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Class-Action-Lawsuit-Targets-Chicago-Polices-Gang-Database-

Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database - From a press release - Chicago — The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on Tuesday to announce a new federal class action against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), targeting CPD's unconstitutional Gang Database, and urging City Council to take action. Read the lawsuit here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R-XOJaBqeqZew0thuzSqMb8GJytt1fqc/view ...


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Parkland students launch voter-registration tour from Chicago - The Annual End of School Rally and Peace March presented by Saint Sabina Church June 15 got a lift this year with the attendance of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida—the school which saw the murder of 17 students and teachers on Valentine's Day this year. Grammy winners Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and Will.I.Am, former ...


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South Bend, Ind., mayor marries - After their wedding Saturday, June 16, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ( left ) and Chasten Glezman took a detour from St. James Episcopal cathedral on the way to their reception. They stopped by the city's Pride block party to thank the people who came out to support the gay-rights movement. The Mayor explained, "this marriage that's the most important ...


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Aurora's 1st Pride Parade draws thousands - Video below - =After months of planning by Indivisible Aurora members and approval by the Aurora City Council Government Operations Committee during a Feb. 13 meeting, Aurora held its first Pride Parade June 17. Despite the sweltering heat, nearly 100 degrees, more than 5,000 people descended on downtown Aurora to take in the festivities. Ahead of the parade Indivisible Aurora Founder/Executive Director Chuck ...


Report-shows-22827-LGBTQ-Elected-Officials-Needed-for-Equitable-Representation

Report shows 22,827+ LGBTQ Elected Officials Needed for Equitable Representation - From a press release - Washington, DC — There are 559 known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States — and America needs to elect 22,837 more to achieve equitable representation — according to LGBTQ Victory Institute's 2018 Out for America report released today. The report documents the severe underrepresentation of LGBTQ people in key positions of power, along with demographic data that demonstrates ...


HRC-Endorses-Stacey-Abrams-for-Georgia-Governor

HRC Endorses Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced its endorsement of Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia. "HRC is proud to endorse Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Leader Abrams has been a tireless ally for LGBTQ Georgians in the state legislature, and she will be a vital voice for the LGBTQ ...


EI-Urges-Gov-Rauner-to-Extend-Non-Discrimination-Protections-to-All-Illinois-Workplaces-

EI Urges Gov. Rauner to Extend Non-Discrimination Protections to All Illinois Workplaces - From a press release - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation that would extend Illinois' workplace non-discrimination protections to businesses of all sizes in the state and ensure all Illinoisans have access to the legal tools of justice when they experience employment discrimination. Under current law, workers in businesses of 14 and fewer employees outside of Cook County can still be fired ...


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CA legislature notes Palm Springs City Council first elected all LGBTQ council - From a press release - PALM SPRINGS, CA - June 15, 2018 - The Palm Springs City Council was recognized on Monday, June 11 by the California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus in Sacramento for being the nation's first elected all LGBTQ Council. The Palm Springs City Council, comprised of Mayor Robert Moon, Mayor pro tem J.R. Roberts and Councilmembers Geoff Kors, Lisa Middleton and Christy Gilbert ...


-Federal-Court-Denies-Renewed-Attempt-to-Implement-Transgender-Military-Ban

Federal Court Denies Renewed Attempt to Implement Transgender Military Ban - From Lambda Legal and AMPA news releases - ( SEATTLE, June 15, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle denied yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. Today's ruling in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State of Washington denied the administration's motion ...


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Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell arrested during legal protest in Moscow - From a Peter Tatchell Foundation news release - LGBT+ and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested during a one-man protest against Russia's mistreatment of LGBT+ people, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow. Tatchell was holding a banner supporting gay men who have been violently targeted in a purge in Chechnya while standing next to the statue Marshal Zhukov close to the Kremlin. ...


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Cakeshop ruling doesn't crumple our opponents - A pall hung over me June 4. The Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple—Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig—on the grounds of religious freedom. In a seven-to-two decision, the justices argued that the commission had exhibited hostility toward ...


