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Attorney-General-Madigan-defends-Deferred-Action-for-Childhood-Arrivals-DACA

Attorney General Madigan defends Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 19 other attorneys general, today issued a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain and defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program. In the letter, Madigan and the other attorneys general explain how DACA has benefited their states and the nation as a whole and call on ...


German-president-OKs-marriage-law

German president OKs marriage law - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, allowing the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill June 30. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel—whose conservative party had not budged on the issue for some time—said she would allow its legislators to vote according to their conscience. Germany has permitted same-sex couples to ...


United-State-of-Women-holds-Chicago-summit

United State of Women holds Chicago summit - More than 1,000 women from all walks of life convened at McCormick Place to kick off the United State of Women Galvanize Program on July 15. The two-day Galvanize Program is an outgrowth of former President Barack Obama's Council on Women and Girls ( created in March 2009 ) to improve the lives of women and girls in every Obama ...


Quigley-leads-32-dems-in-letter-to-FDA-urging-end-of-discriminatory-blood-ban

Quigley leads 32 dems in letter to FDA urging end of discriminatory blood ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, led 32 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging them to update the outdated restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The FDA's current policy for men ...


Senate-Republicans-Confirm-Trumps-Anti-LGBTQ-Judicial-Nominee

Senate Republicans Confirm Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Senate's confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush's confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government. "Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee ...


Groups-join-to-call-on-IL-Chief-Justice-to-halt-immigration-enforcement-in-courts

Groups join to call on IL Chief Justice to halt immigration enforcement in courts - From a press release - Chicago — Calling on adherence to the tradition and mission of Illinois' courts to be open to all persons in our state, a diverse group of nearly 20 advocacy organization from across Illinois joined together to call on Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier urging him to take steps to protect immigrants' access to the state's courts. In a letter dated ...


Hastert-released-from-prison

Hastert released from prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, has been released from the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota. He spent the last 13 months there for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, records revealed. HIs official release date was Aug. 16. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of ...


Palm-Center-counters-claims-made-to-Armed-Services-Committee-on-transgender-service-

Palm Center counters claims made to Armed Services Committee on transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center responded to General Selva's testimony today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, offered the following response: "The Chiefs are misrepresenting the science about transgender troops in a disingenuous way that reflects the old Pentagon tactic of distorting the data about gays and lesbians under 'don't ask ...


Reports-Rauner-aide-fired-after-one-day-over-bigoted-tweets

Reports: Rauner aide fired after one day over bigoted tweets - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administrative house-cleaning—operating in overdrive since the General Assembly overrode the governor's veto of its FY 2018 budget earlier in July—claimed an employee on their first day on the job July 17 after several homophobic and bigoted social-media postings by that employee were located online, according to reports. Ben Tracy was recently appointed to be Rauner's new ...


WORLD-NEWS-Marriage-in-Australia-Amsterdam-reception-HIV-controversy-

WORLD NEWS Marriage in Australia, Amsterdam reception, HIV controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian Senator Dean Smith confirmed that he is drafting a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia, Gay Times Magazine reported. Many parliament members want the bill debated when the Australian parliament returns in August. This comes after a new poll suggested Australian voters want to go to the polls for same-same marriage, rather than let politicians have a free ...


NATIONAL-ROUNDUP-Mans-body-found-NC-Pride-situation-Cincinnati-clash

NATIONAL ROUNDUP Man's body found, N.C. Pride situation, Cincinnati clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Police in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, recovered the body of Todd McKee after issuing a missing-persons report, DelawareOnline.com reported. McKee ( the partner of travel writer/ Wawa Welcome America CEO Jeff Guaracino ) was last seen on July 8, when he was captured on surveillance footage leaving his apartment building in the 300 block of South Boardwalk. In a Facebook post, ...


