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Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21

Women's March on Chicago Jan. 21 - Chicago will be among more than 380 cities around the world hosting women's marches Jan. 21, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration. While the largest march is expected in Washington, D.C., with thousands of people from Illinois attending, one of the largest marches outside of D.C. is expected in Chicago. Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of ...


Julian-Assange-wants-clemency-for-Manning

Julian Assange wants clemency for Manning - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly agreed to be extradited to the United States if President Obama grants whistle-blower Chelsea Manning clemency before his term ends on Friday, Jan. 20. On Twitter, WikiLeaks said Assange would not oppose extradition to the U.S. "despite [the] clear unconstitutionality" of any potential criminal complaints against the whistleblower organization. Manning—a transgender woman who admitted ...


Sen-Tammy-Baldwin-to-oppose-Sen-Jeff-Sessions-nomination-for-Attny-Gen

Sen. Tammy Baldwin to oppose Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attny Gen. - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement announcing she will oppose President-elect Trump's nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General: "America has made great progress over the last eight years with an Administration that has taken seriously a shared responsibility to pass on to the next generation a country that is more ...


Love-is-Love-Sidetrack-offering-uplifting-Inauguration-Day-alternative

Love is Love, Sidetrack offering uplifting Inauguration Day alternative - From a press release - Lakeview, Chicago. ( January 13, 2017 ) Sidetrack The Video bar-famous for Show Tune Sunday, frozen slushies, and napkin tosses ( among other events and social activism )-is throwing a Love is Love Party all day and night Friday January 20. Sidetrack, along with partners Lambda Legal and Absolut, want to "Make J20 Great Again!" with a bevy of ways ...


Gallup-More-than-10-million-adults-identify-as-LGBTQ

Gallup: More than 10 million adults identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation responded to a new Gallup survey reflecting a historic increase in adults in the United States identifying as LGBTQ — 10 million, or 4.1 percent of the population, compared to 8.3 million just four years ago. "This survey reflects the fact that in just the past four years, there ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-announces-new-rally-location-

Women's March on Chicago announces new rally location - From a press release - Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of the Petrillo Bandshell, will be the new kick-off point for a Jan. 21 rally and march in downtown Chicago for women's rights. Organizers decided to locate the stage on Jackson rather than at the bandshell to protect Grant Park from damage. The combination of unseasonably warm temperatures, rain earlier in the ...


1000s-of-Illinoisans-traveling-to-Womens-March-on-Washington-Jan-21-

1000s of Illinoisans traveling to Women's March on Washington Jan. 21 - As the date draws closer for what is expected to be one of the largest demonstrations in Washington, D.C. in recent times, Illinois marchers and the Illinois Chapter organizers are in final stages of preparation for the Women's March on Washington. The March is taking place Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2017, the day after the inauguration of the next president of ...


156-LGBT-elected-officials-call-on-Pres-elect-to-advance-LGBT-equality-

156 LGBT elected officials call on Pres-elect to advance LGBT equality - From a press release - Washington, D.C.—Today, Victory Institute commended LGBT elected officials representing millions of Americans from across the country for calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect LGBT Americans and continue efforts to advance equality. In an open letter to the President-elect, 156 elected officials express grave concerns about his Cabinet appointees, and implore Trump to "be a president for all Americans." The ...


Rep-Feigenholtz-introduces-legislation-protecting-abortion-access-

Rep. Feigenholtz introduces legislation protecting abortion access - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Earlier this week, Representative Sara Feigenholtz introduced House Bill 40, which reaffirms the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion for all women in the state. "House Bill 40 is a critical piece of legislation that ensures that women's health care will be protected in Illinois regardless of what happens to ...


President-Obama-makes-statement-on-monuments-honoring-civil-rights-history

President Obama makes statement on monuments honoring civil rights history - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Today, I am designating new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country's history, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. These monuments preserve the vibrant history of the Reconstruction Era and its role in redefining freedom. They tell the important stories of the citizens who helped launch the civil rights movement in Birmingham and the Freedom ...


Equality-California-urges-Congress-to-preserve-the-Affordable-Care-Act

Equality California urges Congress to preserve the Affordable Care Act - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— Equality California has sent a letter to members of the California congressional delegation urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) without a replacement that provides better healthcare for the American people. "The health and lives of millions of LGBT Americans are at stake," said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. "No issue ...


