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Open-To-Thinking-The-Future-of-Our-Democracy

Open To Thinking: The Future of Our Democracy - A recurring column - Winston S. Churchill: "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ( House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947 ) Our democracy has changed radically 'from time to time' since the founding of our ...


Legacy-Walk-welcoming-Ugandan-trans-activist

Legacy Walk welcoming Ugandan trans activist - The Legacy Project kicks off its fifth-anniversary season with a two-part celebration on July 11-12 and a visit from Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe-Julian Onziema. Onziema, the program director of advocacy for sexual minorities Uganda ( SMUG ) will be visiting Chicago for the first time July 9-13. This will also be his first time seeing the Legacy Walk's bronze commemoration ...


Trans-activist-writes-about-Obama-actions

Trans activist writes about Obama actions - Jennicet Gutierrez—a transgender activist who heckled President Obama and was ejected from a White House LGBT reception—wrote in a June 25 Washington Blade op-ed that she finds the president's actions on transgender immigrants disheartening, The Hill noted. Gutierrez wrote that her protest on June 24 is justified, given what she considers to be Obama's past inaction on helping transgender immigrants. ...


Harvey-Milk-Foundation-to-honor-United-Nations-Secretary-General-Ban-Ki-moon

Harvey Milk Foundation to honor United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - San Francisco, CA ( June 25, 2015 ) — The Harvey Milk Foundation, known around the world for its dedication to promoting equality for the LGBT community, will present its coveted Harvey Milk Medal to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This historic milestone coincides with the 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. The Harvey Milk Medal is seen as ...


South-Bend-Ind-mayor-comes-out

South Bend, Ind., mayor comes out - Peter Buttigieg, the 33-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, publicly came out as gay in an op-ed in The South Bend Tribune. He wrote that while "I'm not used to viewing this as anyone else's business … it's clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good." Buttigieg went on to ...


Kyrgyzstan-passes-draft-anti-LGBT-propaganda-bill-worse-than-Russias-law

Kyrgyzstan passes draft anti-LGBT propaganda bill worse than Russia's law - From a press release - WASHINGTON—— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemned the vote by the Kyrgyzstan National Assembly to pass new and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation during its second reading. The legislation passed through an initial reading in October, but had been stalled until today's vote. Another parliamentary vote is required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, whose ...


NAACP-responds-to-Gov-Haleys-call-to-remove-SC-State-Capitol-confederate-flag-

NAACP responds to Gov. Haley's call to remove SC State Capitol confederate flag - From a press release - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's call to remove the confederate flag from the state capitol is a welcomed and long overdue act of responsive leadership that is much needed in the Palmetto State. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. ( LDF ) has long voiced its opposition to the flag's use on state property as it represents a ...


National-Seattle-mayor-in-Israel-adoption-law-mural-defaced

National: Seattle mayor in Israel; adoption law; mural defaced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Despite vocal efforts by supporters of the movement to boycott Israel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joined tens of thousands of people in Tel Aviv's annual Gay Pride Parade, according to Haaretz.com. Murray, 60, who is openly gay, also participated in an international conference organized by the local LGBT community, and met with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. Murray expressed his ...


City-Treasurer-LGBT-Pride-event

City Treasurer LGBT Pride event - Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers will host an LGBTQ Pride Week event with Windy City Times newspaper, Tuesday, June 23, 6-8 p.m., 1900 S. Prairie Avenue. The event is free and features a panel discussion on LGBT issues, including youth homelessness. In addition to Summers, the panelists are: — Amy Miller, Associate Director at Broadway Youth Center at Howard Brown ...


Attorney-General-Loretta-E-Lynch-speak-to-Lambda-Legal-annual-event

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch speak to Lambda Legal annual event - From a USDOJ press release - Remarks as prepared for delivery WASHINGTON, D.C. Thank you, Karen [Dixon] and Patrick [Menasco], for that kind introduction and for the extraordinary vision and unwavering commitment that you and your colleagues at Lambda Legal bring to some of the most critical issues facing our nation today. Under the steady hand of Executive Director [Kevin] Cathcart, your efforts have yielded spectacular ...


