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Slain French officer was gay activist - Xavier Jugele—the 37-year-old police officer murdered in the April 20 Islamic State attack on Paris' Champs-Elysees—was openly gay and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Police fatally shot the gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi. The New York Times reported that Jugele was among the authorities who responded to a terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, and he ...


Equality-Florida-applauds-resignation-of-Frank-Artiles

Equality Florida applauds resignation of Frank Artiles - From a press release - TALLAHASSEE, FL — Equality Florida applauds the resignation of Senator Frank Artiles following intense public pressure from advocacy organizations, elected leaders, and his constituents. Equality Florida's Public Policy Director, Hannah Willard, provided the following statement: 'Frank Artiles's resignation after intense pressure from across the political spectrum sends an important message that we will not treat bigotry and hateful slurs as ...


Renee-Wsol-From-Planned-Parenthood-patient-to-advocate

Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate - It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the ...


Madigan-16-attorneys-general-file-amicus-brief-in-International-Refugee-case

Madigan, 16 attorneys general file amicus brief in International Refugee case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with 16 other state attorneys general in continuing to challenge the unconstitutional federal travel ban by filing an amicus brief in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, urging the court to uphold a district court ruling that struck the ban down as ...


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lllinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for agenda, budget - Comptroller Mendoza, Rev. Jesse Jackson, candidates for governor among speakers - Almost 100 organizations and dozens of politicians have endorsed the Illinois Women March on Springfield event Tuesday, April 25. Coming the first day that legislators are back to work for the final weeks of the Spring session, the march is focused on dozens of progressive bills, and the passing of a responsible budget in Illinois. The day begins at Noon ...


Alabama-Senate-passes-anti-LGBTQ-bill-HRC-Alabama-calls-Gov-Ivey-to-reject-

Alabama Senate passes anti-LGBTQ bill; HRC Alabama calls Gov. Ivey to reject - Montgomery, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Alabama State Senate and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh for passing the anti-LGBTQ H.B. 24. HRC Alabama calls upon Governor Kay Ivey to not sign this bill, which would most harm the children in Alabama's child welfare system. The bill, deceptively titled the "Child Placing Agency ...


Personal-PAC-CEO-decries-Rauner-HB-40-reversal

Personal PAC CEO decries Rauner HB 40 reversal - Terry Cosgrove, CEO of Personal PAC, on April 19, publicly released the candidate's questionnaire then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner filled out in 2014 that said Rauner would respect womens' reproductive healthcare and access to safe and legal abortions. Rauner said, however, on April 14, that he would veto HB 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ), that ...


OutRight-to-Exxon-BP-and-Shell-stand-up-for-persecuted-gay-men-In-Chechnya

OutRight to Exxon, BP, and Shell, stand up for persecuted gay men In Chechnya - From a press release - OutRight Action International is calling on British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to take a stand against the kidnapping, detention, torture, and murder of gay men in Chechnya. All three companies have considerable investment and partnerships with state-owned oil and gas companies in Russia, with ventures worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight ...


Global-LGBT-Rights-Movement-April-27-

'Global LGBT Rights Movement' April 27 - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is hosting "The Global LGBTQ Rights Movement" on Thursday, April 27, 6-7:15 p.m., at 130 E. Randolph St. The Council; Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities of Uganda ( SMUG ); and Chicago-based activist Jane Saks ( of Project& ) will discuss overcoming discrimination and injustices toward sexual minorities in Uganda and globally. ...


Advocates-Contact-aldermen-ahead-of-April-19-ID-vote

Advocates: Contact aldermen ahead of April 19 ID vote - LGBT rights advocates are calling upon Chicagoans to contact their aldermanic representatives on April 18 to register support for a municipal ID measure introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, that the council will vote on tomorrow. Emanuel introduced the measure, which would cost about a million dollars if implemented, March 29. All Chicago residents would be eligible for the ID, regardless ...


National-Anti-hate-campaigns-bisexual-governor-another-United-situation-

National: Anti-hate campaigns, bisexual governor, another United situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Media Matters For America—in coalition other organizations including the National Center for Transgender Equality, The National LGBTQ Task Force, SoulForce, The Equality Federation and The Matthew Shepard Foundation— launched the Eliminate Hate campaign, a press release stated. The campaign is a new effort aiming to expose, undermine and mitigate the influence and impact of anti-LGBTQ hate groups, while empowering and ...


