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Indiana-Wisconsin-couples-rally-before-marriage-hearing

Indiana, Wisconsin couples rally before marriage hearing - Coming from Indiana and Wisconsin, marriage equality supporters rallied at Federal Plaza Aug. 25 in anticipation of a major hearing on marriage equality before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals the following day. See photos and first-day coverage of the rally at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Couples-rally-in-Chicago-on-eve-of-marriage-hearing/48753.html . and coverage of the hearings at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/7th-Circuit-hears-arguments-for-Indiana-Wisconsin-equal-marriage-/48760.html . ...


Toon-commemorates-Sotomayor-birthday

Toon commemorates Sotomayor birthday - This 1990 political cartoon by the late Danny Sotomayor commemorates his birthday. ( The artist/activist was born Aug. 30, 1958, and passed away Feb. 5, 1992. His partner, playwright Scott McPherson, died later that same year. ) Image courtesy of Lori Cannon ...


Frederick-Collins-on-running-for-mayor

Frederick Collins on running for mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 6, Frederick Collins officially announced his candidacy for the Chicago mayoral race at the Mckenzie Mission Church in the South Shore neighborhood. Collins is the third person to challenge current Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 mayoral election. Since he was 17, Collins has been involved in politics. He worked for both Wallace Davis' and Rickey Hendon's ...


Luxembourg-PM-to-wed-Miss-Spain-comes-out-Berlin-mayor-quits

Luxembourg PM to wed; Miss Spain comes out; Berlin mayor quits - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel could be among the first to benefit from new marriage-equality laws after he announced he and his long-term partner will tie the knot, according to Wort.lu. Bettel, 41, told the L.A. Times of partner Gauthier Destenay, "He asked me and I said 'yes.'" Bettel, who has lived with his Belgian architect partner since 2010 in ...


GLSEN-initiative-Cincinnatis-trans-policy-

GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative, according to a press release. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through Sept. 29. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days that began Aug. ...


Protesters-gather-outside-Cappleman-election-kickoff

Protesters gather outside Cappleman election kickoff - \Members of North Side Action for Justice and Gay Liberation Network were among about 35 people picketing Aug. 24 in front of Ald. James Cappleman's office, 4660 N. Broadway, as the alderman welcomed supporters for an event launching his bid for re-election. The protestors crowded the sidewalk in front of the office as Cappleman's guests arrived; his staffers flanked each ...


Sept-7-Victory-Fund-event-to-feature-Houstons-mayor

Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


Pedro-Zamoras-honor-NJ-trans-students-troubles

Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness, according to Business Wire. At age 22, the openly gay and HIV-positive Zamora appeared on MTV's The Real World 3: San Francisco ( 1994 ). Officials ...


Pride-Toronto-ED-resigning-Kenyas-anti-gay-bill

Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Effective Aug. 31, Kevin Beaulieu is resigning as executive director of Pride Toronto, according to an Interpride press release. During his time at Pride Toronto, Beaulieu oversaw the most successful Pride festival in Canada's history. WorldPride 2014 Toronto was a 10-day festival that drew record attendance, hosted almost 250 affiliate events across the city and featured 575 days of programming ...


Israel-LGBTQ-leaders-discuss-history-state-of-movement

Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement - On Aug. 12, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar granted same-sex spouses of Jews the right to citizenship under the country's Law of Return—originally passed in 1950 providing Jews all over the world with the legal ability to settle in Israel. The Times of Israel reported that Sa'ar issued a statement saying "The gates of Israel will from now on be ...


Dozens-of-LGBT-groups-sign-Brown-letter

Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter - Dozens of the nation's LGBT-advocacy organizations joined an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a press release. Part of the letter reads, "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) community cannot be silent ...


