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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 ...


Standing-room-only-for-COH-post-election-meeting

Standing room only for COH post-election meeting - Both Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater and its lobby were filled to capacity for a community meeting Dec. 5 addressing civil liberties in the face of a Trump presidency. The theater space quickly filled to capacity for the meeting, which was organized by state Reps. Ann Williams, Sara Feigenholtz and Kelly Cassidy ( Cassidy was unable to attend ). The ...


OutRight-Action-60-LGBTIQ-activists-27-countries-5-days-of-activism

OutRight Action: 60 LGBTIQ activists, 27 countries, 5 days of activism - From a press release - ( New York ) OutRight Action International kicks off the global week of advocacy, where 60 LGBTIQ activists from 27 countries from every region of the world has come to participate in the organization's 5th annual United Nations Advocacy Week. From December 5 to 9, human rights defenders meet with government representatives and UN officials. Advocates will meet dignitaries such ...


Neo-Nazi-group-takes-credit-for-Hitler-posters-on-UC-campus-

Neo-Nazi group takes credit for Hitler posters on UC campus - University of Chicago officials say they are investigating neo-Nazi posters that appeared at various locations around campus Dec. 4. The posters featured an illustration of Adolph Hitler surrounded by swastikas and read, "No degeneracy, No tolerance, Hail victory" and were by a group calling itself the Atomwaffen Division, according to Chicago Maroon. The group claimed credit for the posters on ...


Governor-who-signed-North-Carolinas-HB2-concedes-race

Governor who signed North Carolina's HB2 concedes race - Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded in his race for the governor's office. On Dec. 5, McCrory released a video congratulating Roy Cooper in his win. Democratic Attorney General Cooper lead incumbent McCrory by about 10,250 votes from 4.7 million cast. McCrory, who became the first sitting North Carolina governor to lose a re-election bid, signed several controversial ...


Trumps-Attorney-General-choice-led-anti-LGBTQ-campaign-rights-groups-oppose-Sessions-

Trump's Attorney General choice led anti-LGBTQ campaign, rights groups oppose Sessions - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released the following statement on the revelation that Senator Jeff Sessions — President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. Attorney General — led a campaign to block an LGBTQ student group from holding a conference at a public university while he was Alabama Attorney General. The news unearthed by CNN's Andrew ...


GLAAD-launches-Trump-Accountability-Project

GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for journalists, editors, producers, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of Donald Trump and those in or being considered for his administration. The resource also catalogues other discriminatory ...


HRC-Equality-North-Carolina-call-on-McCrory-to-concede

HRC, Equality North Carolina call on McCrory to concede - From an HRC press release - RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina once again called on Pat McCrory to concede. Instead of accepting the fact that voters rejected his bid for re-election, McCrory launched an all-out effort to throw the integrity of the election into question by lodging baseless voter protests in more than half of the state's ...


MOMBIAN-Picking-up-the-shards

MOMBIAN Picking up the shards - I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. For decoration, I melted sugar into sheets and broke it into shards to represent the glass ceiling that I hoped she would shatter. On Nov. 9, however, I found myself looking at the remains of the cake and wondering if it better represented ...


Post-election-talk-Dec-5-at-the-Center

Post-election talk Dec. 5 at the Center - Another post-election discussion, "Where Do We Go From Here? The Trump Presidency and Our Civil Liberties," will take place Monday, Dec. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at the John Baran Hall at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. ACLU of Illinois Associate Legislative Director Khadine Bennett and state Reps. Ann Williams, Kelly Cassidy and Sara Feigenholtz will lead the talk. Also, ...


National-roundup-World-AIDS-Day-mayor-harassed-ex-pol-comes-out-

National roundup: World AIDS Day, mayor harassed, ex-pol comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ), The Advocate ( with the support of Michael J. Libow and in conjunction with The NAMES Project Foundation ) is bringing three installation panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Los Angeles for display at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills Public Library, a ...


World-news-Trumps-UK-choice-Ukrainian-Parliament-gay-dating-app

World news: Trump's UK choice, Ukrainian Parliament, gay-dating app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Trump wants Nigel Farage to be a UK ambassador to the United States, according to PinkNews. The president elect took to Twitter late at night to claim the former UKIP leader "would do a great job" in the top diplomatic post. But Downing Street quickly rebutted Trump's Twitter suggestion, saying, "There is no vacancy. We already have an excellent ...


