Court is delaying the inevitable and leaving ...


Out-for-America-Report-map-shows-LGBTQ-elected-officials-in-US

Out for America Report, map shows LGBTQ elected officials in U.S. - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Victory Institute released its Out for America report and interactive Out for America map to provide the most comprehensive look ever at LGBTQ elected officials in the United States. The report provides demographic information for the nearly 450 known LGBTQ elected officials in the U.S. and documents the severe underrepresentation of LGBTQ people in key positions ...


Fed-Judges-reject-requested-delay-on-trans-military-enlistment

Fed. Judges reject requested delay on trans military enlistment - From news releases - From Lambda Legal: Court Orders U.S. Military to Immediately Halt Ban of Transgender Troops SEATTLE (December 11, 2017) — Today, a federal court in Seattle ordered an immediate halt to the Trump Administration's discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The ruling came in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging ...


Color-of-Changes-Rashad-Robinson-on-the-work-needing-to-be-done

Color of Change's Rashad Robinson on the work needing to be done - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Color of Change, which James Rucker and Van Jones founded in 2005, is a Black-led online racial justice organization with more than 1 million members. Named the sixth-most innovative company in the world by Fast Company in 2015, with Rashad Robinson currently at the helm, the organization has moved its members to fight racism and injustice through initiatives as varied ...


Democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-LGBT-issues

Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate LGBT issues - Democratic candidates vying in the March 2018 primary for their party's nomination for governor of Illinois gathered Dec. 6 for a debate focused on LGBT-related issues. The forum, held at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., was sponsored by Equality Illinois as well as a sizable coalition of local advocacy organizations, including Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ...


Gay-Liberation-Network-hosts-Palestinian-focused-forum

Gay Liberation Network hosts Palestinian-focused forum - Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) hosted a "No LGBTQ Cover for Israeli Repression of Palestinians" forum Dec. 9 at Chicago Public Library's Uptown branch. Ahead of the discussion, GLN Co-founder Andy Thayer ( who also served as the moderator ) explained the reasons behind this forum. He noted that GLN approaches their Palestinian support through an intersectional lens. "[Intersectionality] ...


Court-Filing-Trump-administration-distorting-evidence-to-prevent-trans-enlistment

Court Filing: Trump administration distorting evidence to prevent trans enlistment - From a NCLR/GLAD press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., December 8, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) filed their opposition to yesterday's Trump administration request for a partial stay in Doe v. Trump, the first legal challenge filed against Trump's transgender military ban. If granted, the stay would permit the Trump administration ...


Trans-Lifeline-co-founder-Chaubal-appears-before-immigration-court-judge

Trans Lifeline co-founder Chaubal appears before immigration-court judge - Trans Lifeline co-founder Nina Chaubal ( a transgender woman and citizen of India ) appeared in front of Chicago Immigration Court Judge Elizabeth Lang Nov. 29 for an administrative hearing where the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) was pursuing a deportation case against her. About 15 supporters squeezed into the small courtroom to rally behind Chaubal and her ...


Moodie-Mills-to-leave-Victory-Fund-former-Houston-Parker-named

Moodie-Mills to leave Victory Fund, former Houston Parker named - Victory Fund and Victory Institute announced the resignation of President/CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker becoming the leader of the organizations. The transition comes as both organizations prepare for the enormous opportunities in the 2018 election cycle, with more LGBTQ candidates running for elected office than ever before. According to a press release, "Parker's experience as ...


People-protest-Trumps-Jerusalem-declaration-

People protest Trump's Jerusalem declaration - Speaking out against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, approximately 200 people rallied in Daley Plaza on Dec. 7, WGN-TV reported. Apparently, there was a brief skirmish that involved neo-Nazi counterprotesters—but the demonstrators made them depart. Pro-Palestine demonstrators then marched through the Loop to the Israeli consulate at Madison and Canal streets after ...


Net-Neutrality-is-worth-fighting-for-now

Net Neutrality is worth fighting for now - Net Neutrality is the principle, and current FCC regulations, that let you a ) get access to The Windy City Times, Advocate.com, Grindr and other LGBTQ content at all and b ) have that access without paying more for that content on top of your current internet access charges. Net Neutrality says that all information on the Internet must be ...


Australia-legalizes-same-sex-marriage

Australia legalizes same-sex marriage - After years of debate, Australia's Parliament has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the 24th in the world to do so, CNN reported. Only four members opposed the measure. At one moment, the ministers on the House floor and guests in the gallery began singing "I am, you are, we are Australian." Recently, a national survey showed that 61 percent ...