Tunney-posts-survey-about-Pride-Parade-location-change

Tunney posts survey about Pride Parade location change - Ald. Tom Tunney's office has released a survey asking whether the Pride Parade should be moved downtown. "Each year, City departments meet to recap what went well and what can be improved upon after each Pride Parade," Tunney wrote in a Facebook posting Aug. 15. "I have created a Pride Parade survey to hear from you as we continue to ...


Election-surprises-Clementi-foundation-news-Manning

Election surprises; Clementi foundation news; Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a stunner, gay-friendly Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost—badly—in a Democratic primary, according to a Newser.com item. Abercrombie had name recognition, history, a 10-to-1 spending advantage and President Obama's endorsement—and still lost 67 percent to 32 percent to state Sen. David Ige. Abercrombie became the state's first incumbent governor to fall in a primary, and only the second to fail ...


Houston-Mayor-Parker-at-Sept-7-Victory-Fund-Chicago-event

Houston Mayor Parker at Sept. 7 Victory Fund Chicago event - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


Uganda-Pride-Billie-Jean-King-Elton-John-hosting-tourney-

Uganda Pride; Billie Jean King, Elton John hosting tourney - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of Ugandan LGBT people and their supporters held a gay-pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe, according to USA Today. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated a publicly criticized anti-gay law. Many marchers wore masks, signaling they did not want to be publicly identified in a country where homosexuals ...


National-Frank-slams-Obama-first-responders-back-marriage-

National: Frank slams Obama; first responders back marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told The Huffington Post that President Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan. "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled—I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank said. "But ...


Dennis-Sneyers-announces-run-for-mayor-of-Chicago

Dennis Sneyers announces run for mayor of Chicago - When David Cicilline was elected mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, in November 2002, he became the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital. The day after his landslide victory, he told the Providence Journal that his sexual orientation played no role in his campaign, rather his focus was upon the issues. Almost 12 years later, the sentiment seemed ...


LGBT-orgs-plan-anti-Rauner-push-during-Market-Days

LGBT orgs plan anti-Rauner push during Market Days - Equality Illinois and other LGBT organizations announced Aug. 4 that during Market Days they would be continuing their effort to call attention to what they call GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's anti-gay activities and social conservative agenda. Among the efforts planned for the two-day festival, which takes place on Halsted Street Aug. 9-10, are flyers, voter registration booths and a ...


ALMA-extremely-disappointed-in-House-anti-immigrant-crusade

ALMA 'extremely disappointed' in House anti-immigrant crusade - From a press release - Chicago-based Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) said it is extremely disappointed in the House of Representatives' latest anti-immigrant crusade. Whereas the state of Illinois has worked to become an inclusive and safe place for immigrants and members of the LGBT communities, "we are especially outraged with the members of the Illinois congressional delegation who voted for these ...


Ryan-Whites-moms-campaign-HIV-removed-from-human-cells

Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeanne White-Ginder—mother of the late Ryan White, the Kokomo, Indiana, teenager who died from AIDS-related complications nearly 25 years ago—was in Washington, D.C., July 30 to remind Congress of the importance of funding the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, according to a press release. White-Ginder went to Washington on behalf of The AIDS Institute. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides medical ...


Obama-urged-to-reconsider-pacts-a-killing-in-Crimea

Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Almost a dozen of U.S. senators want President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws, according to Gay Star News. Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders Aug. 4-6 during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. Ahead of this summit, 10 senators have penned a letter to the ...


Skateboardings-Tony-Hawk-joins-Americans-for-Marriage-Equality-

Skateboarding's Tony Hawk joins Americans for Marriage Equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a video ad ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5GjuKr—0&feature=youtu.be ) featuring professional skateboarder and CEO Tony Hawk. In the video, Hawk states, "We all deserve to follow our hearts, and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right." The video can be viewed online at americansformarriageequality.org. Past ...


Housing-activists-rally-to-support-SRO-resolution

Housing activists rally to support SRO resolution - Shortly before the Chicago City Council on July 30 approved, without discussion, a resolution temporarily banning the conversion and demolition of Single Room Occupancy ( SRO ) buildings, activists, housing advocates and city officials gathered outside the Council's chambers to lend their support to the measure and call attention to the need for more affordable housing in the city. The ...


