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Community-responds-to-Rauners-nomination-of-Meeks-as-ISBE-Chair-

Community responds to Rauner's nomination of Meeks as ISBE Chair - From a press release - The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance has joined with other groups in opposing the nomination of Reverend James Meeks to lead the Illinois State Board of Education. What follows is the press release from the organizations opposed to the nomination. Gov. Bruce Rauner, in his inaugural address, said that schools were his priority, that he wants Illinois to be a state ...


Obama-includes-LGBTs-in-State-of-the-Union

Obama includes LGBTs in State of the Union - From the White House - The following are the remarks from President Obama as prepared for delivery Jan, 20, 2015. He included gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, as well as same-sex marriage. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a ...


World-news-Marriage-in-Vietnam-speedskater-Irish-pol-comes-out

World news: Marriage in Vietnam; speedskater; Irish pol comes out - Gay-rights advocates in Vietnam are celebrating after the government repealed a nationwide ban on same-sex marriage, but there's a catch: Marriage equality isn't yet recognized, either, according to Care2.com. Lawmakers initially planned to give full recognition to same-sex marriage but decided instead to simply repeal the country's ban on gay marriage as an interim step, saying Vietnam needed more time ...


-National-roundup-Pol-backs-Leelah-GLSENs-week-gay-Nikon-ad

National roundup: Pol backs Leelah; GLSEN's week; gay Nikon ad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cincinnati, Ohio, the city's first openly gay councilman is offering his support to youth who are struggling with being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the Associated Press reported. Chris Seelbach has been speaking out following the apparent suicide of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn in southwest Ohio. "You can because you're exactly who you're supposed to be," Seelbach has ...


New-Congress-members-anti-gay-records-revealed

New Congress members' anti-gay records revealed - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has spotlighted six of the new members of the 114th Congress, highlighting rhetoric, record and positions on LGBT issues, a press release stated. One of the freshman featured is U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican from Illinois who was previously a member of the Illinois House. Among other things, HRC stated that Bost ...


National-roundup-DOMA-repeal-Boxer-retiring-Tiffany-Co-ad

National roundup: DOMA repeal; Boxer retiring; Tiffany & Co. ad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Democrats kicked off the new congressional session Jan. 6 by reintroducing legislation to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ), which allows states to refuse to legally recognize gay and lesbian couples married in other states, The Huffington Post noted. The new bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, repeals DOMA entirely. However, prospects for the measure ...


World-news-Nigerian-comes-out-Charlie-Hebdos-LGBT-link

World news: Nigerian comes out; Charlie Hebdo's LGBT link - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Popular Nigerian brand expert Kehinde Bademosi ( also known as Kenny Badmus ), who took to his Facebook page to reveal he was HIV-positive on Dec. 1, has taken to his wall again to reveal that he is gay, Naij.com reported. On World AIDS Days last month, the Orange Academy founder took a bold step by revealing that he was ...


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Loveless to fight ballot removal - Activist Marc Loveless, a gay man who had been campaigning for City Clerk post in the February elections, said he will be fighting his removal from the ballot. According to Chicago Board of Elections ( CBE ) records, Loveless' candidacy was challenged Dec. 1 by Cari Meyers, founder and president of the Puppy Mill Project. Incumbent City Clerk Susana Mendoza ...


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Rauner taps Meeks to head state education board - Former state Senator Rev. James Meeks has been nominated by Governor-elect Bruce Rauner to become Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. Meeks, who heads up the Salem Baptist Church on the Far South Side, has a long history of challenging goals sought by the LGBT community, so the Jan. 10 announcement was questioned by some LGBT-rights advocates. In ...


Boxer-announces-retirement-praised-for-LGBTQ-equality-record-

Boxer announces retirement, praised for LGBTQ equality record - - Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer announced that she will not run for reelection in 2016, setting up a big money political battle for her seat in the nation's most populous state, CNN noted. Boxer, the 74-year-old Democratic junior Senator from California, said that she is not retiring altogether and will continue working on "the issues that I love" through her ...


Robert-Bob-Fioretti-seeks-mayors-seat

Robert 'Bob' Fioretti seeks mayor's seat - Representing the city's second ward on the City Council since 2007, Ald. Robert "Bob" Fioretti lost his ward in a city redistricting and will not be returning to his seat on the council starting in the new term. But Fioretti, a member of the council's progressive caucus that has frequently been critical of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and their fellow council ...


