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LGBT-advocates-and-allies-denounce-Senate-health-care-plan-

LGBT advocates and allies denounce Senate health care plan - Advocates decried details of the U.S. Senate's HR 1628, a.k.a., the Better Health Care Reconciliation Act, after logistics of the plan were finally released on June 22. The intricacies of the plan—the Senate's answer to the House's Affordable Health Care Act ( AHCA )—were crafted in secrecy. The Congressional Budget Office has not yet had a chance to weigh in ...


Chicago-area-Constituents-Protest-TrumpCare-with-Mobile-Billboards-and-Rallies-

Chicago-area Constituents Protest TrumpCare with Mobile Billboards and Rallies - From a press release - WHEATON, IL, June 22, 2017 — A mobile billboard truck that holds our representatives accountable and spreads awareness about the harm of the American Health Care Act makes its final stops Thursday at rallies in the Chicago suburbs and the city. After debuting in Springfield earlier this week and making its way through the state, the tour arrives in Rep. ...


HRC-Opposes-Senate-GOP-Proposal-to-Rip-Health-Coverage-from-Millions-

HRC Opposes Senate GOP Proposal to Rip Health Coverage from Millions - From a press release - WATCH: HRC Releases Video on Consequences of Destroying ACA for Countless LGBTQ People WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the Senate Republicans' hatched-in-secret proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and undermine access to health care for as many as 23 million Americans. If it passes, this bill will have a ...


Sedaris-Ginsburg-Ailey-dancers-part-of-Auditoriums-season

Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


Quigley-makes-statement-on-Pride

Quigley makes statement on Pride - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement on LGBT Pride Month, which is observed the month of June: "I am excited to stand with the LGBTQ community to celebrate Pride Month and how far we've come in the fight for equality, while also ...


Clinton-to-speak-at-ALA-conference

Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was secretary of state ( 2009-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children ...


Clerk-David-Orr-announces-he-will-not-seek-2018-re-election-

Clerk David Orr announces he will not seek 2018 re-election - Cook County Clerk David Orr, on June 21, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. In a statement, Orr, who has been County Clerk since December 1990, called the decision "a deeply personal choice that I have tussled with for some time because I care so much about the office, politics and the people in the office. I ...


VIEWS-A-sadder-Pride-because-of-Washington-inaction-

VIEWS A sadder Pride because of Washington inaction - by U.S. Reps Robin Kelly and David Cicilline - Every June, Pride comes to our cities and towns. We break out the rainbow flags, march in parades, and celebrate our uniqueness and being together. But as Pride Month starts, this year feels different. Sure, we will still celebrate this remarkable, diverse and loving community, but we are haunted by the wave of senseless violence that has targeted LGBT Americans. ...


HRC-releases-buying-guide

HRC releases buying guide - To help direct consumers to companies that value LGBTQ inclusion in their workplaces, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released its annual Buying for Workplace Equality guide. The guide, which the foundation first issued a more than a decade ago, provides consumer information based on company scores reported in the HRC's Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), ...


Panel-examines-trans-GNC-individuals-of-color-and-the-police

Panel examines trans, GNC individuals of color and the police - On June 16, a Minnesota jury acquitted the police officer who shot an innocent Black man Philando Castile multiple times during a traffic stop. Beloved in his community, Castile was killed for the crime of reaching for his identification. Hardly anyone was surprised by the verdict. On the same day, a panel in Chicago discussed methods for transgender, intersex and ...


3rd-District-Rep-Lipinski-faces-another-challenger

3rd District Rep. Lipinski faces another challenger - While no Republican contender has yet come forward, Democratic U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, of Illinois' 3rd District, continues to gain challengers from his own party. The latest candidate to announce his intention to run is Mateusz "Mat" Tomkowiak, an academic with an eye toward health policy, who wants to be the first openly LGBT federal elected official in Illinois' history. ...


