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US-Commission-on-Civil-Rights-Condemns-Trumps-Proposed-Transgender-Military-Ban

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Trump's Proposed Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families, praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban. "We are thankful the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has spoken out and joined the growing bipartisan condemnation of President Trump's vicious ...


Hate-Crime-Summit-Wednesday-Oct-25-

Hate Crime Summit Wednesday, Oct. 25 - A Hate Crime Summit will be convened Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. The event is free and open to the public. The Hate Crime Summit is an opportunity to raise awareness regarding hate crimes, address the barriers to reporting ...


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Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


Hate-crimes-summit-Oct-25

Hate-crimes summit Oct. 25 - In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies and law-enforcement officials will take part Wed., Oct. 25, in the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' second annual hate-crimes summit, "Bridging Systems Against Hate." The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. The summit is an opportunity to ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-JB-Pritzker-talks-campaign-trans-cousin-and-state-budget

ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR J.B. Pritzker talks campaign, trans cousin and state budget - J.B. Pritzker seems to be everywhere these days. The seemingly ubiquitous commercials touting his campaign as governor might be the sign of someone who has a lot of financial firepower—but Pritzker has also tried to convey that they show someone who is passionate about leaing Illinois in what he feels is the right direction. In a recent interview with Windy ...


EI-solicits-pro-trans-support-at-state-fair-

EI solicits pro-trans support at state fair - Equality Illinois has been in Springfield at the Illinois State Fair, which runs Aug. 10-20, seeking support from fairgoers against President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. Fairgoers who stop by the Equality Illinois booth during the state fair will be able to sign a message to their U.S. representative that Equality Illinois will forward to ...


Trans-advocates-discuss-military-ban

Trans advocates discuss military ban - Officials from the Trans United Fund, an advocacy working on behalf of transgender and gender-expansive individuals and their allies, and SPART*A, an organization for LGBT service members and veterans, on Aug. 10, convened an online discussion with numerous advocates to address President Donald Trump's threatened ban of transgender individuals from the military. "The president obviously has a tremendous bully pulpit ...


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Equality Illinois, Equality Illinois Institute announce 2017-2018 boards - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois and Equality Illinois Institute announce their 2017-2018 boards of directors, which include six new board members, who, together with the board veterans, represent the diverse LGBTQ community in Illinois as well as allies. Equality Illinois is the lobbying arm of the state's oldest and largest civil rights organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans, and Equality ...


Houston-restroom-bill-dies-again-50000-Texans-took-action-to-oppose

Houston restroom bill dies again, 50,000+ Texans took action to oppose - A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again Aug. 15, a Houston Chronicle item reported. It is the second time that restroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Gov. Greg Abbott did not indicate he would order state legislators to stay in Austin and try again as the legislative season ended. The measure initially failed in May. ...


Demonstration-planned-for-Federal-Building-Plaza-Tuesday-at-5-pm

Demonstration planned for Federal Building Plaza Tuesday at 5 p.m. - A news conference and a demonstration are planned for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The news conference is to begin at 4:30 p.m. and the demonstration at 5 p.m. at Federal Building Plaza at Dearborn and Adams Streets. Both are convened by: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Black Lives Matter, Chicago Arab American Action Network Lifted Voices Let Us ...


Texas-House-Adjourns-Without-Passing-New-Anti-Transgender-Bill

Texas House Adjourns Without Passing New Anti-Transgender Bill - From a press release - AUSTIN, Texas — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, reacted to the relieving news that the Texas House has adjourned its special session sine die without passing a new anti-transgender bill. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special ...


World-news-Australia-and-marriage-gay-journalist-Pakistani-bill

World news: Australia and marriage, gay journalist, Pakistani bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to come out opposing same-sex marriage is not going down well with his own sister, PinkNews reported. Abbott—a right-wing politician who was prime minister of Australia from 2013 until 2015—is a strong opponent of LGBT equality despite his own sister, Christine Forster, waiting for the right to marry her same-sex partner, Virginia Edwards. ...