Supreme-Court-cake-argument-Kennedy-leaning-toward-the-baker-

Supreme Court cake argument, Kennedy leaning toward the baker? - Many media reporting on the oral arguments in Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado said the court's always pivotal vote from Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed to be leaning away from the pro-LGBT trend he has established for years. Associated Press said Kennedy seemed "conflicted." The New York Times said he said things favorable to both sides in ...


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

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


Biss-releases-LGBT-campaign-platform

Biss releases LGBT campaign-platform - Hours before a debate gathering Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates to discuss LGBTQ-related issues, one of those candidates, state Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) released an "LGBTQ Platform." The platform is intended as "an agenda of legal change we can make so the State of Illinois can do to protect and lift up the LGBTQ community," said Biss, whose campaign launched the ...


-30th-Creating-Change-Conference-Jan-24--28-in-Washington-DC

30th Creating Change Conference Jan. 24 - 28 in Washington, DC - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - The National LGBTQ Task Force is hosting its 2018 Creating Change Conference from Wednesday, January 24 through Sunday, January 28 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington DC. This year, Creating Change is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the theme: Learn. Connect. Resist. Thousands of LGBTQ progressives will gather in Washington, DC, just one year after the inauguration of the ...


ELECTIONS-2018-JB-Pritzker-hosts-LGBTQ-event-in-Boystown

ELECTIONS 2018 JB Pritzker hosts LGBTQ event in Boystown - Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker hosted an LGBTQ community meet-and-greet Nov. 29 at Sidetrack. Illinois House Assistant Majority Leader Greg Harris announced his endorsement of Pritzker at the event. Pritzker has also received endorsements from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the Illinois AFL-CIO and more than 20 other ...


World-news-Marriage-in-Austria-US-envoy-Canadas-payment

World news: Marriage in Austria, U.S. envoy, Canada's payment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Same-sex couples will soon be able to marry in Austria, thanks to a ruling by the country's supreme court that a 2009 law allowing for "registered partnerships" but not marriage was discriminatory, LGBTQ Nation reported. The ban on same-sex marriage will come to an end with the start of 2019, or earlier should Austrian parliament decide to lift it sooner. ...


40-groups-sponsor-Womens-gubernatorial-forum-Dec-9-

40+ groups sponsor Women's gubernatorial forum Dec. 9 - From a press release - At a time when national attention is focused on the political implications of the current fury over sexual harassment, more than 40 women's groups in Chicago and Illinois are hosting a forum for candidates for Illinois governor Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., at the Chicago Temple. "The issue of sexual harassment has been part of [Chicago Women Take Action] agenda ...


National-roundup-Texas-race-another-trans-murder-World-AIDS-Day-events

National roundup: Texas race, another trans murder, World AIDS Day events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan told CBS11 that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has turned in her resignation to Judge Clay Jenkins effective Dec. 8 and will run for governor. However, hours later, Jenkins tweeted he had received no such notification. The openly lesbian Valdez, 70, took office in 2005, and won her fourth term last year ...


ACLU-launches-OpenToAll-campaign-before-Masterpiece-Cakeshop-Supreme-Court-arguments

ACLU launches #OpenToAll campaign before Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court arguments - From a press release - CHICAGO - On December 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether a business open to the public has a constitutional right to discriminate. David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012 to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. But bakery owner Jack Phillips informed them that the bakery wouldn't ...


New-UN-Independent-Expert-on-Sexual-Orientation-and-Gender-Identity-appointed

New UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity appointed - From a press release - Today, Victor Madrigal-Borloz was appointed the new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity ( IE SOGI ). The Human Rights Council formally confirmed his position as the IE SOGI in a plenary. Victor Madrigal-Borloz follows Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn in the position, as Professor Muntarbhorn stepped down ...


International-LGBTQ-Leaders-Conference-to-include-400-LGBTQ-elected-officials-leaders

International LGBTQ Leaders Conference to include 400+ LGBTQ elected officials, leaders - From a Victory Institute press release - Washington, DC — Victory Institute — the nation's only LGBTQ organization dedicated to building a pipeline of LGBTQ elected officials at the local, state and national level — will bring together more than 400 LGBTQ elected officials, advocates and other leaders to strategize next steps in the movement for LGBTQ equality. The three-day conference will feature more than 140 LGBTQ ...