Forum-plots-LGBT-action-in-Trump-presidency-

Forum plots LGBT action in Trump presidency - For many in the LGBT community, according to Howard Brown Health CEO and President David Munar, the Nov. 8 elections amounted to nothing less than "a traumatic event." Speaking at a Nov. 28 forum on LGBT protections that are at risk, and community action that is needed, in the wake of Donald Trump's election, Munar said that Howard Brown Health ...


Cuban-leader-Fidel-Castro-dies-

Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies - By Andrew Davis and Matt Simonette - Longtime Cuban ruler Fidel Castro has died at age 90. The country declared nine days of national mourning to mark his death. President Barack Obama—who, two years ago, brokered a deal to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba for the first time since they were cut 55 years ago—offered his condolences. He urged Cubans to remember that ...


POLITICS-Mike-Quigley-talks-VA-Trump-and-the-2017-Congress-

POLITICS Mike Quigley talks VA, Trump and the 2017 Congress - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) has been a fierce champion of LGBTQ rights on Capitol Hill. Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus and founding member of the Transgender Equality Taskforce created last year, Quigley has led the charge on issues ranging from lifting Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) prohibitions on gay and bisexual men donating blood ...


Wally-Brewster-resigns-from-ambassadorship-

Wally Brewster resigns from ambassadorship - Openly gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster, on Nov. 23, announced that he would be resigning from his post, effective 20 January 2017. The news came via the Dominican Republic's U.S. Embassy's Twitter account, where Brewster added that he and his husband, Bob Satawake, would move on to "new adventures." Brewster and Satawake, who both had ...


United-Nations-SOGI-Mandate-Safeguarded-in-Face-of-Hostility

United Nations SOGI Mandate Safeguarded in Face of Hostility - From a press release - 21 November 2016 ( New York ) — The United Nations mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity ( SOGI ) has been safeguarded despite hostile contestation at the 71st Session of the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly ( UNGA ) in New York City. LGBTIQ activists and organizations around the world quickly ...


World-news-Israeli-activist-rabbis-comments-Irish-pol-wants-to-meet-Pence

World news: Israeli activist, rabbi's comments, Irish pol wants to meet Pence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In St. Louis, prominent Israeli LGBT-rights activist Etai Pinkas—named one of the 100 most influential people in Jewish State—spoke to about 50 community members at Washington University to cap a day spent with students and others on the campus, The St. Louis Jewish Light reported. Pinkas and his partner have become notable for advancing issues related to marriage equality and ...


National-roundup-Veterans-lawsuit-anti-trans-attack-True-Colors-honored

National roundup: Veteran's lawsuit, anti-trans attack, True Colors honored - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Air Force veteran H. Edward Spires, 91, filed a federal lawsuit against the Secretary of the Air Force seeking to upgrade his discharge status from "undesirable" to honorable, a press release stated. The Air Force discharged Spires in 1948 because of his "homosexuality." Despite his faithful service in the Air Force, for nearly 70 years, Spires has been ineligible for ...


JASC-Condemns-Use-of-Japanese-American-Incarceration-as-Precedent-For-Muslim-Registry

JASC Condemns Use of Japanese American Incarceration as Precedent For Muslim Registry - From a Japanese American Service Committee press release - In a news interview with FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, Carl Higbie, head of the pro-Trump PAC Great America, suggested that the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II provided a "precedent" for the "Muslim Registry" proposed by President-elect Donald Trump. Hearing of Higbie's statements, the Japanese American Service Committee ( JASC ) is outraged at the ...


Forum-to-discuss-LGBTQ-fears-for-advocacy-health-service-under-Trump-presidency

Forum to discuss LGBTQ fears for advocacy, health, service under Trump presidency - From a press release - CHICAGO—Amid concerns and fears that a Trump presidency will set back gains for LGBTQ Americans and other marginalized groups, Illinois LGBTQ and other supportive advocacy, health and service organizations have scheduled a forum on the possible responses to the new administration. The free, public event is set for 6-8 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 in the Lake View Presbyterian ...