National-roundup-Trans-ban-responses-NYC-beating-History-Month-Icons

National roundup: Trans-ban responses, NYC beating, History Month Icons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the service of transgender troops and his move to ban them from the military, a press release stated. Regarding his recent tweets announcing his ban, Trump said, "As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military. It's been a very ...


Driver-who-plowed-into-Charlottesville-crowd-reported-to-have-held-Nazi-views

Driver who plowed into Charlottesville crowd reported to have held Nazi views - A 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12—killing one person and leaving 19 injured—reportedly had long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before the crash, The Washington Post stated. The woman he killed, Heather Heyer, was a 32-year-old paralegal from ...


Chicagoans-rally-for-Charlottesville

Chicagoans rally for Charlottesville - At least two events in support of anti-white supremacists protesters in Charlottesville were held in Chicago Aug. 13, the day after one woman was murdered and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into a group fighting the Nazis who had come to their Virginia town. A broad coalition of progressive organizations held an evening vigil at Federal Plaza ...


LGBT-groups-decry-Va-rally-violence

LGBT groups decry Va. rally violence - On Aug. 12, a rally turned tragic in Charlottesville, Virginia, as hundreds of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotestors—and a car plowed into crowds, killing one person ( reportedly in the counterprotestor contingent ) and injuring 19 others, multiple media outlets reported. City officials stated that they had not yet determined if the crash happened ...


Marchers-police-and-Zionists-collide-at-SlutWalk

Marchers, police and Zionists collide at SlutWalk - An already tense atmosphere at SlutWalk Chicago exploded when, near the march's conclusion Aug. 12, five marchers were detained and held in a police wagon. At least three of the five detained were trans individuals, and organizers planned to head to 18th and State after the march's conclusion for jail support. Founded in 2011, SlutWalk, an annual event in multiple ...


Trans-gay-Central-American-migrants-to-arrive-at-US-Mexico-border-seeking-asylum

Trans, gay Central American migrants to arrive at US-Mexico border seeking asylum - NOGALES, AZ: Today a caravan of 16 transgender and gay Central American migrants, 11 of whom are transgender women, will arrive at the US-Mexico border to request asylum. Members of the caravan and their supporters are holding simultaneous rallies on both sides of the US-Mexico border. "Where I come from physical, psychological and verbal abuse is the norm for indigenous ...


Personal-PAC-Men4Choice-join-fight-to-protect-womens-reproductive-rights

Personal PAC, Men4Choice join fight to protect women's reproductive rights - From a press release - Chicago, IL — On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch "CallBullshit" or "CallBS," a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women's reproductive health rights. The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive ...


133000-LGBT-Indiana-workers-Lack-Statewide-Protection-from-Discrimination

133,000 LGBT Indiana workers Lack Statewide Protection from Discrimination - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Approximately 133,000 LGBT workers in Indiana are vulnerable to employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, State & Local Policy Director, and Brad Sears, David Sanders Distinguished Scholar, at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. Only 36% of Indiana's workforce is covered by local non-discrimination ...


Top-US-newscasts-asked-to-shine-a-light-on-Chechnyas-anti-gay-abuses

Top US newscasts asked to shine a light on Chechnya's anti-gay abuses - From a Media Matters press release - A Media Matters study has found near silence on Chechen human rights abuses against queer men on evening cable and broadcast news. An Aug. 1, Media Matters study of evening cable and broadcast news found only three significant mentions of anti-LGBTQ abuses by Chechen authorities across the six cable and broadcast networks' evening programming over a four-month period. The New ...