40-LGBTIQ-Activists-29-Countries-5-Days-of-Activism

40 LGBTIQ Activists, 29 Countries, 5 Days of Activism - From a press release - ( New York ) OutRight Action International kicks off the Global Week of Advocacy, where dozens of LGBTIQ activists from 29 countries from every region of the world has come to participate in the organization's 6th annual United Nations ( UN ) Week of Advocacy. From December 4 to 8, human rights defenders meet with government representatives and UN officials. ...


Trump-Pence-tax-scheme-including-attack-on-health-care-access-passes-Senate

Trump-Pence tax scheme, including attack on health care access, passes Senate - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement after Senate Republicans passed legislation carefully crafted to undermine the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and other vital health care programs. "With thoughtless disregard for their constituents, 51 Senate Republicans just voted for reckless legislation disguised as 'tax reform' that threatens millions of Americans' health care and programs ...


-Forum-to-discusses-LGBTQs-Israel-and-Palestine-

Forum to discusses LGBTQs, Israel and Palestine - Gay Liberation Network will host a forum entitled "No LGBTQ Cover for Israeli Repression of Palestinians" Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., at the Uptown branch of the Chicago Public Library, 929 W. Buena Ave. The forum is in response to events at the Dyke March, SlutWalk and the 2016 National LGBT Task Force conference in Chicago. Speakers will be: Senan ...


Masterpiece-Cakeshop-Case-to-be-heard-Dec-5-LGBT-Asians-South-Asians-file-briefs

Masterpiece Cakeshop Case to be heard Dec. 5, LGBT Asians/South Asians file briefs - From a press release - The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) filed two amicus ( "friend of the court" ) briefs in federal courts defending the rights of LGBT people, Asian Americans, and immigrants. Those cases involve a claim of religious exemption to allow anti-LGBT discrimination in Colorado and a harsh anti-immigrant, anti-sanctuary city law in Texas SB4. — Fighting A ...


Vermont-High-Court-Rules-for-Lesbian-Mom

Vermont High Court Rules for Lesbian Mom - From a press release - Vermont's Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Sarah Sinnott whose former partner sought to block her relationship with the daughter they jointly brought into their family through adoption. This decision is an important step forward for many families including those where parents are unmarried, where one does not have a genetic tie to a child, or, as in this ...


Womens-March-Chicago-to-join-national-organization-for-Jan-20-march-to-polls-

Women's March Chicago to join national organization for Jan. 20 march to polls - From a press release - November 30, 2017 ( CHICAGO, Ill. ) — Women's March Chicago's January 20, 2018 "March to the Polls" today announced its affiliation with March On, a national organization of womens' marches and progressive organizations. The move is intended to amplify the group's local actions in its focus on motivating women and their allies to get to the polls for the ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-transgender-youth-activist-Jazz-Jennings-at-2018-gala

Equality Illinois to honor transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings at 2018 gala - From a press release - CHICAGO—For her activism on behalf of her fellow transgender youth, Jazz Jennings will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala as the first recipient of the Spotlight Award. The presentation of the Equality Illinois Spotlight Award will be made at the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago, Equality ...


Rep-Harris-to-endorse-Pritzker-for-governor-

Rep. Harris to endorse Pritzker for governor - At a Nov. 29 event at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, Illinois Assistant Majority Leader Greg Harris is expected to announce his endorsement of JB Pritzker for governor at the LGBTQ event, according to a press release Windy City Times exclusively received. The openly gay Harris has represented Illinois' 13th House District since 2007, and has been a champion of LGBTQ rights ...


HRC-releases-2018-corporate-index

HRC releases 2018 corporate index - A record number of the nation's major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), which he Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released recently. This year, a record-breaking 609 businesses earned the CEI's top score of 100, up from ...


Miss-Trans-Israel-talks-about-title-work

Miss Trans Israel talks about title, work - Talleen Abu Hanna said that she was inspired to compete to be Miss Trans Israel by a love for being on the stage. "I'm a dancer," Abu Hanna said during a recent visit to Chicago. "I dance and I teach dancing. I love the stage; the stage is my life. When I saw that this was the first [such] competition ...


Ramirez-Rosa-to-circulate-petitions-after-Gutierrez-announcement-

Ramirez-Rosa to circulate petitions after Gutierrez announcement - Openly gay Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) said in a Nov. 28 statement that he would begin circulating petitions to run for Congress should U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez ( D-4 ) announce that he would not be running in the upcoming election. Such an announcement did indeed come from Gutierrez the afternoon of Nov. 28. At a press ...


