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Local-response-to-removal-of-TITLE-IX-trans-protections-rallies-planned

Local response to removal of TITLE IX trans protections, rallies planned - Following the Trump administration's Feb. 22 revocation of guidelines extending Title IX protections to transgender students, political and advocacy leaders from both Chicago and Illinois responded with anger, defiance and optimism. Two Chicago protests are planned. See information below. On Feb. 23 Chicago-based Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Illinois and the Illinois ...


Atty-Gen-Madigan-commits-to-protect-trans-students-under-Illinois-Human-Rights-Act

Atty Gen Madigan commits to protect trans students under Illinois Human Rights Act - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned the actions by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education rescinding federal guidance that set out protections for transgender students across the country from discrimination and harassment. The federal government rescinded guidance which provided that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of ...


Major-publications-fail-to-identify-anti-LGBTQ-hate-groups-in-coverage

Major publications fail to identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups in coverage - From a press release - Major news outlets have failed to label the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council — groups praising President Donald Trump's repeal of nondiscrimination protections for transgender students — as anti-LGBTQ hate groups. This failure is part of a larger trend of major news outlets failing to properly identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups or acknowledge their extremism. Major Print Outlets ...


AG-Lisa-Madigan-meets-with-advocates-for-hate-crimes-summit

AG Lisa Madigan meets with advocates for hate crimes summit - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, on Feb. 23, convened a summit at the James L. Thompson Center with nearly two dozen representatives from advocacy groups to discuss how the state will address hate crimes and discrimination in the years ahead. "All of us are concerned ...and very troubled by the actions taken by the new [presidential] administration," said Madigan in ...


Trump-removes-Title-IX-transgender-protection-natl-local-groups-respond-

Trump removes Title IX transgender protection, nat'l, local groups respond - The Trump administration drew first blood in what many believe is a systematic erosion of LGBTQ civil rights during the evening hours of Feb. 22 when President Obama's guidelines extending Title IX protections to transgender students were rolled back, ironically, without the fanfare of publicity which has surrounded each of Trump's executive orders. Nevertheless, reaction from advocacy groups nationwide and ...


Dustin-Lance-Black-on-latest-ABC-project-When-We-Rise

Dustin Lance Black on latest ABC project, When We Rise - Dustin Lance Black not only juggles three names but usually at least three jobs with screenwriting, directing, and producing. Activism is now part of the list and author is soon to be as well. This Mormon-raised talent started in fictional gay centered short films, then moved into a documentary called On the Bus. He wrote for HBO's Big Love and ...


GUIDE-TO-THE-GAYS-Primary-Feb-28-general-election-April-4

GUIDE TO THE GAYS Primary Feb. 28, general election April 4 - Besides Franklin Ramirez, who is running for Elgin Township supervisor, a number of other openly LGBT individuals will be running in municipal elections in Evanston and Berwyn. In both locations, a primary takes place Feb. 28 and the general election takes place April 4. —Evanston: Ald. Mark Tendam is running against four other candidates in a Feb. 28 primary for ...


At-Midwest-BLGT-and-Ally-College-Conference-AIDS-activist-talks-Trump-era-organizing

At Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference, AIDS activist talks Trump-era organizing - - According to longtime AIDS activist Peter Staley, today's progressives need to be prepared for four difficult years while Donald Trump is president. "Activism is about plowing through defeats," said Staley, on Feb. 18, in the second-night keynote address at the 2016 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) at Navy Pier. "Movements are made stronger ...


At-Midwest-BLGT-Ally-College-Conference-Gutierrez-calls-for-unity-in-resistance

At Midwest BLGT, Ally College Conference, Gutierrez calls for unity in resistance - Celebrated and impassioned trans Latina activist Jennicet Gutiérrez brought the 25th annual Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) to a rousing close Feb. 19 leading the audience, which packed into the Festival Hall at Chicago's Navy Pier, in a chant that was as much about defiance as it was a call to action. "My ...