Sneyers-prepares-for-15-mayoral-challenge

Sneyers prepares for '15 mayoral challenge - 2015 ELECTIONS - Dennis Sneyers said that he has been tempted to run for public office since he was a kid, but not for an office as big as the one he'll be vying for soon. "I always thought that some day I might run for Congress or something like that," Sneyers said. "I never thought that I would decide to run for ...


Live-The-Wage-Challenge-issued-to-Congress-Try-living-it

'Live The Wage Challenge' issued to Congress: Try living it - From a press release - Washington DC — Marking five years since the last federal minimum wage increase, paycheck fairness advocates today issued the 'Live The Wage Challenge' to Congress: Step into the shoes of a minimum wage worker and live for one week on just $77. Earning just $7.25 an hour, the average full time minimum wage worker struggles to survive on just $77 ...


Bill-T-Jones-among-Obama-honorees-

Bill T. Jones among Obama honorees - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday afternoon, July 28, 2014, President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. Among the honorees is openly gay dance legend Bill T. Jones. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the ...


Rob-Ford-says-hes-not-anti-gay-Glee-trouble-in-UK

Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he not homophobic, according to CBC.ca. There is an ongoing debate over whether Ford is anti-gay after he chose to sit during a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers and he was the lone vote against a study of homeless shelter space for LGBT youth. Doug Ford, the Rob's brother and campaign manager, said the sit-down ...


Obama-signs-order-protecting-federal-employees-from-bias

Obama signs order protecting federal employees from bias - WASHINGTON, DC—In a brief ceremony in the East Room of the White House, with a scattering of "Amens" from the 300 or so LGBT activists gathered, President Obama this morning (July 21) signed an executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which ...


World-news-Conchita-Wurst-models-Ian-Thorpe-comes-out

World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


Black-LGBT-trailblazers-Maddow-talks-Perry-ENDA-debate

Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ebony Magazine has released its list of the top 10 Black LGBT trailblazers on the rise. They include actress Laverne Cox; WNBA player Brittney Griner; advocate Janet Mock; writer/filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler; violinist/mezzo-soprano Tona Brown; activist Tiq Milan; musician Siya; pro football player Michael Sam; singer Big Freedia; and educator/ex-NBA player Wade Davis. Amid all of the mistakes that ...


Equality-Illinois-calls-on-Rauner-to-return-DeVos-contributions

Equality Illinois calls on Rauner to return DeVos contributions - Equality Illinois has called on GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to return $13,000 in contributions made last week by the DeVos family who are prominent contributors to many conservative causes. Among their past contributions was a $500,000 pledge to the National Organization for Marriage. Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, told Chicago Sun-Times that, "What we see Rauner trying to ...


PASSAGES-Former-US-Sen-Alan-Dixon-dies

PASSAGES: Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon dies - Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died July 6 at his home in downstate Fairview Heights. He was 86. Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life. Last ...


NGLTF-withdraws-support-of-ENDA

NGLTF withdraws support of ENDA - In an Advocate op-ed, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ( NGLTF ) Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey said the organization has pulled its support of the current version of ENDA. In part, Carey wrote, "After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of ...


Mich-gubernatorial-candidate-Schauer-talks-LGBT-rights

Mich. gubernatorial candidate Schauer talks LGBT rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Michigan, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate has not defeated a Republican incumbent since 1948. So even though the odds aren't exactly in Mark Schauer's favor, the former Congressman and Battle Creek native is not discouraged. CNN Money recently ranked the Great Lake state in the bottom five in terms of economic strength and employment opportunities in the United States, so ...


