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Health-and-Human-Services-set-to-allow-religious-bias-in-medical-care-

Health and Human Services set to allow religious bias in medical care - From press releases - The Trump Administration is expected today to expand protections for health care workers who refuse to provide health services, including healthcare for transgender patients and abortions, for religious or moral reasons, according to The Williams Institute. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights ( HHS OCR ), which is charged with enforcing federal civil rights ...


Maria-Hadden-aiming-to-be-first-Black-queer-Chicago-alderman-in-2019

Maria Hadden aiming to be first Black queer Chicago alderman, in 2019 - Maria Hadden has lived in Rogers Park for 10 years. It was her first neighborhood in Chicago, and after brief forays west, she came back to stay for good. "Rogers Park definitely left a lasting impression," Hadden said. "There's a particular mix of people and a history. Having access to the lake and so much parkland and public space that's ...


Creating-Change-co-founder-Sue-Hyde-preps-her-last-conference-

Creating Change co-founder Sue Hyde preps her last conference - LGBTQ activist and community organizer Sue Hyde has been an esteemed co-founder of the Creating Change conference for the past 30 years. Her commitment to the political leadership conference, sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force, has never been taken to task. Well, except for that one time her daughter was born on Oct. 25, 1992. "My girlfriend told me ...


Landmark-ruling-OKs-marriage-trans-rights-in-Americas

Landmark ruling OKs marriage, trans rights in Americas - by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, on Jan. 9, issued a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western Hemisphere. The seven judges who issued the ruling stated governments "must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex." Six of the seven judges also agreed ...


Gay-man-running-for-Cook-County-office

Gay man running for Cook County office - Kevin Morrison is running for Cook County commissioner ( 15th District ), adding to the record number of LGBT candidates in electoral races this year. A Democratic resident of Elk Grove Village, Morrison—who studied environmental sciences at DePaul University—is running against incumbent Commissioner Tim Schneider. The Chicago Federation of Labor is among those endorsing Morrison. His website is KevinBMorrison.com. The ...


Number-of-uninsured-Americans-shows-increase-during-2017

Number of uninsured Americans shows increase during 2017 - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Today, Gallup News organization reported that the number of uninsured Americans increased during 2017, the first time in four years, by over 3 million people. This represents an increase in the uninsured rate from 10.9% to 12.2%. Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA: "Today's news means that the rate of uninsured ...


HRC-International-Corporate-Equality-Index-to-rate-global-LGBTQ-workplace-inclusion

HRC International Corporate Equality Index to rate global LGBTQ workplace inclusion - From a press release - SANTIAGO — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation kicks off its groundbreaking partnership with FundaciÃ"n Iguales & Pride Connection with an international launch of HRC's Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), the premier report tracking LGBT inclusion in the world's largest companies. HRC has previously launched the CEI internationally in Mexico, marking the historic HRC Equidad MX ...


Chicago-City-Council-approves-55M-in-TIF-funds-to-Presence-Health-ACLU-responds

Chicago City Council approves $5.5M in TIF funds to Presence Health, ACLU responds - From an ACLU press release - CHICAGO — In response to the Chicago City Council's vote to approve $5.5M in TIF funds to Presence Health to build their downtown headquarters — despite concerns over the Catholic organization's opposition to contraception and reproductive health care - the below statement can be attributed to Lorie Chaiten, Director, Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois: "It is extremely ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-Bob-Daiber-discusses-political-plans

ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR Bob Daiber discusses political plans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber is the only person in the Democratic pool of candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 who hails from downstate Illinois. Daiber has years of experience working with education-related issues, but the Marine, Illinois, native thinks he is the right person to harness progressive energy from what's traditionally been a ...


World-news-Israel-lifts-blood-ban-EU-opinion-Billie-Jean-King

World news: Israel lifts blood ban, EU opinion, Billie Jean King - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Israel announced that it would be lifting a ban on gay and bisexual male blood donors—a change that has not been made in the United States, Newsweek reported. Israel's national emergency service devised a "double testing" system that allows blood banks to screen donations twice, allowing gay and bisexual men to make immediate donations, according to the The Times of ...