Serbia-has-first-lesbian-leader-

Serbia has first lesbian leader - Serbia leader Aleksandar Vucic has named public administration minister Ana Brnabic as the new prime minister, Deutsche Welle reported. Brnabic is now the first woman—as well as the first openly gay politician—to lead the European country. This is seen as a major step for Serbia, which is considered a pretty conservative nation. She will take over for Vucic, who recently ...


Vancouver-link-to-European-court-ruling-against-Russias-gay-propaganda-law

Vancouver link to European court ruling against Russia's 'gay propaganda' law - From a press release - June 21, 2017 ( Vancouver, BC ) - A top European court has issued a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin over its so-called "gay propaganda" law, saying it breaches human rights laws by reinforcing the stigma around homosexuality and encourages homophobia. Russia has come under serious criticism for passing an "anti-gay propaganda" law in 2013 which forbids anything to ...


LGBT-friendly-Logan-Square-housing-gets-CHA-approval-

LGBT-friendly Logan Square housing gets CHA approval - An LGBT-friendly housing complex planned for Logan Square is one step closer to breaking ground. Curbed Chicago reported, on June 21, that Chicago Housing Authority ( CHA ) has approved plans for the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza, which is slated to be built at 2031 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The complex is currently expected to have 41 affordable ...


National-roundup-Blood-donor-campaign-trans-win-in-Va-Calif-honorees

National roundup: Blood-donor campaign, trans win in Va., Calif. honorees - In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) and Blood Equality announced a new social-media campaign to end the practice of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year, a press release noted. This campaign includes the release of a new video protesting this inequity and ...


HIV-AIDS-Council-members-resign-after-Trump-inaction

HIV/AIDS Council members resign after Trump inaction - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), on June 13, resigned from their posts, citing President Donald Trump's supposed indifference to the issue as their reason. Among those council members was Scott Schoettes, who is counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile ...


Commerce-Department-Removes-LGBTQ-Employees-From-EEO-Statement

Commerce Department Removes LGBTQ Employees From EEO Statement - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Commerce has excluded sexual orientation and gender identity in their 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity statement. Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the below statement: "Yet again, we see the Trump/Pence Administration actively seeking to undermine rights for LGBTQ people," said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. "The Department of Commerce's latest move to exclude ...


Panel-talks-LGBT-politics-and-the-workplace

Panel talks LGBT politics and the workplace - Price Waterhouse Cooper ( PWC ) and Center on Halsted, on June 15, presented a panel on LGBT politics in the workplace. Panelists included Kim Fountain, the Center's chief operating officer; Mike Ziri, Equality Illinois' public policy director; Alexis Paige, a legal assistant at Lambda Legal; and Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose officer for PWC. Fountain opened by noting that, for ...


Coalition-condemns-administrations-new-instructions-on-transgender-student-discrimination-

Coalition condemns administration's new instructions on transgender student discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: "In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools' obligations under Title IX to ...


Lesbian-cop-helps-subdue-Va-shooter

Lesbian cop helps subdue Va. shooter - One of the two members of the U.S. Capitol police credited with preventing a June 13 shooting on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field from turning into a massacre is a member of the LGBTQ community. According to a White House pool report, President and First Lady Melania Trump "met with Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, [receiving a] ...


Kitowit-and-advocates-discuss-hate-crimes-legislation

Kitowit and advocates discuss hate crimes legislation - Elected officials and community leaders gathered at the Chicago headquarters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to discuss the expected impact of HB 2390, recently passed hate crimes legislation that was co-sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit ( D-Aurora ). Among its components, HB 2390 amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to remove caps on restitution for a hate crime as ...


Oregon-first-US-state-to-offer-third-gender-marker-on-state-IDs

Oregon first U.S. state to offer third gender marker on state IDs - From a press release - SALEM, OR—Effective July 1, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) will begin offering a third gender marker on state identification cards, making Oregon the first state in the country to recognize non-binary identities. Currently, Oregon has two gender options on state IDs: M for male and F for female. The third marker will be X for not ...


