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HRC-backs-Brad-Schneider-in-IL-10th-District-

HRC backs Brad Schneider in IL 10th District - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign has announced the endorsement of Rep. Brad Schneider for re-election to the U.S. House in Illinois' 10th district in the North suburbs of Chicago. HRC said Schneider has a stellar record on LGBT equality in contrast to his opponent, former Congressman Bob Dold, who opposes marriage equality and has a history of taking anti-equality ...


Prop-8-opponents-set-wedding-date-trans-teachers-return

Prop 8 opponents set wedding date; trans teacher's return - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—two of the plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court case Hollingsworth v. Perry, which led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8—announced the date for their wedding celebration, according to a press release. The couple's marriage celebration will take place June 28, and will be hosted by Hilton Hotels & Resorts at the The Beverly Hilton, ...


Conversion-therapy-bill-falls-in-state-House

Conversion therapy bill falls in state House - Only 44 Illinois House members voted for HB5569 April 10, the bill that would ban controversial conversion therapy for minors in the state. Fifty-one voted no, leaving 22 absent for the vote. This was on the same day an anti-bullying billed passed with 64 votes in the House. This also means that many Democrats voted against the bill or were ...


Obama-pushing-voting-rights-at-Texas-event-

Obama pushing voting rights at Texas event - From the White House - April 10, 2014: REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, Texas 12:16 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. ( Applause. ) Thank you so much. Please, please, have a seat. Thank you. What a singular honor it is for me to be here today. I want ...


Political-Science-Panel-considers-LGBT-public-policy

Political Science Panel considers LGBT public policy - Within the Midwest Political Science Association's ( MPSA ) 72nd annual conference, LGBT-related caucus panel "LGBT equality: Public opinion, public policy, and political representation" was held at Palmer House Chicago April 3. The conference held April 3-6, contained six LGBT-caucus panels, with "LGBT equality: Public opinion, public policy, and political representation" being the first conducted. "This one, I think, is ...


Wis-has-first-trans-elected-official

Wis. has first trans elected official - In Wisconsin, transgender man Gypsy Vered Meltzer was elected to the Appleton City Council, marking a historic first, the Appleton Post Crescent reported. The advocacy group Fair Wisconsin said that Meltzer is the first openly transgender individual to hold elected office in the state after he defeated Barney Lemanski 295 votes to 199. Meltzer said his dreadlocks, 50-plus tattoos and ...


Harvey-Milk-stamp-political-writer-compares-gays-Star-Trek

Harvey Milk stamp; political writer compares gays, Star Trek - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Civil-rights hero Harvey Milk, who in 1977 became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, will have an additional honor, according to Linns.com and MSNBC. On May 22, in honor of Harvey Milk Day, the late San Francisco supervisor and gay-rights activist will become the first openly gay elected official featured on a U.S. postage stamp. ...


Tom-Daley-is-gay-not-bi-fun-joins-LGBT-equality-campaign-

Tom Daley is gay, not bi; fun. joins LGBT-equality campaign - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British Olympic diver Tom Daley now says he's a gay man, according to E! Online. The announcement came months after he told fans that he was bisexual. "Of course I still fancy girls," Daley said on a YouTube video posted in December 2013. Later that month, it was revealed that the Olympic diver, 19, is dating Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance ...


Transgender-veteran-cop-to-run-for-OK-state-house

Transgender veteran cop to run for OK state house - from a press release - Oklahoma City— After 22 years on the Oklahoma City Police Department preceded by a tour in Desert Storm in the U.S. Army, MSgt. Paula Sophia retired April 8 in order to run for House District 88 on the Democratic ticket. State and municipal laws prohibit active police officers to run for state office, therefore Sophia had to retire in order ...


Band-fun-UN-Free-Equal-Campaign-Equality-Champion

Band fun. UN Free & Equal Campaign Equality Champion - From a press release - Grammy Award Winning Band fun. Named United Nations Free & Equal Campaign Equality Champion NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 — Today, United Nations Free & Equal — the UN human rights office's public information campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) equality — announced that Grammy Award winning band fun. is joining the campaign as equality champion. ...