Conference-call-planned-about-funding-LGBTQ-issues-in-challenging-times

Conference call planned about funding LGBTQ issues in challenging times - From a Funders for LGBTQ Issues press release - Last week, our work got harder. Donald Trump was elected President after a divisive campaign that intentionally stoked xenophobia and racism and was filled with base insults toward women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Trump is not an ordinary politician. He has promised to deport millions of immigrants, to explicitly profile Muslims, and to strip millions of Americans of ...


Roy-Coopers-Lead-Grows-to-6000-as-McCrory-Refuses-to-Admit-Loss

Roy Cooper's Lead Grows to 6,000+ as McCrory Refuses to Admit Loss - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, blasted Pat McCrory for refusing to admit defeat despite vote tallies showing that Roy Cooper has increased his ...


Resist-Trump-protest-set-for-Saturday

"Resist Trump!" protest set for Saturday - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - Protesters vowing to build a large scale protest movement to resist further attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women and other scapegoated targets of the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency have announced a mass march for Saturday in Chicago, with over 11,000 people already RSVPing on Facebook for the event. The protest is set to begin with a 12 noon, Saturday, ...


Alliance-for-Justice-Choice-of-Sessions-for-AG-shocking-

Alliance for Justice: Choice of Sessions for AG shocking - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2016: Commenting on the announcement that president-elect Donald Trump will tap Senator Jeff Sessions for the role of U.S. Attorney General, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement: "The choice of Senator Sessions to lead the Department of Justice is more than deeply unsatisfactory; it is a blatantly inflammatory act in a time ...


Chicagoans-heading-to-Standing-Rock-to-fight-pipeline-on-Native-land

Chicagoans heading to Standing Rock to fight pipeline on Native land - The following press release is from Chicagoans, including LGBTQs, who are raising funds to bring donations of cash and supplies to Native Americans and their allies fighting against the pipeline proposed to run through Native lands in North Dakota. Observing Thanksgiving requires that we hold the tension between the beauty of familial convenings and the brutality of erasure. While all ...


Center-on-Halsted-hosts-A-Call-to-Rise-community-meeting

Center on Halsted hosts 'A Call to Rise' community meeting - In the aftermath of the Nov. 8 election results, Center on Halsted hosted a community meeting—A Call to Rise—Nov. 16 for LGBTQ people and their allies to gather together and discuss next steps. The Center's newly appointed COO Kim Fountain told the approximately 100 people in attendance that after the election results were called in favor of Donald Trump, the ...


Labor-Civil-Rights-Faith-Groups-Call-on-Trump-to-Denounce-Hate-Fueled-Acts

Labor, Civil Rights, Faith Groups Call on Trump to Denounce Hate-Fueled Acts - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Labor, civil rights and faith leaders and others called on President-elect Donald Trump today to unequivocally denounce the hundreds of hate-fueled acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction and even assault that have happened since his election. During the campaign, Trump's style was to bully, intimidate and use racist, bigoted and sexist language. He made proposals and used language that helped ...


Emanuel-Chicago-to-remain-sanctuary-city

Emanuel: Chicago to remain sanctuary city - In the wake of Donald Trump being elected as the country's newest president, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement saying that the city will remain a sanctuary for immigrants. Moreover, the city's 311 operators have been given special instruction to assist anyone with concerns or questions about their status in Chicago or the United States. "Since the Presidential Election, ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Our-only-hope

THE AMAZON TRAIL Our only hope - The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society. I'm not going to write about the ...


First-Lady-honors-True-Colors-as-top-youth-creative-develoment-program

First Lady honors True Colors as top youth creative develoment program - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, DC ) — True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive and the country's largest and longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) youth theater program, today received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Represented by participant Traeshayona "Trae" Weekes, 18, True Colors was ...


White-House-appoints-Steve-Bannon-organizations-respond

White House appoints Steve Bannon, organizations respond - From press releases - NCLR Response to Trump's Appointment of Steve Bannon as Chief White House Strategist ( November 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA )—The National Center for Lesbian Rights responds to President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Stephen Bannon, whose news agency has been a vehicle for extreme views about racial and religious minorities, women, and LGBTQ people as his chief White House strategist ...