Foss-Eggemann-named-to-Human-Rights-Commission

Foss-Eggemann named to Human Rights Commission - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Maine Township Republican Committeewoman Charlene Foss-Eggemann, a prominent figure in GOP politics in the northwest suburbs, to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The Commission investigates and adjudicates claims of discrimination in the state. A corporate counsel consultant for LexisNexis, Foss-Eggemann is a resident of Park Ridge. "Her extensive experience as an attorney will be ...


Shooting-at-Congressional-baseball-practice-in-Virginia-groups-respond-

Shooting at Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, groups respond - From press releasees - From the Pride Fund: WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 14, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America's only national LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer. STATEMENT FROM JASON ...


Danica-Roem-poised-to-be-the-only-out-transgender-state-legislator-in-nation

Danica Roem poised to be the only out transgender state legislator in nation - From a press release - Washington, DC — Today Danica Roem beat three Democratic primary challengers to become the first out transgender candidate to win a state legislative primary in Virginia, and taking her one-step closer to becoming the only out trans state legislator in the entire nation. As the Democratic party representative in the District 13 Virginia House of Delegates race, she will challenge ...


World-German-visas-Scottish-Church-OKs-marriage-G-A-Y-incident

World: German visas, Scottish Church OKs marriage, G-A-Y incident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Germany has begun granting gays from Chechnya special visas on humanitarian grounds following reports that gay people are being tortured and killed in the Russian republic, NBC News reported. The Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press the first man arrived in Germany on June 6, and that four other applications for humanitarian visas are being reviewed. Gay-rights activists and others ...


National-Journalists-tribute-DADT-Texas-governor-Chelsea-Manning

National: Journalists' tribute, DADT, Texas governor, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A commemoration of journalists who died of AIDS, and others who covered the epidemic—highlighted by a keynote speech from New York Times journalist Samuel G. Freedman—will take place on Friday, June 23, in New York City's LGBT Community Center, a press release noted. "Bodies on the Line: A Memorial to Honor AIDS Journalists" is an event whose lead organizer is ...


Chicago-Equality-Rally-unites-Midsommarfest-in-defiance

Chicago Equality Rally unites Midsommarfest in defiance - While thousands joined the Equality March for Unity and Pride June 11 in Washington, D.C., Chicago was one of dozens of cities nationwide to hold its own rally as part of Pride Month and in honor of the 49 people who were killed at the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando one year ago. The venue for the Chicago Equality Rally ...


Washington-DC-Equality-March-rally-attracts-thousands

Washington, D.C. Equality March rally attracts thousands - On June 11, the 2017 Equality March drew thousands of people to The marchers went past the White House and to the National Mall. Among the speakers were actor Asia Kate Dillon, GLAAD CEO/ED Sarah Kate Ellis and former NBA player Jason Collins. The march aimed to bring together members of various LGBTQ communities and their allies to highlight discrimination ...


Quigley-questions-HUD-Sec-Ben-Carson-on-attacks-on-LGBTQ-housing-resources

Quigley questions HUD Sec. Ben Carson on attacks on LGBTQ housing resources - From a press release - WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves on the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development ( THUD ) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after he questioned HUD Secretary Ben Carson during today's hearing: "As Members of Congress, we have a responsibility to help our constituents achieve the American dream, which for most families includes access to ...


LGBTQ-Chicago-Equality-Rally-June-11

LGBTQ Chicago Equality Rally June 11 - CHICAGO ( June 9, 2017 ) — The organizers of the LGBTQ Chicago Equality Rally are expecting over 500 attendees for the event scheduled this Sunday, June 11 at 11 a.m., hosted at Andersonville Midsommarfest. The Rally will be held in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and performers will promote visibility, unity, ...


Sen-Kaine-brings-legislation-to-protect-LGBTQs-from-housing-discrimination

Sen. Kaine brings legislation to protect LGBTQs from housing discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate by Senator Tim Kaine ( D-VA ) to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing. A companion bill to bipartisan legislation introduced in March by Representatives Scott Taylor ( R-VA ) and Brad Schneider ( D-IL ) in the U.S. ...