Remarks-by-the-President-on-equal-pay-for-equal-work

Remarks by the President on equal pay for equal work - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary - East Room, 11:58 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. ( Applause. ) All right. Well, thanks to my friend, Lilly Ledbetter, not only for that introduction but for fighting for a simple principle: Equal pay for equal work. It's not that complicated. And, Lilly, I assure you, you remain the face of fair pay. ( Laughter. ) People don't ...


Amnesty-discussion-focuses-on-LGBT-rights

Amnesty discussion focuses on LGBT rights - View videos below - Maintaining a united front is essential to keeping some LGBTI people alive. Queer Ugandan activist Clare Byarugaba, the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law co-coordinator, has learned that the hard way. "Solidarity is important," Byarugaba said. "It's what keeps us safe." Uganda-based Civil Society Coalition is A human-rights organization. As a lesbian, Byarugaba said she is no ...


MPSA-forums-address-LGBT-global-media-issues

MPSA forums address LGBT global, media issues - Members of the Midwest Political Science Association convened April 2-6 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., for their 72nd annual conference. The Association's Caucus for LGBT Political Science held a number of events over the course of the weekend, among them panels addressing LGBT rights within an international framework and the correlation between LGBT issues and media ...


Executive-Orders-on-workplace-leave-out-LGBTs

Executive Orders on workplace leave out LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — This morning, President Obama will sign two executive actions aimed at eliminating sex discrimination in federal contracting. Movement on these critically important orders, intended to support a push for Congress to pass the Pay Check Fairness Act, underscores the need for President Obama to offer protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) workers. "President Obama ...


UN-Development-Commission-Dont-trade-away-LGBT-rights

UN Development Commission: Don't trade away LGBT rights - IGLHRC press release - ( April 3, 2014 — New York ) Heads of state and top government officials from all over the world meeting Friday at the United Nations have a responsibility to acknowledge that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a barrier to development, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today. ...


Anti-gay-church-vandalized-Scouts-remove-gay-leader

Anti-gay church vandalized; Scouts remove gay leader - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism of the anti-gay ATLAH World Missionary Church as a hate crime, Gay Star News reported. A suspect spray-painted the phrase "God is Gay" on the message board of the New York City church that has displayed such signs as "Jesus Would Stone Homos." The church has also warned its neighbors with ...


ABA-honors-Quigleys-work-to-enhance-justice-system

ABA honors Quigley's work to enhance justice system - From a press release - WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 — Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will receive the American Bar Association's Congressional Justice Award on April 9 for his work to make the legal system more accessible to low-income people as well as his dedication to improve the American justice system. "Rep. Quigley's commitment to access to justice is evident in his support for issues ranging ...


World-Vision-reverses-course-on-employment-policies

World Vision reverses course on employment policies - From Truth Wins Out abd HRC - From a Truth Wins Out press release CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today condemned leaders on the Religious Right for putting anti-gay ideology before the needs of impoverished children, bullying the Christian organization World Vision into reversing their recent decision to allow for the hiring of married gay Christians. Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer and others encouraged anti-gay conservative ...


Graham-called-ambiguously-gay-controversial-Mozilla-CEO

Graham called "ambiguously gay"; controversial Mozilla CEO - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In South Carolina, one of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's challengers in June's GOP primary has called the incumbent "ambiguously gay," according to The State. Dave Feliciano of Spartanburg said during a press conference, "It's about time that South Carolina [says], 'Hey, we're tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina. We're ready for a new leader to merge the ...


Dominican-LGBTs-back-ambassador-Tokyo-billboard

Dominican LGBTs back ambassador; Tokyo billboard - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dominican Republican LGBT-rights advocates remain hopeful that gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster will continue to generate more visibility around their nascent movement in the Caribbean country, according to The Washington Blade. "In reality the Dominican LGBT community is not a rather large community," Cristian King of Trans Siempre Amigas told the Blade during a meeting ...


Ferrand-sues-law-firm-over-botched-election-filing

Ferrand sues law firm over botched election filing - Melanie "Mel" Ferrand, who was thrown off the primary ballot because of a paperwork error, is suing the attorneys that were in charge of her filing. Ferrand, who is a lesbian, intended to run as state representative for the 40th District, a post vacated in 2013 by Deb Mell. Jaime Andrade, Jr., was appointed to fill Mell's spot, and successfully ...