Preparations-underway-for-Dec-6-gubernatorial-LGBT-debate-

Preparations underway for Dec. 6 gubernatorial LGBT debate - Democratic candidates looking to unseat Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 gubernatorial contest will gather Dec. 6 for a debate focused on LGBT-related issues. Among the candidates in attendance will be businessmen J.B. Pritzker and Christopher Kennedy and state Sen. Daniel Biss. The forum is organized by Equality Illinois as well as ALMA Chicago, Affinity Community Services, Pride ...


Newman-gets-support-from-HRC-others-for-Lipinski-challenge-

Newman gets support from HRC, others for Lipinski challenge - Marie Newman, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski in a bid to represent Illinois' 3rd District, has received backing from Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) as well as a number of other progressive organizations. Lipinski has come under fire from Democrats for his opposition to both LGBT and reproductive rights, among other issues. He has the distinction ...


Democratic-candidates-to-hold-LGBTQ-forum-Dec-6

Democratic candidates to hold LGBTQ forum Dec. 6 - LGBTQ Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact their lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wed., Dec. 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced. "The Illinois LGBTQ Forum: The Democratic Candidates for Governor"—with Affinity Community Services, the Association of Latinos/as ...


Masterpiece-Cakeshop-A-Return-to-We-Dont-Serve-Your-Kind-Here

Masterpiece Cakeshop, A Return to "We Don't Serve Your Kind Here"? - From a Movement Advancement Project press release - ( New York—November 29, 2017 ) In the context of a nation rocked by racial discrimination at levels unseen in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5th in a case that could gut not only state nondiscrimination laws but also erode the Civil Rights Act—and turn back the clock to a time when businesses could ...


HRC-Opposes-Trump-Pence-Tax-Scheme-Attack-on-Life-Saving-Health-Care

HRC Opposes Trump-Pence Tax Scheme, Attack on Life-Saving Health Care - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, opposed the dangerous Trump-Pence tax scheme. The bill was drafted in secret without meaningful public input and is being rushed through the Senate this week. Under the guise of this tax bill, some Republican leaders in Congress ...


National-roundup-Eventful-TDOR-item-Trump-delay-captive-lesbian-couple

National roundup: Eventful TDOR item, Trump delay, captive lesbian couple - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organizers and participants of Washington, D.C.'s, annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 said they believe the event succeeded in honoring transgender people who lost their lives to violence—despite the disruption of the proceedings by a single protester who demanded that D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham leave, The Washington Blade reported. With nearly 200 people looking on at the ...


World-news-Chile-election-Mugabe-UN-principles-anti-gay-jeweler

World news: Chile election, Mugabe, UN principles, anti-gay jeweler - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Alejandro Guillier advanced to the second round of the country's presidential election that will take place next month, The Washington Blade reported. Chileans will have to choose between the right-wing candidate with no proposals for the LGBTI community and Guillier, who has said he will continue with efforts to extend marriage rights to same-sex ...


Federal-Judge-Denies-Trump-Administration-Attempt-to-Delay-Transgender-Enlistment

Federal Judge Denies Trump Administration Attempt to Delay Transgender Enlistment - From press releases - From NCLR and GLAD: Judge Kollar-Kotelly says that under preliminary injunction secured by NCLR and GLAD, Military Must Allow Transgender People to Enlist on January 1 ( WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2017 )—Today, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied a Trump administration request in Doe v. Trump to delay the January 1, 2018 effective ...


Federal-Court-Blocks-All-Aspects-of-Trumps-Transgender-Military-Ban

Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban - From press releases - From ACLU BALTIMORE — A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of the president's directive banning transgender service members from serving in the military while the ACLU's lawsuit challenging it moves forward. The preliminary injunction stops the president from kicking out transgender people currently serving in the military, from barring ...


NCAVP-HRC-TPOCC-release-reports-on-anti-trans-violence

NCAVP, HRC/TPOCC release reports on anti-trans violence - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released the report "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016." The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate-partner violence (IPV) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states, including California, Texas, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont and Missouri. (Chicago's Center ...


Aldermen-sponsor-resolution-calling-for-end-to-gay-blood-ban

Aldermen sponsor resolution calling for end to gay blood-ban - The five members of the Chicago City Council's LGBT Caucus, as well as two other alderman, introduced a resolution on Nov. 21 calling for the end of the ban on blood donations from gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ). The ban was implemented in the '80s at the height of the AIDS crisis, ...


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

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


Fioretti-Stroger-running-for-board-president

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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







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