Howard-Brown-Health-Heads-to-Washington-DC-in-support-of-the-Equality-Act

Howard Brown Health Heads to Washington, DC in support of the Equality Act - From a press release - ( June 8, 2017 | Chicago, IL ) — Recognizing the detrimental impact health reform repeal would have on the LGBT community, Howard Brown Health will participate in transgender lobby days in Washington, DC to fight for passage of the Equality Act and focus on lawmaker opposition to the America Health Care Act. Crispin Torres, Legislative and Policy Advocate for ...


HRC-to-Trump-administration-Leaving-UN-Human-Rights-Council-could-endanger-lives-

HRC to Trump administration: Leaving U.N. Human Rights Council could endanger lives - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, expressed concern about reports that the Trump administration may withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council ( UNHRC ), which has taken historic steps to protect and promote the human ...


Court-dismisses-appeal-in-case-finding-downstate-BB-discriminated-against-gay-couple

Court dismisses appeal in case finding downstate B&B discriminated against gay couple - From a press release - CHICAGO — An appeals court has dismissed claims by a downstate Bed & Breakfast owner that the owner's discrimination against a gay couple seeking to use the facility for their civil union ceremony was justified by religious beliefs. The full Illinois Human Rights Commission ruled last year that the owners of Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast had violated Illinois law ...


Southwest-suburban-progressives-to-host-equality-march

Southwest suburban progressives to host equality march - The progressive group Southwest Suburban Activists will hold the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11 at Breidert Green in Frankfort. Southwest Suburban Activists is a group committed to fostering more progressive and diverse political candidates in Frankfort, a community that has historically been quite conservative, said Emily Beigel, who founded the group. Since its inception in January, ...


Chicago-Equality-Rally-on-June-11

Chicago Equality Rally on June 11 - The Chicago LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and musical performances will promote visibility, unity and pride. The rally will be held at the intersection of Clark Street and Balmoral Avenue—an intersection that is home to ...


Madigan-launches-immigration-campaign

Madigan launches immigration campaign - Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a "Know Your Rights" public-awareness campaign that provides resources and materials to immigrants, consulate offices and non-profit organizations to educate immigrants on their constitutional rights in the wake of recent federal executive actions on immigration enforcement and so-called sanctuary cities. In addition to the information, a pocket-sized guide is intended to help immigrants living in ...


Equality-Illinois-kicks-off-Pride-month-with-awards-brunch

Equality Illinois kicks off Pride month with awards brunch - More than 150 people gathered for Equality Illinois' LGBTQ Pride month brunch honoring Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry ( Chicago Commission on Human Relations' director of policy and outreach ) June 4 at Life Creative. Saulsberry received the organization's Community Pride Award in recognition of her work in advancing LGBTQ equality year round. The event also featured remarks by Illinois state Comptroller ...


Civil-and-Human-Rights-Coalition-Senate-Should-Reject-John-K-Bush

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senate Should Reject John K. Bush - From a press release - WASHINGTON— The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject President Trump's nomination of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The letter states in part, "Mr. Bush has a record of extreme partisanship and does not appear to possess the temperament ...


The-People-Speak-includes-Sen-Bernie-Sanders-top-actors-musicians-June-10

"The People Speak" includes Sen. Bernie Sanders, top actors, musicians June 10 - From a press release - An all-star line up of prominent actors and musicians will perform Saturday night, June 10 in Chicago; part of a premiere conference of grassroots activists and leaders from across the country who will be holding a weekend gathering, the People's Summit, June 9 to 11 headlined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. The artists will be on stage Saturday evening, June 10 ...


World-news-Lesbian-app-Malta-PM-Wonder-Woman-

World news: Lesbian app, Malta PM, 'Wonder Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - China's leading lesbian app, Rela, was shut down recently following a viral incident at Shanghai's marriage market in People's Park in which a group of mothers of LGBT children were kicked out by police while trying to raise awareness for gay rights, Shanghaiist reported. The app is no longer available on the Apple or Android app stores, where it counted ...


