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ELECTIONS-Candidate-Profile-Sol-Flores

ELECTIONS Candidate Profile: Sol Flores - Sol Flores, the longtime head of La Casa Norte, which assists young people experiencing homeless in Chicago, says that her "fierce tenaciousness" is what inspired her to try for the Democratic nomination for the 4th District Congressional post being vacated by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Flores spoke with Windy City Times about her background and work with the LGBT community. ...


ELECTIONS-13th-Dist-Cook-Co-Commissioner-candidate-Bushra-Amiwala-on-budget-constituencies

ELECTIONS 13th Dist. Cook Co. Commissioner candidate Bushra Amiwala on budget, constituencies - DePaul University college student Bushra Amiwala ( D ) is running in the primary against incumbent Larry Suffredin and challenger Daniel Foster while Chris J. Hanusiak is running unopposed as a Republican. Amiwala is 20 years old and is the youngest candidate in any county commissioner race this year. Windy City Times: Why did you decide to run? Bushra Amiwala: ...


ELECTIONS-COOK-CO-COMMISSIONER-13TH-DISTRICT-Incumbent-Larry-Suffredin-on-status-soda-tax-

ELECTIONS COOK CO. COMMISSIONER 13TH DISTRICT Incumbent Larry Suffredin on status, soda tax - Democratic incumbent Larry Suffredin is running in the primary against challengers Bushra Amiwala and Daniel Foster while GOP candidate Chris J. Hanusiak is running unopposed. Windy City Times: Why did you decide to run again? Larry Suffredin: I still believe I can be a positive influence. My independent advocacy is essential and a lot of issues would not be brought ...


Chicagoans-Unite-to-Rally-and-March-for-Gun-Reform

Chicagoans Unite to Rally and March for Gun Reform - From a press release - CHICAGO — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Women's March Chicago, and Indivisible have joined forces to lead a rally and march from Federal Plaza to Trump Tower, declaring that the time for "thoughts and prayers" is long past and the time for action is now. We demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis ...


ELECTIONS-4th-Dist-Cook-County-Commissioner-candidate-Marcel-Bright-on-budget-listening

ELECTIONS 4th Dist. Cook County Commissioner candidate Marcel Bright on budget, listening - Marcel Bright ( D ) is running in the primary against incumbent Stanley Moore and challengers Gaylon Alcaraz and Maria M. Barlow. Bright is a FEMA spokesperson and previously worked as a reporter for a variety of publications, Stroger Hospital's Director of Public Affairs and as Chief of Staff for the 3rd Ward Alderman. There is no Republican candidate for ...


Sen-Bernie-Sanders-to-join-Chuy-Garcia-at-rally-on-the-southwest-side-of-Chicago-

Sen. Bernie Sanders to join Chuy Garcia at rally on the southwest side of Chicago - From a press release - Chicago, IL- Today, Cook County Commissioner and 4th Congressional District candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia announced that Senator Bernie Sanders will be joining him at a rally at the historic Apollos 2000 in the Marshall Square neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago on Thursday, Feb. 22nd. Doors open at 2:00 PM for a 4:00 PM rally. Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed ...


University-of-Chicago-student-organizers-to-hold-No-Bannon-teach-in

University of Chicago student organizers to hold No Bannon teach-in - From a press release - CHICAGO 2/15/18 — University of Chicago student organizers will hold three free, public No Bannon teach-ins opposing an announced university speaking event with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. On Friday, Feb. 16, panelists affiliated with the University of Chicago and DePaul student organizers who protested against a Milo Yiannopoulos event will discuss freedom of speech, student safety and ...


ELECTIONS-COOK-COUNTY-COMMISSIONER-15th-DIST-Gay-candidate-Kevin-B-Morrison-on-LGBT-issues

ELECTIONS, COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER 15th DIST, Gay candidate Kevin B. Morrison on LGBT issues - Openly gay community organizer and campaign staffer Kevin B. Morrison ( D ) is running in the primary against Ravi Raji. The incumbent is Republican Timothy Owen Schneider, who is currently serving his third term in office and is chair of Illinois' Republican Party. Windy City Times: Why did you decide to run? Kevin B. Morrison: I was not planning ...