BlackLivesMatter-co-founder-kicks-off-Midwest-BLGT-and-Ally-College-Conference

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder kicks off Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference - Openly queer #BlackLivesMatter co-founder, performance artist, NAACP History Maker and Fulbright scholar Patrisse Cullors kicked off the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) Feb. 17 at Navy Pier with a rousing keynote address centered on the theme of resistance. Hosted by colleges and universities across the Midwest since 1993, the MBLGTACC is an annual ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Working-with-allies-Moving-beyond-the-Kumbaya-in-interfaith-work

GUEST COLUMN Working with allies: Moving beyond the 'Kumbaya' in interfaith work - Imagine soft harmonious music playing right now. We've been doing interfaith work for a long time now especially in the past several years since 9/11. And, it's been great. It has created a great connection with people of other faiths, and it's been a fantastic way to get to know each other and each other's religions and talk about all ...


Chicago-literary-initiative-embraces-exiled-writers

Chicago literary initiative embraces exiled writers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A celebration for the Chicago City of Refuge project for exiled writers was held at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus' Piper Hall on Feb. 19. The project is a collaboration between the International Cities of Refuge Network ( ICORN ) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace and the Guild Literary Complex. Its purpose is to ...


Aurora-candidate-Guzman-talks-staff-experience

Aurora candidate Guzman talks staff experience - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's October 2016 resignation, four candidates are now competing for the role. A Feb. 28 primary will cull them to two and both the campaigning and the rhetoric ahead of that date have been fierce. Into the fray is Weisner's assistant chief of staff Rick Guzman who, with perhaps an eye on national political trends, has ...


Rep-Chapa-LaVia-discusses-run-for-Aurora-mayor

Rep. Chapa LaVia discusses run for Aurora mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To many, the end of the 2016 presidential election season was as much a relief as it was a shock. However, residents of the second largest city in Illinois have no time to take a breath. They will be back at the polls again Feb. 28 for a primary that will halve a field of four competitive candidates each vying ...


Title-IX-guidance-for-transgender-students-revoked-groups-and-leaders-respond

Title IX guidance for transgender students revoked, groups and leaders respond - From news releases - From Lambda Legal: Even for a bully like Trump, attacking children is a new low. Administration withdraws guidance for schools on what the law requires for transgender students WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Education today rescinded the Obama administration's 2016 Title IX guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students. Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the ...


CHIRLA-calls-for-response-to-Trump-administration-mass-deportation-dragnet-

CHIRLA calls for response to Trump administration mass deportation dragnet - From a Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights press release - Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights ( CHIRLA ), a California-based immigrant rights member-based organization, labeled the newly-announced immigration measures signed by DHS Secretary Kelly a dragnet, a deeply troubling development, and called on Americans to reject such a dragnet approach to dealing with a very human issue. The following are statements for Angelica Salas, executive ...


Quigley-talks-community-political-resistance-in-the-Trump-era

Quigley talks community, political resistance in the Trump era - Congressman Mike Quigley ( D-IL ) was in town for a Feb. 9 breakfast at the downtown Chicago offices of Jenner & Block during which he engaged leaders of the Chicago LGBTQ community in a candid discussion about the issues that not only he and his fellow House Democrats now confront in what has been termed the Trump era but ...


Roe-v-Wade-plaintiff-dies

Roe v. Wade plaintiff dies - Norma McCorvey—who, in the early '70s, was the plaintiff in the Roe v. Wade court case that made legal access to abortions the law of the land—has passed away from heart failure in Katy, Texas, according to the New York Times. She was 68. McCorvey ultimately renounced her views on abortion and became a strident prolife activist as well as ...


World-news-French-elections-Church-of-England-Bollywood-actor

World news: French elections, Church of England, Bollywood actor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Far-right French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has quietly pledged to close off same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. Front National leader Marine Le Pen is currently leading in first-round polls ahead of France's Presidential election. Despite any "reforms," Le Pen has now quietly confirmed plans to end same-sex marriage in the country, burying the policy announcement in a list of ...


Openly-gay-South-Bend-mayor-seeks-Democratic-leadership-post-

Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post - Openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he is running as chair of the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) so he can help give his party "a fresh start." "We've got to get, as a party, to a place where we have a clear vision for the future, one that acknowledges that the lifeblood of the party ...


More-than-75000-LGBT-DREAMers-36000-have-participated-in-DACA

More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles - The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, temporary work authorization and ...


