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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


Pride-at-Work-Malaysian-Raid-of-Trans-Fundraiser-Underscores-Bad-Trade-Deal

Pride at Work: Malaysian Raid of Trans Fundraiser Underscores Bad Trade Deal - From a press release - Washington, DC — A recent raid on a fundraiser organized by Malaysian transgender activists has once again put the country's abuses of LGBTQ human rights under the spotlight. As the US Congress contemplates passage of the massive and destructive Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) trade agreement that includes Malaysia, that country continues to demonstrate why it should not be given ...


Missouri-House-Committee-Votes-Down-Radical-Anti-LGBT-SJR-39

Missouri House Committee Votes Down Radical Anti-LGBT SJR 39 - From a press release - The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee voted down Senate Joint Resolution ( SJR ) 39 April 27— a measure that sought to enshrine state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people and their families into the Missouri Constitution. The extreme resolution would have led to a ballot measure that proposes to allow individuals, organizations, and businesses to use religion as a legal excuse ...


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Haslam signs anti-gay therapy measure - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, on April 27, signed into law a measure, SB 1556, that says no licensed counselor or therapist has to serve a client whose "goals, outcomes or behaviors" are at odds with the counselor's "sincerely held principles." The measure also shields counselor who refuses to provide services from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and sanctions from the state's ...


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Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for financial improprieties on April 27, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Hastert had admitted to arranging significant withdrawals from his bank account so as steer clear of federal reporting requirements. The withdrawals were to buy the silence of a man who claimed to have been molested by Hastert ...


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Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago police officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University ( CSU ). The protest was organized by a coalition that included members of Black Youth Project 100, ...


Tenn-gov-urged-to-veto-anti-LGBT-bill

Tenn. gov. urged to veto anti-LGBT bill - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is being asked to veto a bill the Tennessee Legislature recently passed. House Bill 1840/Senate Bill 1556 states that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client regarding goals or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Pro-LGBT groups have condemned ...


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World news: Obama in the UK, killers sentenced, Dolce & Gabbana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Obama appeared at a town hall during his and First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the United Kingdom. At the event, he said, in part, "Progress requires the harder path of breaking down barriers, and building bridges, and standing up for the values of tolerance and diversity that our nations have worked and sacrificed to secure and defend. Progress ...


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UN Association Chicago chapter to discuss human rights - Chicago ( Monday, April 25, 2016 ) — On Thursday, May 5, the Chicago chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA ( UNA-USA ), in partnership with John Marshall Law School, will host a day-long conference on human rights and the role of the United Nations. The conference will focus on a variety of topics in human rights, ...


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Lambda Legal's Bon Foster moves from celebration to resolve - There were a few changes to Lambda Legal's April 21 Bon Foster fundraiser. Named in memory of Robert Bonvoulior "Bon" Foster—an attorney, civil-rights activist and founder of the organization's Midwest regional office—it is one of the signature events in the Chicago LGBTQ social calendar held by one of the most effective national nonprofits in the community. This year, Bon Foster ...


Tiny-Home-Summit-looks-at-housing-solutions-for-Chicago-

Tiny Home Summit looks at housing solutions for Chicago - Set between an Austin, Texas neighborhood housing estate and the halcyon panorama of the Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, there is a 27-acre village of mobile and tiny homes each with its own unique facade. There, the residents of the village called Community First! can enjoy a continually expanding garden, try their hands at bee keeping or organic farming, learn ...


APA-opposes-state-bills-targeting-LGBTs-

APA opposes state bills targeting LGBTs - WASHINGTON - The American Psychological Association is committed to promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We are therefore seriously concerned about the recent wave of state-level legislation discriminating against these individuals. Our association has a long history of supporting protections for LGBT people, including in those areas currently under attack — most notably employment, ...


Coalition-aims-for-Servin-firing-CSU-funding-

Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University. The protest was organized by a coalition that includes members of Black Youth Project 100, Assata's Daughters, Black ...


