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HRC-condemns-passage-of-anti-LGBT-law-in-The-Gambia

HRC condemns passage of anti-LGBT law in The Gambia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC also calls on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States' relationship with The Gambia. ...


Frerichs-prevails-in-treasurers-race-

Frerichs prevails in treasurer's race - More than two weeks after the Illinois general election, Republican Tom Cross conceded the state treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs. In his acceptance speech Nov. 19, Frerichs said he will begin discussing with his staff some of the issues he addressed during his campaign, WGN-TV reported. Those issues, he said, include investment in agriculture and addressing banking deserts in ...


Veteran-killed-Perry-disrupted-Collins-honored-

Veteran killed; Perry disrupted; Collins honored - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, MercuryNews.com noted. Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Alex Teal, White's longtime partner, had previously told AP White ...


UN-tackles-conversion-therapy-Farrells-letter-Pope-Francis

UN tackles conversion therapy; Farrell's letter; Pope Francis - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time in its history, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States, according to a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release. Along with other signatories to the Convention Against Torture, the U.S. is reviewed by ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


Former-Chicago-Mayor-Byrne-dies-

Former Chicago Mayor Byrne dies - One-term Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, the city's first and still-only female mayor, died Nov. 14 at age 81, according to her family. Byrne was the first Chicago mayor to show support for the gay community. She issued an executive order banning discrimination in city employment and hiring, spoke out against police raids on gay bars, and she backed Chicago's gay-rights ...


Trans-activist-Monica-James-to-address-UN-on-police-violence

Trans activist Monica James to address UN on police violence - Just four years ago, society had got the best of Monica James. Her more-than-40-year battle to just survive as a transgender woman of color on the streets of Chicago was one that had left her physically broken and mentally depleted. The last of her will to fight was gone and there was absolutely nothing she could scrape up from her ...


Politics-Guide-to-the-gays-groups-congratulate-Rauner

Politics: Guide to the gays; groups congratulate Rauner - Guide to the gays Most of the gay and lesbian candidates running for office in Illinois fared well. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) The result: Democratic incumbent Cassidy took on Republican candidate Denis Detzel, a consultant—and won handily. At last report, she had secured 85 percent of the vote. —Sam Yingling Race: Illinois state Representative ...


Local-groups-individuals-react-to-election-results

Local groups, individuals react to election results - ELECTIONS 2014: RESULTS - Individuals and groups had their own varied responses to the Nov. 4 election results. Windy City Times garnered reactions from said organization and a cross-section of people. Reactions are below: —Equality Illinois: "The people of Illinois have spoken, giving Bruce Rauner the chance to lead. As do all Illinoisans, we hope that as Bruce Rauner turns to governing he will ...


Marriage-now-allowed-in-Kansas-Eltons-foundations-grants

Marriage now allowed in Kansas; Elton's foundation's grants - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas Nov. 12, lifting a temporary stay issued Nov. 10 by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, The New York Times reported. The two-sentence order was similar to recent ones from the court, which has repeatedly declined to intercede in the legal battles over same-sex marriage. But there was one difference: The earlier ...


Ellens-show-in-Asia-OutGames-campaign-2018-Gay-Games

Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


Putin-is-The-Advocates-Person-of-the-Year

Putin is The Advocate's 'Person of the Year' - The LGBT publication The Advocate has named Russia President Vladimir Putin its 2014 "Person of the Year." The magazine stated in a press release that Putin's "crusade against LGBT Russians, and the outrage and protests his actions sparked" earned him the title. The Advocate added, "Since winning his third term in 2012, Putin has become ever more autocratic, and his ...


Meeks-Huberman-and-Poshard-among-transition-team-members

Meeks, Huberman and Poshard among transition team members - Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner on Nov. 6 announced several additional members of his transition committee, including openly gay former city official Ron Huberman and anti-gay minister Rev. James Meeks. Former U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard, a conservative Democrat who in the late 1990's was given a "zero" rating by Human Rights Campaign, is another member of the team. Huberman, now a ...


LGBT-races-across-nation-mixed-results-

LGBT races across nation: mixed results - Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, winning election as Massachusetts attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud's chances of becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of any state fell short. There were mixed results for other LGBT candidates ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Durbin-tops-Oberweis-GOP-takes-Congress-local-LGBTs-win

ELECTIONS 2014 Durbin tops Oberweis, GOP takes Congress, local LGBTs win - Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin turned back a challenge from Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis in a race that was called relatively early in the evening of Nov. 4, ensuring that Durbin will represent Illinois for another six years. Oberweis conceded shortly before 8:45 p.m., saying competing in a heavily Democratic state was difficult, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before ...