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India elects first third-gender mayor - A third-gender candidate made history by winning the mayoral elections in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh Municipal Corporation by defeating the nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ), according to the Huffington Post India. Madhu Kinnar, who contested as an Independent candidate, won the election by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji. Kinnar, 35, belonged to the Dalit community, and ...


National-roundup-Nominee-yanked-Maloneys-request-Philly-trans-march

National roundup: Nominee yanked; Maloney's request; Philly trans march - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Barack Obama will not renominate controversial Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs to the federal bench in 2015, according to Politico.com. Boggs drew widespread opposition from Senate Democrats, including Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, for his record as a Georgia state legislator on gay marriage, abortion and the Confederate flag. Boggs was originally nominated in December 2013 but never ...


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Former N.Y. governor Mario Cuomo dies at 82 - Mario Cuomo—a three-term New York governor ( 1983-94 ) and father of the state's current governor, Andrew Cuomo—died New Year's Day at 82. Mario's death came the same day as Andrew was inaugurated for a second term, USA Today noted. George Pataki overcame Mario's bid for a fourth gubernatorial term. Mario decided against a run for president in 1991, leaving ...


Former-State-Rep-Rosemary-Mulligan-LGBT-ally-dies

Former State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, LGBT ally, dies - Former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Republican who represented the state's 65th district, died Dec. 30, according to Personal PAC CEO and President Terry Cosgrove, a close friend. She was 73. Mulligan was in office from 1993-2013, and a supporter of LGBT rights at a time when it was an especially risky stance in her party. She came into office ...


World-news-Burger-King-kiss-in-British-poll-Doctor-Who

World news: Burger King kiss-in; British poll; 'Doctor Who' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A protest was held at a Burger King in Madrid, Spain, in response to an incident where a same-sex couple were kicked out for kissing, the UK Independent reported. A security guard told the couple, aged 18 and 19, to leave the Plaza de los Cubos restaurant after families allegedly complained that they were setting a "bad example" to children. ...


Year-in-review-World-news-

Year in review: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Arrested in Nigeria: Following passage of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria, more than three dozen gay men were arrested. Several organizations, including Human Rights First, expressed outrage at the development. —From Russia with hate: Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law—which made for a lot of criticism at the Sochi Olympics held in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin ...


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World news: French pol outed; Irish bill; Chinese activist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A French far-right politician has said he will sue the French Closer magazine, which "outed" him as gay after it published photographs of him with a man, Pink News reported. Florian Philippot is the deputy leader of the French Front National, a party that has been accused of fostering anti-gay violence by aligning itself with aggressive anti-equal marriage factions and ...


-Obama-takes-action-vs-Gambian-on-rights-abuses

Obama takes action vs. Gambian on rights abuses - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has commended the Obama Administration for taking concrete action against the Gambian government following recent human rights abuses in the country, which include the vicious targeting of LGBT people and a new law that could send some LGBT Gambians to prison for life. In a statement released today by the White ...


Top-world-LGBT-stories-of-2014-

Top world LGBT stories of 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. And an openly gay college football player kissed his boyfriend in front of a television camera after becoming the first openly gay player to be hired by ...


World-London-mayoral-candidate-UKIP-situation-Jamaican-pastor

World: London mayoral candidate; UKIP situation; Jamaican pastor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay businessman Ivan Massow has announced his intention to run for mayor of London, according to On Top Magazine. He is the first Tory candidate to enter the contest, which takes place in 2016. In promoting his candidacy during a Gaydio radio interview, Massow, 47—a recovering alcoholic sober since 2008 and a self-made millionaire—said that the London gay scene ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Urban-planner-Amara-Enyia-runs-for-Chicago-mayor

ELECTIONS 2015 Urban planner Amara Enyia runs for Chicago mayor - [Editor's note: On Dec. 10, Amara Enyia announced that she would be withdrawing from the race and throwing her support behind the campaign of Ald. Bob Fioretti.] Amara Enyia has been one of the lower-profile individuals in the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the city election in February. She's never held public office, but she thinks that her ...


LGBT-impact-Portman-declines-Chers-political-tangle

LGBT impact; Portman declines; Cher's political tangle - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - National roundup: LGBT impact; Portman declines; Cher's political tangle COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS A new study released that Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released finds that Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Vermont Gov. Peter Chumlin would have both been defeated by their Republican challengers in the 2014 election if LGB people had not voted, a press release stated. ...