Pro-LGBT-organizations-criticize-NC-order

Pro-LGBT organizations criticize N.C. order - After signing an anti-LGBT rights bill, House Bill 2, that drew nationwide condemnation, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, on April 12, issued an executive order that he claimed "expanded" the state's employment policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity—but which maintains the bill's provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on ...


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Report: LGBT elected officials key to blocking anti-LGBT laws - Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute ( Victory ) released a new research brief titled More Than Represent: LGBT Elected Officials Drive Equality in the States that shows the relationship between the number of openly LGBT public officials a state has and its level of LGBT equality. There is clear evidence that openly LGBT people form relationships ...


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Chat focuses on volunteerism, international activism - "E Pluribus Unum" "( "Out of many, one" ) was the latest in a series of monthly chats with local LGBTQ and allied leaders the Center on Halsted ( the Center ) has held since February. The April 13 chat focused on international activism and volunteerism as an LGBTQ person, specifically in places where LGBTQ people fear overt and lawful ...


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World news: South Korea, MSMGF recommendations, spy apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) responded to the news that the Republic of Korea ( South Korea ) has been added to the list of duty-station assignments outside of the United States approved for same-sex couples. AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. "With thousands of service members stationed in South Korea, this was a serious concern that our families ...


National-roundup-Task-Forces-call-NC-law-Hillary-and-AIDS-activists

National roundup: Task Force's call, N.C. law, Hillary and AIDS activists - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National LGBTQ Task Force is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to resign. A press release from Executive Director Rea Carey stated that "the governor signed a law, HB 1523, that legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ people. This new law may also lead to discrimination against unmarried people raising children, unmarried people having sex, and others." Carey added, "Contrary to ...


Ethiopian-Israeli-activists-to-speak-April-25

Ethiopian Israeli activists to speak April 25 - Leaders from KALA—the Hebrew abbreviation of Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit, which translates as "LGBT Ethiopian community"—will speak at a gathering hosted by Jeff Grinspoon and Jon Foley at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The gathering is sponsored by the organization A Wider Bridge. Israeli LGBT leaders Sarah, Yaniv and Lielshare will discuss their personal stories as well as the need ...


First-Circuit-removes-district-judge-in-marriage-case

First Circuit removes district judge in marriage case - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on April 7, once again affirmed that Puerto Rico's marriage ban is unconstitutional, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges applies to the country's territories and states. In so doing, it ordered the District Court of Puerto Rico to enter judgment in favor of the plaintiffs ...


Cook-County-Board-votes-to-boycott-NC-and-Miss

Cook County Board votes to boycott N.C. and Miss. - The Cook County Board of Commissioners, on April 13, passed bills boycotting North Carolina and Mississippi for non-vital city business. The bills, sponsored by Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr., come in response to virulently anti-LGBT legislation that was recently passed in those states. As such, Cook County will not enter into new contracts with North Carolina- or Mississippi-headquartered businesses, nor will ...


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Upcoming: Personal PAC, 'E Pluribus Unum' chat; Bon Foster, Night of Noise - Lambda Legal's 'Bon Foster' April 21 Lambda Legal will hold its annual "Bon Foster" event on Thursday, April 21, 6-9:30 p.m. at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. The organization's premier Chicago event, "Bon" honors the memory of Robert Bonvoulior "Bon" Foster, the late civil-rights activist/attorney. In 1993, a bequest from Foster's estate established Lambda Legal's Chicago based Midwest Regional ...


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1,200 at ONE Northside convention push pols for budget action - More than 1,200 ONE Northside community leaders called on elected officials to promote equal opportunity and put "people ahead of corporate profits" at the group's April 10 annual convention. The event at Lake View High School kicked off campaigns to pass a new solution to Illinois' budget crisis and to preserve affordable housing in Chicago. "For too long, the rules ...


Womens-Equality-Natl-Monument-created-President-speaks-there-on-Equal-Pay-Day-

Women's Equality Nat'l Monument created, President speaks there on Equal Pay Day - From THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary - A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The Sewall-Belmont House ( House ), located at 144 Constitution Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, D.C. — a few steps from the U.S. Capitol — has been home to the National Woman's Party ( NWP ) since 1929. From this House, the NWP's founder Alice Paul wrote new ...


