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League-of-Women-Voters-lunch-April-25

League of Women Voters lunch April 25 - "A Tale of Two Cities: Bridging Chicago's Opportunity Divide" is the theme of the League of Women Voters of Chicago ( LWV Chicago ) annual State of the City luncheon and fundraiser on Wed., April 25, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The panelists are Zachary Fardon, managing partner of the Chicago ...


Chicagos-i2i-Asian-Pacific-Islander-Pride-join-amicus-brief-to-Supreme-Court-

Chicago's i2i, Asian Pacific Islander Pride join amicus brief to Supreme Court - From a press release - On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Donald Trump's third iteration of his anti-Muslim Travel Ban. The ban, issued by Executive Order, bars people from certain majority Muslim countries from coming to the United States. It has been struck down by two lower courts. Now it is to be heard before the US ...


LGBT-Senate-hopefuls-four-in-the-running

LGBT Senate hopefuls, four in the running - An historic number of openly LGBT people are running for the U.S. Senate this year: four. Two of those candidates are running in elections that are seen as the most competitive this year: Arizona and Wisconsin. And that competition is both good and troubling for LGBT candidates. It's troubling news for the best known of the four candidates —incumbent U.S. ...


Extremist-Anti-LGBTQ-Judicial-Nominee-Kyle-Duncan-Confirmed

Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed - From press releases - HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan 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, responded to the U.S. Senate's confirmation of extremist, anti-LGBTQ nominee Kyle Duncan, put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration ...


Chicago-Immigrant-Rights-Organizer-Wins-Deportation-Fight

Chicago Immigrant Rights Organizer Wins Deportation Fight - From a press release - April 25, 2015 — After five years in court proceedings this afternoon immigration judge, Eva S. Saltzman, granted Lulà Martinez's petition to remain in the country during a final asylum hearing. "I feel very excited and overwhelmed. This victory could not have been possible without the support of my legal team and the community behind me. Thank you. But this ...


Racial-justice-workshop-April-28-at-Univ-Church

Racial-justice workshop April 28 at Univ. Church - A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Rev. Velda Love—the recently appointed Minister for Racial Justice for the United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland—will facilitate the workhop, which Black Lives Matter of University Church is hosting. ...


WORLD-Pope-Francis-Jamaica-official-Pakistani-trans-murder

WORLD Pope Francis, Jamaica official, Pakistani trans murder - Pope Francis has invited a gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to meet with him at the Vatican, The Washington Blade noted. Juan Carlos Cruz said during a telephone interview from Philadelphia that the pontiff invited him to be his "guest" at his official residence near St. Peter's Basilica April 26-May 1. Cruz is among ...


Barbara-Bush-laid-to-rest

Barbara Bush laid to rest - Barbara Bush—who was only the second woman in history ( besides Abigail Adams ) to be the wife of one president ( George H.W. Bush ) and mother to another ( George W. Bush )—died April 17. She was 92. Former presidents and first ladies came together April 21 to honor her life. In a photo captured by Paul Morse—who ...


OUT-at-CHM-Undocumented-and-Queer-panel-April-24

OUT at CHM Undocumented and Queer panel April 24 - From The Chicago History Museum - OUT at CHM: Undocumented and Queer will take place at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, Chicago on Tuesday April 24. The event begins at 5:30 p. m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. A panel will look at the struggles and activism of undocumented queer people in this age of uncertainty, the history of the fight for immigrant rights in ...


-PM-expresses-regret-for-anti-LGBT-laws

PM expresses regret for anti-LGBT laws - From a news release - London UK — 17 April 2018 — The following is a response to today's statement at the Commonwealth summit in London from the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, on colonial era anti-gay laws . Human Rights and LGBT+ campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "We thank Theresa May for heeding our appeal and expressing deep regret for Britain's imposition of homophobic laws ...


HRC-series-exposes-Pences-career-of-attacks-on-LGBTQ-Americans

HRC series exposes Pence's career of attacks on LGBTQ Americans - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, launched "The Real Mike Pence," a comprehensive campaign — including a scathing report and microsite — exposing the vice president's long history of anti-LGBTQ animus and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and ...