HRC-Reacts-to-Trumps-Delusional-Assessment-of-Transgender-Troop-Ban

HRC Reacts to Trump's Delusional Assessment of Transgender Troop Ban - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to Donald Trump's comments regarding his despicable plan to ban transgender service members: "Donald Trump's delusional comments regarding his reckless ban on transgender troops are demonstrably false and lack any basis in reality," said Chad Griffin, ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-Tio-Hardiman-talks-LGBT-rights-gun-violence

ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR Tio Hardiman talks LGBT rights, gun violence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local violence-prevention activist Tio Hardiman is running for Illinois governor for the second time since his run in 2014. Hardiman's platform consists of creating new jobs; supporting legal gun owners; ending political corruption; and increasing funding for public schools, domestic-violence shelters, HIV-awareness programs and violence-prevention services. Windy City Times: Do you have or would you install a written policy in ...


Lawsuit-filed-against-Trump-ban-on-transgender-military-servuce

Lawsuit filed against Trump ban on transgender military servuce - On Aug. 9, lawyers from the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging President Trump's directive to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military, according to an NCLR press release. The suit, ...


Report-Trumps-Trans-Ban-Would-Cost-960-Mil-100-Times-Cost-of-Health-Care

Report: Trump's Trans Ban Would Cost $960 Mil, 100 Times Cost of Health Care - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A new report co-authored by current and retired professors at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey has projected the cost of discharging the military's transgender troops at $960 million. The report was released in response to the recent announcement by President Trump, on Twitter, that the military would no longer "allow Transgender individuals to serve in ...


World-news-Irish-PM-NIgeria-arrests-S-Korea-military-Jerusalem-Pride

World news: Irish PM, NIgeria arrests, S. Korea military, Jerusalem Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar attended a gay-rights event on Aug. 5 during his first official visit to Northern Ireland, upsetting some social conservatives in the only region of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is still illegal, Reuters reported. Varadkar—who became Ireland's first openly gay leader when he took office in June—joined activists preparing for Northern Ireland's largest gay ...


National-roundup-Trevor-Project-HRC-situation-Rentboy-CEO

National roundup: Trevor Project, HRC situation, Rentboy CEO - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Trevor Project—the nation's largest LGBTQ youth crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention organization—reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall ( most specifically from transgender youth ) following President Trump's tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the "bathroom bill" in the Texas legislature, a press release noted. Within 24 hours after Trump's tweet regarding ...


LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR-Slutwalk-and-symbols

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Slutwalk and symbols - To the Editor: As many of us have tried to move on from the chaos and anger of the Creating Change Conference ( January 2016 ), and the more recent Dyke March in Chicago, it turns out that anti-Semitism does not go away, and is raising its ugly head once again in advance of the upcoming Chicago SlutWalk, scheduled for ...


Asian-Pacific-Islanders-LGBTQs-stand-up-for-sanctuary-city-policies-

Asian Pacific Islanders, LGBTQs stand up for sanctuary city policies - Press release from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance CHICAGO (August 6, 2017) — Asian-Pacific Islander immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ and disability justice community groups boarded Red Line train, Sunday morning Aug. 6, to urge Chicagoans to call Mayor Rahm Emanuel and ask him to pass an amendment to the Chicago Welcoming City Ordinance, that ...


Ms-Foundation-Condemns-Trump-Anti-LGBTQ-War

Ms. Foundation Condemns Trump Anti-LGBTQ War - From a press release - New York, NY — Statement from Ms. Foundation for Women Vice-President, External Affairs Angelique Roche: "This weekend, behind closed doors, the Trump administration doubled down on an outrageous and blatantly discriminatory war on the LGBTQ community. Make no mistake, the President's plan to ban transgender people from the military — and kicking out the thousands of transgender people currently serving ...


Lambda-Legal-See-you-in-court-President-Trump

Lambda Legal: See you in court, President Trump - From a Lambda Legal press release - (New York, August 5, 2017) — The Trump administration reportedly has finalized its transgender military ban policy. According to the Washington Blade, the policy, called, "A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out," would remove openly transgender enlisted personnel from the military by not allowing them to reenlist and would terminate transgender officers who are up for promotion. Sasha ...