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Committee advances LGBT health resolution to city council - Members of the City Council LGBT Caucus were among those on hand as the Council's Health and Environmental Protection Committee passed a resolution June 7 endorsing a comprehensive databook on LGBT health released in March by Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ). The resolution—which Ald. Deb Mell ( 33rd Ward ), an LGBT Caucus member, introduced in April—will ...


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Official support missing from Pentagon LGBT pride observance, AMPA comments - From an American Military Partner Association press release - According to the Washington Post, official support for Pride events at the Pentagon have been missing in 2018 for the first time since the practice began during the Obama administration. Pride events had been listed among official celebrations and a memo of support had been issued every year. LGBT groups in the Pentagon proceeded with events but high level speakers ...


-WORLD-Romanian-ruling-conversion-therapy-first-Elton-John

WORLD Romanian ruling, conversion-therapy first, Elton John - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The European Union's top court has ruled in favor of a Romanian gay man's right to have his U.S. husband live with him in Romania, the BBC reported. The country, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses. However, the European Court of Justice said the ...


Pride-Fund-Adds-Pulse-Survivors-to-Board-of-Advisors

Pride Fund Adds Pulse Survivors to Board of Advisors - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC/ ORLANDO, FL, June 11, 2018 — The two year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando is tomorrow, June 12. The death of 49 people and 53 injured inspired the founding of the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence. Our issues impact every community in the country, every day. Pride Fund would appreciate the opportunity to brief you ...


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NOW to convene Speak Truth to Power NOW in San Jose July 6-8 - From a press release - The National NOW Conference, the supreme governing body of the National Organization for Women, will convene the leaders of the women's rights movement in San Jose, California from July 6 to 8. The annual conference will focus on this year's theme: Speak Truth to Power NOW. Members and activists will gather to honor the young feminist activists and leaders of ...


HRC-Marks-Two-Years-Since-Deadly-Pulse-Nightclub-Shooting-Honoring-Victims-with-Action-

HRC Marks Two Years Since Deadly Pulse Nightclub Shooting, Honoring Victims with Action - From a news release - HWASHINGTON — Tomorrow, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) will honor the lives of the 49 people — most of them young, LGBTQ and Latinx - killed in the attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. "Every day, we carry forward the memories of the 49 people whose lives were cruelly and tragically taken at ...


HRC-Responds-to-SCOTUS-Ruling-That-Could-Disenfranchise-Millions

HRC Responds to SCOTUS Ruling That Could Disenfranchise Millions - From a news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that states can purge voters from the rolls solely on the basis of infrequent voting. "The right to vote is the touchstone of our democracy and tactics designed to disenfranchise voters are dangerous to the ...


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LGBTQ Victory Fund backs gay Dem for Cook County Commissioner - From a LGBTQ Victory Fund news release - The Victory Fund, the only national Political Action Committee dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to all levels of government announced their endorsement of Democratic nominee for Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison, who is running against the chair of the Illinois Republican Party 15th District Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider. "We are pleased to endorse Kevin B. Morrison for Cook ...


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Chicago Equality Rally part of Midsommarfest - On June 10, a soggy atmosphere could not dampen the spirits of the crowd at Andersonville's annual Midsommarfest, held along Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa on June 8-10. Among many musical and cultural acts, Chicago Spirit Brigade and Lakeside Pride's Latin Ensemble delighted the crowd throughout the weekend. The rain did not dilute the rhetoric of the Equality Rally ...


Youth-activists-hold-press-conference-on-gun-violence-in-Chicago

Youth activists hold press conference on gun violence in Chicago - Youth activists from Good Kids Mad City ( GKMC ), No Cop Academy Campaign, March4OurLives Chicago, The VOYCE Project and Assata's Daughters held a press conference to address the recent police shooting of Maurice Granton Jr. as well as the gun violence that occurs across Chicago June 11 near Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at City Hall. Joanna Barnado ( Maurice's ...