Free-Interactive-Workshop-on-Racial-Justice-April-28-at-University-Church

Free Interactive Workshop on Racial Justice, April 28 at University Church - From a news release - A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Velda Love, the recently appointed Minister for Racial Justice for the United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland. The workshop ...


-Acceptance-of-LGBT-people-and-rights-has-increased-around-the-world

Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized, increasing in the most accepting countries and decreasing in the least. In a series of new studies, researchers developed and utilized a groundbreaking new measure ...


Illinois-Senate-Democratic-Victory-Fund-hires-Tom-Elliott-as-Communications-Director

Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund hires Tom Elliott as Communications Director - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund today announced it has hired Tom Elliott as its communications director. "We are thrilled to welcome Tom to the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund," said Steve Campbell, Political Director for ISDVF. "As we head into the general election in November and beyond, Tom's passion and experience will be an important asset for ...


Community-Power-Community-Solutions-north-siders-to-convene-and-march-May-6

Community Power, Community Solutions, north siders to convene and march May 6 - From a press release - On May 6th, ONE Northside community leaders will push attending elected officials to advance our community solutions, then march for community power. ONE Northside will hold a Community Convention on Sunday, March 6th, at 2:30 pm at American Islamic College in Uptown Titled "Community Power, Community Solutions." The 2018 Convention will bring 1,000 North Side leaders face to face with ...


Log-Cabin-Republicans-claims-to-be-locally-reactivated

Log Cabin Republicans claims to be locally reactivated - The Illinois affiliate of the Log Cabin Republicans ( LCR ) has been "reactivated," according to Chcagoan Morry Matson, who announced April 10 that he had been elected as the state president. The Illinois chapter "has been dormant the past few years," Matson said. "It hasn't been active. We have restarted and are back in business." Matson said that about ...


Illinoisans-lobby-on-behalf-of-curriculum-bill

Illinoisans lobby on behalf of curriculum bill - More than 100 community members became advocates and activists April 11 when Equality Illinois rallied its supporters at LGBTQ Advocacy Day at the Illinois Statehouse. The LGBT-rights organization usually brings community members to Springfield to lobby legislators and other elected officials on matters that are important to LGBT Illinoisans. This year, the principal focus is legislation that would introduce LGBT ...


Judge-rules-lawsuit-over-anti-trans-Trump-ban-will-go-to-trial

Judge rules lawsuit over anti-trans Trump ban will go to trial - A federal judge in Seattle rejected the Trump administration's claim that its "new" plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services is different from its 2017 directive, Bloomberg reported. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled that the two anti-transgender initiatives are basically the same, and decided that a lawsuit connected to the newer order must ...


Schock-corruption-trial-continues

Schock corruption trial continues - Department of Justice prosecutors and attorney for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) met in a Chicago federal appeals court April 18 regarding corruption charges against the ex-politician, Politico reported. In November 2016, Schock was indicted on several charges, including wire, mail and tax fraud and misappropriation of government funds, among other things. He resigned in March 2015. ...


San-Juan-Mayor-Carmen-Yulin-Cruz-headlines-DuPage-Democrats-annual-gala

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz headlines DuPage Democrats annual gala - San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen YulÃn Cruz gave the keynote address at the Democratic Party of DuPage County's ( DPDC ) annual gala, Blue Wave 2018: Year of the Woman, April 15 at Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Illinois. Ahead of Cruz's remarks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez spoke about his connection to Cruz and the work she has done for ...


NATIONAL-Military-ban-Joy-Reid-Sen-Doug-Jones

NATIONAL Military ban, Joy Reid, Sen. Doug Jones - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, several anonymous White House officials told Slate and Think Progress that hate-group activists were behind the transgender military ban—and, now, LGBT organizations are asking a court to force them to turn over their communications in the legal challenge to the ban, LGBTQ Nation reported. A motion filed in NCLR's and GLAD's challenge to Donald Trump's transgender military ban is ...


-WORLD-Anti-gay-law-Middle-East-report-serial-killer

WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional, The Guardian reported. The decision followed a similar ruling in Belize in 2016. "The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago, with this ruling, made a powerful statement that the legal ...


