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Pink-Triangle-event-at-Center-on-June-3

'Pink Triangle' event at Center on June 3 - "Remembering the Pink Triangle"—a public event to commemorate the gay victims of Nazi Germany—will take place Wed., June 3, at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, Equality Illinois and the Unsilence Project are hosting the event in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, The Legacy Project, ...


World-Moscow-Pride-canceled-again-Swiss-anti-gay-ruling

World : Moscow Pride canceled again; Swiss anti-gay ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Russia, Moscow Pride has been banned for the 10th consecutive year, PinkNews reported. Pride parades are not technically illegal in Russia; however, the country's "gay propaganda" law makes it an offense to promote "non-traditional sexual relationships" to minors—which has been used to clamp down on all LGBT activism. Activist Nikolay Alexeyev was undeterred, saying, "We will nonetheless hold some ...


National-Jindals-move-Texan-Rep-supports-marriage-senators-urge-DoD-Secy

National: Jindal's move; Texan Rep. supports marriage; senators urge DoD Sec'y - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hours after a committee in the Louisiana Legislature effectively voted down a bill that would explicitly protect people and businesses that do not want to participate in same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to accomplish much of what the bill had set out to do, The New York Times reported. "We don't support discrimination in Louisiana and ...


Global-Pride-Summit-kicks-off-Pride-Month

Global Pride Summit kicks off Pride Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A free online summit will bring together the global LGBT community for the first time. Global Pride Summit is being held June 1-5, and each day six to seven thought leaders, activists, therapists, coaches, celebrities and others will bring information on a range of topics to help inspire attendees to share their Pride. Speakers include Greg Louganis, Chaz Bono, Judy ...


Clinton-responds-to-Chicago-couple

Clinton responds to Chicago couple - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the week of May 13, reached out to the Chicago couple whose upcoming marriage was among the "life-changing" events that culminated with Clinton's presidential run announcement in an April online video. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who will be wed in a ceremony in Chicago this summer, appeared in the video, not knowing it was ...


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Cappleman celebrates, announces appointment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 18, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman hosted a gathering at the Gold Coast restaurant Connie's Pizza to celebrate his re-election. In making a short statement to attendees to thank them for their support, Cappleman announced that about a half-hour before the event, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called him to let him know he has been named vice chair ...


-World-news-Costa-Rica-ruling-Chelsea-Manning-statue-Gambia-presidents-words

World news: Costa Rica ruling; Chelsea Manning statue; Gambia president's words - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships, Gay Star News reported. The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica's Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association. The association voluntarily updated its ...


National-Blood-donation-ban-Jeb-Bush-Arkansas-citys-pro-LGBT-move

National: Blood-donation ban; Jeb Bush; Arkansas city's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the release of draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) on a long-awaited change to the current scientifically unwarranted blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men, according to a press release. The draft guidance ( announced last December ) outlines the implementation of a deferral-based policy ...


At-inauguration-Emanuel-pledges-future-for-Chicagos-lost-youth

At inauguration, Emanuel pledges future for Chicago's lost youth - Inclusion was crammed into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's inauguration to a second term held at the Chicago Theatre May 18. The invocation, prayer for guidance, prayer for peace, blessing and benediction were provided by Monsignor Kenneth Velo, Pastor John Hannah, Professor Inamul Haq, Pastor Lynette Santiago and Rabbi David Wolkenfeld, respectively. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, former President Bill Clinton and ...


City-of-Chicago-inauguration-plans-set

City of Chicago inauguration plans set - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the schedule for the upcoming inauguration weekend. The swearing-in on Monday, May 18, will be preceded by a citywide day of community service on Saturday, May 16, and arts in the parks on Sunday, May 17. The inauguration—which includes the swearing-in of the mayor, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, City Treasurer Kurt Summers and all ...