President-Obama-names-director-Office-of-Natl-AIDS-Policy-

President Obama names director, Office of Nat'l AIDS Policy - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary and press releases - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Obama announced the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ). A leading HIV/AIDS policy expert, Douglas most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute ( JRI ). As the Director of ...


VP-Biden-LGBT-rights-integral-part-of-US-foreign-policy

VP Biden: LGBT rights integral part of U.S. foreign policy - From a press release. Video embedded below - LOS ANGELES — Speaking to over 1,000 LGBT rights supporters at the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles gala, March22 Vice President Joe Biden said the United States will be a world leader in the fight for LGBT equality. His keynote address, which lasted 28 minutes, outlined the administration's commitment to stand up for the human rights of LGBT people around ...


Rhode-Island-gay-Speaker-of-the-House-resigns-following-raid

Rhode Island gay Speaker of the House resigns following raid - The openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, abruptly resigned his leadership position Saturday following a police raid on his home Friday for a criminal investigation. The subject of the investigation has yet to be disclosed. The Providence Journal reported Saturday night that federal and state police agents with search warrants entered Fox's home and ...


Republicans-voting-yes-to-marriage-survive-challenges

Republicans voting yes to marriage survive challenges - The three Republicans who crossed party lines to vote "yes" to gay marriage in Illinois all survived challenges in their party primaries March 18. State Rep. Ron Sandak, Downers Grove, won with an extremely narrow victory—just over 150 votes. Of the three Republicans, he had the most difficult campaign and was indeed taken to task for the vote by his ...


Few-surprises-dot-Illinois-primary-elections-

Few surprises dot Illinois primary elections - News analysis by Andrew Davis and Matt Simonette - Not too many surprises were expected during the Illinois primary elections March 18—and the results mostly went along those lines. One unexpected result was in the Republican gubernatorial race, where millionaire business Bruce Rauner edged Kirk Dillard. Rauner was expected to win, but the final gap was probably narrower than he wanted, as he garnered 41 percent of the vote ...


Gov-Jerry-Brown-gets-LGBT-award-AVER-co-founder-dies

Gov. Jerry Brown gets LGBT award; AVER co-founder dies - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California presented Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown with its leadership award, according to LGBTQ Nation. Presenter Robert Ross told the crowd that Brown was the first governor in the United States to appoint a gay judge, in 1979, and the first politician to "openly, powerfully and compellingly embrace gay rights" in the country. Brown praised gay-rights advocates or being on ...


Groups-prepare-for-Advocacy-Day

Groups prepare for Advocacy Day - The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, ACLU of Illinois and Chicago Abortion Fund are hosting an Advocacy Day ( April 3 ) to raise awareness and ask for a repeal of the parental notification of abortion law in Illinois. Advocacy Day 2014 will focus on amplifying the stories of youth while encouraging intergenerational conversations around sex, sexuality, pregnancy, abortion and ...


Stonewall-drops-Guinness-beer-over-St-Patricks-sponsorship

Stonewall drops Guinness beer over St. Patrick's sponsorship - From GLAAD - New York, Sunday, March 16, 2014 — GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today announced that the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern LGBT equality movement, will drop Guinness beer from its shelves beginning Monday, March 17 following the beer company's decision to stand by its sponsorship of the New ...


Pro-marriage-equality-GOP-rep-taking-heat-in-bitter-primary

Pro-marriage equality GOP rep. taking heat in bitter primary - "I didn't go to Springfield just to play defense and take votes that were just safe and easy," Rep. Ron Sandack said after he announced support for marriage equality last May. Cue the firefight. Sandack's vote for marriage equality has taken center stage in an ugly primary runoff against Republican opponent Keith Matune, a local teacher and school board member. ...