National-roundup-Lambda-Legal-trans-activist-killed-Chelsea-Manning

National roundup: Lambda Legal, trans activist killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Employees at Lambda Legal voted 42-8 in favor of forming a union at the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV, per a press release. Eligible staff in all six regional offices, including lawyers, fundraisers, communication and administrative and support staff will be members of the Washington-Baltimore News ...


ACLU-asks-City-Council-to-reject-tax-money-for-Presence-Health-Care

ACLU asks City Council to reject tax money for Presence Health Care - From a press release - CHICAGO — Calling on members of the Chicago City Council to reject $5.5 million in tax-increment funding ( TIF ) for Presence Health at its upcoming meeting this week, the ACLU of Illinois noted Presence's "policy of turning away patients seeking basic health care." The letter noted that Presence has imposed its own religious beliefs in order to deny patients ...


Chicago-March-to-Defend-Immigrant-Rights-Jan-17

Chicago March to Defend Immigrant Rights Jan. 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO — On Wednesday, Jan. 17, a broad coalition of faith, labor, and community allies will rally and march to defend immigrant rights ahead of Friday's federal funding deadline, when Congress has the biggest opportunity yet to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrant families by passing a clean DREAM Act and saving Temporary Protected Status ( TPS ). Last year, ...


Rep-Kelly-hosts-LGBT-roundtable

Rep. Kelly hosts LGBT roundtable - U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly—a progressive Democrat who represents part of Chicago's South Side, south suburbs and rural areas—hosted an LGBT roundtable Jan. 12 at Matter's space in the Merchandise Mart. Guests included leaders and advocates from the LGBT community. Kelley's special guest was Erin O'Flaherty. O'Flaherty, Miss Missouri 2016, was the country's first open lesbian to compete in the Miss ...


-Womens-March-Chicago-March-to-the-Polls-Jan-20

Women's March Chicago March to the Polls Jan. 20 - Women's March Chicago announced an initial list of speakers for the 2018 March to the Polls Saturday, Jan. 20, including women and their allies dedicated to the shared goal of empowering voters to support women's rights and social justice. The list of speakers includes Suzette Wright, a former Ford worker whose experience of sexual harassment was recently featured in The ...


-Commissioner-Bridget-Gainer-honors-Equality-Illinois-

Commissioner Bridget Gainer honors Equality Illinois - From a press release - Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer honored Equality Illinois at this month's Cook County Board Meeting on Jan. 9, 2018. Gainer invited Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson and staff member Elise Malary to receive an official resolution honoring Equality Illinois and recognizing its 2018 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. Gainer also passed a resolution honoring the Chicago Women's March ...


Personal-PAC-endorses-JB-Pritzker-for-Governor

Personal PAC endorses JB Pritzker for Governor - From a Personal PAC press release - Personal PAC is endorsing JB Pritzker for Governor in the March 20th Democratic primary election. "Personal PAC is proud to join U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, HB 40 Sponsors Senator Heather Steans and Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Chicago City ...


Committee-advances-blood-ban-resolution-to-city-council

Committee advances blood-ban resolution to city council - The Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 12 calling for the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to revoke its ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with other men in the previous year. The non-binding resolution was proposed in November by Ald. Tom Tunney ( ...


Kenosha-school-district-settles-trans-lawsuit

Kenosha school district settles trans lawsuit - A Wisconsin school district will pay $800,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit that transgender former student Ash Whitaker brought, The Hill reported, citing The Kenosha News. The Kenosha Unified School District voted, on Jan. 9, to approve the settlement in the suit from Whitaker, who graduated in June 2017. Whitaker filed the suit in July 2016, alleging that Tremper High ...