World-news-HIV-poll-Disney-art-project-Putins-claim

World news: HIV poll; Disney art project; Putin's claim - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Survey results from the U.K.'s National AIDS Trust ( NAT ) show that ignorance about HIV is a global problem, according to HIVPlusMag.com. The survey of nearly 2,000 people showed that a third of the public were in the dark about how HIV is transmitted. Twenty-eight percent identified an incorrect path of transmission, while 45 percent of the population were ...


Study-LGB-vote-decisive-in-close-elections-

Study: LGB vote decisive in close elections - From a press release - LOS ANGELES— A new study released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Vermont Governor Peter Chumlin would have both been defeated by their Republican challengers in the 2014 election if LGB people had not voted. "LGB voters are one of the most consistently Democratic voting blocks in the nation," ...


Garcia-sets-sights-on-mayors-post-

Garcia sets sights on mayor's post - A seasoned veteran in Chicago political circles, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia announced his candidacy for mayor relatively late, just three weeks before the filing deadline. But he proved his political experience by filing more than 60,000 signatures to get on the February ballot. Garcia is currently a member of the Cook County Board, where he's been President Toni Preckwinkle's floor leader. ...


World-news-Chinese-hookup-app-marriage-in-Finland

World news: Chinese hookup app; marriage in Finland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The world's most popular gay hookup app is now based in China, Advocate.com reported. Blued, a smartphone program and company that Chinese CEO Gene Le founded, has ousted Grindr from the worldwide top spot of same-sex matchmaking apps. Blued has skyrocketed to 15 million users since its launch in 2012, the majority of whom are from the Asian nation. In ...


Larry-Craig-hired-Pregnant-Man-charged-presidents-medals

Larry Craig hired; 'Pregnant Man' charged; president's medals - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee, KTVB.com reported. Craig was arrested in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. An undercover officer accused Craig of soliciting sex in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by tapping his foot under the stall and signaling he wanted ...


Local-candidates-file-for-February-election

Local candidates file for February election - Just as the news from state and federal elections die down, the city of Chicago begins to prepare for local races. Several gay and lesbian candidates are running, including three incumbent aldermen. Nov. 24 was the deadline for candidates to submit their papers for the city election, to be held Feb. 24, 2015. Runoff elections will follow April 7, 2015, ...


Toni-Preckwinkle-announces-funding-for-Restorative-Justice-Programs

Toni Preckwinkle announces funding for Restorative Justice Programs - From a press release - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle together with Cook County Commissioners Jerry Butler, Bridget Gainer, Jesus Garcia and Robert Steele today announced a significant investment of $500,000 for community-based restorative justice programs. Faith and community leaders from the Reclaim Campaign, a coalition calling for reforms to the Cook County criminal justice system, hailed this major commitment to restorative justice. Restorative ...


Ald-Tunney-receives-award-from-Thresholds

Ald. Tunney receives award from Thresholds - Social-services organization Thresholds honored 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney with an award at its annual meeting Nov. 6. In a newsletter, Tunney stated, "I was honored to receive the Thresholds 2014 Hero Award for my commitment to sound mental health policy and programs, along with my leadership role in the development of [the housing community] Buffett Place in Lakeview. "Securing ...


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Congresswoman's trans son; HRC co-founder arrested - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Miami television station aired Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's first interview with her transgender son, The Washington Blade reported. Rodrigo Lehtinen spoke at length about his decision to tell his parents in 2007 that he is trans. Rodrigo, whose birth name is Amanda, came out as gay while in high school. "As parents, we wanted to make sure that Rigo ...


World-news-Malaysian-insurer-Ian-Thorpes-shame-Nepal-survey

World news: Malaysian insurer; Ian Thorpe's shame; Nepal survey - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MetLife Inc.'s support for gay rights in the United States is drawing criticism to the insurer's partner in Malaysia, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. A group in the nation called for a boycott of AMMB Holdings Bhd.'s AmBank, citing MetLife's recognition as among the best places to work for LGBT individuals. MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer, reached a $249 million ...


Emanuel-honors-Harold-Washington

Emanuel honors Harold Washington - Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon, the Harold Washington Legacy Committee and community members on Nov. 14 to unveil a plaque in honor of the late Mayor Harold Washington. The plaque will be installed at the main entrance to Chicago's Central Library—the Harold Washington Library Center—which was dedicated in honor of Washington in 1991, in keeping ...