Quinn-wins-city-vote-but-Rauner-strong-in-many-wards

Quinn wins city vote, but Rauner strong in many wards - According to the Chicago Board of Elections, as of the morning of November 5, 621,995 people in the City of Chicago had voted in the Illinois gubernatorial election. That number will more than likely change however, as late ballots are counted and the city grapples with a number of reported difficulties and improprieties at various polling locations. As political commentators ...


AFC-congratulates-the-governor-elect-urges-policy-funding-continuity-

AFC congratulates the governor-elect, urges policy, funding continuity - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) congratulates Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner on his victory last night. We and the community of HIV advocates stand ready to assist the governor-elect's transition team as they plan for the new administration. HIV and public health are not partisan issues. Every HIV infection averted through strong prevention programs saves the ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Printable-Election-Guide-Charts-voting-info

ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Election Guide Charts; voting info - Consult our 2014 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations. See and print out charts from the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2014102_chartsforweb.pdf . ...


Gov-Quinn-announces-2-million-for-youth-families

Gov. Quinn announces $2 million for youth, families - From a press release - Illinois gov. Pat Quinn publicly announced a $2 million commitment for construction of a supportive housing and community center in Humboldt Park. Quinn spoke Nov. 1 in front of the future facility, located adjacent to La Casa Norte's main office located at 3533 W. North Ave. This pledge of state capital funds is part of an $18 million facility that ...


Tim-Cook-fallout-in-Russia-Ugandan-dismissal-more

Tim Cook fallout in Russia; Ugandan dismissal; more - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Russian politician has called for a ban on Tim Cook, Advocate.com reported. Vitaly Milonov, a St. Petersburg city council member, expressed concern that the Apple CEO would bring an infectious disease into the country, shortly after Cook came out publicly in an op-ed in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Milonov is known internationally as the author of a citywide ban on public ...


Maura-Healey-first-openly-LGBT-Attorney-General

Maura Healey first openly LGBT Attorney General - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) tonight congratulated Maura Healey on her historic victory in the race to be the next Massachusetts Attorney General. HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement: "Maura Healey is one of the staunchest advocates for equality we have in this country, and we join her in celebrating her historic victory tonight. ...


Rauner-called-as-next-governor-of-Illinois

Rauner called as next governor of Illinois - A majority of Illinois voters Nov. 4 said they want Republican Bruce Rauner as their next governor. Rauner's victory comes after a long and expensive battle against incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, who conceded victory from his headquarters at the Allegro Hotel in downtown Chicago. Votes trickled in slowly, but by late evening, Rauner's lead gradually increased. WGN-TV called the race ...


Sidebar-Top-Cook-County-pols-return-for-another-term-

Sidebar: Top Cook County pols return for another term - A number of top Cook County officials, most of them running unopposed, will stay in their offices for the next four years. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will return for a second term. Favored by many to one day run for mayor of Chicago, she spent her first term cleaning up messes left behind by the previous administration, as ...


Gay-rights-advocates-condemn-Rauner-ad

Gay rights advocates condemn Rauner ad - Equality Illinois PAC, the political action committee arm of the Equality Illinois organization, on October 31 released a statement condemning Republican nominee Bruce Rauner for a campaign ad attacking an opponent for their support of gay marriage. The statement follows an Oct. 31 Crain's Business article by Greg Hinz reporting that fliers and robo-calls paid for by the Illinois Republican ...


Who-are-YOU-voting-for

Who are YOU voting for? - Windy City Times recently asked various Illinois LGBT individuals what political races they are following or how they plan on voting. Here is what they had to say: —AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO John Peller: "Nothing is more important to the future LGBT community and people with or at risk of HIV than who occupies the governor's mansion. I'm supporting ...


Strict-ID-laws-could-hinder-trans-voters-

Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters - [Originally published here 2014-09-27] A new study by a California-based think tank found that strict voter identification laws in 10 states might cause problems for transgender voters this fall, possibly disenfranchising more than 24,000 of them on Election Day. Illinois is not one of the states. And yet the states include Arkansas, Georgia and Kansas, where the outcome of key ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Guide-to-the-gays

ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays - The next primary elections, to be held Nov. 4, 2014, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publically stated that they were a member of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of Oct. 20. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: CitizensForKellyCassidy.com The skinny: Cassidy, who ...


