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DNC-video-celebrates-LGBT-progress-

DNC video celebrates LGBT progress - Sunday, June 26 will mark one year since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land nationwide in its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. June 26 is also the anniversary of three other landmark pro-LGBT Supreme Court decisions: U.S. v. Windsor ( 2013 ), Hollingsworth v. Perry ( 2013 ), and Lawrence v. Texas ( 2003 ). As ...


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Reaction to UK referendum result, the ILGA-Europe perspective - From a press release - ILGA-Europe have always strongly believed in the power of activists and allies to work together for a common goal, namely to improve life for LGBTI people across Europe. Over our 20 year history, we have supported the work of our dedicated UK membership, and learnt just as much from them in return. So, as a European network of human rights ...


Bipartisan-gun-control-measure-introduced-in-state-House

Bipartisan gun-control measure introduced in state House - From a press release - In an effort to further ensure the safety of all residents in the state of Illinois, state Reps. Greg Harris ( D-Chicago ) and Ed Sullivan ( R-Mundelein ) have introduced new legislation that would ban people who have conveyed threats of terrorism or been charged with terrorism offenses from obtaining Firearm Owner Identification ( FOID ) cards. "It is ...


Rep-Quigley-to-Address-Equality-Act-at-35th-Annual-Proud-to-Run-

Rep. Quigley to Address Equality Act at 35th Annual Proud to Run - From a press release - As part of the events surrounding Chicago's 35th annual Proud to Run, US Congressman Mike Quigley will be speaking on June 25 about HR 3185 Equality Act, legislation that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment and other core areas of daily life. Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, LGBTQ Americans still lack ...


Transgender-measure-passes-City-Council-vote-

Transgender measure passes City Council vote - The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not ...


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Chicago Muslim and LGBTQ leaders unite against efforts to divide - In a defiant statement of unity following the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., staff members of leading Muslim and LGBTQ advocacy organizations expressed "solidarity against hate" during a joint press conference on June 20 at the offices of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). "We are here to join together to ...


Donald-Trump-to-Campaign-Again-with-Anti-LGBTQ-Leaders-and-Hate-Groups-

Donald Trump to Campaign, Again, with Anti-LGBTQ Leaders and Hate Groups - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with hundreds of anti-LGBTQ activists, just days after he repeatedly bragged about being right about predicting the tragedy in Orlando and campaigning as "far better" for the LGBTQ community than Hillary Clinton. Among the activists Trump is courting — Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, which ...


World-news-Turkish-parade-criminal-negligence-EU-consensus

World news: Turkish parade, criminal negligence, EU consensus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 300 Turkish police officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who gathered for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban, Fox News noted, citing the Associated Press. Dozens of LGBT demonstrators gathered June 19 off Istiklal Street, a major commercial artery, some brandishing the community's rainbow flag. Police called on them to disperse and prevented ...


National-roundup-Gay-trial-lawyer-Anderson-Cooper-Westboro-counterprotest

National roundup: Gay trial lawyer, Anderson Cooper, Westboro counterprotest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Edward H. Gersowitz was installed as the 49th president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association ( NYSTLA ), the largest state lawyer association dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers and advocating on behalf of injured persons. He is the first openly LGBT president of a trial lawyers association in the United States. Gersowitz is a graduate of ...


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Diaspora forum opens eyes to persecution across borders - The South Loop's Chicago Freedom School was filled to capacity June 18 for an impassioned three-hour discussion hosted by the member-led collaborative Gender JUST and fellow transformative organizations Semillas AutÃ"nomas (Seeds of Autonomy) and The Center for Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV) on the subject of Diasporas—people separated from their homeland and scattered across worldwide borders. The consistent elimination of their humanity ...


Sen-Durbin-visit-to-Town-Hall-apartments-spurs-discussion-on-gun-control-

Sen. Durbin visit to Town Hall apartments spurs discussion on gun control - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ( D-Illinois ) paid a visit to the Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing's Town Hall Apartments in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood June 17. There, he took the opportunity to tour the LGBTQ-inclusive senior housing facility constructed on the site of the decommissioned Town Hall police station and opened in August 2014. Durbin also sat down for ...