HUD-awards-109-million-to-Illinois-homeless-programs

HUD awards $109 million to Illinois homeless programs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) today awarded $109.1 million to support 418 homeless housing and service programs in Illinois. The Continuum of Care grants announced today provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. See https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/budget/2017 . The HUD funding announced today is part ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Record-number-of-LGBTs-running-in-March-Illinois-primary-election

ELECTIONS 2018 Record number of LGBTs running in March Illinois primary election - This year's elections feature a record number of openly LGBT candidates throughout Illinois. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are LGBT and were on the March 2018 primary election ballot as early January. Gaylon Alcaraz Race: Cook County Board of Commissioners ( 4th District ) Website: Gaylon2018.com The skinny: Alcaraz, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Water-Reclamation-Debra-Shore-discusses-plans-during-a-third-term

ELECTIONS 2018 Water Reclamation, Debra Shore discusses plans during a third term - Debra Shore has served on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District MWRD board since 2006. She is a member of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership and served on the board ( and was past chair ) of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. She is running for her third six-year term in the 2018 election. Windy City Times: What changes ...


Orr-issues-final-1st-marriage-license

Orr issues final 1st marriage license - Cook County Clerk David Orr issued his final first marriage licenses of the year ( to opposite- and same-sex couples ) on Jan. 2. He was announced that he will not seek re-election. The clerk's office issued 1,689 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2017, according to the office. ( In 2016, it was 2,004. ) The total number of ...


Illinois-LGBTQ-Laws-Rated-in-HRCs-Annual-State-Equality-Index

Illinois' LGBTQ Laws Rated in HRC's Annual State Equality Index - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its fourth annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBTQ equality across America and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws. Illinois falls into the category, ...


Blood-ban-resolution-hearing-Jan-12-

Blood-ban resolution hearing Jan. 12 - - On Friday, Jan. 12, the Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection will hear a resolution that calls on the FDA ( Food and Drug Administration ) to remove the ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with men ( MSM ) within the last year. The hearing will take place at 12 p.m. in ...


HRC-celebrates-swearing-in-of-Danica-Roem-to-Virginia-House-of-Delegates

HRC celebrates swearing-in of Danica Roem to Virginia House of Delegates - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), celebrated Danica Roem's swearing-in to the Virginia House of Delegates as the next representative of District 13. Roem is now Virginia's first out transgender public official and the nation's only out transgender state representative. "Delegate Danica Roem's victory was a game changer, sending a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers ...


Leadership-Conference-opposes-confirmation-of-Howard-Nielson-to-District-Court-Utah

Leadership Conference opposes confirmation of Howard Nielson to District Court, Utah - From a press release - Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate urging opposition to the confirmation of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah January 9, 2018 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed ...


EI-PAC-endorses-Villivalam-for-State-Senator-8th-Senate-District

EI PAC endorses Villivalam for State Senator, 8th Senate District - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Equality Illinois PAC endorses Ram Villivalam for state senator of Illinois' 8th Senate district and urges voters to support him in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, March 20. The Equality Illinois PAC is the statewide political action committee dedicated to advancing justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) Illinoisans through engagement in the ...


Chicagoans-set-to-appear-at-upcoming-Black-Women-Rise-conference-in-Florida

Chicagoans set to appear at upcoming Black Women Rise conference in Florida - Black Women Rise ( BWR ) will hold its second annual conference March 16-17 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The multigenerational, multicultural event centers the expertise, issues and leadership of Black women. Last year's conference—with Dr. Angela Davis as keynote speaker—had more than 200 participants from 20 cities, Washington, D.C. and Canada. They ranged in age from 14-83. Chicago is ...


National-roundup-NYC-speaker-Fire-and-Fury-Grindr-crime

National roundup: NYC speaker, 'Fire and Fury,' Grindr crime - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay member of the New York City Council was elected speaker of the legislative body, The Washington Blade reported. Corey Johnson, 35, is the first HIV-positive person to be elected speaker, which is the second most powerful elected official in city government after the mayor. Johnson—a GLAAD staffer who has also written for Towleroad—first rose to prominence in 2000 ...


WORLD-NEWS-Theresa-May-lesbian-couples-gender-neutral-Jesus

WORLD NEWS Theresa May, lesbian couples, gender-neutral Jesus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Britain, Labour has demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May reverse the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the new universities regulator because of what it said was a history of "homophobia and misogyny," The Independent reported. It was announced last weekend that Young, a right-wing journalist who has helped establish a number of free schools, is to ...