National-roundup-Clevelands-pro-gay-move-Hawaiis-pro-trans-law-trans-teens-suicide

National roundup: Cleveland's pro-gay move; Hawaii's pro-trans law; trans teen's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cleveland City Council approved a resolution supporting marriage equality in Ohio, On Top Magazine noted. Fourteen of the council's 16 members approved the resolution. "We're a city that recently held the Gay Games," Councilman Joe Cimperman told colleagues, "and showed everyone across the planet, from Paris to Zurich to San Francisco, why we're a welcoming city." Other Ohio cities ...


-World-Gay-premier-in-PEI-Australian-lawmakers-hookup-apps-STIs

World: Gay premier in PEI; Australian lawmakers; hookup apps, STIs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Canada's Prince Edward Island, the Liberals won their third consecutive election in Prince Edward Island on May 4, Straight.com reported. Wade MacLauchlan, who became Liberal leader on February 21, is the province's 32nd premier, taking over from Robert Ghiz. MacLauchlan will also make history as the province's first elected openly gay premier. MacLauchlan will also serve as the minister ...


National-GOP-lawmaker-outed-Clay-Aiken-Leelah-Alcorn

National: GOP lawmaker outed; Clay Aiken; Leelah Alcorn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A 21-year-old North Dakota man said he revealed explicit messages sent to him from a Republican lawmaker on the gay dating app Grindr because the legislator had voted against expanding LGBT rights, according to Raw Story. Dustin Smith told The Forum he recognized 52-year-old Republican state Rep. Randy Boehning when he appeared in the news with other lawmakers who had ...


Chicago-rally-planned-during-Supreme-Court-hearing

Chicago rally planned during Supreme Court hearing - On Tuesday, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about striking down bans on same-sex marriage in four states, with a decision expected in June. Chicago LGBTA activists plan to hold a rally that same day at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., at 5 p.m., joining activists from other states. Sponsors include: 8th Day Center for Justice, ...


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Pride Parade stays in Lake View in 2015, but with caveats - The 2015 Pride Parade will once again unroll in Lake View and Uptown in June 2015. But city officials warned that, unless significant changes took place, the parade might just move in the future. In a joint April 27 statement, Alds. Tom Tunney ( 44th ) and James Cappleman ( 46th ), along with officials from the Chicago Department of ...


National-Biden-at-HRC-event-Little-Rock-trans-gamers-suicide

National: Biden at HRC event; Little Rock; trans gamer's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 2, according to a press release. HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "For years, she has spoken out on LGBT issues from youth well-being, to anti-bullying efforts, to ensuring that ...


NYC-gay-hotelier-apologizes-for-Cruz-appearance

NYC gay hotelier apologizes for Cruz appearance - Gay New York hotelier Ian Resner issued an online apology April 26 for hosting a party for GOP candidate Ted Cruz, saying that he was "shaken to my bones" by the public response. Establishments co-owned by Reisner have become the target of an online boycott after Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke at a function that Reisner co-hosted. His numerous ...


Gay-Chicago-city-council-members-to-form-caucus-

Gay Chicago city council members to form caucus - The five openly gay members of the Chicago City Council will be forming a Gay Caucus once they are sworn in May 18, Chicago Sun-Times reported. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said that the Caucus could potentially address issues such as police profiling, school bullying, HIV/AIDS funding and LGBT-inclusive curriculums in local schools. He also suggested they might revisit the idea ...


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Carey: Lynch confirmation welcome; playing politics not - From a press release - Washington, DC, April 23, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. But Senate Majority leaders are being criticized for needlessly delaying her confirmation for political reasons. "With the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, another glass ceiling is broken and another ...


Gay-Mens-Chorus-of-Washington-to-make-first-ever-gay-chorus-visit-to-Cuba

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to make first-ever gay chorus visit to Cuba - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 22, 2015 ) — The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC ( GMCW ) and Youth For Understanding USA ( YFU ) today announced they will partner to conduct a first-ever visit by a gay chorus to Cuba. The nine-day concert tour, to take place July 10-18, 2015, will seek to raise awareness of issues faced ...


