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Federal-Court-Rules-for-Pennsylvania-School-Districts-Trans-Inclusive-Policy

Federal Court Rules for Pennsylvania School District's Trans-Inclusive Policy - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's unanimous decision upholding Boyertown Area School District's LGBTQ-inclusive school policy. "As the Trump-Pence Administration and anti-equality activists continue to ...


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State rep alleges retaliations from Madigan's allies - Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago )—who, this past winter, spoke publicly about sexual-harassment allegations in House Speaker Michael Madigan's political operations—is saying that she and her part-time employer have been dealing with retaliation efforts from Madigan's allies. Cassidy, who is lesbian, said May 21 in a Chicago Sun-Times article that she quit her position with the Cook County ...


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LGBT victories in Tuesday's voting - There was big news out of Texas Tuesday night. Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas in a run-off primary Tuesday night, becoming the first openly LGBT person —and the first Latina— to win a major party nomination for governor in the state. Valdez's win, with 52 percent of the vote, overshadowed three other important LGBT victories ...


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HRC, Lawyers' Committee seek investigation of anti-transgender Incident in California - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation's premier racial justice organizations, released a letter requesting that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra conduct a thorough review and investigation into a recent anti-transgender incident ...


Trump-Pence-Administration-Proposes-Nationwide-Gag-Rule-on-Abortion-Referrals

Trump-Pence Administration Proposes Nationwide Gag Rule on Abortion Referrals - From a news release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, the Trump-Pence administration released a nationwide gag rule, marking a radical departure from how health care has operated in the United States up until this point. The proposed rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services tonight but not yet posted to the Federal Register, would do three main things: 1. Make it illegal ...


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City Club of Chicago plans "Chicago and Its LGBTQ Community" Jun 19 - From a news release - The City Club of Chicago will host a "Chicago and Its LGBTQ Community" panel on Jun 19. The event will be moderated by Brian Johnson with speakers Tracy Baim, Kim Hunt, David Munar and Reyna Ortiz. Speakers: Tracy Baim Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Times, a weekly LGBTQ newspaper which she co-founded in 1985. ...


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Ramirez-Rosa blasts Latino Caucus expulsion - Openly gay Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) has denounced a May 23 decision to expel him made by the City Council's Latino Caucus. The expulsion comes the same day as a City Council meeting brought to an abrupt halt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after heated arguments about a $95 million police academy that Ramirez-Rosa opposes. Caucus leader Ald. ...


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NATIONAL Black queer pol, anti-trans action, Laura Aguilar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Malcolm Kenyatta made history recently in the face of anti-gay attacks during the wee hours of his campaign, IntoMore.com reported. The 27-year-old won the primary for Pennsylvania's 181st District, making him the first queer man of color to receive the Democratic nomination in the Philadelphia district. Kenyatta faced off against Alex Deering, who is also Black and gay, in the ...


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WORLD Gay artist, Pope Francis, OutRight gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Reuters item profiled South African gay artist Nakhane. He has reportedly undergone many obstacles, including getting death threats for playing a man in a same-sex relationship in the movie, The Wound. It was only five years ago that Nakhane, 30, was able to accept his sexuality; homeless and broke, the up-and-coming South African actor and singer had just released ...


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Federal Court Backs Gavin Grimm, Affirming Federal Law Protects Transgender Students - From news releases - From ACLU: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A federal court today denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss a case brought by former student Gavin Grimm, holding that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being excluded from the common restrooms that align with their gender identity. The court directed the parties to schedule a settlement conference ...


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Grauer to leave A Wider Bridge - Laurie Grauer announced May 16 that she was leaving her position as Midwest Manager of the LGBT Israel advocacy organization A Wider Bridge ( AWB ). In 2017, Grauer and others were asked to leave the Dyke March when they carried a rainbow flag with a Star of David upon it. A weeks-long controversy subsequently ensued. Grauer had been with ...


Trump-Administration-Plans-to-Dismantle-Federal-Family-Planning-Program

Trump Administration Plans to Dismantle Federal Family Planning Program - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The White House is expected to announce plans to gut Title X, the nation's family planning program that provides birth control and other basic preventive services to 4 million patients each year. According to reporting, the administration will move to block patients from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive care at specialized reproductive health ...


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CDC will roll back data collection on the health of LGBT people - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) official disclosed that the agency will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of LGBT people through the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System ( BRFSS ). "The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs ...


