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Nine-Illinois-cities-in-municipal-index

Nine Illinois cities in municipal index - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation—the educational arm of the LGBTQ organization—in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index ( MEI ), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including nine in Illinois. The average score for cities in Illinois is 69 out of 100 points, which falls above the ...


-Rep-Schneider-Announces-Legislation-to-Stop-Blocking-of-LGBTQ-Resources

Rep. Schneider Announces Legislation to Stop Blocking of LGBTQ Resources - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Brad Schneider ( Illinois' 10th District ) announced legislation he will introduce to ensure critical LGBTQ resources are not blocked at public schools and libraries. Currently, public schools and libraries that receive discounted telecommunications and internet rates through the Federal Communication Commission ( FCC ) E-Rate program must enforce an internet safety policy that in ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-Endorses-Pro-LGBTQ-Equality-Legislators-for-2018

Equality Illinois PAC Endorses Pro-LGBTQ Equality Legislators for 2018 - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Equality Illinois PAC is endorsing 32 incumbent legislators in its first round of endorsements as the state heads into the 2018 election cycle, the statewide LGBTQ political action committee announced today. "Elections matter, now more than ever for our community," said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC. "At a time when the Trump Administration is rolling back ...


ACLU-and-Lambda-Legal-Announce-Proposed-Settlement-With-North-Carolina

ACLU and Lambda Legal Announce Proposed Settlement With North Carolina - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — Transgender people in North Carolina will not be barred from using public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity under a consent decree proposed today by Gov. Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, and LGBT North Carolinians who are challenging state anti-LGBT laws H.B. 2 and H.B. ...


Senators-criticize-Sessions-for-urging-courts-to-immunize-discrimination-against-LGBTs

Senators criticize Sessions for urging courts to immunize discrimination against LGBTs - From a Lambda Legal press release - Washington, DC — Today, Lambda Legal blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Senators challenged Sessions' efforts to roll back the civil rights of the most vulnerable Americans, including a number of policies, statements, and actions directly targeting LGBT people, women, people of color, religious minorities, and immigrants. Sessions' testimony comes just weeks after a ...


HRC-Sessions-Tongue-Tied-on-Indefensible-License-to-Discriminate

HRC: Sessions Tongue-Tied on Indefensible License to Discriminate - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to answer questions about recent attacks on the LGBTQ community coming from the Department of Justice ( DOJ ). During a DOJ oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, several Senators addressed recent policies and memos issued by the DOJ ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Ebonie-Davis-running-for-vacated-state-rep-position

ELECTIONS 2018 Ebonie Davis running for vacated state rep position - By Matt Simonette Ebonie Davis simply says that the reason she is deciding to run for the post of 25th District state representative—a post being vacated by longtime state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie—is "now is the time." Davis—a longtime advocate who has worked as an instructor and facilitator for Illinois Department Human Rights' Institute for Training and Development—has also been ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-to-return-as-March-to-the-Polls

Women's March on Chicago to return as 'March to the Polls' - Women's March on Chicago, the coalition behind the historic gathering of 250,000 women and their allies this past January, is setting Jan. 20, 2018, for a new rally and Get Out the Vote ( GOTV ) effort. Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza and Ald. Michele Smith joined representatives of a wide group of champions at an Oct. 11 press conference to ...


GLAD-and-NCLR-Call-Out-Trump-Administration-For-Transgender-Military-Ban-

GLAD and NCLR Call Out Trump Administration For Transgender Military Ban - From a press release - Former Top Military Leaders File Powerful Statements of Support, As 15 State Attorneys General, National Advocacy Groups, and Leading Health Care Organizations Join the Call to Immediately Halt the Ban ( WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) hit back at the ...


Global-Medical-Body-Condemns-Forced-Anal-Exams-Homosexuality-Tests

Global Medical Body Condemns Forced Anal Exams, Homosexuality Tests - From a press release - ( Nairobi, October 17, 2017 ) — Doctors, medical professionals, and national medical associations should heed the World Medical Association's October 2017 resolution to end forced anal examinations on people accused of homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch said today. The General Assembly of the World Medical Association ( WMA ), an international organization consisting of national medical associations from 111 ...


