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Catching-up-with-Hall-of-Famer-Ellen-Meyers

Catching up with Hall of Famer Ellen Meyers - The Illinois secretary of state's office has the two highest ranking out lesbians in any branch of state government. The newly appointed chief of the Illinois Secretary of State Police is Sydney Thomas, who formerly was the chief deputy chief of police. Meanwhile, Ellen A. Meyers is the deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, ...


Racisms-Toll-Research-Center-lays-bare-the-moral-human-and-economic-cost-

Racism's Toll: Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost - From a press release - Poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and people of color fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty, "Racism's Toll," Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out ...


Affinity-Community-Services-presents-voter-registration-talk

Affinity Community Services presents voter registration talk - From a press release - Affinity Community Services will be partnering with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee to hold a voter registration talk Saturday, Feb. 20. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in a discussion with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee about the history of voting rights, and the importance of voting. In addition, attendees will learn best practices on how to work with organizations and ...


Equality-Illinois-holds-pre-gala-event

Equality Illinois holds pre-gala event - On Feb. 5—the evening before its 25th-anniversary gala—Equality Illinois held a "Jubilee Reception" at Chez Chicago, 247 E. Ontario St. There were a buffet, a dessert cart ( which quick drew patrons ), a Garrett Popcorn table with samples and even a wedding-themed stop. A DJ provided aural entertainment. Bernard Cherkasov—in his last year as CEO of Equality Illinois—addressed the ...


Quigley-backs-Housing-Opportunities-for-People-with-AIDS-change

Quigley backs Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS change - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, supported the passage of the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS ( HOPWA ) program formula change through the Price-Aderholdt Amendment. This amendment will alter the manner in which HOPWA funding is distributed throughout the country—and result in increased HOPWA funding for Chicago. Instead of basing ...


World-Trade-deal-criticized-intersex-poll-Tutus-honor-gay-Indian-prince

World: Trade deal criticized; intersex poll; Tutu's honor; gay Indian prince - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride at Work issued a statement condemning a pact the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations signed ( marking the largest regional trade deal in history ) in New Zealand, saying the agreement undermines the U.S.'s commitment to LGBTQ equality and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame Davis said, "Though the Administration and Ambassador ...


News-briefs

News briefs - Quigley hosts advisory council On Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, hosted his annual LGBTQ Advisory Council meeting with LGBTQ non-profit and community leaders, activists and advocates for an update on the status of issues facing the community locally and nationally. Quigley talked about issues such as the effect of Illinois' budget impact ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-issues-first-round-of-endorsement

Equality Illinois PAC issues first round of endorsement - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee issued its first round of endorsements for the 2016 primary elections on Monday, supporting Susana Mendoza for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Comptroller and the re-election of 24 incumbent state legislators who have supported measures advancing LGBT equality in Illinois. The Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois, is the only ...


Pelosi-joins-Equality-Illinois-in-anniversary-celebration

Pelosi joins Equality Illinois in anniversary celebration - Many of the advancements made in LGBT rights in Illinois have served as models for laws that have, or need to be, passed at the federal level, according to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The Democratic House Leader was among those who gathered Feb. 6 for Equality Illinois's gala celebrating its 25th anniversary. About 1,500 guests attended the sold-out event at ...


White-House-Obama-administration-creating-opportunities-for-all-Americans

White House: Obama administration creating opportunities for all Americans - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - President Obama believes that the values that made our economy the strongest in the world include making sure everyone does their fair share, everyone gets a fair shake, and hard work and responsibility are rewarded. That's why President Obama has worked to improve the lives of all Americans, including African-Americans, by providing economic and educational opportunities, improving health care coverage, ...


AFC-criticizes-Rauner-speech

AFC criticizes Rauner speech - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) issued a statement about Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's most recent State of the State speech, saying he omitted important issues. Among said issues: —Help for Illinoisans who need vital human services: AFC said Rauner failed to note "the human suffering playing out across the state as the seven-month budget impasse between himself ...


THE-RACE-IS-ON-Tight-race-between-Clinton-and-Sanders

THE RACE IS ON: Tight race between Clinton and Sanders - There were some interesting LGBT moments in the days running up to Monday's Iowa caucuses—caucuses in which Human Rights Campaign-endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton appears to have essentially split the vote with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and an early favorite among some Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, finished surprisingly strong. With 99 percent of the voted counted, Secretary of ...