Homeless-advocate-Uptown-decision-sets-course-for-appeals

Homeless advocate: Uptown decision sets course for appeals - A homeless advocate said that an April 14 ruling by a Cook County judge—though it affirms the City's position in an ongoing dispute over the status of numerous persons experiencing homelessness in Uptown—nevertheless registers as "a small victory" in making that dispute part of the public record and setting the course for future appeals. The case, more than anything, "is ...


District-113-passes-trans-inclusive-policy-revisions-

District 113 passes trans-inclusive policy revisions - The board of Township High School District 113—a district composed of Highland Park and Deerfield high schools—on April 12 unanimously voted to add language to school policies clarifying that no student would be denied access to programs, activities or services based on their gender expression. "This is something that we do not take lightly, and this is something we've worked ...


Statewide-Healthcare-Day-of-Action-seeks-pledges-to-preserve-benefits-of-ACA

Statewide Healthcare Day of Action seeks pledges to preserve benefits of ACA - From a press release - CHICAGO-As Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans try to resuscitate their efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) in order to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy households, insurance companies and drug manufacturers, 1.3 million Illinoisans are at risk of losing insurance coverage. A coalition of groups are planning a statewide day of action Tuesday, April 18th, ...


UN-Ambassador-Nikki-Haley-Condemns-LGBTQ-Attacks-in-Chechnya

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Condemns LGBTQ Attacks in Chechnya - From a press release - NEW YORK — Last week GLAAD — the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization — released a public call urging U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the violent attacks on LGBTQ men in Chechnya and investigate reports of anti-LGBTQ concentration camps set up by the Chechen government. GLAAD's public call received widespread support on Twitter. Today Ambassador Haley released a statement. ...


Trump-administration-dismisses-HB2-lawsuit

Trump administration dismisses HB2 lawsuit - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and ACLU of North Carolina condemned the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, according to a joint press release. The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal have worked on Carcano v. McCrory, a federal court challenge to HB 2, ...


ACLU-releases-statement-on-Governor-Rauners-opposition-to-HB40-

ACLU releases statement on Governor Rauner's opposition to HB40 - From a press release - Statement of Lorie Chaiten, Director Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois on Governor Rauner's announced opposition to HB40: We are disappointed and dismayed that Governor Rauner has turned his back on the health care needs of women in Illinois by announcing his opposition to House Bill 40. This measure — which had strong support in the House of Representatives — ...


Chicago-mayor-reaffirms-ban-on-travel-to-NC-due-to-anti-LGBTQ-law-

Chicago mayor reaffirms ban on travel to NC due to anti-LGBTQ law - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced, on April 13, that he would introduce a resolution reaffirming the city's previous ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina for employees on city business. The resolution was slated to be introduced at the April 19 City Council meeting. "As a welcoming city for all, we are clear on our values of tolerance and inclusion, and ...


Elected-officials-activists-to-address-Illinois-Women-March-on-Springfield-April-25-

Elected officials, activists to address Illinois Women March on Springfield April 25 - Comptroller Mendoza, Rev. Jesse Jackson, candidates for governor among speakers - Almost 100 organizations and dozens of politicians have endorsed the Illinois Women March on Springfield event Tuesday, April 25. Coming the first day that legislators are back to work for the final weeks of the Spring session, the march is focused on dozens of progressive bills, and the passing of a responsible budget in Illinois. The day begins at noon ...


Fight-Back-PAC-launched-for-small-money-big-power

Fight Back PAC launched for small money, big power - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the news that President Trump has raised $53 million in the first 75 days of his presidency, Fight Back PAC announced its launch today as the first grassroots Super PAC in the nation dedicated to defeating President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress at the ballot box. Fight Back PAC, unlike most ...


Emanuel-reaffirms-North-Carolina-travel-ban

Emanuel reaffirms North Carolina travel ban - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced, on April 13, that he would introduce a resolution reaffirming the city's previous ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina for employees on city business. The resolution will be introduced at the April 19 City Council meeting. "As a welcoming city for all, we are clear on our values of tolerance and inclusion, and we won't ...


lllinois-Women-March-on-Springfield-April-25-for-agenda-budget

lllinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for agenda, budget - Women and their allies from across Illinois are expected to join forces to push for a responsible budget and progressive agenda of bills in Springfield Tuesday, April 25. Individuals representing a wide range of issues and more than 50 organizations will march around the state capitol and lobby for legislation. The list of bills people can choose to lobby state ...