National-Edie-Windsor-US-Rep-Scott-Taylor-iconic-gay-bar-destroyed

National: Edie Windsor, U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, iconic gay bar destroyed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Marriage-equality champion Edie Windsor will be honored with The Trevor Project's Icon Award at the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala on June 19, a press release noted. The event will also feature performances by Shoshana Bean, Dana Goldberg, Jeremy Jordan, and a special extended performance by Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons. The Trevor Project is the nation's only nonprofit ...


HRC-Proclaims-June-2017-as-UniteResistEnlist-Month

HRC Proclaims June 2017 as #UniteResistEnlist Month - From a press release - WHEREAS, the month of June has long been observed as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer ( LGBTQ ) Pride month in recognition of the 1969 Stonewall Riots with Pride celebrations being held across the nation in cities large and small; and WHEREAS, in recent years, the LGBTQ community has seen extraordinary progress through landmark Supreme Court decisions, historic legislation ...


Nationwide-rallies-to-demand-action-on-possible-Russia-collusion-June-3rd

Nationwide rallies to demand action on possible Russia collusion June 3rd - From a press release - ( NEW YORK, NY )-Across the country, elected leaders, community organizers, celebrities and musicians will take the stage at #MarchForTruth rallies in more than 135 cities in the United States and abroad on June 3rd. A sample of participating speakers at events nationwide include: *Congressional Representatives Jerry Nadler, Nydia Velasquez, Brad Sherman, Mike Quigley, Al Green, Robin Kelly, Jamie Raskin, ...


Lambda-Legal-appeals-in-Mississippi-High-Court-for-non-biological-lesbian-mother-

Lambda Legal appeals in Mississippi High Court for non-biological lesbian mother - From a press release - ( Jackson, June 1, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and local counsel Dianne Ellis filed an appeal in the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Christina Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage to children she and her now ex-wife planned for and raised together. "Our sons have two mothers and they deserve the right to a legal ...


Hastert-faces-new-accuser

Hastert faces new accuser - A new accuser has sued former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, The Chicago Tribune reported. The development occurred fewer than three months before Hastert is slated to be released from prison. Federal prosecutors claimed the former U.S. House speaker touched at least five male students inappropriately when he was a Yorkville High School coach from 1965 to 1981. This most ...


Fawzia-Mirza-EIs-Brian-Johnson-Candace-Gingrich-to-join-Chicago-Equality-Rally-

Fawzia Mirza, EI's Brian Johnson, Candace Gingrich to join Chicago Equality Rally - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 31, 2017 ) — The organizers of the Chicago Equality Rally have announced the program lineup for the Sunday, June 11 rally to be held at 11AM at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and performers will promote visibility, unity, and pride. Actor, writer, and producer Fawzia ...


15-Bill-Wins-in-Illinois-House-23-Million-Workers-are-Closer-to-a-Raise

$15 Bill Wins in Illinois House, 2.3 Million Workers are Closer to a Raise - From a SEIU Healthcare Illinois press release - SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage today in the Illinois House of Representatives of Senate Bill 81, to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2022: "While corporations are enjoying record profits, workers in Illinois are suffering. Today, the House of Representatives took a historic step to reversing this course and building our ...


National-roundup-Stephen-Colbert-30-Days-of-HIV-drag-queen-death

National roundup: Stephen Colbert, '30 Days of HIV,' drag-queen death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Visiting Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was asked if President Donald Trump's overseas trip was an opportunity to calm things down at home, and maybe his being too tired to tweet might be a "positive thing for him," Deadline noted. Maddow dismissed that idea, noting Washington Post reported, as Trump's plane took off, that there is a ...


Morten-Group-leads-ED-search

Morten Group leads ED search - The National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has retained Chicago-based Morten Group, LLC, headed by Mary Morten, in its search for its next executive director, according to an organizational press release. NBJC is a civil-rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. Sharon Lettman-Hicks is stepping down in the coming months after ...