Country-music-stars-send-love-and-support-to-LGBTQ-community

Country music stars send love and support to LGBTQ community - From a GLAAD press release - New York, NY — June 8, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today applauded country legend Vince Gill for a surprise appearance at the 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville at the Wildhorse Saloon last night. The event was co-hosted by Ty Herndon and Cody Alan, with appearances and performances by Terri Clark, Billy ...


Masterpiece-case-used-by-AZ-court-to-reject-anti-LGBTQ-discrimination

Masterpiece case used by AZ court to reject anti-LGBTQ discrimination - From news releases - From a NCLR news release: PHOENIX—The Arizona Court of Appeals today correctly relied on this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission to reject anti-LGBTQ discrimination by a business that designs and sells wedding invitations in Brush & Nib Studio, LC v. City of Phoenix. National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Legal ...


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Rich Madaleno campaign ad with same-sex kiss aired on Fox & Friends - From a LGBTQ Victory Fund news release - Washington, DC — A new campaign ad for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno — which focuses on his record of progressive accomplishments for the state — ends with him kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the front lawn of his home. To our knowledge, it is the first political ad in American history to feature a kiss between a candidate ...


Legislation-introduced-affirming-US-commitment-to-international-LGBTI-rights

Legislation introduced affirming U.S. commitment to international LGBTI rights - From a news release - Washington ( June 7, 2018 ) — Seeking to build on the United States' fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex ( LGBTI ) equality to be a foreign policy priority both at home and abroad, Senator Edward J. Markey ( D-Mass. ) and Congressman Alan Lowenthal ( CA-47 ) have introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act of ...


Survivors-Community-Rally-for-Action-Two-Years-After-Orlando-Attack

Survivors, Community Rally for Action Two Years After Orlando Attack - From a news release - Orlando, FL - Pulse and Parkland survivors will join with grassroots organizations, community and faith leaders, and Orlando March For Our Lives students to demand action from political leaders to end the epidemic of gun violence, reject NRA influence, and address the forgotten needs of the community two years after a horrific mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub on Latin ...


Experts-interpret-Masterpiece-Supreme-Court-decision

Experts interpret 'Masterpiece' Supreme Court decision - Posted June 4 - In a what one legal activist characterized as "dangerous encouragement to those who would deny civil rights to LGBT people," the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7 to 2 Monday (June 4) in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples the same as he sells to male-female couples. The much-anticipated decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop ...


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Bisexual candidate advances in Congressional race, will face anti-LGBTQ incumbent - From a news release - Washington, DC — Openly bisexual Congressional candidate Katie Hill ( CA-25 ) won enough votes to secure a spot on the November ballot, and will face anti-LGBTQ incumbent Steve Knight in the general election. With a win in November, Hill will become the first openly LGBTQ Congresswoman from California and just the second openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. ...


Bermuda-court-rejects-gay-marriage-ban

Bermuda court rejects gay-marriage ban - The Bermuda Supreme Court, on June 6, ruled that a statute rescinding marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional, according to a Daily Beast item. Chief Justice Ian Kawaley said that the Domestic Partnership Act was "inconsistent with provisions in the Constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed." Last December, Parliament passed the Act—becoming the first ...


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WORLD Nike controversy, gay Polish mayor, largest Pride in world - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nike has caused controversy by using a pink triangle—most infamously used to mark gay men during the Holocaust—on its recent Pride collection, PinkNews reported. In May, the athletics brand launched its annual Pride collection. According to the release, this year's collection features "colours and symbols that have been reclaimed and historically repurposed by the LGBTQ community." Nike's BETRUE collection was ...


NATIONAL-Chelsea-Manning-lawsuit-Amp-Your-Voice-trans-model

NATIONAL Chelsea Manning, lawsuit, 'Amp Your Voice,' trans model - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chelsea Manning—the transgender soldier and activist who gained attention after being convicted of leaking classified government and military documents to the website WikiLeaks—tweeted that she is "safe" after a now-deleted photo of a person standing on a ledge with the words "I'm sorry" caused concern online, CBS News reported. ( It was unclear if Manning was the person in the ...


