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Global-HIV-conference-Chinese-ad-DG-found-not-guilty

Global HIV conference; Chinese ad; D&G found not guilty - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HIV Research for Prevention 2014 ( HIV R4P )—the world's only global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention research, including treatment as prevention, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ), vaccines and circumcision—is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 28-31, according to a press release. Among those speaking/attending are Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of ...


Ellens-show-in-Asia-OutGames-campaign-2018-Gay-Games

Ellen's show in Asia; OutGames' campaign; 2018 Gay Games - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The daytime talk show Ellen will take to the airwaves in southeast Asia on Lifetime Asia in same-day telecasts as episodes in the United States, according to Variety. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays on Lifetime at 8 p.m. Hong Kong and Singapore time. It will be available in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, ...


Mexico-protest-Milk-Foundation-in-Hungary-Vatican-shift

Mexico protest; Milk Foundation in Hungary; Vatican shift - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A week after same-sex marriage became legal in Mexico's Coahuila state, about 30,000 people rallied in protest in the capital city of Saltillo, according to SDGLN.com. The march was organized by Casa de Rescate "Cristo Vive" ( House of Rescue "Christ Lives" ), an evangelical group modeled after anti-gay religious groups in the United States. Civil unions have been legal ...


Vatican-takes-different-stance-regarding-gays

Vatican takes different stance regarding gays - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said Oct. 13 that gay people had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples, Reuters reported. The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challenge itself ...


Turkey-gets-its-first-umbrella-LGBTI-organization-

Turkey gets its first umbrella LGBTI organization - From a press release - A new organization, the first in Turkey to ensure LGBTI websites, groups and organizations has been established to fight homophobia and transphobia in the Islamic country that straddles Europe and Asia. In existence since less than two months, the organization was created in order to ensure unity and solidarity among LGBTI groups, LGBTIwebsites and LGBTI organizations, BurÞin BordanacÄ▒ of the ...


Denmarks-anniversary-Judas-Priests-gay-situation

Denmark's anniversary; Judas Priest's gay situation - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, according to a press release from pro-LGBT group AllOut. Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the three ...


World-news-Gay-Times-icons-Russia-court-upholds-LGBT-ban

World news: Gay Times' icons; Russia court upholds LGBT ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK magazine Gay Times has released its list of 30 gay icons, Gay Star News reported. Among the individuals listed are Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bette Midler, Sir Ian McKellen, RuPaul, actor Leslie Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris and Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders. Gay Times published the chart to mark its 30th ...


UN-Human-Rights-Council-votes-to-support-LGBT-rights

UN Human Rights Council votes to support LGBT rights - From a press release - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) today applauded the United Nations' top human rights body for approving a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it an important step forward toward progress for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) individuals. "The Human Rights Council ...


IOC-adds-anti-discrimination-clause-to-Olympic-host-city-contract

IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract - From a press release - New York, USA / Paris, France - September 24, 2014. Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract. This important change comes in ...


Tom-Daleys-gig-man-convicted-of-drinking-Baileys

Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out diver Tom Daley recently posed in the autumn/winter collection for the Adidas NEO label, for which he is UK ambassador, according to HeraldScotland.com. The 20-year-old Daley, who is dating screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, had been on two series of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!, mentoring celebrities to brave the board, but he is now focusing his attention on training ...


-US-grants-asylum-for-LGBTI-activist-John-Abdallah-Wambere

U.S. grants asylum for LGBTI activist John Abdallah Wambere - From a press release - Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders client John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere has been granted asylum in the U.S. With escalating attacks against the LGBTI Ugandan community, including John himself, in recent years, culminating in the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act this February, John's identity as a gay man and his advocacy for the LGBTI community made it impossible for him ...


UNs-Free-Equal-Grindr-controversy-Chinese-serial-killer

UN's Free & Equal; Grindr controversy; Chinese serial killer - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Free & Equal—the United Nations Human Rights Office's global public education campaign for LGBT equality—has released "UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising," a video highlighting the campaign's impact to date, according to a press release. The ongoing campaign was launched in July 2013 at a press conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, and featuring then-UN High Commissioner for ...