Prosecutors-confirm-Hastert-abuse-allegations

Prosecutors confirm Hastert abuse allegations - The allegations at the center of an indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert revolve around the sexual abuse of four or five boys, according to reports. The incidents, which will not be prosecuted because of statutes of limitation, were mentioned by prosecutors in a sentencing memo on April 8. Hastert admitted in Oct. 2015 to structuring bank withdrawals to ...


Bruce-Springsteen-cancels-North-Carolina-concert-over-extreme-anti-LGBT-law

Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over extreme anti-LGBT law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), praised the news that Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a concert this weekend in North Carolina due to the state's radical and extreme new anti-LGBT law — HB 2 — that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd. "Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, ...


Transgender-Americans-talk-Hillary-Clinton

Transgender Americans talk Hillary Clinton - Publicity feature by Sarah McBride, hillaryclinton.com - Every year, the transgender community and our allies come together for Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the transgender community, and to rededicate ourselves to combatting discrimination and securing equality for transgender people everywhere. Despite unprecedented visibility for the transgender community in media, popular culture, and politics, the reality remains that many trans people are ...


Study-Conversation-with-trained-canvassers-reduce-voter-prejudice-against-trans-people

Study: Conversation with trained canvassers reduce voter prejudice against trans people - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2016—Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley report in today's edition of Science that volunteer canvassers trained in an approach developed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center reduced voters' prejudice against transgender people. Last year the study's authors set off a firestorm of debate about the need for transparency in social science research ...


Chicago-part-of-A-Wider-Bridge-tour

Chicago part of A Wider Bridge tour - A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group building connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced a U.S. tour with leaders of the Ethiopian Israeli LGBTQ community. The U.S. tour will cover San Francisco ( April 17 ), Los Angeles ( April 20 ), Chicago ( April 25 ), New York City ( April 27 ) and Washington, D.C. ( ...


Miss-Gov-signs-anti-LGBT-discrimination-into-law-

Miss. Gov. signs anti-LGBT discrimination into law - From press releases - Jackson, Miss. — Governor Phil Bryant has signed HB 1523 into law after rapid movement on the bill by the state House of Representatives. The law, which is set to go into effect in July, sanctions discrimination by individuals, businesses, religiously-affiliated organizations - including hospitals, schools, shelters and others — against LGBT people, single mothers, and vulnerable young people in ...


PAC-launches-to-build-trans-political-power-

PAC launches to build trans political power - A group of trans individuals and allies, on April 4, announced the launch of Trans United Fund—the first political action committee dedicated to building political power for trans individuals and advocating for their full equality. According to a statement, the Washington, D.C.-based Trans United Fund will engage trans people and their allies in the political process, build political leadership and ...


Lambda-Legal-applauds-unanimous-Supreme-Court-voting-rights-decision

Lambda Legal applauds unanimous Supreme Court voting rights decision - From a press release - ( New York, NY — April 4, 2016 ) This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, the case challenging the well-established "one person, one vote" principle that legislative districts should be based on the total number of people who live within them. By seeking to narrow those counted in districting to registered or eligible ...


Sanders-campaign-makes-statement-on-anti-LGBTQ-laws

Sanders campaign makes statement on anti-LGBTQ laws - From a press release - BURLINGTON, Vt. — Sarah Scanlon, director of LGBTQ outreach for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, issued the following statement on Friday about state-based, legislative efforts to discriminate against LGBTQ people: "After the Supreme Court's historic decision last year in favor of marriage equality and continued actions to decrease the marginalization of LGBTQ people across the country, we're seeing major ...


Lesbian-PAC-endorses-Tammy-Duckworth-for-Senate

Lesbian PAC endorses Tammy Duckworth for Senate - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced that its endorsement of Rep. Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) for U.S. Senate. "This year, as reproductive rights face attack at all levels, and when so much LGBT progress hangs in the balance — from defending marriage equality to passing comprehensive non-discrimination — not only do we need champions ...


