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Activist-reflects-on-Berwyns-LGBT-transformation

Activist reflects on Berwyn's LGBT transformation - Activist Ted Korbos said "he could never have dreamed" that, 22 years after the formation of Berwyn United Gay and Lesbian Organization ( BUNGALO ), that the city of Berwyn would have this many openly LGBT public officials about to take office. "I was very proud and very happy," said Korbos, who said that the election of lesbian Marge Paul ...


Chicago-Equality-Rally-on-June-11

Chicago Equality Rally on June 11 - The Chicago LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and musical performances will promote visibility, unity and pride. The rally will be held at the intersection of Clark Street and Balmoral Avenue—an intersection that is home to ...


National-roundup-Joe-Biden-Texas-bills-trans-woman-murdered

National roundup: Joe Biden, Texas bills, trans woman murdered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, according to DNC.org. DNC Chair Tom Perez said the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award at the June 21 dinner. LGBTs represent a key voting group that supported former President Barack Obama's two campaigns. ...


World-news-Caleb-Orozco-racism-survey-Chechnya-Caitlyn-Jenner

World news: Caleb Orozco, racism survey, Chechnya, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The ...


Clinton-to-speak-at-ALA-conference

Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was the 67th secretary of state ( 209-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf ...


ACLU-comments-on-Trump-budget

ACLU comments on Trump budget - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Trump administration released its 2018 budget proposal for Congress today. Faiz Shakir, American Civil Liberties Union national political director, had the following reaction: "This is not a budget that reflects the aspirations enshrined on the Statue of Liberty. It makes life harder for Americans with disabilities by gutting Medicaid, takes vital health services away from millions of ...


Peaceful-marches-to-call-for-end-to-culture-of-deceit-in-White-House

Peaceful marches to call for end to culture of deceit in White House - From a press release - Washington, DC- As questions mount on whether the White House has engaged in a cover-up and obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation, March For Truth announced it now has more than 100 events planned across the country, and two in Europe, to demand answers. The march in Chicago will take place June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...


141-Men-Arrested-in-Gay-Sauna-in-Indonesia

141 Men Arrested in Gay Sauna in Indonesia - On May 21, Indonesian authorities arrested 141 men, claiming they were engaging in a "gay sex party" at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, according to an OutRight Action International press release. Indonesia does not have laws criminalizing homosexuality, except in the Aceh province; however, the country does have severe anti-pornography laws that have been used to target ...


MCC-founder-Rev-Troy-Perry-first-American-given-Cubas-CENESEX-Award

MCC founder Rev. Troy Perry first American given Cuba's CENESEX Award - From a press release - Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ), is the first American citizen given Cuba's CENESEX award. The 10th Cuban Gala Against Homophobia at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana 12 May 2017 was the setting where close to 5,000 people gathered to honor Rev. Perry, including the US, French, and Swiss ambassadors as well as ...


Political-Animals-documentary-about-four-out-elected-officials-on-DVD-June-6

Political Animals documentary about four out elected officials on DVD June 6 - From a press release - New, award-winning LGBT knockout doc Political Animals will release on DVD and digitally on June 6th in the U.S. and Canada via Gravitas Ventures. Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians - all women - who took the fight for equality from the streets and into the halls of ...


LGBTQ-veterans-to-dedicate-Halsted-monument-celebrate-25-years-on-Memorial-Day-

LGBTQ veterans to dedicate Halsted monument, celebrate 25 years on Memorial Day - The Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) will hold public events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Notably, on Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m. the Chicago chapter of AVER will dedicate a new granite monument to the military service of LGBTs on the corner of Halsted and Addison followed by the celebration of the chapter's ...


OutRight-Honors-LGBTIQ-Human-Rights-Defenders-at-United-Nations

OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - From a press release - On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. OutRight's award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. ...


Southwest-suburban-progressives-to-host-equality-march

Southwest suburban progressives to host equality march - The progressive group Southwest Suburban Activists will hold the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11 at Breidert Green in Frankfort. Southwest Suburban Activists is a group committed to fostering more progressive and diverse political candidates in Frankfort, a community that has historically been quite conservative, said Emily Beigel, who founded the group. Since its inception in January, ...


Feminist-Frequency-sets-its-sights-on-Trump-in-new-show

Feminist Frequency sets its sights on Trump in new show - San Francisco, CA—Today, Feminist Frequency premieres the second episode of their brand new series, The FREQ Show! In "The Unmanning of Trump," host Anita Sarkeesian examines how so much of the humor used to criticize and mock our 45th president resorts to homophobic and body-shaming rhetoric, or reinforces the very ideas of traditional masculinity that helped propel Trump to the ...


