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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 ...


Vanita-Gupta-new-heads-Leadership-Conference-on-Civil-and-Human-Rights

Vanita Gupta new heads Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced today that it and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, had selected civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta to assume the leadership of both organizations. The chairs of the two organizations' boards made the announcement after a joint board meeting to ratify the consensus recommendation of ...


NCLR-Gorsuch-fails-to-affirm-fundamental-rights-for-LGBT-community

NCLR: Gorsuch fails to affirm fundamental rights for LGBT community - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - ( San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2017 )- Today marked the final day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. issued the following statement in response: "As we celebrate our fortieth year securing the rights, liberties and futures of LGBT people, we do so acutely aware that ...


Radical-anti-LGBT-activist-appointed-to-lead-HHS-Civil-Rights-Office-groups-respond

Radical anti-LGBT activist appointed to lead HHS Civil Rights Office, groups respond - From press releases - President Trump this week quietly appointed anti-LGBT extremist Roger Severino as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS/OCR ). The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ), the Center for American Progress ( CAP ), the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the National Health Law Program, the National ...


NC-GOP-refuses-to-allow-clean-up-or-down-vote-on-full-HB2-repeal

NC GOP refuses to allow clean up or down vote on full HB2 repeal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — On March 22 the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina slammed North Carolina's Republican leadership for their continued refusal to allow a clean up or down vote on the full repeal of HB2. Signed into law a year ago tomorrow by former Governor Pat McCrory — who lost his bid for re-election over that ...


Trans-veteran-running-for-board-position-at-Illinois-college

Trans veteran running for board position at Illinois college - During his Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago, President Barack Obama suggested, "If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself." For the transgender community, seeking a leadership role in government of any kind has become essential ...


MOMBIAN-Adoption-rules-spark-need-for-public-outrage

MOMBIAN Adoption rules spark need for 'public outrage' - An increasing number of states are risking harm to children in foster care by allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and others who wish to foster or adopt them. South Dakota, on March 10, enacted a law stating that no child-placement agency may be required to provide service that conflicts with its "sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction," even if they ...


City-Council-to-open-meetings-for-public-comment

City Council to open meetings for public comment - Following a 2016 lawsuit from gay-rights activists, city lawyers, on March 17, said that they would not appeal a ruling forcing public comment during City Council meetings. Activists Andy Thayer and Rick Garcia filed the lawsuit when they were barred from entering council meetings, ostensibly due to space concerns, in 2016. Although Thayer and Garcia were among the first in ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-pushes-to-strengthen-Illinois-hate-crimes-law

Attorney General Madigan pushes to strengthen Illinois hate crimes law - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged members of the Illinois House to pass legislation to strengthen Illinois' hate crimes law. House Bill 3711 better protects Illinois residents from escalating incidents of hatred and bias. House Bill 3711, sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace and Sen. Omar Aquino, passed out of the House Judiciary — Criminal Committee by a ...


Affordable-Care-Act-before-House-March-23-actions-planned

Affordable Care Act before House March 23, actions planned - From Illinois Protect Our Care Coalition - The Affordable Care Act repeal goes before the US House on Thursday, March 23. Phone actions are planned for Tuesday, March 21, social media for Wednesday, March 22, and street action on Thursday, March 23. urging our Representatives to vote No on Repeal. Tuesday, March 21st ACA events: Phone Banks: Springfield at Schnucks 4:30-7:30pm 2801 Chatham Road, Springfield, ...


Biss-announces-campaign-to-unseat-Rauner

Biss announces campaign to unseat Rauner - State Sen. Daniel Biss, on March 20, announced that he is launching a campaign to unseat Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Biss made the announcement via Facebook Live, where he said the campaign would be a more direct, grassroots effort to fix a stalemate between Rauner and Illinois Machine politicians, adding, "This is a campaign for ...


IL-Women-March-on-Springfield-April-25-for-progressive-agenda-responsible-budget

IL Women March on Springfield April 25 for progressive agenda, responsible budget - More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The bills include the Women's ...


Trump-Administration-Proposes-Dropping-LGBT-Elders-from-Key-Federal-Survey-

Trump Administration Proposes Dropping LGBT Elders from Key Federal Survey - From a press release - [NEW YORK, NY] Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders ( SAGE ) announced today that it is launching a nationwide effort to oppose the Trump Administration's proposed erasure of LGBT elders from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants ( NSOAAP ). Specifically, SAGE opposes changes that would eliminate questions that allow the federal government to assess the extent ...


