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Lawsuit-Filed-by-11-states-challenges-Obama-on-trans-guidance-

Lawsuit Filed by 11 states challenges Obama on trans guidance - From press releases - Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and other states and officials have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's recently released guidance to schools across the country clarifying that federal law already prohibits discrimination against students based on gender identity. Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, issued the following ...


World-news-Gay-South-Africans-Nigerian-arrests-gay-panic-defense

World news: Gay South Africans, Nigerian arrests, gay-panic defense - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of International Day Against Homophobia, Zalebs.com listed five openly gay South African celebrities. They include TV figure/choreographer Somizi, singer Toya De Lazy, former Yo.TV presenter Sade Giliberti, singer Thandiswa Mazwai and entertainer Bujy Bikwa. Somizi recognized IDAHOT by posting a picture on Instagram of a rainbow flag with the message: "Keep calm and be proud of who you ...


National-roundup-La-Raza-move-Amtrak-ruling-Olson-authoring-brief

National roundup: La Raza move, Amtrak ruling, Olson authoring brief - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NCLR ( National Council of La Raza ) announced that it has moved its 2016 Northeast/Southeast Affiliate Leadership Convening scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this October to Miami, Florida, due to its opposition to North Carolina's controversial law HB2, according to a press release. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia said, in part, "HB2 is a solution ...


Trans-United-Fund-issues-questionnaires-to-prez-candidates-

Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


Illinois-state-GOP-Marriage-is-still-one-man-one-woman-

Illinois state GOP: Marriage is still one-man, one-woman - After a contentious debate, the Illinois State Republican Party voted May 20 at its convention in Peoria to retain a plank preserving its 2012 language that said marriage should be between a man and a woman, according to reports. The party had been considering a resolution that, while preserving a "traditional" definition of marriage and family, acknowledged that a wide ...


Ald-Moreno-unveils-plans-for-LGBT-friendly-affordable-housing-project-

Ald. Moreno unveils plans for LGBT-friendly affordable housing project - Logan Square residents, politicians and other stakeholders gathered May 21 at Congress Pizzeria, 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave., to learn about a new affordable-housing development, intended to be welcoming for LGBT individuals. The project been guided by the office of Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ). The complex, to be named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo ...


GOP-strips-US-defense-bill-of-LGBT-protections-

GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections - LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision. The provision, inserted by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell ( R-OK ), removes a rule—instigated by a 2014 executive action from President Obama—that prohibits discrimination against employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ...


Austin-Baidas-named-to-Obama-Administration-post-

Austin Baidas named to Obama Administration post - Austin Baidas, a Chicago consultant who held multiple key posts in former Gov. Pat Quinn's election campaign and administration, has accepted a post with the Obama administration. Beginning May 31, Baidas, who is openly gay, will be a senior advisor for pipeline and hazardous materials safety, a position under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation. Baidas began ...


Statement-by-Obama-on-the-Int-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia-

Statement by Obama on the Int. Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From the White House - On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has long been a ...


Eric-Fanning-a-gay-man-confirmed-as-the-22nd-Secretary-of-the-US-Army

Eric Fanning, a gay man, confirmed as the 22nd Secretary of the U.S. Army - From press releases - Today the Senate confirmed Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning will be the first openly gay secretary of a military service. Fanning was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army by President Obama in September of last year and was later named Acting Secretary of the Army when Secretary McHugh retired, but stepped down while ...


Anti-gay-organization-among-Gov-Rauner-breakfast-hosts

Anti-gay organization among Gov. Rauner breakfast hosts - After an initial postponement for this year, the Illinois Governor's Prayer Breakfast, which has been an annual event since 1963, will take place May 26, according to reports. Among its hosts is an organization that opposed marriage equality. The event was postponed because of the state's ongoing budget crisis, though it does not receive state dollars. It was reinstated at ...


Clinton-meets-with-HIV-AIDS-activists

Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on May 12, met with a coalition of 20 HIV/AIDS leaders and experts, according to a statement. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Among the policies that Clinton has outlined during her campaign are capping out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for people with HIV/AIDS; protecting those with HIV/AIDS from ...