1-mill-IDo-challenge-announced-at-Lambda-Legal-Bon-Foster-event-

#1 mill. #IDo challenge announced at Lambda Legal Bon Foster event - With an over 40-year record of accomplishment demonstrating its effectiveness in the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights, Lambda Legal is not only optimistic about the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on marriage equality, but the agency is prepared to engage the legislative dogfights beyond that decision expected in June. On April 22, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute served ...


ACLU-honors-state-Rep-Barbara-Flynn-Currie

ACLU honors state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie - More than 900 individuals gathered April 17 at the Hilton Chicago to honor Barbara Flynn Currie as a longtime champion of human rights. Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, received the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition for her contributions throughout nearly three decades in the General ...


Political-science-panel-addresses-support-of-LGBT-rights

Political-science panel addresses support of LGBT rights - U.S. viewpoints about LGBT rights are significant to political scientists because they reflect a widespread, and relatively sudden, turnaround in opinion, according to experts. "It's probably as big a shift as we've seen in so short a time, as we've seen on any major issue," said John Poe of University of Kentucky. "The variables that used to explain a particular ...


Survey-LGBTs-live-mainly-on-coasts

Survey: LGBTs live mainly on coasts - A new analysis of Gallup survey data offers the most detailed estimates yet about where LGBT people live, according to The New York Times. The Gallup analysis finds the largest concentrations in the West—and not just in the expected places like San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Denver and Salt Lake City are also ...


Election-dates-set-for-Schock-seat-ex-US-rep-sued

Election dates set for Schock seat; ex-U.S. rep sued - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7, and the date for the Special General Election is Sept. 10. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent ...


Chicago-couple-part-of-Hillary-Clinton-announcement

Chicago couple part of Hillary Clinton announcement - A Chicago couple, on April 12, found themselves in the spotlight when their engagement was referenced in the video that officially announced Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who live in Uptown, were among myriad Americans depicted in the video who were preparing to undergo change of some sort, all of which led up to Clinton's ...


National-roundup-Fla-adoption-Ky-ruling-GOP-guv-goes-to-gay-wedding

National roundup: Fla. adoption; Ky. ruling; GOP guv goes to gay wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Florida's Republican-controlled legislature has ended the state's 38-year-old ban on gay adoption, according to WFTV.com. The Florida Senate voted 27-11 for an adoption bill ( HB 7013 ) that repeals the law first passed in 1977; it now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. "While it has been legal for gays and lesbians to adopt in Florida for several years, this ...


Former-Baldwin-staffer-lodges-ethics-complaint

Former Baldwin staffer lodges ethics complaint - A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) has filed an ethics complaint against the senator, who is openly gay, alleging that Baldwin and her chief of staff wrongfully terminated her employment to cover up their own culpability in mishandling complaints at a Wisconsin VA hospital. The complaint was filed April 20 by Marquette Baylor— previously Baldwin's ...


ACLU-lunch-to-honor-IL-House-Majority-Leader-Barbara-Flynn-Currie

ACLU lunch to honor IL House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie - From a press release - CHICAGO — More than 900 supporters of human rights and civil liberties will gather in Chicago on Friday, April 17th to honor a long-time champion of basic rights. Barbara Flynn Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, will be honored at the event with the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime ...


Freedom-Indiana-to-work-for-local-nondiscrimination-LGBT-protections-

Freedom Indiana to work for local nondiscrimination LGBT protections - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), today announced it will focus its efforts for the rest of this year on helping cities and towns craft local nondiscrimination policies that protect LGBT Hoosiers. The group plans to push ...


Upcoming-Advocacy-Day-MPSA-Bon-Foster

Upcoming: Advocacy Day; MPSA; Bon Foster - LGBT Advocacy Day in Springfield April 15 Equality Illinois' LGBT Advocacy Day will take place Wed., April 15, at the state Capitol in Springfield, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The organization has stated that its "agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, banning conversion therapy and saving important funding for public services in the state budget." In addition to talking with legislators, there ...