Justice-Dept-Pattern-of-rights-violations-in-Chicago-Police-Dept

Justice Dept.: Pattern of rights violations in Chicago Police Dept. - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The department found that CPD officers' practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable ...


President-Obamas-remarks-in-presenting-the-Medal-of-Freedom-to-VP-Joe-Biden-

President Obama's remarks in presenting the Medal of Freedom to VP Joe Biden - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - State Dining Room 3:50 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hey! All right, that's enough. Don't want to embarrass the guy. ( Laughter. ) Welcome to the White House, everybody. As I have already delivered my farewell address, I will try to be relatively brief. But I just wanted to get some folks together to pay tribute to somebody who has not ...


HRC-joins-womens-march-and-other-social-justice-events

HRC joins women's march and other social justice events - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that it is proud to both sponsor and join in major social justice actions next week in the nation's capital, raising up our shared and continuing fight for equality for all. A contingent of HRC staff, members and volunteers will be participating in both the We Are Here To ...


Windy-City-Times-releases-2004-tapes-of-Obama-during-Senate-campaign-

Windy City Times releases 2004 tapes of Obama during Senate campaign - Two audio tapes from Barack Obama's campaign for U.S. Senate from Illinois have been released by Windy City Times newspaper. The audio is linked below. Both tapes were recorded by WCT Publisher Tracy Baim, the first on Jan. 7, 2004 in a one-on-one interview during the crowded Democratic primary, the second on May 7, 2004, after he won the primary ...


LGBT-military-group-calls-on-Mattis-to-express-support-for-all-service-members-

LGBT military group calls on Mattis to express support for all service members - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the nation's leading organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) service members and their families — the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) and OutServe-SLDN — issued the following joint statement ahead of the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing of retired USMC General James Mattis, who was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to serve ...


Obama-says-a-fond-farewell-from-Chicago-

Obama says a fond farewell from Chicago - From the White House - The following is the farewell speech by Barack Obama delivered at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017. These are the remarks the White House distributed. It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight it's my turn to say ...


Writers-Resist-event-Jan-15

'Writers Resist' event Jan. 15 - On Sunday, Jan. 15, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a "re-inauguration" of their shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Chicago #WRITERS RESIST organizers are planning readings Jan. 15 all over the Chicago area. Neighborhood readings are planned for Hyde Park, Humboldt ...


Immigration-rally-on-Jan-14-

Immigration rally on Jan. 14 - The immigration-themed Rally for Resistance, Unity and Respect for All will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at 1901 W. Carroll Ave. The Chicago Teachers Union is hosting the event. For more information, visit "Immigration Rally for Resistance, Unity and Respect" on Facebook. ...


World-news-Chinese-trans-win-rape-in-India-Tim-Cook

World news: Chinese trans win, rape in India, Tim Cook - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender man won his case for unfair dismissal at a court in China, BBC News reported. "Mr. C," who was born female, was working at a health centre in Guiyang last year when he was fired. The court said he had been illegally dismissed, but said there was not enough evidence to rule he had been fired due to ...


National-roundup-Kerry-apology-gay-mayor-NASAs-high-score

National roundup: Kerry apology, gay mayor, NASA's high score - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Secretary of State John Kerry formally apologized to State Department personnel who were fired during the so-called "lavender scare," The Washington Blade reported. "As far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades — the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing ...


Lambda-Legal-Jeff-Sessions-Would-Put-LGBT-Rights-at-Grave-Risk-if-Confirmed

Lambda Legal: Jeff Sessions Would Put LGBT Rights at Grave Risk if Confirmed - From a Lambda Legal press release - New York — Ahead of congressional hearings beginning on Jeff Sessions' nomination to become U.S. Attorney General, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, released the following statement: "Senator Jeff Sessions has shown over and over how much he disdains LGBT people. He: - Supported adding a permanent ...


Sec-Kerry-apologizes-for-1950s-1960s-anti-LGBTQ-witch-hunt-in-State-Department-

Sec. Kerry apologizes for 1950s, 1960s anti-LGBTQ witch hunt in State Department - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for apologizing to LGBTQ employees and their families who were targeted, harassed, and fired as part of the infamous "Lavender Scare" witch hunt in the 1950s and 1960s. "Although it is not possible to undo the damage that was done decades ago, ...