POLITICS-Eventful-week-involves-DoJ-ACA-and-transgender-ban

POLITICS Eventful week involves DoJ, ACA and transgender ban - Between developments involving the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA, or "Obamacare" ); the U.S. Department of Justice's ( DoJ's ) ruling regarding workplace discrimination; and President Trump's tweet calling for the ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military, last week was one of the most eventful ( if not chaotic ) so far during ...


Transgender-man-alleges-CPD-harassment-and-mistreatment

Transgender man alleges CPD harassment and mistreatment - A transgender man who does community outreach on behalf of Chicago House's TransLife Center advocacy was arrested and, he alleges, verbally harassed by Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officers while in custody the early morning of July 25. CPD has no record of the incident or charges against the man, however. Malik Pullum, a TransLife Center outreach worker, was ...


City-Council-introduces-pro-trans-Renslow-resolutions

City Council introduces pro-trans, Renslow resolutions - The Chicago City Council introduced a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the LGBT Caucus and other alderpersons to express opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from military service. The resolution is headed to the Committee on Human Relations for a hearing; the date of said hearing has not yet been specified. The resolution is as follows: ...


State-worker-behind-disruptive-emails-to-retire

State worker behind disruptive emails to retire - Frank Capuzi—a state-employed Workers' Compensation Commission investigator whose emails contained a number of anti-gay, anti-Muslim and racist comments that were widely circulated amongst city water-department officials—will be retiring, the Chicago Tribune reported July 28. Earlier in July, the Tribune reported on the emails, which, though sent from Capuzi's personal email account, nevertheless led to a number of oustings in the ...


NGLCC-celebrates-15-years-of-backing-LGBT-businesses

NGLCC celebrates 15 years of backing LGBT businesses - National advocacy reaps returns for enterprise and community - The historically unparalleled accelerated advancement in LGBT cultural acceptance and civil equality has been successful and strengthened in large part due to the engagement of the business community. No greater ally has served as a more effective advocate for fair treatment and evenhanded opportunity. A disproportionate engagement in commerce by the LGBT community is a primary contributing hallmark of this ...


With-primary-win-Jenny-Durkan-poised-to-be-first-openly-lesbian-Seattle-mayor-

With primary win, Jenny Durkan poised to be first openly lesbian Seattle mayor - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Jenny Durkan bested 20 other candidates to become the first lesbian in Seattle history to win a mayoral primary, and positioning herself to become the first openly lesbian mayor of the city. With a general election win in November, Jenny would become just one of two openly lesbian mayors currently representing major U.S. cities. Victory Fund ...


LGBTQ-suicide-hotline-calls-from-trans-youth-spike-since-Trump-tweet

LGBTQ suicide hotline calls from trans youth spike since Trump tweet - From a press release - August 2, 2017 ( West Hollywood, CA ) — Today, the Trevor Project — the nation's largest LGBTQ youth crisis intervention & suicide prevention organization — reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall, and most specifically from transgender youth following President Trump's tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the "bathroom bill" ...


Lambda-suit-ends-suburban-Pittsburgh-school-districts-anti-trans-policy

Lambda suit ends suburban Pittsburgh school district's anti-trans policy - From a press release - ( Pittsburgh, PA, August 1, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today announced it has reached a settlement with the Pine-Richland School District, forcing the district to end a discriminatory, anti-transgender policy that prevented transgender students from using the bathroom that matches who they are. The settlement also requires the suburban Pittsburgh school district to include gender identity in its nondiscrimination ...


World-news-AIDS-milestone-Muslim-activist-ISIS-fighters

World news: AIDS milestone, Muslim activist, ISIS fighters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations revealed in a report called "Ending AIDS" that, for the first time, more than half of people living with HIV are currently on antiretrovirals, Plus Magazine noted. As a result of the growing access to care, AIDS-related deaths are now half of what they were in 2015. However, some experts are wondering why we haven't reached this ...


National-roundup-Chris-Christie-controversial-bar-closes-heroic-officer

National roundup: Chris Christie, controversial bar closes, heroic officer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation requiring the state's Department of Education to provide guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, NBC News reported. The law seeks to ensure a supportive and nondiscriminatory learning environment for transgender students by providing guidance on using a student's preferred name and pronoun—to be reflected on the student's ID card—and blocking ...