Natl-roundup-Obamas-order-LPAC-backs-Hillary-Repub-guvs-stand

Nat'l roundup: Obama's order; LPAC backs Hillary; Repub. guv's stand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The executive order President Obama signed that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity went into effect April 8. The chief executive signed the order last July, saying, "our government—government of the people, by the people, and for the people—will become just a little bit fairer." The document amended Executive Order 11246, which ...


--World-news-Tel-Aviv-conference-Sarkozy-controversy

-- World news: Tel Aviv conference; Sarkozy controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 40 Years of Pride conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, will bring together a diverse group of LGBTQ leaders from around the world this summer in Israel on June 9-11, according to a press release. Leaders from around the world will gather in the heart of Tel Aviv to inspire and strengthen each other, build skills ...


2016-campaign-will-be-dynamic-on-LGBT-issues

2016 campaign will be dynamic on LGBT issues - The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be a particularly exciting and meaningful one for LGBT people. Here are just a few reasons why: The campaign manager for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who announced her intent to run Sunday ( April 12 ), is an openly gay man and her video campaign announcement prominently featured gay citizens. The announced and ...


Emanuel-scores-big-wins-along-North-Lakefront

Emanuel scores big wins along North Lakefront - A number of upsets marked several aldermanic runoff contests on April 7, but some races' final outcomes won't be determined until April 23, when final tallies of absentee ballot voting are announced. The Chicago Board of Elections must allow ballots postmarked on April 6 two weeks to arrive at their offices. That's good news for some candidates whose races will ...


Lesbian-political-action-committee-endorses-Clinton-

Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton - LPAC press release - April 12, 2015 — LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton's campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, ...


HIV-AIDS-advocates-ready-for-budget-fight-

HIV/AIDS advocates ready for budget fight - Illinois health advocates have faced budget crises before, but rarely have circumstances seemed as dire as they do now, with service providers and advocates rallying against proposed cuts to the state's Health and Human Services budget. "It seems like we've been doing this every year," said Daniel Frey, director of government relations for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) ...


Politics-Rauner-files-writs-of-special-election-forum-to-look-at-Rauner-budget

Politics: Rauner files writs of special election; forum to look at Rauner budget - Rauner files writs of special election Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued writs of election, as the law requires, to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The writs include election dates compliant with the 115-day timeline that Illinois law mandates, but the dates will be modified after the state enters into a consent decree ...


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AFC hosts first-ever virtual advocacy day - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) hosted its first ever virtual advocacy day March 18. The day featured a webinar ( "Unpacking the budget: How cuts to Medicaid and HIV funding impacts Illinois" ), legislator outreach and a Twitter chat. AFC's Virtual Advocacy Day was held in response to the budget ( FY16 which runs from July 1, ...


Religious-bills-revised-rally-during-hearing-LGBTQs-in-survey-sperm-case

Religious bills revised; rally during hearing; LGBTQs in survey; sperm case - Indiana, Arkansas revise religion bills After much backlash over religious-freedom bills that many saw as anti-gay, lawmakers in Indiana and in Arkansas approved new measures April 2 to remove the most controversial language. In Indiana, legislators passed a series of changes that, while not outlawing anti-gay discrimination, clarified that the religious-freedom law does not authorize such bias. In Arkansas, legislators, ...


Obama-comes-out-against-LGBT-conversion-therapy-

Obama comes out against LGBT 'conversion therapy' - From press releases - NCLR Statement ( Washington, DC, April 8, 2015 )—Today, the White House released its statement in response to a petition calling for federal action to end conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that purport to be able to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The petition was prompted by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager ...