The-Womens-March-on-Chicago-planned-for-Jan-21

The Women's March on Chicago planned for Jan. 21 - The Women's March on Chicago, planned for January 21, has obtained a Rally permit and the event is taking final shape with confirmation of Rally speakers and the March route. The event starts with music at 9 a.m., the Rally at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the March through downtown Chicago. The March will begin at Petrillo Bandshell and head ...


Open-letter-to-LGBTQIA-wider-community-calling-for-resistance-to-fascism-Trump-

Open letter to LGBTQIA, wider community calling for resistance to fascism, Trump - From members of Gays Against Guns and Refuse Fascism - We are writing to you and your organization as members of the national LGBTQIA communities and HIV/AIDS treatment and advocacy communities in order to introduce you to our organization, RefuseFascism.org. We have one goal: to do everything within our power as citizens of the United States of America to ensure that the illegitimate Trump/Pence administration will not be allowed to ...


Trumps-first-100-days-How-bad-could-it-get

Trump's first 100 days: How bad could it get? - The most pro-gay Republican presidential candidate in history will take office as President of the United States on January 20, and yet the LGBT community has much to be anxious about. While Donald Trump used his campaign pulpit to urge the American people to stand in "solidarity" with the LGBT community following the Orlando nightclub massacre, his picks for key ...


Equality-California-calls-on-LGBTs-allies-to-support-Planned-Parenthood

Equality California calls on LGBTs, allies to support Planned Parenthood - From a press release - Los Angeles—In response to today's announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he intends to target Planned Parenthood funding in his attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: "Equality California is calling on all members of the LGBT community and our allies to contact their members of Congress today to ...


James-Carville-Mary-Matalin-to-speak-at-Northeastern-Illinois-University

James Carville, Mary Matalin to speak at Northeastern Illinois University - From a press release - CHICAGO — Internationally known political pundits, strategists and power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin will participate in a wide-ranging discussion of the current state of politics as Northeastern Illinois University kicks off the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series on Feb. 2. The event will be moderated by award-winning Chicago journalist and Northeastern alumnus Thomas Corfman. Known as "The ...


Trans-activist-detained-by-ICE

Trans activist detained by ICE - One of the great experiences of living in the United States is the road trip—a leisurely drive across state borders pausing to take in the often breathtaking magnificence of the country's geography. In most cases, such journeys do not require a passport. The two co-founders of Trans Lifeline—Greta Gustava Martela and Nina Chaubal—along with their two roommates, who are also ...


National-roundup-Intersex-birth-certificate-Indiana-University-Pulse-survivors

National roundup: Intersex birth certificate, Indiana University, Pulse survivors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York City native Sara Kelly Keenan ( who prefers female pronouns ), 55, has been granted the first intersex birth certificate in the United States, Jezebel reported. According to Marie Claire, At birth, she was labeled as male on her birth certificate, then weeks later, the classification was changed to female. In September, she successfully changed her gender to ...


Emanuel-in-group-for-immigrant-protections-

Emanuel in group for immigrant protections - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among a group of 31 mayor and county executives who asked President Obama, in an open letter, to issue additional protections for immigrants. The leaders are members of Cities for Action, a coalition of more than 100 mayors and county executives from across the country. The letter thanked Obama for his administration's support for immigrant ...


Equality-Illinois-makes-statement-on-concern-about-Trump-Pence

Equality Illinois makes statement on concern about Trump, Pence - Prior to U.S. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence arriving in Chicago on Dec. 30, Equality Illinois released a statement saying that he would "find a state with LGBTQ people who have grave concerns about his new administration." "The statements made by President-elect Trump, the policies practiced by Vice President-elect Pence as a member of Congress and governor of Indiana, and the ...


Chicago-Youth-Organize-Delegation-to-Attend-Jan-21-Womens-March-on-Washington-

Chicago Youth Organize Delegation to Attend Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington - CHICAGO—As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women's March on Washington - Illinois Youth Chapter will join tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle. Chicago teenagers Chloe Wagner and Morenike Fabiyi, who are juniors at Francis ...