NBA-warns-Texas-lawmakers-anti-LGBTQ-bills-could-affect-All-Star-game-bids-

NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative attack on LGBTQ people would factor into a decision as to where big-ticket games, such as the All-Star Game, would be played. The NBA joins the NFL in issuing a warning to lawmakers in Texas, after the ...


Attorney-Legal-loss-validates-church-based-conversion-therapy-

Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Feb. 16 that challenged whether the Illinois law prohibiting so-called conversion therapy on minors applied to pastors. But the plaintiffs in the case say that the ruling against them ultimately gives clergy more latitude to practice such therapy. The suit, which named Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a defendant, was filed in August 2016 ...


Astraea-Foundation-sets-Uprising-of-Love-Fund-for-most-urgent-LGBTQI-organizing

Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. This fund will prioritize timely support for LGBTQI activism across the nation resisting the onslaught of attacks on our bodies, our communities and our collective rights. "The subtle and overt shifts in policy and culture are meant ...


Human-Rights-Watch-plans-Kiki-screening-panel-Mar-10

Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by a panel. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who demand happiness and political power. The film is ...


SPLC-Hate-groups-increase-in-second-year-Trump-electrifies-radical-right

SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right - From a Southern Poverty Law Center press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's ( SPLC ) annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations, released today. The most dramatic growth was ...


Immigrants-march-to-protest-Trump

Immigrants march to protest Trump - Immigrant-rights supporters marched in the Loop Feb. 16 as part of a national protest, following those individuals gathering in Union Park for a rally. Across the country, organizers of A Day Without Immigrants AJWS immigrants to stay home from work and school as a way to protest the Trump administration's policies on immigration. ABC 7 Chicago noted that celebrity chef ...


LGBTQs-join-A-Day-Without-Immigrants-condemn-raids-on-immigrant-communities

LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities - From a National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund joined lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates and immigrant rights activists taking part in "A Day Without Immigrants" actions taking place all across the country. In Washington, D.C., advocates marched to the White House to call on the Trump Administration to stop the massive ...


Bisexual-candidate-runs-for-Elgin-Township-supervisor

Bisexual candidate runs for Elgin Township supervisor - Franklin Ramirez, who is openly bisexual, is running for office to better call attention to the role of the Elgin Township government. In Elgin, "The township government flies under the radar," said Ramirez, who wants to be elected township supervisor this spring. "The current supervisor [Annette Miller] is a Republican who has been in office for 12 years and has ...


World-news-Trans-child-bullied-Sapporo-milestone-sauna-deaths

World news: Trans child bullied, Sapporo milestone, sauna deaths - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, an 11-year-old who has been severely bullied for months has reportedly been shot with a BB gun because she's transgender, an LGBTQ Nation item noted. The child, identified only as G, was targeted by a bully who wrote transphobic slurs and insults and drew penises on her art workbook, her mother, identified as A, tells Gay Star News. ...


LETTERS-House-of-lies

LETTERS House of lies - An open letter to Donald Trump: How on earth can you be my president when you continually lie to me? I am sick and tired of your mindless mendacity. Your latest fib is to blame Chicago's violence on "undocumented immigrants." This is a ludicrous lie. You said recently that terrorists are "pouring" into our country—another ridiculous untruth. You have no ...


Chicago-Dem-Rep-Dan-Lipinski-has-mixed-LGBT-record

Chicago Dem Rep Dan Lipinski has mixed LGBT record - Rep. Lipinski's votes on LGBT issues, donor charts - Congressional Republicans said in December that they planned to reintroduce a 2015 bill this year that protects individuals and businesses who discriminate against LGBT people and cite their religious convictions as their reasons. Among the co-sponsors of that legislation, which has yet to be reintroduced in this Congress, is Illinois 3rd District Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat who has opposed ...


Rep-Lipinskis-votes-on-LGBT-issues-

Rep. Lipinski's votes on LGBT issues - U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has the lowest score of any House Democrat on Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Congressional Rating Index. Among the actions Lipinski has taken, and statements he's made, on LGBT-rights, are the following, according to HRC: 2006: Lipinski voted "present" on a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting marriage equality. Lipinski dismissed the amendment as a Republican ploy at ...