Former-Lambda-attorney-kills-self-over-environment

Former Lambda attorney kills self over environment - Well-known Lambda Legal attorney David Buckel was found dead in a public park in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday, having apparently taken his own life in protest over the use of fossil fuels. Buckel was on the staff of Lambda Legal, the national LGBT legal defense and education group, for more than a dozen years. For several of those years, he ...


LGBT-candidates-positioned-to-help-Democrats-take-back-House-and-Senate-majority-

LGBT candidates positioned to help Democrats take back House and Senate majority - The following is the first in a series of articles examining how LGBT candidates and organizations are positioned to help Democrats take back the majority of the U.S. House and Senate this year. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan stunned many people with his announcement April 11 that he would "retire" from office next January. But he was just following a ...


Activist-Green-to-announce-2019-mayoral-bid-

Activist Green to announce 2019 mayoral bid - Activist and advocate Ja'Mal Green is set to officially announce a campaign to be mayor of Chicago. Green, 22, who heads up the Majostee Allstars Community Center in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, was set to make an official announcement at a speech at Roosevelt University April 18. "Over time, I've been going into communities all over the country," Green explained. ...


Lambda-Legal-Challenge-to-Military-Trans-Ban-on-Course-to-Proceed-to-Trial

Lambda Legal Challenge to Military Trans Ban on Course to Proceed to Trial - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, April 13, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle rejected the Trump Administration's claim that its "new" discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services passes muster. Instead, the court found that the implementation plan the Administration issued in late March was not a new policy but rather threatens the ...


Trinidad-and-Tobago-Court-Overturns-Same-Sex-Intimacy-Ban-

Trinidad and Tobago: Court Overturns Same-Sex Intimacy Ban - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, April 13, 2018 ) — The High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago ruled on April 12, 2018, that the country's laws criminalizing same-sex intimacy between consenting adults are unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It is a resounding win for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) activists in the country and in particular ...


Town-hall-examines-Latinx-issues

Town hall examines Latinx issues - Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago and Equality Illinois sponsored a town hall meeting between community members, advocates and elected officials to discuss issues pertinent to the Latinx community in the current political climate. The gathering, held March 28 at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Ave., featured a panel comprised of state Sens. Iris Y. Martinez ...


Ex-Houston-mayor-at-EI-Pride-Brunch-June-3

Ex-Houston mayor at EI Pride Brunch June 3 - As part of LGBTQ Pride Month, Equality Illinois will host a Pride Brunch on Sunday, June 3, with an appearance by Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston and the first out mayor of a major U.S. city. The brunch will take place at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. As the keynote speaker at the 2018 ...


Pulse-nightclub-owner-speaks-about-onePULSE-Foundation

Pulse nightclub owner speaks about onePULSE Foundation - "Within a few weeks I knew I'd be doing something," Barbara Poma said over the telephone. That something is onePULSE Foundation. Poma was the owner of Pulse, the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub when on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist attack and hate crime inside the ...


Community-activists-meet-with-AGs-staff-on-policing-issues

Community, activists meet with AG's staff on policing issues - Representatives from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office met April 6 with advocates, service providers and community members to discuss difficulties between some LGBT Chicagoans and the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). The meeting was held at Center on Halsted, and was the first small-scale gathering officials are holding to formulate a consent decree for reform of CPD. It ...


LGBTQ-Advocacy-Day-on-April-11

LGBTQ Advocacy Day on April 11 - Equality Illinois' LGBTQ Advocacy Day will take place all day on Wed., April 11, at the State Capitol, 401 S. 2nd St., Springfield. According to the event's webpage, "One of [Equality Illinois'] priority issues will be the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, an initiative of Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to teach students the historical events and ...


LGBTs-to-be-excluded-from-2020-Census

LGBTs to be excluded from 2020 Census - A draft of the 2020 U.S. Census has been released—and it shows that questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity have been removed. The U.S. Census Bureau, part of the Department of Commerce, has to issue a list of categories it plans to track three years before the survey is conducted. The draft for the next survey covers race and ...