Lambda-files-suit-in-union-case

Lambda files suit in union case - Lambda Legal—joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force and PFLAG—filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ( AFSCME ). The case challenges unions' ability to collect "fair share" fees from workers who, while not themselves part of the union, ...


ELECTIONS-COOK-COUNTY-COMMISSIONER-4th-DIST-LGBTQ-activist-Gaylon-Alcaraz-on-issues-

ELECTIONS, COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER 4th DIST. LGBTQ activist Gaylon Alcaraz on issues - LGBTQ activist Gaylon Alcaraz ( D ) is running in the primary against incumbent Stanley Moore and challengers Marcel Bright and Maria M. Barlow. Alcaraz was one of the founding board members of Affinity Community Services and is currently in a Ph.D. program for community psychology. There is no Republican candidate for this office. Windy City Times: Why did you ...


ELECTIONS-2018-No-longer-on-ballot-Ebonie-Davis-moves-forward

ELECTIONS 2018 No longer on ballot, Ebonie Davis moves forward - In a crowded race to succeed Leader Barbara Flynn Currie as the 25th District's state representative, Ebonie Davis was the only LGBT-identified candidate. But that is the case no longer: Davis was successfully challenged off the ballot Jan. 30. The Hyde Park Herald reported that of 1,118 signatures Davis collected, the Board of Elections considered 670 invalid. Candidates required 500 ...


Aurora-City-Council-committee-greenlights-citys-1st-Pride-Parade-

Aurora City Council committee greenlights city's 1st Pride Parade - Aurora's City Council Government Operations Committee approved, by a vote of 2 to 0, Indivisible Aurora's permit request to hold the city's first Pride Parade on June 17 at 1 p.m. The vote took place Feb. 13 at Aurora City Hall amidst a packed house of more than 100 people, a majority of them LGBTQ supporters, after a three-month delay ...


ELECTIONS-14th-CONG-DIST-Jim-Walz-on-why-he-is-running-again-environmental-standards

ELECTIONS, 14th CONG DIST Jim Walz on why he is running again, environmental standards - Jim Walz, the 14th district 2016 Democratic nominee, is running in the primaries against six other candidates—Lauren Underwood, Daniel Roldan-Johnson, Matthew Brolley, John Hosta, Victor Swanson and George Weber. The Republican incumbent is Randy Hultgren. Walz works as an outside sales representative and is a Warren Township High School District #121 board member. Windy City Times: Why did you decide ...


Local-Indivisible-groups-join-forces-to-endorse-Marie-Newman

Local Indivisible groups join forces to endorse Marie Newman - From a press release - WESTERN SPRINGS, LA GRANGE, BROOKFIELD — The Indivisible groups of Western Springs ( and Surrounding Communities ), La Grange/La Grange Park, and Brookfield are formally announcing their endorsement of Marie Newman for Congress for the 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. at Cafecito in La Grange. Newman is running to unseat the seven-term incumbent in the ...


AG-Madigan-coalition-oppose-citizenship-question-on-2020-census

AG Madigan, coalition oppose citizenship question on 2020 census - From a press release - Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general and the state of Colorado in urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to reject the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial Census. Because this question would cause a decrease in participation by immigrants, it would directly threaten states' fair representation in Congress and the Electoral ...


Trump-Pence-release-dangerous-irresponsible-anti-LGBTQ-budget-

Trump-Pence release dangerous, irresponsible anti-LGBTQ budget - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, issued the following statement in response to the Trump-Pence Administration's dangerous and irresponsible FY 2019 proposed budget released on Monday: "Budgets reflect your values. The Trump-Pence budget released today shows a callous disregard for ...


WORLD-NEWS-Costa-Rica-election-PrEP-news-HIV-outbreak

WORLD NEWS Costa Rica election, PrEP news, HIV outbreak - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Zealand has announced that it will publicly fund PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ) for just $1.20 a month for a prescription, PinkNews reported. The country is one of a few that have made the decision to make the HIV prevention medication available at a reduced price. From March 1, the treatment will be rolled out to those who are ...