In-race-for-Atlanta-City-Council-President-Alex-Wan-gains-Victory-Fund-endorsement

In race for Atlanta City Council President Alex Wan gains Victory Fund endorsement - From a press release - Atlanta, February 15, 2017 — Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan, who is seeking the second-highest elected position in Atlanta government, Atlanta City Council President, has been endorsed by Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Victory Fund ( www.VictoryFund.org ) is the only national organization dedicated to increasing the number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elected officials at all levels ...


Rep-Takano-LGBTQ-groups-speak-out-against-Puzder-for-Labor-Secretary

Rep. Takano, LGBTQ groups speak out against Puzder for Labor Secretary - From a press release - Washington, DC: Representative Takano ( D-Calif. ) joined leaders of Pride at Work, Equality Federation, and Wyoming Equality today to hold a press conference opposing Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary. Mr. Puzder faces a broad and growing opposition, including prominent Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski ( Alaska ) and Susan Collins ( Maine ), as his anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ record comes to ...


800-parents-of-trans-kids-sign-HRCs-letter-to-Trump-on-undermining-protections

800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections for transgender students, nearly 800 parents of transgender children sent a letter to President Donald Trump condemning the decision and calling on his administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The letter, signed by parents from ...


TRUST-Collective-Chicago-hosts-retreat

TRUST Collective-Chicago hosts retreat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TRUST Collective-Chicago, Chicago's emerging community and intersectional voice for justice, peace, support, creativity and collaboration, recently hosted a retreat to address its focus on Latinx, Muslim and/or LGBTQ+ community issues in the "Post Orlando" environment. The TRUST Collective's mission is to bridge, respect, support and foster relationships across the Chicago area toward building a unified front and reducing targeted violence ...


EEOC-files-appeal-in-trans-related-suit

EEOC files appeal in trans-related suit - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), on Feb. 10, appealed a judge's ruling that a transgender woman's employer had the legal right to fire her, Slate reported. The EEOC appeal came after worry from legal advocates over the EEOC's direction under President Donald Trump's administration. There is one open spot on the five-person commission, which Trump has to ...


United-Working-Families-endorses-Berwyn-United-slate-in-2017-primary-elections

United Working Families endorses Berwyn United slate in 2017 primary elections - From a press release - BERWYN - United Working Families, an independent political organization powered by progressive labor and community organizations, today announced its endorsement of Berwyn United in the 2017 primary elections. Berwyn United is a 15-candidate slate mounting a progressive, volunteer-led challenge to the Berwyn political establishment. Following is the statement of Emma Tai, Executive Director of United Working Families, on today's endorsement. ...


National-roundup-NBHAAD-event-Philly-news-Trump-decision-HB2-appeal

National roundup: NBHAAD event, Philly news, Trump decision, HB2 appeal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Feb. 7 marked the 17th annual observance of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( NBHAAD ), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Black people in the United States and the Diaspora, a National Black Justice Coalition press release noted. In advance of NBHAAD, Black HIV/AIDS advocates from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., ...


DoJ-withdraws-pro-trans-protections

DoJ withdraws pro-trans protections - In a brief filed Feb. 10, the Department of Justice ( DoJ )—less than two days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general—started withdrawing its support for Title IX protections for transgender students. The DoJ withdrew its request for a partial stay on a Texas court ruling that prohibited the federal government from enforcing a President Obama-related provision that ...


Donald-Trump-Signs-Harmful-Police-Enforcement-Executive-Orders

Donald Trump Signs Harmful Police Enforcement Executive Orders - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2017—President Donald Trump announced today that he had signed three executive orders that stand to significantly increase the criminalization and incarceration of some of the nation's most vulnerable populations by broadening law enforcement agencies' powers. "Trump's executive orders that expand the discretionary power of police enforcement are a clear attack on freedom, justice and equality. These ...


HRC-Confirmation-HHS-Sec-Price-jeopardizes-LGBTQ-health-well-being

HRC: Confirmation HHS Sec. Price jeopardizes LGBTQ health, well-being - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) said Tom Price's confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services puts the health and well-being of LGBTQ people in jeopardy. Price has a long, disturbing record of opposing basic civil rights for LGBTQ people and will be serving in a position of unique importance to the LGBTQ community. "Tom ...