Rahm-wins-big-City-Council-now-10-gay

Rahm wins big, City Council now 10% gay - Chicago will now have 10 percent of its 50 ward posts filled by openly gay aldermen, after the April 7 runoff races. The gay aldermen elected April 7 include Raymond Lopez, who will now represent the 15th Ward, and Ald. James Cappleman, an incumbent who will continue to represent the 46th Ward. They join Alds. Tom Tunney, Deb Mell and ...


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GLSEN statement on 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' - From a press release - NEW YORK ( April 7, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on the release of the 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' ( ECAA ), the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee's proposed bill for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "We thank Senate HELP Committee Chairman ...


National-Jeb-Bush-Dan-Savage-White-House-trans-briefing

National: Jeb Bush; Dan Savage; White House trans briefing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law, according to a press release. Bush said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, "I think, if you, if they actually got briefed on the law that [sic] they wouldn't be blasting ...


Upcoming-events-Protest-nonprofits-and-social

Upcoming events: Protest, nonprofits and social - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anti-conversion therapy rally April 9 at Center On Thursday, April 9, Center on Halsted is hosting "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to Ban Conversion Therapy in Illinois" at 6-9 p.m. in the Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St. #BornPerfect is the nationwide campaign of the National Center for Lesbian Rights to ban conversion therapy—a practice designed to change someone's sexual orientation and/or ...


Chicago-Mayor-Emanuel-wins-second-term-

Chicago Mayor Emanuel wins second term - The first-ever mayoral run-off election in Chicago history, held April 7, resulted in Rahm Emanuel getting to keep his job for another four years. The results were decisive: Emanuel placed ahead of his opponent, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, with 56 percent of the vote. Garcia, with the majority of votes counted, had 44 percent. Emanuel is preparing his ...


Other-races-Upsets-dot-the-contests

Other races: Upsets dot the contests - [Article updated 8 a.m. April 9, 2015.] Upsets marked several other of the aldermanic runoff contests. Incumbents Natasha Holmes (7th) and Lona Lane (18th) lost their runoff races. Also, 31st Ward candidate Milagros "Milly" Santiago edging incumbent Regner "Ray" Suarez, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent (with all precincts reporting) in what many have called a huge upset, and Chris Taliaferro ...


Andrew-Sullivan-talks-marriage-Indiana-at-Elmhurst-lecture

Andrew Sullivan talks marriage, Indiana at Elmhurst lecture - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I need to tell you something about myself that is sometimes difficult to say on a college campus, which is I'm a Christian and a conservative," said journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst College at an April 2 lecture entitled The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage. "I know that those are two somewhat outrageous things to be these ...


World-Clare-Balding-Cambodian-study-adoption-in-Ireland

World: Clare Balding; Cambodian study; adoption in Ireland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most, Gay Star News reported. The Conservative leader told Attitude magazine that while World War Ii code breaker Alan Turing was "an amazing man," he chose the BBC sports presenter because of "her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.." Cameron also said he once brought up ...


Yanez-prepares-for-15th-Ward-runoff

Yanez prepares for 15th Ward runoff - Activist and police officer Rafael Yanez is running against Democratic Ward Committeeman Raymond Lopez to represent the city's 15th Ward, encompassing Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Gage Park and West Englewood. Yanez got just under 23-percent of the vote in the February 24th election, but he also has a number of major endorsements, among them mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" ...


15th-Ward-Committeeman-aims-at-runoff-victory-

15th Ward Committeeman aims at runoff victory - Openly gay 15th Ward Democratic Committeeman Ray Lopez has been active in politics in the ward, which includes Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Gage Park and West Englewood. Formerly a skycap for Southwest Airlines, he says that he has been responsible for delivering a number of community services since the ward was redistricted in 2012. He's now running to ...


LGBT-groups-oppose-Indiana-compromise-

LGBT groups oppose Indiana compromise - From press releases - ( Chicago, IL, April 2, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana legislature proposed a limited fix it bill that would amend the recently passed, so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" ( RFRA ). Introduced by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Leader Pro Tem Dan Long, SB 50 takes an important step to reduce the threat to LGBT Hoosiers but ...