American-anti-LGBT-groups-promoting-bigotry-abroad

American anti-LGBT groups promoting bigotry abroad - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON —— There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that ...


UN-celebrates-year-of-global-campaign-for-LGBT-equality-

UN celebrates year of global campaign for LGBT equality - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, September 10, 2014 — Today, Free & Equal, the United Nations Human Rights Office's global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) equality, releases "UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising" a video highlighting the campaign's impact to date. To watch the video, click here: https://unfe.org/en/actions/first-year . "In the past year, more ...


-ILGA-2014-World-Conference-in-Mexico-City

ILGA 2014 World Conference in Mexico City - The International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association, the largest international association of its kind defending the rights of LGBTI people, is issuing a last call for registration for its bi-annual World Conference to be held this year in Mexico City Oct. 27-31. ILGA's 27th World Conference, "De-colonizing our bodies," is the second conference to take place in Latin ...


Mr-Gay-World-Bahamas-Pride-shut-down-Tom-of-Finland-stamps

Mr. Gay World; Bahama's Pride shut down; Tom of Finland stamps - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stuart Hatton Jr., the reigning Mr. Gay UK, has been named Mr. Gay World 2014, NewNowNext.com reported. At a ceremony in Rome, the 28-year-old from South Shields beat Cyprus's Kiriakos Spanos, who came in second place, and Ireland's Robert Lowlor, who claimed third. A model and dance teacher at his family's studio, Hatton beat challengers from 32 different countries in ...


Queen-pardons-Turing-trans-womans-death-in-Ireland

Queen pardons Turing; trans woman's death in Ireland - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queen of England has granted a royal pardon for internationally acclaimed British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, PrideSource.com reported. Turing took his own life in 1954 after being convicted two years prior of having consensual sex with a 19-year-old male. The pardon comes a decade after gay activists and straight allies lobbied the British government for a posthumous ...


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 ...


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 ...


Smith-first-UK-male-artist-to-debut-single-1-on-AAA-AC-Pop-

Smith first UK male artist to debut single #1 on AAA, AC, Pop - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD, CA — Sam Smith's record-breaking streak continues, as he becomes the first UK male artist to ever to have his debut single, "Stay With Me," reach #1 at AAA, AC and Pop radio. The gospel-induced soul ballad is being equally adored across seven radio formats in the U.S., and has been certified three times platinum. "Stay With Me" remains ...


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 ...


World-news-South-African-murder-police-apologize-for-raid

World news: South African murder; police apologize for raid - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In South Africa, a self-confessed drug addict admitted in the High Court in Pretoria that he had beaten his gay friend to death with a knobkerrie ( a short stick with a knobbed head ) after losing his temper because of the man's sexual advances, Iol.co.za reported. Juda Joseph Plekenpol, 31, was convicted by Judge Tshifiwa Maumela on charges of ...


Ugandan-court-overturns-anti-homosexuality-law-

Ugandan court overturns anti-homosexuality law - - Gay-rights activists in Uganda and around the world are celebrating a decision by the country's constitutional court to strike down a widely condemned anti-gay law on a legal technicality, The UK Guardian reported. A five-judge panel ruled Aug. 1 that the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote on the measure despite at least three objections that ...


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 ...


SAID-tags-500M-toward-creating-AIDS-free-generation

SAID tags +$500M toward creating AIDS-free generation - From a press release - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - The U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ) announced today three major HIV and AIDS awards, funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( PEPFAR ), to support global efforts to help end extreme poverty by creating an AIDS-free generation. The new programs support implementation of the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation ...


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 ...


Six-of-airliner-fatalities-confirmed-as-AIDS-researchers-activists

Six of airliner fatalities confirmed as AIDS researchers/activists - Six passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine July 17, were confirmed as researchers headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference, which began July 20 in Melbourne, Australia. Two hundred ninety-eight individuals lost their lives in the crash, which has triggered political turmoil between Russia several nations, including the United States Australian media originally reported—and international media ...