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Equality Illinois brunch ushers in Pride Month - Victory Fund CEO and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner were among those on hand June 3 as the LGBT advocacy Equality Illinois kicked off June with its annual Pride Brunch at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. Numerous community members, elected and appointed officials and political candidates were on hand for the ...


Two-new-Title-VII-cases-now-before-Supreme-Court

Two new Title VII cases now before Supreme Court - Two new LGBT-related civil rights cases are at the U.S. Supreme Court, both attempting to reverse important victories won before two different federal circuit courts of appeal. On Friday, June 1, attorneys representing a New York parachuting business filed an appeal to the high court, seeking reversal of a decision in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The Second ...


Threats-to-marriage-equality-threaten-security-of-children-

Threats to marriage equality threaten security of children - From a Movement Advancement Project press release - ( Boulder, CO, June 4, 2018 )—As the three-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges nears, two more states have passed legislation allowing taxpayer-funded child welfare organizations to discriminate against prospective families. A new report shows that these state laws are just the tip of the iceberg, and outlines how stigma, discrimination, and systematic ...


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Illinois civil rights laws remain in force after Supreme Court ruling, EI calls for vigilance - From a news release - CHICAGO—In a 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to vociferously defend the rights of LGBTQ Americans to be free from discrimination when participating in public commerce. The decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was issued in favor of the baker, focusing on the manner in which the Colorado Civil Rights Commission adjudicated the matter, ...


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Illinois groups respond to Masterpiece Cake SCOTUS decision - Video below - ACLU of Illinois, Lambda Legal-Midwest Regional Office, Equality Illinois ( EI ), AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Indivisible Chicago, Women's March Illinois and the Transformative Justice Law Project held a rally June 4 at Federal Plaza following the U.S. Supreme Court's 7-2 narrow ruling in favor of the Christian bakers in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights ...


LGBT-education-bill-vote-pushed-back-to-fall-2018-in-House

LGBT education bill vote pushed back to fall 2018 in House - Legislation that would have specified the inclusion of LGBT-history instruction in Illinois classrooms will not be voted on until at least this fall. The spring session ended May 31 without the House voting on the bill, which passed the state Senate 34-18 in May. "While there is much to celebrate, we leave the spring session disappointed that the Inclusive Curriculum ...


Mayor-issues-Pride-proclamation

Mayor issues Pride proclamation - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently issued his annual Pride Month Proclamation. The proclamation reads: WHEREAS, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities of Chicagoland are an integral part of the vibrant culture and climate of Chicagoland; and WHEREAS, the diverse LGBTQ community continues to contribute to widespread academic, economic, artistic and social spheres within and around our greater ...


Right-Side-of-History-event-June-10

'Right Side of History' event June 10 - "The Right Side of History? LGBTQ+ Rights Worldwide" will take place Sunday, June 10, at Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., 2-3:30 p.m. Attendees will explore the history, early battles, defeats and victories in the struggle to achieve equality. People will also learn what they can do to stand in solidarity to defend human rights for ...


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Lesbian appointed as associate judge - Stephanie Miller—who, in early 2017, was appointed to fill a 6th Cook County Subcircuit judge's vacancy, but did not retain the seat in the March 20, 2018 primary—has been appointed a Cook County associate judge by the Illinois Supreme Court. The administrative office of the Illinois Courts made the announcement May 21. Miller, who is a lesbian, was previously an ...


Illinois-becomes-the-37th-state-to-ratify-the-ERA

Illinois becomes the 37th state to ratify the ERA - From news releases - SPRINGFIELD — Following a 72-45 vote in the House, Illinois approved a measure sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans ( D-Chicago ) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "This is a historic day for women across the country," Steans said. "I am thrilled that members of the House joined the Senate in standing up for women's ...


Elton-John-to-give-landmark-lecture-on-HIV-in-remembrance-of-Princess-Diana

Elton John to give landmark lecture on HIV in remembrance of Princess Diana - From a news release - NEW YORK ( May 29, 2018 ) — The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV, on June 8th, 2018 in London. The lecture was launched by United Kingdom's National AIDS Trust ( NAT ...