White-House-Press-Secretary-Spicers-Hitler-Remarks-in-Tandem-With-Holocaust-Deniers

White House Press Secretary Spicer's Hitler Remarks in Tandem With Holocaust Deniers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 2017—Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer made comments denying Hitler's use of chemical weapons when referencing Assad and the people of Syria. "We are outraged by White House press secretary Sean Spicer's denial of Hitler's use of chemical weapons, which in fact contributed to the death of over 6 million Jews and others through the ...


ICYMI-Trumps-Army-Sec-nominee-dismisses-anti-LGBTQ-attacks-as-politics

ICYMI: Trump's Army Sec. nominee dismisses anti-LGBTQ attacks as "politics" - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Late last week, Donald Trump tapped one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ politicians in the country to lead the U.S. Army. Tennessee State Senator Mark Green's anti-LGBTQ record includes describing former President Obama's guidance protecting transgender students an example of "tyrannical government," saying being transgender is a "disease", encouraging the state of Tennessee to defy the Supreme Court ...


ACLU-of-IL-sues-for-documents-on-implementation-of-Trump-Muslim-ban

ACLU of IL sues for documents on implementation of Trump Muslim ban - From a press release - Chicago — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans. Today's action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country. The ACLU of Illinois lawsuit is seeking records from U.S. Customs and Border ...


World-news-Grindr-arrest-Chinese-boy-band-trans-murder

World news: Grindr arrest, Chinese 'boy band,' trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found on gay-hookup site Grindr, PinkNews reported. The men—Torsu Stephen, 23, and Aikins Atitsogbe, 21—were arrested in the capital Accra after an unnamed victim reported they threatened to post naked photos of him on the internet if he did not pay them. Some commenters ...


Melissa-Etheridge-lends-anthem-Giant-to-the-McGregor-campaign

Melissa Etheridge lends anthem "Giant" to the McGregor campaign - From a press release - SEATTLE — Former Seattle City Commissioner Mac McGregor is one of 11 transgender candidates running for office in the U.S. in 2017. If elected, Mac would become the first transgender person to hold a seat on Seattle City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in Washington state. McGregor is a former women's world martial arts champion and ...


Illinois-lawmakers-to-push-for-regulated-taxed-adult-use-of-marijuana-

Illinois lawmakers to push for regulated, taxed adult use of marijuana - From a press release - CHICAGO — Sponsors of a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use in Illinois will join local and national marijuana policy reform advocates for a news conference on Wednesday to announce the next step for the legislation and launch a coalition that will support it. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT in the James ...


National-Trans-lawsuit-gay-Alaska-politicians-Glamour-honors-trans-woman

National: Trans lawsuit, gay Alaska politicians, Glamour honors trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT-rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates, a press release stated. The suit—filed on behalf of three transgender women and one transgender man as well as ...


Tillerson-Urged-to-Condemn-Targeting-of-Gay-Men-in-Chechnya

Tillerson Urged to Condemn Targeting of Gay Men in Chechnya - From Human Rights First - Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today expressed alarm over reports that Chechen authorities have acted outside the law to arrest, abuse, and kill gay men in the country, and called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to publicly condemn the acts. Tillerson is scheduled to visit Russia in the coming weeks. "What is happening to gay men in Chechnya ...


Illinois-tax-march-April-15-citizens-demand-to-see-Trump-tax-returns

Illinois tax march April 15, citizens demand to see Trump tax returns - On Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m., thousands of Illinois residents will gather at Daley Plaza in Chicago for a rally as part of a nationwide Tax March to demand President Trump's tax returns. Citizens in cities throughout the world will march and rally in support of the urgency with which Trump must make those documents available for citizen review. ...


Trump-nominates-radical-anti-LGBTQ-state-legislator-to-lead-US-Army

Trump nominates radical anti-LGBTQ state legislator to lead U.S. Army - From press releases - From HRC: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, denounced President Donald Trump's decision to nominate Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, Green would succeed former Secretary of the U.S. Army Eric Fanning, who made ...


Senate-leaders-go-nuclear-to-assure-anti-equality-Gorsuch-appointed-HRC-responds

Senate leaders go nuclear to assure anti-equality Gorsuch appointed, HRC responds - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the move by Senate Republicans to deploy the "nuclear option" to hand anti-equality Judge Neil Gorsuch a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States by shamefully changing Senate rules and bypassing the historic 60-vote threshold for high court nominees. "We are deeply disappointed by the ...