LGBT-council-members-promise-citywide-focus

LGBT council members promise citywide focus - Members of the newly formed LGBT caucus of the Chicago City Council gathered June 17 shortly after the council's monthly meeting to discuss their upcoming work and laud the fact that a diverse swath of constituents would be represented by the caucus' five members. Among those present were all five openly LGBT Chicago councilmembers: Alds. Raymond Lopez ( 15th ), ...


Mark-Kirk-regrets-no-ho-comment

Mark Kirk regrets 'no ho' comment - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ) said in an interview that he regrets referring to fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham as a "bro with no ho;" however, he declined to clarify or further explain his controversial remark, Politico reported. Kirk made the remark about Graham, a presidential contender, on June 11 during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup session. "I've ...


World-news-Pop-star-comes-out-London-candidates-popes-moves

World news: Pop star comes out; London candidates; pope's moves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Norwegian pop star came out as gay in a music video featuring simulated gay sex with a priest—and the Church of Norway is upset, according to The Huffington Post. Tooji, an Iranian-Norwegian singer living in Norway and a participant in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, came out when announcing the release of his new music video titled "The Father ...


County-clerk-lauds-LGBTs-at-fundraiser

County clerk lauds LGBTs at fundraiser - At a fundraiser held at Pazzo's@311 Restaurant, 311 S. Wacker Dr., Cook County Clerk David Orr recognized Mercedes Santos and Theresa Volpe for their roles in bringing marriage equality to Illinois. Santos and Volpe, along with several other couples, filed a lawsuit in state court in 2012 seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Volpe thanked Orr for ...


Jeb-Bush-Where-does-he-stand-on-marriage-equality

Jeb Bush: Where does he stand on marriage equality? - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his long-expected campaign launch official today, entering the race just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to issue its ruling in Obergefell v Hodges — a case that could lead to nationwide marriage equality. During the lead-up to his campaign launch, Bush has expressed support for "traditional marriage," and ...


Ald-Mitts-meets-with-community-about-LGBT-issues

Ald. Mitts meets with community about LGBT issues - Ald. Emma Mitts ( 37th ) met with residents of her ward, local clergy and activists June 13 for a discussion about LGBT issues and how they impacted the Austin community. Mitts opened the forum by apologizing for and explaining remarks she made in March. At a community forum that was captured on video, Mitts said: "I don't want to ...


Alvarez-holds-LGBT-fundraiser

Alvarez holds LGBT fundraiser - Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez held a fundraiser directed at members of the LGBT community, on June 10, at Sidetrack Alvarez was introduced by attorney and civic activist Ray Koenig, who chairs her LGBT advisory council. He noted that Alvarez, who assumed office in 2008, has repeatedly "stood up for our community," citing specifically her support for marriage equality, ...


Hillary-Clinton-in-launch-speech-I-will-be-a-fighter-for-all-Americans

Hillary Clinton in launch speech: I will be a fighter for all Americans - - On June 13, Hillary Clinton delivered her official launch speech to a capacity crowd on New York City's Roosevelt Island, and included LGBTs in her remarks. At one point, she said, "Here's the good news: There are allies for change everywhere who know we can't stand by while inequality increases, wages stagnate, and the promise of America dims. We should ...


US-addresses-anti-LGBT-violence-around-the-world-

U.S. addresses anti-LGBT violence around the world - From the White House - Directed by the 2011 Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, the United States works to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons both at home and around the world, according to a press release from the White House. What follows is the full release: ...


Congress-votes-down-anti-LGBTQ-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-

Congress votes down anti-LGBTQ Trans Pacific Partnership - From press releases - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House of Representatives voted down a flawed trade package that would enable the Trans-Pacific Partnership to move forward. The original measure was passed by the U.S. Senate in May. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement: "We have said repeatedly that this deal is bad for all Americans, LGBT and otherwise, ...