Indiana-gay-rights-measure-killed

Indiana gay-rights measure killed - In Indiana, Senate Bill 344—the so-called "LGB, no T" bill because it did not provide protections for the transgender community—died in the state Senate on Feb. 2 without a vote, WISHTV.com reported. The Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee had previously passed the bill. The author of the bill, Sen. Travis Holdman ( R-Markle ) refused to permit amendments ...


National-Gay-Senate-candidate-Utah-pro-LGBT-bill-Rentboy-indictment

National: Gay Senate candidate; Utah pro-LGBT bill; Rentboy indictment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rand Paul will have an out gay man as challenger in his U.S. Senate re-election campaign in Kentucky, with Lexington mayor Jim Gray announcing a bid for the seat, Advocate.com noted. (Paul was running simultaneous races for president and re-election as senator until he dropped his presidential bid Feb. 3.) Running for both was immediately a line of attack for ...


Alderman-Burns-retiring-to-join-Airbnb-

Alderman Burns retiring to join Airbnb - Chicago Ald. Will Burns ( 4th Ward ) will leave his post on City Council to join the private sector and work for rental service Airbnb. Founded in San Francisco in 2008, the service has listings in almost 200 countries. Burns previously represented the 26th District in the Illinois House of Representatives ( 2008-11 ). Interestingly, two aldermen ( Brendan ...


PASSAGES-Kit-Duffy-remembered-in-memorial

PASSAGES Kit Duffy remembered in memorial - Video below - Nearly 100 people turned out to celebrate the life of longtime LGBTQ ally Kit Duffy Jan. 31 at Sidetrack bar. Duffy, who was Mayor Harold Washington's gay liaison in the 1980s, played a critical role in building bridges between the gay and mainstream communities during the fight for the city's gay-rights ordinance, and in the community's battle against HIV/AIDS. Katy ...


Presidential-candidates-answer-survey-on-plans-to-end-HIV-and-AIDS-epidemic

Presidential candidates answer survey on plans to end HIV and AIDS epidemic - From a Gay Men's Health Crisis press release - New York, NY: Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) - the world's first and leading HIV and AIDS service organization - sent all of the candidates running for president a survey asking about their plans to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic on December 3, 2015. The purpose of the survey was not to endorse a candidate, but rather ...


Hastert-sentencing-rescheduled-for-April-

Hastert sentencing rescheduled for April - U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin rescheduled former U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert's sentencing for April 8, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. Hastert's lawyer said his client "nearly died" in early November as he began to suffer a series of ailments—including a stroke and a severe blood infection—that hospitalized him for weeks. The sentencing was previously slated for Feb. 29. ...


DNC-names-LGBT-advisory-board-co-chairs

DNC names LGBT advisory board co-chairs - The Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) has named its LGBT advisory board co-chairs. DNC LGBT Caucus Chairman Earl Fowlkes announced that former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist Rev. Jose M. Roman will co-chair the board. The board will "work with the DNC to advance LGBT equality, to identify causes of concern to the LGBT community ...


MOMBIAN-LGBTQ-parents-creating-change

MOMBIAN LGBTQ parents creating change - I spent last week at the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference in Chicago, joining 4,000 activists from across the spectrum—of all ages, colors and backgrounds—to learn, network and plan for the future. Here's a look at some of the family-related highlights I observed. The conference started with a plenary panel on "Black Feminism and the Movement for Black ...


Illinois-families-say-state-of-state-weak-cite-failure-to-pass-responsible-budget

Illinois families say state of state weak, cite failure to pass responsible budget - From a Voice 4 Kids press release - From one end of the state to the other, families and providers have called on the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue over cuts to families and communities. The unanimous opinion among providers and families at press conferences in Chicago, Springfield, Rockford, and Carbondale was the "State of our State" is weak. The press conferences ...


Labor-secretary-reflects-on-Obamas-LGBT-record

Labor secretary reflects on Obama's LGBT record - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Obama administration has made great strides, but still has work ahead, when it comes to LGBT rights, according to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Perez had been scheduled to give a plenary address at the Creating Change conference, hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force, in Chicago. However, it was cancelled due to inclement weather in Washington, ...