Out-Equal-welcomes-new-CEO

Out & Equal welcomes new CEO - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is thrilled to announce the new Chief Executive Officer of the 20+ year organization, Erin Uritus. Board Chair and Comcast Senior Vice President Michael Cox shared, "Erin joins Out & Equal with unparalleled domestic and international experience as an executive in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors — a critically ...


With-End-of-TPS-for-Salvadorans-Trump-Continues-Anti-Immigrant-Agenda-

With End of TPS for Salvadorans, Trump Continues Anti-Immigrant Agenda - From a Dream Action Coalition press release - Washington, D.C. - Just now, news broke that President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security will not renew the Temporary Protected Status ( TPS ) designation that has allowed the Salvadorans to remain in the United States since at least 2001, when their country was struck by a pair of devastating earthquakes. Individuals will have until September 2019 to ...


After-11-years-Lambda-Legals-Jim-Bennett-steps-down-and-reflects-

After 11 years, Lambda Legal's Jim Bennett steps down and reflects - Jim Bennett remembers what he thought of Lambda Legal before they hired him. "My first impression was that they were extraordinarily smart nerds," he said with a laugh. But this impression belies deep respect. "I realized they were key to nearly every single victory our community had ever had," he continued. "The work they do is phenomenal. There's nothing that ...


Matthew-Shepard-Foundation-marks-20-years-of-service

Matthew Shepard Foundation marks 20 years of service - From a press release - The Matthew Shepard Foundation had an incredibly successful trip to New York City last month to kick off its 20th-anniversary efforts. The foundation participated in two Laramie Project talkbacks—one in Hicksville and one in Manhattan—where students studying and performing The Laramie Project had a chance to ask Judy and Dennis Shepard personal questions about the play and Matt's life. The ...


HRC-responds-to-failure-of-discriminatory-invasive-voter-fraud-commission-

HRC responds to failure of discriminatory, invasive voter fraud commission - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following response after the Trump-Pence Administration announced they would disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice President Mike Pence, following numerous lawsuits and no real evidence of election fraud. Last May, Mike Pence was named Chairman of the newly-created Commission to prove he ...


Podcast-to-detail-Mattachine-history-

Podcast to detail Mattachine history - Mattachine, a 10-episode serialized show available free on iTunes Jan. 4, will follow the true story of the secret Mattachine organization that catalyzed the U.S. LGBTQ-rights movement in 1950. From a spark of inspiration in 1920s Chicago, through secret speakeasy-style meetings that brought together anonymous gay individuals, the program will open FBI case files to journey through the McCarthy-era paranoia ...


Judge-refuses-families-locker-room-injunction-request

Judge refuses families' locker room injunction request - A federal judge has refused a request by Palatine families for an injunction that would prohibit a transgender student from utilizing locker room facilities designated for females at her school in Township High School District 211. The order on the injunction, by Judge Jorge Alonso in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, was ...


National-roundup-Trumps-anti-trans-loss-marriage-fight-gay-mayors

National roundup: Trump's anti-trans loss, marriage fight, gay mayors - The Trump administration abandoned its bid to prevent openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Dec. 30, Newsweek noted. In July, the Trump administration attempted to delay an Obama-era Department of Defense ruling allowing openly transgender U.S. residents to enlist in the military starting Jan. 1. Trump's 2017 announcement no social media that the administration ...


World-news-Gay-teens-death-conversion-therapy-Cher-in-Sydney

World news: Gay teen's death, conversion therapy, Cher in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sixteen-year-old Brazilian teenager Gabryel Magalhaes, known as Gabryel Selenator on social media, was beaten to death by his own father after he reportedly found out he was gay, Hornet reported, citing News Rondonia. Magalhaes was a huge Selena Gomez fan, and many of the singer's fans have taken to social media to express their sadness over the teenage boy's tragic ...


DOJ-Backs-Down-Ban-on-Transgender-Service-Members-on-Hold-

DOJ Backs Down, Ban on Transgender Service Members on Hold - From a press release - ( SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2017 ) — Today, the Trump Administration withdrew its appeal of a lower court ruling halting implementation of its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Today's actions clear the way for open enlistment by transgender people scheduled to begin Monday and also prevent transgender service members from ...