Obama-praises-work-of-AIDS-researchers-killed-in-plane-crash

Obama praises work of AIDS researchers killed in plane crash - President Obama on July 18 expressed the nation's regrets over the loss of numerous AIDS researchers and advocates who lost their lives aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine July 17. The comments came just as Obama ended a White House briefing on the crash: "On board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, there were apparently nearly 100 researchers and ...


AIDS-researchers-activists-reportedly-among-crash-fatalities

AIDS researchers, activists reportedly among crash fatalities - About 100 of the 298 killed in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine July 17 were reportedly individuals headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia. Attendees at a pre-conference gathering in Sydney were informed the morning of July 18 that 100 of their colleagues—among them researchers, medical workers and activists—had been killed in the crash, Sydney ...


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 ...


UN-music-video-for-gay-rights-Exceeds-One-Million-Views

UN music video for gay rights Exceeds One Million Views - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, USA — A Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video with a message of gay acceptance has rapidly become one of the most watched UN videos of all time. "The Welcome", released on 30 April 2014 as part of the UN's ongoing Free & Equal campaign, has been watched by more than a million people on the video-sharing site ...


UN-identifies-Malawi-Human-Rights-violations-based-on-orientation

UN identifies Malawi Human Rights violations based on orientation - ( 10 July 2014—Geneva ) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) and the Malawi-based Centre for Development of People ( CEDEP ) on Thursday raised concerns about the criminalization of same-sex adult sexual acts in that country, as the United Nations Human Rights Committee ended its dialogue with the Malawian government about its human rights ...


UN-committee-Chile-see-gaps-in-trans-intersex-protection-

UN committee, Chile see gaps in trans, intersex protection - From a press release - ( Geneva—8 July 2014 ) The United Nations Human Rights Committee ended its dialogue with the Chilean government today about the country's fulfillment of its human rights obligations in areas related to civil rights, political participation, and judicial guarantees. The committee, which monitors implementation of the key human rights convention on civil and political rights, spent one and a half ...


Gay-team-makes-history-Laverne-Cox-tops-world-list

Gay team makes history; Laverne Cox tops world list - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia's first gay rugby union team ( the Sydney Convicts ) made history July 6 when it become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match, according to a press release. The Convicts beat Macquarie University ahead of the game between the NSW Waratahs ( AUS ) and the Highlanders ( NZ ...


Study-Children-of-same-sex-parents-are-healthier

Study: Children of same-sex parents are healthier - In Australia, a University of Melbourne study shows that children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, CNBC reported. The research was based on data from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, which involved input from 315 same-sex parents ( out of 390 ) and a total of 500 children. Of these participating families, 80 ...


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 ...


White-House-Forum-on-Global-LGBT-Human-Rights-pushes-business-

White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights pushes business - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 24, 2016—In a historic announcement, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced a $2.7 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ) and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ( NGLCC ) to encourage and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries. The ...


Puerto-Rico-court-has-first-openly-gay-person

Puerto Rico court has first openly gay person - Lesbian attorney Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has become the first openly gay person on Puerto Rico's Supreme Court. In a statement, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla congratulated Rodriguez on her Senate confirmation by the Senate as the new associate judge of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Padilla said, "During her confirmation process in the Senate, attorney Oronoz Rodriguez ...


Immigrant-rights-group-to-FIFA-Use-World-Cup-to-speak-up

Immigrant rights group to FIFA: Use World Cup to speak up - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles ( CHIRLA ) urged the International Federation of Associations Football ( FIFA ) and its member associations to take advantage of the world stage at the World Cup in Brazil to actively campaign against homophobia, transphobia, and otherwise insulting and demeaning use of language and behavior that ...


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, ...


