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Pride-at-Work-takes-aim-at-HRC-and-Equality-Index

Pride at Work takes aim at HRC and Equality Index - Pride at Work, a group of LGBT union activists affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations ( AFL-CIO ), on Aug. 30, issued a resolution calling on unions to stop supporting the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). The resolution was nearly unanimously approved at a vote taken at Pride at Work's triennial convention in Orlando, Florida. ...


World-news-UN-briefing-Turing-letters-African-activist

World news: UN briefing; Turing letters; African activist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a historic first, the United Nations Security Council was briefed on the plight of LGBT people in territories in Iraq and Syria under the control of the so-called Islamic State, Out.com reported. Co-hosted by the American and Chilean missions to the United Nations, it was led by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and Chilean Ambassador Cristian ...


Supreme-Court-denies-KY-County-Clerks-request-to-refuse-marriage-licenses-

Supreme Court denies KY County Clerk's request to refuse marriage licenses - On Aug. 31, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not allow Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. Davis had argued that her Christian faith prevented her from recognizing such marriages. Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement, "[The] U.S. Supreme ...


Equality-Illinois-announces-statewide-expansion-

Equality Illinois announces statewide expansion - LGBT advocacy organization Equality Illinois, on Aug. 29, announced an expanded statewide strategy that included a central Illinois field office and the first in a network of local partnerships. In a statement, CEO Bernard Cherkasov said that the strategy allows the organization to better engage with Illinoisans in parts of the state still lacking in resources needed to obtain full ...


Equality-Illinois-announces-statewide-expansion

Equality Illinois announces statewide expansion - LGBT advocacy organization Equality Illinois, on Aug. 29, announced an expanded statewide strategy that included a central Illinois field office and the first in a network of local partnerships. In a statement, CEO Bernard Cherkasov said that the strategy allows the organization to better engage with Illinoisans in parts of the state still lacking in resources needed to obtain full ...


Chicago-momentum-building-for-2016-Creating-Change-

Chicago momentum building for 2016 Creating Change - Far more people than expected crowded into an Aug. 27 patio party at the North Side bar SoFo Tap that the host committee of The National LGBTQ Task Force's 28th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change organized. It was a clear sign of the excitement and enthusiasm already gathering momentum for the conference coming to the Chicago Hilton on ...


Cook-County-Dems-slate-2016-candidates

Cook County Dems slate 2016 candidates - The slating committee of the Cook County Democratic Party met, on Aug. 18-19, to determine its election slate for the March 2016. The slating process determines which candidates can enjoy the full backing—and thus financial and manpower resources—of the party. Candidates pitch their platforms to party officials, often receiving support from various members. Only one member of the LGBT community ...


National-Hillary-Texas-hate-crime-Trump-18th-trans-murder

National: Hillary; Texas hate crime; Trump; 18th trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid media reports of clerks of officials refusing to issue marriage licenses, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage "needs to be enforced across our country," The Washington Blade reported. At a town-hall meeting in Las Vegas, Clinton said, "First, as president, I will do everything I can to make sure that marriage ...


-35th-Ward-Alderman-Carlos-Ramirez-Rosa-marks-100-days-in-office

35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa marks 100 days in office - 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa will mark his 100 days in office by releasing a comprehensive report on the state of the 35th Ward, and a 100 Days Progress Report. These reports will be discussed with constituents via conference call on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 pm. The 2015 Ward Report will detail the state of the 35th ward's housing, ...


UN-briefed-on-LGBT-persecution-killings-in-Iraq-and-Syria

UN briefed on LGBT persecution, killings in Iraq and Syria - From a press release - ( New York ) — During an historic briefing before the U.N. Security Council on violence against LGBT by ISIS, Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ), urged world governments to act urgently to support people targeted by extremist persecution and cruel acts in Iraq and Syria. Stern briefed the Security ...


Pro-marriage-equality-state-Rep-Sullivan-wont-seek-re-election

Pro-marriage equality state Rep. Sullivan won't seek re-election - State Rep. Ed Sullivan, R-Mundelein, announced, on Aug. 24, that he would not be seeking re-election in the 2016 election. On a statement on his website, Sullivan said, "Over the past thirteen years, it has been an honor to represent you through the many significant moments in our State's history. Many decisions have not been easy, particularly with mounting fiscal ...