NATIONAL-ROUNDUP-Cold-case-trans-activist-gay-official-dies

NATIONAL ROUNDUP Cold case, trans activist, gay official dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Retesting evidence gathered from homicide investigations in the 1970s and early 1980s could help close about 20 cold-case homicides in Salt Lake City, Utah—but the evidence is missing, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The Salt Lake City Police Department has no record of receiving evidence from the University of Utah's Center for Human Toxicology. Detectives discovered that evidence was missing ...


BOOKS-Salman-Rushdie-on-The-Golden-House-LGBT-subplot-global-issues

BOOKS Salman Rushdie on 'The Golden House,' LGBT subplot, global issues - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times BY FRANK PIZZOLI - Sir Salman Rushdie's twelfth novel is The Golden House. Set in New York City, the story opens on the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, when the enigmatic, foreign billionaire Nero Golden takes up residence in The Gardens, a storied gated community in Greenwich Village. With his three sons, Golden ceremoniously arrives to re-establish himself in the United States. Significantly for ...


Activists-prepare-for-Aurora-Pride-Parade-vote

Activists prepare for Aurora Pride Parade vote - Legal advocates are urging Aurora officials to "act swiftly" in approving a request to hold that city's first Pride parade this June after an initial vote was delayed in response to concerns voiced by local religious personnel. A vote by the city's Government Operations Committee on the parade permit is set for Feb. 13. On Feb. 12, ACLU of Illinois ...


Campaign-to-unseat-IL-Republican-chair-gets-Cong-Jan-Schakowsky-endorsement-

Campaign to unseat IL Republican chair gets Cong. Jan Schakowsky endorsement - From a press release - Today, candidate for Cook County Commissioner of the 15th District Kevin B. Morrison was endorsed by leading progressive champion Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. "Kevin is a tireless advocate who will bring a new perspective to the Cook County Board," said Congresswoman Schakowsky. "Kevin has worked tirelessly to make our community stronger and our schools more inclusive and if elected, Kevin will ...


ELECTIONS-14TH-CONGRESSIONAL-DIST-Victor-Swanson-on-policy-LGBT-issues-being-a-teacher

ELECTIONS 14TH CONGRESSIONAL DIST. Victor Swanson on policy, LGBT issues, being a teacher - Victor Swanson is running in the Democratic primaries against six other candidates—Lauren Underwood, Daniel Roldan-Johnson, Matthew Brolley, George Weber, John Hosta and Jim Walz ( who ran in the 2016 general election against incumbent Rep. Randy Hultgren ). Swanson has been a high school Social Studies teacher ( U.S. Government and U.S. History ) for the past 17 years and ...


ELECTIONS-2018-LGBTQ-political-activists-attend-Quinn-AG-event

ELECTIONS 2018, LGBTQ political activists attend Quinn AG event - On Feb. 8, Rocco Claps, former director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights; Rick Garcia, founder of Equality Illinois; state Rep. Sam Yingling ( D-Round Lake}; his husband Lowell Jaffe; and civil-rights attorney Jacob Meister attended an event supporting former Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign for attorney general. "Pat Quinn not only signed the equal marriage bill he aggressively worked ...


Queer-Dance-Party-for-UptownTentCity-LGBTQIAs-dance-to-support-Uptown-neighbors-

Queer Dance Party for #UptownTentCity, LGBTQIAs dance to support Uptown neighbors - From a press release - Chicago, IL, February 9, 2018 — On Saturday, February 17th, people from the LGBTQIA+ community will gather at Underbar ( 3243 N Western Ave. ) from 8pm to 12am for a dance party in support of Uptown Tent City, an encampment of homeless people that existed underneath the Lake Shore Drive overpasses at Wilson and Lawrence Avenues. The event description ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Ebonie-Davis-now-off-ballot

ELECTIONS 2018 Ebonie Davis now off ballot - Ebonie Davis—a candidate for state representative of Illinois' 25th District—was removed from the ballot on Jan. 30, The Hyde Park Herald noted. The Chicago Board of Elections website reported that Davis's removal from the ballot was due to lack of valid signatures required to qualify to run. Davis—a longtime advocate and member of the LGBT community who has worked as ...


Out-Equal-welcomes-new-CEO-Erin-Uritus-

Out & Equal welcomes new CEO Erin Uritus - From an Out & Equal press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is thrilled to announce Erin Uritus, longtime executive with experience in corporate, non-profit and government sectors, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the world's premier nonprofit dedicated to achieving global LGBTQ workplace equality. Board Chair and Comcast Senior Vice President Michael Cox said, "Erin joins Out & Equal with ...