National-roundup-Intersex-bill-Dump-Trump-Minnesota-judge

National roundup: Intersex bill; 'Dump Trump'; Minnesota judge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Indiana, state Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, said he hopes his bill about consent for intersex children in state custody will open up a broader discussion on gender issues, according to Nuvo.net. House Bill 1242 would prevent intersex children in the custody of the state from receiving gender-differentiation procedures, unless medically necessary. "It's not a familiar topic," Clere said. ...


World-Russian-pro-LGBT-move-anti-trans-incidents-Biden-in-Switzerland

World: Russian pro-LGBT move; anti-trans incidents; Biden in Switzerland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Russian lower house Committee for Constitutional Law unanimously recommended rejecting a bill drafted by Communist Party members of Parliament that proposes fines for any public demonstration of non-traditional sexual relations, RT.com reported. Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev of the Communist Party caucus had prepared the bill. The lawmakers want anyone who shows "distorted sexual preferences" in public places to ...


Creating-Change-conference-marked-by-controversies

Creating Change conference marked by controversies - Videos below article - The 2016 Creating Change conference wrapped Jan. 24 after four days, and several weeks, of controversy. The conference, held at the Hilton Chicago, is the central event for the National LGBTQ Task Force, and this year was expected to bring in well over 4,000 participants from hundreds of local and national organizations. This was the first year the conference took ...


Task-Force-hosts-State-of-the-Movement-at-Creating-Change

Task Force hosts 'State of the Movement' at Creating Change - National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey took a backseat to some of her organization's staff as they stood on an equidistant portion of the stage to deliver the State of the Movement address during 2016's Creating Change at the Hilton Jan. 22. The format of the plenary session was preceded by a somber In Memoriam segment honoring the ...


Creating-Change-plenary-addresses-HIV-AIDS-in-trans-women-Black-men-

Creating Change plenary addresses HIV/AIDS in trans women, Black men - Videos below article - Health officials and advocates discussed the successes and gaps in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS at a plenary talk at the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 23. Phill Wilson opened by recalling the day when he was told that he had HIV. "When I was diagnosed with HIV, my doctors told me to go home, get my affairs in order, ...


Creating-Change-Closing-Plenary-honors-youth

Creating Change Closing Plenary honors youth - Video below article - The Closing Plenary of Creating Change Jan. 24 offered up performances and awards focused on LGBTQ youth and their allies. In presenting the Paul A. Anderson Youth leadership Award to Chicago-based poet, painter, Windy City Times contributor and advocate for homeless and LGBTQ youth Kasey White, Task Force Senior Policy Counsel, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director Meghan Maury recalled ...


Creating-Change-panel-addresses-Black-Feminism

Creating Change panel addresses Black Feminism - Video below article - Activists Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett and Charlene Carruthers reflected on the impact of the Black Feminist movement in contemporary racial justice movements in the opening plenary session for the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 21. Stacey Long Simmons, a former Chicagoan who is now on staff at the National LGBTQ Task Force, moderated the discussion. Smith defined Black Feminism as ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-condemns-anti-Semitism-launches-review-of-Creating-Change

National LGBTQ Task Force condemns anti-Semitism, launches review of Creating Change - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - The following statement is being released by Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force executive director, at the close of this year's Creating Change Conference in Chicago: "I want to make this crystal clear: the National LGBTQ Task Force wholeheartedly condemns anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic statements made at any Task Force event including our Creating Change Conference. It is unacceptable. Hate speech ...


Eve-Ensler-and-others-sign-on-to-Stop-Hate-Dump-Trump

Eve Ensler and others sign on to "Stop Hate, Dump Trump" - From a press release - New York, NY, January 20, 2016…….A diverse coalition cutting across race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and party affiliation has organized to give voice to Americans calling out Donald Trump for his hate speech, misogyny, Islamaphobia, and racism. A new web site, http://www.stophatedumptrump.com, will provide a platform for those who do not and will not stand for the continued threats, rhetoric ...