GOP-candidates-duck-on-the-Equality-Act-

GOP candidates duck on the Equality Act - Polling shows that Americans will oppose candidates who are against Equality Act protections WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on the Republican candidates running for president to tell the American public where they stand on the Equality Act, a landmark federal non-discrimination bill that would finally extend key civil rights protections to LGBT Americans. ...


A-Wider-Bridge-opens-Chicago-office

A Wider Bridge opens Chicago office - A Wider Bridge, a San Francisco-based organization sponsoring programming that forges connections between the American LGBT community and the LGBT community in Israel, is opening a Chicago office. According to Midwest Manager of Programs and Operations Laurie Grauer, "There's been a tremendous growth in acceptance in various Jewish denominations, but there is still that questioning, "Where do I belong?' Because ...


Cuban-LGBT-activist-to-tour-Chicago

Cuban LGBT activist to tour Chicago - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - Cuban LGBT activist Alberto Roque Guerra will visit Chicago with media appearances and a 7 PM, Tuesday, September 1st public meeting at Nookies Restaurant, 3334 N. Halsted Street, co-sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network and the Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee. Like the United States, Cuba has had both low points and high points in the history of LGBT rights. In ...


Ramirez-Rosa-opens-at-Sanders-rally

Ramirez-Rosa opens at Sanders rally - Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ), on Aug. 17, was asked to address a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, DNAinfo reported. Ramirez-Rosa, a member of the City Council's LGBT Caucus as well as one of the youngest alderman in the city's history, said before his speech, "I found out earlier today. It's exciting. I'm 'feeling the Bern' ...


UN-brief-to-include-ISIS-terror-against-LGBTIs

UN brief to include ISIS terror against LGBTIs - From a press release - ( New York ) — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) will brief the U.N. Security Council on Monday, August 24, during the first-ever Council briefing on LGBTI human rights violations. The briefing, an informal session known as an "Arria,", focuses on alleged atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Arria will take ...


Ellen-Page-challenges-Ted-Cruz-on-LGBT-discrimination-at-Iowa-State-Fair-

Ellen Page challenges Ted Cruz on LGBT discrimination at Iowa State Fair - From a press release, link to video included - WASHINGTON — Today, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz found himself on the defensive in Iowa after his speech on the Des Moines Register Soap Box after taking questions from actress Ellen Page, who came out in 2014 at HRC's Time to Thrive conference. Watch the exchange at the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/ellen-page-grills-ted-cruz-iowa-state-fair-33231356 . Page has become an activist and role model for ...


Call-it-Out-RNC-quietly-passes-anti-LGBT-resolution

Call it Out: RNC quietly passes anti-LGBT resolution - From a press release - WASHINGTON —The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after media reports that the Republican National Committee ( RNC ) passed an anti-LGBT resolution in support of the First Amendment Defense Act ( FADA ). Going far beyond protecting the rights established in the First Amendment, this anti-LGBT legislation would undermine the rule of law and promote ...


National-roundup-Ohio-ruling-trans-candidate-Missouri-murder

National roundup: Ohio ruling; trans candidate; Missouri murder - n Ohio, the Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct ruled that the state's judges should not refuse to perform same-sex marriages based on personal or religious beliefs, Reuters reported. The advisory ( and non-binding ) opinion was issued in response to inquiries from judges and a judicial association seeking guidance, after a number of Ohio judges refused to marry same-sex ...


NCTE-policy-advisor-is-first-openly-trans-White-House-official

NCTE policy advisor is first openly trans White House official - The White House has hired its first transgender official. National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Freedman-Gurspan previously served as NCTE's policy advisor for the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. In a statement, NCTE Executive Director Mara ...


World-news-Abbotts-anti-gay-move-Kenyan-couple-Blancos-appearance

World news: Abbott's anti-gay move; Kenyan couple; Blanco's appearance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a surprise meeting with members of Parliament ( MPs ), and the group voted against letting MPs vote on same-sex marriage, according to LGBTQ Nation. Abbott, who is opposed to marriage equality, is being accused of "stacking the deck." In the past, Abbott has said that same-sex marriage is a "deeply personal … subject ...