Labor-Faith-and-Civil-Rights-Leaders-to-Ask-Trump-to-Call-for-an-End-to-Hate-Incidents-

Labor, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders to Ask Trump to Call for an End to Hate Incidents - From a press release - WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers will hold a press conference on Friday Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. with civil rights and faith leaders and others to ask President-elect Donald Trump to use his bully pulpit to call for an end to the wave of racist, bigoted, violent incidents since his election. The leaders will release a letter signed by more ...


World-news-LGBTI-Ugandans-Australian-prime-minister-Warwick-Rowers

World news: LGBTI Ugandans, Australian prime minister, Warwick Rowers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equal opportunity for LGBTI Ugandans moved one step closer to reality, 76Crimes.com noted. That progress came Nov. 10, when the country's Constitutional Court overturned a provision that had allowed the Equal Opportunities Commission to disregard complaints from people it considered "immoral or socially unacceptable." That provision potentially affected any and all marginalized groups, including sex workers, some women, people living ...


National-roundup-People-of-the-Year-Donald-Trump-Rachel-Maddow

National roundup: People of the Year, Donald Trump, Rachel Maddow - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For its annual Year in Review issue, The Advocate looks back at a series of moments that collectively shaped 2016. One of the impactful incidents was the Pulse Nightclub massacre, the worst single-person mass shooting and the deadliest violent act against LGBT people in U.S. history. For 2016, The Advocate dedicated the title of "People of the Year" to the ...


Chicago-joins-in-national-protest-movement-against-Trump

Chicago joins in national protest movement against Trump - Thousands of Chicagoans have been taking to the streets since the election of the Trump/Pence presidential ticket Nov. 8. The night after the election, masses of people swarmed Trump Tower downtown, and marched through the streets, closing down Lake Shore Drive in solidarity with many groups threatened by a Trump White House, from immigrants and LGBTQs, to all people of ...


National-reactions-to-Trump-victory

National reactions to Trump victory - A wide variety of pro-LGBT organizations issued responses after Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory as the newest president of the United States. Many groups and individuals have seemingly approaches that include vigilance and defiance. What follow are excerpts from organizations' and individuals' press releases: —SAGE ( Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ): "With a corrosive election season behind us, ...


LGBT-community-takes-first-steps-in-fighting-back-against-Trump

LGBT community takes first steps in fighting back against Trump - It was eerily similar to meetings held by underground movements in countries across Europe during World War II as they discussed strategies for fighting back against Nazi tyranny. In the backroom of a small bar in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood Nov. 11, a small group of people representing the LGBTQ umbrella began to create actionable steps in ensuring the safety of ...


Local-reaction-to-election-Fear-hope-and-defiance

Local reaction to election: Fear, hope and defiance - The reactions from the Chicago LGBTQ community and its allies to Donald Trump's electoral college win Nov. 8 was initially included shock, revulsion, sadness and fear. However, in the best traditions of the community, those feelings were quickly followed by a defiant resolve to wage a battle against the toxic hatred and despotism a Trump administration represents. In a letter ...


2016-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-induction-held-on-bittersweet-evening

2016 LGBT Hall of Fame induction held on bittersweet evening - The day after the U.S. took a giant step into the unknown with Donald Trump's win in the general election for president, the Nov. 9 Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Chicago History Museum ( CHM ) celebrated the 12 members of the community, two friends of the community and two organizations whose contributions helped the ...


How-LGBT-candidates-fared

How LGBT candidates fared - Kate Brown became the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor, winning the office in Oregon November 8. Elsewhere in the nation, there were only a few scattered "firsts" to be celebrated, and 61 percent of 188 openly LGBT candidates this year won their races. By comparison, in 2012, out of 152 LGBT candidates on the ballot, 77 percent ...


Anti-LGBTQ-extremists-reportedly-tapped-for-major-roles-in-Trumps-transition-

Anti-LGBTQ extremists reportedly tapped for major roles in Trump's transition - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) expressed concern about leaked documents indicating that President-Elect Donald Trump is considering for his transition team candidates with histories of anti-LGBTQ animus, including Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council, which has been designated a hate group. "Ken Blackwell is a man who has spent his entire career going after ...