On-the-Table-to-return-May-8

'On the Table' to return May 8 - The Chicago Community Trust announced the return of its annual region-wide civic engagement initiative On the Table on Tuesday, May 8. Over the past four years, On the Table has provided an annual forum for tens of thousands of Chicagoans to engage in conversation, develop new relationships and inspire action to make differences in communities. Anyone can host an On ...


Curriculum-work-ERA-among-EI-agenda-items

Curriculum work, ERA among EI agenda items - An inclusive public schools curriculum, an expansion of employment protections, the Equal Rights Amendment ( ERA ) and the state budget are among the issues that LGBT-rights organization Equality Illinois has on its radar as the Illinois General Assembly continues its session this spring. The organization's central lobbying priority is a bill that would implement the teaching of LGBT history ...


Bolder-Than-Out-features-variety-show-panel-discussion

'Bolder Than Out' features variety show, panel discussion - As a part of the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) sixth annual Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) conference, "Kitchen Table Action," Chicago State University's ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) and In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) hosted the BTO Ball April 6 at CSU. The event featured a VIP reception, free HIV ...


Guzzardi-files-bill-expanding-employment-protections

Guzzardi files bill expanding employment protections - State Rep. Will Guzzardi ( D-Chicago ) has filed new legislation that expands state employment protections to individuals working for smaller firms. While Illinois has fairly robust employment anti-discrimination laws, those protections apply mainly to persons working for businesses or organizations with 15 or more employees. But legislation filed by Guzzardi, HB 4572, "provides that 'employer' includes any person employing ...


DOJ-proposes-roll-back-of-data-collection-on-crime-victimization-of-LGBT-youth

DOJ proposes roll back of data collection on crime victimization of LGBT youth - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it will seek to stop asking 16 and 17 year olds to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity on the National Crime Victimization Survey ( NCVS ). "Asking NCVS respondents to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity provides crucial data on ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-names-Andy-Garcia-new-Director-of-Creating-Change-

National LGBTQ Task Force names Andy Garcia new Director of Creating Change - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The Creating Change Conference is being placed in the experienced hands of Andy Garcia, ensuring it is on track for a powerful 31st convening in Detroit, 2019. On April 10, the National LGBTQ Task Force announced Andy Garcia as the next director of Creating Change. Garcia succeeds Sue Hyde, the conference's founder. The search for a new director was ...


-New-Equal-Rights-Amendment-Coloring-Book-educates-on-womens-rights-laws

New Equal Rights Amendment Coloring Book educates on women's rights laws - From a American Association of University Women press release - Copies of Equal: An Activity Book were hand-delivered to each member of the Illinois General Assembly on Equal Pay Day ( April 10 ). In a letter, Sallie Miller, Illinois President of the American Association of University Women ( AAUW ), urged legislators to vote YES on SJRCA4, a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and add women to ...


Ronan-Farrow-comes-out-at-Point-Foundation-event-

Ronan Farrow comes out at Point Foundation event - From a Point Foundation press release - Celebrities and 400 guests experienced an inspiring evening at The Plaza April 9, in support of Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students of merit. The annual Point Honors New York event raises funds for Point's higher education scholarships, as well as mentoring and leadership programs. ...


-WORLD-Chechen-persecution-trans-chef-teen-attacker

WORLD Chechen persecution, trans chef, teen attacker - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A leading Russian LGBT-rights group has said that more than 100 gay and bisexual Chechen men and women have fled the country to escape persecution based on their sexual orientation in the past year, The Moscow Times reported. he St. Petersburg-based LGBT Network claimed in the summer of 2017 that at least 200 gay people were held in secret prisons ...


NATIONAL-Anchorage-vote-eighth-trans-murder-Grindr-apology

NATIONAL Anchorage vote, eighth trans murder, Grindr apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Results in Anchorage's local election showed a majority of voters rejecting a contentious ballot initiative to regulate restrooms, locker rooms and "intimate facilities" by sex at birth instead of gender identity, after what was one of the most expensive campaigns in city election history, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The measure, Proposition 1, would have rolled back a legal protection ...