Tim-Cook-at-Pride-Parade-LGBT-groups-wont-back-ENDA

Tim Cook at Pride Parade; LGBT groups won't back ENDA - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Days after being a CNBC anchor brought up his sexuality, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his support for his company's employees at San Francisco's annual Gay Pride Parade, IBTimes.com reported. The CEO did not march in the parade, but Cook tweeted a photo of approximately 5,000 Apple employees marching with the company's logo. On the CNBC show Squawk on the ...


National-news

National news - From George Chauncey's Gay New York to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, work-related LGBT literature and authors whose books focus on work are being highlighted for LGBT Pride Month as part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America, according to a press release. The Web-based project, http://www.dol.gov/books, aims to engage the public about the Labor ...


Putin-refuses-Elton-John-USAID-Natl-Gay-Chamber-partner

Putin refuses Elton John; USAID, Nat'l Gay Chamber partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Russia President Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation, Gay Star News reported. The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the controversy over the country's law banning the promotion of homosexuality. Even though John had said ...


Obama-announces-ban-on-trans-bias-for-federal-employees

Obama announces ban on trans bias for federal employees - From news releases - WASHINGTON — Tonight at the White House LGBT Pride Reception, President Obama announced he would be issuing an executive order to protect transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination. Once issued, it would expand upon an executive order from President Bill Clinton, which banned workplace discrimination among federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation. See speech here: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/President-Obama-welcomes-Chicagoans-in-Pride-Month-remarks/48112.html . Currently, ...


Gov-Quinn-signs-anti-bullying-bill-

Gov. Quinn signs anti-bullying bill - Gov. Pat Quinn on June 26 signed legislation that installs protections and procedures to help students bullied in Illinois schools. "A child who is bullied is a child who is fearful of learning [and] fearful of coming to school," Quinn said at the signing, which was held at Skinner West Elementary School, 1260 W. Adams St. "We cannot allow bullying ...


Protesters-decry-Rauners-marriage-views

Protesters decry Rauner's marriage views - Politicians, activists and organization leaders were among those who gathered in Lakeview at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe Streets to warn of negative consequences for the LGBT community, and marriage equality, should Bruce Rauner be elected Governor of Illinois this November. A large banner now at the corner shows a picture of Rauner and says, "Bruce Rauner on marriage ...


9-of-12-LGBT-candidates-advance-in-primaries

9 of 12 LGBT candidates advance in primaries - Nine of 12 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday; but, lesbian Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one them. In a six-person race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, Mizeur won 22 percent of the vote, two points behind the state attorney general Doug Gansler, with 24 percent, but well behind Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown with ...


Chicagoans-visit-Dominican-Republic-as-LGBT-rights-advocates-

Chicagoans visit Dominican Republic as LGBT-rights advocates - Tourists who visit Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic can spend their time wandering around the Fortaleza Ozamao—the oldest military castle in the Americas or the equally magnificent Catedral Santa María de la Encarnacíon. They can enjoy spectacular ocean views from the luxurious Malecon Center skyscrapers, find an adventure in the Les Tres Ojos caverns, or travel a couple of ...


LGBT-rights-activists-in-Uganda-Thailand-talk-situation

LGBT-rights activists in Uganda, Thailand talk situation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 17, Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ), held a press call with LGBT activists in Uganda and Thailand to discuss the state of international LGBT rights as well as to examine the United States' future role in the global battle for human rights. Since the anti-homosexuality law in Uganda was introduced to ...


World-news-Developments-in-Uganda-Luxembourg-passes-marriage

World news: Developments in Uganda; Luxembourg passes marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Uganda's government institutions will lose U.S. funding as punishment for enacting a law that makes some same-sex acts punishable by life in prison. In addition, the White House said Thursday that Washington will cancel a planned military exercise with Uganda and deny entry to certain Ugandan citizens, including those "involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals." However, ...