Emanuel-to-implement-travel-ban-for-NC-and-try-recruiting-its-businesses

Emanuel to implement travel ban for NC and try recruiting its businesses - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not only prepare an order banning travel to North Carolina for non-essential city business, but he'll use the passage of virulently anti-LGBT legislation as an opportunity to recruit businesses from the Tar Heel state, according to reports. In comments at a March 30 event, Emanuel said, "When Indiana … expressed intolerance, I immediately not only ...


Cherkasov-to-depart-Equality-Illinois-this-week

Cherkasov to depart Equality Illinois this week - Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from his post, told Windy City Times that his last day on the job will be March 31, and he will next head up operations for a new-to-Chicago children's relief organization. Cherkasov will become executive director for the national organization Cradles to Crayons, which provides ...


Ald-Lopezs-call-for-neighborhood-safety-met-with-homophobic-remarks

Ald. Lopez's call for neighborhood safety met with homophobic remarks - Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 15th Ward ) has recently called for additional law enforcement in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, where he says gang-related violence has gotten out of hand. But the City Council member says some neighborhood opponents have met his calls for action with homophobic remarks on social media. Lopez, who is openly gay and a member ...


Gay-German-politician-dies

Gay German politician dies - Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay former chair of the Free Democratic Party in Germany, died on March 18 at age 54 of leukemia, according to PinkNews. He had become the country's most senior gay politician when his party joined Angela Merkel's second coalition government. Westerwelle was foreign minister from 2009 until 2013, and was also vice chancellor of Germany from ...


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World news: Antarctica proclamation, psychiatrists' statement, London mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Non-profit advocacy group Planting Peace has declared Antarctica the "world's first LGBT-friendly continent," according to Out.com. Planting Peace recently traveled to the locale with a Pride flag in tow—a journey that was meant to raise global awareness about equality. Aaron Jackson, the president of Planting Peace, told The Huffington Post, "It was an honor to carry the Pride flag throughout ...


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Paul Ryan's hometown bans LGBT discrimination - Janesville, Wisconsin—which happens to be the hometown of U.S. House Speaker and former Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan—has approved a measure that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure also specifically would allow transgender people to use a public restroom based on their identified gender instead of the gender on their birth certificates. Restroom ...


More-heat-on-HRC-for-endorsement-of-Kirk-over-Duckworth-

More heat on HRC for endorsement of Kirk over Duckworth - The Human Rights Campaign is continuing to face attacks for its backing of incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-IL ) in the 2016 elections. The endorsement engendered numerous complaints from members of the LGBT community, many of whom believe that Kirk's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ), is more worthy of the endorsement. HRC President Chad ...


Georgia-governor-vetoes-anti-LGBT-Bill-HB-757-

Georgia governor vetoes anti-LGBT Bill HB 757 - Today, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 757, a discriminatory bill that would have invited private businesses, individuals and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Georgia on religious grounds. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Southern Regional Director Simone Bell: "Today we feel very fortunate that LGBT people and people with living with HIV ...


HRC-defends-Mark-Kirk-endorsement

HRC defends Mark Kirk endorsement - Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) President Chad Griffin, on March 23, released a statement defending his organization's endorsement of incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-IL ) in the 2016 elections. The endorsement engendered numerous complaints from members of the LGBT community, many of whom believe that Kirk's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ), is more ...


US-ambassador-weathers-anti-gay-criticism-in-Dominican-Republic

U.S. ambassador weathers anti-gay criticism in Dominican Republic - U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster and his husband, Bob Satawake, have been at the center of controversy since even before Brewster was sworn into his post by Vice President Joe Biden in late 2013. Prior to Brewster's taking his position, anti-LGBT religious and intellectual figures throughout the Dominican Republic voiced harsh objections to the appointment, Brewster ...


Advocates-call-for-Clinton-to-make-HIV-AIDS-a-priority

Advocates call for Clinton to make HIV/AIDS a priority - On the heels of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's recent inaccurate statement at Nancy Reagan's funeral that the first lady and husband President Ronald Reagan started "a national conversation" about HIV/AIDS, a group of 70 HIV/AIDS advocates sent a letter to Clinton. "[A]t Nancy Reagan's funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans' record on HIV and AIDS," Clinton ...