Ald-Deborah-Mells-office-burglarized

Ald. Deborah Mell's office burglarized - The office of Chicago Ald. Deborah Mell, of the 33rd Ward, was apparently burglarized in the early morning hours of March 20, WLS reported. Authoriites said a male suspect threw an object through the glass door of the office at about 3:25 a.m.; he then stole a piece of computer equipment. Mell represents an area that includes the neighborhoods of ...


IL-Women-March-on-Springfield-April-25-for-progressive-agenda-responsible-budget-

IL Women March on Springfield April 25 for progressive agenda, responsible budget - More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The bills include the Women's ...


Organizer-Pride-Parade-will-not-become-a-march-this-year

Organizer: Pride Parade will not become a march this year - Although other cities anticipate that their LGBT Pride events might be significantly changed—or even cancelled—thanks to a LGBT demonstration in Washington, D.C., in June and calls for more politically infused marches, organizers of the Chicago Pride Parade have no current plans to alter the format of their event, the organizer told Windy City Times. Gay City News reported March 16 ...


AHCA-would-harm-LGBTs-people-with-HIV-per-Fenway-Institute-analysis

AHCA would harm LGBTs, people with HIV per Fenway Institute analysis - From a press release - The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief titled What the American Health Care Act means for LGBT people and people living with HIV, outlining how the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ), the Trump Administration's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), could impact LGBT people, people living with HIV ( PLWH ), ...


HRC-to-Sec-of-State-Rescind-appointment-of-two-from-anti-LGBTQ-organizations

HRC to Sec. of State: Rescind appointment of two from anti-LGBTQ organizations - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned the appointment of two individuals from anti-LGBTQ organizations to the U.S. delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ), which is currently being held at the United Nations in New York. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, HRC called on ...


Trumps-budget-would-hurt-HIV-and-STDs-response-national-non-partisan-health-groups-say

Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this ...


Two-Congressional-bills-would-outlaw-LGBT-housing-discrimination

Two Congressional bills would outlaw LGBT housing discrimination - From a NAGLREP press release - Jupiter, Fla. ( March 16, 2017 ) — The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals ( NAGLREP ) has endorsed two separate Congressional bills which will positively impact the lives of the LGBT community and outlaw housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. United States Congressmen David Cicilline ( D-RI ), co-chair of the Congressional ...


Indivisible-event-calls-for-action-on-state-federal-levels

'Indivisible' event calls for action on state, federal levels - Even though it was the second strategy meeting to combat the Trump agenda held in Evanston in as many weeks, an audience packed into the gymnasium of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center March 6. Much like the Feb. 27 Equality Illinois event which filled the Unitarian Church of Evanston, this session hosted by the Chicago-based grassroots organization Indivisible included a panel of ...


Hate-group-representatives-appointed-to-United-Nations-womens-rights-meeting-

Hate group representatives appointed to United Nations' women's rights meeting - From an OutRight Action International press release - On Monday, 13 March, the U.S. Department of State announced that its official delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ) includes representatives of two organizations known to oppose the UN human rights system, LGBTIQ rights, and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights: the Center for Family and Human Rights ( ...


Maddow-reveals-Trump-tax-returns

Maddow reveals Trump tax returns - Out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, on March 14, revealed President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns. "This is the first time any federal tax returns [of Trump's] have been obtained by any news organization since he became a candidate, let alone president," Maddow stated. The forms indicated that Trump and his wife, Melania, paid more than $38 million in federal income ...


Committee-sends-transgender-ID-marker-bill-to-House

Committee sends transgender ID-marker bill to House - Legislation easing requirements for transgender Illinoisans wishing to change the gender-marker on their state-issued identification, on March 15, cleared the House Human Services committee by a vote of 7-4. HB 1785, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Harris ( D-Chicago ), would allow transgender individuals wishing to change their ID gender-marker to do so with proof of clinically appropriate treatment. The ...


Boston-LGBTQ-youth-theater-group-first-to-receive-White-House-honor-

Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive White House honor - The night following Moonlight's win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater—the country's longest running LGBTQ youth theater company—celebrated a first, too, with a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented last November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. Receiving the award is a ...