What-a-Joke-national-comedy-fest-responds-to-Trump-threats-to-human-rights

What a Joke national comedy fest responds to Trump threats to human rights - From a press release - New York, NY - In response to the President-elect's repeated threats on human rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and Emily Winter ( Writer ...


World-news-of-2016

World news of 2016 - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —ISIS act: Over the New Year's holiday weekend, ARA News, an independent Syrian media outlet, reported that ISIS had executed a 15-year-old boy on charges of homosexuality by throwing him from the top of a building in central Deir ez-Zor. The organization reportedly has performed the same punishment on several people for the same reason. —Protest: Italians staged a mass ...


Controversy-erupts-with-Yiannopoulos-deal

Controversy erupts with Yiannopoulos deal - A whirlwind of controversy has surfaced regarding book-publishing company Simon & Schuster ( and, more specifically, the Threshold Editions imprint ) striking a $250,000 deal with British gay "alt-right" figure Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos is probably best known for getting himself banned from Twitter after he encouraged racist harassment of SNL star Leslie Jones. The company is standing by the deal. ...


Sanders-comments-on-Trumps-plan-to-privatize-Veterans-Administration

Sanders comments on Trump's plan to privatize Veterans Administration - From a press release - WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 — Sen. Bernie Sanders ( I-Vt. ), a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement Friday in response to reports that President-elect Donald Trump is considering privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs: "Privatizing the VA would be an insult to the more than 22 million veterans who risked their lives to ...


Trump-Pence-create-grave-concerns-among-LGBTQ-Illinoisans

Trump-Pence create grave concerns among LGBTQ Illinoisans - From an Equality Illinois press release - CHICAGO-Vice President-elect Mike Pence should know that as he arrives in Chicago on Friday, he will find a state with LGBTQ people who have grave concerns about his new administration, according to Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ civil rights advocacy organization. "The statements made by President-elect Trump, the policies practiced by Vice President-elect Pence as a member of Congress and ...


2016-The-local-LGBT-year-in-review

2016: The local LGBT year in review - This was a tumultuous year for many in the LGBT community. There were numerous "highs," such as local advancements of pro-trans ordinances and dramatic expansions of healthcare services in the city. But there were "lows" too, especially as residents were impacted by national events such as the Pulse nightclub shooting and the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump's impending presidency. Here are ...


Hill-Leaders-Call-for-Day-of-Action-in-New-Session-of-Congress

Hill Leaders Call for 'Day of Action' in New Session of Congress - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Warning that congressional Republicans are about to "ram through a budget bill" to "throw our health care system into chaos," Senate and House leaders called Wednesday for a nationwide "day of action" to mobilize grassroots support for programs that help millions of working families. Senate and House Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer ( D-N.Y. ) and Nancy Pelosi ...


National-roundup-Pulse-lawsuit-lesbian-judge-removed-artists-against-Ivanka

National roundup: Pulse lawsuit, lesbian judge removed, artists against Ivanka - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The families of three men shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier this year are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google for allegedly providing the Islamic State terrorist with material support, Forbes noted. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and obtained by Fox News, the families of Tevin Crosby, ...


World-news-UN-attempt-Taiwan-items-gay-British-royal

World news: UN attempt, Taiwan items, gay British royal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two days before Christmas, a group of conservative states at the United Nations made a final attempt to stop the independent expert on the "protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity," by stripping the mandate of standard UN funding, an Outright International press release noted. Jessica Stern, executive director at OutRight Action International, said, "The ...


Looking-back-National-news-

Looking back: National news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Oh, 2016. It was a year of ( sometimes extremely ) emotional highs and lows—including developments regarding what was quite possibly the most polarizing election ever as well as a mass shooting that, sadly, made the record books. —Trump card: The biggest news of the year had to be the election of Republican Donald Trump—who had been known before ...


LGBT-Organizations-See-Continued-Financial-Growth-and-Stability

LGBT Organizations See Continued Financial Growth and Stability - From a press release - ( DENVER, December 15, 2016 )— 2015 held many changes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) organizations and their funders, especially as a result of the Supreme Court's decisive ruling that expanded the freedom to marry nationwide. As a few major organizations closed their doors declaring their mission accomplished, others sought to broaden their work and hold ...