New-Data-Analysis-Casts-Doubt-on-Pentagon-Claims-about-Unfitness-of-Transgender-Troops-

New Data Analysis Casts Doubt on Pentagon Claims about Unfitness of Transgender Troops - From a What We Know Project news release - Ithaca, NY - A new analysis conducted by researchers at the What We Know Project, an initiative of Cornell University's Center for the Study of Inequality, reviewed more than twenty-five years of scholarship on transgender mental health and found a strong consensus that undergoing gender transition can improve transgender well-being. The year-long review screened over 4,000 studies and identified 56 ...


Equality-Illinois-Urges-State-Legislators-to-Ratify-the-Equal-Rights-Amendment

Equality Illinois Urges State Legislators to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment - From a news release - Statement from Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for LGBTQ people: As the General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and as citizen advocates plan to engage legislators on Tuesday for ERA Lobby Day, Equality Illinois proudly supports the federal Equal Rights Amendment and urges state legislators to promptly ratify it. It's beyond time ...


ERA-Illinois-coalition-to-lobby-Illinois-State-Capitol-April-10

ERA Illinois coalition to lobby Illinois State Capitol April 10 - From a press release - Members of the ERA Illinois ( eraillinois.org ) coalition will come to Springfield to lobby legislators on behalf of ratification of the ERA. The ERA Illinois coalition is made up of groups across Illinois that support gender equality under the law and recognize the necessity of proclaiming this right in the U.S. Constitution. Illinois Senate Bill SJRCA4 proposes to ratify ...


Anchorage-Voters-Reject-Discriminatory-Proposition-1

Anchorage Voters Reject Discriminatory Proposition 1 - From a HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign celebrated an election victory in Anchorage, Alaska where voters soundly rejected Proposition 1 — a dangerous ballot measure that sought to eliminate existing municipal non-discrimination protections for transgender people. The ballot measure would have also enshrined discrimination into law by forcing transgender people to use facilities that are inconsistent with their gender identity. HRC ...


Womens-Group-on-Ouster-of-Williamson-from-Atlantic-

Women's Group on Ouster of Williamson from Atlantic - From a press release - In response to the news that The Atlantic fired Kevin Williamson as a columnist for the magazine's new ideas section, Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of UltraViolet, a leading national women's group, issued the following statement: "Kevin Williamson's views don't exist in a vacuum: His calls for the murder of women and writings that dehumanize black children and transgender people provide fodder ...


Rally-and-Speak-out-Against-Confederate-Monument-April-7

Rally and Speak-out Against Confederate Monument April 7 - This Saturday, April 7, from 3-4 PM, there will be a community speak-out outside of Oak Woods Cemetery, at 71st and Cottage Grove. Within Oak Woods Cemetery there is a 46 foot tall statue commemorating the confederate soldiers who died at Camp Douglas. This statue is only yards away from the resting place of Ida B Wells, Black freedom fighter ...


LGBTQ-Advocacy-Day-on-April-11

LGBTQ Advocacy Day on April 11 - Equality Illinois' LGBTQ Advocacy Day will take place all day on Wed., April 11, at the State Capitol, 401 S. 2nd St., Springfield. According to the event's webpage, "One of [Equality Illinois'] priority issues will be the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, an initiative of Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to teach students the historical events and ...


Addie-Wyatt-to-mark-50th-anniv-of-MLK-assassination

Addie Wyatt to mark 50th anniv. of MLK assassination - The Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training ( AWC ) will host "Songs of the Chicago Freedom Movement: A Concert Remix" on Wed., April 4, at 7 p.m. at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West. The event will mark 50 years since the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and be a call to action. In the ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Casting-matters

GUEST COLUMN Casting matters - I want you to think back for me … Think back to first time you felt yourself reflected in pop culture … Remember that joy ... Remember that feeling of being seen … Remember the freedom it embodied … Hold on to that feeling for me. I am asked, constantly, "why do you care so much about casting? Is your ...


Morrison-presumed-winner-in-commissioner-primary-by-12-votes

Morrison "presumed winner" in commissioner primary by 12 votes - Recounts and mail-in ballots have been tabulated in the race to be the Democratic candidate for 15th District Cook County Commissioner. Openly gay candidate Kevin Morrison is the presumed winner with just 12 votes, which amounts to 50.03 percent of the vote in the race. The contest took an additional two weeks to determine a winner, since on the night ...