EI-announces-legislative-agenda

EI announces legislative agenda - Equality Illinois ( EI ) announced its 2017 legislative agenda—a package of bills the organization aims "to advance the civil rights protections of LGBTQ Illinoisans in the criminal-justice system, improve representation on public boards and commissions and assist transgender Illinoisans," according to a press release. The organization added that Equality Illinois Director of Public Policy Mike Ziri has been working ...


Cecilia-Horan-talks-about-new-judicial-role

Cecilia Horan talks about new judicial role - Cecilia Horan, who was appointed in January to be an at-large Cook County Circuit Court judge, said she had been trying to "put the pieces in place" for a long time before she found out that she'd been appointed to her new post. Horan, who is lesbian, was appointed by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court to ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Trumps-America

GUEST COLUMN Trump's America - I've been asked to say a few words about what Trump's America looks like for queer, trans, non-binary, and gender-non conforming people. The short answer, from where I stand, is that it looks really scary—and a lot of people are in far more precarious positions than I am. But I, as a socialist, as a queer, gender non-conforming woman, and ...


Ways-To-Take-Action-To-ProtectTransWomen-Today

Ways To Take Action To #ProtectTransWomen Today - From GetEQUAL - Today, activists and organizers across the country will be taking action to celebrate and protect the lives of Black trans women and all trans women of color. This day of action [ http://www.getequal.org/take-action.html?link_id=2&can_id=c339608ea383faa01491a1d67c216f9d&source=email-7-ways-to-take-action-to-protecttranswomen-today&email_referrer=7-ways-to-take-action-to-protecttranswomen-today___182693&email_subject=protecttranswomen-day-of-action-is-live ] is intended to encourage cis and trans people to work in collaboration to develop strategies to protect trans women in the face of escalated violence from ...


Texas-Senate-passes-discriminatory-anti-LGBT-bill-SB6-Lambda-Legal-responds

Texas Senate passes discriminatory anti-LGBT bill SB6, Lambda Legal responds - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Austin, TX, March 15, 2017 ) — The Texas State Senate today approved SB6, a discriminatory anti-LGBT bill similar to North Carolina's HB2 that singles out LGBT Texans for discriminatory treatment, blocks Texas municipalities from enacting local nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals, and voids those local protections now on the books. Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and Director of ...


DHS-overtime-policy-passed-disabled-and-caregivers-face-uncertainty-

DHS overtime policy passed, disabled and caregivers face uncertainty - From a press release - Springfield — In a vote along party lines, republican members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules ( JCAR ) voted to approve Governor Bruce Rauner's DHS Overtime Policy. Over the last year, people with disabilities, their caregivers, and advocates have warned about the devastating affects this misguided policy would have on the lives of consumers and workers in the ...


National-roundup-ProtectTransWomen-Black-AIDS-Institute-soccer-incident

National roundup: #ProtectTransWomen, Black AIDS Institute, soccer incident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike, a press release noted. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


Equality-Illinois-PAC-endorses-in-District-211-School-Board-Races

Equality Illinois PAC endorses in District 211 School Board Races - From a press release - Palatine-based Township High School District 211 has become a flash point recently in the fight to protect the civil rights of transgender students. That's why the Equality Illinois PAC ( EI PAC ) believes it is important to weigh in on the school board election there with the endorsements of three candidates: Anna Klimkowicz, Robert LeFevre, and Edward Yung. These ...


Illinois-Rep-Schneider-co-sponsors-federal-LGBT-housing-rights-bill

Illinois Rep. Schneider co-sponsors federal LGBT housing-rights bill - U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider ( D-10 ) is the first co-sponsor on a bipartisan bill, introduced March 10, that expands federal housing protections to the LGBT community. The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017, which is H.R. 1447, was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor ( R-Va. ) and expands protections from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, ...


Mothers-speak-against-DHSs-plan-to-separate-families-at-the-border-

Mothers speak against DHS's plan to separate families at the border - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has confirmed in numerous news reports that he is considering a plan to institutionalize a policy of separating mothers from their children upon arrival at the U.S. southern border. This measure, which the secretary has publicly referred to as an attempt to deter refugees from seeking safe haven in the ...


Womens-Day-march-defies-Trump-agenda-

Women's Day march defies Trump agenda - It wouldn't be Chicago if the only parade on St. Patrick's Day weekend was left to revelers decked out in green hats. At least 300 people braved a bitterly cold afternoon to commemorate International Women's Day with a March 12 rally and demonstration "for Equality, Justice & Power" through downtown Chicago in a passionate expression of defiance against the Trump ...