60-elected-leaders-ask-for-LGBT-protections-for-all-federal-contractors-

60+ elected leaders ask for LGBT protections for all federal contractors - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. ( June 8, 2015 ) — Congressman Alan Lowenthal ( CA-47 ) today joined with Senator Edward Markey ( MA ) and nearly 60 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Barack Obama calling for further executive action to ensure that federal funds are not used to subsidize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ...


-National-roundup-Federal-guide-Pences-misstep-Stonewall-Inn

National roundup: Federal guide; Pence's misstep; Stonewall Inn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four federal agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination, a press release stated. The agencies collaborating on the guide are the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( ...


World-news-Japanese-LGBTIs-clashes-in-Russia-and-Ukraine-UKIP-banned

World news: Japanese LGBTIs; clashes in Russia and Ukraine; UKIP banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey shows that Japan has an LGBTI population of 7.6 percent ( the equivalent of one in every 13 persons, or 9.67 million people ), Gay Star News reported. Advertising company Denstu polled 69,989 people aged 20 to 59 in April. A similar survey in 2012 found that only 5.2 percent, or one in 19, Japanese people identified as ...


Trans-attorney-Shannon-Minter-gets-White-House-appointment

Trans attorney Shannon Minter gets White House appointment - President Obama has named people to key administrative posts, including Shannon Price Minter as a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, a press release stated. Minter is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000. He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of ...


Human-Rights-Watch-officials-discuss-international-LGBT-situations-

Human Rights Watch officials discuss international LGBT situations - Representatives of the international organization Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) met with community members, advocates and elected officials June 3 to speak about their work on LGBT issues around the world. The organization, which is based in New York City, has five full-time employees working on LGBT issues, said Graeme Reid, who heads up the LGBT division. He emphasized ...


Bridgit-Gainer-launches-Off-the-Sidelines-Chicago

Bridgit Gainer launches Off the Sidelines Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Bridget Gainer, Cook County commissioner, launched Off The Sidelines Chicago, the first chapter of the national campaign founded by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Off the Sidelines Chicago calls upon women and girls to connect personally, lead professionally and make their voices heard on the issues they care about. Sen. Gillibrand was the guest of honor at the launch ...


National-Kamenys-honor-Pentagon-move-more-presidential-candidates

National: Kameny's honor; Pentagon move; more presidential candidates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the late gay activist Frank Kameny will be inducted into its Hall of Honor, the organization's highest accolade, Out.com reported. Fired from his job as an astronomer in the U.S. Army Map Service in 1957 because of his homosexuality, Kameny sued his way up to the Supreme Court—the first time a civil-rights claim ...


Rauner-and-General-Assembly-to-take-budget-fight-into-summer

Rauner and General Assembly to take budget fight into summer - For the moment, it doesn't look like legislators will be getting much of a break this summer. State legislators left town May 31 at the close of their spring session, but leaders in both houses warned them they'd have to be back soon, likely within days. Democrats approved a $36 billion budget for the state, which exceeds the state's projected ...


Creating-Change-holds-host-committee-meeting-

Creating Change holds host committee meeting - Creating Change 2016's host committee gathered for its monthly meeting at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library May 27 to discuss the National LGBTQ Task Force's 28th conference that will take place Jan. 20-24, 2016, at the Hilton Chicago. Precious Davis, Kenny Martin-Ocasio, Mary Morten and Joshua Oaks have been named the committee co-chairs. They manage and facilitate the monthly host ...


Dennis-Hasterts-congressional-legacy

Dennis Hastert's congressional legacy - Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who held his position from 1999 through 2007, and represented Illinois' 14th Congressional District for 20 years, is facing a federal indictment for trying to evade federal bank reporting requirements, and lying to investigators about the purpose of those bank transactions. A date for Hastert's arraignment had not been announced as of press time, ...


President-Obama-makes-LGBT-Pride-Proclamation

President Obama makes LGBT Pride Proclamation - From a press release - THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights ...