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Obama's weekly address: Standing with Orlando - From the White House - WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, President Obama reflected on his visit with the families of the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack. He reiterated that we will always stand with those impacted by the Orlando attack — and we will do everything in our power to stop homegrown terrorism attacks and ultimately destroy ISIL. With Father's Day coming ...


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Claps to leave Department of Human Rights - Rocco Clapps, the openly gay director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights ( IDHR ), will leave his post on June 30 in order to go to work for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to Capitol Fax. Claps had been in the position for 13 years. "Working together we have had many, many achievements in those thirteen years," ...


President-Obama-speaks-in-Orlanda-Florida

President Obama speaks in Orlanda, Florida - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, Florida 3:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Four days ago, this community was shaken by an evil and hateful act. Today, we are reminded of what is good. That there is compassion, empathy and decency, and most of all, there is love. That's the Orlando that we've seen in recent days. ...


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World news: Orlando reactions, Thai milestone and Ukraine parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the day of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, carried out against patrons at a gay club by a man officials say gave explicit allegiance to the militant group ISIS, an openly gay Toronto MP took to Twitter with a message he said "needs to be shared," CBC.ca reported. Rob Oliphant tweeted, "Needs to be shared: I am ...


-Newest-edition-of-Red-Ribbon-Cash-ticket-unveiled-

Newest edition of Red Ribbon Cash ticket unveiled - On June 8 at the James R. Thompson Center, the Illinois Lottery and Illinois Department of Public Health unveiled the ninth edition of the Red Ribbon Cash $3 instant game ticket. The ticket is the only one in the nation where 100 percent of the proceeds go toward HIV/AIDS research, education and prevention. Illinois Lottery Communications Director Stephen Rossi spoke ...


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Groups host 'Black and Brown Town Hall' - Joining with the Lighthouse Church, United Latino Project ( ULP ) hosted a Black and Brown Town Hall on June 6. The town hall, held at Central States SER, 3948 W. 26th St., was a chance to bring the two groups together to talk about shared issues. Pastor Jamie Frazier of Lighthouse said he feels there's been interest in intersectional ...


Obama-endorses-Hillary-Clinton

Obama endorses Hillary Clinton - President Barack Obama endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an internet video June 9. "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," Obama said. "I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I'm with her," Obama added. ...


FACT-SHEET-Obama-Administrations-Record-and-the-LGBT-Community-

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration's Record and the LGBT Community - From the White House - Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made historic strides to expand opportunities and advance equality and justice for all Americans, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ( LGBT ) Americans. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter ...


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President Obama hosts his last LGBT Pride reception - From the White House - Following are remarks by President Barack Obama at his annal LGBT Pride reception, his last as president of the U.S. He spoke in the East Room of the White House June 9. THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! ( Applause. ) Hello, hello, hello! ( Applause. ) Good to see you. Hello! Well, welcome to the White House. Let me first of ...


HRC-Five-Ways-Donald-Trump-Would-Roll-Back-LGBTQ-Equality-as-President

HRC: Five Ways Donald Trump Would Roll Back LGBTQ Equality as President - From a press release - Hillary Clinton Tuesday night made history as the first woman to secure the nomination of a major political party, shattering barriers and marking a new milestone for equality. With five months until the election, the choice between Clinton and Donald Trump is clear — for pro-equality voters, everything we have gained under President Obama would be at risk under Donald ...


City-Council-committee-votes-to-advance-trans-measure-

City Council committee votes to advance trans measure - The Committee on Human Relations of the Chicago City Council passed a recommendation June 8 that the City Council adopt a measure forbidding business owners and service providers from requiring individuals to have gender-markers on their identification matching their gender-presentation when those individuals try to access restrooms or other public accommodations. City officials, community members, advocates and political officials spoke ...