Looking-back-National-news-of-2017-

Looking back: National news of 2017 - The past year was jam-packed with events and people that ranged from the seemingly trivial to the life-altering. Here's a rundown of some of them that affected/involved the LGBTQ+ community: —#MeToo: In October, publications reported that film producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly lured women into hotel rooms and bars, and sexually harassed or assaulted them—and actress Alyssa Milano ( one of ...


Looking-back-World-news-

Looking back: World news - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Channel one: South Africa's first LGBT video-on-demand ( VOD ) channel launched. PrideTV content manager J/anne Raphael Katz said, "PrideTV reverses the trend to restrict access to LGBT themes by South African and African broadcasters." —Bronski Beat member dies: Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, died at 56. Bronski Beat was known for, among other ...


Trump-fires-remaining-HIV-AIDS-Council-members-

Trump fires remaining HIV/AIDS Council members - President Donald Trump has fired all of the members the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS without explanation, according to reports. Chicago-based Lambda Legal attorney Scott Schoettes, who had previously resigned from the council along with several other members, posted to Twitter on Dec. 28 that the remaining members of the council had been let go. Schoettes said on the post, ...


2017-Local-LGBT-news-highlights

2017: Local LGBT news highlights - Few years in recent memory could match the rollercoaster shifts between dread, exhilaration, anger and celebration—and what sometimes felt like every collective emotion in between—that Chicago's LGBT community experienced in 2017. The year opened with the community still stunned by the November 2016 election of President Donald Trump. But as the weeks after the election passed, and Trump's inauguration came ...


World-Gay-couple-killed-Indonesia-crackdown-1st-Aussie-wedding

World: Gay couple killed, Indonesia crackdown, 1st Aussie wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay couple were killed in a massive fire at a luxury five-star hotel in Loch Lomond, Scotland, PinkNews reported. Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson, who are believed to be from London, had ben staying at the Cameron House Hotel. According to Towleroad, Midgley was a freelance writer for the London Evening Standard, covering travel and culture for the lifestyle ...


National-Trump-setback-Rosie-ODonnell-Zach-Wahls

National: Trump setback, Rosie O'Donnell, Zach Wahls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new ruling ( issued Dec. 22 ) dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to bar transgender people from joining the military starting Jan. 1, The Hill reported. The new D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals order came a day after the Virginia-based 4th Circuit similarly rejected the Trump administration's request to block a ruling by U.S. District Judge ...


Womens-March-Chicago-to-rally-Jan-20-in-Grant-Park-to-reprise-historic-event

Women's March Chicago to rally Jan. 20 in Grant Park to reprise historic event - From a press release - Chicago, Dec. 21, 2017 — Women's March Chicago calls on women and their allies to join "March To the Polls" on January 20, 2018 at Columbus Parkway and Congress Drive, the same location where a broad-based coalition of more than 250,000 turned out for the group's inaugural march. The inaugural event was part of a coordinated global action. Organizers are ...


Juan-Calderon-talks-health-board-career-activist-work

Juan Calderon talks health board, career, activist work - Among his many accomplishments, community leader Juan Calderon was recently named by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the newly vacated seat on the Chicago Board of Health. The city council approved his appointment this past September. "This appointment means a great deal to me," said Calderon. "I am the first openly Puerto Rican/Latinx gay man to serve on the Chicago Board ...


Words-banned-by-Trump-administration-for-various-agencies-

Words banned by Trump administration for various agencies - The Trump administration reportedly informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) that they should avoid using certain words and phrases in official documents related to next year's budget, The Washington Post reported. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control, the country's top public health agency, were banned from using seven words or phrases—including ...


Former-military-leaders-dispute-claim-of-trans-training-burden-

Former military leaders dispute claim of trans training burden - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three former military leaders are disputing the Trump administration's assertions that lifting the transgender enlistment ban on January 1 would require the military to train 23,000 medical examiners and recruiters, and that such training would injure the armed forces. According to new policy analysis, the administration's claims are incorrect because training recruiters and medical evaluators to ...