Meister-prepares-for-Court-Clerk-bid

Meister prepares for Court Clerk bid - Attorney and activist Jacob Meister, on Aug. 18, will present his credentials to the Democratic Committeemen of Cook County's Slating Committee as a candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Meister is seeking a run against incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, who has held the office since 2000. In an Aug. 17 statement, Meister said, "The ...


PASSAGES-Civil-rights-icon-Julian-Bond-dies-

PASSAGES Civil-rights icon Julian Bond dies - Julian Bond—a giant in the civil-rights movement who once headed the NAACP—has died at age 75 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. While attending Morehouse College, Bond became one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s. Later, he also became a writer, educator, legislator and television commentator, among other things. In ...


-LGBT-Equality-Institute-in-Springfield-Aug-29

LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield Aug. 29 - LGBT community leaders and allies, progressive advocates, civic officials, community groups and interested individuals will gather in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, Aug. 29, for the LGBT Equality Institute that Equality Illinois is presenting. The event will take place at the State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., Springfield. Panels will cover topics that include non-discrimination, mental-health care, transgender equality, safe ...


Gov-Christie-vetoes-second-bill-for-transgender-New-Jerseyans

Gov. Christie vetoes second bill for transgender New Jerseyans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — For the second time in two years, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has shamefully vetoed a bill that would have made easier for transgender residents to obtain an appropriate birth certificate reflecting their identity. The bill Christie vetoed ( S1195 ) would have allowed state agencies to change a birth certificate as long as proof was provided that ...


World-Psych-eval-for-suspect-singers-loss-Tom-Daleys-feat

World: Psych eval for suspect; singer's loss; Tom Daley's feat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ordered Yishai Schlissel, the suspect in the stabbing attack at the recent Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in order to see if he is mentally competent to undergo a trial that would likely include murder charges, according to The Jerusalem Post. Schlissel—who was previously imprisoned for 10 years for stabbing three people ...


National-roundup-Houston-news-arrest-in-murder-Christies-veto

National roundup: Houston news; arrest in murder; Christie's veto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A conservative Christian pastors' group in Houston has once again sued Mayor Annise Parker over issues relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to Advocate.com. The Houston Area Pastors Council sued Parker for legal fees and damages associated with an earlier suit, which had accused city ...


Changeorg-signs-off-on-petitions-with-hate-speech

Change.org signs off on petitions with hate speech - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Change.org, the online petition organization, is just one of the sites where people can express views in today's world of interactive media. Recently, select material posted on the open online platform has raised questions and uproar as it is classified as hate speech. Change.org's mission, as stated on its website, is to "empower people everywhere to create the change they ...


McCarter-introduces-religious-freedom-bill

McCarter introduces 'religious freedom' bill - Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, has introduced legislation that supposedly protects individuals and business entities opposed to same-sex marriage against charges of discrimination. SB 2164, or the Religious Freedom Defense Act, "prohibits the State and local governments from taking discriminatory action against a person if the person believes or acts under a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage ...


LGBT-Equality-Institute-in-Springfield-welcomes-experts-activists

LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield welcomes experts, activists - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD - LGBT community leaders and allies, progressive advocates, civic officials, community groups and interested individuals will gather in Springfield on August 29 for the LGBT Equality Institute presented by Equality Illinois. Panels will cover topics that include non-discrimination, mental health care, transgender equality, safe schools, adoption and family services, faith, HIV/AIDS prevention and services, addiction recovery, ally development, youth, ...


HRC-Troubling-night-for-LGBT-equality-at-GOP-debate

HRC: Troubling night for LGBT equality at GOP debate - From news releases - From HRC CLEVELAND — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, responded to a slew of anti-LGBT comments and positions by candidates competing in the first Republican presidential primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio. During it, Mike Huckabee defended the existing ban on transgender military service, ...