-Sen-Pat-Spearman-Look-out-Washington-Im-on-my-way

Sen. Pat Spearman: 'Look out Washington; I'm on my way' - Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman plays the drums backward because her band director in high school told her he wouldn't let her transfer to the drum section because "girls don't play drums." "Girls don't play drums; you play the clarinet. So I decided to teach myself how to play—and I taught myself how to play shop set." Now, the pioneering ...


-Illinois-LGBTQ-leaders-part-of-internship-program

Illinois LGBTQ leaders part of internship program - Victory Institute announced the 12 young LGBTQ leaders it selected for the 2018 class of the Victory Congressional Internship program. Three individuals from Illinois are among the interns. They are: —Donna Gary, from Chicago ( New York University ): Gary has been placed with U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. —Sydney Mudd, from Gurnee ( Georgia Institute of Technology ): Mudd has ...


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Lightfoot speaks with local LGBT leaders - Just one day after officially announcing that she was joining the crowded field of candidates who will be challenging incumbent Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, attorney and former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot met with members of the LGBT community at a May 11 presentation at the downtown offices of the Locke Lord. After ...


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ELECTIONS 2019 CHICAGO Mayoral candidate Lightfoot on LGBT issues, police board work - Lori Lightfoot, an attorney and former federal prosecutor who for three years headed up the Chicago Police Board, announced her candidacy challenging incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel on May 10. Should Lightfoot win, she'd be both Chicago's first female Black mayor as well as the city's first openly gay one. Lightfoot faces many challenges should she run. She said at a ...


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LGBTQ State Legislative Candidates Win in Pennsylvania; Primary Victories Elsewhere - From news releases - From The Human Rights Campaign: PHILADELPHIA — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates Senator Bob Casey, Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-2), Dwight Evans (PA-3), Matt Cartwright (PA-8), and Michael Doyle (PA-18), and Chrissy Houlahan. "HRC was proud to ...


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Anti-LGBTQ Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer appionted to Commission on Internat'l Religious Freedom - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the Trump-Pence Administration's appointment of Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. "Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer have devoted their careers to limiting the legal rights ...


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Unprecedented 7 LGBT candidates for governor - Only in recent years, the LGBT community has been able to support one or two openly LGBT candidate for governor. In 2014, it was two —Mike Michaud in Maine and Heather Mizeur in Maryland; they lost. In 2016, it was one—Kate Brown in Oregon; she won. There are currently seven competing in primaries around the country, including an actor in ...


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WORLD Mariela Castro, HIV news, Greek legislation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, has said she will push for same-sex marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July, NBC News noted. Castro—who made the announcement at a press conference kicking off a week of events leading up to Havana's annual march against homophobia and ...


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NATIONAL Election news, Pulse Nightclub, drag queen attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ohio state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio won the Democratic primary election on Nay 8 and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November, a Victory Fund press release touted. Antonio, a Victory Fund Spotlight candidate, defeated an anti-LGBTQ challenger who authored an anti-trans amendment to Cleveland's non-discrimination ordinance when a city council member. Of ...


Obama-era-guidance-protecting-safety-of-transgender-prisoners-now-rolled-back

Obama-era guidance protecting safety of transgender prisoners now rolled back - From news releases - From the Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to news that the Trump-Pence Administration has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to use "biological sex" in determining how transgender prisoners are assigned housing, putting them at significant risk ...


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Stephanie Sandberg new Executive Director of LPAC, LGBTQ women's political group - From a news release, video below - WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2018……….LPAC, the country's only political action committee empowering and engaging LGBTQ women politically, today announced that Stephanie Sandberg has taken the helm as Executive Director, as the organization completes its 6thyear of operation, launches its political program for the 2018 midterm election endorsements and prepares for its largest fundraiser, Levity and Justicefor ALL, in New York ...


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Lightfoot formally announces mayoral candidacy - "Inclusion and equity" were key words echoed throughout Lori Lightfoot's announcement for her mayoral candidacy. Joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and daughter Vivian, Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, held a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E Wacker, and in doing so, became the first Black, openly lesbian candidate for the mayor's office in Chicago's history. Recent ...