Australian-teams-commit-to-ending-homophobia

Australian teams commit to ending homophobia - In Australia, all four football codes as well as Cricket Australia have presented a united front in Sydney, emphasizing the need to end anti-LGBT discrimination in sport, The West Australian reported. The agreement came ahead of the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, with all codes agreeing to introduce policies in line with the new Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion ...


Chicagoan-leading-Proud-To-Run-race-in-Kuwait

Chicagoan leading Proud To Run race in Kuwait - Maggie Murphy has completed the annual Proud To Run lakefront race twice, yet missed the last two due to military duties. She's doing something different for 2014 Pride. The 25-year-old Chicago resident, who is a systems integration consultant and is openly gay, is now stationed in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the Illinois National Guard as a military intelligence analyst. She's ...


White-House-sets-Uganda-accountability-steps-

White House sets Uganda accountability steps - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) commended the Obama Administration for announcing a series of new concrete actions that hold the Ugandan government and leaders in it accountable for the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act earlier this year. "This announcement sends a clear message that the United States will not tolerate foreign governments engaging in state-sponsored acts ...


Luxembourg-passes-Marriage-Equality-Legislation

Luxembourg passes Marriage Equality Legislation - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today commended the government of Luxembourg for passing legislation that will make it the 19th nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. "We commend the leaders of Luxembourg for granting the nation's LGBT citizens the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who ...


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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


Gareth-Thomas-in-Cinderella-South-Africa-drops-blood-ban

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 ...


HRC-urges-Obama-to-act-now-on-LGBT-Ugandans-arrests-violence-

HRC urges Obama to act now on LGBT Ugandans arrests, violence - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to take immediate steps to hold the Ugandan government accountable for the enactment of state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia earlier this year. Following Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signing ...


African-Commission-Resolution-calls-for-protections

African Commission Resolution calls for protections - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today praised the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights for issuing a resolution calling for established protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The resolution calls for specific action to address escalating violence against Africa's LGBT community. "This resolution is an important step forward in the march toward ...


Documentary-Businessmans-search-for-gay-brothers-killer-

Documentary: Businessman's search for gay brother's killer - From a press release - Boston, MA…..What would you do if your gay younger brother was found dead at the bottom of a cliff 10,000 miles away in Australia, and authorities told you he had killed himself and closed the case? What if, 17 years later, a police investigation lifted the cover on a deadly Australian "sport" popular at the time of your brother's death, ...


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 ...


Robinson-Washington-National-Cathedral-HRC-to-El-Salvador-

Robinson, Washington National Cathedral, HRC to El Salvador - From a Washington National Cathedral press release - WASHINGTON —The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, members from Washington National Cathedral's LGBT group, and the Human Rights Campaign are among those joining an international pilgrimage to El Salvador this coming July. Organized in partnership with Foundation Cristosal, a faith-based human rights and community development NGO based in San Salvador, LGBT participants ...


International-sports-study-Obama-talks-IDAHOT

International sports study; Obama talks IDAHOT - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Out on the Fields"—the first international study on homophobia in sport—aims shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field, according to a press release from organizers of the Bingham Cup. The research team working on the study, called "Out on the Fields" includes experts on homophobia from six universities, ...


UN-video-marks-Intl-Day-Against-Homophobia-Transphobia-

UN video marks Int'l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) released a new video in honour of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia ( IDAHOT ). The video, entitled "The Power of Sharing," has been produced as part of the OHCHR-led Free & Equal campaign, which is aimed at raising ...


Bearded-drag-queen-wins-Eurovision-contest

Bearded drag queen wins Eurovision contest - One of the many eye-catching acts that this year's Eurovision Song Contest ( this time in Copenhagen, Denmark ) was winner Conchita Wurst—the bearded drag-queen alter ego of 25-year-old Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, according to Yahoo! News. Performing in a skintight dress with long hair and a full beard, Wurst scored 290 points to become Austria's first Eurovision winner since 1966, ...