Victory-Fund-analysis-LGBTQ-Women-Candidates-Win-at-Higher-Rates-than-Men

Victory Fund analysis: LGBTQ Women Candidates Win at Higher Rates than Men - From a press release - Washington, DC — LGBTQ women running for office win their elections at a significantly higher rate than LGBTQ men, according to a new Victory Institute analysis of Victory Fund election data with more than 1,160 LGBTQ candidates. Over the past decade, Victory Fund-endorsed LGBTQ women won their races 70.3 percent of the time, compared to 60.9 percent for Victory Fund-endorsed ...


56-retired-Generals-Admirals-Implementing-Trumps-anti-trans-tweet-would-harm-readiness

56 retired Generals, Admirals: Implementing Trump's anti-trans tweet would harm readiness - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Fifty-six retired General and Flag Officers provided the following statement to the Palm Center today: "The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to ...


Indonesia-Rejects-75-UN-Human-Rights-Concerns

Indonesia Rejects 75 UN Human Rights Concerns - By Phelim Kine. Shared by Human Rights Watch - The Indonesian government says it will likely reject 75 recommendations by United Nations member countries to improve human rights abuses in Indonesia. Those recommendations targeted issues such as threats to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people, the abusive blasphemy law, and the death penalty. An Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official described the recommendations ...


Trump-Pence-McConnell-Proposal-to-Repeal-ACA-Fails

Trump-Pence-McConnell Proposal to Repeal ACA Fails - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after a repeal of the Affordable Care Act was again halted in the Senate: "We are pleased the latest attempt to strip away health care from millions has hit another roadblock," said Chad Griffin, HRC President. "The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically ...


Lambda-Legal-OutServe-SLDN-Well-Sue-in-a-Heartbeat-if-Tweet-Becomes-Policy

Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN: We'll Sue in a Heartbeat if Tweet Becomes Policy - From a press release - ( New York City, July 26, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today promised to take immediate legal action to protect transgender service members and recruits should President Donald Trump follow through on his early morning tweet threatening to ban transgender military service. "Transgender people have served our country honorably for years, making our military stronger and more inclusive. ...


Quigley-continues-push-to-end-FDA-blood-ban

Quigley continues push to end FDA blood ban - Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-5th District ) and 32 colleagues, on July 19, sent a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging officials to further update decades-old rules restricting blood donations from men who have sex with men ( MSM ), according to a statement. Quigley, who is vice chair of the House's ...


US-Sen-Baldwin-sponsors-LGBT-data-collection-bill

U.S. Sen. Baldwin sponsors LGBT data-collection bill - Openly gay U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, on July 18, introduced legislation, the LGBT Data Inclusion Act, requiring federal surveys to include information on sexual orientation and gender identity. "Despite the growing number of Americans who recognize that their LGBT family members, friends and neighbors deserve to be treated like everyone else in the United States, LGBT Americans still face discrimination ...


Trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-US-military

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military - President Donald Trump, on July 26, announced a ban on transgender individuals in the military—via social media. This move is a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have let transgender recruits serve. On Twitter, Trump stated that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and "disruption" that transgender troops would require. He tweeted, ""After consultation ...


Equality-Illinois-condemns-President-Trumps-rejection-of-transgender-servicemembers

Equality Illinois condemns President Trump's rejection of transgender servicemembers - Equality Illinois has added its voice to the large chorus of individuals and organizations opposing U.S. President Donald Trump's ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the military. Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, said in a statement: "By rejecting the brave military service of transgender Americans, President Trump's policy by tweets is an outrageous about face of the ...


Ban-on-military-service-by-trans-adults-could-impact-15000-now-on-duty

Ban on military service by trans adults could impact 15,000+ now on duty - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles — In a series of tweets today, President Trump announced that the United States will not "accept or allow" transgender people to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. According to a recent study from Williams Institute scholars, an estimated 15,500 transgender adults are currently serving on active duty in the military or in the National Guard ...