South-African-jurist-to-speak-at-NU-Jan-20-21-

South African jurist to speak at NU Jan. 20-21 - Edwin Cameron, one of South Africa's most prominent jurists, who revealed his HIV-positive status, will deliver two public lectures Jan. 20-21 at Northwestern University. He will first talk Wed., Jan. 20, at Harris Hall Room 107, 1881 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, at 5 p.m. Cameron will focus on South Africa's transition to an inclusive democracy. Then on Thursday, Jan. 21, at ...


LGBT-groups-deride-Gov-Pences-address

LGBT groups deride Gov. Pence's address - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for what it called his failure to clearly call for fully inclusive non-discrimination protections for LGBT residents and visitors in his State of the State address. "To no one's surprise, yet again Governor Mike Pence has failed Indiana and all Hoosiers," said JoDee Winterhof, HRC senior vice president ...


Equality-Illinois-marks-25-years-of-change-with-another-change

Equality Illinois marks 25 years of change with another change - Equality Illinois marked its 25th year with a significant rebranding of the organization's message and appearance. A preview of a brand that—according to the Chicago-based non-profit—"captures the excitement of our work and reflects our enduring commitment to equality for all" took place on Jan. 13 at a private reception at the law offices of Baker and McKenzie in downtown Chicago ...


Taiwans-first-female-president-pro-LGBT-Arrests-made-in-South-Africa-

Taiwan's first female president pro-LGBT; Arrests made in South Africa - Taiwan's president pro-LGBT Tsai Ing-wen is now Taiwan's first female president. In her victory speech, Tsai—who was elected as a representative of the Democratic Progressive Party—promised to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan's democracy. Last year, she came out in support of marriage equality, Gay Star News reported. "Before love, everyone is equal," ...


HRC-endorses-Clinton

HRC endorses Clinton - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, according to a press release. HRC's board of directors, composed of 32 community leaders from across the nation, unanimously voted to endorse Clinton—an endorsement she will accept next Sunday, Jan. 24, at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, with HRC President Chad Griffin and the organization's ...


Task-Force-reverses-cancellation-of-Israel-focused-Creating-Change-event-

Task Force reverses cancellation of Israel-focused Creating Change event - The National LGBTQ Task Force (Task Force), on Jan. 19, reversed its decision to cancel a forum featuring speakers from the Jerusalem Open House community Center in Israel. The panel, sponsored by the San Francisco-based organization A Wider Bridge (AWB), was originally scheduled to take place the evening of Friday, Jan. 22, but drew the ire of online and local ...


Kirk-signs-on-as-Equality-Act-co-sponsor

Kirk signs on as Equality Act co-sponsor - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk ( R-IL ), on Jan. 19, became the first Senate Republican to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which guarantees explicit and permanent protections for LGBT Americans in areas such as employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. "Discrimination on the basis of being gay is ...


Task-Force-responds-to-controversy-from-Israel-forum-cancellation

Task Force responds to controversy from Israel forum cancellation - The National LGBTQ Task Force ( Task Force ), on Jan. 18, responded to complaints the organization received after cancelling an Israel-focused event scheduled for the 2016 Creating Change conference in Chicago. [UPDATE: Task Force reverses: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Task-Force-reverses-cancellation-of-Israel-focused-Creating-Change-event-/53987.html .] The event, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, was a presentation sponsored by the San Francisco-based organization A Wider Bridge ( AWB ) ...


Task-Force-cancels-Israel-focused-event

Task Force cancels Israel-focused event - The National LGBTQ Task Force has cancelled a Jan. 22 event planned by A Wider Bridge (AWB)—a San Francisco-based organization that fosters relations between Israel and the LGBT community—during the 2016 Creating Change conference. [UPDATE: Task Force reverses: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Task-Force-reverses-cancellation-of-Israel-focused-Creating-Change-event-/53987.html .] The cancellation came following objections from online and local activists who maintain that AWB is emblematic of "pinkwashing," a public ...


Quinn-speaks-at-Equality-Illinois-PAC-gathering

Quinn speaks at Equality Illinois PAC gathering - Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn spoke, on Jan. 14, at a fundraiser on behalf of Equality Illinois PAC at Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St. Quinn considers signing the marriage equality bill a central part of his legacy and spoke of the road from the passage of the civil unions bill in 2011 to his signing of the marriage equality ...