Elizabeth-Warren-speaks-at-Rainbow-PUSH-event-

Elizabeth Warren speaks at Rainbow PUSH event - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren ( D-Massachusetts )—one day after introducing legislation that would, if enacted, give married same-sex couples a tax refund retroactive from their union to the 2013 invalidation of section 3 of DOMA—spoke at the July 14 International Women's Luncheon, which was part of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizen Education Fund's annual conference. ( U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters ...


HRC-assails-Paul-Ryan-for-clearing-path-for-anti-transgender-amendment

HRC assails Paul Ryan for clearing path for anti-transgender amendment - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, assailed House Speaker Paul Ryan for clearing a path for a dangerous anti-transgender amendment — and then making false claims about the process to dodge culpability. Ryan made two false claims, both of which were reported by the ...


HRC-New-Senate-Proposal-Jeopardizes-Health-Coverage-for-Millions-of-Americans

HRC: New Senate Proposal Jeopardizes Health Coverage for Millions of Americans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the latest draft of their so-called "health care" bill. While the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score this version of the legislation, a previous projection estimated the legislation will result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 — with 15 million losing their insurance ...


Anti-trans-defense-budget-amendment-defeated-in-House

Anti-trans defense budget amendment defeated in House - The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The vote followed a day of aggressive lobbying by LGBT advocates and supporters to reject the proposal, which ...


Baker-McKenzie-Implements-Gender-Transition-and-Identity-Guidelines

Baker McKenzie Implements Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines - Chicago, IL, USA, July 12, 2017 — Baker McKenzie has announced the implementation of its North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, joining other leading employers in implementing a policy that addresses the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees. The guidelines reflect best practices shared by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender ...


LGBT-aging-summit-report-July-12-17-

LGBT aging summit report July 12, 17 - Pride Action Tank will host a community report on Wed., July 12, 5-7 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.; and Monday, July 17, 5-7 p.m., at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The organization will report on findings from the recent OUTAging summit and field a discussion about the next steps. RSVP at PrideActionTank@AIDSChicago.org or 312-922-2322, ...


Disability-Pride-July-22-in-the-Loop-

Disability Pride July 22 in the Loop - The 14th Annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade will take place Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., starting at 401 S. Plymouth Ct. Post-Parade festivities will take place at Daley Plaza at 12 p.m. There is no registration fee to participate in the parade, although a donation is suggested. The grand marshals are Karen Tamely, Kevin Irvine and their daughter, Dominika, ...


Schneider-announces-HRC-endorsement

Schneider announces HRC endorsement - Congressman Brad Schneider ( D-Illinois ) recently announced the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign in his re-election campaign for Congress. "The Human Rights Campaign proudly stands with Congressman Brad Schneider," said Rob Newhart, an Illinois resident and member of HRC's national board, in a statement. Schneider is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act—federal legislation that would guarantee permanent ...


Drug-treatment-programs-get-federal-funds

Drug-treatment programs get federal funds - Three suburban court programs will get boosts to existing efforts that help drug users, courtesy of a new federal grant. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) awarded $324,811 to the Circuit Court of Cook County Drug Treatment Court programs in the Markham, Maywood and Bridgeview courthouses. The grant ...


Warren-Waters-Franklin-at-July-14-womens-luncheon

Warren, Waters, Franklin at July 14 women's luncheon - Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at the Women's Luncheon, honoring iconic singer Aretha Franklin on Friday, July 14, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund's 46th Annual International Convention at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Co-founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee ...


Obergefell-attorney-running-for-Congress

Obergefell attorney running for Congress - Indiana native Dan Canon has announced that he will run for Congress in the state's 9th District. Canon is one of counsel for the pioneering Kentucky and Indiana marriage-equality cases ( Bourke v. Beshear, Love v. Beshear and Love v. Pence ), and counsel for the Kentucky plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, according to ...


Community-Marketing-Insights-releases-Annual-LGBT-Community-Survey-report-

Community Marketing & Insights releases Annual LGBT Community Survey report - More than 41,000 respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) communities in 131 countries participated in the 11th annual survey. 180+ LGBT media, events and organizations worldwide partnered with CMI in this year's study, helping to gain wide representation from across the community. A sample of 2017 key findings of 17,300 LGBTs living in the United ...