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Hillary Clinton's historic night shatters barriers - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed Hillary Clinton's historic win, following news of her victory in the New Jersey primary and reports that she has secured enough delegates to become the first woman nominated for president by a major party. "Hillary Clinton made history tonight in more ways than one," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "As ...


Obama-statement-on-35th-anniversary-of-HIV-AIDS-in-America

Obama statement on 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America - From the White House - On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented cases of AIDS. The past 35 years tell a story that bends from uncertainty, fear, and loss toward resilience, innovation, and hope. We've learned that stigma and silence don't just fuel ignorance, they foster transmission and ...


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Uptown Target counter-protest strikes emotional chord - Claiming that national retailer Target's position of gender identity inclusion for its customers and employees is "allowing biological men into women's restrooms," the Ohio-based religious hate group Faith2Action's planned a nationwide protest of Target Stores June 4 which they termed "Don't Target Our Daughters." Faith2Action founder and president Janet Porter called the event the "best opportunity to take back ground ...


Trans-and-allies-to-support-Target-Saturday-

Trans and allies to support Target Saturday - CHICAGO — To counter an anti-transgender day of protest organized by elements of the religious right, pro-trans forces will show their support for Target Stores' pro-equality stance by holding a rally in front of the Target store in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, 4466 N. Broadway at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4. In March 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into ...


Navy-Celebrates-2016-LGBT-Pride-Month-

Navy Celebrates 2016 LGBT Pride Month - By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs - WASHINGTON ( NNS ) — The Navy joins the nation in recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month during the month of June. Established by Presidential Proclamation in 2000, LGBT Pride Month is held annually and recognizes the importance of diversity within our society as well as the many achievements of LGBT individuals. This year's theme is celebration, and ...


Views-The-Bathroom-Americas-New-Civil-Rights-Battleground-

Views: The Bathroom: America's New Civil Rights Battleground - Using bathroom access as a tool to play on people's ignorance feels familiar. I have vivid memories of my grandfather pulling the car over to the highway shoulder during our trips to the south so my grandmother could use the bathroom. Even though it was the 1970s, for her the humiliating memories of "For Coloreds" signs were so strong that ...


Trans-United-Fund-releases-Sanders-answers-shares-Clintons-Op-Ed

Trans United Fund releases Sanders answers, shares Clinton's Op-Ed - From a press release - Washington, DC, JUNE 4, 2016….. Trans United Fund, the nation's first political advocacy group and PAC for trans people, engaged each presidential campaigns with a candidate questionnaire on issues critical to trans people's lives. The group released Senator Sanders' response to the TUF questionnaire on Saturday morning. Secretary Clinton's campaign released the following op-ed yesterday. The group has received no ...


White-House-honors-local-lesbian-actress

White House honors local lesbian actress - The White House recently honored local Pakistani actress Fawzia Mirza, an out lesbian, as a "Champion of Change." According to the Daily Pakistan, "the award is conferred to artists who are able to bring about a change in their respective communities through their work and bridge gaps while highlighting issues of shared interest for different societies." Mirza lives in Chicago ...


Obama-issues-his-final-LGBT-Pride-Month-Presidential-Proclamation-

Obama issues his final LGBT Pride Month Presidential Proclamation - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, ...


World-news-Church-of-Scotland-Australian-artwork-Tutus-daughter

World news: Church of Scotland, Australian artwork, Tutu's daughter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Church of Scotland voted during its general assembly to recognize ministers and deacons who are in same-sex marriages, but it's not giving up its traditional stance that marriage is between a man and a woman, according to a NewNowNext item. The vote will allow congregations to break away from those traditional teachings if they want to appoint a ...


National-roundup-Trans-survey-Gates-ends-term-UNC-defies-HB2

National roundup: Trans survey, Gates ends term, UNC defies HB2 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trans United Fund ( TUF ) announced an update to its distribution of the first-ever trans-focused questionnaire to presidential candidates, a press release stated. TUF said that no Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign had followed through on that commitment, and the group called on ...