Justice-Department-says-civil-rights-laws-wont-apply-to-LGBTQ-people-

Justice Department says civil rights laws won't apply to LGBTQ people - From press releasees - From HRC: Trump-Pence Administration Asserts Civil Rights Laws Won't Apply to LGBTQ People DOJ files amicus brief in direct opposition to decades of legal interpretation from federal courts WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement in response to an amicus brief filed by the Department of Justice arguing that Title VII does not protect ...


Senate-Trumpcare-debate-on-ADA-anniversary-rally-in-DC-to-ProtectOurCare-

Senate Trumpcare debate on ADA anniversary, rally in DC to #ProtectOurCare - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Yesterday, 50 Senators and Vice President Pence as the 51st vote pulled a fast one on the public by making a key procedural vote to move forward on a 'mystery bill' intended to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). Today, and over the next few days, Republicans will be trying to insert substance into that bill. Whether ...


National-HBCU-event-Penn-lawmakers-clash-conversion-therapy

National: HBCU event, Penn. lawmakers clash, conversion therapy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation hosted its first-ever HBCU ( Historically Black Colleges and Universities ) Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing for University Presidents and Senior Executives, according to a press release. The summit is a day-long meeting of high profile HBCU leadership to discuss LGBTQ inclusive practices and policies and share best practices for expanding equality ...


World-news-China-backlash-Canada-lawsuit-Chechnya-leader

World news: China backlash, Canada lawsuit, Chechnya leader - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, with many users objecting to a decision to ban content which features same-sex relationships, BBC News reported. The outcry was prompted a decision by Beijing regulators to censor the portrayal of same-sex activity in online videos. Under the ...


Equality-Illinois-AIDS-Foundation-of-Chicago-to-blend-beach-party-with-civic-engagement-

Equality Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago to blend beach party with civic engagement - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago are excited to announce Fahrenheit Chicago—Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families. The free event, featuring music, games, public health awareness, and civic engagement, will be on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 11am to 7pm at Oakwood Beach, 41st ...


Activists-say-surge-coming-in-tent-cities

Activists say surge coming in tent cities - From a press release - CHICAGO — With the recently announced sale and pending closure of the Wilson Men's Club Hotel, 1124 W. Wilson, Chicago's Uptown neighborhood is about to be hit with a devastating attack on its remaining low income housing stock, hitting its most vulnerable residents, according to activists. Uptown Tent City Organizers ( UTCO ) said recent history shows that such closures ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-defends-Deferred-Action-for-Childhood-Arrivals-DACA

Attorney General Madigan defends Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 19 other attorneys general, today issued a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain and defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program. In the letter, Madigan and the other attorneys general explain how DACA has benefited their states and the nation as a whole and call on ...


German-president-OKs-marriage-law

German president OKs marriage law - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, allowing the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill June 30. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel—whose conservative party had not budged on the issue for some time—said she would allow its legislators to vote according to their conscience. Germany has permitted same-sex couples to ...


United-State-of-Women-holds-Chicago-summit

United State of Women holds Chicago summit - More than 1,000 women from all walks of life convened at McCormick Place to kick off the United State of Women Galvanize Program on July 15. The two-day Galvanize Program is an outgrowth of former President Barack Obama's Council on Women and Girls ( created in March 2009 ) to improve the lives of women and girls in every Obama ...


Quigley-leads-32-dems-in-letter-to-FDA-urging-end-of-discriminatory-blood-ban

Quigley leads 32 dems in letter to FDA urging end of discriminatory blood ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, led 32 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging them to update the outdated restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The FDA's current policy for men ...


Senate-Republicans-Confirm-Trumps-Anti-LGBTQ-Judicial-Nominee

Senate Republicans Confirm Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Senate's confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush's confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government. "Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee ...