73-national-groups-demand-Federal-Contract-Compliance-Programs-remain-intact

73 national groups demand Federal Contract Compliance Programs remain intact - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Employment Law Project, the National Women's Law Center and 70 national organizations wrote to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to urge the Trump administration to abandon its proposal to eliminate the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ( OFCCP ), ...


Cleopatra-Cowley-Pendleton-speaks-about-her-daughter-Wear-Orange-Day

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton speaks about her daughter, Wear Orange Day - On June 2, a 20-year-old girl and her family celebrates her birthday with her friends. Outgoing, selfless and gentle-hearted, she has so very many and they crowd into every corner of the family home. It's never been a quiet place but today especially the music and myriad of conversations seem to match each other in enthusiastic volume. The kitchen is ...


Johnston-appointed-to-Berwyn-Township-Trustees

Johnston appointed to Berwyn Township Trustees - Joey Johnston, a gay man who in February lost a bid for a post on the Berwyn Township Trustees board, has been appointed to the board after one of the winners in that race decided not to take her oath of office. Johnston was one of several candidates in the 2017 contests—many of them LGBT—affiliated with the Berwyn United organization, ...


Illinois-House-Passes-Bill-to-Modernize-States-Birth-Certificate-Law-

Illinois House Passes Bill to Modernize State's Birth Certificate Law - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed the House by a vote of 63 to 43 on Thursday and was sent to the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join fourteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing ...


Human-Rights-Watch-issues-report-on-anti-gay-purge-in-Chechnya-

Human Rights Watch issues report on anti-gay purge in Chechnya - From a press release - ( New York, May 26, 2017 ) — Police in Chechnya rounded up, beat, and humiliated dozens of gay or bisexual men in an apparent effort to purge them from Chechen society, Human Rights Watch confirmed in a new report today. Russian federal authorities should ensure their investigation into these egregious human rights violations is effective and capable of holding ...


HRW-issues-report-on-Chechen-anti-gay-abuses

HRW issues report on Chechen anti-gay abuses - A 42-page report by the international rights-advocacy organization Human Rights Watch ( HRW ), released May 26, details the brutal treatment that gay men in Chechnya were subjected to this past winter and spring. The report, according to Kyle Knight, a researcher in HRW's LGBT-rights program, provides "the firsthand testimony of what it was like to live through the purge, ...


Activist-reflects-on-Berwyns-LGBT-transformation

Activist reflects on Berwyn's LGBT transformation - Activist Ted Korbos said "he could never have dreamed" that, 22 years after the formation of Berwyn United Gay and Lesbian Organization ( BUNGALO ), that the city of Berwyn would have this many openly LGBT public officials about to take office. "I was very proud and very happy," said Korbos, who said that the election of lesbian Marge Paul ...


Chicago-Equality-Rally-on-June-11

Chicago Equality Rally on June 11 - The Chicago LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and musical performances will promote visibility, unity and pride. The rally will be held at the intersection of Clark Street and Balmoral Avenue—an intersection that is home to ...


Treatment-Action-Group-Condemns-White-House-Budget-Cuts-to-Health-Research

Treatment Action Group Condemns White House Budget Cuts to Health, Research - From a press release - New York, NY, May 24, 2017- The full disclosure of President Trump's FY18 budget yesterday reaffirms the current administration's intention of scaling-back critical progress in programs and research made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, HCV, and other domestic and global health issues. Treatment Action Group, alongside many partner organizations, calls on all members of Congress to immediately ensure these ...


Ald-Dowell-Chairman-City-Council-Committee-on-Human-Relations-addresses-hate-crime

Ald. Dowell, Chairman City Council Committee on Human Relations, addresses hate crime - From a press release - Alderman Pat Dowell, Chairman of the Committee on Human Relations, together with colleagues introduced a Resolution, at the May 24, 2017 City Council, to urge the Governor to restore the Illinois State Hate Crimes Commission and for lawmakers to pass House Bill 3711. HB 3711 strengthens the Illinois Hate Crimes Act by "expanding protections, provides civil enforcement authority to Attorney ...