HRC-condemns-passage-of-anti-LGBT-law-in-The-Gambia

HRC condemns passage of anti-LGBT law in The Gambia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC also calls on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States' relationship with The Gambia. ...


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Frerichs prevails in treasurer's race - More than two weeks after the Illinois general election, Republican Tom Cross conceded the state treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs. In his acceptance speech Nov. 19, Frerichs said he will begin discussing with his staff some of the issues he addressed during his campaign, WGN-TV reported. Those issues, he said, include investment in agriculture and addressing banking deserts in ...


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Veteran killed; Perry disrupted; Collins honored - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, MercuryNews.com noted. Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Alex Teal, White's longtime partner, had previously told AP White ...


UN-tackles-conversion-therapy-Farrells-letter-Pope-Francis

UN tackles conversion therapy; Farrell's letter; Pope Francis - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time in its history, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) expressed concern over the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy being used on LGBT youth in the United States, according to a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release. Along with other signatories to the Convention Against Torture, the U.S. is reviewed by ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


Former-Chicago-Mayor-Byrne-dies-

Former Chicago Mayor Byrne dies - One-term Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, the city's first and still-only female mayor, died Nov. 14 at age 81, according to her family. Byrne was the first Chicago mayor to show support for the gay community. She issued an executive order banning discrimination in city employment and hiring, spoke out against police raids on gay bars, and she backed Chicago's gay-rights ...


Trans-activist-Monica-James-to-address-UN-on-police-violence

Trans activist Monica James to address UN on police violence - Just four years ago, society had got the best of Monica James. Her more-than-40-year battle to just survive as a transgender woman of color on the streets of Chicago was one that had left her physically broken and mentally depleted. The last of her will to fight was gone and there was absolutely nothing she could scrape up from her ...


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Politics: Guide to the gays; groups congratulate Rauner - Guide to the gays Most of the gay and lesbian candidates running for office in Illinois fared well. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) The result: Democratic incumbent Cassidy took on Republican candidate Denis Detzel, a consultant—and won handily. At last report, she had secured 85 percent of the vote. —Sam Yingling Race: Illinois state Representative ...


Local-groups-individuals-react-to-election-results

Local groups, individuals react to election results - ELECTIONS 2014: RESULTS - Individuals and groups had their own varied responses to the Nov. 4 election results. Windy City Times garnered reactions from said organization and a cross-section of people. Reactions are below: —Equality Illinois: "The people of Illinois have spoken, giving Bruce Rauner the chance to lead. As do all Illinoisans, we hope that as Bruce Rauner turns to governing he will ...


Marriage-now-allowed-in-Kansas-Eltons-foundations-grants

Marriage now allowed in Kansas; Elton's foundation's grants - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas Nov. 12, lifting a temporary stay issued Nov. 10 by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, The New York Times reported. The two-sentence order was similar to recent ones from the court, which has repeatedly declined to intercede in the legal battles over same-sex marriage. But there was one difference: The earlier ...


Ellens-show-in-Asia-OutGames-campaign-2018-Gay-Games

Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


Putin-is-The-Advocates-Person-of-the-Year

Putin is The Advocate's 'Person of the Year' - The LGBT publication The Advocate has named Russia President Vladimir Putin its 2014 "Person of the Year." The magazine stated in a press release that Putin's "crusade against LGBT Russians, and the outrage and protests his actions sparked" earned him the title. The Advocate added, "Since winning his third term in 2012, Putin has become ever more autocratic, and his ...


Meeks-Huberman-and-Poshard-among-transition-team-members

Meeks, Huberman and Poshard among transition team members - Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner on Nov. 6 announced several additional members of his transition committee, including openly gay former city official Ron Huberman and anti-gay minister Rev. James Meeks. Former U.S. Rep. Glenn Poshard, a conservative Democrat who in the late 1990's was given a "zero" rating by Human Rights Campaign, is another member of the team. Huberman, now a ...


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LGBT races across nation: mixed results - Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, winning election as Massachusetts attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud's chances of becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of any state fell short. There were mixed results for other LGBT candidates ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Durbin-tops-Oberweis-GOP-takes-Congress-local-LGBTs-win

ELECTIONS 2014 Durbin tops Oberweis, GOP takes Congress, local LGBTs win - Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin turned back a challenge from Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis in a race that was called relatively early in the evening of Nov. 4, ensuring that Durbin will represent Illinois for another six years. Oberweis conceded shortly before 8:45 p.m., saying competing in a heavily Democratic state was difficult, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before ...