Groups-join-to-call-on-IL-Chief-Justice-to-halt-immigration-enforcement-in-courts

Groups join to call on IL Chief Justice to halt immigration enforcement in courts - From a press release - Chicago — Calling on adherence to the tradition and mission of Illinois' courts to be open to all persons in our state, a diverse group of nearly 20 advocacy organization from across Illinois joined together to call on Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier urging him to take steps to protect immigrants' access to the state's courts. In a letter dated ...


Hastert-released-from-prison

Hastert released from prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, has been released from the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota. He spent the last 13 months there for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, records revealed. HIs official release date was Aug. 16. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of ...


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Palm Center counters claims made to Armed Services Committee on transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center responded to General Selva's testimony today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, offered the following response: "The Chiefs are misrepresenting the science about transgender troops in a disingenuous way that reflects the old Pentagon tactic of distorting the data about gays and lesbians under 'don't ask ...


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Reports: Rauner aide fired after one day over bigoted tweets - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administrative house-cleaning—operating in overdrive since the General Assembly overrode the governor's veto of its FY 2018 budget earlier in July—claimed an employee on their first day on the job July 17 after several homophobic and bigoted social-media postings by that employee were located online, according to reports. Ben Tracy was recently appointed to be Rauner's new ...


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WORLD NEWS Marriage in Australia, Amsterdam reception, HIV controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian Senator Dean Smith confirmed that he is drafting a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia, Gay Times Magazine reported. Many parliament members want the bill debated when the Australian parliament returns in August. This comes after a new poll suggested Australian voters want to go to the polls for same-same marriage, rather than let politicians have a free ...


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NATIONAL ROUNDUP Man's body found, N.C. Pride situation, Cincinnati clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Police in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, recovered the body of Todd McKee after issuing a missing-persons report, DelawareOnline.com reported. McKee ( the partner of travel writer/ Wawa Welcome America CEO Jeff Guaracino ) was last seen on July 8, when he was captured on surveillance footage leaving his apartment building in the 300 block of South Boardwalk. In a Facebook post, ...


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Elizabeth Warren speaks at Rainbow PUSH event - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren ( D-Massachusetts )—one day after introducing legislation that would, if enacted, give married same-sex couples a tax refund retroactive from their union to the 2013 invalidation of section 3 of DOMA—spoke at the July 14 International Women's Luncheon, which was part of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizen Education Fund's annual conference. ( U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters ...


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HRC assails Paul Ryan for clearing path for anti-transgender amendment - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, assailed House Speaker Paul Ryan for clearing a path for a dangerous anti-transgender amendment — and then making false claims about the process to dodge culpability. Ryan made two false claims, both of which were reported by the ...


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HRC: New Senate Proposal Jeopardizes Health Coverage for Millions of Americans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the latest draft of their so-called "health care" bill. While the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score this version of the legislation, a previous projection estimated the legislation will result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 — with 15 million losing their insurance ...


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Anti-trans defense budget amendment defeated in House - The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The vote followed a day of aggressive lobbying by LGBT advocates and supporters to reject the proposal, which ...


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Baker McKenzie Implements Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines - Chicago, IL, USA, July 12, 2017 — Baker McKenzie has announced the implementation of its North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, joining other leading employers in implementing a policy that addresses the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees. The guidelines reflect best practices shared by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender ...


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LGBT aging summit report July 12, 17 - Pride Action Tank will host a community report on Wed., July 12, 5-7 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.; and Monday, July 17, 5-7 p.m., at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The organization will report on findings from the recent OUTAging summit and field a discussion about the next steps. RSVP at PrideActionTank@AIDSChicago.org or 312-922-2322, ...


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Disability Pride July 22 in the Loop - The 14th Annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade will take place Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., starting at 401 S. Plymouth Ct. Post-Parade festivities will take place at Daley Plaza at 12 p.m. There is no registration fee to participate in the parade, although a donation is suggested. The grand marshals are Karen Tamely, Kevin Irvine and their daughter, Dominika, ...







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