Symposium-panelists-speak-on-youth-activism

Symposium panelists speak on youth activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Panelists during lunchtime panels at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's inaugural symposium on Oct. 9 spoke about the importance of LGBT youth becoming involved with activism and the ongoing efforts to preserve the community's rights in the state. At a panel of high school- and college-age activists, Evan, who comes from a rural Illinois community and is active in establishing gay-straight ...


Hillary-Clinton-Live-Oct-30

'Hillary Clinton Live' Oct. 30 - Promoting her most recent book, What Happened, former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. In What Happened, Clinton reveals her thoughts about the 2016 presidential election, which many consider to be the most controversial and unpredictable in history. She describes running against Donald Trump, ...


World-news-Sydney-cops-torture-victim-suicide-study-Prince-Harry

World news: Sydney cops, torture victim, suicide study, Prince Harry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four cops in Sydney claim they were singled out for investigation on drug charges simply because they are gay, NewNowNext.com reported. In early 2015, New South Wales ( NSW ) police officers Christian McDonald, Christopher Sheehy, Shane Housego and Steven Rapisarda were told of an anonymous complaint that they had used illegal narcotics. The citation stated the four were "notorious ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Cong-John-Lewis-on-LGBT-equality-social-justice

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Cong. John Lewis on LGBT equality, social justice - by Jen Colletta - When President Barack Obama linked Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall in his second inaugural address, it was a connection that hit home for Congressman John Lewis. For more than six decades, Lewis has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice—whether it's racial equality, the women's movement or LGBT rights. Lewis began his work in the civil-rights ...


New-Study-Attitudes-toward-gays-lesbians-changing-in-developing-world

New Study: Attitudes toward gays, lesbians changing in developing world - From a press release - Washington — Today, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Charles Kenny and Researcher Dev Patel released a new studythat finds that just as social attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed rapidly in the developed world, these attitudes are also changing in the developing world. The study also suggests that the changes in social attitudes often follow and are caused ...


TLDEF-Files-Brief-in-Support-of-Transgender-Servicemembers-on-Military-Ban

TLDEF Files Brief in Support of Transgender Servicemembers on Military Ban - From a press release - New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed an amicus or "friend of the court" brief with the United States federal court in Washington, D.C. in support of transgender troops who are challenging the ban on open transgender military service. Last July, President Trump announced the ban via Twitter. The brief supports a lawsuit against the Trump ...


Attny-Gen-Madigan-sues-Homeland-Security-for-failing-to-open-immigration-files

Attny Gen Madigan sues Homeland Security for failing to open immigration files - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with nine other attorneys general, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) request for information relating to the detention and deportation of immigrants. In June, Madigan joined the same coalition of attorneys general in issuing ...


Citywide-Pride-event-focuses-on-bisexual-perspectives

Citywide Pride event focuses on bisexual perspectives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BP Pride and Out and Equal Chicagoland hosted Bisexual Queer Alliance's ( BQAC )'s "Bi Visibility: Not a Silent Partner for Equality" at BP's downtown office on Oct. 10. "The bi community is often unserved and sometimes ill served by myths, misinformation and bias," said Jim Huberty, Chair of Out & Equal Chicagoland. "Our constituents [LGBTQ and HR/Diversity & Inclusion ...


National-roundup-Stonewall-intersex-case-Caitlyn-Jenner-Kamala-Harris

National roundup: Stonewall, intersex case, Caitlyn Jenner, Kamala Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Trump administration ( and the National Park Service ) withdrew support for a ceremony at Stonewall National Monument that involved the dedication of the rainbow flag, Raw Story noted. Last year, President Obama designated the monument to commemorate the uprising in New York City and the LGBT community that fought back for equality. The park is in New York ...


Prime-Timers-global-event-Oct-29-Nov-2

Prime Timers global event Oct. 29-Nov. 2 - Chicago Prime Timers will host the Prime Timers Worldwide Convention for its 30-year anniversary on Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton Chicago, 300 E. Ohio St. Events will include four days of workshops ( such as "Event Planning Strategies" and "Gay Men and Prostate Cancer" ) as well as dinner cruise, a Halloween masquerade ball and ...