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ELECTIONS 2018 Morrison officially wins, gears up for Pride Month campaign event - Openly gay community organizer Kevin B. Morrison will face off against incumbent Republican 15th District Cook County Board Commissioner Timothy Schneider in the general election on Nov. 6. Schneider, an ally of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, is currently serving his third term in office and is chairing Illinois' Republican Party. This comes after a protracted dispute over the March 20 ...


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European activist in town May 12-14 - European LGBTQ-rights activist Kevin Ovenden will be in Chicago May 12-14 for two appearances. On Saturday, May 12, Ovenden will speak at "The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left's Responses" at 2:30 p.m. at the Logan Square Chicago Public Library, 3030 W. Fullerton Ave. Open University of the Left is the lead sponsor of this event. ...


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CSGS LGBTQ talk series concludes May 17 - The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) will hold its LGBTQ speaker series through May. All events will take place at 5733 S. University Ave. The series concludes Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. The speaker will be University of Maryland Associate Professor of American Studies Christina Hanhardt, who has written Safe ...


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Robert Wrasse leading charge for installing young LGBT politicians - Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Robert Wrasse recalled seeing a lot of anti-marriage-equality bumper stickers reading "One Man One Woman" when talking with Windy City Times recently. Wrasse began to clue in to his sexuality as a gay man by the end of middle school and said the ensuing years weren't particularly easy for him. "I definitely went ...


Antonio-Wins-Primary-Victory-On-Track-to-Become-First-Openly-LGBTQ-Ohio-State-Senator

Antonio Wins Primary Victory; On-Track to Become First Openly LGBTQ Ohio State Senator - From a news release - Washington, DC — Ohio State Rep. Nickie Antonio won the Democratic primary election Tuesday night in a safe Democratic district and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November. Rep. Antonio — a Victory Fund Spotlight candidate — defeated an anti-LGBTQ challenger who authored an anti-trans amendment to Cleveland's non-discrimination ordinance when a city ...


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Reports: Lightfoot steps down from Police Board - Lori Lightfoot, who has for three years headed up the Chicago Police Board, resigned from the Board on May 7 in what many insiders believe is a preliminary step towards a mayoral run. If she does run for mayor, she would be the first openly lesbian, African-American woman to do so in Chicago. Lightfoot's resignation from the nine-person body was ...


Undocumented-and-Queer-features-young-activists

'Undocumented and Queer' features young activists - As if on cue, just as undocumented queer youth and activists in Chicago were wrapping up an event in the Chicago History Museum on April 24, a federal judge ruled that protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) recipients were to remain in place. The decision marked a major blow to the Trump administration's efforts to rescind ...


-WORLD-Iran-trans-assaults-legal-action-in-Japan-Harry-and-Meghan

WORLD Iran trans assaults, legal action in Japan, Harry and Meghan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A shocking video showing the harassment and sexual assault of a group of trans women has shown how police at the scene stood by and did nothing to protect them in Iran, Gay Star News reported. In the short video, one of the trans women is screaming hysterically as a mob of men surround them on a public street. Witnesses ...


-Community-airs-census-concerns-to-journalists

Community airs census concerns to journalists - Although the 2020 census won't take place for another two years, the concern about its potential accuracy is starting early in Chicago. "We've had problems in the past and we don't want those to take place," said journalist Steve Franklin, who was hosting a "speed-dating" program for journalists and public policy advocates on behalf of the non-profit Public Narrative, which ...


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Schakowsky's 'power lunch' showcases women politicians - A packed house of over 1,600 people gathered to hear San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen YulÃn Cruz and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams give keynote addresses at Rep. Jan Schakowsky's 17th annual "Ultimate Women's Power Lunch" April 23 at the Hilton Chicago. Abrams ( who could become the first Black woman governor in United States history ) opened ...


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Mental-health advocate talks ONE Northside, upcoming convention - Sam Wickham has been advocating for mental health justice for many years and is slated to speak at this year's Organization Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside's ( ONE Northside ) free convention, "Community Power, Community Solutions," May 6 at the American Islamic College. ONE Northside is a community organization of mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational people from more than 100 institutions as well ...


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League of Women Voters lunch April 25 - "A Tale of Two Cities: Bridging Chicago's Opportunity Divide" is the theme of the League of Women Voters of Chicago ( LWV Chicago ) annual State of the City luncheon and fundraiser on Wed., April 25, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The panelists are Zachary Fardon, managing partner of the Chicago ...