Brad-Schneider-challenges-foe-on-rhetoric-vs-record

Brad Schneider challenges foe on rhetoric vs. record - ELECTIONS 2014: CONGRESS - In 2012, Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider took then Republican incumbent Robert J. Dold's House of Representatives seat in the Illinois' 10th District by just more than 3,300 votes. Dold wants his job back on Nov. 4 and, once again, it looks like the election is going to be a squeaker, with no clear front-runner in the race so far. The ...


Elton-visits-John-Kerry-anti-Cory-Booker-mishap-Apple-CEO

Elton visits John Kerry; anti-Cory Booker mishap; Apple CEO - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John visited Secretary of State John Kerry to announce the singer's foundation's partnership with PEPFAR, ABC News noted. The Department of State released comments John and Kerry both said before their meeting. In part, John said, "To be able to combine with PEPFAR, from our foundation's point of view, is a dream come true, because together, you double the ...


ELECTIONS-2014-COMPTROLLER-Topinka-vies-for-second-term

ELECTIONS 2014: COMPTROLLER Topinka vies for second term - State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, long a fixture of Illinois politics, is facing off against Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and libertarian candidate Julie Fox in order to serve a second term. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state Treasurer and served in both houses of the legislature. She made an unsuccessful attempt at running for governor in 2006. Simon, ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Out-gay-candidate-contends-in-suburbs-

ELECTIONS 2014 Out gay candidate contends in suburbs - In the liberal bubble that is Chicago, members of the LGBT community routinely run for political office. However, it's a relative rarity out in the suburbs, where views traditionally are more conservative. Bill Downs Jr. is that rare individual, running against incumbent Republican David McSweeney to represent the 52nd District. Windy City Times: I tried finding material about you online, ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Marriage-equality-How-they-voted

ELECTIONS 2014 Marriage equality: How they voted - At the link below are the official roll call votes for Senate Bill 10, the bill which eventually passed marriage equality in Illinois. The state house vote took place Nov. 5, 2013, while the state senate voted Feb. 14, 2013. Many of the below senators and representatives are either up for reelection or running for other offices on Tue., Nov. ...


Eight-states-to-watch-in-Senate-elections

Eight states to watch in Senate elections - House likely to remain in GOP control - Most of the pundits are saying Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate and keep the House in the November 4 elections. If they're right —and there is some room for doubt in both chambers—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will likely have to undergo a complete makeover. The numbers paint the picture: Of the 36 senate seats up for grabs November ...


Global-HIV-conference-Chinese-ad-DG-found-not-guilty

Global HIV conference; Chinese ad; D&G found not guilty - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HIV Research for Prevention 2014 ( HIV R4P )—the world's only global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention research, including treatment as prevention, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ), vaccines and circumcision—is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 28-31, according to a press release. Among those speaking/attending are Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of ...


Oberweis-Would-support-federal-marriage-equality-law

Oberweis: Would support federal marriage equality law - After much heated opposition to marriage equality in Illinois, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis said Oct. 23 that his thinking about the matter has shifted. Oberweis' remarks came in a debate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Each candidate was asked whether they would support a federal marriage equality law. "I think that's well-established," Oberweis replied. "The court has said ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Printable-Election-Guide-Charts

ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Election Guide Charts - Early voting has begun in Illinois. Consult our 2014 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations. Pictured is incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (center) at the signing of the Illinois marriage-equality bill in 2013. His is just one of the crucial races up for the vote. See and print out charts from the ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Guide-to-the-gays

ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays - The next primary elections, to be held Nov. 4, 2014, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publically stated that they were a member of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of Oct. 20. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: CitizensForKellyCassidy.com The skinny: Cassidy, who ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Simon-faces-challenge-in-comptroller-race

ELECTIONS 2014: Simon faces challenge in comptroller race - Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Simon says that, years after his death, she continues to hear from constituents about her father, Sen. Paul Simon. "As I go around the state, the thing I hear most frequently about Dad was, 'I didn't always agree with him, but I appreciated his honesty.' That's an important message that I get all the time: You've got ...