PFLAG-HRC-call-out-Trump-Pence-hanging-joke

PFLAG, HRC call out Trump/Pence hanging "joke" - From press releases - PFLAG National ED Jaime Grant Calls Out Trump/Pence Hanging "Joke" WASHINGTON, D.C.—PFLAG National—the nation's largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ )—released the following statement from Executive Director Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D.: "There is no such thing as a 'joke' that puts the lives of people at ...


Attny-Gen-Madigan-files-brief-opposing-ban-on-transgender-military-service

Attny Gen Madigan files brief opposing ban on transgender military service - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 14 other attorneys general, filed an amicus brief opposing the federal administration's plans to ban military service by transgender individuals. The amicus brief, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that banning transgender individuals from serving in the military is unconstitutional, against the interest of national ...


After-removing-trans-protection-Sessions-seeks-credit-for-DoJ-work-on-hate-crime-

After removing trans protection, Sessions seeks credit for DoJ work on hate crime - From press releases - Lambda Legal Calls out Sessions' Hypocrisy as He Touts DOJ Assistance in Iowa Hate Crimes Case "For Sessions to seek credit for helping prosecute hate crimes against transgender people is akin to him handing out gasoline and matches and then looking for a pat on the back when he prosecutes someone for committing arson." NEW YORK (October 15, 2017) ...


LPAC-names-Vaid-interim-executive-director-

LPAC names Vaid interim executive director - Washington, DC: October 13, 2017…….LPAC, founded in 2012 as the first lesbian Political Action Committee, announced today that Urvashi Vaid, longtime attorney and organizer in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) and social justice movements, will serve as the organization's Interim Executive Director as the search for a permanent Executive Director begins. Vaid has held senior executive positions ...


Bipartisan-Legislation-Introduced-to-Protect-Trans-Service-Members

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Protect Trans Service Members - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, praised members of Congress for introducing bipartisan legislation that would help protect transgender service members from being discharged because of President Trump's unconscionable transgender military ban. The legislation was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Jackie ...


National-Park-Service-withdraws-sponsorship-of-Stonewall-rainbow-flag-dedication-

National Park Service withdraws sponsorship of Stonewall rainbow flag dedication - From a press release - ( NEW YORK CITY — October 10, 2017 ) — The National Park Service ( NPS ), which had originally approved and sponsored a ceremony to be held tomorrow at 12:00 Noon at Stonewall National Monument to dedicate the Rainbow flag, has suddenly withdrawn. The event, however, will go on. LGBT activists planning the event with NPS officials cite bureaucratic ...


Lambda-Legal-fights-for-intersex-citizen-denied-a-US-passport

Lambda Legal fights for intersex citizen denied a U.S. passport - From a press release - ( Denver, CO, October 10, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal returned to federal court today on behalf of Dana Zzyym, an intersex citizen and U.S. Navy veteran denied a passport because the U.S. State Department refuses to recognize a gender marker that is neither male nor female. "Dana has been fighting for almost three years for an essential identity document ...


Sen-Kamala-Harris-to-speak-actress-Uzo-Aduba-to-be-Honored-at-HRC-dinner

Sen. Kamala Harris to speak, actress Uzo Aduba to be Honored at HRC dinner - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris will speak and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba will be honored at the 21st annual HRC National Dinner on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center. "Senator Kamala Harris is a champion of equality who is committed to helping ...


Callen-Lorde-LGBTQ-healthcare-leader-sending-medical-team-to-Puerto-Rico

Callen-Lorde, LGBTQ healthcare leader, sending medical team to Puerto Rico - From a press release - New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announced that it is sending an emergency medical response team to provide medical relief to Puerto Rico as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort. The team is comprised of Spanish-speaking medical providers and nurses with experience in emergency response, and will be led by Dana Delgardo, a ...


Interfaith-LGBTIQ-leaders-at-UN-to-discuss-Christian-right-end-of-criminalization

Interfaith LGBTIQ leaders at UN to discuss Christian right, end of criminalization - From a press release - New York, NY — On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country's Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing ...


Attny-Gen-Madigan-files-brief-to-protect-LGBTQ-workers-from-discrimination

Attny Gen Madigan files brief to protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 17 other attorneys general, today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The case, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, involves Jameka Evans, a security guard at a Savannah hospital who was harassed ...