Garrett-unqualified-and-anti-LGBTQ-Trump-Pence-nominee-rejected-

Garrett, unqualified and anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence nominee, rejected - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, announced they would continue to fight against—and defeat—Trump nominees with a history of bigotry toward the LGBTQ community following the failed committee vote on Scott Garrett to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the ...


National-roundup-Sally-Ride-Doug-Jones-gay-son-drag-queen-murder

National roundup: Sally Ride, Doug Jones' gay son, drag-queen murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Postal Service announced that Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be honored with a postage stamp next year, according to NewNowNext.com. The commemorative Forever stamp joins a four-stamp step paying tribute to advancement in science, technology, engineering and math ( a.k.a. STEM ). Other stamps launching in 2018 includes ones celebrating Lena Horne, Illinois, bioluminescent ...


World-news-Bermuda-guv-Olympics-tryouts-The-Future-Is-Female

World news: Bermuda guv, Olympics tryouts, 'The Future Is Female' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign urged Bermuda Gov. John Rankin to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality, per a press release. If the measure becomes law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Bermuda Tourism Authority has warned of severe consequences ...


New-report-out-on-harms-of-legalizing-discrimination-in-child-services

New report out on harms of legalizing discrimination in child services - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Disregarding the Best Interest of the Child: License to Discriminate In Child Welfare Services, a report detailing the harms of efforts to write anti-LGBTQ discrimination by child welfare agencies ...


After-grant-cuts-director-to-leave-Safe-Schools-Alliance-

After grant cuts, director to leave Safe Schools Alliance - At the beginning of December, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance announced two significant pieces of news: Following cuts in a State of Illinois grant, the Alliance is looking to form a strategic partnership with another organization, and Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter is leaving the organization. Alliance Board Vice Chair Mary Morten said that the organization has already made short-term plans to ...


Looking-back-at-2017s-top-ten-news-events-

Looking back at 2017's top ten news events - 2017 was the year the 1960s tried to make a comeback. There was the resurgence in white nationalist activity, widespread sexual harassment, and renewed concern about the use of nuclear weapons. The new president, Donald Trump, fanned perilous fires. He also tried to make friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin while an unfolding investigation was showing the Trump campaign had ...


Transgender-fetus-banned-from-CDC-reports-

'Transgender,' 'fetus' banned from CDC reports - The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Centers for Disease Control, the country's top public health agency, from using a list of seven words or phrases—including "fetus" and "transgender"—in any official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget, according to The Washington Post. The forbidden word list includes "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Several key national ...


HRC-Puerto-Rico-Gov-Rossello-Must-Veto-Anti-LGBTQ-Bill

HRC: Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello Must Veto Anti-LGBTQ Bill - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo RossellÃ" to veto a bill passed by the Senate on Sunday that could allow anyone who claims a religious exemption the right to discriminate against the Commonwealth's LGBTQ community and visitors. "This legislation would allow a dangerous license to discriminate, putting LGBTQ people and ...


Misinformation-Nation-The-Threat-to-Americas-Federal-Data-and-Civil-Rights-in-new-report

Misinformation Nation, The Threat to America's Federal Data and Civil Rights in new report - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The federal government's collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, Misinformation Nation: The Threat ...


135M-in-grants-go-to-grassroots-organizing-by-women-of-color-trans-people-of-color

$1.35M in grants go to grassroots organizing by women of color, trans people of color - From a news release - Groundswell is proud to announce $1,350,000 in grants for 30 organizations in its inaugural round of grantmaking through the Liberation Fund, a joint project of Groundswell Fund ( a 501c3 ) and Groundswell Action Fund ( a 501c4 ). Grantees were recommended for funding by 15 leading women of color movement leaders who serve as advisors to the Liberation Fund, ...


HRC-Five-Years-After-Sandy-Hook-Time-for-Gun-Safety-Reform-

HRC: Five Years After Sandy Hook, Time for Gun Safety Reform - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: "Five years ago today, 26 innocent people — including 20 children — were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the ...