Petition-seeks-election-reversal

Petition seeks election reversal - A Change.org petition seeks to overturn the results of the Nov. 8 presidential election and to make Hillary Clinton the chief executive instead of Donald Trump. In part, the petition states, "On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can ...


Melissa-Harris-Perry-at-Chicago-Humanities-Fest-

Melissa Harris-Perry at Chicago Humanities Fest - Political commentator, former MSNBC host and author Melissa Harris-Perry spoke in Chicago two days after the 2016 presidential election, bringing her unique brand of political expertise to an audience aching for an explanation of the results. The event was hosted by the Chicago Humanities Festival at Northwestern University's Thorne Auditorium. Harris-Perry did not disappoint in her deep analysis of the ...


Trump-wins-lowest-LGBT-support-ever-for-a-republican-nominee

Trump wins, lowest LGBT support ever for a republican nominee - For a brief period of time Tuesday evening, it looked like heavily LGBT Broward County, Florida, might give Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton the boost she needed to win that state's critical 29 electoral votes. If it had, the race would have been over. It didn't happen. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won the state with 49.1 percent of the ...


On-election-of-Donald-Trump-organizations-respond

On election of Donald Trump, organizations respond - From press releases - HRC Statement on the Election of Donald Trump: Our March Toward Equality Continues: WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following statement on the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.



Defying-polls-Trump-wins-election-LGBT-advocates-bracing-for-fallout

Defying polls, Trump wins election, LGBT advocates bracing for fallout - To the shock of political observers and LGBT rights supporters who expected his defeat, Donald Trump claimed a surprise victory Tuesday night against Hillary Clinton in his bid for the White House. The potential for a Trump victory became clear after he pulled off wins in the battleground states of North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio and Florida. Surprise victories in ...


Sanders-releases-statement-on-Trump

Sanders releases statement on Trump - From a press release - BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 9 — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders ( I-Vt. ) issued the following statement Wednesday after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States: "Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for ...


STUNNER-Trump-on-path-to-victory-as-next-president-

STUNNER: Trump on path to victory as next president - Dems win in Illinois races - After months of the most turbulent electioneering in recent American history, it appeared that Donald J. Trump, as of press time, had defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid to become the first female president of the United States. Associated Press called the election for Trump at about 2:30 a.m. EST on Nov. 9. Clinton conceded to Trump at around the same ...


Chicago-voters-come-out-for-Dem-favorites

Chicago voters come out for Dem favorites - Whether Donald Trump is able to bring his promised disruption to Washington, D.C., or not, Chicago voters can at least rest assured the city did relatively little to help put him there. Secretary Hillary Clinton, as of Nov. 9, had received about 864,552 votes, or 83.64 percent. Trump received 129,616 votes, or 12.53 percent. Trump had his strongest showing in ...


Equality-Illinois-calls-on-LGBTQ-community-to-take-action

Equality Illinois calls on LGBTQ community to take action - From a press release - CHICAGO—In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson on Wednesday asked the LGBTQ community to "stand up for other historically marginalized groups when they are attacked." Specifically, in a letter to our stakeholders, Equality Illinois reported that it has established donation pages so that the LGBTQ community of Illinois can stand up with a ...


-The-Rundown-on-Latino-Voter-Election-Eve-Polling-and-Latino-Exit-Polls

The Rundown on Latino Voter Election Eve Polling and Latino Exit Polls - From a press release - Washington, DC — On a press call and webinar held today, Matt Barreto, UCLA Professor of Political Science and Chicano Studies, and Co-Founder of Latino Decisions, presented the results of the Latino Decisions Election Eve poll. The key finding: Latinos backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 78-19% margin. Barreto also highlighted why the national exit polls miss the ...


Newly-Elected-LGBT-Officials-Critical-Moving-Forward

Newly Elected LGBT Officials Critical Moving Forward - From a Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund press release - Washington, DC — As our movement prepares for a presidential administration opposed to LGBT equality, LGBT elected officials will play an essential role in preventing anti-LGBT legislation and demanding equality. Last night several LGBT candidates achieved historic wins, and 86 of 135 Victory Fund endorsed LGBT candidates won their elections. In response to the presidential election results and victories for ...