Civil-and-Human-Rights-coalition-condemns-committee-approval-of-Nielson

Civil and Human Rights coalition condemns committee approval of Nielson - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah: "Yet again, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are rubber stamping Trump's ...


Bermuda-revokes-same-sex-marriage

Bermuda revokes same-sex marriage - Less than a year after Bermuda legally approved same-sex marriages, the governor of the British island territory signed a bill into law on Feb. 7 that replaced it with domestic partnerships. Gov. John Rankin said the new law gives gay and lesbian couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. However, the Bermuda government will continue to recognize same-sex couples who ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-Pritzker-talks-LGBT-issues-opponents-criticisms

ELECTIONS 2018, GOVERNOR. Pritzker talks LGBT issues, opponents' criticisms - Businessman J.B. Pritzker has been mounting an aggressive campaign to win the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor in the March 20 primary. Pritzker eventually hopes to eventually unseat incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose administration he has deemed "a complete failure." Windy City Times spoke with Pritzker about his campaign and work with the LGBT community. Windy City Times: Why did ...


Emanuel-announces-Getting-to-Zero-investments

Emanuel announces 'Getting to Zero' investments - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced $36 million in new HIV funding opportunities to support Chicago's "Getting to Zero" initiative that aims to effectively eliminate all new diagnoses of HIV in the city by 2027. Last year, Emanuel joined CDPH and advocates from across Chicago to launch the new Getting to Zero ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-announces-endorsements

Equality Illinois PAC announces endorsements - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Equality Illinois PAC is proud that an unprecedented number of candidates sought endorsement in the March 2018 Illinois primary election from the only statewide political action committee dedicated to defending and securing the rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans. "The nearly 100 endorsement surveys returned to the Equality Illinois PAC from candidates throughout the state show how strong support for LGBTQ ...


BlackPride4-trial-begins-GetEQUAL-BQIC-calls-for-support-on-social-media-

#BlackPride4 trial begins, GetEQUAL/BQIC calls for support on social media - From a GetEQUAL/Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus press release - On June 17th, 2017, Black Queer and Trans people gathered with their allies at the Columbus Pride Festival in Columbus, Ohio with the intent of silently blocking the parade for seven minutes. This action was to protest the murders of Henry Green and Tyre King, both slain by members of the Columbus Police Department in 2016, as well as to ...


Gloria-Steinem-attends-Marie-Newman-Congressional-benefit

Gloria Steinem attends Marie Newman Congressional benefit - Marie Newman's campaign to unseat 3rd District U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski received a boost from longtime feminist activist Gloria Steinem Feb. 4. Steinem came to town to campaign for Newman, including appearing at a benefit for the campaign hosted in Beverly by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Jessica Scheller, Gerry Gainer and Maureen Gainer Reilly. Photos by Barb Kay at ...


ELECTIONS-Cook-County-Board-Pres-Preckwinkle-talks-accomplishments-plans-soda-tax

ELECTIONS Cook County Board Pres. Preckwinkle talks accomplishments, plans, soda tax - Toni Preckwinkle ( D ) has been the Cook County board president since 2010 and is running for a third term in the 2018 election. Her primary opponent is former Chicago Ald. Robert Fioretti. Windy City Times: Why did you decide to run again? Toni Preckwinkle: I have worked hard trying to reform Cook County government over the last eight ...


Publix-decides-to-add-PrEP-coverage-for-employees-HRC-responds

Publix decides to add PrEP coverage for employees, HRC responds - Publix has announced via Twitter that they are in the process of reversing course on PrEP: "Publix appreciates the concerns shared by our associates and customers. We offer generous health coverage to our eligible full-time and part-time associates at an affordable premium and are committed to the health and well-being of our associates and their families. We regularly evaluate what ...


She-nannigans-to-host-event-for-local-women-running-for-office-Feb-8

She-nannigans to host event for local women running for office Feb. 8 - From a press release - She-nannigans, Chicago's first bar to hire female bartenders in 1970, will host an event to support local women running for office this Thursday, Feb. 8. You might miss it if you weren't looking, but outside of She-nannigans bar on Division St., there's a plaque mounted to the brick wall with the following words: "During the 1960's, Chicago's 'Barmaids Ordinance' prohibited ...