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Chicago's i2i, Asian Pacific Islander Pride join amicus brief to Supreme Court - From a press release - On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Donald Trump's third iteration of his anti-Muslim Travel Ban. The ban, issued by Executive Order, bars people from certain majority Muslim countries from coming to the United States. It has been struck down by two lower courts. Now it is to be heard before the US ...


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LGBT Senate hopefuls, five in the running - An historic number of openly LGBT people are running for the U.S. Senate this year: five. Two of those candidates are running in elections that are seen as the most competitive this year: Arizona and Wisconsin. And that competition is both good and troubling for LGBT candidates. It's troubling news for the best known of the four candidates —incumbent U.S. ...


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Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed - From press releases - HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan From an HRC press release: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the U.S. Senate's confirmation of extremist, anti-LGBTQ nominee Kyle Duncan, put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration ...


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Chicago Immigrant Rights Organizer Wins Deportation Fight - From a press release - April 25, 2015 — After five years in court proceedings this afternoon immigration judge, Eva S. Saltzman, granted Lulà Martinez's petition to remain in the country during a final asylum hearing. "I feel very excited and overwhelmed. This victory could not have been possible without the support of my legal team and the community behind me. Thank you. But this ...


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Racial-justice workshop April 28 at Univ. Church - A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Rev. Velda Love—the recently appointed Minister for Racial Justice for the United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland—will facilitate the workhop, which Black Lives Matter of University Church is hosting. ...


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WORLD Pope Francis, Jamaica official, Pakistani trans murder - Pope Francis has invited a gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to meet with him at the Vatican, The Washington Blade noted. Juan Carlos Cruz said during a telephone interview from Philadelphia that the pontiff invited him to be his "guest" at his official residence near St. Peter's Basilica April 26-May 1. Cruz is among ...


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Barbara Bush laid to rest - Barbara Bush—who was only the second woman in history ( besides Abigail Adams ) to be the wife of one president ( George H.W. Bush ) and mother to another ( George W. Bush )—died April 17. She was 92. Former presidents and first ladies came together April 21 to honor her life. In a photo captured by Paul Morse—who ...


OUT-at-CHM-Undocumented-and-Queer-panel-April-24

OUT at CHM Undocumented and Queer panel April 24 - From The Chicago History Museum - OUT at CHM: Undocumented and Queer will take place at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, Chicago on Tuesday April 24. The event begins at 5:30 p. m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. A panel will look at the struggles and activism of undocumented queer people in this age of uncertainty, the history of the fight for immigrant rights in ...


-PM-expresses-regret-for-anti-LGBT-laws

PM expresses regret for anti-LGBT laws - From a news release - London UK — 17 April 2018 — The following is a response to today's statement at the Commonwealth summit in London from the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, on colonial era anti-gay laws . Human Rights and LGBT+ campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "We thank Theresa May for heeding our appeal and expressing deep regret for Britain's imposition of homophobic laws ...


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HRC series exposes Pence's career of attacks on LGBTQ Americans - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, launched "The Real Mike Pence," a comprehensive campaign — including a scathing report and microsite — exposing the vice president's long history of anti-LGBTQ animus and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and ...


Free-Interactive-Workshop-on-Racial-Justice-April-28-at-University-Church

Free Interactive Workshop on Racial Justice, April 28 at University Church - From a news release - A free, interactive workshop that offers a new perspective on working for racial justice will take place Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Velda Love, the recently appointed Minister for Racial Justice for the United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland. The workshop ...


-Acceptance-of-LGBT-people-and-rights-has-increased-around-the-world

Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally since 1980, though acceptance has become more polarized, increasing in the most accepting countries and decreasing in the least. In a series of new studies, researchers developed and utilized a groundbreaking new measure ...


Illinois-Senate-Democratic-Victory-Fund-hires-Tom-Elliott-as-Communications-Director

Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund hires Tom Elliott as Communications Director - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund today announced it has hired Tom Elliott as its communications director. "We are thrilled to welcome Tom to the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund," said Steve Campbell, Political Director for ISDVF. "As we head into the general election in November and beyond, Tom's passion and experience will be an important asset for ...


Community-Power-Community-Solutions-north-siders-to-convene-and-march-May-6

Community Power, Community Solutions, north siders to convene and march May 6 - From a press release - On May 6th, ONE Northside community leaders will push attending elected officials to advance our community solutions, then march for community power. ONE Northside will hold a Community Convention on Sunday, March 6th, at 2:30 pm at American Islamic College in Uptown Titled "Community Power, Community Solutions." The 2018 Convention will bring 1,000 North Side leaders face to face with ...