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Judge Merrick Garland - close up - Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, has ruled against gay plaintiffs three times. This is the kind of record that might usually guarantee that Republican senators would be eager to confirm him. It might also be the sort of record that would prompt LGBT groups to urge a more cautious review. Though the Human Rights ...


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Protesters at Cruz event - At Chicago's Palmer House Hilton hotel on March 11, demonstrators protested an appearance by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. The protesters —which included leaders of the organizations ONE Northside, Citizen Action/Illinois and Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans— called on Rauner to make big corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share and stop cuts to ...


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ELECTION 2016: Clinton, Trump, Duckworth among winners in federal races - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the big winners in primary contests across five states March 15. CNN called the tight race in Illinois for Clinton at 11:20 p.m. She had been called as the winner in Democratic primaries in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, while Bernie Sanders was slightly ahead in Missouri. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won ...


ELECTIONS-2016-Foxx-defeats-Alvarez-in-heated-States-Attorney-race-Meister-loses-for-Clerk

ELECTIONS 2016: Foxx defeats Alvarez in heated State's Attorney race, Meister loses for Clerk - In the conclusion of a heated primary contest, incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez lost her re-election bid to political newcomer Kim Foxx March 15. Chicago Sun-Times called the race at 8:45 p.m. Attorney Donna More was also vying for the post. Foxx, who was previously chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, received the backing ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 JUDICIAL RACES: Most races feature runaway victories - In the March 15 Cook County Circuit Court judicial races, Rossana P. Fernandez stands to keep her 2015 appointment to the late Richard Elrod's position if all goes well in November. It was a much tighter race for Alison C. Conlon against challenger Michael I. O'Malley, but ultimately she prevailed. With a long list of endorsements in her corner—including those ...


ELECTIONS-2016-STATE-RACES-Rauner-funds-cant-help-Dunkin-in-House-race

ELECTIONS 2016: STATE RACES Rauner funds can't help Dunkin in House race - All told, March 15 was a rough night for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a moment to savor for House Speaker Michael Madigan, before the parties return to Springfield. But the impact may not be felt immediately, because 5th District state House primary winner Juliana Stratton, if she wins in November, won't be seated until early in 2017. In a ...


World-news-Gay-Iranian-poet-Rome-protest-petition-Eltons-photos

World news: Gay Iranian poet; Rome protest; petition; Elton's photos - Israel has extended the visa of a gay Iranian poet until October as he seeks permanent refuge in the country, he told Newsweek. Payam Feili, 30, fled Iran because of his sexuality, moving to Turkey and then traveling to Israel where his novella I Will Grow, I Will Bear Fruit ... Figs was performed as a play in Hebrew at ...


National-roundup-Filibuster-NYC-mayors-order-Bernies-HIV-AIDS-plan-LGBT-crimes

National roundup: Filibuster; NYC mayor's order; Bernie's HIV/AIDS plan; LGBT crimes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After more than 36 hours of non-stop debate, Republicans who control the Missouri Senate shut down a Democrat-led filibuster of a controversial same-sex marriage proposal, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Republicans used a parliamentary maneuver, known as the previous question, to end the blockade that had put a national focus on a GOP-sponsored measure to shield clergy, wedding vendors and ...


LETTER-The-significance-of-Chicagos-Trump-shutdown

LETTER: The significance of Chicago's Trump shutdown - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How a diverse group of Chicagoans took down the bully, braggart racist, and what it means for our movement The people of Chicago are reviving an old tradition. Young people here, particularly blacks and Latinos, have re-learned a lesson about how real change is made and they are teaching the rest of us: We have power in the streets that ...


ELECTIONS-2016-Mixed-bag-for-LGBT-candidates

ELECTIONS 2016: Mixed bag for LGBT candidates - The March 15 primary elections featured a number of openly LGBT candidates—with only those who were unopposed actually winning. Kelly Cassidy. Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Result: She was unopposed in the primary election—and, so far, will be in the general election as well. Sam Yingling. Race: Illinois state Representative ( 62nd District ) Result: Yingling was ...