Conservatives-campaign-for-Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell-for-transgender-troops-

Conservatives campaign for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for transgender troops - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A broad coalition of conservative activists, think tanks, pollsters, advocacy groups, politicians, and media outlets has launched an attack campaign to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell" for transgender service members. According to Palm Center director Aaron Belkin, "This is a full-scale effort to inflame the culture wars on the backs of loyal transgender troops." "Don't ask, ...


Paragraph-175-revisited-Genocide-in-Chechnya

Paragraph 175 revisited: Genocide in Chechnya - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Russian government openly supports the persecution of LGBT individuals and imprisons detractors, according to many reports. What is happening in Chechnya is full-force LGBT genocide and concentration camps. Needless to say, around the globe, homophobia and hate continue to severely affect the LGBT community. So what's next? Why do we sit idly and watch? The situation is a "code ...


National-roundup-Evangelical-poll-trans-death-Gavin-Grimm-Chick-fil-A

National roundup: Evangelical poll, trans death, Gavin Grimm, Chick-fil-A - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new survey shows a dramatic shift in attitudes toward favoring same-sex marriage among a younger generation of white evangelicals—a group considered to be one of the most conservative on the issue, The Washington Post noted. According to Pew, 47 percent of Generation X/millennial evangelicals ( those born after 1964 ) favor same-sex marriage, compared with 26 percent of boomer ...


World-news-Marriage-items-Chechnya-question-Rudolf-Nureyev

World news: Marriage items, Chechnya question, Rudolf Nureyev - Marriage certificates registering the union between two people of the same sex abroad are valid in Armenia, the justice ministry told PanARMENIAN.net. According to the Family Code, marriages between Armenian citizens, those between Armenian citizens and foreigners or stateless persons, which have been registered outside Armenia, are valid inside the country after consular legalization. Also, the Code stipulates that marriages ...


Human-Rights-Campaign-opens-new-grassroots-offensive-against-Trump-Pence-agenda

Human Rights Campaign opens new grassroots offensive against Trump-Pence agenda - From an HRC press release - Washington, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising, a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. In June, HRC partnered on dozens of nationwide marches — from the Los Angeles ...


Providers-politicians-react-to-budget-passage

Providers, politicians react to budget passage - After two years, Illinois finally has a budget. The General Assembly overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto July 6 after a protracted session to prevent, among other consequences, Illinois bonds being reduced to "junk" status. Numerous organizations and politicians issued statements in response. AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), which played a large part in organizing a coalition to advocate ...


Trump-properties-included-on-IGLTAs-LGBTQ-friendly-list-

Trump properties included on IGLTA's 'LGBTQ-friendly' list - Three Trump properties, among them the Trump International Hotel & Tower in downtown Chicago, have been named "LGBTQ-friendly businesses" by the Fort Lauderdale-based International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association ( IGLTA ), despite President Donald J. Trump's tumultuous relationship with the LGBT community. IGLTA officials, on July 6, defended that inclusion, noting that the hotels were owned independently of Trump ...


Rep-Gutierrez-Responds-to-Puerto-Rican-Statehood-Party-Senate-Presidents-LGBT-Slur

Rep. Gutierrez Responds to Puerto Rican Statehood Party Senate President's LGBT Slur - From a press release - Washington, DC — Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez ( D-IL ) responded to Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rican Senate President and a leader of the Statehood Party, who used the masculine pronoun "señor" repeatedly to describe Ana Matosantos, the only female member of Puerto Rico's Financial Oversight and Management Board ( known locally as the Junta de SupervisiÃ"n Fiscal or simply ...