Early-voting-HRC-scores-congress-alderman-not-running

Early voting; HRC scores congress; alderman not running - Early voting info Early voting for the Nov. 4 primary election will be offered through Sunday, Nov. 2. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. ...


Ellens-show-in-Asia-OutGames-campaign-2018-Gay-Games

Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


Cuomos-AIDS-task-force-drag-queen-comment-Jazz-Jennings

Cuomo's AIDS task force; 'drag queen' comment; Jazz Jennings - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the End of AIDS Task Force to implement his bold plan to end new HIV infections in the Empire State by 2020, according to a press release. Members of the task force include longstanding AIDS activists, HIV-services providers and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Over the last decade, New York state has ...


ELECTION-PREVIEW-LGBT-races-to-watch

ELECTION PREVIEW: LGBT races to watch - This year's election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation's first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation's first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could well become the first openly gay Republican elected to the ...


EqIL-PAC-announces-endorsements

EqIL PAC announces endorsements - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality Illinois PAC—the political arm of the Equality Illinois advocacy organization—on Oct. 7 released its bipartisan endorsements for the Nov. 4 election. Among those endorsements announced in a statement were for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Equality Illinois PAC previously issued an endorsement for Gov. Pat Quinn. The organization has, for ...


Task-Force-changes-name-marriage-news-Notre-Dame

Task Force changes name; marriage news; Notre Dame - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is changing its name and upping its game "to deliver full LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality," according to a press release. The organization's new name is the National LGBTQ Task Force, and its tagline is "Be you." Executive Director Rea Carey said, "Now more than ever we have the power to define the ...


Mexico-protest-Milk-Foundation-in-Hungary-Vatican-shift

Mexico protest; Milk Foundation in Hungary; Vatican shift - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A week after same-sex marriage became legal in Mexico's Coahuila state, about 30,000 people rallied in protest in the capital city of Saltillo, according to SDGLN.com. The march was organized by Casa de Rescate "Cristo Vive" ( House of Rescue "Christ Lives" ), an evangelical group modeled after anti-gay religious groups in the United States. Civil unions have been legal ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Sinead-OConnor-takes-us-to-Church

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Sinead O'Connor takes us to 'Church' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sinead O'Connor has always danced to the beat of her own drum. While it may be hard to figure her out personally, the fact remains that her music has struck a chord with a generation. The Irish singer/songwriter started in the '80s with her first album The Lion and the Cobra to critical acclaim, then broke out to mainstream success ...


Turkey-gets-its-first-umbrella-LGBTI-organization-

Turkey gets its first umbrella LGBTI organization - From a press release - A new organization, the first in Turkey to ensure LGBTI websites, groups and organizations has been established to fight homophobia and transphobia in the Islamic country that straddles Europe and Asia. In existence since less than two months, the organization was created in order to ensure unity and solidarity among LGBTI groups, LGBTIwebsites and LGBTI organizations, BurÞin BordanacÄ▒ of the ...


HRC-scorecard-for-Congress-Record-gains-for-LGBT-equality

HRC scorecard for Congress: Record gains for LGBT equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBT equality in the 113th Congress. Results show record gains in support for LGBT equality. "We stand at a critical juncture in our fight for full LGBT equality," said ...


Harris-fundraiser-celebrates-victories-looks-ahead

Harris fundraiser celebrates victories, looks ahead - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With no challenge to his seat in the Illinois House of Representatives this November, the atmosphere during a fundraiser held for Rep. Greg Harris at Sidetrack in Lake View on Sept. 25 was more of a victory celebration honoring the achievements of the incumbent since he took office while looking ahead to those yet to come. A number of the ...


Equality-Illinois-endorses-Madigan-White-Topinka

Equality Illinois endorses Madigan, White, Topinka - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee ( Equality Illinois PAC ) has endorsed the re-election of Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in the Nov. 4 General Election. With no incumbent in the race for treasurer, Equality Illinois PAC, endorses both candidates, state Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican, and state ...


Denmarks-anniversary-Judas-Priests-gay-situation

Denmark's anniversary; Judas Priest's gay situation - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, according to a press release from pro-LGBT group AllOut. Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the three ...