Task-Force-Trump-is-Trying-to-Single-Handedly-Sabotage-Health-Care

Task Force: Trump is Trying to Single-Handedly Sabotage Health Care - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Today, President Trump signed an executive order that will decimate access to care for those who need it most. The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force: "Trump's executive order undermines key protections provided by the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) that prevent discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. ...


National-trans-group-launches-political-arm-for-impact-on-elections

National trans group launches political arm for impact on elections - A leading national transgender group has launched a political arm aimed at electing candidates to advance transgender rights. The National Center for Transgender Equality, which has existed since 2003 as 501( c )( 3 ) lobbying group, announced its new 501( c )( 4 ) at an event Oct. 3 at the D.C.-based law firm of Squire, Patton, Boggs. Mara ...


Social-change-film-festival-Oct-13-15

Social-change film festival Oct. 13-15 - The national nonprofit organizaiton Social Change will host its social-change film festival, #ChangeFest, in three states: Illinois, California and New York. In Illinois, it will take place Oct. 13-15 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr. The festival will feature: —29 films, including 16 world premieres—one of which is from first-time filmmaker Monica Raymund, who ...


Military-Partners-Families-Coalition-to-join-OutServe-SLDN

Military Partners & Families Coalition to join OutServe-SLDN - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) October 11, 2017 — OutServe-SLDN, the nation's leading legal and advocacy organization for LGBT servicemembers, veterans, and their families, and the Military Partners and Families Coalition ( MPFC ), an advocacy and outreach organization for LGBT military families, are pleased to announce that they are joining forces. The existing operations of MPFC will be incorporated into OutServe-SLDN, ...


World-news-Elton-John-UN-resolution-Nepalese-trans-first

World news: Elton John, UN resolution, Nepalese trans first - The Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C, a press release noted. In the United States, EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Radio-show-host-Stephanie-Miller-talks-Trump-tour

NUNN ON ONE Radio-show host Stephanie Miller talks Trump, tour - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Radio-show host Stephanie Miller continues to mix comedy with politics and these days there's plenty of material. The daughter of U.S. Rep. William E. Miller, she started performing sketch comedy in high school. She worked comedy clubs while being on the radio in the '80s and '90s. Miller hosted her own late-night television talk show and then several other shows ...


DoJ-calls-for-broad-religious-exemption-interpretation-leading-groups-speak-out-

DoJ calls for broad religious exemption interpretation, leading groups speak out - From press releases - From National LGBTQ Task Force: We won't stand for it. WASHINGTON-DC: The Trump-Sessions Department of Justice released guidance this morning calling for broad interpretations of religious exemptions across the federal government. The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force: "The Trump-Sessions so-called "religious liberty" guidance is completely unsurprising. This administration has shown again ...


Egypt-Mass-arrests-amid-LGBT-media-blackout-activists-get-death-threats

Egypt: Mass arrests amid LGBT media blackout, activists get death threats - From a press release - ( Nairobi, October 6, 2017 ) — The Egyptian government has intensified its campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people and their supporters, arresting dozens of people in less than two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. A media regulatory body has also banned all "positive" reporting on homosexuality. Since September 22, 2017, when several young ...


NCLR-decries-two-anti-trans-actions-by-administration-in-one-day

NCLR decries two anti-trans actions by administration in one day - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — The Trump administration today landed two punches against transgender Americans, first asking the courts to dismiss a legal challenge to President Trump's ban on military service by transgender people, and then separately rolling back important employment discrimination protections for transgender workers across the country. Taken together, the two actions reinforce an agenda focused on promoting discrimination against ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Lamont-Robinson-launches-run-for-state-House-seat

ELECTIONS 2018 Lamont Robinson launches run for state House seat - Lamont Robinson—who runs two Chicago Allstate Insurance offices, one in Bronzeville, the other in Humboldt Park—recently announced that he's campaigning to fill the Illinois House's 5th District post currently held by state Rep. Juliana Stratton, who is running for Lieutenant Governor alongside gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker. Should he be elected, Robinson would be the first openly gay African-American state legislator ...


Judge-Nancy-Katz-reflects-on-career

Judge Nancy Katz reflects on career - Judge Nancy Katz—recently retired from the Cook County Circuit Court and the first openly lesbian judge there—said that judges have an important role to play in bringing about social change. "You certainly advance justice on a case-by-case approach, by making good, impartial decisions based on the law, facts and a compassionate approach to people," she explained. "One-by-one-by one, [judges] make ...