OUTAging-confab-May-23-25-

'OUTAging' confab May 23-25 - "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" will take place May 23-25 in Chicago. With Pride Action Tank hosting, the summit will open with a free reception at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The remainder of the event will take place at AARP Illinois, 222 N. LaSalle St. The summit is being organized by a small, diverse planning committee that ...


DNC-hires-ex-EMILYs-List-head-as-first-lesbian-CEO-

DNC hires ex-EMILY's List head as first lesbian CEO - by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade - The Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) has, for the first time ever, hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's List to the top leadership position. The DNC named Jess O'Connell as CEO after she served four years at EMILY's List, which seeks to elect pro-choice women to public office. Her appointment ...


Affirming-ministries-urge-CBC-to-challenge-homophobia-transphobia-in-Africa

Affirming ministries urge CBC to challenge homophobia, transphobia in Africa - From a press release - Washington, DC May 17, 2017 — To commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia ( "IDAHOT" ), The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ) urges the Congressional Black Caucus ( "CBC" ) to continue the work of the Obama Administration in advocating for the human rights of LGBTQI people of African descent. TFAM challenges the CBC to take ...


Quigley-makes-statement-on-International-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia

Quigley makes statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus and is a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: "Despite significant — yet overdue — advances in progress and equality, LGBT communities around the globe still face dangerous discrimination ...


Report-LGBTQ-Funding-Surpasses-160-Million-for-the-First-Time

Report: LGBTQ Funding Surpasses $160 Million for the First Time - From a press release - Today, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is publicly releasing The 2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations. This 14th edition of the tracking report finds that LGBTQ grantmaking reached a new record high of $160.7 million! The report notes significant increases in funding for trans communities, grantmaking to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, and ...


National-roundup-anti-HIV-molecule-gay-politicians-Grindr-attack

National roundup: anti-HIV molecule, gay politicians, Grindr attack - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, scientists have shown that it's possible to reduce HIV reservoirs in people living with HIV, due to a tiny antiviral molecule patented by ABIVAX called "ABX464," Advocate.com reported. ABX464 was publicized as potentially inducing a functional cure in HIV-positive people. The molecule's most advanced compound recently finished Phase II clinical trials, where it was discovered to ...


World-news-Canadian-stamp-Pride-festivals-Bermuda-OKs-marriage

World news: Canadian stamp, Pride festivals, Bermuda OKs marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The latest Canada Post stamp commemorating Canada's 150th birthday pays tribute to the fact that same-sex couples have the right to get married in this country, CTV News reported. The agency unveiled the stamp in Toronto at a local center that serves as a hub for the city's LGBTQ community. The maple-leaf-shaped stamp shows an image of a rainbow flag ...


Think-tank-urges-Congress-to-address-the-LGBT-data-gap

Think tank urges Congress to address the LGBT data gap - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Congress is overlooking many opportunities to have the federal government publish more of the data it already gathers, collect more data that can be put to valuable use, and encourage the private sector to make better use of data, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation, a data-policy think tank. The Center outlines 10 concrete steps ...


Trump-Expands-Global-Gag-Rule-Putting-Millions-at-Risk-Worldwide

Trump Expands "Global Gag Rule" Putting Millions at Risk Worldwide - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the Trump Administration's massive expansion of the so-called "Global Gag Rule" ( GGR ), which stops any U.S. aid to foreign non-governmental organizations ( NGOs ) that provide abortion information, referrals or services — even when they provide those services with their own, non-U.S. funding. The Trump Administration's shameful announcement comes ...


Sessions-war-on-drugs-is-war-on-people-says-National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-

Sessions' "war on drugs" is "war on people" says National LGBTQ Task Force - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2017—In a backward move and a major turnabout from the policies of Obama Administration Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest criminal penalties for those who have been charged with drug crimes. The move is being described by the National LGBTQ Task Force ...


Groups-demand-expanded-Chicago-sanctuary-policy-

Groups demand expanded Chicago sanctuary policy - From a press release - The following statement on policy demands was issued by Mijente, Black Youth Project 100 and Organized Communities Against Deportations. 1 ) Protect all Chicagoans from immigration enforcement: The City should strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance, the policy that makes Chicago a "Sanctuary" city by limiting communication between the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...