70-tech-leaders-join-unprecedented-call-to-legislators

70+ tech leaders join unprecedented call to legislators - From a press release - WASHINGTON — More than 70 technology industry leaders have joined in an unprecedented statement to legislators calling for the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws. Launched yesterday in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed in to law in states around the country, well over three times the number of the initial ...


Indiana-backlash-Widespread-condemnation-of-Indiana-bill-

Indiana backlash: Widespread condemnation of Indiana bill - - Many activists, politicians and business leaders continued to issue condemnations of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, passed in the Indiana General Assembly and hastily signed in a private ceremony by Gov. Mike Pence on March 26. [This week's cover story was first posted on this site March 30, 2015.] Critics say that the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom ...


LGBT-Equality-Institute-ponders-next-LGBTQ-battles

LGBT Equality Institute ponders next LGBTQ battles - The low-key tone of the 2015 LGBT Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Institute held on March 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago differed quite significantly from last year's event, which was more heavily attended and reveled in a sense of community accomplishment with the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois. This year's sessions seemed to be centered upon ...


ELECTIONS-2015-46TH-WARD-James-Cappleman-aims-to-retain-aldermanic-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD James Cappleman aims to retain aldermanic seat - Since the February elections, Ald. James Cappleman has been locked in a heated runoff with openly lesbian attorney Amy Crawford, who's looking to unseat him from his spot representing the 46th Ward on the Chicago City Council. Crawford has maintained that she'll be more responsive to constituents' concerns about development and public safety. She also received the endorsement of activist ...


Duke-Alden-named-to-Human-Rights-Commission

Duke Alden named to Human Rights Commission - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 27, announced that Duke Alden had been named a commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Alden, who is in charge of Information Governance for Aon, is also Chairman of the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Alden's "experience in business and involvement with a number of non-profit organizations make him well-suited for the ...


Senators-advocates-decry-budget-cuts

Senators, advocates decry budget cuts - A standing-room-only crowd filled the hearing chambers at the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., as the Illinois Senate Appropriations Human Services Committee met to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Acting Human Services Secretary Gregory Bassi testified about the importance of the cuts, and faced grilling from some committee members, while service providers and their clients urged the ...


CHART-Election-2015-runoffs-Early-voting-info-

CHART: Election 2015 runoffs; Early voting info - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. View resulting Windy City Times chart at www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/chartapr1.pdf . The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not ...


HRC-blasts-Bush-for-supporting-Pence-and-new-Indiana-law-

HRC blasts Bush for supporting Pence and new Indiana law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt earlier today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush embraced the widely-denounced and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law last Thursday. While the national backlash against the harmful measure has been swift and brutal—and as Pence and Indiana lawmakers who supported the law have said they're seeking to ...


Groups-urge-support-for-Fairness-for-All-Hoosiers-Act

Groups urge support for Fairness for All Hoosiers Act - From an ACLU press release - INDIANAPOLIS — In an open letter to Gov. Mike Pence and leaders in the Indiana House and Senate, national LGBT and civil rights groups call on lawmakers to quickly enact legislation fixing SB 101, which could allow discrimination against gay and transgender people, and end the firestorm of protests that have engulfed the state. "Indiana is already on the verge ...


AFC-forum-at-Center-to-deal-with-Rauner-budget-

AFC forum at Center to deal with Rauner budget - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago presents an opportunity to hear from elected officials and community leaders about how Governor Rauner's proposed budget will impact the Medicaid program and prevention, care, treatment, housing and other services for the HIV community. WHAT: The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Rauner's proposed ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attorney Alyx Pattison says she's in a position to make change—provided she can survive a runoff against challenger Brian Hopkins in the 2nd Ward, which now consists of parts of seven neighborhoods thanks to redistricting. In a recent face-to-face interview at a 2nd Ward cafe, Pattison discussed everything from HIV/AIDS funding to development issues in a talk in which each ...