Azerbaijan-In-Anti-Gay-Crackdown-Gay-Men-Transgender-Women-Tortured-

Azerbaijan: In Anti-Gay Crackdown Gay Men, Transgender Women Tortured - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Berlin, October 3, 2017 ) — Police in Azerbaijan have conducted a violent campaign, arresting and torturing men presumed to be gay or bisexual, as well as transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviews with released detainees and lawyers confirmed that since mid-September, police in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital, have detained dozens of people on dubious ...


HRC-Endorses-Oregon-Governor-Kate-Brown-for-Re-election-

HRC Endorses Oregon Governor Kate Brown for Re-election - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced its endorsement of Oregon Governor Kate Brown in her bid for re-election. The announcement is the organization's first gubernatorial endorsement for the critically important 2018 election cycle. Oregon is home to an estimated 158,000 eligible LGBTQ voters, and hundreds of thousands more allied voters. "Kate Brown is a ...


National-roundup-Bisexual-politicians-shooting-conviction-Trump-ban

National roundup: Bisexual politicians, shooting conviction, Trump ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is running for the Senate seat held by Jeff Flake, ending months of speculation about her political future and giving Democrats a top-tier fundraiser with experience on Capitol Hill, AZCentral.com reported. In a video announcing her bid,the Arizona Democrat recounts her upbringing in a family that fell from the middle class into homelessness. She made her ...


World-news-Arrests-in-Egypt-trans-man-denied-German-couple-marry

World news: Arrests in Egypt, trans man denied, German couple marry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Seven people were arrested in Egypt for raising a rainbow-pride flag at a concert in Cairo by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, whose lead singer ( Hamed Sinno ) is gay, LGBTQ Nation reported. They were detained for "promoting sexual deviancy"—one of the several laws authorities use to go after LGBTQ people, despite homosexuality not being explicitly criminalized under Egyptian law. ...


5th-Circuit-denies-challenge-to-Mississippi-law-high-court-appeal-to-come

5th Circuit denies challenge to Mississippi law, high court appeal to come - From a press release - ( Jackson, October 2, 2017 ) — Mississippi civil rights attorney Rob McDuff, along with Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal, today announced they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied their en banc petition asking the full court to rehear the case challenging Mississippi House Bill 1523, ...


Chicagoans-gather-for-resources-awareness-for-Puerto-Rico

Chicagoans gather for resources, awareness for Puerto Rico - Video below - A group of Chicagoans gathered Sept. 30 at the Home Depot at 3500 N. Kimball Ave. to collect food and supplies to be sent on to Puerto Rico as the island begins its slow recovery from the devastation there after Hurricane Maria. The collection was organized by a local chapter of the group Puerto Rico Rises, a national effort by ...


Victory-Fund-holds-champagne-brunch

Victory Fund holds champagne brunch - Speaking at the Victory Fund's Oct. 1 champagne brunch for Chicago supporters at Ignite Studios, 401 N. Armour St., executive director Aisha Moodie-Mills acknowledged numerous stressors befalling LGBT Americans right now, from destructive weather to unfriendly politicians, but said that many in the LGBT community "are the ones who are leading the resistance." LGBT politicians, Moodie-Mills added, are "putting into ...


Hate-group-Alliance-Defending-Freedom-center-of-anti-LGBTQ-industry

Hate group Alliance Defending Freedom center of anti-LGBTQ industry - From a Media Matters press release - Alliance Defending Freedom ( ADF ) is the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation and is representing plaintiff Jack Phillips in the upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. The case may determine whether businesses serving the public have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of "religious" or "artistic freedom." ADF ...


Gov-Rauner-signs-HB-40-into-law-ending-possible-trigger-on-criminalizing-abortion

Gov. Rauner signs HB 40 into law, ending possible trigger on criminalizing abortion - From press releases - CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2017) —Governor Bruce Rauner made the following statement concerning his decision to sign House Bill 40: "I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle. "But, as I have always said, I believe a woman ...


Census-Bureau-reverses-previous-decision-to-exclude-LGBTQ-question-

Census Bureau reverses previous decision to exclude LGBTQ question - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: Today, the US Census Bureau reversed a previous decision to exclude a question on sexual orientation from the Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study. In response to this victory, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, issued the following statement: "Make no mistake - public pressure on the Trump Administration works. It was messages from the ...