-States-Attorney-hosts-LGBT-pride-event

State's Attorney hosts LGBT pride event - Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez hosted her 5th annual LGBT pride celebration and awards June 18 at Center on Halsted. Honorees were Officer Jose Rios, activist Dalila Fridi and Chef Art Smith ( who could not attend, so his husband Jesus Salgueiro accepted ). Smith received the Vernita Gray Lifetime Achievement Award. Vernita Gray's widow Pat Ewert and her ...


Remarks-by-President-Obama-at-DNC-LGBT-Gala

Remarks by President Obama at DNC LGBT Gala - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary - Gotham Hall, New York, New York, June 17, 2014, 7:36 p.m. THE PRESIDENT: Edith, Robbie, thanks for the wonderfully brief introduction. ( Laughter. ) I mean that sincerely. The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America, a clear victory for human decency and equality and justice and freedom. So ...


Phelps-relative-poses-for-NOH8-gay-groups-back-Crist

Phelps relative poses for NOH8; gay groups back Crist - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Libby Phelps, granddaughter of the late Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, has posed for the NOH8 campaign, according to Frontiers LA. Phelps left the notorious church in 2009, and has joined a number of other ex-members in condemning the organization. Lauren Drain, another former member, also posed for the NOH8 campaign last year, but Libby Phelps is the first ...


LGBT-groups-band-against-ENDAs-religious-exemption

LGBT groups band against ENDA's religious exemption - Growing numbers of national and statewide LGBT organizations are coming out against the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act ( ENDA ), saying that while it bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the federal law also would allow religious organizations to discriminate against LGBTs even in non-ministerial or non-pastoral capacities. Advocates for LGBT equality maintain the ...


Internatl-defense-act-Canadas-gay-premier-Mr-World

Internat'l defense act; Canada's gay premier; Mr. World - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Sen. Ed Markey introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act to direct the Department of State to consider preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign-policy priority, according to MassLive.com. In addition to setting LGBT rights as an international policy priority, the bill would also require the State Department to devise a global strategy ...


-Trans-GOP-candidate-prevails-in-Nevada

Trans GOP candidate prevails in Nevada - An openly transgender woman claimed the Republican nomination in her bid to represent Nevada in the state legislature, The Washington Blade reported. Lauren Scott, who's transgender and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, won the Republican primary election for Nevada Assembly District 30 in a contest against Adam Khan by taking 58 percent of the vote. The district—which includes ...


Canada-gets-first-openly-gay-premier

Canada gets first openly gay premier - The Ontario Liberals won a majority June 12, making Kathleen Wynne the province's first elected female premier and Canada's first elected openly gay premier. MetroNews.ca noted that this win is the Liberals' fourth consecutive win and was accomplished despite multiple accusations of corruption the entire campaign. Wynne first concern is to pass her $130-billion, left-leaning spring budget, The Toronto Star ...


Reps-say-theyll-be-mindful-of-exemption

Reps say they'll be mindful of exemption - Two U.S. Representatives from Illinois said that activists and politicians would have to be vigilant about making sure that provisions within the Employment Non-Discrimination Act don't undercut the bill's effectiveness in stopping hiring- and on-the-job-discrimination. Activists have in recent weeks been concerned that the so-called "religious exemption" in the ENDA bill is far too broad, and would give churches and ...


NEIU-protests-over-Walesa-building-continue

NEIU protests over Walesa building continue - Activists, students and other members of the Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU ) community are continuing actions aimed at having the name of a campus building named after former Polish president and labor leader Lech Walesa changed. About 30 protestors congregated on the NEIU campus June 11, according to organizer and student Mike Lackovich, shortly before the university's board of ...


Senate-Support-bill-to-create-top-diplomat-on-LGBT-issues

Senate: Support bill to create top diplomat on LGBT issues - From a press release - ( New York — June 13, 2014 ) The Senate should move quickly to support the International Human Rights Defense Act ( S.2472 ), introduced by Senator Ed Markey ( D-MA ), said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today. The bill, which has 24 initial co-sponsors, establishes a dedicated high-level post at the U.S. ...