Illinois-General-Assembly-passes-LGBT-pension-bill-

Illinois General Assembly passes LGBT pension bill - The Illinois General Assembly has passed a bill that ensures fairness for state employees who retired prior to the state's passage of its civil union and marriage equality bills. House Bill 6021, passed in the state Senate May 31 and in the state House April 13, allows state employees who retired prior to June, 2011, and are in the Illinois ...


Testimony-on-Chicago-transgender-measure-set-for-June-8-

Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8 - The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on Wed., June 8 will hear testimony on a proposed amendment to the city's Human Rights ordinance that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. The measure was ...


Lawsuit-Filed-by-11-states-challenges-Obama-on-trans-guidance-

Lawsuit Filed by 11 states challenges Obama on trans guidance - From press releases - Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and other states and officials have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's recently released guidance to schools across the country clarifying that federal law already prohibits discrimination against students based on gender identity. Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, issued the following ...


World-news-Gay-South-Africans-Nigerian-arrests-gay-panic-defense

World news: Gay South Africans, Nigerian arrests, gay-panic defense - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of International Day Against Homophobia, Zalebs.com listed five openly gay South African celebrities. They include TV figure/choreographer Somizi, singer Toya De Lazy, former Yo.TV presenter Sade Giliberti, singer Thandiswa Mazwai and entertainer Bujy Bikwa. Somizi recognized IDAHOT by posting a picture on Instagram of a rainbow flag with the message: "Keep calm and be proud of who you ...


National-roundup-La-Raza-move-Amtrak-ruling-Olson-authoring-brief

National roundup: La Raza move, Amtrak ruling, Olson authoring brief - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NCLR ( National Council of La Raza ) announced that it has moved its 2016 Northeast/Southeast Affiliate Leadership Convening scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this October to Miami, Florida, due to its opposition to North Carolina's controversial law HB2, according to a press release. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia said, in part, "HB2 is a solution ...


Trans-United-Fund-issues-questionnaires-to-prez-candidates-

Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


Illinois-state-GOP-Marriage-is-still-one-man-one-woman-

Illinois state GOP: Marriage is still one-man, one-woman - After a contentious debate, the Illinois State Republican Party voted May 20 at its convention in Peoria to retain a plank preserving its 2012 language that said marriage should be between a man and a woman, according to reports. The party had been considering a resolution that, while preserving a "traditional" definition of marriage and family, acknowledged that a wide ...


Ald-Moreno-unveils-plans-for-LGBT-friendly-affordable-housing-project-

Ald. Moreno unveils plans for LGBT-friendly affordable housing project - Logan Square residents, politicians and other stakeholders gathered May 21 at Congress Pizzeria, 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave., to learn about a new affordable-housing development, intended to be welcoming for LGBT individuals. The project been guided by the office of Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ). The complex, to be named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo ...


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GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections - LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision. The provision, inserted by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell ( R-OK ), removes a rule—instigated by a 2014 executive action from President Obama—that prohibits discrimination against employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ...


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Austin Baidas named to Obama Administration post - Austin Baidas, a Chicago consultant who held multiple key posts in former Gov. Pat Quinn's election campaign and administration, has accepted a post with the Obama administration. Beginning May 31, Baidas, who is openly gay, will be a senior advisor for pipeline and hazardous materials safety, a position under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation. Baidas began ...


Statement-by-Obama-on-the-Int-Day-Against-Homophobia-and-Transphobia-

Statement by Obama on the Int. Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - From the White House - On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has long been a ...


Eric-Fanning-a-gay-man-confirmed-as-the-22nd-Secretary-of-the-US-Army

Eric Fanning, a gay man, confirmed as the 22nd Secretary of the U.S. Army - From press releases - Today the Senate confirmed Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning will be the first openly gay secretary of a military service. Fanning was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army by President Obama in September of last year and was later named Acting Secretary of the Army when Secretary McHugh retired, but stepped down while ...