Third-Week-of-Protests-Challenge-War-Economy-Gun-Violence-at-Illinois-Capitol

Third Week of Protests Challenge War Economy, Gun Violence at Illinois Capitol - From a news release - SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS — For the third consecutive week, poor people, clergy and advocates will return to the Illinois statehouse, as their historic reignition of the Poor People's Campaign turns the focus of its protests to one of the 1968 movement's main themes: militarism. Tuesday's protest comes days after President Trump bragged to North Korea about the United States' "massive and ...


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NATIONAL Grimm win, conversion therapy, Gallup, gay bar news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, has sided with Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager from Gloucester County whose battle to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity sparked a national dialogue about transgender rights, WAVY.com reported. U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss Grimm's civil-rights lawsuit, maintaining that Title ...


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Equality Illinois Pride Brunch to honor two LGBTQ advocates - From a news release - CHICAGO—Two Illinois activists are 2018 Equality Illinois Community Pride Honorees for their strong, ongoing leadership on LGBTQ issues, Equality Illinois announced Friday. Nicole Bashor, who spearheads support for political candidates in Illinois who back pro-LGBTQ policies, and SaÚl Aviña Jr., who has spent a decade working on HIV treatment and prevention programs, will be recognized at the Equality Illinois Pride ...


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WORLD World Cup, model murdered, Princess Diana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer football fans have been "strongly" warned to not "publicly display sexuality" at the Russian World Cup, PinkNews reported. LGBT+ fans should not hold hands or be affectionate towards their partner in public to ensure their safety, say the Football Supporters' Federation. Trans fans are also advised to find someone to attend the toilet with them, or to go to ...


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Steans works to reduce backlog of discrimination claims - From a news release - SPRINGFIELD — To expedite discrimination case decisions and clear the backlog of claims, the Senate recently approved State Senator Heather Steans' ( D-Chicago ) measure to restructure the Human Rights Commission. "The Human Rights Commission is an important avenue for individuals who have been discriminated against or harassed to resolve their complaints," Steans said. "Due to the current structure and ...


Federal-Court-Rules-for-Pennsylvania-School-Districts-Trans-Inclusive-Policy

Federal Court Rules for Pennsylvania School District's Trans-Inclusive Policy - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's unanimous decision upholding Boyertown Area School District's LGBTQ-inclusive school policy. "As the Trump-Pence Administration and anti-equality activists continue to ...


State-rep-alleges-retaliations-from-Madigans-allies

State rep alleges retaliations from Madigan's allies - Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago )—who, this past winter, spoke publicly about sexual-harassment allegations in House Speaker Michael Madigan's political operations—is saying that she and her part-time employer have been dealing with retaliation efforts from Madigan's allies. Cassidy, who is lesbian, said May 21 in a Chicago Sun-Times article that she quit her position with the Cook County ...


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LGBT victories in Tuesday's voting - There was big news out of Texas Tuesday night. Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas in a run-off primary Tuesday night, becoming the first openly LGBT person —and the first Latina— to win a major party nomination for governor in the state. Valdez's win, with 52 percent of the vote, overshadowed three other important LGBT victories ...


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HRC, Lawyers' Committee seek investigation of anti-transgender Incident in California - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation's premier racial justice organizations, released a letter requesting that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra conduct a thorough review and investigation into a recent anti-transgender incident ...


Trump-Pence-Administration-Proposes-Nationwide-Gag-Rule-on-Abortion-Referrals

Trump-Pence Administration Proposes Nationwide Gag Rule on Abortion Referrals - From a news release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, the Trump-Pence administration released a nationwide gag rule, marking a radical departure from how health care has operated in the United States up until this point. The proposed rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services tonight but not yet posted to the Federal Register, would do three main things: 1. Make it illegal ...