Lottery-extension-goes-to-House-Rules-Committee

Lottery extension goes to House Rules Committee - A bill that moves the expiration date on the Quality of Life scratch-off game—proceeds of which go towards persons with HIV/AIDS—is on its way to the House Rules Committee. SB 2397, introduced in February by state Sen. Jackie Collins, amends the state lottery law to change the expiration date of the scratch-off game, also known as Red Ribbon Cash, from ...


HHS-confirms-ban-on-healthcare-and-insurance-bias-against-LGBT-People-

HHS confirms ban on healthcare and insurance bias against LGBT People - From press releases - ( May 13, 2016, New York, NY ) — The United States Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) today finalized new rules confirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people are protected against health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in ...


White-House-Appoints-Forces-Barbara-Satin-to-Advisory-Council-on-Faith-based-Partnerships-

White House Appoints Force's Barbara Satin to Advisory Council on Faith-based Partnerships - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2016 — The White House today announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force's Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships. Satin is the first transgender woman to serve on this presidential body. "I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President's advisory ...


Obamas-Education-Dept-Affirms-the-Rights-of-Transgender-Students-

Obama's Education Dept. Affirms the Rights of Transgender Students - From press releases - The Obama administration has issued a directive directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Actually, the guidance for school districts goes beyond restrooms in public and federally funded schools, discussing privacy rights and equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as locker rooms. A joint letter from the education and justice departments is going ...


Trumps-States-Rights-Policy-Assertion-on-Trans-Students-Dangerous-Reckless

Trump's 'States' Rights' Policy Assertion on Trans Students Dangerous, Reckless - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after Donald Trump declined this morning to support the Obama Administration's important announcement that school districts should ensure that transgender students are treated with dignity and allowed equal access to facilities, such as restrooms, consistent with their gender identity. "Trump's reckless anti-LGBT suggestion is to turn ...


Talking-with-prison-abolitionist-Mariame-Kaba

Talking with prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba - To anyone who knows her, prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba is a force of nature. On any given day, she might be in court in the morning, supporting a teenager facing incarceration, then leading a community discussion on the history of Black radical organizing, and then giving a presentation on young women and the juvenile justice system in the evening. Kaba ...


American-LGBT-Leaders-Travel-to-Havana-for-Cuban-LGBT-Pride-Events-

American LGBT Leaders Travel to Havana for Cuban LGBT Pride Events - From a press release - HAVANA, CUBA —American LGBT leaders Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, and Tico Almeida, founder of Freedom to Work, travel today to Havana, Cuba to participate in the "Jornada Cubana contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia," which consists of a series of LGBT events, panels, community fairs, and a pride parade in Havana on Saturday, May 14 and a ...


Dueling-lawsuits-filed-over-NC-law

Dueling lawsuits filed over N.C. law - The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit May 9 against North Carolina authorities—hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, asking a federal court to rule that the state's so-called "bathroom law" is not discriminatory. At a press conference, Lynch said, "This action is about a great ...


Duncan-addresses-City-College-graduates

Duncan addresses City College graduates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Graduates of City Colleges of Chicago are getting ready to head off to in-demand careers or transfer to four-year colleges after receiving their associate degrees April 30 at the 2016 City Colleges of Chicago commencement ceremony at the UIC Pavilion. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the keynote address to the more than 1,800 graduates and 8,000 guests ...


World-news-HIV-organ-transplant-LGBT-politicians-elected-trans-birth

World news: HIV organ transplant, LGBT politicians elected, trans birth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organs from patients with HIV have been used in life-saving transplant operations in the United Kingdom for the first time, The Guardian noted. The four transplants—two livers from separate donors and a pair of kidneys from the same person—all happened within the last five years but have only now been made public; all three donors were deceased. The agency NHS ...