Equality-IL-PAC-150K-candidate-contribution

Equality IL PAC $150K candidate contribution - Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of LGBT rights advocacy organization Equality Illinois, announced March 13 that it has raised $150,000 to support legislators who voted on behalf of marriage equality in 2013 and now face primary challengers. "Marriage opponents threatened to unseat incumbents who stood up for what's right, and we promised that we would be there for our ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Printable-Charts

ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Charts - Printable election charts at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2014_primarychartsforweb.pdf . Elections related stories in this and the previous issue of Windy City Times: ELECTIONS 2014 Gov. Pat Quinn:'Nobody left out at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/ELECTIONS-2014-Gov-Pat-Quinn-Nobody-left-out/46595.html . ELECTIONS 2014 Toni Berrios: A fight beyond marriage at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/ELECTIONS-2014-Toni-Berrios-A-fight-beyond-marriage/46553.html . ELECTIONS 2014 Will Guzzardi: Campaigning for the long win at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/ELECTIONS-2014-Will-Guzzardi-Campaigning-for-the-long-win/46554.html . ...


Arizona-lawmaker-comes-out-mag-gets-HIV-AIDS-patient-lists

Arizona lawmaker comes out; mag gets HIV/AIDS patient lists - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A veteran Arizona lawmaker who was a vocal critic of a bill that touched off a national debate over discrimination came out as gay, saying, ''I wanted to let everyone know I am gay, I'm a Latino and I'm a state senator and it's OK," the Associated Press reported. State Sen. Steve Gallardo said he felt the need to come ...


Dalai-Lama-backs-marriage-US-resident-dead-in-Mexico

Dalai Lama backs marriage; U.S. resident dead in Mexico - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Dalai Lama has come out in support of gay marriage, saying it was "OK" and a personal affair for people of the same sex to commit to each other, according to NBC News. "If two people ... really feel that way ... and both sides fully agree, then okay," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said on the Larry King ...


-Jimmy-Carter-coming-to-Andersonville-on-March-27

Jimmy Carter coming to Andersonville on March 27 - Former President Jimmy Carter is coming to Chicago to promote his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, on Thursday, March 27, 6-8 p.m. Women & Children First Bookstore is hosting the event at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The event will be a signing only. Tickets are required. A purchase of A ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Gov-Pat-Quinn-Nobody-left-out

ELECTIONS 2014 Gov. Pat Quinn: 'Nobody left out' - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn came into office under the most difficult of circumstances in 2009. His predecessor, like many Illinois governors before him, had been indicted. The nation's poor economic health wreaked havoc with the state's finances, which were strained by dwindling revenues and mounting pension obligations. Quinn narrowly won a re-election in 2010, and still faced more challenges, among ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Windy-City-Times-Guide-to-the-Gays-

ELECTIONS 2014 Windy City Times Guide to the Gays - The next primary elections, to be held March 18, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publically stated that they were a member of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of March 3. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: CitizensForKellyCassidy.com The skinny: Cassidy, who defeated ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Early-voting-through-Saturday

ELECTIONS 2014 Early voting through Saturday - Early voting for the March 18 primary election will be offered through Saturday, March 15. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. Ballots cast in ...


Groups-say-taxi-outing-threat-no-laughing-matter

Groups say taxi outing threat no laughing matter - A purportedly satiric article threatening to out five city council members as gay unless they respond to the demands of Chicago taxi drivers has sparked objections from gay rights advocates and community members. The article, published March 6 by the Chicago Dispatcher, a taxi-related trade publication, said that the newspaper "has learned that five of the city's 50 aldermen are ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Toni-Berrios-A-fight-beyond-marriage

ELECTIONS 2014 Toni Berrios: A fight beyond marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An LGBT activist once quipped of 39th Dist. Illinois Rep. Maria Antonia "Toni" Berrios, "She goes so far back with them, it seems like they made deals in the womb." He wasn't talking about Berrios' political connections. He was talking about her connections to LGBT advocates in her district. Berrios has strong ties to Chicago's LGBT community. She is a ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Will-Guzzardi-Campaigning-for-the-long-win

ELECTIONS 2014 Will Guzzardi: Campaigning for the long win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To a lot of Chicagoans, Will Guzzardi's ongoing campaign against 39th Dist. State Rep. Toni Berrios is the story of the city itself: a young, white, bookish transplant faces off against a Democratic scion and community fixture. A native of North Carolina, Guzzardi moved to Chicago after he graduated from Brown University. He left an editor position at the Huffington ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Ferrand-suspends-House-campaign

ELECTIONS 2014: Ferrand suspends House campaign - Out lesbian candidate for state representative Mel Ferrand, who this winter was removed from the ballot after a filing error, said March 9 that she is officially suspending her campaign. Ferrand was one of several candidates running to unseat incumbent Jaime Andrade as representative to the 40th district. That post was previously occupied by lesbian Deb Mell, who replaced her ...