World-news-New-trial-The-Boy-The-Bindi-transgender-singer

World news: New trial, 'The Boy & The Bindi,' transgender singer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a gay man convicted of sexual assault, because the jury foreman was a Toronto radio producer who went on air to talk disparagingly about homosexuality, The Globe and Mail reported. In a two-to-one decision, justices Mary Lou Benotto and Michael Tulloch ruled that the behavior of the juror—Derek Welsman, ...


National-roundup-Va-homicide-Chelsea-Manning-Native-Son-Awards

National roundup: Va. homicide, Chelsea Manning, Native Son Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Ava Tucker, 26, in Henrico County, Virginia, that occurred Oct. 27, a press release stated. According to local media reports, Tucker's ex-girlfriend, Sheena Yolanda Wilson, 33, confessed to her homicide and turned herself in to police. Ava's sister, Latesha Tucker, has spoken ...


Cher-stumps-for-Clinton

Cher stumps for Clinton - On Oct. 30, superstar Cher continued to stump for Hillary Clinton with the "Love Trumps Hate" tour that stopped in Chicago at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market. Pictured: Evette Cardona, Cher and Mona Noriega with Cher, image from Facebook. Also Sue Hauswirth, Cher and Kevin Hauswirth. Image from Hauswirth ...


Election-tributes-at-Ida-B-Wells-grave-in-Chicago

Election tributes at Ida B. Wells grave in Chicago - While hundreds are putting stickers and tributes on the grave of Susan B. Anthony, rightfully so, here in Chicago, there is one of the most significant women in U.S. history, Ida B. Wells, buried at Oak Wood Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street. Windy City Times staffers Jean Albright and Tracy Baim Jean went to the grave of Wells on election ...


2016-Windy-City-Times-General-Election-Guide-printable-charts

2016 Windy City Times General Election Guide, printable charts - Consult the Windy City Times 2016 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations as well as candidates' scores on our questionnaire. See and print out voting charts from the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2016_generalchart_WEB.pdf . [ Windy City Times does not usually endorse candidates, although this year the publication is among those gay publications endorsing ...


Event-brings-bar-community-Out-of-the-Bars-and-Into-the-Streets

Event brings bar community 'Out of the Bars and Into the Streets' - Video below - Chicago Votes and Organized Grime combined forces Nov. 5 to encourage the Windy City's LGBTQ nightlife community to join together and make their individual and combined voices heard and to get "Out of the Bars and Into the Streets." The gathering and march, which Chicago Votes' Derek Bagley spearheaded, was an effort to harness the crackling energy of the local ...


Janet-Reno-dies-at-78

Janet Reno dies at 78 - Janet Reno—who then-President Bill Clinton selected to become the country's first woman U.S. attorney general—died Nov. 7 of Parkinson's disease. She was 78. Reno was involved in some of the biggest crises in the 1990s and early 2000s, ranging from the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas; to Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky; to the ...


LGBTQs-travel-to-Iowa-to-support-Clinton

LGBTQs travel to Iowa to support Clinton - On Nov. 5, the "Hillary LGBTQ Bus Trip to Iowa" took place, with approximately 90 volunteers making the trip to the swing state, according to co-organizer Charlie Rice-Minoso. Illinois state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz presented the event. Co-hosts included Kevin Hauswirth, Dalila Fridi, Anthony Alfano, Jamie Citron, Rob Fojtik and Rice-Minoso. "We coordinated with Hillary [Clinton's] field office and Sara Feigenholtz ...


Gay-alderman-throws-hat-into-Evanston-mayoral-race

Gay alderman throws hat into Evanston mayoral race - Evanston's Sixth Ward Ald. Mark Tendam, in October, announced that he would be running for mayor of the city in the 2017 elections. Were Tendam to win, he'd be the first openly gay person to fill that role. He's currently running against two others, Ald. Brian Miller ( 9th ) and businessman Steve Hagerty, to replace the current mayor, Elizabeth ...