HRC-to-Trump-Address-Anti-LGBTQ-Chechnya-Crisis-With-Putin-at-G-20-Summit-

HRC to Trump: Address Anti-LGBTQ Chechnya Crisis With Putin at G-20 Summit - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a letter ( http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/Putinletter7517.pdf ) from HRC President Chad Griffin to President Donald Trump ahead of Trump's scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit this week . In the letter, Griffin urges Trump to forcefully raise concern with Putin over Chechen attacks against gay ...


National-roundup-Asian-American-ad-another-trans-death-bribery-trial

National roundup: Asian-American ad, another trans death, bribery trial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time ever, emotionally moving videos of Asian parents of LGBT children appeared as pop-up ads on YouTube, a National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) press release noted. The ads played on YouTube in seven languages—Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Hindi—for Pride Month June 24-30. The ads were part of a comprehensive Asian ...


World-news-Madrid-World-Pride-bomb-attack-snuffed-Chinese-mans-win

World news: Madrid World Pride, bomb attack snuffed, Chinese man's win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of thousands flocked to Madrid World Pride, which has been called the largest LGBTQ pride event in the world, for more than a week of events, LGBTQ Nation noted. Madrid World Pride coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT pride protest in Spain, taking place in Barcelona. The July 1 parade doubled as a protest march, led ...


Politicians-talk-Equality-Act-local-politics

Politicians talk Equality Act, local politics - For U.S. Rep. David Cicilline ( D-Rhode Island ), the most frustrating aspect of conveying the urgency of the Equality Act, LGBT-rights legislation for which he is the chief co-sponsor, comes when he realizes that many people already think that widespread legal protections for LGBT individuals are already in place. "When you tell people that you can be fired from ...


LGBT-Country-Profiles-Track-Advances-Challenges-

LGBT Country Profiles Track Advances, Challenges - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( New York, June 23, 2017 ) — Human Rights Watch has published during Pride Month a compilation of the records of 63 countries in recognizing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people. The country profiles include research on LGBT rights from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report and other sources to ...


SAGE-hosts-talk-honors-Rep-Harris

SAGE hosts talk, honors Rep. Harris - By Tarina Hargrays - On June 20, Center on Halsted hosted a fundraiser and presentation for SAGE ( Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders ). Among other things, SAGE CEO Michael Adams discussed the importance of appreciating elderly LGBT members. Afterward, quotes from a few SAGE members around the country were read. One member named Carol wrote SAGE and said, "My partner of 45 ...


United-State-of-Women-plans-Galvanize-Program-in-Chicago

United State of Women plans Galvanize Program in Chicago - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C. ) — This summer, the United State of Women ( USOW ) will gather women in Chicago with the goal to mobilize them, inspire them and give them the tools to lead in their local communities. The Galvanize Program, a nationwide effort towards turning the passion of women across the country into strategic action, will kick off ...


NEA-honors-Jim-Obergefell-for-victorious-fight-in-Supreme-Court-case

NEA honors Jim Obergefell for victorious fight in Supreme Court case - From a press release - BOSTON—For his monumental fight in the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage across the nation, Obergefell v. Hodges, Jim Obergefell is being awarded the National Education Association's Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights. Since 1967, NEA has recognized and honored those who have fought — and continue to fight — for human and civil rights. This year, ...


Lambda-urges-Puerto-Rico-to-allow-accurate-birth-certificates-for-transgender-people

Lambda urges Puerto Rico to allow accurate birth certificates for transgender people - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( San Juan, PR, June 26, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed papers urging a federal court to strike down Puerto Rico's policy denying transgender people accurate birth certificates in its case on behalf of three transgender people born in Puerto Rico and the advocacy group Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. "The ability to define and express one's identity, and ...


Radogno-resigns-from-state-Senate

Radogno resigns from state Senate - Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno resigned, effective July 1—the day after the budget deadline. Radogno said she had planned to step down regardless if a budget deal was struck, not because of a lack of support for current Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers returned to Springfield for a special session as they tried to achieve a budget deal before ...