LGBTQ-groups-call-Jeff-Sessions-a-threat-to-civil-rights-equality

LGBTQ groups call Jeff Sessions a threat to civil rights, equality - From a press release - From Lambda Legal: New York, NY — Following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, released the following statement: "Jeff Sessions' confirmation as Attorney General today is a travesty. The chief lawyer of the United States ...


Illinois-Women-Moving-Forward-group-announced-by-legislators-in-Springfield

Illinois Women Moving Forward group announced by legislators in Springfield - SPRINGFIELD — Building on the spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of solidarity of those who participated in Women's Marches across Illinois on Jan. 21, a coalition of legislators gathered today at the State Capitol to embrace an agenda titled, Illinois Women Moving Forward. The agenda, created in a collaborative process with legislators and public policy groups committed to improve the lives ...


Quigley-Continues-LGBT-Equality-Caucus-Leadership-in-the-115th-Congress

Quigley Continues LGBT Equality Caucus Leadership in the 115th Congress - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and founding member of its Transgender Equality Task Force, was announced in the Caucus' bipartisan membership list for the 115th Congress. Updated membership, which nearly doubled since the start of the last Congress, includes a strong majority of all House Democrats. "We have ...


Alderman-Ramirez-Rosa-Trump-continues-to-attack-those-who-dont-look-like-him

Alderman Ramirez-Rosa: Trump continues to attack those who don't look like him - 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa Statement on President Trump's continued attacks against undocumented Chicagoans: "This is another one of President Trump's 'alternative facts,' a continuation of Trump's attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women, Chicago's youth, and our working families. It is wrong that the President of the United States would seek to scare and divide the American people. We know our ...


No-veteran-advocates-at-White-House-VA-listening-session-OutServe-SLDN-comments

No veteran advocates at White House VA listening session, OutServe-SLDN comments - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C. ) February 2, 2017 — OutServe-SLDN issued the following statement today in response to the news, first reported by the MilitaryTimes, that President Trump held a listening session on the VA but did not include veteran's advocates. The statement may be attributed to OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn. "Outserve-SLDN was not aware of this meeting until it ...


Harris-named-conference-chair

Harris named conference chair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In recognition of his of years of commitment to fighting for equality and opportunity for all Illinoisans, state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, was named Majority Conference Chairman for the Illinois House Democrats. With his appointment as chairman, Harris becomes the first openly gay legislator in Illinois history to serve in a caucus leadership position. During the 100th General Assembly, he ...


National-roundup-Stonewall-rally-transgender-mayor-Pulse-Nightclub

National roundup: Stonewall rally, transgender mayor, Pulse Nightclub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of New Yorkers crowded the streets near Stonewall Inn on Feb. 4, turning out for an LGBT solidarity rally to protest President Donald Trump's recent executive orders, Patch.com reported. The crowd remained for nearly three hours as elected officials, activists and community leaders voiced their support for Muslims and immigrants and promised to continue pushing back against the president's ...


Activists-prepare-for-rumored-anti-LGBT-executive-order-Trump-advised-to-deemphasize-it

Activists prepare for rumored anti-LGBT executive order, Trump advised to deemphasize it - From a press release - The leak of a proposed executive order from President Donald Trump giving legal protections to individuals, businesses and organizations—including federal employees—accused of anti-LGBT discrimination sparked outrage among advocates the week of Jan. 30. The White House disavowed the order, insisting that it was a prospective document that was not intended to be issued. According to a Feb. 3 Politico report, ...


Trump-vs-LGBTs-Muslims-and-refugees-

Trump vs. LGBTs, Muslims and refugees - The LGBT movement faced its first big test of the Trump presidency this past week, and fortunately passed. The administration floated, and rescinded, attacks on LGBT protections in federal employment and federal contractors. The administration then floated, and rescinded, attacks on a broad range of LGBT rights using "religious liberty" as the mask for its bigoted actions. Fortunately, LGBT activists ...


Equality-Illinois-announces-readiness-for-new-challenges-at-gala

Equality Illinois announces readiness for new challenges at gala - In the early moments of the Equality Illinois' 2017 gala, held Feb. 4 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended his promise that Chicago would remain a sanctuary city for immigrants and refugees, and described how the values behind that promise also informed the struggles for LGBT rights. Chicagoans, Emanuel said, would never "back down from the ...