Homelessness-advocates-march-in-Uptown-shelter-saved-

Homelessness advocates march in Uptown, shelter saved - Story updated 12-24-2016 - About two dozen community members gathered Dec. 23 at the viaduct at Wilson and Lake Shore Drive and marched to Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., in a show of solidarity for persons experiencing homelessness. The gathering, sponsored by Uptown Tent City Organizers, North Side Action for Justice, Gay Liberation Network and other local community organizations, was both a ...


In-Chicago-Writers-Resist-in-their-neighborhoods-Jan-15-

In Chicago 'Writers Resist' in their neighborhoods Jan. 15 - From a press release - Chicago 'Writers Resist' events in 8 neighborhoods Jan. 15 On Jan. 15, 2017, the date of Martin Luther King's birth, more than 75 Chicago authors will join writers across the United States and worldwide, coming together for Chicago #WRITERS RESIST, a "re-inauguration" of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. True to the spirit of our city, ...


Theaters-across-US-launch-Sanctuary-Project-Jan-19-

Theaters across U.S. launch 'Sanctuary Project' Jan. 19 - From a press release - On January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone across the country, members of the theater community—from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters—will come together to launch The Sanctuary Project. Gathering outside of theaters on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, together creating "light" ...


Community-labor-faith-leaders-to-join-in-January-14-mobilization-for-resistance

Community, labor, faith leaders to join in January 14 mobilization for resistance - Chicago, IL- On Saturday, January 14th, mobilizations will be held across the country to build community, celebrate immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims and refugees from hateful attacks and policies expected to come under the upcoming administration. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, three area locals of the Service Employees International Union, United Food and ...


Cappleman-Northside-Shelter-to-stay-open-

Cappleman: Northside Shelter to stay open - In a post on social media, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman said that "Northside Shelter will remain open thru the holidays & I am working with DFSS & Mayor to keep open indefinitely." Last week, protesters complained about the impending closure of the homeless shelter in Uptown's Preston Bradley Center ( operated by Northside Housing and Support Services ), leaving ...


Gay-couple-removed-after-Ivanka-Trump-confrontation-

Gay couple removed after Ivanka Trump confrontation - At New York City's JFK International Airport, a gay man verbally confronted soon-to-be First Daughter Ivanka Trump, 35, on a JetBlue airplane before he and his husband were removed from it. "Your father is ruining the country," attorney Dan Goldstein ( traveling with husband, college professor Matthew Lasner ) said to Trump. The oldest daughter of President-Elect Donald Trump allegedly ...


Schock-pleads-not-guilty-to-charges

Schock pleads not guilty to charges - Former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock ( R-Ill. ) has pled not guilty to federal charges that he improperly used campaign and taxpayer money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Schock, 35, is accused of using campaign accounts and his U.S. House office budget for personal expenses; said expenses included travel and even rent payments. He resigned from Congress in March 2015. ...


1000s-Mobilized-Across-Illinois-for-Jan-21-2017-Womens-March-on-Washington-

1000s Mobilized Across Illinois for Jan. 21, 2017 Women's March on Washington - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Part of a nationwide groundswell that originated the day after the presidential elections, women and men from across the state of Illinois are preparing to join the national Women's March on Washington Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. the day after the inauguration of the next president of the United States. Illinois organizers Mrinalini Chakraborty, Leni ...


LGBTs-attack-faux-repeal-of-HB2-in-No-Carolina-

LGBTs attack 'faux repeal' of HB2 in No. Carolina - North Carolina state senators filed a bill Dec. 21 that claims to repeal the discriminatory and harmful HB2 while stripping local governments of their ability to protect their citizens from harm. National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said: The North Carolina General Assembly is a national disgrace. In March, North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2. Last week, they ...


Groups-Condemn-North-Carolina-Lawmakers-Failure-to-Repeal-HB-2-

Groups Condemn North Carolina Lawmakers' Failure to Repeal H.B. 2 - From press releases - RALEIGH —The North Carolina legislature today convened for a special session where it failed to pass a bill repealing H.B. 2, the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law. Based on a promise from the General Assembly to fully repeal H.B. 2, the Charlotte City Council repealed their LGBT non-discrimination ordinances earlier this week. However, the Legislature failed to follow through on their ...