Pink-Triangle-event-at-Center-on-June-3

'Pink Triangle' event at Center on June 3 - "Remembering the Pink Triangle"—a public event to commemorate the gay victims of Nazi Germany—will take place Wed., June 3, at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, Equality Illinois and the Unsilence Project are hosting the event in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, The Legacy Project, ...


World-Moscow-Pride-canceled-again-Swiss-anti-gay-ruling

World : Moscow Pride canceled again; Swiss anti-gay ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Russia, Moscow Pride has been banned for the 10th consecutive year, PinkNews reported. Pride parades are not technically illegal in Russia; however, the country's "gay propaganda" law makes it an offense to promote "non-traditional sexual relationships" to minors—which has been used to clamp down on all LGBT activism. Activist Nikolay Alexeyev was undeterred, saying, "We will nonetheless hold some ...


National-Jindals-move-Texan-Rep-supports-marriage-senators-urge-DoD-Secy

National: Jindal's move; Texan Rep. supports marriage; senators urge DoD Sec'y - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hours after a committee in the Louisiana Legislature effectively voted down a bill that would explicitly protect people and businesses that do not want to participate in same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to accomplish much of what the bill had set out to do, The New York Times reported. "We don't support discrimination in Louisiana and ...


Global-Pride-Summit-kicks-off-Pride-Month

Global Pride Summit kicks off Pride Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A free online summit will bring together the global LGBT community for the first time. Global Pride Summit is being held June 1-5, and each day six to seven thought leaders, activists, therapists, coaches, celebrities and others will bring information on a range of topics to help inspire attendees to share their Pride. Speakers include Greg Louganis, Chaz Bono, Judy ...


Clinton-responds-to-Chicago-couple

Clinton responds to Chicago couple - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the week of May 13, reached out to the Chicago couple whose upcoming marriage was among the "life-changing" events that culminated with Clinton's presidential run announcement in an April online video. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who will be wed in a ceremony in Chicago this summer, appeared in the video, not knowing it was ...


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Cappleman celebrates, announces appointment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 18, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman hosted a gathering at the Gold Coast restaurant Connie's Pizza to celebrate his re-election. In making a short statement to attendees to thank them for their support, Cappleman announced that about a half-hour before the event, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called him to let him know he has been named vice chair ...


-World-news-Costa-Rica-ruling-Chelsea-Manning-statue-Gambia-presidents-words

World news: Costa Rica ruling; Chelsea Manning statue; Gambia president's words - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships, Gay Star News reported. The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica's Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association. The association voluntarily updated its ...


National-Blood-donation-ban-Jeb-Bush-Arkansas-citys-pro-LGBT-move

National: Blood-donation ban; Jeb Bush; Arkansas city's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the release of draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) on a long-awaited change to the current scientifically unwarranted blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men, according to a press release. The draft guidance ( announced last December ) outlines the implementation of a deferral-based policy ...


At-inauguration-Emanuel-pledges-future-for-Chicagos-lost-youth

At inauguration, Emanuel pledges future for Chicago's lost youth - Inclusion was crammed into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's inauguration to a second term held at the Chicago Theatre May 18. The invocation, prayer for guidance, prayer for peace, blessing and benediction were provided by Monsignor Kenneth Velo, Pastor John Hannah, Professor Inamul Haq, Pastor Lynette Santiago and Rabbi David Wolkenfeld, respectively. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, former President Bill Clinton and ...


City-of-Chicago-inauguration-plans-set

City of Chicago inauguration plans set - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the schedule for the upcoming inauguration weekend. The swearing-in on Monday, May 18, will be preceded by a citywide day of community service on Saturday, May 16, and arts in the parks on Sunday, May 17. The inauguration—which includes the swearing-in of the mayor, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, City Treasurer Kurt Summers and all ...