Open-To-Thinking-Its-Your-Money-Illinois

Open To Thinking: It's Your Money: Illinois - A recurring column - Cities across the nation were already operating under strained resources when the Great Recession of 2008 wreaked havoc on their budgets. For Chicago, in particular, the fallout triggered the eruption of several serious and complicated policy problems that had been slowly simmering for decades in the underbelly of Chicago politics. Chicago is now suffering the cumulative effects of the problems ...


Houston-mayor-on-prize-list-pol-comes-out-Orman-backs-Warren

Houston mayor on prize list; pol comes out; Orman backs Warren - National roundup: - Houston Mayor Annise Parker has made the official short list for the 2014 World Mayor Prize, an international contest for the best mayor in the world, LGBTQ Nation reported. Parker has been elected Houston's mayor three times and garnered national attention for being the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. She is just one of three United ...


World-news-Gay-Times-icons-Russia-court-upholds-LGBT-ban

World news: Gay Times' icons; Russia court upholds LGBT ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK magazine Gay Times has released its list of 30 gay icons, Gay Star News reported. Among the individuals listed are Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bette Midler, Sir Ian McKellen, RuPaul, actor Leslie Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris and Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders. Gay Times published the chart to mark its 30th ...


UN-Human-Rights-Council-votes-to-support-LGBT-rights

UN Human Rights Council votes to support LGBT rights - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today applauded the United Nations' top human rights body for approving a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it an important step forward toward progress for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) individuals. "The Human Rights Council ...


US-Attorney-General-Eric-Holder-to-step-down

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step down - From press releases - Lambda Legal thanks AG Holder for courage and leadership ( Thursday, September 25, 2014, Los Angeles ) - In response to the news that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair: "Eric Holder established his place in history as a leader in the ...


Lesbian-feminist-Mab-Segrest-on-Ferguson-race-civil-rights

Lesbian-feminist Mab Segrest on Ferguson, race, civil rights - Lambda Literary Award-winning author ( Memoir of a Race Traitor, 1994 ) and professor Mab Segrest was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, ( Macon County ) during the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. Segrest's firsthand experience on the topics of white supremacy, homophobia, desegregation and patriarchy began under her own roof as a child. In fact, her great-grandfather was a segregationist ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-endorses-Quinn

Equality Illinois PAC endorses Quinn - Equality Illinois Political Action Committee on Sept. 23 endorsed Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election this November. In a statement, the organization said, "Governor Quinn's leading role in achieving first civil unions and then marriages for same-sex couples, his open and inclusive administration, and his strong support for policies that protect LGBT students from bullying and LGBT workers from discrimination make Governor ...


Tom-Daleys-gig-man-convicted-of-drinking-Baileys

Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out diver Tom Daley recently posed in the autumn/winter collection for the Adidas NEO label, for which he is UK ambassador, according to HeraldScotland.com. The 20-year-old Daley, who is dating screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, had been on two series of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!, mentoring celebrities to brave the board, but he is now focusing his attention on training ...


Gender-working-group-seeks-submissions-Quigley-has-new-liaison

Gender working group seeks submissions; Quigley has new liaison - Gender/sexuality group seeks submissions The Gender and Sexualities Studies Working Group is soliciting submissions for the upcoming fall quarter. Students and papers can be from any field, discipline, or methodological tradition, as long as the research is relevant to gender and sexuality studies, broadly defined. Interested persons should submit abstracts to gssworkinggroup@gmail.com. Please include a substantive description of the work ...


Preckwinkle-backers-gather-to-support-re-election-bid

Preckwinkle backers gather to support re-election bid - Supporters of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid for re-election to her post gathered for a fundraising event sponsored by Women for Preckwinkle at the headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes, 2900 N. Ferdinand St., on Sept. 9. "It's been an interesting ride these last four years," said Preckwinkle, who added that, "It's a mixed blessing to succeed someone who's ...


Polis-tries-ENDA-discharge-petition

Polis tries ENDA discharge petition - House Democrats announced Wednesday Sept. 17 that they will try to use a parliamentary procedure —a discharge petition— to force the Republican-dominated chamber to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ( ENDA ). Scott Overland, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis ( D-Colo. ) who initiated the petition, said it had 76 signatures within the first couple of hours. ...


Illinois-Fiscal-Crisis-panel-Oct-23-at-Loyola

Illinois Fiscal Crisis panel Oct. 23 at Loyola - "It's Your Money: Illinois Election 2014 and Fiscal Crisis in Illinois" is the focus of a panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m. at Loyola University's Lake Shore Campus. The program is hosted by The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and The Chicago Network. The conversation will be moderated by Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. The panelists ...