GLAD-settles-with-Catholic-HS-that-committed-discrimination-in-firing-gay-man-

GLAD settles with Catholic HS that committed discrimination in firing gay man - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) today announced a final resolution in the case Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy, in which a Catholic girls' high school in Milton, MA rescinded an employment offer as food services manager to Matt Barrett, a gay man, upon learning that Matt was married to a man. The settlement follows a first-of-its-kind ruling from ...


National-Hillarys-support-Bernies-withdrawal-Black-college-and-LGBTQs

National: Hillary's support, Bernie's withdrawal, Black college and LGBTQs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote a message of support for a trans woman who was attacked in a New York City subway, Gay Star News noted. Pearl Love, a trans Taiwanese woman, was called "garbage" and "transvestite" by another woman who later physically attacked Love. Posting on her Facebook, Clinton wrote, "Pearl, I am so sorry that you have experienced ...


US-DOJ-sets-lawsuit-against-North-Carolina-Gov-McCrory-

U.S. DOJ sets lawsuit against North Carolina Gov. McCrory - From press releases - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuitagainst North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the state's Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina and Board of Governors of the ...


Groups-Respond-to-Gov-McCrorys-Lawsuit-

Groups Respond to Gov. McCrory's Lawsuit - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the news that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit defending his deeply discriminatory HB2. "North Carolina's HB2 law is blatantly unconstitutional and violates federal civil rights law," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "The Department of Justice has already been clear ...


Gov-McCrory-forces-HB2-in-9-hrs-wants-more-time-from-DOJ-

Gov. McCrory forces HB2 in 9 hrs, wants more time from DOJ - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina, released the following statement May 8 when North Carolina after Gov. Pat McCrory said on Fox News Sunday that he requested more time from the Department of Justice to comply with a letter issued by the Department of Justice that HB2 puts Governor McCrory in violation of ...


HRC-Hails-Suspension-of-Ala-Sup-Court-Chief-Justice-Roy-Moore-

HRC Hails Suspension of Ala. Sup Court Chief Justice Roy Moore - From a press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) on May 7 hailed the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama's suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, for his consistent defiance of pro-marriage equality federal rulings in the state. "Roy Moore is an embarrassment to the state of Alabama," said HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Walton Kendrick. "He ...


President-Obama-delivers-Howard-University-commencement

President Obama delivers Howard University commencement - From the White House - President Barack Obama was the featured speaker at the Howard University Commencement Ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 7, 2016. He included gays in his remarks: "I am not saying gaps do not persist. Obviously, they do. Racism persists. Inequality persists. Don't worry—I'm going to get to that. But I wanted to start, Class of 2016, by opening your eyes to ...


LGBT-Ethiopian-Jews-speak-on-their-lives-in-Israel

LGBT Ethiopian Jews speak on their lives in Israel - When Liel, a young Israeli woman of Ethiopian descent, came out to her mother as bisexual, her mother was perplexed. The concept of same-sex love was completely foreign within the Israeli Ethiopian community. "She didn't understand what I said, because we don't even have a word for 'LGBT,'" Liel said. Despite the dislocation Liel felt in that moment, she was ...


BREAKING-Oxford-Ala-Council-Retreats-Votes-to-Repeal-Shameful-Anti-Trans-Ord-

BREAKING: Oxford Ala. Council Retreats, Votes to Repeal Shameful Anti-Trans Ord. - From a press release - MONTGOMERY Ala. - At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2 to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a $500 fine or 6 ...


BREAKING-US-Justice-Dept-Says-HB2-Violates-Federal-Law-Gives-Gov-McCrory-Monday-Deadline-

BREAKING: U.S. Justice Dept. Says HB2 Violates Federal Law, Gives Gov. McCrory Monday Deadline - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to news that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. As reported by the Charlotte Observer, ...


Black-Lives-Matter-co-creator-talks-about-movement-protests

Black Lives Matter co-creator talks about movement, protests - The dynamic, passionate ascendancy of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was felt in Chicago from the NFL Draft to the more intimate setting of the Chicago Humanities Festival April 30. That afternoon, BLM co-creator and Special Programs Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Alicia Garza took the stage at the Chicago Athletic Association for a beautifully candid ...