American-Muslim-Youth-Launch-Inaugural-National-MeetAMuslim-Day-100-locations-

American Muslim Youth Launch Inaugural National #MeetAMuslim Day, 100+ locations - From a press release - On Saturday, March 11, Muslim male youth from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ( AMYA ) USA will hold the inaugural "National #MeetAMuslim Day." AMYA USA participants from at least 50 cities and 120 locations will stand in public spaces holding signs stating "I'm a Muslim, ask me anything" and "Meet a Muslim." "Pew reports that 62% of Americans don't ...


Bipartisan-legislation-would-extend-housing-protections-for-LGBTQ-citizens

Bipartisan legislation would extend housing protections for LGBTQ citizens - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressmen Brad Schneider ( D-IL ) joined Congressman Scott Taylor ( R-VA ) to introduce the "Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017," H.R. 1447. This bipartisan legislation expands protections from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, which mandates non-discrimination for housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or ...


United-Working-Families-back-progressive-Bolingbrook-Will-campaigns-

United Working Families back progressive Bolingbrook, Will campaigns - From a press release - BOLINGBROOK - United Working Families, an independent political organization powered by progressive labor and community organizations, today announced that they will be supporting volunteer-led efforts to build political power for working people in Will County. Notable progressives running for office in Will County include Bolingbrook mayoral candidate Jackie Traynere, who challenges Trump donor and longstanding incumbent mayor Roger Claar, and ...


Oberweis-makes-controversial-spousal-abuse-reference-in-hearing

Oberweis makes controversial spousal abuse reference in hearing - In a March 8 hearing on the Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act in the Illinois State Senate Labor Committee, State Sen. Jim Oberweis ( R-Sugar Grove ) implied that both "wife beating" and wage theft were ultimately results of "differences of opinion." After hearing details of the bill, Oberweis asked a witness, workers' rights advocate Don Chartier, whether he'd ever ...


South-Dakota-Governor-signs-anti-LGBTQ-License-to-Discriminate-bill-into-law

South Dakota Governor signs anti-LGBTQ "License to Discriminate" bill into law - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) joined the ACLU of South Dakota in calling out South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for signing into law Senate Bill ( SB ) 149 — discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people and other minorities. SB 149 enshrines taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to ...


Iowa-House-Passes-Voter-ID-Bill-Disenfranchising-Transgender-Voters

Iowa House Passes Voter ID Bill Disenfranchising Transgender Voters - From a press release - [Des Moines]— On Thursday, March 9, the Iowa House passed HF 516, a bill that requires voters to present photo identification documents at the polls. The bill passed with a 59-41 vote. One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement on the bill's passage. "This bill disenfranchises many Iowa voters who may be members of the LGBTQ community like ...


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 ...


Community-supports-suburban-trans-students

Community supports suburban trans students - Members of the organization Progress for D15 & D211, on March 8, gathered at Walter R. Sundling, Jr., High School in suburban Palatine to support transgender students and District 15 school board members who have likewise supported transgender rights. In late 2015, a transgender girl in suburban High School District 211 sued for the right to change in an isolated ...


Groups-comment-on-Congress-first-steps-to-repeal-Obamacare

Groups comment on Congress' first steps to repeal Obamacare - From press releases - From the ACLU via press release: WASHINGTON — Two congressional committees are advancing legislation today to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is the first concrete step Congress is taking to not only repeal the ACA but to defund Planned Parenthood and fundamentally restructure the Medicaid program. The legislation, which was only made public Monday evening ...


TGNCLGBTSQ-coalition-calls-for-Day-of-Action-to-protect-trans-women-femmes

TGNCLGBTSQ coalition calls for Day of Action to protect trans women, femmes - From a press release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, a group of organizations led by trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, and queer ( TGNCLGBTSQ ) people of color issued a call to action to celebrate and protect trans women and femmes on March 15, one week after today's "A Day Without Women" general strike. The call to action comes on the heels of ...


The-Field-Museum-to-participate-in-March-for-Science

The Field Museum to participate in March for Science - The Field Museum will be participating in the Chicago chapter of the nationwide March for Science on Saturday, April 22—which is also Earth Day. The march is a non-partisan demonstration for supporters of science to voice their passion for and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, facts and discovery. The Chicago chapter of the march is one of dozens nationwide; ...


LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR-Red-Line-situation-United-we-stand

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Red Line situation, United we stand - Red Line situation Some decision-makers in Chicago have instituted a policy whereby, after midnight EACH NIGHT, homeless persons are gathered like cattle when they come off the train at the end of the Red Line ( Howard or 95th ). They are marched like criminals to the gates and told they must either leave or "tap again" to re-enter to ...


ACLU-executive-director-on-the-fight-of-the-groups-life

ACLU executive director on the fight of the group's life - For the past 16 years, American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) Executive Director Anthony Romero has been at the helm of one of the hardest-working and effective nonprofits in the country, particularly in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights. As a child of Puerto Rican immigrants who themselves faced discrimination, the openly gay Romero learned that every laborious ...


Lambda-Legal-looks-ahead-to-Title-VII-decisions

Lambda Legal looks ahead to Title VII decisions - An appellate court's acceptance of the idea that Title VII anti-discrimination rules—which give federal protections against gender-bias in the workplace—also apply to cases of anti-LGBT discrimination would be a "remarkable sea-change in the law as we know it," said Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal in a Feb. 28 conference call. The legal advocacy group is waiting to hear the decisions ...


Womens-Day-March-at-Trump-on-March-12

Women's Day March at Trump on March 12 - The Chicago Int'l Women's Day March for Equality, Justice & Power! will take place Sunday, March 12, 12-3:30 p.m., at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave. After convening at the tower, attendees will march through the streets of downtown Chicago to Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway, where a rally will take place. Women of ANSWER Chicago ...


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 ...


Women-focused-LGBTQIA-Muslim-group-launches

Women-focused LGBTQIA+ Muslim group launches - Founded in late 2016 by Mahdia Lynn, Masjid al-Rabia is a women-centered, LGBTQIA+ community group providing spiritual care for marginalized Muslims. Masjid al-Rabia has no imam or a centralized authority, and is completely community led. Board members act as custodians of the space and include Lynn, Zaynab Shahar ( theologian, writer and co-founder of Third Coast Queer Muslims ) and ...


LGBT-Groups-meet-with-DOE-Secretary-DeVos-

LGBT Groups meet with DOE Secretary DeVos - From a press release - The following statement was issued by Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, on a meeting held with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and parents who have been affected by ...


World-news-Gay-Games-trans-killings-Italian-partner-ruling

World news: Gay Games, trans killings, Italian partner ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 2022 Gay Games XI host city shortlist vote by the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) General Assembly took place Feb. 28, one year after the bid process was announced, an organizational press release noted. The shortlisted host cities are Guadalajara, Mexico; Hong Kong; and Washington, D.C. Site inspections are the next steps in the bid process, and ...


National-roundup-Genderqueer-baseball-exec-letter-to-Sessions-Ark-bill

National roundup: Genderqueer baseball exec, letter to Sessions, Ark. bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Sonoma Stompers announced that Jen Ramos, a baseball writer and data journalist from Northern California, would be the team's new assistant general manager—making Ramos possibly the first genderqueer executive in professional sports, ThinkProgress noted. Ramos is an experienced data analyst and prospect evaluator with a master's of science in journalism from the University of Southern California and digital media ...


Community-women-labor-groups-unite-for-International-Womens-Day-Rally-

Community, women, labor groups unite for International Women's Day Rally - From a press release - CHICAGO — In the spirit of International Women's Day, local community and labor organizations will hold a 7 p.m. indoor rally on Wednesday, March 8, to celebrate those who have been leading the fight for women's rights. As an event organized by and for women, the coalition plans to play a part in building an all-inclusive women's rights movement—for all ...


SCOTUS-sends-Grimm-case-back-to-lower-court

SCOTUS sends Grimm case back to lower court - The United States Supreme Court, on March 6, sent a closely-watched case involving a trans student back to a lower court. The court was scheduled to hear the Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. March 28, but remanded the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, asking the appellate court to reconsider the case ...


Trump-issues-version-20-anti-Muslim-travel-ban-groups-respond

Trump issues version 2.0 anti-Muslim travel ban, groups respond - From press releases - Statement from the National LGBTQ Task Force. Press release Washington DC, March 6, 2017: "Version 2.0 of the Trump anti-Muslim executive order is still based entirely on religious hatred and thinly-veiled racism. He is still targeting specific countries; he is telegraphing his despicable anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee and anti-people of color views. This version is still completely against core American values ...