National-Black-Justice-Coalition-Announces-Executive-Director-Search

National Black Justice Coalition Announces Executive Director Search - From a press release - CHICAGO — May 10, 2017 — National Black Justice Coalition's Executive Director and CEO Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks has announced that she will step down from her position in the months. Since its founding, the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has been dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people, including ...


Madigan-among-20-attorneys-general-calling-for-special-council-in-Russian-interference

Madigan among 20 attorneys general calling for special council in Russian interference - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today sent a letter with 19 other attorneys general to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. In their letter, Madigan and the attorneys general call the firing of former FBI Director James Comey during ...


POLITICS-Marie-Newman-Lipinskis-3rd-District-challenger

POLITICS Marie Newman: Lipinski's 3rd District challenger - Daniel Lipinski has represented Illinois' 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. But in 2018, the Democrat will have a challenger—from his own party. Her name is Marie Newman, and she plans to bring change. Newman, a 3rd District native and resident of La Grange, said she feels "compelled" to run for the seat. Although she has ...


Advocates-reflect-on-District-211-electoral-victory

Advocates reflect on District 211 electoral victory - In the weeks following an electoral victory in support of trans students in one suburban school district, rights advocates called the election a vote "on the right side of history" that portended much more work across the nation. Voters, on April 4, elected a slate of candidates—two incumbents and one new member—to Township High School District 211, in the Northwest ...


SAGE-partners-with-AARP-for-LGBT-elders-initiative

SAGE partners with AARP for LGBT elders initiative - The Trump administration is not so quietly moving to wipe out questions about LGBT people in the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders ( SAGE ) is putting up a heavy resistance. The survey is a critical endeavor that guides the federal government on how to spend $2 billion each year on ...


On-the-Table-to-promote-civic-conversation-May-16-

'On the Table' to promote civic conversation May 16 - The Chicago Community Trust announced the return of its annual region-wide civic engagement initiative On the Table on Tuesday, May 16. On the Table, entering its fourth year, provides a yearly forum to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action across the region. Tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents are expected to gather in small groups to ...


OutServe-SLDN-doubles-size-of-Board-of-Directors-former-Chicagoan-new-member

OutServe-SLDN doubles size of Board of Directors, former Chicagoan new member - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) May 9, 2017 — OutServe-SLDN, the nation's leading LGBT Military organization, today announced the doubling of its Board of Directors. With the addition of seven new members, the new Board better reflects both geographic and gender diversity and will help to expand the ability of OutServe-SLDN to engage across the nation on the vital issues facing the ...


Reports-Ald-Lopez-under-guard-after-gang-threats

Reports: Ald. Lopez under guard after gang threats - Ald. Ray Lopez ( 15th ) is under guard from Chicago police after receiving threats following gang shootings throughout his ward the weekend of May 6-7, according to reports. Lopez is one of the five members of the City Council's LGBT Caucus and an outspoken opponent of gang activity. Lopez angered some with public comments about the shootings, but on ...


FBI-Director-James-Comey-fired-HRC-responds

FBI Director James Comey fired, HRC responds - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement on Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. "Donald Trump just fired the man leading the investigation into his ties to Russia. He did so on the recommendation of Attorney General ...


National-roundup-Funeral-home-suit-Stephen-Colbert-another-trans-killing

National roundup: Funeral-home suit, Stephen Colbert, another trans killing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal has joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, Mississippi, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death—leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his spouse's passing, a Lambda Legal press release noted. The suit against Picayune Funeral Home seeks damages for breach of contract, negligent ...


Puerto-Rican-Cultural-Center-leads-LGBTQ-Education-Delegation-to-Cuba

Puerto Rican Cultural Center leads LGBTQ Education Delegation to Cuba - Mariela Castro—daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and president of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX)—invited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago (PRCC) to lead a delegation to Havana. The delegation will be in Cuba through May 15. The goal is to create an ongoing transnational dialogue around HIV/AIDS transmission; the relationship between transmission rates and homophobia and ...


Mark-Green-Withdraws-as-Army-Secretary-Nominee-

Mark Green Withdraws as Army Secretary Nominee - From press releases - From the Palm Center: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement today in response to the news that Tennessee legislator Mark Green had withdrawn his name from consideration as the next Secretary of the Army: "The breadth and depth of opposition to Green reflects the reality of today's Army, which draws its strength as ...


CWTA-issues-statement-on-healthcare-act-vote

CWTA issues statement on healthcare act vote - From a press release - This week, the U.S House of Representatives voted 217-213 to approve the American Health Care Act, which repeals portions of the Affordable Care Act. This reckless vote both denies or threatens the health care of those who need it the most and fundamentally shifts the burden of health care costs from a shared responsibility to those people, cities, counties and ...