Mayor-Emanuel-says-city-health-benefits-to-cover-trans-services-

Mayor Emanuel says city health benefits to cover trans services - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the City of Chicago is poised to remove the exclusion of gender reassignment services from city health care benefits; the change will be implemented for all non-union employees, and the city is working with labor partners to also remove the exclusion for union members. The change, which will apply to current city employees and ...


LGBTQ-Groups-endorse-Voting-Rights-Act-Restoration-

LGBTQ Groups endorse Voting Rights Act Restoration - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, August 5, 2015—On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, over 30 national LGBTQ organizations are endorsing the restoration of the law, which was gutted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder. "This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the VRA's passage and voter suppression tactics continue to emerge that restrict eligible voters ...


Rauner-appoints-lesbian-Oak-Park-trustee-to-mental-health-post-

Rauner appoints lesbian Oak Park trustee to mental health post - Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed Colette Lueck to serve as chairman of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership in his most recent round of appointments. Lueck, an out lesbian, is currently an Oak Park village trustee. She was appointed to the board in 2008 and was elected in 2009 and 2013 for four-year terms. She recently retired as the managing ...


Boy-Scouts-end-ban-on-gay-leaders-with-religious-exemption-

Boy Scouts end ban on gay leaders, with religious exemption - In a widely expected vote, the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted, on July 27, to lift its ban against gay scout leaders. The vote came from the organization's executive board. In a statement, the organization said, "Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay ...


World-Report-on-Iran-Montreal-Pride-protesting-Kenyan-group

World: Report on Iran; Montreal Pride; protesting Kenyan group - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) released a collection of eight articles that offer approaches to advance acceptance and improve understanding of the LGBT community of Iran, a press release stated. With contributions from international activists, lawyers and scholars from IGLHRC's second conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2014, the collection, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and ...


EEOC-Lesbians-and-gays-are-protected-from-job-bias-under-Title-VII

EEOC: Lesbians and gays are protected from job bias under Title VII - From a Lambda Legal press release - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) has issued a landmark ruling that the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect employees who suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The decision will have two major effects. First, it authoritatively recognizes that federal workers mistreated because of their sexual orientation have a claim ...


-Senate-fails-to-pass-the-Student-Non-Discrimination-Act

Senate fails to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, in the first major vote on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) equality since the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, the Senate failed to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act ( SNDA ) - a bill that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human ...


World-Londons-chemsex-scene-popes-meeting-French-pol-weds

World: London's 'chemsex' scene; pope's meeting; French pol weds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - London's Vauxhall district—which holds on to the commercial gay-club scene—is facing a new challenge, Irish Times reported. The problem is the increase in the number of men indulging in days-long orgies organized on social media, fueled by drugs, such as liquid ecstasy, or "G," in a practice known to doctors as "chemsex." For example, "slamming"—where drugs are injected during orgies—is ...


Legacy-Project-event-features-Ugandan-activist

Legacy Project event features Ugandan activist - Among the 30 bronze memorial markers featured on the rainbow pylons in Lakeview, Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato's plaque was paid special attention July 11 and 12. A part of its fifth-anniversary season celebration, The Legacy Project welcomed Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe-Julian Onziema to remember his friend and talk about the state of affairs for LGBT people in Uganda. The ...


Analysis-out-on-100-research-reports-surveys-on-LGBTQ-community-

Analysis out on 100+ research reports, surveys on LGBTQ community - From a press release - BOSTON, MA — Pulling from over 100 individual publications, reports and surveys compiled from more than 50 leading researchers on LGBTQ issues, Our Tomorrow — a campaign to engage LGBTQ people in a national conversation about their future — today released an analysis exploring the lifecycle of LGBTQ people, as well as infographics showing both the hopes and fears and ...


Mundelein-residents-confront-mayor-about-July-4-remarks

Mundelein residents confront mayor about July 4 remarks - Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz was confronted by several city residents at a "coffee with the mayor" event July 11 for remarks he made about gay marriage and single mothers that he made the previous week, Chicago Tribune reported. Those residents took Lentz to task for statements he made at Mundelein's Fort Hill Heritage Museum on July 4, wherein he praised ...


