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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 starting 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 US Senate, ...


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, Burçin Bordanacı 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 ...


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

Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters - 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 U.S. Senate races could ...


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 ...


Activists-cry-foul-on-Rauner-no-social-agenda-ad-

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 ...


Lesbian-wins-historic-AG-primary-in-Massachusetts-

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 ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Openly-gay-candidate-challenges-35th-Wards-Colon-

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 ...


Mr-Gay-World-Bahamas-Pride-shut-down-Tom-of-Finland-stamps

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 ...


ID-laws-could-disenfranchise-trans-voters-in-ten-states

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 ...


Houston-Mayor-Parker-at-Victory-Fund-Chicago-benefit

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 ...


HRC-on-departure-of-LGBT-ally-associate-attorney-general-West

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." ...


Connor-leads-new-veteran-focused-business-incubator

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 ...


Thad-Gerardot-Gay-man-hopes-to-make-history-in-Indiana

Thad Gerardot: Gay man hopes to make history in Indiana - ELECTIONS 2014 Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thad Gerardot has already made history as Indiana's first openly state rep candidate. Now, Gerardot—who previously worked for the Freedom Indiana campaign that successfully kept an anti-marriage equality referendum off of Indiana's ballot this November—hopes to be the first out state rep in the state's history come election day Nov. 4. Gerardot took a few moments to talk with Windy ...


Guv-wants-anti-trans-bias-outlawed-Ark-citys-ordinance

Guv wants anti-trans bias outlawed; Ark. city's ordinance - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil-rights law alongside race, religion and disability, the Associated Press reported. In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Cuomo said transgender people face significant discrimination, citing surveys that show three-fourths of ...


Indiana-Wisconsin-couples-rally-before-marriage-hearing

Indiana, Wisconsin couples rally before marriage hearing - Coming from Indiana and Wisconsin, marriage equality supporters rallied at Federal Plaza Aug. 25 in anticipation of a major hearing on marriage equality before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals the following day. See photos and first-day coverage of the rally at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Couples-rally-in-Chicago-on-eve-of-marriage-hearing/48753.html . and coverage of the hearings at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/7th-Circuit-hears-arguments-for-Indiana-Wisconsin-equal-marriage-/48760.html . ...


Toon-commemorates-Sotomayor-birthday

Toon commemorates Sotomayor birthday - This 1990 political cartoon by the late Danny Sotomayor commemorates his birthday. ( The artist/activist was born Aug. 30, 1958, and passed away Feb. 5, 1992. His partner, playwright Scott McPherson, died later that same year. ) Image courtesy of Lori Cannon ...


Frederick-Collins-on-running-for-mayor

Frederick Collins on running for mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 6, Frederick Collins officially announced his candidacy for the Chicago mayoral race at the Mckenzie Mission Church in the South Shore neighborhood. Collins is the third person to challenge current Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 mayoral election. Since he was 17, Collins has been involved in politics. He worked for both Wallace Davis' and Rickey Hendon's ...


Luxembourg-PM-to-wed-Miss-Spain-comes-out-Berlin-mayor-quits

Luxembourg PM to wed; Miss Spain comes out; Berlin mayor quits - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel could be among the first to benefit from new marriage-equality laws after he announced he and his long-term partner will tie the knot, according to Wort.lu. Bettel, 41, told the L.A. Times of partner Gauthier Destenay, "He asked me and I said 'yes.'" Bettel, who has lived with his Belgian architect partner since 2010 in ...


GLSEN-initiative-Cincinnatis-trans-policy-

GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative, according to a press release. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through Sept. 29. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days that began Aug. ...


Protesters-gather-outside-Cappleman-election-kickoff

Protesters gather outside Cappleman election kickoff - \Members of North Side Action for Justice and Gay Liberation Network were among about 35 people picketing Aug. 24 in front of Ald. James Cappleman's office, 4660 N. Broadway, as the alderman welcomed supporters for an event launching his bid for re-election. The protestors crowded the sidewalk in front of the office as Cappleman's guests arrived; his staffers flanked each ...