National-report-issued-on-state-legislative-progress

National report issued on state legislative progress - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, has released a state-by-state report detailing LGBT-related legislation in 2013. The report indicates that the majority of pro-LGBT legislation came in the form of marriage equality legislation, including for Illinois. In 2014, HRC expects bills providing comprehensive, inclusive non-discrimination protections will take center stage, including those aimed at ...


Urban-League-to-empower-future-African-American-leaders-

Urban League to empower future African American leaders - From a Chicago Urban League press release - CHICAGO, IL— ( March 6, 2014 ) In a bold effort to increase the number of African Americans who are prepared to take on leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors, the Chicago Urban League is pleased to announce the launch of its IMPACT Leadership Development Program ( IMPACT ). The competitive, nine-month program will empower the next ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Guide-to-the-gays

ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays - The next primary elections, to be held March 18, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have stated that they are members of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of March 3. Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: CitizensForKellyCassidy.com . The skinny: Cassidy, who defeated another lesbian ...


ELECTIONS-2014-JUDGES-LGBT-candidates-Rice-and-Crawley-eye-the-bench

ELECTIONS 2014: JUDGES LGBT candidates Rice and Crawley eye the bench - It's been 20 years since Tom Chiola's historic win made him the first openly gay elected official in Illinois, and Cook County has seen a number of out judges take the bench since. This year could bring two more, as Judy Rice and James Patrick Crawley are battling for seats in Cook County. Each election cycle typically sees a handful ...


Early-voting-through-Saturday-March-15

Early voting through Saturday, March 15 - Early voting for the March 18 primary election will be offered through Saturday, March 15. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. Ballots cast in ...


Number-of-extremist-groups-declines

Number of extremist groups declines - The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ). However, with a total of more than 2,000 groups, the radical right remains at historically high levels. In its annual count, the SPLC found that the number of hate groups ...


Bass-speaks-out-in-Miss-ex-Miss-Kentucky-comes-out-

Bass speaks out in Miss.; ex-Miss Kentucky comes out - National roundup: Special to the online version of Windy CIty Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) is calling on Mississippi lawmakers to reject anti-gay legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people, according to a press release. SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone if they felt doing so was a "burden" on their "exercise of ...


Cassidy-introduces-gun-registration-measure

Cassidy introduces gun-registration measure - State Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago ) has introduced a bill requiring the registration of firearms in the State of Illinois. "We've dealt for too long with gun violence in our neighborhoods, most often perpetrated by individuals who acquired the firearm through illicit means," Cassidy said in a press release. "According to a University of Chicago Crime Lab Report, 45 ...


World-news-Uganda-fallout-IGLTA-scholarships-offered

World news: Uganda fallout; IGLTA scholarships offered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Barely one day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, Ugandan tabloid newspapers began running articles publishing the names and photographs of people perceived to be LGBTI, according to an International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission press release. On Feb. 25, Red Pepper published a list of names of what it called the country's "200 top" ...


Gay-Oak-Park-gay-trustee-says-farewell

Gay Oak Park gay trustee says farewell - Video link below - At the end of the March 3 Oak Park Village Board of Trustees meeting, Ray Johnson's resignation from that governing body will take effect. "I can be roasted or toasted at that time," Johnson told his fellow members during his announcement earlier this month. Johnson was a trustee for 11 years. He also served as a five-year commissioner on the ...


Arroyo-gets-LGBTQ-endorsement-for-Cook-Co-commissioner

Arroyo gets LGBTQ endorsement for Cook Co. commissioner - "I'm very proud," said Illinois state Rep. Luis Arroyo. He watched his colleagues alongside young professionals, activists and leaders in the LGBTQ community stand up to support his son Luis Arroyo, Jr. for Cook County commissioner of Chicago's 8th District on Feb. 28 at the Dolphin Lounge. "I'm considering retiring in the next year or two years," Arroyo added. "This ...