World-news-HIV-and-the-Philippines-Maltas-ban-UN-news

World news: HIV and the Philippines, Malta's ban, UN news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A human-rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men, The Independent reported. Human Rights Watch said in a report that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has increased ...


National-roundup-Cherokees-OK-marriage-Pittsburgh-says-no-HB2

National roundup: Cherokees OK marriage, Pittsburgh says no, HB2 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest registered Native American tribes in the U.S., has officially decided to recognize same-sex marriage, Bloomberg.com reported. The tribe, as a separate sovereign, isn't bound by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 marriage-equality decision Obergefell v. Hodges. However, its judgment relies in part on evidence of historical recognition of same-sex relationships among Cherokees. Pittsburgh ...


VIEWS-The-Trump-era-Where-do-we-go-from-here

VIEWS The Trump era: Where do we go from here? - We are in a dangerous moment right now in this gap between the election and inauguration day. It is a dangerous moment because it has a lulling effect. The TV still works, the ebb and flow of daily life continues and President Obama remains a comforting presence in the White House. Things look the same and the wheels have not ...


United-Nations-SOGI-Independent-Expert-position-protected

United Nations SOGI Independent Expert position protected - From a OutRight Action International press release - Today in the United Nations General Assembly, a cross-regional group of states affirmed the principles of universal human rights by blocking a hostile attempt to prevent the work established by the UN Human Rights Council of the Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. A small group of States attempted to stop the United ...


Coalition-urges-resistance-to-Trump-administration-

Coalition urges resistance to Trump administration - Chicago-area representatives of a national coalition urging resistance to what they said were the fascist impulses of President Elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration, on Dec. 19, launched a planned month-long series of actions with a press conference at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse downtown. The coalition, ResistFascism.org, is planning demonstrations and other actions which will culminate on the date ...


Vigil-organizers-demand-release-of-Chelsea-Manning

Vigil organizers demand release of Chelsea Manning - The wind chill on Dec. 17 was well below zero when more than a dozen people gathered on the corner of Roscoe and Halsted streets in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood. They all agreed that the biting cold was inconsequential in comparison to the suffering experienced by Chelsea Manning, the 29-year-old U.S. Army whistleblower who faces 32 more years of incarceration ...


Trump-ally-calls-for-a-purge-of-State-Dept-pro-LGBTQ-employees

Trump ally calls for a 'purge' of State Dept. pro-LGBTQ employees - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to denounce comments made by Tony Perkins calling for a "purge" of pro-LGBTQ State Department employees. Perkins, a close Trump ally and the head of the rabidly anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council, called on the incoming administration to have pro-LGBTQ employees ...


Objection-dropped-to-openly-gay-Evanston-mayoral-candidate-

Objection dropped to openly gay Evanston mayoral candidate - An objection to the candidacy of openly gay Evanston Ald. Mark Tendam ( 6th ) in that city's mayoral race was dropped at a Dec. 16 meeting of the Evanston Local Election Board. Tendam's candidacy, along with that of two other opponents in the race, was challenged by resident William Arndt, a contributor to Ald. Brian Miller ( 9th ), ...


Refuse-Fascism-launches-month-of-resistance-to-Trump-

Refuse Fascism launches month of resistance to Trump - From a press release - The group Refuse Fascism is hosting an emergency organizing meeting to "prevent the Trump/Pence regime from raking power," Monday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East 26th St., Chicago. There will be a brief presentation of the call from RefuseFascism.org with speakers from various perspectives/communities speaking on why, "In the name of humanity, we REFUSE to accept ...


HRC-hails-Lhamon-Adegbile-appointments-to-US-Commission-on-Civil-Rights

HRC hails Lhamon, Adegbile appointments to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - From a press release - Washington — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, hailed President Obama's appointment of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon and attorney Debo P. Adegbile to six-year terms on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The bipartisan, independent Commission on Civil Rights is ...


DC-womens-march-set-for-Jan-21

D.C. women's march set for Jan. 21 - Despite media reports, The Women's March on Washington will still take place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 21—the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, The Huffington Post reported. The website says, "In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers ...