NATIONAL-Log-Cabin-Republicans-DNC-official-leaves-Grindr-case

NATIONAL Log Cabin Republicans, DNC official leaves, Grindr case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The highest-ranking openly LGBT official at the Democratic National Committee has departed from her role less than one year after she started serving in the position, The Washington Blade noted. Jess O'Connell, who was named as the DNC's chief executive officer in May, said in a statement that she's leaving the organization in a development first reported by NBC News. ...


Assessor-candidate-Raila-claims-political-harassment-by-Kaegi

Assessor candidate Raila claims political harassment by Kaegi - From a press release - Today, candidate for Cook County Assessor Andrea Ralia held a press conference outside of the Cook County administration building surrounded with over twenty women supporters to denounce what she called machine tactics by her opponent,Fritz Kaegi, to prevent her from getting on the March 20 ballot. Raila said at the press conference, "Fritz Kaegi is attempting to silence women by ...


Speak-Truth-to-Power-Midwest-debut-features-Kerry-Kennedy

'Speak Truth to Power' Midwest debut features Kerry Kennedy - On opening day of the Speak Truth to Power exhibit, Kerry Kennedy ( Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President ) hosted a tour of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams' portraits featured in her book, "Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World," Feb. 4 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, ...


Gov-Rauner-Mayor-Emanuel-open-Equality-Illinois-gala

Gov. Rauner, Mayor Emanuel open Equality Illinois gala - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner set aside their continuing differences over the state of the state Feb. 3 as each presented welcoming remarks, as did Rauner's wife Diana, at Equality Illinois' 2018 fundraiser at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. It was Rauner's first time attending the gala, though he has partaken in several meetings with Equality Illinois officials. ...


SEIU-Illinois-State-Council-Endorses-Marie-Newman-for-Congress

SEIU Illinois State Council Endorses Marie Newman for Congress - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, the SEIU Illinois State Council announced its endorsement of Marie Newman in the state's March 20 Democratic primary. Newman is running to unseat longtime incumbent Congressman Dan Lipinski in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District. While Illinois working families are struggling to make ends meet, Congressman Lipinski told the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board that he did not support raising ...


NEW-REPORT-A-Path-to-Victory-in-2018-HRC-and-the-Power-of-the-Equality-Voter

NEW REPORT A Path to Victory in 2018, HRC and the Power of the Equality Voter - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a new report, A Path To Victory In 2018: The Power Of The Equality Voter ( https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/A_Path_To_Victory_In_2018_Report.pdf ) , on the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement and HRC's groundbreaking work to mobilize millions of "Equality Voters" in the 2018 elections . Last July, a year after ...


Talk-It-Out-Conversations-to-focus-on-future-of-MeToo-movement

Talk It Out Conversations to focus on future of #MeToo movement - From a CFW press release - ( February 1, 2018 ) — Today, Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) announced the third annual Talk It Out conversation series will focus on #MeToo, the national reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse, and how women and men can work together to end sexual harassment. Talk It Out is a week-long, region-wide conversation series designed to spark honest ...


Gov-candidate-Ives-releases-anti-trans-ad

Gov candidate Ives releases anti-trans ad - Anti-LGBT gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is running an ad mocking, among other groups, transgender Illinoisans. The ad features what's intended as a comic depiction of a masculine man wearing a dress, "thanking" Gov. Bruce Rauner for "legislation that lets me use the girls' bathroom." As the supposedly transgender person speaks, a subtitle references the HB 1785 legislation, ...


BOOKS-Patrisse-Khan-Cullors-reflects-on-helping-to-start-Black-Lives-Matter

BOOKS Patrisse Khan-Cullors reflects on helping to start Black Lives Matter - "What I feel serious about, specifically around political direction, is a resurgence of a reparations campaign … and one of the first agenda items I would have [is], I would really like for every Black person to have their own therapist as a part of the reparations package. I think that's essential."—Patrisse Khan-Cullors when asked her greatest hope for Black ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-Candidate-Biss-talks-LGBT-platform-families-struggles

ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR Candidate Biss talks LGBT platform, families' struggles - Since announcing his candidacy for governor last year, state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, has presented his campaign as a grassroots effort, frequently mentioning that the state in 2018 should have "an election, not an auction," in reference to the resources of two opponents in the March 20 primary, J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy. Biss spoke with Windy City Times about ...