Responsible-Budget-Coalition-Temporary-budget-fails-for-critical-services-

Responsible Budget Coalition: Temporary budget fails for critical services - From a press release - Springfield, IL — The Responsible Budget Coalition released the following statement in response to the General Assembly's anticipated passage of a one-month budget measure: The one-month budget measure fails to provide the stability that service providers, businesses, families, communities, and our economy need to prosper. ¨ The proposal fails to fund many services that are critical to families and communities, ...


LaHood-Mellon-vie-to-replace-Schock

LaHood, Mellon vie to replace Schock - State Sen. Darin LaHood won the Republican nomination in the July 8 primary to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. LaHood—the son of former Congressman Ray LaHood—heads into the Sept. 10 special general election heavily favored to succeed Schock in the Republican-heavy district after defeating conservative writer Michael Flynn. He will face high school teacher Robert Mellon, ...


National-Time-to-THRIVE-presidential-candidates-Obamas-proposal

National: Time to THRIVE; presidential candidates; Obama's proposal - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation—in partnership with the National Education Association ( NEA ) and the American Counseling Association ( ACA )—announced that it will be holding its Time to THRIVE conference for educators and youth-serving professionals at the Marriott Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center outside Dallas on Feb. 12-14, 2016, according to a press release. ...


-National-politics-debated-during-Philadelphia-celebrations

National politics debated during Philadelphia celebrations - There was a discussion of LGBT politics July 2, 2015 in Philadelphia as part of the 50th Anniversary of the city's Reminder Day events, 1965-1969. The discussion was held in the historic Congress Hall, where the U.S. House of Representatives met from 1790 to 1800. On the panel were Kirk Fordham, executive director, Gill Action Fund; Kate Kendell, executive director, ...


Open-To-Thinking-The-Future-of-Our-Democracy

Open To Thinking: The Future of Our Democracy - A recurring column - Winston S. Churchill: "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ( House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947 ) Our democracy has changed radically 'from time to time' since the founding of our ...


Legacy-Walk-welcoming-Ugandan-trans-activist

Legacy Walk welcoming Ugandan trans activist - The Legacy Project kicks off its fifth-anniversary season with a two-part celebration on July 11-12 and a visit from Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe-Julian Onziema. Onziema, the program director of advocacy for sexual minorities Uganda ( SMUG ) will be visiting Chicago for the first time July 9-13. This will also be his first time seeing the Legacy Walk's bronze commemoration ...


Trans-activist-writes-about-Obama-actions

Trans activist writes about Obama actions - Jennicet Gutierrez—a transgender activist who heckled President Obama and was ejected from a White House LGBT reception—wrote in a June 25 Washington Blade op-ed that she finds the president's actions on transgender immigrants disheartening, The Hill noted. Gutierrez wrote that her protest on June 24 is justified, given what she considers to be Obama's past inaction on helping transgender immigrants. ...


Harvey-Milk-Foundation-to-honor-United-Nations-Secretary-General-Ban-Ki-moon

Harvey Milk Foundation to honor United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - San Francisco, CA ( June 25, 2015 ) — The Harvey Milk Foundation, known around the world for its dedication to promoting equality for the LGBT community, will present its coveted Harvey Milk Medal to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This historic milestone coincides with the 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. The Harvey Milk Medal is seen as ...


South-Bend-Ind-mayor-comes-out

South Bend, Ind., mayor comes out - Peter Buttigieg, the 33-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, publicly came out as gay in an op-ed in The South Bend Tribune. He wrote that while "I'm not used to viewing this as anyone else's business … it's clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good." Buttigieg went on to ...


Kyrgyzstan-passes-draft-anti-LGBT-propaganda-bill-worse-than-Russias-law

Kyrgyzstan passes draft anti-LGBT propaganda bill worse than Russia's law - From a press release - WASHINGTON—— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemned the vote by the Kyrgyzstan National Assembly to pass new and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation during its second reading. The legislation passed through an initial reading in October, but had been stalled until today's vote. Another parliamentary vote is required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, whose ...


NAACP-responds-to-Gov-Haleys-call-to-remove-SC-State-Capitol-confederate-flag-

NAACP responds to Gov. Haley's call to remove SC State Capitol confederate flag - From a press release - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's call to remove the confederate flag from the state capitol is a welcomed and long overdue act of responsive leadership that is much needed in the Palmetto State. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. ( LDF ) has long voiced its opposition to the flag's use on state property as it represents a ...