Lambda-Legal-Sues-Puerto-Rico-for-Anti-Trans-Birth-Certificate-Policy

Lambda Legal Sues Puerto Rico for Anti-Trans Birth Certificate Policy - From a press release - ( San Juan, PR, April 6, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four transgender Puerto Ricans and the LGBT rights organization Puerto Rico Para Tod@s to compel the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to allow transgender individuals to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates. "Puerto Rico categorically prohibits changes to the gender ...


Large-Scale-Protests-To-Resist-Racism-and-Rebuild-Community-Planned-for-May-Day-

Large-Scale Protests To Resist Racism and Rebuild Community Planned for May Day - From a press release - CHICAGO - In anticipation of International Workers' Day on Monday, May 1, a broad array of organizations are uniting to plan citywide actions to stop criminalization, defend our rights, and create truly safe and healthy communities. May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, is celebrated around the world following the tragic events of Chicago's Haymarket Affair in May 1886. ...


National-Anti-LGBTQ-Groups-Hate-Slate-Rejected-by-Voters-in-Suburban-Chicago-

National Anti-LGBTQ Group's "Hate Slate" Rejected by Voters in Suburban Chicago - From a press release - PALATINE, IL — Today, Trans United Fund, a national trans-led advocacy group, in partnership with local parents and trans youth in Illinois School District 211, announced a decisive and historic victory against a slate of candidates aligned with the Alliance Defending Freedom ( ADF ), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. Trans United Fund, ...


Court-Rules-Boulder-County-Landlord-Discriminated-Against-LGBT-Family

Court Rules Boulder County Landlord Discriminated Against LGBT Family - From a press release - ( Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 ) — A federal district court judge today ruled that a Boulder County property owner violated both the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when she refused to rent a housing unit to Lambda Legal clients Rachel and Tonya Smith, a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children, ...


LGBTQ-candidates-win-election-in-Alaska-states-only-out-elected-officials-

LGBTQ candidates win election in Alaska, state's only out elected officials - From a press release - Washington, DC — Two Victory Fund endorsed candidates — Felix Rivera and Christopher Constant — won their races for Anchorage Assembly to become the only openly LGBTQ elected officials in Alaska. Tuesday's wins are groundbreaking for Anchorage and the entire state, as both candidates faced numerous opponents and campaigned on their commitment to LGBTQ equality and social justice. "These historic ...


Lambda-Legal-Missouri-Must-Provide-Health-Care-for-Incarcerated-Transgender-Woman

Lambda Legal: Missouri Must Provide Health Care for Incarcerated Transgender Woman - From a press release - ( St. Louis, MO, April 5 2017 ) — Yesterday, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to order the Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) and Corizon LLC ( Corizon ), which MDOC contracts to provide healthcare at its facilities, to provide medically necessary, doctor-recommended health care for the treatment of gender dysphoria for Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old ...


NCAA-to-return-to-NC-HRC-Equality-NC-ACLU-NCLR-respond

NCAA to return to N.C.: HRC, Equality NC, ACLU, NCLR respond - The NCAA announced on April 4 that it will return to North Carolina for championship events after the state, on March 30, reached a compromised repeal of HB2—the controversial statute that came to be known as "the bathroom bill." LGBTQ groups were initially quick to criticize the compromise, which they said still allows for discrimination. Among other things, said compromise ...


Equality-Illinois-LGBTQ-Town-Halls-Launch-Tuesday-in-Central-and-Southern-Illinois

Equality Illinois LGBTQ Town Halls Launch Tuesday in Central and Southern Illinois - From a press release - NORMAL, IL—With Illinoisans facing uncertainty about LGBTQ rights in the Trump era and push back in some parts of the state as they try to assert their rights, Equality Illinois LGBTQ Town Halls launch Tuesday night in Bloomington-Normal and continue Wednesday night in Peoria. Future town halls are scheduled in Carbondale and the Metro East area. "The laws that guarantee ...


World-Trans-model-on-GQ-cover-Dutch-attack-Quebecs-pro-LGBT-move

World: Trans model on GQ cover, Dutch attack, Quebec's pro-LGBT move - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - International model Andreja Pejic has landed a double cover of GQ Portugal April issue, making history as the first transgender model to cover the popular and well-respected men's magazine, a press release noted. Pejic was also the first transgender model to be awarded "Female Model of the Year" at the GQ Portugal Awards last October in Lisbon. "To be honest, ...