AFC-joins-lawsuit-against-Rauner-and-state-agencies-for-breach-of-contract-

AFC joins lawsuit against Rauner and state agencies for breach of contract - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 4, 2016 —This morning, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) joined Pay Now Illinois, a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies, in a lawsuit against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies. The suit seeks immediate payment in full of more than $100 million owed for work ...


IKEA-AIG-Join-200-Business-Leaders-Against-HB-2-

IKEA, AIG Join 200+ Business Leaders Against HB 2 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC have announced that executives from 23andMe, Instacart, The Honest Company, United Guaranty Corporation, Cabot Creamery, Castlight Health, Inc., Willis Towers Watson, Merck, IKEA US, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., AIG, Yadkin Bank and Direct Marketing Association have signed onto an open letter that now includes nearly 200 leading CEOs ...


At-Gayby-Baby-screening-focus-on-LGBTQ-families

At Gayby Baby screening, focus on LGBTQ families - When Maya Newell, the director of the new documentary Gayby Baby, saw the 2010 movie The Kids Are Alright, it was the first time in 23 years she'd ever seen her family on the big screen. "Gayby Baby came from wanting to give voice to kids from families like mine," said Newell, an Australian filmmaker with lesbian parents. She recorded ...


PAW-House-Amendment-Threatens-LGBTQ-Protections-for-Federal-Contractors-

PAW: House Amendment Threatens LGBTQ Protections for Federal Contractors - From a press release - Washington, DC - On Thursday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act ( H.R. 4909 ) intended to overturn an executive order by President Obama that prohibits lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender discrimination in the employment practices of federal contractors. The amendment creates a broad religious exemption that would allow federal contractors ...


Panel-discusses-intersection-of-reproductive-and-LGBT-rights-

Panel discusses intersection of reproductive and LGBT rights - There is good reason for the LGBT community to be concerned with matters of reproductive choice, according to progressive activists: Those people and organizations bent on limiting women's reproductive rights invariably are the same ones seeking to subjugate the rights of LGBT individuals and families. At government hearings, according to Terry Cosgrove, president and CEO of Personal PAC, just a ...


Poll-69-of-Chicagoans-Oppose-Proposal-to-Restrict-Ridesharing

Poll: 69% of Chicagoans Oppose Proposal to Restrict Ridesharing - From a press release - As the Chicago City Council considers an ordinance that would greatly restrict ridesharing to help save taxi companies, a new poll commissioned by Uber indicates the vast majority of Chicagoans are opposed to the plan. According to the survey, conducted by We Ask America, 69 percent of Chicagoans oppose Ald. Anthony Beale's ( 9th ) ordinance. The poll also showed, ...


Dept-of-Ed-Publishes-Names-of-Schools-Receiving-Right-To-Discriminate-Against-LGBTs-

Dept. of Ed Publishes Names of Schools Receiving Right To Discriminate Against LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the U.S. Department of Education for helping to increase transparency and accountability by publishing a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. HRC first called on the Department of Education in December to take action ...


Pride-at-Work-Malaysian-Raid-of-Trans-Fundraiser-Underscores-Bad-Trade-Deal

Pride at Work: Malaysian Raid of Trans Fundraiser Underscores Bad Trade Deal - From a press release - Washington, DC — A recent raid on a fundraiser organized by Malaysian transgender activists has once again put the country's abuses of LGBTQ human rights under the spotlight. As the US Congress contemplates passage of the massive and destructive Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) trade agreement that includes Malaysia, that country continues to demonstrate why it should not be given ...


Missouri-House-Committee-Votes-Down-Radical-Anti-LGBT-SJR-39

Missouri House Committee Votes Down Radical Anti-LGBT SJR 39 - From a press release - The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee voted down Senate Joint Resolution ( SJR ) 39 April 27— a measure that sought to enshrine state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people and their families into the Missouri Constitution. The extreme resolution would have led to a ballot measure that proposes to allow individuals, organizations, and businesses to use religion as a legal excuse ...