Quinn-wins-city-vote-but-Rauner-strong-in-many-wards

Quinn wins city vote, but Rauner strong in many wards - According to the Chicago Board of Elections, as of the morning of November 5, 621,995 people in the City of Chicago had voted in the Illinois gubernatorial election. That number will more than likely change however, as late ballots are counted and the city grapples with a number of reported difficulties and improprieties at various polling locations. As political commentators ...


AFC-congratulates-the-governor-elect-urges-policy-funding-continuity-

AFC congratulates the governor-elect, urges policy, funding continuity - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) congratulates Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner on his victory last night. We and the community of HIV advocates stand ready to assist the governor-elect's transition team as they plan for the new administration. HIV and public health are not partisan issues. Every HIV infection averted through strong prevention programs saves the ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Printable-Election-Guide-Charts-voting-info

ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Election Guide Charts; voting info - Consult our 2014 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations. See and print out charts from the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2014102_chartsforweb.pdf . ...


Gov-Quinn-announces-2-million-for-youth-families

Gov. Quinn announces $2 million for youth, families - From a press release - Illinois gov. Pat Quinn publicly announced a $2 million commitment for construction of a supportive housing and community center in Humboldt Park. Quinn spoke Nov. 1 in front of the future facility, located adjacent to La Casa Norte's main office located at 3533 W. North Ave. This pledge of state capital funds is part of an $18 million facility that ...


Tim-Cook-fallout-in-Russia-Ugandan-dismissal-more

Tim Cook fallout in Russia; Ugandan dismissal; more - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Russian politician has called for a ban on Tim Cook, Advocate.com reported. Vitaly Milonov, a St. Petersburg city council member, expressed concern that the Apple CEO would bring an infectious disease into the country, shortly after Cook came out publicly in an op-ed in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Milonov is known internationally as the author of a citywide ban on public ...


Maura-Healey-first-openly-LGBT-Attorney-General

Maura Healey first openly LGBT Attorney General - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) tonight congratulated Maura Healey on her historic victory in the race to be the next Massachusetts Attorney General. HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement: "Maura Healey is one of the staunchest advocates for equality we have in this country, and we join her in celebrating her historic victory tonight. ...


Rauner-called-as-next-governor-of-Illinois

Rauner called as next governor of Illinois - A majority of Illinois voters Nov. 4 said they want Republican Bruce Rauner as their next governor. Rauner's victory comes after a long and expensive battle against incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, who conceded victory from his headquarters at the Allegro Hotel in downtown Chicago. Votes trickled in slowly, but by late evening, Rauner's lead gradually increased. WGN-TV called the race ...


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Sidebar: Top Cook County pols return for another term - A number of top Cook County officials, most of them running unopposed, will stay in their offices for the next four years. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will return for a second term. Favored by many to one day run for mayor of Chicago, she spent her first term cleaning up messes left behind by the previous administration, as ...


Gay-rights-advocates-condemn-Rauner-ad

Gay rights advocates condemn Rauner ad - Equality Illinois PAC, the political action committee arm of the Equality Illinois organization, on October 31 released a statement condemning Republican nominee Bruce Rauner for a campaign ad attacking an opponent for their support of gay marriage. The statement follows an Oct. 31 Crain's Business article by Greg Hinz reporting that fliers and robo-calls paid for by the Illinois Republican ...


Who-are-YOU-voting-for

Who are YOU voting for? - Windy City Times recently asked various Illinois LGBT individuals what political races they are following or how they plan on voting. Here is what they had to say: —AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO John Peller: "Nothing is more important to the future LGBT community and people with or at risk of HIV than who occupies the governor's mansion. I'm supporting ...


Strict-ID-laws-could-hinder-trans-voters-

Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters - [Originally published here 2014-09-27] A new study by a California-based think tank found that strict voter identification laws in 10 states might cause problems for transgender voters this fall, possibly disenfranchising more than 24,000 of them on Election Day. Illinois is not one of the states. And yet the states include Arkansas, Georgia and Kansas, where the outcome of key ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Guide-to-the-gays

ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays - The next primary elections, to be held Nov. 4, 2014, 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 Oct. 20. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: CitizensForKellyCassidy.com The skinny: Cassidy, who ...