Landmark-Federal-Court-Decision-Extends-Workplace-Protections-to-Lesbian-Gay-People

Landmark Federal Court Decision Extends Workplace Protections to Lesbian, Gay People - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 4, 2017 ) —In a groundbreaking, 8-3 decision, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. The court found that such discrimination is a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law ...


LGBTs-post-several-wins-in-municipal-elections-Palatine-school-board-victory-

LGBTs post several wins in municipal elections, Palatine school board victory - LGBT candidates, and supporters of LGBT issues, had strong showings in municipal elections throughout suburban Cook and collar counties on April 4. As of Wednesday afternoon, the results were as follows: Palatine: A slate consisting of candidates who had supported policies allowing transgender students access to the public accommodations of the gender with which they identify—Edward Yung, Robert LeFevre and ...


Lambda-Legal-Judge-Gorsuchs-Refusal-to-Correct-his-Anti-LGBT-Record-is-Disqualifying

Lambda Legal: 'Judge Gorsuch's Refusal to Correct his Anti-LGBT Record is Disqualifying' - From a press release - ( New York, NY, April 3, 2017 ) — Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination for the Supreme Court to the full Senate for a vote. Lambda Legal opposes Judge Gorsuch's nomination and urges the full Senate to vote 'No'. "Judge Gorsuch's vision of the law excludes LGBT people from the ...


Rauner-orders-Human-Rights-Commission-folded-into-Dept-of-Human-Rights

Rauner orders Human Rights Commission folded into Dept. of Human Rights - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 31, issued an executive order consolidating the state's Human Rights Commission with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ( IDHR ). The move was among many departmental consolidations Rauner ordered that same day, and, according to a press release, was aimed at expediting anti-discrimination cases—resolving a case takes on average about four years—and would save ...


May-1-Workers-Day-actions-in-Chicago

May 1 Workers' Day actions in Chicago - May 1st, International Workers' Day, will be a national day of action with large marches expected around the country. In Chicago, a coalition of organizations are planning to march to resist the rising racism and call on city residents to rebuild community. The Resist Racism, Rebuild Community march, starting 1 p.m. at Union Park, Lake and Ashland, will be focused ...


NC-Gov-Roy-Coopers-HB2-Betrayal-What-Theyre-Saying

NC Gov. Roy Cooper's HB2 Betrayal: What They're Saying - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - On the eve of Transgender Day of Visibility, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore shamefully attempted to pass off to the public an egregious so-called "deal" that doubles down on the state's HB2-like discrimination against LGBTQ people — particularly transgender people. Over the past several days, civil rights groups including ...


North-Carolina-HB2-repeal-passed-remains-discriminatory-

North Carolina HB2 "repeal" passed, remains discriminatory - From press releases - ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn 'Fake' Repeal of HB 2 RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is delivering a letter to Gov. Roy ...


On-anniversary-of-King-assassination-rally-planned-for-15-Black-Lives-Fair-Economy

On anniversary of King assassination rally planned for $15, Black Lives, Fair Economy - From a press release - CHICAGO—On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, hundreds with the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter Chicago, and Fair Economy Illinois ( Resist Trump Tuesdays ) will rally and march to demand a $15/hr minimum wage in Illinois, an end to racism, and protest Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Trump's anti-worker, anti-union policies. The protest will start ...


City-introduces-municipal-ID-ordinance

City introduces municipal ID ordinance - City officials, on March 29, introduced an ordinance at the monthly Chicago City Council meeting allowing for the creation of a municipal ID program for Chicago residents. According to a press release, all Chicago residents would be eligible for the ID, regardless of of immigration or housing status, criminal record or gender identification and would be accepted by all city ...


LGBTQ-Advocates-Reject-Backroom-Deal-on-NCs-HB2

LGBTQ Advocates: Reject Backroom Deal on NC's HB2 - From press releases - From HRC and Equality North Carolina: HRC and Equality North Carolina urged North Carolina lawmakers to reject a backroom "deal" that would both continue the harms of the discriminatory HB2 law and push the possibility of full repeal further out of reach. The most recent proposal would specifically prohibit cities from passing protections ensuring that transgender people are able to ...