HUD-assists-HIV-AIDS-groups-with-41M

HUD assists HIV/AIDS groups with $4.1M - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) announced $4.1 million for three groups to assist low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families in Illinois. —AIDS Foundation of Chicago-Chicago Housing for Health Partnership, isawarded a HOPWA ( Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ) Program permanent supportive housing renewal grant in the amount of $1,382,574 to ...


Black-LGBTQIA-migrant-project-launches

Black LGBTQIA+ migrant project launches - The Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project ( BLMP ), a first-of-its-kind program housed at Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) and made possible by a 2017 Open Society Foundations Soros Justice Fellowship, launched with an accompanying 20-minute documentary ( at https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=hmyvvc91BCs&feature=youtu.be ) and opportunities for community members to get involved. "As a Black transgender Nigerian migrant, I have too often ...


Speak-Truth-to-Power-exhibition-Feb-4-June-24

'Speak Truth to Power' exhibition Feb. 4-June 24 - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will present the Midwest debut of "Speak Truth to Power," a major touring exhibition based on the book, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, by Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The exhibition will run Feb. 4-June 24 at the museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie. ...


Moreno-drops-out-of-race-to-succeed-Gutierrez

Moreno drops out of race to succeed Gutierrez - The contested race to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District got a little less crowded when Chicago Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ) announced his withdrawal from the contest. Moreno—one of 11 candidates who initially sought to replace Gutierrez upon his retirement—cited his responsibilities in his ward ( such as affordable housing ) ...


New-data-released-on-attitudes-toward-transgender-people

New data released on attitudes toward transgender people - From a Williams Institute news release - Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The link to the results can be found here: http://www.ipsos.com/en-us/global-attitudes-toward-transgender-people. The survey was originallly designed by IPSOS, Buzzfeed and the Williams Institute. This is the second time the survey has been implemented. The results show that countries around ...


World-news-Cuban-custody-Gay-Games-Chilean-pro-trans-bill

World news: Cuban custody, Gay Games, Chilean pro-trans bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A woman in Cuba has been granted custody of her late daughter's three children who she is raising with her same-sex partner, The Washington Blade reported. A three-judge panel apparently ruled in favor of Eunice Violeta Cardoso Perez on Oct. 19. Cardoso's daughter, Vioem Karen Diaz Cardoso, gave birth to two girls and a boy when she was married to ...


ELECTIONS-2018-16th-CONGRESSIONAL-DIST-Sara-Dady-on-why-running-Cakeshop-case-

ELECTIONS 2018, 16th CONGRESSIONAL DIST. Sara Dady on why running, Cakeshop case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rockford, Illinois, immigration lawyer Sara Dady is running in the Democratic primary to unseat Republican Adam Kinzinger ( 16th District ), who has held the seat since 2012. Kinzinger previously represented the 11th Congressional District for one term before re-districting changed district boundaries in Illinois. Her primary challengers are Amy Briel. Neill Mohammad and Beth Vercolio-Osmund. Windy City Times: Why ...


ELECTIONS-16TH-CONG-DISTRICT-GOPs-James-Marter-on-LGBT-issues-challenging-Kinzinger

ELECTIONS, 16TH CONG. DISTRICT GOP's James Marter on LGBT issues, challenging Kinzinger - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - James Marter is challenging incumbent Rep. Adam Kinginger ( R ) who has held the seat since 2012. He is currently the Kendall County Republican chairman and precinct committeeman as well as the owner of Marter Enterprises, LLC. Windy City Times: Why did you decide to run? James Marter: I had an interesting run in 2016 against then incumbent Sen. ...


ELECTIONS-16TH-CONG-DISTRICT-Neill-Mohammad-on-political-parties-why-running

ELECTIONS 16TH CONG. DISTRICT Neill Mohammad on political parties, why running - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former University of Michigan political science professor and current healthcare management consultant Neill Mohammad is running in the democratic primary to unseat Republican Adam Kinzinger who has held the seat since 2012. Kinzinger previously represented the 11th Congressional District for one term before re-districting changed district boundaries in Illinois. His primary challengers are Amy Briel, Sara Dady and Beth Vercolio-Osmund. ...