Rep-Kelly-Cassidy-issues-statement-on-AFSCME-negotiations

Rep. Kelly Cassidy issues statement on AFSCME negotiations - From a press release - Statement by Rep. Kelly Cassidy: This morning, Governor Rauner declared an impasse in negotiations with AFSCME, the union that represents over 38,000 child protection workers, nursing aides, correctional officers, human service workers and other state employees. Prior to this week, there was no indication negotiations would be broken off, and AFSCME has expressed their willingness to continue to bargain and ...


Dold-first-Republican-to-back-Equality-Act

Dold first Republican to back Equality Act - U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, who hails from Illinois, has become the first Republican member of Congress to co-sponsor the Equality Act. If passed, the Equality Act would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the protections that already exist based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. "Bob Dold is showing tremendous leadership by becoming the first Republican to ...


Labor-Sec-Perez-to-keynote-nations-largest-LGBTQ-conference-in-Chicago

Labor Sec. Perez to keynote nation's largest LGBTQ conference in Chicago - From a press release - Close to 5,000 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer ( LGBTQ ) activists and allies are expected to attend Creating Change Conference in Chicago. The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will be speaking at the annual Creating Change conference on Friday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m. CT. The conference, the nation's ...


State-of-the-Union-address-by-President-Obama

State of the Union address by President Obama - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., 9:10 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year that I've come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I'm going to try to make it a little shorter. ( Applause. ) I know some of ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-responds-to-President-Obamas-last-State-of-the-Union-

National LGBTQ Task Force responds to President Obama's last State of the Union - - Washington DC, January 12, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is issuing the following statement regarding tonight's State of the Union, President Barack Obama's last. "Tonight the president reminded all of us of our core American values of dignity and mutual respect—in what is a fiercely divisive political climate. A climate that has included an unprecedented deluge of hate ...


World-AIDS-conference-Grindr-and-China-Estonia-partnership-law

World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...


House-rejects-safeguarding-protections-for-LGBT-employees-of-federal-contractors-

House rejects safeguarding protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to safeguard President Obama's executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. During consideration of a bill to require federal agencies to cut costs by eliminating existing regulations, Rep. David Cicilline ( D-RI ) offered a procedural motion ...


Creating-Change-Jan-20-24

Creating Change Jan. 20-24 - Thousands of LGBT individuals are expected at the 2016 Creating Change Conference, slated to take place Jan. 20-24 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors and organizes the event, promoted on its website as "the pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement." Among the items scheduled are Day ...


YEAR-IN-REVIEW-Looking-back-National-news-

YEAR IN REVIEW Looking back: National news - This year will bring news aplenty, thanks to everything from elections ( local and national ) and the Olympics, among other events. However, 2015 had plenty worth remembering—especially for the LGBT community. —With this ring: The biggest news of the year for the community had to be the legalization of marriage equality nationwide. In June, the Supreme Court issued a ...


State-Sen-Delgado-to-leave-office

State Sen. Delgado to leave office - State Sen. William Delgado ( D-Chicago ), on Jan. 5, announced that he would not be seeking another term in Springfield, citing family reasons as the main reason for his decision. "Spending close to 17 years in the Illinois General Assembly, I have had the honor of being the first Latino to serve in both Chambers," Delgado said in a ...


Looking-back-World-news-

Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —The voters speak: A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ). Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. —Mexican marriage: Fernando Arias Amparo and Victor Aguirre Espinoza exchanged vows, ...


World-news-Intersex-Kenyan-Chinese-law-gender-fluid-lion

World news: Intersex Kenyan; Chinese law; gender-fluid lion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A young intersex Kenyan has died after several days in hospital, following an attack the victim's own family orchestrated, Gay Star News noted. Muhadh Ishmael died of blood loss Dec. 21, 2015—allegedly because he could not pay his hospital bill of 25,780 Ksh, or $260. His body was not accepted by his family for burial, and friends are currently organizing ...


Local-global-activists-meet-with-UN-on-cost-of-LGBT-exclusion-

Local, global activists meet with UN on cost of LGBT exclusion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The LGBTQI community closed out 2015 once again front and center at the United Nations ( UN ) on Dec. 10 ( International Human Rights Day ) when a group of advocates from across the world—including Chicago House CEO Stan Sloan, Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Midwest Director Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program Director ...