Anti-gay-organization-among-Gov-Rauner-breakfast-hosts

Anti-gay organization among Gov. Rauner breakfast hosts - After an initial postponement for this year, the Illinois Governor's Prayer Breakfast, which has been an annual event since 1963, will take place May 26, according to reports. Among its hosts is an organization that opposed marriage equality. The event was postponed because of the state's ongoing budget crisis, though it does not receive state dollars. It was reinstated at ...


Clinton-meets-with-HIV-AIDS-activists

Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on May 12, met with a coalition of 20 HIV/AIDS leaders and experts, according to a statement. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Among the policies that Clinton has outlined during her campaign are capping out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for people with HIV/AIDS; protecting those with HIV/AIDS from ...


Lottery-extension-goes-to-House-Rules-Committee

Lottery extension goes to House Rules Committee - A bill that moves the expiration date on the Quality of Life scratch-off game—proceeds of which go towards persons with HIV/AIDS—is on its way to the House Rules Committee. SB 2397, introduced in February by state Sen. Jackie Collins, amends the state lottery law to change the expiration date of the scratch-off game, also known as Red Ribbon Cash, from ...


HHS-confirms-ban-on-healthcare-and-insurance-bias-against-LGBT-People-

HHS confirms ban on healthcare and insurance bias against LGBT People - From press releases - ( May 13, 2016, New York, NY ) — The United States Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) today finalized new rules confirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people are protected against health care discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in ...


White-House-Appoints-Forces-Barbara-Satin-to-Advisory-Council-on-Faith-based-Partnerships-

White House Appoints Force's Barbara Satin to Advisory Council on Faith-based Partnerships - From a press release - Washington, DC, May 12, 2016 — The White House today announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force's Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships. Satin is the first transgender woman to serve on this presidential body. "I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President's advisory ...


Obamas-Education-Dept-Affirms-the-Rights-of-Transgender-Students-

Obama's Education Dept. Affirms the Rights of Transgender Students - From press releases - The Obama administration has issued a directive directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Actually, the guidance for school districts goes beyond restrooms in public and federally funded schools, discussing privacy rights and equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as locker rooms. A joint letter from the education and justice departments is going ...


Trumps-States-Rights-Policy-Assertion-on-Trans-Students-Dangerous-Reckless

Trump's 'States' Rights' Policy Assertion on Trans Students Dangerous, Reckless - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after Donald Trump declined this morning to support the Obama Administration's important announcement that school districts should ensure that transgender students are treated with dignity and allowed equal access to facilities, such as restrooms, consistent with their gender identity. "Trump's reckless anti-LGBT suggestion is to turn ...


Talking-with-prison-abolitionist-Mariame-Kaba

Talking with prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba - To anyone who knows her, prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba is a force of nature. On any given day, she might be in court in the morning, supporting a teenager facing incarceration, then leading a community discussion on the history of Black radical organizing, and then giving a presentation on young women and the juvenile justice system in the evening. Kaba ...


American-LGBT-Leaders-Travel-to-Havana-for-Cuban-LGBT-Pride-Events-

American LGBT Leaders Travel to Havana for Cuban LGBT Pride Events - From a press release - HAVANA, CUBA —American LGBT leaders Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, and Tico Almeida, founder of Freedom to Work, travel today to Havana, Cuba to participate in the "Jornada Cubana contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia," which consists of a series of LGBT events, panels, community fairs, and a pride parade in Havana on Saturday, May 14 and a ...


Dueling-lawsuits-filed-over-NC-law

Dueling lawsuits filed over N.C. law - The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit May 9 against North Carolina authorities—hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, asking a federal court to rule that the state's so-called "bathroom law" is not discriminatory. At a press conference, Lynch said, "This action is about a great ...