City-Club-of-Chicago-plans-Chicago-and-Its-LGBTQ-Community-Jun-19

City Club of Chicago plans "Chicago and Its LGBTQ Community" Jun 19 - From a news release - The City Club of Chicago will host a "Chicago and Its LGBTQ Community" panel on Jun 19. The event will be moderated by Brian Johnson with speakers Tracy Baim, Kim Hunt, David Munar and Reyna Ortiz. Speakers: Tracy Baim Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Times, a weekly LGBTQ newspaper which she co-founded in 1985. ...


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Ramirez-Rosa blasts Latino Caucus expulsion - Openly gay Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) has denounced a May 23 decision to expel him made by the City Council's Latino Caucus. The expulsion comes the same day as a City Council meeting brought to an abrupt halt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after heated arguments about a $95 million police academy that Ramirez-Rosa opposes. Caucus leader Ald. ...


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NATIONAL Black queer pol, anti-trans action, Laura Aguilar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Malcolm Kenyatta made history recently in the face of anti-gay attacks during the wee hours of his campaign, IntoMore.com reported. The 27-year-old won the primary for Pennsylvania's 181st District, making him the first queer man of color to receive the Democratic nomination in the Philadelphia district. Kenyatta faced off against Alex Deering, who is also Black and gay, in the ...


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WORLD Gay artist, Pope Francis, OutRight gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Reuters item profiled South African gay artist Nakhane. He has reportedly undergone many obstacles, including getting death threats for playing a man in a same-sex relationship in the movie, The Wound. It was only five years ago that Nakhane, 30, was able to accept his sexuality; homeless and broke, the up-and-coming South African actor and singer had just released ...


Federal-Court-Backs-Gavin-Grimm-Affirming-Federal-Law-Protects-Transgender-Students

Federal Court Backs Gavin Grimm, Affirming Federal Law Protects Transgender Students - From news releases - From ACLU: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A federal court today denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss a case brought by former student Gavin Grimm, holding that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being excluded from the common restrooms that align with their gender identity. The court directed the parties to schedule a settlement conference ...


Grauer-to-leave-A-Wider-Bridge

Grauer to leave A Wider Bridge - Laurie Grauer announced May 16 that she was leaving her position as Midwest Manager of the LGBT Israel advocacy organization A Wider Bridge ( AWB ). In 2017, Grauer and others were asked to leave the Dyke March when they carried a rainbow flag with a Star of David upon it. A weeks-long controversy subsequently ensued. Grauer had been with ...


Trump-Administration-Plans-to-Dismantle-Federal-Family-Planning-Program

Trump Administration Plans to Dismantle Federal Family Planning Program - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The White House is expected to announce plans to gut Title X, the nation's family planning program that provides birth control and other basic preventive services to 4 million patients each year. According to reporting, the administration will move to block patients from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive care at specialized reproductive health ...


CDC-will-roll-back-data-collection-on-the-health-of-LGBT-people

CDC will roll back data collection on the health of LGBT people - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) official disclosed that the agency will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of LGBT people through the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System ( BRFSS ). "The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs ...


-Sen-Pat-Spearman-Look-out-Washington-Im-on-my-way

Sen. Pat Spearman: 'Look out Washington; I'm on my way' - Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman plays the drums backward because her band director in high school told her he wouldn't let her transfer to the drum section because "girls don't play drums." "Girls don't play drums; you play the clarinet. So I decided to teach myself how to play—and I taught myself how to play shop set." Now, the pioneering ...


-Illinois-LGBTQ-leaders-part-of-internship-program

Illinois LGBTQ leaders part of internship program - Victory Institute announced the 12 young LGBTQ leaders it selected for the 2018 class of the Victory Congressional Internship program. Three individuals from Illinois are among the interns. They are: —Donna Gary, from Chicago ( New York University ): Gary has been placed with U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. —Sydney Mudd, from Gurnee ( Georgia Institute of Technology ): Mudd has ...


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Lightfoot speaks with local LGBT leaders - Just one day after officially announcing that she was joining the crowded field of candidates who will be challenging incumbent Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, attorney and former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot met with members of the LGBT community at a May 11 presentation at the downtown offices of the Locke Lord. After ...