Grimm-vows-to-keep-fighting-in-court

Grimm vows to keep fighting in court - Gavin Grimm and his ACLU attorney, on March 6, spoke with reporters on a conference call just hours after the United States Supreme Court announced that they would remand Grimm's case to a lower appellate court. Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his Virginia school district after officials required him to use an isolated washroom, away from other facilities. The Supreme ...


90-Days-90-Voices-calls-for-stories-in-response-to-Trumps-new-immigration-ban

90 Days, 90 Voices calls for stories in response to Trump's new immigration ban - From a press release - CHICAGO, Illinois — In the wake of the new immigration ban President Trump signed this morning, 90 Days, 90 Voices is asking immigrants and refugees to share their stories on a newly-launched website. Visit the site here: 90days90voices.com . After contacting us at 90days90voices@gmail.com or through the site's forms, a team of professional journalists, illustrators, and videographers will work with ...


March-for-transgender-rights-and-liberation-makes-history-in-Chicago

March for transgender rights and liberation makes history in Chicago - Video below - In what organizers called "one of the largest and most diverse mobilizations for trans equality and equity to ever take place in the Midwest," well over 1,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals gathered alongside cisgender allies March 3 for the Trans March for Liberation in downtown Chicago. Beginning with a rally set against the backdrop of Trump Tower at Wacker and ...


Equality-Illinois-LGBTQ-Spring-to-Action-plan-includes-events-throughout-Illinois

Equality Illinois LGBTQ Spring to Action plan includes events throughout Illinois - From a press release - CHICAGO—LGBTQ Americans find themselves in a position we haven't been in for nearly a decade: fighting against an administration that wants to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights. This sadly signals to others that it is permissible to try to stop the progress we've all fought so hard to achieve locally and nationally. To this, Equality Illinois is responding ...


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101 transgender Americans voice support as Gavin Grimm's case heads to Supreme Court - From a press release - New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a friend-of-the court brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the Gloucester County School Board's discriminatory policy that prohibits transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. His lawsuit, brought by ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-files-amicus-brief-in-Supreme-Court-in-trans-rights-case

Attorney General Madigan files amicus brief in Supreme Court in trans rights case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a transgender student — known as G.G. — who is suing the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for its policy prohibiting transgender boys and girls from using restrooms that match their gender identity. The attorneys general argue the policy discriminates ...


Indivisible-to-host-empowerment-conference-Anger-to-Action-Next-Steps

Indivisible to host empowerment conference, "Anger to Action: Next Steps" - From a press release - Indivisible will host an activist empowerment conference, "Anger to Action: Next Steps". The objective of the event is to help activists develop an action plan after panel discussions with federal representatives, state representatives and local action groups. Guest speakers include Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky ( 9th ), Congressman Mike Quigley ( 5th ), State Senator Heather Steans ( 7th ), State ...


King-wins-4th-Ward-election

King wins 4th Ward election - Chicago Ald. Sophia King ( 4th )—who Mayor Rahm Emanuel picked to hold an interim post after Ald. Will Burns resigned last year to take a job with Airbnb—easily prevailed Feb. 28 in a special election. Running against four other individuals ( Ebony Lucas, Marcellus Moore Jr., Gregory Livingston and Gerald McCarthy ), King captured almost 64 percent of the ...


Senators-urge-Trump-to-make-fighting-hate-crimes-a-major-priority

Senators urge Trump to make fighting hate crimes a major priority - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ), Mazie Hirono ( D-HI ) and Richard Blumenthal ( D-CT ) today led a group of 25 Senators in sending a letter to the Trump Administration, urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make combating hate crimes a major focus at the Department of Justice and request full funding for the ...


Quigley-House-LGBT-Caucus-re-launch-Transgender-Equality-Task-Force

Quigley, House LGBT Caucus re-launch Transgender Equality Task Force - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) and The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced that it is re-launching the Transgender Equality Task Force. This task force was first launched during the 114th Congress and Rep. Quigley was a founding member. The Transgender Equality Task Force will be chaired by Vice Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy ( MA-04 ). ...


Poll-finds-one-in-eight-California-voters-identifies-as-LGBT

Poll finds one in eight California voters identifies as LGBT - From a press release - San Francisco —Equality California announced today that a poll conducted by Tulchin Research in January 2017 has found that 12 percent of California voters identify as being members of the LGBT community. The online survey of 600 registered voters asked "are you a member of the LGBT community." The answers showed notable divisions by age, with 16 percent of respondents ...







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