Duncan-addresses-City-College-graduates

Duncan addresses City College graduates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Graduates of City Colleges of Chicago are getting ready to head off to in-demand careers or transfer to four-year colleges after receiving their associate degrees April 30 at the 2016 City Colleges of Chicago commencement ceremony at the UIC Pavilion. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the keynote address to the more than 1,800 graduates and 8,000 guests ...


World-news-HIV-organ-transplant-LGBT-politicians-elected-trans-birth

World news: HIV organ transplant, LGBT politicians elected, trans birth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organs from patients with HIV have been used in life-saving transplant operations in the United Kingdom for the first time, The Guardian noted. The four transplants—two livers from separate donors and a pair of kidneys from the same person—all happened within the last five years but have only now been made public; all three donors were deceased. The agency NHS ...


GLAD-settles-with-Catholic-HS-that-committed-discrimination-in-firing-gay-man-

GLAD settles with Catholic HS that committed discrimination in firing gay man - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) today announced a final resolution in the case Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy, in which a Catholic girls' high school in Milton, MA rescinded an employment offer as food services manager to Matt Barrett, a gay man, upon learning that Matt was married to a man. The settlement follows a first-of-its-kind ruling from ...


National-Hillarys-support-Bernies-withdrawal-Black-college-and-LGBTQs

National: Hillary's support, Bernie's withdrawal, Black college and LGBTQs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote a message of support for a trans woman who was attacked in a New York City subway, Gay Star News noted. Pearl Love, a trans Taiwanese woman, was called "garbage" and "transvestite" by another woman who later physically attacked Love. Posting on her Facebook, Clinton wrote, "Pearl, I am so sorry that you have experienced ...


US-DOJ-sets-lawsuit-against-North-Carolina-Gov-McCrory-

U.S. DOJ sets lawsuit against North Carolina Gov. McCrory - From press releases - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuitagainst North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the state's Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina and Board of Governors of the ...


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Groups Respond to Gov. McCrory's Lawsuit - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the news that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit defending his deeply discriminatory HB2. "North Carolina's HB2 law is blatantly unconstitutional and violates federal civil rights law," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "The Department of Justice has already been clear ...


Gov-McCrory-forces-HB2-in-9-hrs-wants-more-time-from-DOJ-

Gov. McCrory forces HB2 in 9 hrs, wants more time from DOJ - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina, released the following statement May 8 when North Carolina after Gov. Pat McCrory said on Fox News Sunday that he requested more time from the Department of Justice to comply with a letter issued by the Department of Justice that HB2 puts Governor McCrory in violation of ...


HRC-Hails-Suspension-of-Ala-Sup-Court-Chief-Justice-Roy-Moore-

HRC Hails Suspension of Ala. Sup Court Chief Justice Roy Moore - From a press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) on May 7 hailed the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama's suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, for his consistent defiance of pro-marriage equality federal rulings in the state. "Roy Moore is an embarrassment to the state of Alabama," said HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Walton Kendrick. "He ...


President-Obama-delivers-Howard-University-commencement

President Obama delivers Howard University commencement - From the White House - President Barack Obama was the featured speaker at the Howard University Commencement Ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 7, 2016. He included gays in his remarks: "I am not saying gaps do not persist. Obviously, they do. Racism persists. Inequality persists. Don't worry—I'm going to get to that. But I wanted to start, Class of 2016, by opening your eyes to ...


LGBT-Ethiopian-Jews-speak-on-their-lives-in-Israel

LGBT Ethiopian Jews speak on their lives in Israel - When Liel, a young Israeli woman of Ethiopian descent, came out to her mother as bisexual, her mother was perplexed. The concept of same-sex love was completely foreign within the Israeli Ethiopian community. "She didn't understand what I said, because we don't even have a word for 'LGBT,'" Liel said. Despite the dislocation Liel felt in that moment, she was ...