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Log Cabin Republicans claims to be locally reactivated - The Illinois affiliate of the Log Cabin Republicans ( LCR ) has been "reactivated," according to Chcagoan Morry Matson, who announced April 10 that he had been elected as the state president. The Illinois chapter "has been dormant the past few years," Matson said. "It hasn't been active. We have restarted and are back in business." Matson said that about ...


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Illinoisans lobby on behalf of curriculum bill - More than 100 community members became advocates and activists April 11 when Equality Illinois rallied its supporters at LGBTQ Advocacy Day at the Illinois Statehouse. The LGBT-rights organization usually brings community members to Springfield to lobby legislators and other elected officials on matters that are important to LGBT Illinoisans. This year, the principal focus is legislation that would introduce LGBT ...


Judge-rules-lawsuit-over-anti-trans-Trump-ban-will-go-to-trial

Judge rules lawsuit over anti-trans Trump ban will go to trial - A federal judge in Seattle rejected the Trump administration's claim that its "new" plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services is different from its 2017 directive, Bloomberg reported. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled that the two anti-transgender initiatives are basically the same, and decided that a lawsuit connected to the newer order must ...


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Schock corruption trial continues - Department of Justice prosecutors and attorney for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) met in a Chicago federal appeals court April 18 regarding corruption charges against the ex-politician, Politico reported. In November 2016, Schock was indicted on several charges, including wire, mail and tax fraud and misappropriation of government funds, among other things. He resigned in March 2015. ...


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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz headlines DuPage Democrats annual gala - San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen YulÃn Cruz gave the keynote address at the Democratic Party of DuPage County's ( DPDC ) annual gala, Blue Wave 2018: Year of the Woman, April 15 at Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Illinois. Ahead of Cruz's remarks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez spoke about his connection to Cruz and the work she has done for ...


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NATIONAL Military ban, Joy Reid, Sen. Doug Jones - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, several anonymous White House officials told Slate and Think Progress that hate-group activists were behind the transgender military ban—and, now, LGBT organizations are asking a court to force them to turn over their communications in the legal challenge to the ban, LGBTQ Nation reported. A motion filed in NCLR's and GLAD's challenge to Donald Trump's transgender military ban is ...


-WORLD-Anti-gay-law-Middle-East-report-serial-killer

WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional, The Guardian reported. The decision followed a similar ruling in Belize in 2016. "The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago, with this ruling, made a powerful statement that the legal ...


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Former Lambda attorney kills self over environment - Well-known Lambda Legal attorney David Buckel was found dead in a public park in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday, having apparently taken his own life in protest over the use of fossil fuels. Buckel was on the staff of Lambda Legal, the national LGBT legal defense and education group, for more than a dozen years. For several of those years, he ...


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LGBT candidates positioned to help Democrats take back House and Senate majority - The following is the first in a series of articles examining how LGBT candidates and organizations are positioned to help Democrats take back the majority of the U.S. House and Senate this year. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan stunned many people with his announcement April 11 that he would "retire" from office next January. But he was just following a ...


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Activist Green to announce 2019 mayoral bid - Activist and advocate Ja'Mal Green is set to officially announce a campaign to be mayor of Chicago. Green, 22, who heads up the Majostee Allstars Community Center in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, was set to make an official announcement at a speech at Roosevelt University April 18. "Over time, I've been going into communities all over the country," Green explained. ...


Lambda-Legal-Challenge-to-Military-Trans-Ban-on-Course-to-Proceed-to-Trial

Lambda Legal Challenge to Military Trans Ban on Course to Proceed to Trial - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, April 13, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle rejected the Trump Administration's claim that its "new" discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services passes muster. Instead, the court found that the implementation plan the Administration issued in late March was not a new policy but rather threatens the ...


Trinidad-and-Tobago-Court-Overturns-Same-Sex-Intimacy-Ban-

Trinidad and Tobago: Court Overturns Same-Sex Intimacy Ban - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, April 13, 2018 ) — The High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago ruled on April 12, 2018, that the country's laws criminalizing same-sex intimacy between consenting adults are unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It is a resounding win for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) activists in the country and in particular ...