Gay-4th-district-candidate-promises-direct-involvement

Gay 4th district candidate promises direct involvement - At 26, Jorge Zavala, Jr., is currently the youngest Illinoisan currently running for U.S. Congress. A native of the Logan Square neighborhood, he's currently seeking the 4th District seat currently held by Luis Gutierrez. Zavala is openly gay. He said that his inspiration to run for office stems from his doing development work in Southeast Asia, shortly after graduating from ...


State-Dept-issues-global-rights-report

State Dept. issues global rights report - From the U.S. Dept. of State - On February 27, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices ( commonly known as the Human Rights Reports ) to the United States Congress. It includes LGBT rights issues in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda. The reports, now in their 38th year, are available on State.gov and HumanRights.gov. Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help ...


-Equality-Illinois-PAC-gathers-to-support-pro-marriage-legislators

Equality Illinois PAC gathers to support pro-marriage legislators - Officials of Equality Illinois PAC, as well as many of its supporters, gathered at Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., Feb. 27 to raise financial support for eight legislators who voted "yes" on SB10 in 2013. Among those in attendance were State Rep. Sam Yingling, Ald. Deb Mell, Cook County Clerk David Orr and espn.com contributor Christina Kahrl. "All of ...


Arizona-Gov-Brewer-vetos-controversial-anti-LGBT-bill-

Arizona Gov. Brewer vetos controversial anti-LGBT bill - Arizona Gov, Jan Brewer, under pressure from those in both the Democratic and Republican parties, even from those who voted for the measure, has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed discrimination against LGBTs in the name of religious freedom. Also see related coverage at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/AZ-Gov-Jan-Brewer-vetos-religious-bias-bill/46410.html .] She said she spoke to lawyers, politicians and citizens in ...


Oregon-AG-wont-defend-ban-gay-ex-NFL-player-dies

Oregon AG won't defend ban; gay ex-NFL player dies - National roundup: Special to the online version of Windy CIty Times - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Feb. 20 that the state will not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in the case Rummell v. Kitzhaber, according to an ACLU of Oregon press release. The state's legal filing stated that the Oregon marriage ban "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." The plaintiffs in ...


SPLC-Far-right-groups-still-at-near-record-levels-

SPLC: Far-right groups still at near-record levels - From a press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ). But with a total of more than 2,000 groups, the radical right remains at historically high levels. "The radical right is growing leaner and meaner," ...


McCarter-withdraws-bill-repealing-gay-marriage

McCarter withdraws bill repealing gay marriage - State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, said Feb. 21 that he was withdrawing a bill, SB 2637, that would have repealed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The decision came after a federal judge ruled the same day that gay marriages could immediately begin in Cook County. "The ruling is both disappointing and troubling," said McCarter in a statement. "Obviously ...


Ugandan-president-signs-anti-gay-measure-

Ugandan president signs anti-gay measure - On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that criminalizes homosexuality, CNN reported. Last month, Museveni said he wouldn't sign the bill, describing gay people as "sick" individuals who needed help, not imprisonment. Then he changed his mind this month and said he'd sign it because scientists had determined that there's no gene for homosexuality and ...


VIEWS-Marriage-equality-and-protecting-Our-friends

VIEWS Marriage equality and protecting Our friends - On November 5, 2013, the Illinois House voted by a narrow margin to create marriage equality in our State. The vote came after months of lobbying by tens of thousands of our supporters, a huge ad campaign, and the largest LGBT rights event in Springfield, Illinois, ever — the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. Last week, Lambda Legal and ...


Pressure-on-AZ-gov-to-veto-pro-discrimination-law

Pressure on AZ gov to veto pro-discrimination law - From HRC abd TWO press releases - Following the Senate passage of Arizona's so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement: "This bill is bad for business, bad for the LGBT community and bad for all Arizonans. Governor Brewer, who herself described it as very controversial, must veto it and send a strong message that legally sanctioned discrimination has ...


Gay-rights-activist-wont-be-returned-to-Uganda

Gay rights activist won't be returned to Uganda - Dr. Paul Nsubuga Semugoma, a Ugandan physician and gay rights activist living in South Africa, will not be deported back to Uganda. Semugoma was released in the late afternoon of Feb. 20, according to a Facebook posting by Coalition of African Lesbians, an activist group arguing for his release. "Paul is finally free and united with [his partner] Brian. Let ...