National-roundup-Clevelands-pro-gay-move-Hawaiis-pro-trans-law-trans-teens-suicide

National roundup: Cleveland's pro-gay move; Hawaii's pro-trans law; trans teen's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cleveland City Council approved a resolution supporting marriage equality in Ohio, On Top Magazine noted. Fourteen of the council's 16 members approved the resolution. "We're a city that recently held the Gay Games," Councilman Joe Cimperman told colleagues, "and showed everyone across the planet, from Paris to Zurich to San Francisco, why we're a welcoming city." Other Ohio cities ...


-World-Gay-premier-in-PEI-Australian-lawmakers-hookup-apps-STIs

World: Gay premier in PEI; Australian lawmakers; hookup apps, STIs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Canada's Prince Edward Island, the Liberals won their third consecutive election in Prince Edward Island on May 4, Straight.com reported. Wade MacLauchlan, who became Liberal leader on February 21, is the province's 32nd premier, taking over from Robert Ghiz. MacLauchlan will also make history as the province's first elected openly gay premier. MacLauchlan will also serve as the minister ...


National-GOP-lawmaker-outed-Clay-Aiken-Leelah-Alcorn

National: GOP lawmaker outed; Clay Aiken; Leelah Alcorn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A 21-year-old North Dakota man said he revealed explicit messages sent to him from a Republican lawmaker on the gay dating app Grindr because the legislator had voted against expanding LGBT rights, according to Raw Story. Dustin Smith told The Forum he recognized 52-year-old Republican state Rep. Randy Boehning when he appeared in the news with other lawmakers who had ...


Chicago-rally-planned-during-Supreme-Court-hearing

Chicago rally planned during Supreme Court hearing - On Tuesday, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about striking down bans on same-sex marriage in four states, with a decision expected in June. Chicago LGBTA activists plan to hold a rally that same day at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., at 5 p.m., joining activists from other states. Sponsors include: 8th Day Center for Justice, ...


Pride-Parade-stays-in-Lake-View-in-2015-but-with-caveats-

Pride Parade stays in Lake View in 2015, but with caveats - The 2015 Pride Parade will once again unroll in Lake View and Uptown in June 2015. But city officials warned that, unless significant changes took place, the parade might just move in the future. In a joint April 27 statement, Alds. Tom Tunney ( 44th ) and James Cappleman ( 46th ), along with officials from the Chicago Department of ...


National-Biden-at-HRC-event-Little-Rock-trans-gamers-suicide

National: Biden at HRC event; Little Rock; trans gamer's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 2, according to a press release. HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "For years, she has spoken out on LGBT issues from youth well-being, to anti-bullying efforts, to ensuring that ...


NYC-gay-hotelier-apologizes-for-Cruz-appearance

NYC gay hotelier apologizes for Cruz appearance - Gay New York hotelier Ian Resner issued an online apology April 26 for hosting a party for GOP candidate Ted Cruz, saying that he was "shaken to my bones" by the public response. Establishments co-owned by Reisner have become the target of an online boycott after Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke at a function that Reisner co-hosted. His numerous ...


Gay-Chicago-city-council-members-to-form-caucus-

Gay Chicago city council members to form caucus - The five openly gay members of the Chicago City Council will be forming a Gay Caucus once they are sworn in May 18, Chicago Sun-Times reported. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said that the Caucus could potentially address issues such as police profiling, school bullying, HIV/AIDS funding and LGBT-inclusive curriculums in local schools. He also suggested they might revisit the idea ...


Carey-Lynch-confirmation-welcome-playing-politics-not

Carey: Lynch confirmation welcome; playing politics not - From a press release - Washington, DC, April 23, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. But Senate Majority leaders are being criticized for needlessly delaying her confirmation for political reasons. "With the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, another glass ceiling is broken and another ...


Gay-Mens-Chorus-of-Washington-to-make-first-ever-gay-chorus-visit-to-Cuba

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to make first-ever gay chorus visit to Cuba - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 22, 2015 ) — The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC ( GMCW ) and Youth For Understanding USA ( YFU ) today announced they will partner to conduct a first-ever visit by a gay chorus to Cuba. The nine-day concert tour, to take place July 10-18, 2015, will seek to raise awareness of issues faced ...