-Victory-Institute-Convenes-Hundreds-of-LGBTI-Leaders-from-Latin-America-Caribbean

Victory Institute Convenes Hundreds of LGBTI Leaders from Latin America, Caribbean - From a press release - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ( March 28, 2017 ) —This week, Victory Institute and partner organizations will convene more than 350 LGBTI leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean to develop strategies to increase LGBTI political participation and advance equality in their countries. The conference, held in Santo Domingo, will begin with a national meeting of 140 LGBTI Dominican ...


Harris-Calls-on-Rauner-to-Disclose-Details-on-Proposed-Health-Care-Changes

Harris Calls on Rauner to Disclose Details on Proposed Health Care Changes - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislators are demanding to know whether Gov. Bruce Rauner's sweeping changes to the Medicaid system will allow recipients to keep their current doctors and hospitals, what access and quality will be lost by the proposed changes and what steps the administration has taken to prevent conflicts of interest during its unilateral push to overhaul the system that ...


An-analysis-of-the-state-foster-care-system

An analysis of the state foster-care system - ACLU is advocating for better outcomes for LGBT youth The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has had an official policy on caring for LGBT youth in foster care since 2001, according to DCFS sources. But it seems that many of the people responsible for enforcing that policy are unaware of its existence. While it does require caregivers to ...


RiseUP-concert-to-benefit-ACLU-includes-headlining-artists-of-Hamilton

RiseUP concert to benefit ACLU includes headlining artists of Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO- Members of the cast of Hamilton and other artists are hosting RiseUP, a night of music and entertainment at Moonlight Studios, on April 3, 2017 with proceeds going to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The ACLU is the largest and oldest civil liberties organization in Illinois. Working in close collaboration with The Number ...


EI-announces-Spring-to-Action

EI announces 'Spring to Action' - Equality Illinois ( EI ) has announced a "Spring to Action" agenda. In the coming weeks, Equality Illinois will host a series of trainings on LGBTQ issues, engage in town hall forums, and sponsor EqualityCon 2017 in Springfield for a daylong conference. Local LGBTQ and allied organizations are cosponsoring the trainings, town halls and EqualityCon. The spring Statewide Training Series ...


LGBT-groups-criticize-Trump-appointment-of-Severino-to-lead-HHS-OCR-Civil-Rights

LGBT groups criticize Trump appointment of Severino to lead HHS/OCR Civil Rights - While most of the country was seemingly focused on President Trump's healthcare proposal, the chief executive quietly appointed Roger Severino to lead the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS/OCR )—a move many pro-LGBT organizations criticized. The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ), the Center for American Progress ( CAP ), ...


Anniversary-of-Kings-assassination-marked-with-citywide-teach-in-April-4

Anniversary of King's assassination marked with citywide teach-in April 4 - From a press release - Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black ...


Brock-prepares-for-April-4-Berwyn-park-district-run

Brock prepares for April 4 Berwyn park district run - Brian Brock, who's a salesperson for a healthcare IT company, is running to be a park district commissioner in Berwyn because he wants to be more involved in his community, but wants to steer clear of his town's sometimes-fiery politics for now. "I really wanted to do something that was a little less political, a little less partisan," he said. ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-endorses-pro-LGBTQ-equality-candidates-for-April-4

Equality Illinois PAC endorses pro-LGBTQ equality candidates for April 4 - From a press release - CHICAGO—Pro-equality office-holders are on the front lines of protecting the rights and improving opportunities of LGBTQ Illinoisans, which are the reasons why the Equality Illinois PAC ( EI PAC ) is endorsing candidates in significant school board and local government races for the April 4 election. In two of the school board races, in Elgin-based District U-46 and Palatine-based District ...


Protection-rescinded-from-LGBT-employees-of-companies-working-with-government

Protection rescinded from LGBT employees of companies working with government - From press releases - Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. on the Trump Administration's Quiet Take-Down of Federal Protections Against LGBT Employment Discrimination Federal government no longer required to weigh a history of LGBT employment discrimination against a company when deciding with which companies to do business (March 28, 2017 San Francisco)—Yesterday, the Trump Administration quietly issued an ...


Trump-administration-omits-LGBTQs-from-2020-census-American-Community-Survey-

Trump administration omits LGBTQs from 2020 census, American Community Survey - Important data collection on LGBT populations rolled back - Dashing the hopes of pro-LGBT individuals and organizations, the Trump administration, on March 28, canceled plans to ask U.S. residents about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census. Initially, sexual orientation and gender identity were among the proposed subjects for 2020; however, hours later the Census released an updated list striking the sexual orientation proposal. "The Subjects ...