Brad-Schneider-challenges-foe-on-rhetoric-vs-record

Brad Schneider challenges foe on rhetoric vs. record - ELECTIONS 2014: CONGRESS - In 2012, Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider took then Republican incumbent Robert J. Dold's House of Representatives seat in the Illinois' 10th District by just more than 3,300 votes. Dold wants his job back on Nov. 4 and, once again, it looks like the election is going to be a squeaker, with no clear front-runner in the race so far. The ...


Elton-visits-John-Kerry-anti-Cory-Booker-mishap-Apple-CEO

Elton visits John Kerry; anti-Cory Booker mishap; Apple CEO - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John visited Secretary of State John Kerry to announce the singer's foundation's partnership with PEPFAR, ABC News noted. The Department of State released comments John and Kerry both said before their meeting. In part, John said, "To be able to combine with PEPFAR, from our foundation's point of view, is a dream come true, because together, you double the ...


ELECTIONS-2014-COMPTROLLER-Topinka-vies-for-second-term

ELECTIONS 2014: COMPTROLLER Topinka vies for second term - State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, long a fixture of Illinois politics, is facing off against Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and libertarian candidate Julie Fox in order to serve a second term. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state Treasurer and served in both houses of the legislature. She made an unsuccessful attempt at running for governor in 2006. Simon, ...


ELECTIONS-2014-Out-gay-candidate-contends-in-suburbs-

ELECTIONS 2014 Out gay candidate contends in suburbs - In the liberal bubble that is Chicago, members of the LGBT community routinely run for political office. However, it's a relative rarity out in the suburbs, where views traditionally are more conservative. Bill Downs Jr. is that rare individual, running against incumbent Republican David McSweeney to represent the 52nd District. Windy City Times: I tried finding material about you online, ...


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ELECTIONS 2014 Marriage equality: How they voted - At the link below are the official roll call votes for Senate Bill 10, the bill which eventually passed marriage equality in Illinois. The state house vote took place Nov. 5, 2013, while the state senate voted Feb. 14, 2013. Many of the below senators and representatives are either up for reelection or running for other offices on Tue., Nov. ...


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Eight states to watch in Senate elections - House likely to remain in GOP control - Most of the pundits are saying Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate and keep the House in the November 4 elections. If they're right —and there is some room for doubt in both chambers—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will likely have to undergo a complete makeover. The numbers paint the picture: Of the 36 senate seats up for grabs November ...


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Global HIV conference; Chinese ad; D&G found not guilty - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HIV Research for Prevention 2014 ( HIV R4P )—the world's only global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention research, including treatment as prevention, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ), vaccines and circumcision—is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 28-31, according to a press release. Among those speaking/attending are Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of ...


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Oberweis: Would support federal marriage equality law - After much heated opposition to marriage equality in Illinois, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis said Oct. 23 that his thinking about the matter has shifted. Oberweis' remarks came in a debate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Each candidate was asked whether they would support a federal marriage equality law. "I think that's well-established," Oberweis replied. "The court has said ...


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ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Election Guide Charts - Early voting has begun in Illinois. Consult our 2014 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations. Pictured is incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (center) at the signing of the Illinois marriage-equality bill in 2013. His is just one of the crucial races up for the vote. See and print out charts from the ...


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ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays - The next primary elections, to be held Nov. 4, 2014, 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 Oct. 20. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: CitizensForKellyCassidy.com The skinny: Cassidy, who ...


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ELECTIONS 2014: Simon faces challenge in comptroller race - Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Simon says that, years after his death, she continues to hear from constituents about her father, Sen. Paul Simon. "As I go around the state, the thing I hear most frequently about Dad was, 'I didn't always agree with him, but I appreciated his honesty.' That's an important message that I get all the time: You've got ...


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Early voting; HRC scores congress; alderman not running - Early voting info Early voting for the Nov. 4 primary election will be offered through Sunday, Nov. 2. 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. ...


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Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


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Cuomo's AIDS task force; 'drag queen' comment; Jazz Jennings - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the End of AIDS Task Force to implement his bold plan to end new HIV infections in the Empire State by 2020, according to a press release. Members of the task force include longstanding AIDS activists, HIV-services providers and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Over the last decade, New York state has ...







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