1-mill-IDo-challenge-announced-at-Lambda-Legal-Bon-Foster-event-

#1 mill. #IDo challenge announced at Lambda Legal Bon Foster event - With an over 40-year record of accomplishment demonstrating its effectiveness in the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights, Lambda Legal is not only optimistic about the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on marriage equality, but the agency is prepared to engage the legislative dogfights beyond that decision expected in June. On April 22, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute served ...


ACLU-honors-state-Rep-Barbara-Flynn-Currie

ACLU honors state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie - More than 900 individuals gathered April 17 at the Hilton Chicago to honor Barbara Flynn Currie as a longtime champion of human rights. Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, received the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition for her contributions throughout nearly three decades in the General ...


Political-science-panel-addresses-support-of-LGBT-rights

Political-science panel addresses support of LGBT rights - U.S. viewpoints about LGBT rights are significant to political scientists because they reflect a widespread, and relatively sudden, turnaround in opinion, according to experts. "It's probably as big a shift as we've seen in so short a time, as we've seen on any major issue," said John Poe of University of Kentucky. "The variables that used to explain a particular ...


Survey-LGBTs-live-mainly-on-coasts

Survey: LGBTs live mainly on coasts - A new analysis of Gallup survey data offers the most detailed estimates yet about where LGBT people live, according to The New York Times. The Gallup analysis finds the largest concentrations in the West—and not just in the expected places like San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Denver and Salt Lake City are also ...


Election-dates-set-for-Schock-seat-ex-US-rep-sued

Election dates set for Schock seat; ex-U.S. rep sued - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7, and the date for the Special General Election is Sept. 10. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent ...


Chicago-couple-part-of-Hillary-Clinton-announcement

Chicago couple part of Hillary Clinton announcement - A Chicago couple, on April 12, found themselves in the spotlight when their engagement was referenced in the video that officially announced Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who live in Uptown, were among myriad Americans depicted in the video who were preparing to undergo change of some sort, all of which led up to Clinton's ...


National-roundup-Fla-adoption-Ky-ruling-GOP-guv-goes-to-gay-wedding

National roundup: Fla. adoption; Ky. ruling; GOP guv goes to gay wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Florida's Republican-controlled legislature has ended the state's 38-year-old ban on gay adoption, according to WFTV.com. The Florida Senate voted 27-11 for an adoption bill ( HB 7013 ) that repeals the law first passed in 1977; it now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. "While it has been legal for gays and lesbians to adopt in Florida for several years, this ...


Former-Baldwin-staffer-lodges-ethics-complaint

Former Baldwin staffer lodges ethics complaint - A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) has filed an ethics complaint against the senator, who is openly gay, alleging that Baldwin and her chief of staff wrongfully terminated her employment to cover up their own culpability in mishandling complaints at a Wisconsin VA hospital. The complaint was filed April 20 by Marquette Baylor— previously Baldwin's ...


ACLU-lunch-to-honor-IL-House-Majority-Leader-Barbara-Flynn-Currie

ACLU lunch to honor IL House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie - From a press release - CHICAGO — More than 900 supporters of human rights and civil liberties will gather in Chicago on Friday, April 17th to honor a long-time champion of basic rights. Barbara Flynn Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, will be honored at the event with the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime ...


Freedom-Indiana-to-work-for-local-nondiscrimination-LGBT-protections-

Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), today announced it will focus its efforts for the rest of this year on helping cities and towns craft local nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT Hoosiers. The group plans to push ...


Upcoming-Advocacy-Day-MPSA-Bon-Foster

Upcoming: Advocacy Day; MPSA; Bon Foster - LGBT Advocacy Day in Springfield April 15 Equality Illinois' LGBT Advocacy Day will take place Wed., April 15, at the state Capitol in Springfield, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The organization has stated that its "agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, banning conversion therapy and saving important funding for public services in the state budget." In addition to talking with legislators, there ...