41-Civil-Rights-Organizations-Call-on-Senators-to-Reject-Trump-Nominee-for-Army-Sec

41 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Senators to Reject Trump Nominee for Army Sec. - From a press release - From the Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee calling on Senators to reject President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark Green. Green's nomination and possible confirmation to the post has alarmed organizations across the country due ...


TN-Governor-Signs-Bill-Undermining-Protections-for-LGBTQ-People-and-Women-

TN Governor Signs Bill Undermining Protections for LGBTQ People and Women - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement condemning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's decision to sign into law HB 1111 — a measure that could undermine certain protections under state law for women and LGBTQ people in a shameful effort to challenge the Supreme Court of the United States' decision on marriage equality. ...


House-votes-to-implement-Affordable-Health-Care-Act-

House votes to implement Affordable Health Care Act - From press releases - All seven Republican Illinois Congressional delegates voted May 4 in favor of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation intended to replace components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final vote on the bill, which was quickly introduced and voted on before it was scrutinized by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—or even read by many members—was 217-213. No Democrats ...


Trump-signs-religious-liberty-executive-order

Trump signs "religious liberty" executive order - LGBT-rights advocates and community members prepared for the worst the week of May 1 as word leaked that President Donald J. Trump would be signing a so-called "religious liberty" executive order. But the actual scope of the order Trump signed May 4 was arguably not as far-reaching in its anti-LGBT components as stakeholders feared. The order nevertheless offered scant comfort ...


Trump-administration-to-reconsider-healthcare-protections-for-transgender-people

Trump administration to reconsider healthcare protections for transgender people - From a press release - Los Angeles—In a court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday, the Trump Administration indicated that it plans to reconsider regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that prohibit discrimination in healthcare, which could adversely impact the 1.55 million individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. The regulations, which implement the Affordable ...


Council-on-Global-Affairs-holds-LGBT-rights-conversation

Council on Global Affairs holds LGBT-rights conversation - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosted a conversation-based event titled "The Global LGBTQ Rights Movement" on April 27. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight on global issues and is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues beyond borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world. ...


Russian-born-violinist-makes-waves-after-coming-out

Russian-born violinist makes waves after coming out - Russian-born violinist Artem Kolesov has been making news globally for doing something that people of all ages do every year: The 23-year-old officially came out of the closet as gay. However, it is Kolesov's background that makes his story incredible. In a YouTube video that he made as part of his the "Children-404" project ( based in his country of ...


Illinois-reps-praise-Equality-Act-reintroduction

Illinois reps praise Equality Act reintroduction - Illinois Congressional representatives were among those praising the reintroduction of the Equality Act, which would, if implemented, offer expansive legal protections for LGBT Americans, May 2. "President Trump's first 100 days in office have provided little peace of mind for the LGBTQ community and has only served to illuminate the critical and urgent need to pass the Equality Act," said ...


PFLAG-National-salutes-Congresswoman-Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen-

PFLAG National salutes Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—today spoke out in honor of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( FL-27 ), who announced that she would retire in 2018. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has been a commanding Congressional presence and partner in legislative work for civil and human rights, demonstrating ...


Equality-Act-reintroduced-backed-by-240-members-of-Congress-90-corporations

Equality Act reintroduced, backed by 240 members of Congress, 90+ corporations - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, joined with bipartisan lawmakers and an unprecedented number of businesses to announce the re-introduction of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's ...


Deadline-looms-for-response-to-LGBT-elders-survey-omission

Deadline looms for response to LGBT elders survey omission - Center on Halsted, among other LGBT-rights advocates, have called on individuals to register public comments on the upcoming National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants ( NSOAAP ). The deadline for comments is May 12, 2017. Issues with the new version of NSOAAP came to the fore in March, when a Federal Register notice indicated that questions pertaining to LGBT ...


House-Health-Care-Bill-Would-Have-a-Negative-Impact-on-LGBT-People

House Health Care Bill Would Have a Negative Impact on LGBT People - From a press release - Los Angeles—The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would repeal important elements of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and replace the ACA with The American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). In addition to scaling back federal subsidies that make health insurance more affordable and cutting federal funds for Medicaid, the latest version of the House ...