Natl-HIV-AIDS-Aging-Awareness-Day-Richmond-Vas-pitch

Nat'l HIV/AIDS, Aging Awareness Day; Richmond, Va.'s, pitch - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day will be observed Thursday, Sept. 18, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy and AIDS.gov among those recognizing the campaign, according to a press release. By next year, half of the USA's HIV-infected population will be age 50 and older—and many cities, such as ...


Quigley-announces-Jonathan-Yoni-Pizer-as-LGBT-liaison

Quigley announces Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as LGBT liaison - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) named Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as his new LGBT Liaison following the departure of former LGBT Liaison Brandon Neese. "The people of Illinois' Fifth District will benefit from Yoni's history of public service and his unwavering dedication to equality for all people," said Rep. Quigley. "Yoni will be an invaluable asset ...


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Activists cry foul on Rauner "no social agenda" ad - Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a new commercial Sept. 11 wherein he denies having a social agenda, but activists are pointing to past comments on same-sex marriage to rebut that claim. The television ad is playing in the Chicago market, and was posted to YouTube by the conservative website Illinois Review. It features a woman identified in other Rauner ...


-Rep-Harris-honored-by-Almost-Home-Kids-group

Rep. Harris honored by Almost Home Kids group - From a press release - Almost Home Kids ( AHK ) announces its 2014 Share the Care Ball Awardees for their Oct. 24 Chicago gala at The Drake: Distinguished Donor: Karen Atwood, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Volunteer Extraordinaire: Joseph T. Monahan, ESQ, Monahan Law Group, LLC Share the Care Champion: Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, 13th District Each Awardee shares a common trait ...


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Lesbian wins historic A.G. primary in Massachusetts - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund congratulated Maura Healey on her victory in the Democratic primary election for Massachusetts Attorney General. If elected in November, Healey will become the first openly LGBT attorney general in the United States. "All of us at Victory are thrilled about Maura's inspiring win tonight," said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon - By Matt Simonette and Lauren Childers - Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has said that, if he's elected to represent the city's 35th Ward, he would be an "organizing alderman." Ramirez-Rosa, who would be the city's first openly gay Latino candidate to run for alderman, said, "I am tired of the direction our city is going in. I see our public dollars handed out to private pockets while our potholes ...


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Mr. Gay World; Bahama's Pride shut down; Tom of Finland stamps - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stuart Hatton Jr., the reigning Mr. Gay UK, has been named Mr. Gay World 2014, NewNowNext.com reported. At a ceremony in Rome, the 28-year-old from South Shields beat Cyprus's Kiriakos Spanos, who came in second place, and Ireland's Robert Lowlor, who claimed third. A model and dance teacher at his family's studio, Hatton beat challengers from 32 different countries in ...


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ID laws could disenfranchise trans* voters in ten states - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Ten states' strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, "The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election," authored by the Williams Institute's Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., Peter J. Cooper Public ...


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Houston Mayor Parker at Victory Fund Chicago benefit - Openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker was among those who spoke at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's annual Champagne Brunch Sept. 7 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. Among the politicians attending were U.S. Rep Mike Quigley, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, State Sen. Heather Steans, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and alderpersons Tom Tunney, Deb Mell ...


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HRC on departure of LGBT ally, associate attorney general West - WASHINGTON — Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the planned departure of Associate Attorney General Tony West. Attorney General Holder said, "Over the years, Tony's efforts have made a tremendous and lasting difference in the lives of millions of people across the country. I have been honored to count him as a colleague — and privileged to work alongside him." ...


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Connor leads new veteran-focused business incubator - His military world dates back about 15 years, when Todd Connor signed up for ROTC at Northwestern University—and upon graduating in 2000, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Connor spent four years on active duty, stationed during that time on board the guided missile cruiser the USS Bunker Hill as a navigator. And Connor went to ...


Openly-gay-Latino-runs-for-35th-Ward-alderman

Openly gay Latino runs for 35th Ward alderman - Chicago — Community organizer Carlos Ramirez-Rosa will formally announce his candidacy for 35th Ward Alderman against incumbent Alderman Rey Colon Sept. 6 at noon at Fireman's Park, corner of Diversey, Kimball and Milwaukee. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a former Congressional aide in the office of U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, and current deportation defense organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant ...







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