AMA-disputes-transgender-military-policy-in-letter-to-Sec-Def-Mattis-

AMA disputes transgender military policy in letter to Sec. Def. Mattis - From news releases - Palm Center Statement on American Medical Association Letter of Criticism to Defense Secretary Mattis: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement in response to today's American Medical Association letter disputing the rationale for President Trump's transgender ban. "Today's AMA statement that 'there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from military service' ...


In-Indonesia-Four-Arrested-for-Same-Sex-Conduct-at-Risk-of-Public-Torture

In Indonesia Four Arrested for Same-Sex Conduct, at Risk of Public Torture - From a Human Rights Watch news release - ( Jakarta, April 3, 2018 ) — Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four people detained in Aceh under a local ordinance that criminalizes same-sex conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal Code, they face up to 100 lashes in public — a punishment that constitutes torture under international human rights law. "These vigilante raids and ...


-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-plans-spring-events-

Illinois Holocaust Museum plans spring events - From a press release - Following are a range of the events happening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum this spring. See www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/event for more info or to purchase tickets. WHAT CAN A HOLOGRAM TELL YOU ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST? Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take ...


Attny-Genl-Lisa-Madigan-among-AGs-suing-to-block-census-citizenship-question

Attny Gen'l Lisa Madigan among AGs suing to block census citizenship question - From a news release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 17 other attorneys general, six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, today filed a lawsuit to block the federal administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census. Demanding citizenship information would depress Census turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threatening the states' fair representation in Congress ...


WORLD-Costa-Rica-election-couple-attacked-transgender-reporter

WORLD Costa Rica election, couple attacked, transgender reporter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Polls opened on Easter Sunday for a vote on whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz could capture Costa Rica's presidency—a result that would have marked a sharp turn from the current government's embrace of gay rights, Reuters reported. Best known for religious dance songs and ballads, the former TV journalist faced the center-left ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada ...


NATIONAL-Conversion-therapy-bans-GetEQUAL-folds-gay-Trump-backers

NATIONAL Conversion-therapy bans, GetEQUAL folds, gay Trump backers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made it official: Conversion therapy is now banned in the state, Metro Weekly reported. Inslee signed into law a bill that bans the practice of conversion therapy on minors, and penalizes licensed therapists or counselors who attempt to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity. Inslee's signing of the bill makes Washington the 10th state ...


Studs-Terkel-Radio-Archive-of-5600-programs-opens-to-public-May-16

Studs Terkel Radio Archive of 5,600 programs opens to public May 16 - From a press release - Chicago ( March 7, 2018 ) — The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, one of the world's great spoken-word collections, consisting of more than 5,600 programs in various genres created at Terkel's hometown fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago between 1952 and 1997, will become available to the general public on what would have been Terkel's 106thbirthday, May 16, 2018. ...


Legacy-LIVE-event-focuses-on-Haifas-LGBTQs-met-with-protest

Legacy LIVE event focuses on Haifa's LGBTQs, met with protest - The Legacy Project and the Center on Halsted ( the Center ) kicked off the 2018 season of their joint Legacy LIVE series with "When They Go Low, We Go Haifa," an exploration of Haifa Communities' House ( HCH ) Muslim, Christian and Jewish LGBTQ History Project, March 26 at the Center. A Wider Bridge ( AWB ), the presenting ...


Mayoral-wager-includes-LGBT-group

Mayoral wager includes LGBT group - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a friendly wager with Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mayor Christopher Taylor on the outcome of the March 31 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four matchup between Chicago's Loyola University and the University of Michigan in San Antonio, Texas. The mayors will wager local delicacies on the outcome of the game, and the losing mayor will also ...


ALMA-town-hall-meeting-March-28

ALMA town-hall meeting March 28 - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) will host an LGBTQ town-hall meeting on Wed., March 28, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge St. Among those slated to attend are Illinois state Sens. Iris Y. Martinez and Omar Aquino, along with Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi. For more information or to RSVP, contact ...


LGBTQ-Advocacy-Day-on-April-11

LGBTQ Advocacy Day on April 11 - Equality Illinois' LGBTQ Advocacy Day will take place all day on Wed., April 11, at the State Capitol, 401 S. 2nd St., Springfield. According to the event's webpage, "One of [Equality Illinois'] priority issues will be the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, an initiative of Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to teach students the historical events and ...