Black-LGBTQIA-Migrant-Project-launches-to-build-community-power

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project launches to build community power - From a press release, video below - The Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project ( BLMP ) [ https://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/blmp ] , a first-of-its-kind program housed at Transgender Law Center and made possible by a 2017 Open Society Foundations Soros Justice Fellowship, launched Wednesday with an accompanying 20-minute documentary [ see video below ] and opportunities for community members to get involved . "As a Black transgender Nigerian migrant, I ...


AG-Madigan-to-appeal-FCC-vote-to-eliminate-net-neutrality-rules

AG Madigan to appeal FCC vote to eliminate net neutrality rules - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that she, along with other state attorneys general, will appeal the Federal Communications Commission's ( FCC ) action to eliminate existing net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers ( ISPs ) from discriminating among consumers and content providers. The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was approved today in a 3-2 ...


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Gay activist details undercover journey inside alt-right - Imagine spending a year undercover among the alt-right in the United Kingdom and United States. That's just what Patrik Hermansson ( a young gay Swedish activist who used the pseudonym Erik Hellberg ) did for HOPE not hate. One of the places Hermansson found himself was at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this past summer where Heather Heyer ...


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Doug Jones bests anti-LGBTQ politician Roy Moore, according to reports - From a press release - Birmingham, Ala. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) celebrated the election of civil rights prosecutor Doug Jones over Roy Moore, the bigoted anti-LGBTQ politician twice ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court for ethics violations and recently accused of serially preying on teen girls. "Tonight, in rejecting avowed bigot Roy Moore, Alabama voters solidified once and for all ...


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Judge subjects Hastert to restrictions - In Chicago, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin ruled that disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is barred from contact with minors unless another adult is around who knows Hastert paid money to conceal that he'd sexually abused teenage boys, The Washington Post reported. The Illinois Republican is also banned from possessing pornography and using sex-chat lines, and allow ...


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AG Madigan calls for delay on net neutrality votes, demands investigation - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today called for a federal investigation in light of widespread reports that millions of comments received by the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) in its net neutrality rule-making process were submitted under fraudulent or stolen identities. Madigan also called for the FCC to delay its vote on its plan to end existing net ...


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Bermuda Senate Votes to Repeal Marriage Equality - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, urged the Governor of Bermuda — John Rankin — to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality. If the measure becomes law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Bermuda Tourism Authority has ...


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Nomination of Mateer withdrawn, right-wing leaning Willett confirmed - From news releases, HRC video below - From HRC: Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee will Not Be Confirmed WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, claimed victory as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. ...


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ELECTIONS 2018 Newman hosts LGBT meet-and-greet - Marie Newman—a first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois and the mother of a transgender child—hosted a fundraiser at Boystown spot Sidetrack on Dec. 7. She is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski—a Democrat who has an anti-LGBT record. Among other things, Lipinski was one of the few Democrats to support a constitutional amendment ...


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HRC to honor trans trailblazer Grimm at conference on LGBTQ youth safety and inclusion - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor transgender advocate Gavin Grimm with an Upstander Award at the organization's annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The conference is co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association. "Gavin has set ...


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HRC Mourns the Death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today released the following statement upon news of the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Mayor Lee was a tireless advocate for LGBTQ equality who worked to make San Francisco a stronger, more vibrant, and inclusive community. ...


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Attorney discusses Cakeshop case at WBAI event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Based on the transcript from the U.S. Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop deliberations earlier that day, Lambda Legal Senior Council and former National Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor had a strong opinion. "Today was not a very good day for LGBT rights," Taylor explained to a crowd at Charles Schwab at 430 N. Michigan Ave. Schwab and the Women's Bar Association ...


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National roundup: Trans Ariz. candidate, Kim Davis, Tinder date death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Arizona, transgender Peoria woman Brianna Westbrook is a Democrat running in Congressional District 8, AZCentral.com noted. However, incumbent U.S. Rep. Trent Franks is stepping down Jan. 31 after allegations of sexual harassment he said stemmed from inquiries to female staffers about becoming surrogate mothers—which may influence Westbrook's chances of becoming the first transgender member of Congress. However, Westbrook is ...







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