Reports-Ivanka-Trump-Kushner-opposed-anti-LGBT-executive-order-

Reports: Ivanka Trump, Kushner opposed anti-LGBT executive order - According to reports, President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, as well as her husband, Jared Kushner, encouraged the White House to downplay a leaked executive order draft that would have undone key Obama-era employment protections for LGBTs and implemented a so-called "religious freedom" policy giving legal cover to people accused of discrimination if they claim their religious scruples as the basis. ...


Rauner-names-Munger-deputy-gov

Rauner names Munger deputy gov. - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, on Feb. 3, announced that former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has been named deputy governor. According to a press release, "Munger will add her voice to the state's budget discussions and work with nonprofit leaders to address their challenges and increase their financial security." In 2015, Rauner appointed Munger as comptroller after the death of ...


Immigration-Equality-lauds-decision-halting-refugee-and-Muslim-ban

Immigration Equality lauds decision halting refugee and Muslim ban - From an Immigration Equality press release - New York, NY — Today, Immigration Equality's Executive Director Aaron C. Morris issued the following statement lauding U.S. District Judge Robart's decision halting enforcement of the executive order banning Muslims and refugees: "Judge Robart's decision to issue a temporary restraining order was the right one. The President's sweeping, poorly constructed, and unconstitutional directive caused wide scale chaos at the border. ...


Top-DOJ-Lawyer-Joins-Lambda-Legal

Top DOJ Lawyer Joins Lambda Legal - From a press release - ( New York, February 2, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal announced the hiring of Sharon McGowan, a top attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, as the organization's new Director of Strategy. "Sharon McGowan is one of the most influential and effective LGBT rights lawyers in the country," said Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda ...


HRC-report-Gorsuch-wrong-for-the-LGBTQ-community-supreme-court

HRC report: Gorsuch wrong for the LGBTQ community, supreme court - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a report [ at the link: http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/Gorsuch-Report-Feb3-2017.pdf . ] detailing why President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States is troubling for the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ and civil rights communities depend on the court to respect our nation's civil rights and to ...


Expected-Trump-financial-Executive-Order-recipe-for-another-recession

Expected Trump financial Executive Order "recipe for another recession" - From a press release - Washington, DC, February 2, 2017—A new Trump financial regulation executive order, expected to be signed today, will roll back key regulations designed to protect the economy and the American people from another recession. "This expected Executive Order is a recipe for another recession. It puts Wall Street and Big Business interests ahead of the interests of everyday people. It rolls ...


WeAreAllAmerica-Solidarity-Actions-with-Muslim-Communities-

#WeAreAllAmerica Solidarity Actions with Muslim Communities - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Tomorrow, in cities across the country, civil rights, faith groups, immigrant rights leaders, and community activists and leaders will gather as part of a nationwide day of action to respond to Trump's slew of unconstitutional, dangerous, and unconscionable Executive Orders targeting refugees and immigrants. Participants will be joined by fellow allies in other local events across the ...


Trump-plans-sweeping-religious-freedom-license-to-discriminate-EO-

Trump plans sweeping religious 'freedom' license to discriminate EO - From press releases - From Lambda Legal: (NEW YORK, February 2, 2017) — Reports indicate that President Trump may issue an Executive Order that will encourage sweeping discrimination against LGBT people and women. Lambda Legal released the following statement in response to a leaked draft of the order: "The reported Executive Order is a direct attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, everyone ...


ALMA-stands-against-Pres-Trumps-immigration-refugee-executive-orders-

ALMA stands against Pres. Trump's immigration, refugee executive orders - From an ALMA press release - The Association of Latina/os Motivating Action ( ALMA ) joins the thousands of voices protesting President Trump's Executive Orders - particularly those that ban the entry of refugees ( including legal permanent residents ) into our country; rush orders to build a wall along the Mexican border; and threaten to prevent federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties like Chicago ...