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Kit Duffy dies, Mayor Washington's gay liaison - Katherine "Kit" Duffy, 71, Chicago's first liaison to the gay community, under Mayor Harold Washington, has died from complications of heart surgery. Duffy remained active in Chicago politics until just weeks before her death, staying engaged in progressive Democratic electoral and activist efforts. Mayor Washington appointed her in 1984 as the first mayoral liaison to Chicago's LGBT communities. As a ...


World-news-Trans-women-arrested-Australian-apology-Pride-Toronto

World news: Trans women arrested; Australian apology; Pride Toronto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Thailand, four transgender women were arrested in after a man plunged to his death from a fourth-floor window, according to PinkNews. Naami Keyghobadi, 28, from Leeds, was found lying face-up in a street in Pattaya, a city on the east coast of Thailand which is known for its nightlife. Officers said that one of the women claimed she had ...


IGY-members-discuss-gay-life-in-Israel

IGY members discuss gay life in Israel - Members of the organization Israeli Gay Youth ( IGY ) spoke at Anshe Emet Synagogue Dec. 15 about life for LGBT young people in Israel. IGY operates about 40 social and support groups in 20 communities throughout Israel. Formed about 13 years ago, it engages its members and the larger community in numerous ways, according to Creative Director and International ...


Durbin-defends-Brewster-in-letter-to-Pope-Francis-

Durbin defends Brewster in letter to Pope Francis - Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, on Dec. 15, sent a letter to Pope Francis defending U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Wally Brewster, who has been the subject of slurs heated rhetoric from Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, according to a statement. Brewster, a former Chicagoan who is openly gay, became ambassador to the ...


Clinton-issues-LGBT-policy-platform-NCLR-responds

Clinton issues LGBT policy platform, NCLR responds - From a press release - (San Francisco, CA, December 17, 2015 )—Today Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a landmark policy paper addressing issues that affect the LGBT community. Clinton's policy proposal is the first and most specific issued by any presidential candidate currently in the 2016 race. Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Executive Director Kate Kendell: "The ...


Civil-rights-attorney-vies-for-post-on-citys-Board-of-Elections

Civil-rights attorney vies for post on city's Board of Elections - On Dec. 13, 1943, soldiers of the 117th Jager Division of the German army surrounded and then descended upon on the town of Kalavryta, which was quietly nestled amidst the mountains of central Greece. They rang the church bell and pulled people from their homes, dragging them to the local schoolhouse. Men and boys as young as 13 were separated ...


State-approves-plan-to-bring-Pride-themed-pole-to-statehouse

State approves plan to bring Pride-themed pole to statehouse - A Florida LGBT-rights activist's request to erect a gay pride-themed Festivus pole in the Illinois statehouse has been approved, according to reports. The Capitol Fax blog reported Dec. 7 that the secreatry of state's office received an email from Boca Raton, Florida-based activist Chaz Stevens, executive director of the Humanity Fund, which addresses issues of separation between church and state, ...


National-Equality-Day-Cincinnati-bans-conversion-therapy-Barney-Frank

National: Equality Day; Cincinnati bans conversion therapy; Barney Frank - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) released the 2015 annual report of the HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, according to the Center for American Progress. "LGBT Health and Well-being: HHS Issues Coordinating Committee 2015 Report" documents the department's work over the past year and its commitments for 2016. The report documents major steps HHS has ...


World-news-Trans-initiative-Venezuelan-pol-gay-imam-Czech-adoption

World news: Trans initiative; Venezuelan pol; gay imam; Czech adoption - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Arcus Foundation and the Novo Foundation announced a five-year philanthropic initiative focused on improving the lives of transgender people worldwide, according to a press release. With lead funding from Arcus, the Global Trans Initiative will deploy grants and philanthropic resources totaling at least $20 million to transgender activists and organizations as well as work intended to ensure that all ...


Clinton-campaign-launches-coalition-for-LGBT-support

Clinton campaign launches coalition for LGBT support - Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Dec. 14, officially launched a new campaign coalition, LGBT for Hillary to raise awareness and increase support in the LGBT community. In a Dec. 14 conference call with supporters to mark the launch, Clinton outlined LGBT-related issues her campaign would be addressing in the months ahead, among them drumming up support for the Equality ...