Dyke-March-Letters-to-the-editor-statements-issued

Dyke March: Letters to the editor, statements issued - Letters to the Editor The following letters, statements and Facebook posts were shared with Windy City Times in response to the controversy at the Chicago Dyke March. We would not normally dedicate this much space, but we do so to get as many opinions in as possible. WCT stands by our original story the evening of the Dyke March, ...


Grauer-responds-to-Dyke-March-organizers-claims-

Grauer responds to Dyke March organizers' claims - Dyke March Collective member Alexis Martinez, on June 27, offered her group's perspective on the events of June 24, when three Jewish women became involved in a dispute with other participants at a rally at Piotrowski Park following the 2017 march. Windy City Times also spoke with Laurie Grauer, one of those women. Grauer, who is Midwest director of the ...


Dyke-March-Collective-member-responds-to-criticism-and-attacks

Dyke March Collective member responds to criticism and attacks - During the rally at Piotrowski Park which followed the 2017 Chicago Dyke March held June 24 in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, an incident occurred involving Dyke March organizers ( the Collective ) and three Jewish women who were carrying rainbow flags with a Star of David upon them. The women included A Wider Bridge Midwest Manager Laurel Grauer along with ...


Cassidy-backs-Biss-for-governor

Cassidy backs Biss for governor - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss announced the endorsement of state Rep. Kelly Cassidy. In a statement, Cassidy said, in part, "Daniel is the only candidate in this race who has a record of enacting real, progressive change, including for the LGBTQ community. When we passed the ban on conversion therapy, when we passed marriage equality—he was there every step of ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Taylor-Macs-here-for-Hir

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Taylor Mac's here for 'Hir' - Acclaimed out playwright and drag-performance artist Taylor Mac is back in Chicago. But instead of donning glittery deconstructed drag onstage to entertain and prod audiences to question gender and culture throughout history, Mac is behind the scenes at rehearsals for Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago premiere of Hir. "It's fun to queer the institution a bit," said Mac, happy to have Hir ...


BOOKS-Nathaniel-Frank-chronicles-the-road-to-marriage-equality

BOOKS Nathaniel Frank chronicles the road to marriage equality - Nathaniel Frank trained as a historian, but found his calling covering what he calls "first drafts" of recent events. "In graduate school we used to make fun of people who were doing recent history and call them sociologists. It didn't seem like history could ripen into a really substantive and useful interpretation until some number of years had gone by," ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Delivers-HHS-Restoration-of-Sexual-Orientation-Question

National LGBTQ Task Force Delivers HHS Restoration of Sexual Orientation Question - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—The National LGBTQ Task Force ( "the Task Force" ) is celebrating the restoration by the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) of a sexual orientation question to the survey of older adults. The Task Force will redouble its effort for the addition of a gender identity question to the national survey. "This is a tremendous ...


World-news-Death-inquest-Pride-parades-Queen-Elizabeth

World news: Death inquest, Pride parades, Queen Elizabeth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Australia, an inquest has heard that soldiers training at the Army School of Artillery at North Head in Sydney used to brag about bashing gay men, ABC.net.au reported. The coroner is conducting a third inquest into the death of 27-year-old U.S. mathematician Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found at the bottom of a cliff at North Head in ...


States-Attorney-Foxx-hosts-pride-reception

State's Attorney Foxx hosts pride reception - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx continued the office's tradition of hosting an LGBTQ Pride Celebration. The 8th annual event took place June 26 at Center on Halsted. Kim Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, received the Vernita Gray Lifetime Achievement Award, named after longtime lesbian activist, and state's attorney employee, Vernita Gray. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who was ...


Chicago-Black-Gay-Mens-Caucus-holds-open-house

Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus holds open house - On June 22, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) held its annual Pre-Pride Parade Open House at Affinity Community Services at 2830 S. Wabash Ave. With many of the Caucus' board of directors and Affinity Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon in attendance, guests and caucus volunteers reviewed accomplishments of the group in the last 12 years while looking ...