National-Seattle-mayor-in-Israel-adoption-law-mural-defaced

National: Seattle mayor in Israel; adoption law; mural defaced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Despite vocal efforts by supporters of the movement to boycott Israel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joined tens of thousands of people in Tel Aviv's annual Gay Pride Parade, according to Haaretz.com. Murray, 60, who is openly gay, also participated in an international conference organized by the local LGBT community, and met with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. Murray expressed his ...


City-Treasurer-LGBT-Pride-event

City Treasurer LGBT Pride event - Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers will host an LGBTQ Pride Week event with Windy City Times newspaper, Tuesday, June 23, 6-8 p.m., 1900 S. Prairie Avenue. The event is free and features a panel discussion on LGBT issues, including youth homelessness. In addition to Summers, the panelists are: — Amy Miller, Associate Director at Broadway Youth Center at Howard Brown ...


Attorney-General-Loretta-E-Lynch-speak-to-Lambda-Legal-annual-event

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch speak to Lambda Legal annual event - From a USDOJ press release - Remarks as prepared for delivery WASHINGTON, D.C. Thank you, Karen [Dixon] and Patrick [Menasco], for that kind introduction and for the extraordinary vision and unwavering commitment that you and your colleagues at Lambda Legal bring to some of the most critical issues facing our nation today. Under the steady hand of Executive Director [Kevin] Cathcart, your efforts have yielded spectacular ...


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LGBT council members promise citywide focus - Members of the newly formed LGBT caucus of the Chicago City Council gathered June 17 shortly after the council's monthly meeting to discuss their upcoming work and laud the fact that a diverse swath of constituents would be represented by the caucus' five members. Among those present were all five openly LGBT Chicago councilmembers: Alds. Raymond Lopez ( 15th ), ...


Mark-Kirk-regrets-no-ho-comment

Mark Kirk regrets 'no ho' comment - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ) said in an interview that he regrets referring to fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham as a "bro with no ho;" however, he declined to clarify or further explain his controversial remark, Politico reported. Kirk made the remark about Graham, a presidential contender, on June 11 during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup session. "I've ...


World-news-Pop-star-comes-out-London-candidates-popes-moves

World news: Pop star comes out; London candidates; pope's moves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Norwegian pop star came out as gay in a music video featuring simulated gay sex with a priest—and the Church of Norway is upset, according to The Huffington Post. Tooji, an Iranian-Norwegian singer living in Norway and a participant in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, came out when announcing the release of his new music video titled "The Father ...


County-clerk-lauds-LGBTs-at-fundraiser

County clerk lauds LGBTs at fundraiser - At a fundraiser held at Pazzo's@311 Restaurant, 311 S. Wacker Dr., Cook County Clerk David Orr recognized Mercedes Santos and Theresa Volpe for their roles in bringing marriage equality to Illinois. Santos and Volpe, along with several other couples, filed a lawsuit in state court in 2012 seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Volpe thanked Orr for ...


Jeb-Bush-Where-does-he-stand-on-marriage-equality

Jeb Bush: Where does he stand on marriage equality? - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his long-expected campaign launch official today, entering the race just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to issue its ruling in Obergefell v Hodges — a case that could lead to nationwide marriage equality. During the lead-up to his campaign launch, Bush has expressed support for "traditional marriage," and ...


Ald-Mitts-meets-with-community-about-LGBT-issues

Ald. Mitts meets with community about LGBT issues - Ald. Emma Mitts ( 37th ) met with residents of her ward, local clergy and activists June 13 for a discussion about LGBT issues and how they impacted the Austin community. Mitts opened the forum by apologizing for and explaining remarks she made in March. At a community forum that was captured on video, Mitts said: "I don't want to ...


Alvarez-holds-LGBT-fundraiser

Alvarez holds LGBT fundraiser - Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez held a fundraiser directed at members of the LGBT community, on June 10, at Sidetrack Alvarez was introduced by attorney and civic activist Ray Koenig, who chairs her LGBT advisory council. He noted that Alvarez, who assumed office in 2008, has repeatedly "stood up for our community," citing specifically her support for marriage equality, ...