NBA-returns-2019-All-Star-Game-to-Charlotte-HRC-responds

NBA returns 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte, HRC responds - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the NBA's decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019. The NBA had previously moved their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in response to HB2, the deeply discriminatory law that put LGBTQ North Carolinians in harm's way and cost the state over ...


National-roundup-Joe-Biden-Texas-bills-trans-woman-murdered

National roundup: Joe Biden, Texas bills, trans woman murdered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, according to DNC.org. DNC Chair Tom Perez said the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award at the June 21 dinner. LGBTs represent a key voting group that supported former President Barack Obama's two campaigns. ...


World-news-Caleb-Orozco-racism-survey-Chechnya-Caitlyn-Jenner

World news: Caleb Orozco, racism survey, Chechnya, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The ...


Clinton-to-speak-at-ALA-conference

Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was the 67th secretary of state ( 2009-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf ...


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ACLU comments on Trump budget - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Trump administration released its 2018 budget proposal for Congress today. Faiz Shakir, American Civil Liberties Union national political director, had the following reaction: "This is not a budget that reflects the aspirations enshrined on the Statue of Liberty. It makes life harder for Americans with disabilities by gutting Medicaid, takes vital health services away from millions of ...


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Peaceful marches to call for end to culture of deceit in White House - From a press release - Washington, DC- As questions mount on whether the White House has engaged in a cover-up and obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation, March For Truth announced it now has more than 100 events planned across the country, and two in Europe, to demand answers. The march in Chicago will take place June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...


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141 Men Arrested in Gay Sauna in Indonesia - On May 21, Indonesian authorities arrested 141 men, claiming they were engaging in a "gay sex party" at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, according to an OutRight Action International press release. Indonesia does not have laws criminalizing homosexuality, except in the Aceh province; however, the country does have severe anti-pornography laws that have been used to target ...


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MCC founder Rev. Troy Perry first American given Cuba's CENESEX Award - From a press release - Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ), is the first American citizen given Cuba's CENESEX award. The 10th Cuban Gala Against Homophobia at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana 12 May 2017 was the setting where close to 5,000 people gathered to honor Rev. Perry, including the US, French, and Swiss ambassadors as well as ...


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Political Animals documentary about four out elected officials on DVD June 6 - From a press release - New, award-winning LGBT knockout doc Political Animals will release on DVD and digitally on June 6th in the U.S. and Canada via Gravitas Ventures. Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians - all women - who took the fight for equality from the streets and into the halls of ...


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LGBTQ veterans to dedicate Halsted monument, celebrate 25 years on Memorial Day - The Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) will hold public events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Notably, on Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m. the Chicago chapter of AVER will dedicate a new granite monument to the military service of LGBTs on the corner of Halsted and Addison followed by the celebration of the chapter's ...


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OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - From a press release - On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. OutRight's award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. ...


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Feminist Frequency sets its sights on Trump in new show - San Francisco, CA—Today, Feminist Frequency premieres the second episode of their brand new series, The FREQ Show! In "The Unmanning of Trump," host Anita Sarkeesian examines how so much of the humor used to criticize and mock our 45th president resorts to homophobic and body-shaming rhetoric, or reinforces the very ideas of traditional masculinity that helped propel Trump to the ...


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'OUTAging' confab May 23-25 - "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" will take place May 23-25 in Chicago. With Pride Action Tank hosting, the summit will open with a free reception at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The remainder of the event will take place at AARP Illinois, 222 N. LaSalle St. The summit is being organized by a small, diverse planning committee that ...


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DNC hires ex-EMILY's List head as first lesbian CEO - by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade - The Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) has, for the first time ever, hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's List to the top leadership position. The DNC named Jess O'Connell as CEO after she served four years at EMILY's List, which seeks to elect pro-choice women to public office. Her appointment ...







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