LGBT-advocates-and-allies-denounce-Senate-health-care-plan-

LGBT advocates and allies denounce Senate health care plan - Advocates decried details of the U.S. Senate's HR 1628, a.k.a., the Better Health Care Reconciliation Act, after logistics of the plan were finally released on June 22. The intricacies of the plan—the Senate's answer to the House's Affordable Health Care Act ( AHCA )—were crafted in secrecy. The Congressional Budget Office has not yet had a chance to weigh in ...


Chicago-area-Constituents-Protest-TrumpCare-with-Mobile-Billboards-and-Rallies-

Chicago-area Constituents Protest TrumpCare with Mobile Billboards and Rallies - From a press release - WHEATON, IL, June 22, 2017 — A mobile billboard truck that holds our representatives accountable and spreads awareness about the harm of the American Health Care Act makes its final stops Thursday at rallies in the Chicago suburbs and the city. After debuting in Springfield earlier this week and making its way through the state, the tour arrives in Rep. ...


HRC-Opposes-Senate-GOP-Proposal-to-Rip-Health-Coverage-from-Millions-

HRC Opposes Senate GOP Proposal to Rip Health Coverage from Millions - From a press release - WATCH: HRC Releases Video on Consequences of Destroying ACA for Countless LGBTQ People WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the Senate Republicans' hatched-in-secret proposal to gut the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) and undermine access to health care for as many as 23 million Americans. If it passes, this bill will have a ...


Sedaris-Ginsburg-Ailey-dancers-part-of-Auditoriums-season

Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


Quigley-makes-statement-on-Pride

Quigley makes statement on Pride - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement on LGBT Pride Month, which is observed the month of June: "I am excited to stand with the LGBTQ community to celebrate Pride Month and how far we've come in the fight for equality, while also ...


Clinton-to-speak-at-ALA-conference

Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was secretary of state ( 2009-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children ...


Clerk-David-Orr-announces-he-will-not-seek-2018-re-election-

Clerk David Orr announces he will not seek 2018 re-election - Cook County Clerk David Orr, on June 21, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. In a statement, Orr, who has been County Clerk since December 1990, called the decision "a deeply personal choice that I have tussled with for some time because I care so much about the office, politics and the people in the office. I ...


VIEWS-A-sadder-Pride-because-of-Washington-inaction-

VIEWS A sadder Pride because of Washington inaction - by U.S. Reps Robin Kelly and David Cicilline - Every June, Pride comes to our cities and towns. We break out the rainbow flags, march in parades, and celebrate our uniqueness and being together. But as Pride Month starts, this year feels different. Sure, we will still celebrate this remarkable, diverse and loving community, but we are haunted by the wave of senseless violence that has targeted LGBT Americans. ...


HRC-releases-buying-guide

HRC releases buying guide - To help direct consumers to companies that value LGBTQ inclusion in their workplaces, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released its annual Buying for Workplace Equality guide. The guide, which the foundation first issued a more than a decade ago, provides consumer information based on company scores reported in the HRC's Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), ...


Panel-examines-trans-GNC-individuals-of-color-and-the-police

Panel examines trans, GNC individuals of color and the police - On June 16, a Minnesota jury acquitted the police officer who shot an innocent Black man Philando Castile multiple times during a traffic stop. Beloved in his community, Castile was killed for the crime of reaching for his identification. Hardly anyone was surprised by the verdict. On the same day, a panel in Chicago discussed methods for transgender, intersex and ...


3rd-District-Rep-Lipinski-faces-another-challenger

3rd District Rep. Lipinski faces another challenger - While no Republican contender has yet come forward, Democratic U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, of Illinois' 3rd District, continues to gain challengers from his own party. The latest candidate to announce his intention to run is Mateusz "Mat" Tomkowiak, an academic with an eye toward health policy, who wants to be the first openly LGBT federal elected official in Illinois' history. ...


Serbia-has-first-lesbian-leader-

Serbia has first lesbian leader - Serbia leader Aleksandar Vucic has named public administration minister Ana Brnabic as the new prime minister, Deutsche Welle reported. Brnabic is now the first woman—as well as the first openly gay politician—to lead the European country. This is seen as a major step for Serbia, which is considered a pretty conservative nation. She will take over for Vucic, who recently ...