PP-says-Dan-Lipinski-Is-Lying-About-Planned-Parenthood

PP says: Dan Lipinski Is Lying About Planned Parenthood - From a Planned Parenthood press release - Rep. Dan Lipinski ( IL-3 ) blatantly lied about Planned Parenthood's services at a town hall earlier this year when he said a "Planned Parenthood's is largely about abortions." His lies were met with boos from his constituents, including one woman who yelled, "This is not true. It's reproductive health services." View the video at the link: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=!AA37PrlCTs-2Tjo&cid=7ABB4408162506DE&id=7ABB4408162506DE!117&parId=root&o=OneUp . FACT: ...


HRC-Roy-Moore-in-the-US-Senate-Would-Be-Dangerous-for-LGBTQ-Alabamians

HRC: Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate Would Be Dangerous for LGBTQ Alabamians - From an HRC press release - Birmingham, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the Alabama Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In this election, Alabama Republican primary voters were given no viable choice when it comes to a ...


Dem-candidates-to-hold-LGBTQ-forum-Dec-6

Dem candidates to hold LGBTQ forum Dec. 6 - LGBTQ Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact their lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wed., Dec. 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced. The Illinois LGBTQ Forum: The Democratic Candidates for Governor—with Affinity Community Services, the Association of Latinos/as ...


Building-a-Trans-Inclusive-Community-workshop-Oct-17

Building a Trans-Inclusive Community workshop Oct. 17 - A workshop entitled Building a Trans-Inclusive Community will be presented by Kate Harrington-Rosen & Jes Scheinpflug from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 607 Lake Street in Evanston. Because work, school, worship, friends and family tend to be conditioned by society to view and treat gender in ways that don't serve society well, this interactive 2-hour workshop is designed for community ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-Fights-Trump-Census-Bureau-Erasure

National LGBTQ Task Force Fights Trump Census Bureau Erasure - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: On Tuesday, the Census Bureau announced that it is removing the planned sexual orientation question from a national survey. "Who and how the Census counts has enormous consequences for resource distribution, representation and LGBTQ protections," said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director. "We shouldn't have to keep telling this administration that we count. In case we weren't ...


Attorney-Gen-Madigan-files-brief-with-Supreme-Court-defending-voting-rights

Attorney Gen. Madigan files brief with Supreme Court defending voting rights - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of 13 Attorneys General in filing a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of voting rights under the National Voter Registration Act. The brief, filed in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute ( No. 16-980 ), argues that Ohio's practice of deregistering voters under a "Supplemental ...


US-Senator-Tammy-Baldwin-protects-LGBTI-human-rights-in-foreign-policy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin protects LGBTI human rights in foreign policy - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin successfully fought to include an amendment to the FY 2018 State Department appropriations legislation to prevent the elimination of two critical offices for ensuring LGBTI rights are a U.S. foreign policy priority. "America must lead by example, and eliminating offices that help facilitate LGBTI human ...


Moment-of-silence-fundraiser-planned-for-sister-city-affected-by-earthquake

Moment of silence, fundraiser planned for sister city affected by earthquake - Chicago Sister Cities International and Casa Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico will commemorate the one-week anniversary of the devastating Mexico City earthquake with a moment of silence and fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. At 1:14 p.m. there will be aMoment of Silence in honor of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that ...


Gov-Rauner-Meets-with-Leaders-of-LGBTQ-and-Allied-Organizations

Gov. Rauner Meets with Leaders of LGBTQ and Allied Organizations - From a press release - CHICAGO—LGBTQ and allied groups met with Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday morning to discuss challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans that might find remedy in actions by the state. The issues discussed during the meeting at Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, included healthcare and human services, youth and schools, housing, immigration, LGBTQ cultural competency ...


World-news-Brazil-ruling-gay-prime-minister-Taiwan-films-honor

World news: Brazil ruling; gay prime minister; Taiwan film's honor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brazilian activists and celebrities have condemned a court ruling that approves a "cure" for gay people, BBC.com reported. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of Brasilia, backed psychologist and evangelical Christian Rozangela Justino, who had her license revoked for offering so-called "conversion therapy." Critics have called the ruling regressive and medically unsound. Thousands of people marched the ...