Sept-7-Victory-Fund-event-to-feature-Houstons-mayor

Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


Pedro-Zamoras-honor-NJ-trans-students-troubles

Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness, according to Business Wire. At age 22, the openly gay and HIV-positive Zamora appeared on MTV's The Real World 3: San Francisco ( 1994 ). Officials ...


Pride-Toronto-ED-resigning-Kenyas-anti-gay-bill

Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Effective Aug. 31, Kevin Beaulieu is resigning as executive director of Pride Toronto, according to an Interpride press release. During his time at Pride Toronto, Beaulieu oversaw the most successful Pride festival in Canada's history. WorldPride 2014 Toronto was a 10-day festival that drew record attendance, hosted almost 250 affiliate events across the city and featured 575 days of programming ...


Israel-LGBTQ-leaders-discuss-history-state-of-movement

Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement - On Aug. 12, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar granted same-sex spouses of Jews the right to citizenship under the country's Law of Return—originally passed in 1950 providing Jews all over the world with the legal ability to settle in Israel. The Times of Israel reported that Sa'ar issued a statement saying "The gates of Israel will from now on be ...


Dozens-of-LGBT-groups-sign-Brown-letter

Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter - Dozens of the nation's LGBT-advocacy organizations joined an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a press release. Part of the letter reads, "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) community cannot be silent ...


Tunney-posts-survey-about-Pride-Parade-location-change

Tunney posts survey about Pride Parade location change - Ald. Tom Tunney's office has released a survey asking whether the Pride Parade should be moved downtown. "Each year, City departments meet to recap what went well and what can be improved upon after each Pride Parade," Tunney wrote in a Facebook posting Aug. 15. "I have created a Pride Parade survey to hear from you as we continue to ...


Election-surprises-Clementi-foundation-news-Manning

Election surprises; Clementi foundation news; Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a stunner, gay-friendly Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost—badly—in a Democratic primary, according to a Newser.com item. Abercrombie had name recognition, history, a 10-to-1 spending advantage and President Obama's endorsement—and still lost 67 percent to 32 percent to state Sen. David Ige. Abercrombie became the state's first incumbent governor to fall in a primary, and only the second to fail ...


Houston-Mayor-Parker-at-Sept-7-Victory-Fund-Chicago-event

Houston Mayor Parker at Sept. 7 Victory Fund Chicago event - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


Uganda-Pride-Billie-Jean-King-Elton-John-hosting-tourney-

Uganda Pride; Billie Jean King, Elton John hosting tourney - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of Ugandan LGBT people and their supporters held a gay-pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe, according to USA Today. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated a publicly criticized anti-gay law. Many marchers wore masks, signaling they did not want to be publicly identified in a country where homosexuals ...


National-Frank-slams-Obama-first-responders-back-marriage-

National: Frank slams Obama; first responders back marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told The Huffington Post that President Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan. "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled—I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank said. "But ...


Dennis-Sneyers-announces-run-for-mayor-of-Chicago

Dennis Sneyers announces run for mayor of Chicago - When David Cicilline was elected mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, in November 2002, he became the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital. The day after his landslide victory, he told the Providence Journal that his sexual orientation played no role in his campaign, rather his focus was upon the issues. Almost 12 years later, the sentiment seemed ...


LGBT-orgs-plan-anti-Rauner-push-during-Market-Days

LGBT orgs plan anti-Rauner push during Market Days - Equality Illinois and other LGBT organizations announced Aug. 4 that during Market Days they would be continuing their effort to call attention to what they call GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's anti-gay activities and social conservative agenda. Among the efforts planned for the two-day festival, which takes place on Halsted Street Aug. 9-10, are flyers, voter registration booths and a ...


ALMA-extremely-disappointed-in-House-anti-immigrant-crusade

ALMA 'extremely disappointed' in House anti-immigrant crusade - From a press release - Chicago-based Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) said it is extremely disappointed in the House of Representatives' latest anti-immigrant crusade. Whereas the state of Illinois has worked to become an inclusive and safe place for immigrants and members of the LGBT communities, "we are especially outraged with the members of the Illinois congressional delegation who voted for these ...