Hillary-Clinton-speaks-on-LGBT-women-immigrant-rights-

Hillary Clinton speaks on LGBT, women, immigrant rights - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly asserted her support for LGBTQ rights during a June 11 visit to Chicago—the first public event in a tour promoting her memoir Hard Choices. Clinton was interviewed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel who asked her about her December 2011 speech in Geneva during which she said "Gay rights are human rights and human rights ...


Natl-LGBT-groups-demand-US-stop-negotiating-TPP-with-Brunei

Nat'l LGBT groups demand US stop negotiating TPP with Brunei - From a Pride at Work press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, several prominent national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) equality organizations released a joint letter to President Obama demanding that the US cease further negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) free trade agreement with Brunei after that country enacted a strict new penal code that targets women, LGBT people, and religious minorities. ...


Suit-maintains-Rutherford-acted-as-mob-boss

Suit maintains Rutherford acted as "mob boss" - A former State Treasurer's Office employee on June 12 re-filed a federal lawsuit that maintained he was sexually harassed by State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, this time adding political discrimination and racketeering on behalf of Mitt Romney's presidential to the allegations. At a press conference at Dirksen Federal Courthouse June 12, attorneys for the plaintiff alleged that Rutherford in effect acted ...


119-members-of-Congress-call-for-end-to-talks-with-Brunei

119 members of Congress call for end to talks with Brunei - Lawmakers Want Brunei's Human Rights Violations to be Addressed - From a press release WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan ( D-WI ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( R-FL ), Rosa DeLauro ( D-CT ), Louise Slaughter ( D-NY ), and Henry Waxman ( D-CA ), along with 114 of their House colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman insisting the United ...


HRC-to-Secretary-Kerry-old-Uganda-accountable

HRC to Secretary Kerry: old Uganda accountable - From an HRC press release - Renews calls for Obama Administration to announce new steps following months-long interagency review of U.S. relationship with Uganda WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to directly raise the United States' vehement opposition to Uganda's recent enactment of state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia in his meeting this afternoon with Ugandan Foreign Minister ...


Gay-Republican-wins-out-Latino-mayor-Grindr-attack-arrest

Gay Republican wins; out Latino mayor; Grindr attack arrest - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Voters selected Carl DeMaio as one of the top two candidates in the blanket primary for the right to represent California's 52nd Congressional District, moving DeMaio one step closer to becoming the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress, according to Fox News. The former San Diego city councilman, who lost a bid to become that city's mayor in 2012, ...


Male-tennis-player-hires-French-lesbian-Torontos-welcome-

Male tennis player hires French lesbian; Toronto's welcome - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After spending his youth being coached by his mother, pro Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is turning to another woman to help him defend his Wimbledon title: former top-ranked Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, according to ESPN.com. The tournament at the All England Club starts on June 23. Mauresmo, an out lesbian, won her first at the Australian Open in 2006, and ...


Supreme-Court-Another-month-of-major-moments

Supreme Court: Another month of 'major moments' - Legal activists brace for religious ruling - June is the final month of the U.S. Supreme Court's current session and, while anticipation is not nearly so great this year for the LGBT community as it was last year, there is some concern in the air. Last year, the wait was about marriage: whether the Supreme Court would declare the Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on ...


Pols-speak-of-victories-frustrations-at-Edgewater-breakfast

Pols speak of victories, frustrations at Edgewater breakfast - Out politicans and other supporters of the LGBT community were in attendance at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce's second annual State of Edgewater Breakfast June 6. Among those present at the gathering at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, 5333 N. Sheridan Rd., were state Reps. Greg Harris and Kelly Cassidy; state Sen. Heather Steans; U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Cook County ...


Baldwin-Pocan-on-federal-decision-on-marriage-in-Wisconsin

Baldwin, Pocan on federal decision on marriage in Wisconsin - From a press release - Washington D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the below statement regarding the Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin. "Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is just plain wrong. Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values — it violates our Constitution. And now we can proudly ...