GUEST-COLUMN-How-METOO-Becomes-Culture-Change-Tradeswomen-and-Sexual-Harassment-

GUEST COLUMN How #METOO Becomes Culture Change; Tradeswomen and Sexual Harassment - From a speech at the Chicago Women's History Center Screening of Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, Jan. 13, 2018. Like so many of us, here today and around the world, the #metoo movement has resonated deeply with me, on a personal level because of my experiences while working as an elevator constructor. And on a professional level because, even ...


On-the-Table-to-return-May-8

'On the Table' to return May 8 - The Chicago Community Trust announced the return of its annual region-wide civic engagement initiative On the Table on Tuesday, May 8. Over the past four years, On the Table has provided an annual forum for tens of thousands of Chicagoans to engage in conversation, develop new relationships and inspire action to make differences in communities. Anyone can host an On ...


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ELECTIONS 2019: CHICAGO Gay man running for 11th Ward alderman - Labor and education activist and out gay man David Mihalyfy entered the 11th Ward aldermanic race on March 23. For his debut event, a group of early supporters leafletted voting households in 15 of 38 precincts as his website and Facebook page went live. Aiming for the seat currently held by first-term alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, Mihalyfy is running on ...


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Longtime local LGBT activist Gary Chichester, friends reflect on his work - In recognition of his 50 years of LGBT and HIV/AIDS activism, Gary Chichester will be honored with this year's Jon-Henri Award March 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sidetrack. The award was created by longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and Open Hand Chicago Founder Lori Cannon and is named after the late gay writer and queer thinker Jon Henri Damski. ...


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HHS Rule Would Expand Ability of Providers to Refuse Health Care, AG Madigan responds - From a news release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 18 other attorneys general, are opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ( HHS ) attempt to dramatically expand the ability of businesses to deny insurance coverage and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of their "religious, moral, ethical or other beliefs." The proposed rule ...


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Former Surgeons General Debunk Pentagon Assertions on Medical Fitness of Trans Troops - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Following this week's statement by the American Psychological Association expressing alarm over the Trump Administration's "misuse of psychological science to stigmatize transgender Americans and justify limiting their ability to serve in uniform and access medically necessary health care," the Palm Center today released the following statement by former U.S. Surgeons General M. Joycelyn Elders and David ...


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Palm Center Memo on Trump Trans Military Ban Analyzes Latest DOD Announcement - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center today released the below short memo describing the impact and status of the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. "Breaking Down the March 23, 2018 Transgender Military Ban" outlines what the Pentagon and White House released on Friday; explains the impact of these documents given the status of current litigation blocking any ...


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Opposition Swells Against Trump-Pence License to Discriminate - From a news release - WASHINGTON D.C - Today, over 200,000 people submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) to oppose the Trump-Pence administration's proposed refusal of care rule, which would embolden health care workers to deny health care to patients. Tuesday marks the end of the public comment period. The rule has been denounced by medical providers and ...


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In late election results, Lipinski, Casten among Dem primary winners - Some Illinois primary races, among them two closely watched Congressional races, were not resolved on election night. Democratic challenger Marie Newman very narrowly lost her run for U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's, D-Chicago, 3rd District post. Newman conceded the day after the election, after tallies indicated that Lipinski had about 51 percent to Newman's 49 percent of the vote. Newman waged ...


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How Chicago voted, gubernatorial race by ward - After a tumultuous primary season, businessman J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic spot in the 2018 gubernatorial election, where he'll take on Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner. Pritzker and running mate Juliana Stratton won the vote in Chicago, according to the Chicago Board of Election data. Pritzker had 198,569 votes in the the city, about 45 percent. State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, ...


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More than 85,000 attend Chicago's anti-gun March For Our Lives - Organizers estimated that more than 85,000 Chicago-area students and community members participated in the March For Our Lives event March 24 held in Union Park on Chicago's Near West Side. Schools from Highland Park to Crown Point, Indiana, and from the South, North and West sides of Chicago were represented. The event, organized by survivors of gun violence and high ...







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