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Town hall examines Latinx issues - Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago and Equality Illinois sponsored a town hall meeting between community members, advocates and elected officials to discuss issues pertinent to the Latinx community in the current political climate. The gathering, held March 28 at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, 3000 N. Elbridge Ave., featured a panel comprised of state Sens. Iris Y. Martinez ...


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Ex-Houston mayor at EI Pride Brunch June 3 - As part of LGBTQ Pride Month, Equality Illinois will host a Pride Brunch on Sunday, June 3, with an appearance by Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston and the first out mayor of a major U.S. city. The brunch will take place at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. As the keynote speaker at the 2018 ...


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Pulse nightclub owner speaks about onePULSE Foundation - "Within a few weeks I knew I'd be doing something," Barbara Poma said over the telephone. That something is onePULSE Foundation. Poma was the owner of Pulse, the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub when on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist attack and hate crime inside the ...


Community-activists-meet-with-AGs-staff-on-policing-issues

Community, activists meet with AG's staff on policing issues - Representatives from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office met April 6 with advocates, service providers and community members to discuss difficulties between some LGBT Chicagoans and the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ). The meeting was held at Center on Halsted, and was the first small-scale gathering officials are holding to formulate a consent decree for reform of CPD. It ...


LGBTQ-Advocacy-Day-on-April-11

LGBTQ Advocacy Day on April 11 - Equality Illinois' LGBTQ Advocacy Day will take place all day on Wed., April 11, at the State Capitol, 401 S. 2nd St., Springfield. According to the event's webpage, "One of [Equality Illinois'] priority issues will be the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, an initiative of Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to teach students the historical events and ...


LGBTs-to-be-excluded-from-2020-Census

LGBTs to be excluded from 2020 Census - A draft of the 2020 U.S. Census has been released—and it shows that questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity have been removed. The U.S. Census Bureau, part of the Department of Commerce, has to issue a list of categories it plans to track three years before the survey is conducted. The draft for the next survey covers race and ...


On-the-Table-to-return-May-8

'On the Table' to return May 8 - The Chicago Community Trust announced the return of its annual region-wide civic engagement initiative On the Table on Tuesday, May 8. Over the past four years, On the Table has provided an annual forum for tens of thousands of Chicagoans to engage in conversation, develop new relationships and inspire action to make differences in communities. Anyone can host an On ...


Curriculum-work-ERA-among-EI-agenda-items

Curriculum work, ERA among EI agenda items - An inclusive public schools curriculum, an expansion of employment protections, the Equal Rights Amendment ( ERA ) and the state budget are among the issues that LGBT-rights organization Equality Illinois has on its radar as the Illinois General Assembly continues its session this spring. The organization's central lobbying priority is a bill that would implement the teaching of LGBT history ...


Bolder-Than-Out-features-variety-show-panel-discussion

'Bolder Than Out' features variety show, panel discussion - As a part of the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) sixth annual Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) conference, "Kitchen Table Action," Chicago State University's ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) and In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) hosted the BTO Ball April 6 at CSU. The event featured a VIP reception, free HIV ...


Guzzardi-files-bill-expanding-employment-protections

Guzzardi files bill expanding employment protections - State Rep. Will Guzzardi ( D-Chicago ) has filed new legislation that expands state employment protections to individuals working for smaller firms. While Illinois has fairly robust employment anti-discrimination laws, those protections apply mainly to persons working for businesses or organizations with 15 or more employees. But legislation filed by Guzzardi, HB 4572, "provides that 'employer' includes any person employing ...


DOJ-proposes-roll-back-of-data-collection-on-crime-victimization-of-LGBT-youth

DOJ proposes roll back of data collection on crime victimization of LGBT youth - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it will seek to stop asking 16 and 17 year olds to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity on the National Crime Victimization Survey ( NCVS ). "Asking NCVS respondents to voluntarily and confidentially disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity provides crucial data on ...


National-LGBTQ-Task-Force-names-Andy-Garcia-new-Director-of-Creating-Change-

National LGBTQ Task Force names Andy Garcia new Director of Creating Change - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The Creating Change Conference is being placed in the experienced hands of Andy Garcia, ensuring it is on track for a powerful 31st convening in Detroit, 2019. On April 10, the National LGBTQ Task Force announced Andy Garcia as the next director of Creating Change. Garcia succeeds Sue Hyde, the conference's founder. The search for a new director was ...







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