LGBTQ-Advocates-Call-on-President-to-Stop-Standing-Rock-Pipeline-

LGBTQ Advocates Call on President to Stop Standing Rock Pipeline - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates across the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, the organization is joining calls for the President to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline being built in sacred Native American lands. "We proudly join LGBTQ advocates ...


Clinton-seeks-a-hopeful-inclusive-America-

Clinton seeks a 'hopeful, inclusive America' - EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Hillary Clinton - In an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade, Hillary Clinton pledged to build a "hopeful, inclusive America where everyone counts" as she continues to draw a contrast between herself and Donald Trump over their views on LGBT issues. The Democratic presidential hopeful answered 13 questions on issues important to the LGBT community in a written interview with the Blade completed ...


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'Out of the Bars' voting effort, Sat., Nov. 5 - In this tempestuous election year, having our voices heard is more important than, perhaps, ever before. Chicago's bar community is aiding in that effort with Out of the Bars and Into the Streets, an organized effort to get people together to talk, to dance, and, most importantly, to vote. This first-of-its-kind event, presented by Chicago Votes and Organized Grime Crew, ...


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POLITICS Michael Forti becomes newest openly gay Cook County Judge - The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Michael A. Forti to the 8th Subcircuit vacancy recently created by the passing of Justice Laura Cha-yu Liu, making Forti the latest member of the LGBT community who is now a Cook County judge. Forti's appointment became effective Sept. 30 and ends Dec. 3, 2018. He ran in 2012, but lost to Jessica O'Brien. Forti ...


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ELECTIONS 2016: Kaine: Equality Act a 'priority' for Clinton administration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an exclusive interview with Philadelphia Gay News ( PGN ), U.S. Sen. Tim Kane, the Democratic nominee for vice president, recently shared his views on LGBT issues and what his position in a Clinton Administration might look like. This interview started out addressing my conversation with Kaine at the Democratic National Convention the night he was officially nominated. Tim ...


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MillerCoors hands out checks to 12 LGBTQ organizations - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The $35,000 reward of a three-month MillerCoors Great Cents campaign run in 21 bars across the City of Chicago was reaped by over a dozen LGBTQ advocacy organizations at the MillerCoors Chicago Loop headquarters Oct. 25. Representatives from Affinity Community Services, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Care for Real, The Center on Halsted, Chicago House, Fred Says, Heartland Health Outreach, Howard ...


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NGMA member papers endorse Clinton for president - In an unprecedented move, all 12 of the country's longest-serving and most award-winning LGBT newspapers are each separately endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The 12 are members of the National Gay Media Association ( NGMA ), a trade association of the nation's major-market legacy LGBT newspapers. NGMA members have a combined circulation in print and ...


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Election board programs for Asian-Indian voters - Shobhana Johri Verma is the Chicago Election Board's first-ever liaison with the city's Asian-Indian voters and community organizations. Her work with the election board involves coordinating language-assistance in the polling places for Asian-Indian voters, as well as community outreach to Asian-Indian community groups. Johri Verma's work involves recruiting bilingual judges of election who are fluent in English/Hindi, English/Gujarati and English/Urdu. ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs in the elections mix - The next general elections, to be held Nov. 8, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are members of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of late February. —Catherine Schneider Race: 11th Subcircuit, Cook County ( Kelly Vacancy ) Website: SchneiderForJudge.com The skinny: Judicial candidate Schneider ...


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ELECTIONS 2016: STATE REP Gary Mandell talks solutions to budget impasse, inequality - Gary Mandell is a Republican who marches in the Gay Pride parade but he is also one who follows the party line of putting a stop to what he calls "more of the same 'tax and spend' policies the Democratic Party has offered." It is why the founder of the personal financial planning firm The Mandell Group wants to unseat ...


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ELECTIONS 2016: STATE REP Ann Williams talks budget, gun violence, LGBTQ rights - Illinois state Rep. Ann Williams ( D ) faces a number of issues should she be re-elected to serve the 11th District on Nov. 8. They include resolving the state's budget crisis and ensuring the safety of her community in an increasingly violent city. But, first, she must overcome the challenge presented by Republican Gary Mandell, who says he holds ...







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