National-roundup-Catholic-Univ-amfAR-battle-Texas-hate-crime-assaults

National roundup: Catholic Univ.; amfAR battle; Texas hate-crime assaults - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The seminary at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., rescinded an invitation to Rev. James Martin amid ongoing criticism he is too welcoming toward the LGBT community, NewNowNext.com reported. Martin—who was appointed advisor to the Vatican's secretariat for communications earlier this year—released his book Building a Bridge in June. In it, he addressed how Catholics can be more inclusive, and criticized ...


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Housing-rights activists protest Cappleman's office - Several dozen advocates for the homeless gathered Sept. 25 at the Uptown offices of 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman. The protesters came to denounce the treatment of some 75 individuals who, until the week of Sept. 18, had been residing beneath the viaducts at Lake Shore Drive and Lawrence and Wilson avenues. Those persons were subsequently evicted from additional sites ...


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HRC Condemns Expanded Muslim Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reacted to Donald Trump's xenophobic actions extending his Muslim travel ban issued earlier this year. The far-reaching travel ban expands his last executive order to apply to eight countries and is to be kept in place indefinitely. "Donald Trump's travel ban poses a serious threat to individuals trying to ...


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Chicago's theater community comes together to fight racism, other bias - The Chicago theater community came together to fight racism in a special event co-produced by Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Sept. 25. This special one-night event, Chicago's Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism's "Highlighting Racism," was hosted at Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. The event confronted racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other ...


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F U Hate fundraiser for LGBTQ, immigrant Children's Rights Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 22, 2017 ) — Links Taproom — an All-American craft beer and sausage focused neighborhood bar located at 1559 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park — will host a massive fundraising "F U Hate" event for LGBTQ+ & immigrant children's rights charities on Sunday, October 1. For the event, 100 percent of all craft beer, liquor, wine, ...


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DeVos reverses Obama-era guidelines to schools on sexual assault - On Sept. 22, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era Title IX guidance to schools on dealing with sexual assault on campus. In so doing, she reversed federal policy that has played an important role in driving schools to do more to protect sexual-assault victims. The department issued a letter saying that it was rescinding guidance issued in 2011 ...


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National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Senate Republican leaders blocked a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense bill that would have stopped the Pentagon from implementing the bulk of President Trump's ban on transgender service members, Metro Weekly reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the kibbosh on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, deciding not to file for cloture. As written, the ...


World-news-Jewish-lawmaker-LGBT-crimes-trans-school-reopens

World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal Guetta, of the Shas party, said in an Israeli radio interview that he and his family had gone to the celebration—held two years ago in Israel—because he wanted his sister's son to be happy, although same-sex marriage ...


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Committee formed for McCarthy mayoral run - Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy—or someone acting on his behalf—has apparently formed an exploratory committee to run for mayor of Chicago in February 2019, according to ABC 7 Chicago. McCarthy was the head of the Chicago Police Department from May of 2011 until December 2015. Current Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired him in the wake of the release of video ...


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'Use It or Lose It' Sept. 23 at Greenhouse - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "Use It or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights" on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The event spotlights original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of U.S. residents' rights and freedoms. "Use It" features short plays by Thomas ...


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GLAD, NCLR react to transgender military ban, anti-transgender judicial nominee - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), the LGBT advocacy organizations at the center of the transgender military fight, expressed outrage over comments made by Trump judicial nominee Jeff Mateer following reports that he called transgender children part of "Satan's Plan" and ...


City-clears-out-Uptown-tent-residents

City clears out Uptown tent residents - Video below - In a chaotic early morning scene Sept. 18, city authorities evicted persons who had been residing beneath Lake Shore Drive viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence avenues on the North Lakefront. Residents and advocates had expected the eviction; city officials had announced the deadline a month earlier, but, according to residents, they had not been forthcoming with any new housing options. ...


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Lambda, allies to Supreme Court: Trump's Muslim ban unconstitutional - From a press release - Lambda Legal joined allied religious and civil-rights organizations and members of the clergy today in telling the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump's Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom. "As longtime advocates for access to immigration and asylum for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, we denounce the Trump Administration's efforts to shape immigration policies ...







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