BREAKING-Oxford-Ala-Council-Retreats-Votes-to-Repeal-Shameful-Anti-Trans-Ord-

BREAKING: Oxford Ala. Council Retreats, Votes to Repeal Shameful Anti-Trans Ord. - From a press release - MONTGOMERY Ala. - At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2 to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a $500 fine or 6 ...


BREAKING-US-Justice-Dept-Says-HB2-Violates-Federal-Law-Gives-Gov-McCrory-Monday-Deadline-

BREAKING: U.S. Justice Dept. Says HB2 Violates Federal Law, Gives Gov. McCrory Monday Deadline - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to news that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. As reported by the Charlotte Observer, ...


Black-Lives-Matter-co-creator-talks-about-movement-protests

Black Lives Matter co-creator talks about movement, protests - The dynamic, passionate ascendancy of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was felt in Chicago from the NFL Draft to the more intimate setting of the Chicago Humanities Festival April 30. That afternoon, BLM co-creator and Special Programs Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Alicia Garza took the stage at the Chicago Athletic Association for a beautifully candid ...


AFC-joins-lawsuit-against-Rauner-and-state-agencies-for-breach-of-contract-

AFC joins lawsuit against Rauner and state agencies for breach of contract - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 4, 2016 —This morning, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) joined Pay Now Illinois, a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies, in a lawsuit against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies. The suit seeks immediate payment in full of more than $100 million owed for work ...


IKEA-AIG-Join-200-Business-Leaders-Against-HB-2-

IKEA, AIG Join 200+ Business Leaders Against HB 2 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC have announced that executives from 23andMe, Instacart, The Honest Company, United Guaranty Corporation, Cabot Creamery, Castlight Health, Inc., Willis Towers Watson, Merck, IKEA US, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., AIG, Yadkin Bank and Direct Marketing Association have signed onto an open letter that now includes nearly 200 leading CEOs ...


At-Gayby-Baby-screening-focus-on-LGBTQ-families

At Gayby Baby screening, focus on LGBTQ families - When Maya Newell, the director of the new documentary Gayby Baby, saw the 2010 movie The Kids Are Alright, it was the first time in 23 years she'd ever seen her family on the big screen. "Gayby Baby came from wanting to give voice to kids from families like mine," said Newell, an Australian filmmaker with lesbian parents. She recorded ...


PAW-House-Amendment-Threatens-LGBTQ-Protections-for-Federal-Contractors-

PAW: House Amendment Threatens LGBTQ Protections for Federal Contractors - From a press release - Washington, DC - On Thursday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act ( H.R. 4909 ) intended to overturn an executive order by President Obama that prohibits lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender discrimination in the employment practices of federal contractors. The amendment creates a broad religious exemption that would allow federal contractors ...


Panel-discusses-intersection-of-reproductive-and-LGBT-rights-

Panel discusses intersection of reproductive and LGBT rights - There is good reason for the LGBT community to be concerned with matters of reproductive choice, according to progressive activists: Those people and organizations bent on limiting women's reproductive rights invariably are the same ones seeking to subjugate the rights of LGBT individuals and families. At government hearings, according to Terry Cosgrove, president and CEO of Personal PAC, just a ...


Poll-69-of-Chicagoans-Oppose-Proposal-to-Restrict-Ridesharing

Poll: 69% of Chicagoans Oppose Proposal to Restrict Ridesharing - From a press release - As the Chicago City Council considers an ordinance that would greatly restrict ridesharing to help save taxi companies, a new poll commissioned by Uber indicates the vast majority of Chicagoans are opposed to the plan. According to the survey, conducted by We Ask America, 69 percent of Chicagoans oppose Ald. Anthony Beale's ( 9th ) ordinance. The poll also showed, ...


Dept-of-Ed-Publishes-Names-of-Schools-Receiving-Right-To-Discriminate-Against-LGBTs-

Dept. of Ed Publishes Names of Schools Receiving Right To Discriminate Against LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the U.S. Department of Education for helping to increase transparency and accountability by publishing a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. HRC first called on the Department of Education in December to take action ...







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