Natl-roundup-Obamas-order-LPAC-backs-Hillary-Repub-guvs-stand

Nat'l roundup: Obama's order; LPAC backs Hillary; Repub. guv's stand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The executive order President Obama signed that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity went into effect April 8. The chief executive signed the order last July, saying, "our government—government of the people, by the people, and for the people—will become just a little bit fairer." The document amended Executive Order 11246, which ...


--World-news-Tel-Aviv-conference-Sarkozy-controversy

-- World news: Tel Aviv conference; Sarkozy controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 40 Years of Pride conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, will bring together a diverse group of LGBTQ leaders from around the world this summer in Israel on June 9-11, according to a press release. Leaders from around the world will gather in the heart of Tel Aviv to inspire and strengthen each other, build skills ...


2016-campaign-will-be-dynamic-on-LGBT-issues

2016 campaign will be dynamic on LGBT issues - The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be a particularly exciting and meaningful one for LGBT people. Here are just a few reasons why: The campaign manager for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who announced her intent to run Sunday ( April 12 ), is an openly gay man and her video campaign announcement prominently featured gay citizens. The announced and ...


Emanuel-scores-big-wins-along-North-Lakefront

Emanuel scores big wins along North Lakefront - A number of upsets marked several aldermanic runoff contests on April 7, but some races' final outcomes won't be determined until April 23, when final tallies of absentee ballot voting are announced. The Chicago Board of Elections must allow ballots postmarked on April 6 two weeks to arrive at their offices. That's good news for some candidates whose races will ...


Lesbian-political-action-committee-endorses-Clinton-

Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton - LPAC press release - April 12, 2015 — LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton's campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, ...


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HIV/AIDS advocates ready for budget fight - Illinois health advocates have faced budget crises before, but rarely have circumstances seemed as dire as they do now, with service providers and advocates rallying against proposed cuts to the state's Health and Human Services budget. "It seems like we've been doing this every year," said Daniel Frey, director of government relations for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) ...


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Politics: Rauner files writs of special election; forum to look at Rauner budget - Rauner files writs of special election Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued writs of election, as the law requires, to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The writs include election dates compliant with the 115-day timeline that Illinois law mandates, but the dates will be modified after the state enters into a consent decree ...


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AFC hosts first-ever virtual advocacy day - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) hosted its first ever virtual advocacy day March 18. The day featured a webinar ( "Unpacking the budget: How cuts to Medicaid and HIV funding impacts Illinois" ), legislator outreach and a Twitter chat. AFC's Virtual Advocacy Day was held in response to the budget ( FY16 which runs from July 1, ...


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Religious bills revised; rally during hearing; LGBTQs in survey; sperm case - Indiana, Arkansas revise religion bills After much backlash over religious-freedom bills that many saw as anti-gay, lawmakers in Indiana and in Arkansas approved new measures April 2 to remove the most controversial language. In Indiana, legislators passed a series of changes that, while not outlawing anti-gay discrimination, clarified that the religious-freedom law does not authorize such bias. In Arkansas, legislators, ...


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Obama comes out against LGBT 'conversion therapy' - From press releases - NCLR Statement ( Washington, DC, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the White House released its statement in response to a petition calling for federal action to end conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that purport to be able to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The petition was prompted by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager ...


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Rahm wins big, City Council now 10% gay - Chicago will now have 10 percent of its 50 ward posts filled by openly gay aldermen, after the April 7 runoff races. The gay aldermen elected April 7 include Raymond Lopez, who will now represent the 15th Ward, and Ald. James Cappleman, an incumbent who will continue to represent the 46th Ward. They join Alds. Tom Tunney, Deb Mell and ...


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GLSEN statement on 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' - From a press release - NEW YORK ( April 7, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on the release of the 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' ( ECAA ), the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee's proposed bill for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "We thank Senate HELP Committee Chairman ...


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National: Jeb Bush; Dan Savage; White House trans briefing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law, according to a press release. Bush said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, "I think, if you, if they actually got briefed on the law that [sic] they wouldn't be blasting ...







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