Haslam-signs-anti-gay-therapy-measure-

Haslam signs anti-gay therapy measure - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, on April 27, signed into law a measure, SB 1556, that says no licensed counselor or therapist has to serve a client whose "goals, outcomes or behaviors" are at odds with the counselor's "sincerely held principles." The measure also shields counselor who refuses to provide services from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and sanctions from the state's ...


Hastert-sentenced-to-15-months-in-prison-

Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for financial improprieties on April 27, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Hastert had admitted to arranging significant withdrawals from his bank account so as steer clear of federal reporting requirements. The withdrawals were to buy the silence of a man who claimed to have been molested by Hastert ...


Coalition-aims-for-Servin-firing-CSU-funding

Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago police officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University ( CSU ). The protest was organized by a coalition that included members of Black Youth Project 100, ...


Tenn-gov-urged-to-veto-anti-LGBT-bill

Tenn. gov. urged to veto anti-LGBT bill - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is being asked to veto a bill the Tennessee Legislature recently passed. House Bill 1840/Senate Bill 1556 states that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client regarding goals or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Pro-LGBT groups have condemned ...


World-news-Obama-in-the-UK-killers-sentenced-Dolce-Gabbana

World news: Obama in the UK, killers sentenced, Dolce & Gabbana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Obama appeared at a town hall during his and First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the United Kingdom. At the event, he said, in part, "Progress requires the harder path of breaking down barriers, and building bridges, and standing up for the values of tolerance and diversity that our nations have worked and sacrificed to secure and defend. Progress ...


UN-Association-Chicago-chapter-to-discuss-human-rights-

UN Association Chicago chapter to discuss human rights - Chicago ( Monday, April 25, 2016 ) — On Thursday, May 5, the Chicago chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA ( UNA-USA ), in partnership with John Marshall Law School, will host a day-long conference on human rights and the role of the United Nations. The conference will focus on a variety of topics in human rights, ...


Lambda-Legals-Bon-Foster-moves-from-celebration-to-resolve-

Lambda Legal's Bon Foster moves from celebration to resolve - There were a few changes to Lambda Legal's April 21 Bon Foster fundraiser. Named in memory of Robert Bonvoulior "Bon" Foster—an attorney, civil-rights activist and founder of the organization's Midwest regional office—it is one of the signature events in the Chicago LGBTQ social calendar held by one of the most effective national nonprofits in the community. This year, Bon Foster ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-looks-at-housing-solutions-for-Chicago-

Tiny Home Summit looks at housing solutions for Chicago - Set between an Austin, Texas neighborhood housing estate and the halcyon panorama of the Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, there is a 27-acre village of mobile and tiny homes each with its own unique facade. There, the residents of the village called Community First! can enjoy a continually expanding garden, try their hands at bee keeping or organic farming, learn ...


APA-opposes-state-bills-targeting-LGBTs-

APA opposes state bills targeting LGBTs - WASHINGTON - The American Psychological Association is committed to promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We are therefore seriously concerned about the recent wave of state-level legislation discriminating against these individuals. Our association has a long history of supporting protections for LGBT people, including in those areas currently under attack — most notably employment, ...


Coalition-aims-for-Servin-firing-CSU-funding-

Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University. The protest was organized by a coalition that includes members of Black Youth Project 100, Assata's Daughters, Black ...


Pro-LGBT-organizations-criticize-NC-order

Pro-LGBT organizations criticize N.C. order - After signing an anti-LGBT rights bill, House Bill 2, that drew nationwide condemnation, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, on April 12, issued an executive order that he claimed "expanded" the state's employment policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity—but which maintains the bill's provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on ...


Report-LGBT-elected-officials-key-to-blocking-anti-LGBT-laws-

Report: LGBT elected officials key to blocking anti-LGBT laws - Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute ( Victory ) released a new research brief titled More Than Represent: LGBT Elected Officials Drive Equality in the States that shows the relationship between the number of openly LGBT public officials a state has and its level of LGBT equality. There is clear evidence that openly LGBT people form relationships ...