McAleer-Forte-readies-for-Berwyn-election

McAleer-Forte readies for Berwyn election - Julia McAleer-Forte said she is running for a spot on the Berwyn South School District D100 School Board to "be at the table to help plan a vision and a path to better success." When McAleer-Forte and her partner Kerry moved to Berwyn with their two children 12 years ago, school scores were higher than in neighboring Oak Park. "That's ...


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ICE shooting, Sessions' comments make clear, Illinois must be a sanctuary state - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley in response to threats to sanctuary statusfor Chicago by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the wake of a shooting early Monday during an immigration raid. "Illinois is an immigrant state and is in greater danger than ever with the Donald Trump presidency, where we see the vicious ...


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Mitchell Gold, Faith in America, takes aim at North Carolina's HB2 - From a press release - Hickory, NC — Mitchell Gold today released a statement opposing North Carolina's Governor, Conservative NC Legislators, and NC clergy and churches that offer despair and exclusion to NC LGBTQ youth. HB2 must be denied and North Carolina youth must be embraced: I'm writing today as Co-Founder and CEO of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair ...


Anti-LGBT-Record-of-Trumps-Nominee-for-Air-Force-Secretary-Seen-as-Troubling

Anti-LGBT Record of Trump's Nominee for Air Force Secretary Seen as Troubling - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump's nomination of former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary: "The nomination of former Rep. Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force raises serious concerns about whether President Donald Trump can be counted on to honor his promise ...


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Shore running for re-election - Debra Shore—a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD )—announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Shore said, "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run for another term on ...


Iowa-State-Rep-Ralph-Watts-dismissive-of-question-about-his-use-of-gay-slur

Iowa State Rep. Ralph Watts dismissive of question about his use of gay slur - From a One Iowa press release - [Des Moines]— On Saturday, March 25, State Rep. Ralph Watts attended an event at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Drive With Cops. At the event, Karin Derry questioned him about his previous use of "red rider", a derogatory term for a gay man, at a public forum. Rep. Watts' responded to Derry's question by saying "anything you say ...


AHCA-pulled-from-vote-ACLU-and-HRC-applaud-the-outcome

AHCA pulled from vote, ACLU and HRC applaud the outcome - From a press release - From the ACLU WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today decided not to vote on the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir issued the following statement: "Democracy triumphed today. President Trump made the best move of his presidency so far by telling Speaker Ryan not to hold a vote on ...


-In-loss-for-Trump-House-pulls-legislation-to-repeal-Obamacare

In loss for Trump, House pulls legislation to repeal Obamacare - In a loss for President Trump, the U.S. House withdrew legislation set for a vote March 24 to repeal Obamacare after near certain defeat of the bill was imminent. Moments before the vote was scheduled in the later afternoon, the Republican-controlled House cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act, a measure crafted by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan ...


Bring-in-Da-Funk-celebrates-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliances-10th-Night-of-Noise-

Bring in Da Funk celebrates Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's 10th Night of Noise - From a press release - Each year, students all across the country participate in an annual protest to call attention to the silence LGBTQ+ youth endure. A lasting legacy from the merging of the Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation ( CESO ) and GLSEN Chicago, Day of Silence is one of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's largest annual youth events. Thousands of pins, shirts, and ...


Virginia-Gov-Terry-McAuliffe-vetoes-anti-LGBTQ-License-to-Discriminate-bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes anti-LGBTQ "License to Discriminate" bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, praised Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's veto of Senate Bill ( SB 1324 ) and House Bill ( HB ) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate ...


Anti-LGBTIQ-Hate-Bus-Tours-The-United-States

Anti-LGBTIQ Hate Bus Tours The United States - From a joint press release - The so-called FreeSpeechBus, is currently spreading its hateful message through the streets of New York City. The organizers behind the bus include the International Organization for the Family, labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the notoriously anti-LGBTIQ group National Organization for Marriage. The bright orange bus is covered in the message, "It's Biology: Boys are ...


Debra-Shore-of-Metropolitan-Water-Reclamation-District-to-run-for-re-election

Debra Shore of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to run for re-election - From a press release - Debra Shore, a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD ) today announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Commissioner Shore said "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run ...







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