ELECTIONS-2015-RUNOFFS-2ND-WARD-Brian-Hopkins

ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Hopkins has done everything from interning for the Illinois State Senate to helping advise President Bill Clinton's transition team to leading the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents ( SOAR ). He now faces Alyx Pattison in the April 7 runoff election. In a recent phone interview, Hopkins talked about minimum wage, a reduced city council and a sick-time ordinance ...


Natl-roundup-Trans-study-Indiana-fallout-Supreme-Ct-argument

Nat'l roundup: Trans study; Indiana fallout; Supreme Ct. argument - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health are launching a first-of-its-kind study that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues that transgender individuals face, according to a press release. The study has several goals, including aiming to describe basic health outcomes and ...


Protesters-decry-religious-freedom-law-in-Indianapolis

Protesters decry religious-freedom law in Indianapolis - Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 28 to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), saying it would promote discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation, and then marched to the Indiana Statehouse while chanting "No hate in our state" and "Who's state? Our state!" LGBTQ protesters and allies were joined ...


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HRC: Senate under Reid changed the lives of LGBT Americans - From a press release - The following is a statement from HRC's President Chad Griffin upon news that Senator Harry Reid will retire from the U.S. Senate after the completion of his current term. As leader of the Democratic Caucus since 2005, Reid has played a key role in ensuring legislation critical to the LGBT community passed the Senate, from new Hate Crimes protections, to ...


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Barney Frank at Center on Halsted for book promo - As part of a promotion for his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, former United States Congressman Barney Frank was at the Center on Halsted March 25 for a candid discussion about his life, days on Capitol Hill and opinions on LGBTQ issues including and beyond marriage-equality. Prior to the sold-out evening, Frank ...


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Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments - Video below - Facing a run-off election against challenger Tara Stamps, 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts attended a candidates forum March 21. There, she was videotaped by audience member Brandon Johnson making the following comments concerning marriage-equality: "I don't want to be biased here but I don't support the fact that we can have two women marry, two men marry and we then ...


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National roundup: Kosilek appeal; GetEQUAL's bill of rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, according to a GLAD press release. The petition for certiorari asserts that the First Circuit Court of Appeals overstepped its role with ...


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Senator Delgado: Meeks votes came from "loyalty" - A sense of institutional loyalty, between current—and former—members of the Illinois State Senate, motivated members to confirm Gov. Bruce Rauner's nomination of former state Sen. Rev. James Meeks to head up the State Board of Education March 19, said the one senator who voted "nay." The nomination had drawn the ire of advocates in the LGBT community who objected to ...


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Gov. Rauner makes commitment to LGBT Illinoisans - In a discussion that they called a "first step," LGBT advocates met with Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 20 and agreed on a three-part plan to help alleviate unequal treatment among Illinoisans. The plan calls for a directive calling for careful enforcement of anti-discrimination and anti-bullying regulations by state government agencies; a nine-month study of discrimination against minority groups, including ...


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Lambda urges Indiana House to reject discrimination Bill SB 101 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, March 19, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana House of Representatives will consider a bill, passed by the Indiana Senate one month ago, which seeks to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement urging ...


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State Senate confirms Meeks as Education Chair - The Illinois State Senate, on March 19, voted to confirm former state Sen. James Meeks as Chair of the State Board of Education. The nomination had drawn the ire of advocates in the LGBT community who objected to Meeks' opposition to marriage equality, anti-discrimination ordinances and other LGBT rights initiatives, as well as disparaging remarks he has reportedly made about ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD Crawford aims to unseat Cappleman in runoff - Since the Feb. 24 elections, attorney Amy Crawford has been looking to convince 46th Ward residents that she's a better choice than incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, who's trying to retain his post for a second term. Cappleman won the most votes, about 46.76 percent, but was unable to secure the 50-percent-plus-one-vote needed to prevent a runoff. Crawford received 37.66 percent ...







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