Hillary-Clinton-in-launch-speech-I-will-be-a-fighter-for-all-Americans

Hillary Clinton in launch speech: I will be a fighter for all Americans - - On June 13, Hillary Clinton delivered her official launch speech to a capacity crowd on New York City's Roosevelt Island, and included LGBTs in her remarks. At one point, she said, "Here's the good news: There are allies for change everywhere who know we can't stand by while inequality increases, wages stagnate, and the promise of America dims. We should ...


US-addresses-anti-LGBT-violence-around-the-world-

U.S. addresses anti-LGBT violence around the world - From the White House - Directed by the 2011 Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, the United States works to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) persons both at home and around the world, according to a press release from the White House. What follows is the full release: ...


Congress-votes-down-anti-LGBTQ-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-

Congress votes down anti-LGBTQ Trans Pacific Partnership - From press releases - WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House of Representatives voted down a flawed trade package that would enable the Trans-Pacific Partnership to move forward. The original measure was passed by the U.S. Senate in May. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement: "We have said repeatedly that this deal is bad for all Americans, LGBT and otherwise, ...


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60+ elected leaders ask for LGBT protections for all federal contractors - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. ( June 8, 2015 ) — Congressman Alan Lowenthal ( CA-47 ) today joined with Senator Edward Markey ( MA ) and nearly 60 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Barack Obama calling for further executive action to ensure that federal funds are not used to subsidize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ...


-National-roundup-Federal-guide-Pences-misstep-Stonewall-Inn

National roundup: Federal guide; Pence's misstep; Stonewall Inn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four federal agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination, a press release stated. The agencies collaborating on the guide are the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ( OPM ), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( ...


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World news: Japanese LGBTIs; clashes in Russia and Ukraine; UKIP banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A survey shows that Japan has an LGBTI population of 7.6 percent ( the equivalent of one in every 13 persons, or 9.67 million people ), Gay Star News reported. Advertising company Denstu polled 69,989 people aged 20 to 59 in April. A similar survey in 2012 found that only 5.2 percent, or one in 19, Japanese people identified as ...


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Trans attorney Shannon Minter gets White House appointment - President Obama has named people to key administrative posts, including Shannon Price Minter as a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, a press release stated. Minter is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000. He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of ...


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Human Rights Watch officials discuss international LGBT situations - Representatives of the international organization Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) met with community members, advocates and elected officials June 3 to speak about their work on LGBT issues around the world. The organization, which is based in New York City, has five full-time employees working on LGBT issues, said Graeme Reid, who heads up the LGBT division. He emphasized ...


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Bridgit Gainer launches Off the Sidelines Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Bridget Gainer, Cook County commissioner, launched Off The Sidelines Chicago, the first chapter of the national campaign founded by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Off the Sidelines Chicago calls upon women and girls to connect personally, lead professionally and make their voices heard on the issues they care about. Sen. Gillibrand was the guest of honor at the launch ...


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National: Kameny's honor; Pentagon move; more presidential candidates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the late gay activist Frank Kameny will be inducted into its Hall of Honor, the organization's highest accolade, Out.com reported. Fired from his job as an astronomer in the U.S. Army Map Service in 1957 because of his homosexuality, Kameny sued his way up to the Supreme Court—the first time a civil-rights claim ...


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Rauner and General Assembly to take budget fight into summer - For the moment, it doesn't look like legislators will be getting much of a break this summer. State legislators left town May 31 at the close of their spring session, but leaders in both houses warned them they'd have to be back soon, likely within days. Democrats approved a $36 billion budget for the state, which exceeds the state's projected ...


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Creating Change holds host committee meeting - Creating Change 2016's host committee gathered for its monthly meeting at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library May 27 to discuss the National LGBTQ Task Force's 28th conference that will take place Jan. 20-24, 2016, at the Hilton Chicago. Precious Davis, Kenny Martin-Ocasio, Mary Morten and Joshua Oaks have been named the committee co-chairs. They manage and facilitate the monthly host ...







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