ELECTIONS-16TH-CONG-DISTRICT-Beth-Vercolio-Osmund-aiming-to-topple-Kinzinger

ELECTIONS 16TH CONG. DISTRICT Beth Vercolio-Osmund aiming to topple Kinzinger - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm owner and former special-education teacher Beth Vercolio-Osmund is running in the Democratic primary to unseat Republican Adam Kinzinger who has held the seat since 2012. Kinzinger previously represented the 11th Congressional District for one term before re-districting changed district boundaries in Illinois. Vercolio-Osmund's primary challengers are Amy Briel, Sara Dady and Neill Mohammad. Windy City Times: ...


Lambda-national-civil-rights-groups-deliver-pre-buttal-to-State-of-Union-

Lambda, national civil rights groups deliver pre-buttal to State of Union - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, JANUARY 30, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal, delivered a resistance "pre-buttal" hours ahead of President Trump's State of the Union Address. Lambda Legal's Sharon McGowan, was joined on a media call by other resistance leaders including Todd Cox at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kaylie Hanson Long at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kristine Lucius at ...


Publix-Grocery-Chain-Denies-HIV-Prevention-Pill-to-Employees

Publix Grocery Chain Denies HIV Prevention Pill to Employees - From a press release. Feb. 6 news update below - One of the more prominent supermarket brands in the southeast has taken a hard line against including the HIV-prevention medication known as pre-exposureprophylaxis ( PrEP ) in its employee insurance coverage, reports Ryan Lee in The Body. The lack of justification offered by Publix is fueling speculation that the company is refusing to cover the drug on moral grounds, given ...


GLAAD-Harris-Poll-shows-LGBTQ-acceptance-dropping-Getty-pledges-15M

GLAAD, Harris Poll shows LGBTQ acceptance dropping, Getty pledges $15M - From a press release - Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its fourth annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a national survey among more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD's behalf by The Harris Poll. The results were announced during a panel discussion hosted by ...


Planned-Parenthood-Action-backs-three-Dem-candidates-for-governor

Planned Parenthood Action backs three Dem candidates for governor - From a press release - The Planned Parenthood Illinois Action ( PPIA ) Board of Directors is proud to endorse — in alphabetical order — Senator Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker for governor of Illinois. After careful deliberation regarding which Gubernatorial candidate would best champion Planned Parenthood's core values, it has decided that three these gubernatorial candidates deserve the PPIA endorsement. Each candidate ...


HRC-to-Honor-Betty-DeGeneres-For-Her-Decades-of-LGBTQ-Advocacy

HRC to Honor Betty DeGeneres For Her Decades of LGBTQ Advocacy - From a press release - HWASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor longtime ally and LGBTQ advocate Betty DeGeneres with an Upstander Award at the organization's fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The announcement comes on the day her daughter, Ellen DeGeneres, who came out ...


Trump-Pence-pick-Brownback-confirmed-Ambassador-Internatl-Religious-Freedom

Trump-Pence pick Brownback confirmed Ambassador Internat'l Religious Freedom - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback — Donald Trump's anti-LGBTQ nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote after Brownback's nomination failed to earn a majority of votes in the Senate. Despite last minute ...


Personal-PAC-endorses-Pritzker-for-gov

Personal PAC endorses Pritzker for gov - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Personal PAC, Illinois' leading pro-choice political action committee, has joined other statewide organizations and prominent elected officials in endorsing JB Pritzker for Governor in the March 20 Democratic primary election. "Personal PAC is proud to join U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez, Secretary of State Jesse White, ...


HRC-responds-to-Trumps-speech-at-World-Economic-Forum-in-Davos

HRC responds to Trump's speech at World Economic Forum in Davos - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's speech this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "At the World Economic Forum, Donald Trump once again stood on the world stage to proclaim 'America First,' but his policies and rhetoric make it clear what he ...


Black-gay-caucus-board-chair-David-Dodd-wears-many-hats

Black gay caucus board chair David Dodd wears many hats - Here is something interesting about Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) Board Chair David Dodd: He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and moved to Chicago in 1999, just weeks after graduating high school—with the movie Love Jones inspiring his move to Chicago, since the love story takes place in the Windy City. "I take myself and ...