Chat-focuses-on-volunteerism-international-activism

Chat focuses on volunteerism, international activism - "E Pluribus Unum" "( "Out of many, one" ) was the latest in a series of monthly chats with local LGBTQ and allied leaders the Center on Halsted ( the Center ) has held since February. The April 13 chat focused on international activism and volunteerism as an LGBTQ person, specifically in places where LGBTQ people fear overt and lawful ...


World-news-South-Korea-MSMGF-recommendations-spy-apology

World news: South Korea, MSMGF recommendations, spy apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to the news that the Republic of Korea ( South Korea ) has been added to the list of duty-station assignments outside of the United States approved for same-sex couples. AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. "With thousands of service members stationed in South Korea, this was a serious concern that our families ...


National-roundup-Task-Forces-call-NC-law-Hillary-and-AIDS-activists

National roundup: Task Force's call, N.C. law, Hillary and AIDS activists - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National LGBTQ Task Force is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to resign. A press release from Executive Director Rea Carey stated that "the governor signed a law, HB 1523, that legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ people. This new law may also lead to discrimination against unmarried people raising children, unmarried people having sex, and others." Carey added, "Contrary to ...


Ethiopian-Israeli-activists-to-speak-April-25

Ethiopian Israeli activists to speak April 25 - Leaders from KALA—the Hebrew abbreviation of Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit, which translates as "LGBT Ethiopian community"—will speak at a gathering hosted by Jeff Grinspoon and Jon Foley at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The gathering is sponsored by the organization A Wider Bridge. Israeli LGBT leaders Sarah, Yaniv and Lielshare will discuss their personal stories as well as the need ...


First-Circuit-removes-district-judge-in-marriage-case

First Circuit removes district judge in marriage case - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on April 7, once again affirmed that Puerto Rico's marriage ban is unconstitutional, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges applies to the country's territories and states. In so doing, it ordered the District Court of Puerto Rico to enter judgment in favor of the plaintiffs ...


Cook-County-Board-votes-to-boycott-NC-and-Miss

Cook County Board votes to boycott N.C. and Miss. - The Cook County Board of Commissioners, on April 13, passed bills boycotting North Carolina and Mississippi for non-vital city business. The bills, sponsored by Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr., come in response to virulently anti-LGBT legislation that was recently passed in those states. As such, Cook County will not enter into new contracts with North Carolina- or Mississippi-headquartered businesses, nor will ...


Upcoming-Personal-PAC-E-Pluribus-Unum-chat-Bon-Foster-Night-of-Noise

Upcoming: Personal PAC, 'E Pluribus Unum' chat; Bon Foster, Night of Noise - Lambda Legal's 'Bon Foster' April 21 Lambda Legal will hold its annual "Bon Foster" event on Thursday, April 21, 6-9:30 p.m. at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. The organization's premier Chicago event, "Bon" honors the memory of Robert Bonvoulior "Bon" Foster, the late civil-rights activist/attorney. In 1993, a bequest from Foster's estate established Lambda Legal's Chicago based Midwest Regional ...


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1,200 at ONE Northside convention push pols for budget action - More than 1,200 ONE Northside community leaders called on elected officials to promote equal opportunity and put "people ahead of corporate profits" at the group's April 10 annual convention. The event at Lake View High School kicked off campaigns to pass a new solution to Illinois' budget crisis and to preserve affordable housing in Chicago. "For too long, the rules ...


Womens-Equality-Natl-Monument-created-President-speaks-there-on-Equal-Pay-Day-

Women's Equality Nat'l Monument created, President speaks there on Equal Pay Day - From THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary - A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The Sewall-Belmont House ( House ), located at 144 Constitution Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, D.C. — a few steps from the U.S. Capitol — has been home to the National Woman's Party ( NWP ) since 1929. From this House, the NWP's founder Alice Paul wrote new ...