Study-looks-at-marriage-equality-and-the-election

Study looks at marriage equality and the election - A team of researchers from the West Coast, the Midwest, and the South are studying how stigma and discrimination negatively impact LBQ and transgender health. "There is an urgent need for research on the health of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, and transgender identified people," they stated. "Although there has been much research on HIV/AIDS, LBQ women and transgender people ...


Council-approves-LGBT-friendly-Pennycuff-Castillo-residences-plaza-

Council approves LGBT-friendly Pennycuff-Castillo residences, plaza - The Chicago City Council, on Dec. 14, approved borrowing of $16 million for LGBT-residences in Logan Square. The complex, located at 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be named after LGBT- and housing-rights activist Robert Castillo and his husband, fellow activist John Pennycuff, who passed away in 2012. The project has been championed by Ald. Joe Moreno ( 1st ), who ...


National-roundup-HB2-repeal-urged-Victory-confab-TrevorLIVE-gala

National roundup: HB2 repeal urged, Victory confab, TrevorLIVE gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following Pat McCrory's concession, North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper called upon the legislature to repeal House Bill 2, the state's sweeping anti-LGBT measure, a press release stated. Lambda Legal, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina and the law firm of Jenner & Block, is challenging HB 2 in federal court on behalf of four ...


World-news-Pence-global-rights-OutRight-group-presidential-elections

World news: Pence, global rights, OutRight group, presidential elections - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Washington Post article says that a Trump administration would like reverse the progress the Obama administration made regarding global LGBT rights. The piece points out that Trump said at the Republican National Convention ( a little more than a month after the June 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando ) that he would protect LGBTQ Americans ...


LGBT-elected-officials-convene-in-DC-to-strategize

LGBT elected officials convene in D.C. to strategize - From a Victory Institute press release - Thursday, Dec. 8 ( Washington, D.C. )—Today, Victory Institute convened LGBT elected officials from across the nation in a closed-door session to strategize the future of the equality movement under a Trump Administration. LGBT elected officials agreed to use their collective power and influence to oppose the anti-equality efforts of the next administration and to organize at the state and ...


Faith-leaders-to-convene-in-Washington-to-promote-pro-LGBTQ-policy-agenda

Faith leaders to convene in Washington to promote pro-LGBTQ policy agenda - From a press release - Washington, D.C.- On Friday, December 9th, Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President at Union Theological Seminary in New York, will host a press conference with Evangelical and other faith leaders from around the country to promote a pro-LGBTQ public policy agenda for the Trump Administration and new Congress. Presenters at the event will highlight why they support the LGBTQ community ...


Right-wingers-speak-out-against-gay-IHRC-members

Right-wingers speak out against gay IHRC members - In a turn of events that one long-time LGBT rights activist said could be "a harbinger of things to come" in the years ahead, the right-wing Illinois Family Institute ( IFI ), on Dec. 1, publicly denounced openly gay members of the Illinois Human Rights Commission ( IHRC ). Those IHRC members—Terry Cosgrove, who heads the pro-choice Personal PAC organization, ...


Quigley-discusses-FDA-ban-at-LifeSource-visit

Quigley discusses FDA ban at LifeSource visit - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, on Nov. 28, visited both a LifeSource blood bank in suburban Norridge, as well as the organization's regional headquarters in Rosemont, to help assess the state of the blood-donation process. Quigley, who is vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, has long maintained an interest in the blood donation system, and he has called for the ...


Victory-Institute-condemns-Trumps-meeting-with-anti-LGBT-Gov-McCrory

Victory Institute condemns Trump's meeting with anti-LGBT Gov. McCrory - From a press release - Wednesday, December 7 ( Washington, D.C. )— Victory Institute today condemned the meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his re-election because of his unwavering support for discrimination against LGBT people. The latest potential anti-LGBT appointment comes as Victory Institute convenes LGBT elected officials from around the nation to strategize opposition to ...


UIC-discusses-harsh-realities-of-Trumps-America

UIC discusses harsh realities of Trump's America - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was a surreal conversation with topics completely out of place in a free society, yet it was representative of the times which will soon be upon Americans. The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) is sometimes seen an epicenter of social justice and fierce activism, and its students generally voice their opinions with vibrant fervor. Yet, those ...







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