HRC-Launches-Timeline-of-Trumps-Unprecedented-Attacks-on-LGBTQ-Community

HRC Launches Timeline of Trump's Unprecedented Attacks on LGBTQ Community - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, launched a website — HRC.org/Trump — chronicling the Trump Administration's unprecedented attacks against the LGBTQ community. The timeline, which will continue to be updated, spotlights efforts to undermine the LGBTQ community from rescinding guidelines protecting ...


Lambda-Legal-Files-Brief-Against-Oregon-Judge-Who-Refused-to-Marry-Same-Sex-Couples

Lambda Legal Files Brief Against Oregon Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Salem, OR, May 2, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Oregon Supreme Court arguing that it was unlawful for Judge Vance D. Day to devise a scheme to avoid marrying same-sex couples. Judge Day directed court staff to use the court record system to investigate whether couples wishing to marry were of the ...


Quigley-Introduces-Bipartisan-Equality-Act-of-2017

Quigley Introduces Bipartisan Equality Act of 2017 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and is a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, joined House colleagues in a bipartisan reintroduction of the Equality Act. "President Trump's first 100 days in office have provided little peace of mind for the LGBTQ community and ...


Report-Trump-to-possibly-sign-religious-freedom-order-May-4

Report: Trump to possibly sign religious freedom order May 4 - Two Trump administration officials told Politico May 2 that the president is expected to sign a so-called "religious freedom" executive order May 4, which is the National Day of Prayer. Several conservative leaders have been invited to the White House for the signing ceremony, Politico said. One of the sources cautioned that the plan had not yet been "finalized." Vice ...


World-news-LGBT-map-Marine-Le-Pen-Trump-Duterte

World news: LGBT map, Marine Le Pen, Trump-Duterte - Britain's gay and lesbian community has been mapped for the first time by the Office for National Statistics, according to PinkNews. The results show that mostly rural Devon has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people than the county containing Brighton and Hove. Inner London tops the chart—with 3.1 percent of its population made up of gays and lesbians—followed ...


Entertainment-news-La-La-Land-Beyonce-Sam-Smith-Oprah-Winfrey

Entertainment news: 'La La Land,' Beyonce, Sam Smith, Oprah Winfrey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proclaimed April 25 "La La Land Day" in Los Angeles and honored writer/director Damien Chazelle for his portrayal of the city and its iconic locations, a press release stated. Garcetti was joined by Chazelle, producer Jordan Horowitz, composer Justin Hurwitz, production designers Sandy and David Wasco, and cinematographer Linus Sandgren. La La Land is now ...


Chicago-May-Day-rally-and-march-draws-unprecedented-numbers

Chicago May Day rally and march draws unprecedented numbers - "Are you ready for a revolution?" It was the battle cry for the thousands of people who gathered in Union Park on Chicago's Near West Side for a May Day rally and march that was unprecedented in size and scale. Beneath the festive atmosphere simmered a rage at what representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union ( CTU ) called "the ...


Lawmakers-reintroduce-Tyler-Clementi-Higher-Education-Anti-Harassment-Act-

Lawmakers reintroduce Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) and Patty Murray ( D-WA ), along with Congressman Mark Pocan ( D-WI ), reintroduced legislation aimed at reducing bullying and harassment that affects one in five students at colleges and universities across the country. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2017 would require institutions of higher education ...


Current-former-military-faculty-members-alarmed-by-nominee-for-Army-Secretary-

Current, former military faculty members alarmed by nominee for Army Secretary - From a American Military Partner Association press release - In response to President Donald Trump's recent nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as Secretary of the Army, 21 current and former Faculty Members at Service Academies, War Colleges, and other Military Universities released a statement today warning that the appointment represents a "serious threat" to the military's core values and ability to draw on the best talent to ...


Plaintiff-Seeks-to-Unseal-Video-of-California-Prop-8-Marriage-Equality-Trial

Plaintiff Seeks to Unseal Video of California 'Prop 8' Marriage Equality Trial - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, backed efforts by Prop 8 plaintiff Kris Perry to release the full record of the groundbreaking case, including videotapes, which have remained under court seal. Prop 8 was the 2008 amendment to the California Constitution ...


Board-takes-away-Hasterts-pension

Board takes away Hastert's pension - On April 26, Illinois' General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted to discontinue pension payments to former U.S. House Speaker Hastert. Hastert—who was being paid for his three terms as a state representative—was receiving $755 monthly payments. He currently is serving 15 months in federal prison for bank fraud related to an attempt to conceal hush-money payments. Hastert, 75, ...