Gay-divers-expletive-laden-term-boy-expelled-for-dress

Gay diver's expletive-laden term; boy expelled for dress - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Australian diver Matthew Mitcham called UK Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine an expletive-filled term after she criticized the decision to suspend Australian rugby player Mitchell Moses after he used the same phrase, according to Outsports. Devine said that the suspension was "paying obeisance to homo-fascism," and that what Moses said was not an anti-gay slur. In response, Mitcham tweeted, ...


UNs-pro-LGBT-Bolly-style-video-rugby-player-on-gays

UN's pro-LGBT Bolly-style video; rugby player on gays - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: UN's pro-LGBT Bollywood-style video; rugby player on 'accepted' gays COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai, India, to promote its Free & Equal campaign for LGBT equality, according to a press release. The two-and-a-half ...


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Transgender Europe release murder stats - From a press release - On May 17th, The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia ( IDAHOT ) is being held in more than 120 countries around the world. The IDAHOT is meant to raise awareness regarding the ongoing discrimination and violence committed by states, societies and individuals against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people on various scales, from homo- and transphobic legislations and ...


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UN Free & Equal launched in India with Bollywood video - From a press release - MUMBAI/GENEVA ( 30 April 2014 ) — The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) on Wednesday launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai to promote its Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The two-and-a-half minute video, called "The Welcome", stars actress and ...


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Brunei govt to allow death penalty for same-sex activity - From a news release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the April 30 decision by the government of Brunei to allow a series of draconian penal code reforms to take effect that will soon include stoning as a possible punishment for engaging in same-sex activity. "LGBT citizens in many countries around the world remain persistent targets of harassment, arrest, violence, ...


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Rainbow flag tops Ugandan peak; Quebec OKs surrogacy claim - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A California activist and business owner literally has taken LGBT pride to new heights, Advocate.com noted. Neal Gottlieb, the founder and owner of Three Twins Ice Cream, planted a rainbow flag atop Uganda's highest peak to protest the African country's recent passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Gottlieb, a former Peace Corps volunteer and graduate of Cornell University, published the photo ...


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World news: Russia HIV law; Brunei delays stoning law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A law has been proposed in Russia that would force anyone with HIV to join a database, and submit their details and fingerprints to the government, according to Pink News. The amendment, which State Duma deputy Roman Khudyakov proposed, will create a mandatory database for people with "dangerous contagious diseases." The amendment reportedly has broad support from the government, and ...


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Elton John honors Knuckles; Matt Bomer's married - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After the sudden death of house-music pioneer Frankie Knuckles last month, the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced it is creating the Frankie Knuckles Fund to help charities working with men at high risk of HIV in Africa, as well as African communities in the U.K. and the U.S., according to Chicagoist.com. According to the foundation, Black men remain at a ...


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Soccer movie spotlights team, player's identity - One of the main storylines for the upcoming soccer documentary, Next Goal Wins, centers around Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa's third gender ( fa'afafine ), who identifies as a woman and is playing on the men's team. The film follows the American Samoa soccer team, including head coach Thomas Rongen, who promoted Saelua into the starting lineup. Saelua then ...


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Indian Supreme Court advances transgender rights - Chicagoans react - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


-Pressure-on-IOC-demanding-no-anti-gay-games

Pressure on IOC demanding no anti-gay games - From an AllOut press release - New York, USA - April 15 2014 — Over 115,543 members of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out, have sent a message to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Public submissions close Tuesday for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco later this year. 52 Olympians also came together to ...


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Tom of Finland stamps launch; Evans cleared of charges - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including male drawings by Tom of Finland—a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late 20th-century gay culture, according to an LGBTQ Nation item. Finland's Postal Museum will also debut an exhibition titled "Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of ...


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India court recognizes transgender community - India's top court recognized the country's transgender community as a third gender in a landmark judgment and human-rights groups, praising the development, have called on the government to ensure their equal treatment, according to Reuters. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and ...


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TRAVEL Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. By Pamela Sitmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The five-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly reinvented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risque" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...







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