Maine-House-defeats-religious-bias-bill

Maine House defeats religious bias bill - From the Office of the Speaker, Maine - Augusta — In a largely party line vote of 89 to 52, the Maine House defeated a controversial bill that would undercut human rights protections and reproductive rights by creating a loophole in the state's strong non-discrimination laws. Democrats argued the religious discrimination bill, LD 1428, would carve out an exception for religious beliefs in the state's non-discrimination laws, such ...


NM-upholds-freedom-to-marry-with-bipartisan-support

NM upholds freedom to marry with bipartisan support - From a news release - New York — In an historic victory for the freedom to marry in New Mexico, the state's legislative session ended today and, by its inaction, resoundingly rejected a proposal that sought to strike down the state Supreme Court's unanimous ruling for marriage. The Senate bill, which threatened the Court's December 2013 ruling, failed to garner any support from either party. ...


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HRC video shows Americans exporting hate - From a news release. Video link below - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a new web video highlighting the role that American extremists have played in the passage of Russia's draconian anti-LGBT laws. The video details how more than a dozen Americans, including National Organization for Marriage ( NOM ) President Brian Brown have traveled to Russia in the last year to ...


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Oregon Attorney General: Ban on same-sex marriage indefensible - From a news release - PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that the state will not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in the case Rummell v. Kitzhaber. The ACLU of Oregon and Basic Rights Oregon welcomed the announcement. The state's legal filing stated that the Oregon marriage ban "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard ...


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Loyola bans same-sex wedding ceremonies in new policy - Loyola University Chicago changed its guidelines for wedding ceremonies on campus, adopting an official policy ahead of Illinois' equal-marriage law on June 1. The new policy, enacted last December, only allows Catholic weddings in the university's Madonna della Strada Chapel. All other civil or religious weddings, including same-sex unions, are banned from campus facilities. The decision also comes after a ...


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Marriage 'yes' votes prepare for primaries - In the years leading up to the 2013 Illinois marriage-equality votes, many politicians fretted behind closed doors about the possible long-term effects of a vote in favor of gay marriage. This was despite national statistics that show a more than 95-percent success rate for incumbent pro-marriage politicians—and it's nearly 100 percent for Democrats. And in Illinois, as of mid-February, just ...


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Jarrett blogs about Windsor; L.A. store protests Russia - National roundup: Special to the online version of Windy CIty Times - White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett recently posted a blog entry entitled "Thank You, Edie Windsor," according to WhiteHouse.gov. Windsor filed the case United States v. Windsor because she to pay nearly $400,000 in federal estate taxes after her wife, Thea Spyer, passed away in 2007. ( The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled in her favor, invalidating part of the ...


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Couples ask Idaho to declare marriage ban unconstitutional - From a news release - ( Boise, ID, February 19, 2014 )—Late Tuesday, four couples suing the State of Idaho asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional Idaho's refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry or to recognize their existing marriages. In their request, the couples argue that Idaho's ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the ...


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Chicago Bar Association evaluates primary candidates - From a news release - CHICAGO, ILL. ( February 19, 2014 )— The Chicago Bar Association ( CBA ) has released its evaluations of candidates running in the March 18, 2014 primary election for vacancies on the Illinois Appellate Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County. "We urge voters to consider the evaluations before casting their votes for judges," said CBA President J. Timothy ...


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HRC: Recall Ambassadors to Uganda, Nigeria - Kerry makes statement on Gambia anti-gay rhetoric - Washington — TheHuman Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to recall the nation's ambassadors to Uganda and Nigeria. HRC argued that urgent consultation is required before regular diplomacy can proceed with nations that recently enacted some of the world's most virulently anti-LGBT laws. "The Ugandan and Nigerian governments' decisions to treat their ...


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Indiana's HJR-3 officially off the ballot this year - From a news release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson issued this statement following the 32-17 vote in the Indiana Senate to pass HJR-3, the proposed constitutional marriage amendment. The amendment was passed without its deeply flawed second sentence, which would have permanently prohibited civil unions, domestic partnerships and other legal protections for same-sex couples. HJR-3 will not appear on the 2014 ...







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