EI-says-pass-ENDA-without-broad-religious-exemption

EI says pass ENDA without broad religious exemption - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — As our work to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans continues, Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest civil rights organization advocating for LGBT Illinoisans, strives to make the protections as broad and as inclusive as possible. With that in mind, Equality Illinois believes the current version of ENDA — the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination ...


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Gareth Thomas in Cinderella; South Africa drops blood ban - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas will tackle a new challenge this Christmas—as he stars in a pantomime of Cinderella, according to Wales Online. Thomas will join fellow cast members Lee Mead, Linda Lusardi, Mike Doyle, Andy Jones and Sam Kane in the show at New Theatre in Cardiff. Thomas, who will star as Dandini, is considered one of ...


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Houston expands pro-LGBT measure; change in HIV statute - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston, Texas, has approved an ordinance expanding anti-bias protections for its LGBT residents, The Washington Post reported. The Houston City Council voted 11 to six in favor of the ordinance May 28 after listening to more than 200 people discuss the measure. Most spoke in favor of it during a public hearing that lasted more than seven hours. Supporters of ...


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'Very personal' battle in Houston could get even more so - In a battle she characterized as "very personal" and "about me," Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of the fourth most populous city in the United States, won a victory last Thursday. She convinced the Houston City Council to establish a law that would prohibit discrimination based on a range of characteristics —including sexual orientation and gender identity—in public and ...


-Advocates-decry-Rauners-marriage-stance

Advocates decry Rauner's marriage stance - Representatives from Equality Illinois, The Civil Rights Agenda and Illinois Unites for Marriage held a press conference June 2 to raise questions on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on same-sex marriage—or lack thereof. At a November Tea Party speaking engagement in Quincy, Illinois, Rauner, who has usually tried to frame himself as a social moderate, said that he would ...


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Harris, Steans, Osterman celebrate marriage equality - State Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans joined 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman June 1 at Kathy Osterman Beach to celebrate the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act at last taking effect in Illinois. "Love won out," said Steans. "A lot changed in a very short amount of time, and that was led, I think, by the very ...


Former-Chicagoan-Karen-Dixon-to-chair-Lambda-Legal-board-

Former Chicagoan Karen Dixon to chair Lambda Legal board - From a press release - ( New York, May 29, 2014 ) - Lambda Legal announced the election of new leaders to serve on its Board of Directors, including John Stafstrom, Chair of the Public Finance Department with Pullman & Comley, LLC; Rachel Goldberg, General Counsel of the Stamford, Connecticut Urban Redevelopment Commission; Kenneth Weissenberg, Tax Partner and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Services Group ...


Obama-issues-LGBT-Pride-Month-proclamation

Obama issues LGBT Pride Month proclamation - Deom The White House - Office of the Press Secretary LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but ...


-Lesbian-named-to-presidents-council

Lesbian named to president's council - Lesbian Caitlin Cahow has been appointed to President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, according to a press release. Cahow was a member of the United States women's national ice-hockey team from 2005 to 2013. In addition, she was captain of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women's Hockey League ( CWHL ), and has served on the CWHL ...


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National: Amazon petitioned on scouts; Log Cabins blast Polis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT youth and adults, allies and local advocates delivered more than 125,000 petition signatures to online retail giant Amazon at the company's headquarters in Seattle, according to GLAAD. Seventeen-year-old Pascal Tessier, one the first openly gay Eagle Scouts, started the petition with Scouts for Equality in support of ousted gay Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath. He is asking Amazon to suspend its ...


Cardinal-praises-Conchita-gay-politician-had-abusive-partner

Cardinal praises Conchita; gay politician had abusive partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: Cardinal praises Eurovision winner; gay politician's abusive lover COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, has praised Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst for winning the European song contest in comments that suggest he is open-minded when it comes to trans issues, Gay Star News reported. "I am glad that Tom Neuwirth had such success ...







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