Former-state-politician-sentenced-to-prison

Former state politician sentenced to prison - Former state Rep. Connie Howard was sentenced Dec. 8 to three months in jail for fraud committed while in office, according to the United States Attorney's Central District of Illinois Office in Springfield. Howard, who served her South Side district during 1995-2012, will also be confined to her home for three months following her release from jail. She will also ...


Chicago-civil-rights-attorney-vies-for-Board-of-Elections-post-

Chicago civil-rights attorney vies for Board of Elections post - On Dec. 13, 1943 soldiers of the 117th Jager Division of the German army surrounded and then descended upon on the town of Kalavryta, which was quietly nestled amidst the mountains of Central Greece. They rang the church bell and pulled people from their homes, dragging them to the local schoolhouse. Men and boys as young as 13 were separated ...


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Lightfoot heads up effort to find McCarthy replacement - Chicago Police Board President Lori E. Lightfoot announced, on Dec. 10, that the application material for the position of Superintendent of Police is now available, and can be found on the Police Board's website at ChicagoPoliceBoard.org. "The application is comprehensive in nature. It is designed to require each candidate to not only describe his or her professional and personal qualifications, ...


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Trump's comments on Muslims condemned by National LGBTQ Task Force - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, December 8, 2015—Yesterday, Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates are condemning Trump's remarks. "We wholeheartedly condemn and reject Donald Trump's call to stop Muslims from entering the United States. Moreover, we believe that his comments ...


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LGBT Caucus weighs in on police controversy - Members of the LGBT Caucus of the Chicago City Council each issued statements weighing in on the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Dec. 1. Ald. James Cappleman ( 46th Ward ) said in an email to Windy City Times, "We must restore the trust between the Chicago Police Department and the residents of Chicago. Replacing Supt. Garry McCarthy ...


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Schock camp sends 3,000+ records to feds - Lawyers for embattled former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, on Nov. 25, voluntarily submitted some 3,000 records—most of them emails, text messages and documents—to federal prosecutors, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Schock had already asked for a judicial determination of whether these 3,000 records were responsive to a previous subpoena, according to a statement from the firm representing Schock, McGuire Woods. But ...


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Entertainment news: Bette Midler; Eddie Redmayne; Oprah; Anna Wintour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bette Midler took to social media to address the fact that Caitlyn Jenner is voting Republican, according to NewNowNext.com. On Twitter, Midler posted, "People, #CaitlynJenner says she is STILL voting GOP in2016. Regardless of gender identity, I guess she identifies most as 'uninformed.'" For actor Eddie Redmayne, portraying a woman in The Danish Girl meant transforming more than just his ...


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Condom campaign launched at World AIDS Day event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) unveiled its Chicago Wears Condoms campaign in collaboration with the Mikva Challenge Dec. 1 at the Roosevelt Red Line station. The event also featured a press conference, condom distribution and the unveiling of CDPH's 2015 HIV/STI Surveillance Report. According to the report, this is the 13th ...


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City Council recognizes Windy City Times's 30th anniversary - Ald. Deb Mell recently introduced a resolution in the City Council honoring the 30th anniversary of Windy City Times ( WCT ). The resolution was read into the record Nov. 18 at the Chicago City Council. Several aldermen spoke in favor of the resolution, including Tom Tunney, James Cappleman, Pat Dowell and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. A few members of the WCT ...


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LGBT individuals among Clinton Illinois delegates - At least nine members of the Illinois LGBT community are among those who have been named as delegates for 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to sources. Among those selected were Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 4th district ); Rocco Claps ( 5th ); John West ( 7th ); Rick Garcia ( 9th ); Alex Arroyo ( 11th ); Gay Bruhn ...


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Axelrod speaks on working for Obama - Political consultant and journalist David Axelrod spoke at an Equality Illinois PAC-sponsored gathering downtown on Nov. 17 about, among other issues, President Obama's engagement with the LGBT community and the political landscape as the U.S. moves into the 2016 presidential elections. Axelrod said the LGBT-rights movement was "in an auspicious time" and that it seems like a tremendous amount of ...







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