Ryan-Whites-moms-campaign-HIV-removed-from-human-cells

Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeanne White-Ginder—mother of the late Ryan White, the Kokomo, Indiana, teenager who died from AIDS-related complications nearly 25 years ago—was in Washington, D.C., July 30 to remind Congress of the importance of funding the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, according to a press release. White-Ginder went to Washington on behalf of The AIDS Institute. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides medical ...


Obama-urged-to-reconsider-pacts-a-killing-in-Crimea

Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Almost a dozen of U.S. senators want President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws, according to Gay Star News. Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders Aug. 4-6 during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. Ahead of this summit, 10 senators have penned a letter to the ...


Skateboardings-Tony-Hawk-joins-Americans-for-Marriage-Equality-

Skateboarding's Tony Hawk joins Americans for Marriage Equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a video ad ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5GjuKr—0&feature=youtu.be ) featuring professional skateboarder and CEO Tony Hawk. In the video, Hawk states, "We all deserve to follow our hearts, and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right." The video can be viewed online at americansformarriageequality.org. Past ...


Housing-activists-rally-to-support-SRO-resolution

Housing activists rally to support SRO resolution - Shortly before the Chicago City Council on July 30 approved, without discussion, a resolution temporarily banning the conversion and demolition of Single Room Occupancy ( SRO ) buildings, activists, housing advocates and city officials gathered outside the Council's chambers to lend their support to the measure and call attention to the need for more affordable housing in the city. The ...


Sneyers-prepares-for-15-mayoral-challenge

Sneyers prepares for '15 mayoral challenge - 2015 ELECTIONS - Dennis Sneyers said that he has been tempted to run for public office since he was a kid, but not for an office as big as the one he'll be vying for soon. "I always thought that some day I might run for Congress or something like that," Sneyers said. "I never thought that I would decide to run for ...


Live-The-Wage-Challenge-issued-to-Congress-Try-living-it

'Live The Wage Challenge' issued to Congress: Try living it - From a press release - Washington DC — Marking five years since the last federal minimum wage increase, paycheck fairness advocates today issued the 'Live The Wage Challenge' to Congress: Step into the shoes of a minimum wage worker and live for one week on just $77. Earning just $7.25 an hour, the average full time minimum wage worker struggles to survive on just $77 ...


Bill-T-Jones-among-Obama-honorees-

Bill T. Jones among Obama honorees - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday afternoon, July 28, 2014, President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. Among the honorees is openly gay dance legend Bill T. Jones. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the ...


Rob-Ford-says-hes-not-anti-gay-Glee-trouble-in-UK

Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he not homophobic, according to CBC.ca. There is an ongoing debate over whether Ford is anti-gay after he chose to sit during a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers and he was the lone vote against a study of homeless shelter space for LGBT youth. Doug Ford, the Rob's brother and campaign manager, said the sit-down ...


Obama-signs-order-protecting-federal-employees-from-bias

Obama signs order protecting federal employees from bias - WASHINGTON, DC—In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning (July 21) signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which ...


World-news-Conchita-Wurst-models-Ian-Thorpe-comes-out

World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


Black-LGBT-trailblazers-Maddow-talks-Perry-ENDA-debate

Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ebony Magazine has released its list of the top 10 Black LGBT trailblazers on the rise. They include actress Laverne Cox; WNBA player Brittney Griner; advocate Janet Mock; writer/filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler; violinist/mezzo-soprano Tona Brown; activist Tiq Milan; musician Siya; pro football player Michael Sam; singer Big Freedia; and educator/ex-NBA player Wade Davis. Amid all of the mistakes that ...


Equality-Illinois-calls-on-Rauner-to-return-DeVos-contributions

Equality Illinois calls on Rauner to return DeVos contributions - Equality Illinois has called on GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to return $13,000 in contributions made last week by the DeVos family who are prominent contributors to many conservative causes. Among their past contributions was a $500,000 pledge to the National Organization for Marriage. Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, told Chicago Sun-Times that, "What we see Rauner trying to ...







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