Vancouver-link-to-European-court-ruling-against-Russias-gay-propaganda-law

Vancouver link to European court ruling against Russia's 'gay propaganda' law - From a press release - June 21, 2017 ( Vancouver, BC ) - A top European court has issued a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin over its so-called "gay propaganda" law, saying it breaches human rights laws by reinforcing the stigma around homosexuality and encourages homophobia. Russia has come under serious criticism for passing an "anti-gay propaganda" law in 2013 which forbids anything to ...


LGBT-friendly-Logan-Square-housing-gets-CHA-approval-

LGBT-friendly Logan Square housing gets CHA approval - An LGBT-friendly housing complex planned for Logan Square is one step closer to breaking ground. Curbed Chicago reported, on June 21, that Chicago Housing Authority ( CHA ) has approved plans for the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza, which is slated to be built at 2031 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The complex is currently expected to have 41 affordable ...


National-roundup-Blood-donor-campaign-trans-win-in-Va-Calif-honorees

National roundup: Blood-donor campaign, trans win in Va., Calif. honorees - In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) and Blood Equality announced a new social-media campaign to end the practice of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year, a press release noted. This campaign includes the release of a new video protesting this inequity and ...


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HIV/AIDS Council members resign after Trump inaction - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), on June 13, resigned from their posts, citing President Donald Trump's supposed indifference to the issue as their reason. Among those council members was Scott Schoettes, who is counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile ...


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Commerce Department Removes LGBTQ Employees From EEO Statement - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Commerce has excluded sexual orientation and gender identity in their 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity statement. Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the below statement: "Yet again, we see the Trump/Pence Administration actively seeking to undermine rights for LGBTQ people," said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. "The Department of Commerce's latest move to exclude ...


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Panel talks LGBT politics and the workplace - Price Waterhouse Cooper ( PWC ) and Center on Halsted, on June 15, presented a panel on LGBT politics in the workplace. Panelists included Kim Fountain, the Center's chief operating officer; Mike Ziri, Equality Illinois' public policy director; Alexis Paige, a legal assistant at Lambda Legal; and Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose officer for PWC. Fountain opened by noting that, for ...


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Coalition condemns administration's new instructions on transgender student discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: "In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools' obligations under Title IX to ...


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Lesbian cop helps subdue Va. shooter - One of the two members of the U.S. Capitol police credited with preventing a June 13 shooting on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field from turning into a massacre is a member of the LGBTQ community. According to a White House pool report, President and First Lady Melania Trump "met with Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, [receiving a] ...


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Kitowit and advocates discuss hate crimes legislation - Elected officials and community leaders gathered at the Chicago headquarters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to discuss the expected impact of HB 2390, recently passed hate crimes legislation that was co-sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit ( D-Aurora ). Among its components, HB 2390 amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to remove caps on restitution for a hate crime as ...


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Oregon first U.S. state to offer third gender marker on state IDs - From a press release - SALEM, OR—Effective July 1, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) will begin offering a third gender marker on state identification cards, making Oregon the first state in the country to recognize non-binary identities. Currently, Oregon has two gender options on state IDs: M for male and F for female. The third marker will be X for not ...


Foss-Eggemann-named-to-Human-Rights-Commission

Foss-Eggemann named to Human Rights Commission - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Maine Township Republican Committeewoman Charlene Foss-Eggemann, a prominent figure in GOP politics in the northwest suburbs, to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The Commission investigates and adjudicates claims of discrimination in the state. A corporate counsel consultant for LexisNexis, Foss-Eggemann is a resident of Park Ridge. "Her extensive experience as an attorney will be ...


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Shooting at Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, groups respond - From press releasees - From the Pride Fund: WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 14, 2017 — Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC — America's only national LGBTQ political organization solely focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer. STATEMENT FROM JASON ...







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