Prosecutors-confirm-Hastert-abuse-allegations

Prosecutors confirm Hastert abuse allegations - The allegations at the center of an indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert revolve around the sexual abuse of four or five boys, according to reports. The incidents, which will not be prosecuted because of statutes of limitation, were mentioned by prosecutors in a sentencing memo on April 8. Hastert admitted in Oct. 2015 to structuring bank withdrawals to ...


Bruce-Springsteen-cancels-North-Carolina-concert-over-extreme-anti-LGBT-law

Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over extreme anti-LGBT law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), praised the news that Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a concert this weekend in North Carolina due to the state's radical and extreme new anti-LGBT law — HB 2 — that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd. "Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, ...


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Transgender Americans talk Hillary Clinton - Publicity feature by Sarah McBride, hillaryclinton.com - Every year, the transgender community and our allies come together for Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the transgender community, and to rededicate ourselves to combatting discrimination and securing equality for transgender people everywhere. Despite unprecedented visibility for the transgender community in media, popular culture, and politics, the reality remains that many trans people are ...


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Study: Conversation with trained canvassers reduce voter prejudice against trans people - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2016—Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley report in today's edition of Science that volunteer canvassers trained in an approach developed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center reduced voters' prejudice against transgender people. Last year the study's authors set off a firestorm of debate about the need for transparency in social science research ...


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Chicago part of A Wider Bridge tour - A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group building connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced a U.S. tour with leaders of the Ethiopian Israeli LGBTQ community. The U.S. tour will cover San Francisco ( April 17 ), Los Angeles ( April 20 ), Chicago ( April 25 ), New York City ( April 27 ) and Washington, D.C. ( ...


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Miss. Gov. signs anti-LGBT discrimination into law - From press releases - Jackson, Miss. — Governor Phil Bryant has signed HB 1523 into law after rapid movement on the bill by the state House of Representatives. The law, which is set to go into effect in July, sanctions discrimination by individuals, businesses, religiously-affiliated organizations - including hospitals, schools, shelters and others — against LGBT people, single mothers, and vulnerable young people in ...


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PAC launches to build trans political power - A group of trans individuals and allies, on April 4, announced the launch of Trans United Fund—the first political action committee dedicated to building political power for trans individuals and advocating for their full equality. According to a statement, the Washington, D.C.-based Trans United Fund will engage trans people and their allies in the political process, build political leadership and ...


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Lambda Legal applauds unanimous Supreme Court voting rights decision - From a press release - ( New York, NY — April 4, 2016 ) This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, the case challenging the well-established "one person, one vote" principle that legislative districts should be based on the total number of people who live within them. By seeking to narrow those counted in districting to registered or eligible ...


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Sanders campaign makes statement on anti-LGBTQ laws - From a press release - BURLINGTON, Vt. — Sarah Scanlon, director of LGBTQ outreach for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, issued the following statement on Friday about state-based, legislative efforts to discriminate against LGBTQ people: "After the Supreme Court's historic decision last year in favor of marriage equality and continued actions to decrease the marginalization of LGBTQ people across the country, we're seeing major ...


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Lesbian PAC endorses Tammy Duckworth for Senate - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced that its endorsement of Rep. Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) for U.S. Senate. "This year, as reproductive rights face attack at all levels, and when so much LGBT progress hangs in the balance — from defending marriage equality to passing comprehensive non-discrimination — not only do we need champions ...


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Emanuel to implement travel ban for NC and try recruiting its businesses - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not only prepare an order banning travel to North Carolina for non-essential city business, but he'll use the passage of virulently anti-LGBT legislation as an opportunity to recruit businesses from the Tar Heel state, according to reports. In comments at a March 30 event, Emanuel said, "When Indiana … expressed intolerance, I immediately not only ...


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Cherkasov to depart Equality Illinois this week - Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from his post, told Windy City Times that his last day on the job will be March 31, and he will next head up operations for a new-to-Chicago children's relief organization. Cherkasov will become executive director for the national organization Cradles to Crayons, which provides ...







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