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ELECTIONS 2019 CHICAGO Mayoral candidate Lightfoot on LGBT issues, police board work - Lori Lightfoot, an attorney and former federal prosecutor who for three years headed up the Chicago Police Board, announced her candidacy challenging incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel on May 10. Should Lightfoot win, she'd be both Chicago's first female Black mayor as well as the city's first openly gay one. Lightfoot faces many challenges should she run. She said at a ...


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LGBTQ State Legislative Candidates Win in Pennsylvania; Primary Victories Elsewhere - From news releases - From The Human Rights Campaign: PHILADELPHIA — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates Senator Bob Casey, Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-2), Dwight Evans (PA-3), Matt Cartwright (PA-8), and Michael Doyle (PA-18), and Chrissy Houlahan. "HRC was proud to ...


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Anti-LGBTQ Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer appionted to Commission on Internat'l Religious Freedom - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the Trump-Pence Administration's appointment of Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. "Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer have devoted their careers to limiting the legal rights ...


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Unprecedented 7 LGBT candidates for governor - Only in recent years, the LGBT community has been able to support one or two openly LGBT candidate for governor. In 2014, it was two —Mike Michaud in Maine and Heather Mizeur in Maryland; they lost. In 2016, it was one—Kate Brown in Oregon; she won. There are currently seven competing in primaries around the country, including an actor in ...


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WORLD Mariela Castro, HIV news, Greek legislation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, has said she will push for same-sex marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July, NBC News noted. Castro—who made the announcement at a press conference kicking off a week of events leading up to Havana's annual march against homophobia and ...


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NATIONAL Election news, Pulse Nightclub, drag queen attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ohio state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio won the Democratic primary election on Nay 8 and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November, a Victory Fund press release touted. Antonio, a Victory Fund Spotlight candidate, defeated an anti-LGBTQ challenger who authored an anti-trans amendment to Cleveland's non-discrimination ordinance when a city council member. Of ...


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Obama-era guidance protecting safety of transgender prisoners now rolled back - From news releases - From the Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to news that the Trump-Pence Administration has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to use "biological sex" in determining how transgender prisoners are assigned housing, putting them at significant risk ...


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Stephanie Sandberg new Executive Director of LPAC, LGBTQ women's political group - From a news release, video below - WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2018……….LPAC, the country's only political action committee empowering and engaging LGBTQ women politically, today announced that Stephanie Sandberg has taken the helm as Executive Director, as the organization completes its 6thyear of operation, launches its political program for the 2018 midterm election endorsements and prepares for its largest fundraiser, Levity and Justicefor ALL, in New York ...


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Lightfoot formally announces mayoral candidacy - "Inclusion and equity" were key words echoed throughout Lori Lightfoot's announcement for her mayoral candidacy. Joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and daughter Vivian, Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, held a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E Wacker, and in doing so, became the first Black, openly lesbian candidate for the mayor's office in Chicago's history. Recent ...


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ELECTIONS 2018 Morrison officially wins, gears up for Pride Month campaign event - Openly gay community organizer Kevin B. Morrison will face off against incumbent Republican 15th District Cook County Board Commissioner Timothy Schneider in the general election on Nov. 6. Schneider, an ally of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, is currently serving his third term in office and is chairing Illinois' Republican Party. This comes after a protracted dispute over the March 20 ...


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European activist in town May 12-14 - European LGBTQ-rights activist Kevin Ovenden will be in Chicago May 12-14 for two appearances. On Saturday, May 12, Ovenden will speak at "The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left's Responses" at 2:30 p.m. at the Logan Square Chicago Public Library, 3030 W. Fullerton Ave. Open University of the Left is the lead sponsor of this event. ...


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CSGS LGBTQ talk series concludes May 17 - The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) will hold its LGBTQ speaker series through May. All events will take place at 5733 S. University Ave. The series concludes Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. The speaker will be University of Maryland Associate Professor of American Studies Christina Hanhardt, who has written Safe ...







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