ACLU-of-Illinois-seeks-information-on-execution-of-Trumps-immigration-ban

ACLU of Illinois seeks information on execution of Trump's immigration ban - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is seeking more information on how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president's unconstitutional immigration ban. The Freedom of Information Act requests filed today ask, among other things, if the Customs and Border Enforcement ( CBP ) personnel are acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Noriega-Cosgrove-Feb-4

Equality Illinois to honor Noriega, Cosgrove Feb. 4 - Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove will be the 2017 recipients of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for their lifelong commitment to fighting for the civil rights and personal freedoms of all Illinoisans. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. It will be held ...


Immigration-refugee-groups-resist-Trump-policies-support-LGBT-asylum-seekers-

Immigration, refugee groups resist Trump policies, support LGBT asylum-seekers - Community members held a fundraising event, on Jan. 28, for Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Partners ( CLASP ) at the Uptown home of activist Andy Thayer and his husband Aldo Hernandez. CLASP provides housing for recently arrived immigrants as well as necessities such as Ventra cards. According to activist Charlotte Lill, who volunteers with the group, "Once folks come and ...


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LGBTs included in EEOC report - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016—and it marked the second consecutive year that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. Also, this is the first year that the EEOC included detailed information aboutLGBT charges in its year-end summary. EEOC ...


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World news: Aeromexico ad, Tom of Finland, OutGames poetry contest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ad from Mexican airline Aeromexico shows takes aim at physical and ideological barriers, NewNowNext.com noted. The narrated spot was produced by the company in May 2016 when President Donald Trump first announced his plan to build a wall along the Mexico-United States border and has since resurfaced in the wake of this weekend's immigrant and refugee travel ban. "I've ...


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National roundup: Summit canceled, GLAAD nominees, gay Iranian detained - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) canceled a summit dedicated to LGBT young people, Advocate.com reported. An unidentified source who spoke with Talking Points Memo said the conference, originally planned for December, was a "big deal" that would have outlined a five-year agenda "to address the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth." The date was pushed ...


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OutRight Reacts to Confirmation of Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State - From a press release - ( New York City ) —- In reaction to Rex Tillerson's confirmation as the United States Secretary of State, OutRight Action International examined his responses to questions during his Senate confirmation hearing and Questions for the Record ( QFR ) about protecting LGBTIQ rights internationally. When Senator Chris Coons asked Secretary of State Tillerson during the Senate confirmation hearing about ...


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Immigrant contributions to American society recognized with Vilcek Prizes - From a Vilcek Foundation press release - New York, NY, February 1, 2017 — The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Vilcek Prizes, recognizing outstanding immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. The Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science will be awarded jointly to Chinese-born Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan, a collaborative research duo and professors of molecular physiology at the University of ...


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Bomb threat made against Lake Zurich Jewish Community Center, leaders respond - From an Illinois Attorney General's Office press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with the Anti-Defamation League and the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights to condemn yesterday's bomb threat against a Jewish Community Center ( JCC ) in Lake Zurich. The JCC Chicago reported that an employee of a JCC daycare facility in Lake Zurich received a telephone bomb threat Tuesday, resulting in an ...


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State reps host Syrian refugee forum - CHICAGO — As a timely first edition to her 2017 Advocacy and Engagement Series, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, hosted a Syrian Refugee Forum alongside state Reps. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, and Ann Williams, D-Chicago, on Monday evening at Concordia Place. "Since he stepped into office less than two weeks ago, Donald Trump has wasted no time enacting policies that are ...


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Boy Scouts to allow transgender boys - The Boy Scouts of America has said it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, allowing transgender boys to join. Previously, the organization relied on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for its single-gender programs. The new policy takes effect immediately, and affects Cub and Boy scout troops. Other youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts, have already ...


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Rep. Feigenholtz brings legislation to protect women's right to choose - From a press release - Springfield— On the heels of the largest women's demonstration in history and a definitive message sent to newly elected President Donald Trump, a state lawmaker is asking Illinois to send a message of its own. State Representative Feigenholtz has introduced House Bill 40, legislation that protects a women's right to choose in Illinois. After repeated threats that are becoming reality ...


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Groups say Gorsuch Sup Court nom. unacceptable, cite hostile record on LGBTs - From press releases - Lambda Legal Says "No" To Gorsuch Nomination ( New York, January 31, 2017 ) — Following President Donald J. Trump's nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court today, Lambda Legal took the difficult step of formally opposing his nomination, citing his record of hostility towards LGBT ...







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