HHS-action-puts-LGBTQ-health-well-being-at-risk

HHS action puts LGBTQ health, well being at risk - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) released a proposed rule that could strengthen protections for health care workers who refuse to provide health services for religious or moral reasons, including health care for LGBT patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights ( HHS OCR ), ...


WORLD-NEWS-Laverne-Cox-HIV-cases-possible-serial-killer

WORLD NEWS Laverne Cox, HIV cases, possible serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA ) has given a man with HIV permission to seek medical approval to become an airline pilot after reversing its previous ban, The Guardian reported. The Scottish man, known as Andrew, came forward last year to disclose that the CAA had refused to allow him to start training as a pilot for easyJet because ...


National-roundup-Aetna-lesbian-vet-Antonio-Sabato-Jr-Univ-of-Iowa

National roundup: Aetna, lesbian vet, Antonio Sabato Jr., Univ. of Iowa - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hartford, Connecticut-based Aetna Inc. has reached a $17-million settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit filed after thousands of the health insurer's customers had their privacy breached in a mailing that revealed where to purchase HIV medications, The Hartford Courant reported. The lawsuit, filed in August, came a month after Aetna mailed a notice in envelopes with large, clear windows that ...


Shutdown-stops-LGBTQ-activists-launch-social-justice-initiative

Shutdown stops, LGBTQ activists launch social justice initiative - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Just days after federal lawmakers reopened the government, hundreds of LGBTQ advocates will take over Capitol Hill to bring Queer Voices on the Hill onThursday, January 25, 1:00 — 5:00 PM. Over 500 LGBTQ advocates from every walk of life and representing almost 50 states will meet with Congressional leaders during the National LGBTQ Task Force's Queer Voices on ...


Hadden-holds-fundraiser-ahead-of-2019-elections

Hadden holds fundraiser ahead of 2019 elections - On Jan 20—her 37th birthday—in her first official campaign event for the 2019 election, 49th Ward aldermanic candidate Maria Hadden packed the Rogers Park spot The Heartland Bar. While neighbors and friends either caught up or got introduced, Hadden hugged supporters, some of whom signed a giant birthday card in the back of the room. If elected, Hadden would become ...


State-Department-sued-for-discriminating-against-married-same-sex-couples-

State Department sued for discriminating against married same-sex couples - From a press release - Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA — Today, Immigration Equality and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP filed two lawsuits against the U.S. State Department for refusing to recognize the valid marriages of same-sex bi-national couples and disenfranchising their children by denying their rightful citizenship at birth. "The State Department is refusing to acknowledge the citizenship of children whose parents are same-sex ...


Biden-Foundation-Advisory-Councils-to-focus-on-violence-against-women-LGBTQ-equality

Biden Foundation Advisory Councils to focus on violence against women, LGBTQ equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Biden Foundation announced the formation of two Advisory Councils that will support its work to end violence against women and advance LGBTQ equality. Advisory Council members are respected leaders, experts and advocates at the forefront of their fields, who were chosen to advise the Foundation because they understand the complexities of the broad challenges they ...


Planned-Parenthood-Illinois-Action-PAC-to-mark-45th-Anniversary-of-Roe-v-Wade

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC to mark 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 22, 2018 ) — Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC ( PPIA PAC ) will mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, on Wednesday January 24 at the City Winery in Chicago. PPIA PAC recognizes the need for continued access to safe and legal abortion for a woman if ...


Gutierrez-slams-Kennedys-praise-of-Rauner-

Gutierrez slams Kennedy's praise of Rauner - U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez ( D-Illinois ) criticized Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy for lauding current Gov. Bruce Rauner. According to a statement issued from Si! Communications ( which represents the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation ), Kennedy commended Rauner for "trying to do what he thinks is best for the state of Illinois. … His willingness to speak ...


Lambda-joins-brief-holding-that-defunding-unions-would-undermine-work-protections

Lambda joins brief, holding that defunding unions would undermine work protections - From a press release - ( New York, January 19, 2018 ) — Lambda Legal, joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, and PFLAG, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ( AFSCME ), a challenge to unions' ability to collect "fair share" ...







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