May-1-Workers-Day-actions-in-Chicago

May 1 Workers' Day actions in Chicago - May 1—International Workers' Day—will be a national day of action with large marches expected around the country. In Chicago, a coalition of organizations are planning to march to resist the rising racism and call on city residents to rebuild community. The "Resist Racism, Rebuild Community" march, starting 1 p.m. at Union Park, on Lake Street and Ashland Avenue, will be ...


LGBT-religious-freedom-panel-to-be-held-at-Notre-Dame

LGBT religious freedom panel to be held at Notre Dame - From a press release - A LGBT religious freedom panel, "Reconciling Religious Freedom and Civil Rights," will precede a visit by Vice President Mike Pence. WHAT: The Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College ( GALA-ND/SMC ) and Notre Dame Gender Studies Program will co-sponsor a panel entitled "Reconciling Religious Freedom and Civil Rights." WHO: The event is free and open ...


Undocumented-and-unafraid-Chicagoan-speaks-out-against-ICE-raids

Undocumented and unafraid: Chicagoan speaks out against ICE raids - On April 19, the Chicago City Council overwhelmingly passed a measure that would allow the city's undocumented community the opportunity to obtain municipal IDs. Chicago has followed New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. in a measure which, Chicago Commission on Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega noted, keeps the city "at the forefront of creating solutions, in this case recognizing ...


Considering-Trumps-first-100-days

Considering Trump's first 100 days - The idea of reflecting upon a president's "first 100 days in office" started with President Franklin Roosevelt. According to The Washington Post, Roosevelt touted his own accomplishments in trying to pull the country out of the economic Great Depression. Today's Great Depression is more off a political one. It erupted out of a presidential election that was won by a ...


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2,000 women, allies march on Springfield - About 2,000 women and allies were in Springfield April 25 for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a wide range of progressive legislation and a responsible budget. The event pushed bills including women's rights, labor rights, immigration, LGBTQ, youth homeless, healthcare, gun safety and much more. Soon after the event was over, the house passed one of the big ...


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HB40 clears its first hurdle with House passage - House Bill 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ) that would, among other components, eliminate a 42-year-old "trigger law" that would go into effect should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the United State Supreme Court, was passed by the House on April 25 with a vote of 62-55-0. The bill now goes to the state ...


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Reports: GOP urges Trump to reverse Obama-era protections - Republican congressmen, on April 5, urged President Donald Trump to rethink advancing his administration's February executive order that would have enshrined a number of so-called religious freedoms, many of them anti-LGBT, into law. The letter, originally reported on April 24 by USA Today, reminded Trump of a number of campaign promises he made in support of the anti-LGBT First Amendment ...


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World news: Nigerian arrests, lesbians attacked, Chechnya items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigerian prosecutors have charged 53 men with conspiracy to organize a gay wedding and related crimes punishable by up to 14 years in jail, The Guardian reported, citing AFP. The accused, ages 20 to 30, appeared at a magistrates court in the northern city of Zaria, Kaduna state, after being arrested at a hotel where they allegedly attended the wedding, ...


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National roundup: Idaho trans suit, skydiver case, Aaron Hernandez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Idaho's refusal to allow transgender people to correct the gender on their birth certificates, according to an organizational press release. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on behalf of F.V., a transgender woman. The lawsuit, among other things, argues that denying transgender Idahoans the ability ...


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Personal PAC poll shows Rauner 'out of step' with voters - From a press release - Personal PAC has released the results of a statewide poll it recently conducted showing that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is completely out of step with the vast majority of Illinois voters on the issue of abortion. The poll shows that 73% percent of Illinois voters believe abortion should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor versus 20% ...


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Slain French officer was gay activist - Xavier Jugele—the 37-year-old police officer murdered in the April 20 Islamic State attack on Paris' Champs-Elysees—was openly gay and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Police fatally shot the gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi. The New York Times reported that Jugele was among the authorities who responded to a terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, and he ...


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Equality Florida applauds resignation of Frank Artiles - From a press release - TALLAHASSEE, FL — Equality Florida applauds the resignation of Senator Frank Artiles following intense public pressure from advocacy organizations, elected leaders, and his constituents. Equality Florida's Public Policy Director, Hannah Willard, provided the following statement: 'Frank Artiles's resignation after intense pressure from across the political spectrum sends an important message that we will not treat bigotry and hateful slurs as ...


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Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate - It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the ...


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Madigan, 16 attorneys general file amicus brief in International Refugee case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with 16 other state attorneys general in continuing to challenge the unconstitutional federal travel ban by filing an amicus brief in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, urging the court to uphold a district court ruling that struck the ban down as ...







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