Trans-person-is-White-House-LGBT-liaison

Trans person is White House LGBT liaison - President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House's primary LGBT liaison—making her the first transgender person in the role, according to BuzzFeed. ( In addition, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has noted that Freedman-Gurspan is a Jewish native of Honduras. ) Last year, Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender staffer appointed to the White House, working as the outreach ...


Criticisms-follow-Clinton-comments-on-Reagans-and-AIDS

Criticisms follow Clinton comments on Reagans and AIDS - Activists, pundits and others were quick to decry March 11 comments by presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton suggesting that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were positive forces for change in the war against HIV/AIDS, despite well-documented historical evidence to the contrary. Clinton initially issued a brief apology for the remarks March 11 via Twitter, then a more extensive statement at medium.com ...


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Coalition protests Trump in Chicago, Trump backs down - Hundreds of people marched with the University of Illinois at Chicago Stop Trump—Chicago Coalition March 11, outside a planned rally by presidential candidate Donald Trump at the UIC Pavilion. Meanwhile, inside, others protested, shouted and raised anti-Trump signs. All those protesters were enough to scare away Trump from the event, and the candidate cancelled his speech. Trump claimed the cancellation ...


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Human Rights Campaign announces first round of house and senate endorsements - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that HRC's Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from across the nation, voted today to issue the following Congressional endorsements focusing on incumbent members of Congress. "From supporting nationwide marriage equality, to co-sponsoring the Equality Act, these members of Congress have demonstrated a strong commitment to equality during ...


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Senate Armed Services Committee backs nomination of openly gay Fanning as Sec. Army - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) — This morning the United States Senate Armed Services Committee backed the nomination of Eric Fanning, an openly gay man, to be Secretary of the Army on Thursday and forwarded the recommendation to the full Senate for a final vote. In a statement, Matt Thorn, Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated: "After almost 6 months, Mr. Fanning ...


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UIC Stop Trump - Chicago Coalition to protest GOP front-runner Trump's dangerous bigotry - From a press release - CHICAGO — On March 11, the University of Illinois at Chicago Stop Trump - Chicago Coalition will march and rally prior to Republican front-runner Donald Trump's speech at the UIC Pavilion. The group, which is unaffiliated with any political party or elected official, represents the voice of UIC students. By protesting, the coalition will highlight how Trump's dangerous rhetoric hurts ...


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ELECTIONS 2016: Windy City Times Election Guide with printable charts - Welcome to the Windy City Times Primary Election Guide leading up to the March 15 election and appearing in the March 2 and 9 print and online editions of Windy City Times. The Election Guide will feature charts, features and interviews. Windy City Times itself does not endorse candidates. 1. 2016 Printable Election Guide Charts include questionnaire scores, endorsements and/or ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs in the mix - The next primary elections, to be held March 15, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are members of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of late February. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: RepCassidy.com . The skinny: Cassidy, who defeated ...


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ELECTIONS 2016: Illinois House races hinge on ending Springfield inaction - While it may have begun as the political equivalent of Rebel Without A Cause's "Chickie Run" scene, the fight between Illinois State Democrats and Gov. Bruce Rauner has long since sent the budget off a cliff. The resulting number of casualties in critical public and nonprofit service organizations and the people they serve has meant March 15 primary races are ...


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Despite historic filibuster, Missouri Senate advances legislative assault on LGBTs - From press releases - From an HRC press releases WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the ACLU of Missouri, and PROMO strongly condemned a vote of 21 to 11 by the Missouri Senate in favor of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 39 — a measure that could enshrine discrimination against LGBT people and their families into the state constitution. Similar to so-called ...


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Primary news mixed from LGBT point of view - The Democratic presidential candidate who appears to have the most LGBT support narrowly lost a major primary Tuesday to the Democratic presidential candidate who boasts the most consistently pro-gay record. The only Republican presidential candidate who has encouraged business owners to respect LGBT people appeared this week to back off that position. And to this mix, add the Republican frontrunner's ...







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